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The Mayor’s legacy

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 15:07 -- Dan McCaffery

I have a job for Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley.

Strange as it may sound, I think Bradley should bring to fruition a long-forgotten dream of the late Lorne Henderson’s.

On the surface, this probably sounds like a very peculiar thing to say. Henderson, after all, was a conservative, rural politician first elected to public office in 1946. If he was alive today, he’d be almost 95 years old. His grammar was absolutely atrocious (Lorne was the guy who once told a gathering in Petrolia, “Me and the Premier brung you this cheque”).

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Have you heard of our hidden gem?

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:19 -- Dan McCaffery

There’s a hidden gem in our community that not enough people know about.

I’m talking about the Sarnia-Lambton Sports Hall of Fame, an institution that has been honouring local athletes for more than 30 years.

I must admit that I was only vaguely aware of the Hall, which is located in the Clearwater Arena, until this year. Like most people, I suspect, I only heard about it once a year, when the newest batch of inductees was announced.

But last April I became a member of the board of directors, an experience that has been a real eye opener.

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Local candidates don’t matter anymore

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:17 -- Dan McCaffery

If you’re wondering who will win the upcoming federal election in Sarnia-Lambton, just wait until October and study the national opinion polls.

That’s because history shows us that local candidates don’t matter anymore – at least not here.

There was a time, especially at the provincial level, when an individual candidate could make a difference.

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Ontario is a moderate place

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 09:52 -- Dan McCaffery

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party appears to have shot itself in the foot – again.

The party committed a major blunder this spring by choosing Barrie MP Patrick Brown as its new leader.

Brown has not exactly set the world on fire since first being elected to the House of Commons in 2006. If he was really leadership material, you’d have to think Prime Minister Stephen Harper would have handed him a cabinet position at some point during the nine years he spent on Parliament Hill.

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Innovation needed for Tourism

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:08 -- Dan McCaffery

There’s a lot of talk these days about making Sarnia a port of call for a Great Lakes cruise ship.

Proponents of the idea say such a development would pump much-needed tourism dollars into the local economy.

And they’re right.

But to make it happen we will have to offer a great deal more to tourists than what we have available today.

Of course we have some beautiful golf courses and a few sandy beaches, but that’s not enough. Not by a long shot. People can swim and golf pretty much anywhere.

Put simply, we need more attractions.

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Province needs to sort it out

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:39 -- Dan McCaffery

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey needs to take action to get two major local problems solved.

Specifically, he needs to arrange a meeting with the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health to discuss what to do with the old Sarnia General Hospital site and the abandoned St. Pat’s High School building on East Street.

Much haggling has been going on in recent months as various groups have put forward proposals for those two facilities.

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County Council...hold the taxes!

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:09 -- Dan McCaffery

We’ll find out later this month whether we elected the right people during last fall’s municipal elections.

The big test will come March 18 when Lambton County council sits down to look at its 2015 draft budget.

County council doesn’t get much in the way of notice, but it is far more important than most people think. Indeed, decisions made in Wyoming have a huge impact on every municipality in the region, including Sarnia.

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Put up or shut up

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 09:36 -- Dan McCaffery

It’s time for Sarnia Sting fans to put up or shut up.

For years now supporters of the city’s Ontario Hockey League club have been drifting away, insisting the team could never win as long as it was owned by the Ciccarelli brothers.

Many critics claimed Rob and Larry Ciccarelli were to blame for the team’s woes. They insisted the brothers were meddling with the coaching staff and the general manager.

Of course they offered no proof that this was the case, but many people believed them.

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Budget needs to be revised

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 16:53 -- Dan McCaffery

Sarnia’s brand new city council got off to a bad start last month, passing a budget increase that’s about twice the rate of inflation.

The last numbers I saw for inflation were two per cent in September and 2.36 for October. So what did our elected leaders do? Crank up taxes by almost four per cent!

That’s just not acceptable.

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Reflections on Pat’s contributions

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:27 -- Dan McCaffery

Sarnia-Lambton MP Pat Davidson will probably be quickly forgotten after she steps down next year.

Davidson is a colourless politician, lacking in charisma or charm. Her speeches are often filled with cliches.

She was the same during interviews. I can remember asking her questions on controversial subjects only to be told time and again that she would do, “What’s best for Canadians.”


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