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Ian Chadwick

Municipal councillor, Town of Collingwood

Ian Chadwick is a veteran of 40 years in the media, working in magazines, newspapers, radio and TV. He has served on local board and committees since 2001, and been a municipal councillor for the Town of Collingwood since 2003.

He is currently a freelance writer, website designer, blogger and plays the ukulele.

Horwath Would Rather Have her Toad, than her Prince

The NDP had the power to gain a significant concession from the minority Liberals and bend the budget to their alleged goals as the party of the working class. Plus they had a real opportunity to win huge accolades and public affection. Instead, Horwath dropped the ball and has left the Liberals to continue to pummel working class taxpayers.
05/04/2012 06:14 EDT

The Drummond Report: Economic Disaster or Salvation?

On the right, Drummond didn't go far enough and the cuts should be made regardless of their impact on lower-income and working-class families. To the left, Drummond's recommendations are a recipe for disaster that will decimate our workforce, our economy, and cripple our already struggling labour force with additional costs.
03/12/2012 01:22 EDT

Time to Empower the Nation's Mayors

Last week a legal opinion sought by a counciller revealed the Toronto mayor overstepped his boundaries in his decision to kill the Transit City plan. In Canada, municipalities are children of their respective province. This antiquated -- almost medieval -- hierarchy puts our major cities on the same legislative level as any hamlet or village.
02/06/2012 11:44 EST

What's So Bad About Municipal Bonusing?

A town can try to sell itself on its charm, its appearance, its vaguely beneficial "lifestyle" -- but none of these can compete with the lure of a tax moratorium or free, serviced land; the attractive offers of yesteryear. Is charm worth more to a company than easy access to the transportation network? Or lower taxes? Not likely.
10/12/2011 09:06 EDT

Election Raises Concerns for Ontario's Municipalities

To absorb costs, the province either has to cut services or raise taxes. Maybe both. The gloomy economic reality means that most provincial funds for local projects will dry up after the election while the debt gets tackled. That's more money municipalities have to get from local property owners.
09/03/2011 10:03 EDT

Ontario's Municipalities Still Wait For Change

Ontario's provincial leaders are promising a lot this election, but 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 all the cards.
08/25/2011 02:38 EDT