Mike’s Column

Opinion: Time is now for West Lincoln

It was noted on this page last year when it was learned West Lincoln would be getting into a major planning study for future residential development in Smithville that they should plan now to preserve green space within that urban ...

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Opinion: Another sad chapter

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow When the wheels come off at Grimsby council, the vehicle does not just pull to a stop and dysfunction reigns. No, this crew takes that vehicle, makes a hard right and drives on rims right off the edge o ...

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Opinion: Let’s fix that post haste

1:58:33 “Huh, no it wasn’t” That was Coun. Randy Vaine’s response when Coun. Lianne Vardy asked him to show his face at Monday’s council meeting Zoom while an Integrity Commissioner complaint against him was dealt with and contend ...

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Opinion: Lions a great community example

Congratulations to Doug Burton and Roger Judge on their recognition as Life Members of the Beamsville & District Lions Club. Anyone who has dealt with the Lions in the last couple of decades would undoubtedly have come across ...

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Opinion: Lots to learn from Indigenous people

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow So, it’s Sept. 30. Yes, you may be seeing this a day early or a day late, but this edition of stellar prose is in our Sept. 30 edition, so let’s stick with that for the purposes of this week’s theme. There ...

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Opinion: Economy needs attention now

It is only fitting in an edition in which we give a very classy former MP Shirley Martin a send off and have coverage of Canada’s federal election to review the not-so-surprising status of our national political scene. Simply, i ...

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Opinion: Thanks for everything, Shirley Martin

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow There are some columns which just write themselves. Then there are those you really don’t want to write. This is one of the latter. As you will have seen, good reader, Shirley Martin died last week after a long ...

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Opinion: Round 1 in books for The Woolverton

A major downtown development was the subject of an initial public meeting for Official Plan and zoning bylaw amendments Monday night. The proposal – at the corner of Elm and Mountain – is for a seven-storey apartment b ...

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Opinion: Say it ain’t so, Lincoln…

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow As stated last week when I clearly outlined how Grimsby Councillors Kevin Ritchie and Dave Kadwell would engineer things to ensure they both got a spot on the Grimsby/Lincoln Joint Fire Services Committ ...

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Opinion: Important process started Friday

It was a relatively simple part of the planning appeal process, but it marked the start of something which will, essentially, determine whether or not Grimsby’s east end gets significantly overdeveloped or if, somehow, common se ...

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Opinion: Common sense vs blind control

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow As this edition is printing, the rubber will be hitting the road when it comes to Grimsby and Lincoln amalgamating fire departments. Lincoln will have its act together. They always do. Grimsby? Well all ...

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Opinion: Wanted: political teamwork

Issues…what are the issues and what are you going to do about them? Those should be the only questions political candidates of all stripes and levels should be worried about. The social media misinformation game is best left ...

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Opinion: Freedom impaired, stop it, move on

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Despite it being August and most residents paying attention to other things right now, I was deluged by comments regarding last week’s story regarding Grimsby Council’s decision to maintain limitati ...

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Opinion: Clang, clang, clang, clang, clang

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow As I was watching the show Monday night I was racking my brain…trying to think of what Coun. Randy Vaine and Coun. Kevin Ritchie remind me of as they trample over top of valid questions and opinio ...

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Opinion: Government gravy trains has to stop some time

Unless you are completely out of touch, you know, good reader, we are in the midst of a federal election campaign. We’re a little over a week in and the payola rolling out the door is incredible. Promises left and right from all ...

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Opinion: Get your hipwaders, the wave is coming

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow People in Lincoln who think they are seeing development pressure now have not seen anything yet. The tidal wave of building has come around the lake from Burlington, crushed Stoney Creek and completely ...

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Opinion: Incident a good teaching moment

Like any community newspaper, the NewsNow team love to cover all the great things in our communities. That is the easy, the fun, part of the job. There is also a regular dose of uneasy. Items which push everyone out of their comfo ...

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Opinion: Letters help you speak up on beliefs

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Let’s talk a little about about letters to the editor, shall we? We get a lot of them every week – sometimes on topics covered in the paper, but on occasion someone takes a flyer and wants to ve ...

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Opinion: Passports not simple solution

Last week this space was filled with prose suggesting COVID passports are needed. That position is valid. So, too, are concerns about misuse of such a tool. It would be great if we had enough support to justify running four more p ...

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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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