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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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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: Good things come…

For anyone who has lived in Niagara West for 20 years or so, it is not a shock to be told this area got precious little in terms of support from the provincial government back during the McGuinty/Wynne regimes. There was no love l ...

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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: Pot calls kettle black

It was hilarious to see Coun. Randy Vaine accuse the minority four of seeking ways to change the process when they get an answer they don’t like. This related to a motion seeking to change the procedural bylaw to require a two-t ...

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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: Chief salutes “unwavering commitment”

This week, from May 9 to 15 marks Police Week 2021. The theme for Police Week 2021 is “Working Together to Keep our Communities Safe”. This has never been more true, than through the past 14 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, wh ...

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OPINION: Show before the show as Dunstall wants to send home resident, marbles and all

  Ya know, good reader, it really is no fun to cover Grimsby council. It used to be something to which I would look forward. It was an event; to sit back and just wait for something truly silly or outlandish to unfold. Now it ...

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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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Letter: Appreciative resident thanks Lincoln staffer, EMS workers, WLMH team

(Editor’s Note: Last week’s edition included a rare opinion piece on the front page. This week, another rarity, a Letter to the Editor on the front, from a very appreciative reader. Mr. Goldhang was the subject of a story last week afte ...

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