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Opinion: Council accountability needed: writer

Dear Editor, I am a new resident of Grimsby now since mid-May. I have been reading about the Town Council “Children’s Council” since arriving and, today, I have come to the point where I need to vent. I am appalled by the ch ...

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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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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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