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Who gets the credit?

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:16 -- Dan McCaffery

One of the frustrating things about politics is that you can never know for sure whether your elected officials are doing a good job.

With a hockey coach you can pretty well tell whether he knows what he’s doing. The results are there for all to see at the end of the season. Either his team won the majority of its games or it lost most of them. It’s all very cut and dried. For the coach, there’s no place to hide.

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Is the cost of paper ballots is the price of democracy?

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:51 -- Dan McCaffery

Sarnia city council’s decision to go with electronic voting next year is a bad idea.

On the positive side, it will save some money. Reports I have read say the cost of continuing to operate with the traditional paper ballots would be more than twice as much as the new electronic system.

But I have little confidence that electronic voting would be safe. I fear hackers could wreak havoc with elections.

Even more worrisome than that is the fact that many older people will not be comfortable with it. These days, that’s a lot of people.

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The politics of personal destruction

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:15 -- Dan McCaffery

Ontario’s opposition leader has fallen into a Liberal trap that could have easily been avoided.

Patrick Brown misspoke a few months back when he suggested Premier Kathleen Wynn was on trial for corruption.

Wynn was about to testify at a trail of a pair of Grits at the centre of an alleged Elections Act bribery scheme. Although this was clearly an embarrassing episode for the Liberals, the premier herself was not on trial. She was, in fact, a willing witness who was co-operating with the Crown.

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Boushy and Bradley are dead wrong

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:30 -- Dan McCaffery

Today’s city council, for all its glaring imperfections, made the right decision when it decided to pour more money into the controversial Centennial Park revamp.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the redevelopment has been an exceedingly frustrating process. It’s been going on for four long years and we still don’t have a boat ramp. More than that, the original cost has ballooned from $8.7 million to $12.8 million. If a business was run this way, the CEO would have walked the plank long ago.

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Honoring Great Philanthropists

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:11 -- Dan McCaffery

Had I been around to write an obituary for Maud Hanna in 1946, I might well have ended it by saying something along the lines of “her kind we won’t see again.”

It would have been a nice tribute to a great lady. It would also have been a mistake.

Don’t get me wrong -- there’s no doubt Mrs. Hanna was a remarkable woman.

She was married to W. J. Hanna, an Imperial Oil president who died in 1919, leaving family members close to $2 million. That’s a lot of money, even today. Back then, it was an enormous fortune.

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Save Jackson Pool for our kids

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:45 -- Dan McCaffery

It’s ironic that city council is contemplating getting rid of Jackson pool during one of the hottest summers Sarnia has endured in recent years.

The East Street facility – which is badly in need of repairs -- has been closed this year while council ponders what to do with it. As a result, there have been frustratingly long lineups at Tecumseh pool. In fact, people have had to wait an hour or more in blistering heat to take a dip in Tecumseh. Some have reportedly waited that long only to be turned away.

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The Queen has died

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:51 -- Dan McCaffery

I woke up in London, England one morning last month and was greeted with news that the Queen had died.

A little later, the ‘news’ was revised. It wasn’t the monarch that had passed away after all, an Internet site clarified. It was her husband, Prince Phillip, who was dead.

These tales were being spread on social media across the UK, where I was staying for most of the month of May.

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Ontario is drowning in red ink

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:19 -- Dan McCaffery

I have mixed feelings about the Ontario government’s new budget.

On the one hand, the Liberals say that, during the coming months, they will produce the first balanced budget in a decade. In fact, they’re projecting three straight years with no red ink.

That’s good news, and something they should get credit for, assuming they aren’t deliberately fudging the numbers.

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Next season's Sting come up short

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:43 -- Dan McCaffery

I fear Sarnia Sting fans are in for another long winter next year.

That’s because in an era in which big hockey players rule the roost, the Sting selected far too many little guys when the Ontario Hockey League held its annual Priority Selection draft last month.

Statistics tell the story. Of the 19 other teams in the OHL, fully 11 picked more prospects who stand at least six feet tall than did Sarnia. Three other clubs picked just as many six footers as the Sting. Only five chose fewer.

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The Knives Will Come Out For Wynne

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:31 -- Dan McCaffery

It’s time for the Liberal Party of Ontario to sack Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne, whose public approval ratings are in the toilet, said last month she won’t resign, that she intends to lead the Grits into the 2018 provincial election.

In my opinion, if she won’t jump she’ll have to be pushed. Her ego alone is not enough reason to allow her to keep the leadership.


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