Mike’s Column

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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Opinion: Makeshift parade just took off

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow The vast majority of people will be ecstatic to see 2020 in the rearview mirror…when we finally can. I consider myself among that lot. Many businesses are struggling through and everybody is looki ...

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Opinion: Let’s hope Saturday is one of a kind

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Added dining restrictions under Niagara Section 22 order have claimed another victim. This Saturday’s pancake breakfast at Eggspectation for West Lincoln Community Care will be rescheduled for January ...

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Opinion: Grandma’s lesson lives on

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Everybody is so kabobbled these days. Up is down. Left is right – capricious at best. There are precious few people who will miss 2020 when the world sees it in its collective rear view mirror. So ...

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Opinion: When is a report not a report

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow If there was a Monday in the week, rest assured something “fun” went down with Grimsby Council. Now, fun is relative…I get that and I realize full well some of you may be sick and tired of me ...

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Opinion: Heritage wins, WLMH weakened

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow It was a bumper crop of quality local news this week, I just wish it was more positive. Really, it’s a good mix ranging from unfortunate to weird. At the unfortunate end of the scale, we have West Lin ...

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Opinion: Heritage follows proper course

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow There was an interesting set of bookends at last Tuesday’s Heritage Committee meeting. The Zoom meeting started with members of the committee introducing themselves, except chair John Dunstall – ...

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Opinion: Casablanca project positive, but beware

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow It was a warm and fuzzy meeting for the Casablanca Inn open house last week when nary a member of the public wound up being part of the question and answer process. The project is massive. In the past, ...

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Opinion: Big week for Grimsby & downtown

  By Mike Williscraft NewsNow It was an epic week for Grimsby council and the start of something cool for downtown. It was a Titanic struggle and on life support at times but, finally getting all the players in one room regar ...

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Opinion: Clear as mud

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow In the end, it took about 20 emails to get to the point of no point, really, other than to be referred on to seek a legal opinion for any business operator who wants to know what they can or should do r ...

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Opinion: Nay was the only logical Century Condo vote

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow So Gabe DeSantis is a pretty cheesed off camper, and he should be. I have noted in this space several times in the last couple of years he really got sold down the river on more than one occasion with h ...

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Opinion: Integrity Commissioner got an eyeful

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Last week was a tough week for many reasons, but it was the kind of week when you take one for the team. I didn’t average an hour a day for time spent on this edition…I hate these 12-pagers. It ...

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Opinion: Small things add up

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow There have been lots of “big” things as Grimsby council has disintegrated before our eyes, but the “little” things continue to pile up as well. This week there were several little things and, no ...

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Opinion: Team Grimsby nails COVID-19 offset

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Grimsby council has had precious little in the way of positive news in the first year-and-a-half of its term. At its mid-May meeting the site alteration bylaw was finally approved. That was a huge feath ...

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Opinion: West Lincoln expands online

Twp. of West Lincoln rolled out a major online upgrade this week with a new and shiny website. Some of the new features will help out some of the township’s residents a lot. Among the changes: • navigation for council/committe ...

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Opinion: Full credit is due to Grimsby council

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Without question, the best thing Grimsby has done since they swore their oath to serve the community in December 2018 is their approval of a site alteration bylaw on May 18. Yes, it was great to get the ...

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