Opinion

Opinion: Snake oil continues to be sold…

There were zero surprises at Monday’s special council meeting – called to deal with findings submitted in two letters from the office of Ombudsman Ontario which were tabled at the April 18 regular Grimsby council meeting. ...

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OPINION: Council needs to park their issues

  As far as Grimsby council meetings go, Monday was pretty soft. There were a couple of dust-ups but nothing few “Points of Order” couldn’t clear up. Funny side note…I was talking with someone last week who did ta ...

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OPINION: That’s gonna hurt…

Well, we know one person who won’t be running for election or re-election in Town of Grimsby’s municipal election extravaganza this fall – Dorothy Bothwell. If you ask 100 people – of the two councillors who sold their ...

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OPINION: GO may pull into Beamsville station

  Sometimes, one just has to accept a gift, say thanks, and move along, even when there is no realization as to how such a gift found its way to the door. For my money, that is what Town of Lincoln should be thinking after it ...

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Opinion ~ Clear the way for the S.S. Titanic, er, Grimsby

  Over the last year, I have been trying to step back and assess how many years it will take the Town of Grimsby to recover from the antics of The Grimsby Five and the administration they protect. Generally, I would have said ...

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OPINION: Surprise downtown Grimsby, you’re in

Nobody was happier than I when the plug got pulled on Grimsby’s council session Monday night. This was not due to the cause – a major power outage which affected most of Grimsby east of Christie Street after a wind-blown t ...

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Opinion: Economic endeavours need rebranding

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow It was Thanksgiving Day on Monday and, boy, was I thankful there was no Grimsby council. Those days are like Christmas around here. The mood is light, everyone smiling (even me). There were actually several stori ...

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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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