Mike’s Column

Opinion: Two losses and council miss

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Couple of important things before I get into the mundane world of municipal council… I was saddened to hear on Monday of the passing of John Pachereva Sr. Mr. Pachereva is one of the first people ...

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Opinion: Federal COVID passport is needed

In the highly politicized world that combatting COVID-19 has become, love him or hate him, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is 100 per cent correct when he said this week the federal government needs to take the reins and implement a nat ...

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Opinion: Time for a little laughter, yes?

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow People know I am busy, but they really don’t know the half of it. That is because much of the time I spend trying to get things done for various groups and organizations who have big things on the go ...

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Opinion: Clock runs out on council

Is the gravy train about to pull into Grimsby Town Hall? Nobody’s quite sure, but why risk it? Those were underlying questions of a rather awkward debate Monday night – just a small part of a near-five-hour committee of th ...

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Opinion: Picture says more than 1,000 words

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Gotta say, it is a tough ask for anyone to feel sympathetic toward anyone in the G5 these days but please, good reader – if you want to feel the pain many feel who have had to watch the goings on ...

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Opinion: One Team one BIG project

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow So, now that it is done and out the door, let’s talk a little One Team. One Dream. Magazine. That is the biggest, most work-intensive publication I have ever worked on as a one-off project. I worked o ...

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Opinion: Grimsby Power a keeper

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow So let’s talk a little Grimsby Power this week. Simply, this is a hydro utility owned by you – the taxpayers of Grimsby. Grimsby town council acts as the shareholder. With this piece, there is z ...

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Opinion: Another cringe-worthy moment

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Nobody wonders why, in last week’s offering, I noted grave concern the current Grimsby council could decide the fate of the Town’s fire department by entering into a pilot program to amalgamate Grim ...

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Opinion: Fire move risky but needed

If you’re going to make an omlette, you’re going to have to break a few eggs. And if you want to preserve a high-quality and ultra economically friendly volunteer fire department, a merger is likely in your future. Grimsby and ...

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Opinion: All aboard the SS Grimsby, headed for abyss

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow There really is only one explanation for Coun. Kevin Ritchie acting like a horse’s behind at nearly every Grimsby council meeting. His ongoing attempts to hamstring the powers of and discredit Mayor J ...

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Opinion: Grimsby council goes full Leafs

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Grimsby council is the Toronto Maple Leafs of municipal politics. When this group was put together by its general manager – the voting public – it was built for speed and success. There was ...

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Opinion: Seriously, vegan honey?

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow So Catherine and I were watching a Quebec version of Dragon’s Den last week when something that was just plain silly popped up. The fellow was pitching a new line of honey he has come up with and R ...

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Opinion: Habs will crush Leafs…no doubt

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow For those of you who want to get super hammered this holiday weekend, I have a drinking game for you. Now, this space and this publication is every bit a no-fly zone for all things dealing with councill ...

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Opinion: Front line workers can’t be thanked enough

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Brave, traditionally, may not be a word one might attach to the nursing profession. These days, that has changed a lot. Brave, mentally tough, dedicated are just a few of the adjectives which can now be ...

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Opinion: Wood not water soluble, is it?

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow This week is a bit of a “corner turner” if you will on a few fronts. With the new super school site for West Niagara Secondary the latest – and likely the most complete information the public is likely to s ...

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Opinion: Time for Grimsby 4 to resign

Grimsby residents know who they are. Mayor Jeff Jordan Coun. Dorothy Bothwell Coun. Reg Freake Coun. Lianne Vardy These elected officials’ services are clearly redundant and obviously no longer required, so they may as well just pack it i ...

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Opinion: Et tu, Harnick? Not!

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Vindictiveness. Hate. Childishness. Spite. Stubbornness. Bullying. Manipulation. Ridiculousness. When one asks, what would possess the publisher to give up four full pages of space to one silly council story, loo ...

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Opinion: Town of Grimsby needs to shuffle the deck, again

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Tuesday night of this week was Grimsby’s first – and really its only public session – for input into the 2021 budget process. Few residents would know that, because the was no proper public notice. ...

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Opinion: Great feedback on drawings, keep it coming

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Considering it is the dead of winter, there’s a lot going on. Not all good things, like community events and such…miss those. Normally this time of year we would be raising the flag on registrat ...

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Opinion: Grimsby 5 shooting in the dark

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow When I coined the term Grimsby 5 it was not without a lot of forethought. It was not done to demean those who are part of “the gang”. It was really just to try to show that there was a group on coun ...

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