Ian Chadwick

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Horwath Would Rather Have her Toad, than her Prince

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Andrea Horwath needs to do some more reading before she decides to negotiate further with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Specifically, she needs to read more Machiavelli; The Prince, in particular.

Last week the Huffington Post reported that Horwath's New Democratic Party was backing off one of...

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The Drummond Report: Economic Disaster or Salvation?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 1:22 PM

"It's not all doom and gloom," quips Rick Mercer in his video. "Drummond predicts the province could still turn things around, if it acts now, and no one gets sick, needs a job, or educates their children, for the next... ever."


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Time to Empower the Nation's Mayors

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 9:34 AM

On days like this, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford must be banging his head against the wall. Last week he -- and indeed every Canadian mayor -- was reminded that a mayor's powers are limited to a single vote.

That point was driven home when Councillor Joe Mihevc

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What's So Bad About Municipal Bonusing?

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 9:06 AM

Until the 1970s, municipalities in Ontario were involved in a free-for-all competition to attract business and industry. They offered tax breaks, free land, free infrastructure, utilities or services, housing -- whatever it took to get a plant or office to open within their boundaries. A lot of small Ontario communities...

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Uncontrolled Municipal Insurance Costs Continue to Rise

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2011 | 9:17 AM

AMO, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, recently released the results of a comprehensive survey of municipal insurance costs across the province. Just like your personal insurance, the costs keep escalating, and it's you, the taxpayers, who pay these spiralling premiums. You're getting hit by a double whammy: home and...

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Election Raises Concerns for Ontario's Municipalities

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2011 | 10:03 AM

Two questions about the aftermath of the upcoming provincial election are on the minds of councillors in most of Ontario's municipalities: will there be downloading? And will there be another round of infrastructure funding?

Downloading provincial services onto municipalities was done under Conservative Premier Mike Harris in the late 1990s....

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Ontario's Municipalities Still Wait For Change

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 2:38 PM

Ontario's provincial leaders are promising a lot this election. It's what they're not promising that is more troubling to me.

No one is talking about repairing the relationship between municipalities and the province. Sure, everyone talks about "partnerships' with municipalities, but it's not a partnership when the other side has...

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