Mike’s Column

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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Opinion: Province needs to step up

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow It may seem odd to quote a Niagara Falls mayor – from a completely separate issue – regarding a Niagara West matter which had nothing to do with the comment’s origin save for one critical ...

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Opinion: Info flow needs improving

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Think of all the arguments, discussions, debates you have ever had with a friend, wife/husband, common law spouse or any other configuration of relationship you can conjure in your memory. When the “j ...

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Opinion: Staying positive in Grimsby

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow This space has been filled with plenty of comments piling on Grimsby council going on 5-6 years. Now, the current bunch has only been on the clock just over two years and they have taken on a personalit ...

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Opinion: Mixed bag to kick off 2021

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Hat Trick Hockey will do its bit to maintain some level of normalcy in a ridiculous time. The venerable contest returns for a 26th season in Niagara West with this week’s edition thanks to very unders ...

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Opinion: High school build problems easily foreseen

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Before I get into the serious problems with the new Niagara West high school build, I would just like to note Grimsby is 3-4 more ridiculous moves away by the Grimsby 5 from ensuring Main Street East tu ...

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Opinion: Apologies to Clement C. Moore

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow ‘Twas the night before lockdown, when all through town hall, Not a “5” member was silent, they continued to bawl. Their mics were all muted in a quick blur, Due to super annoying shouts of ‘poin ...

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