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Rain, Rain gone away?

Rain, Rain gone away?

There is no more popular topic of conversation in the County than the weather. Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, just right, but too windy, just perfect, but too humid … I swear there’s only one day each year in which the weather is perfect for everyone. Then we switch to talking politics. […]

Get your Political Correct

Get your Political Correct

As you may know, if you follow the countylive.ca blog, I took a lot of heat for referring to the girls at the CIBC bank next door as the girls at the bank next door. I vainly tried to explain that this was not a degrading term, but a term of affection. I asked the […]

Rise of the Canadian Right?

Rise of the Canadian Right?

The world is in a state of upheaval right now. And it should be noted that the world is always in a state of upheaval. Someone called it “the curse of living in interesting times.” This column is not solely about Trump, but the Trump Experience is certaily a world-changer. Trump’s rise to power has […]

Not at your service

Not at your service

  Remember when we used to have service in Ontario? Remember when ‘service centres’ had staff who pumped your gas, checked your oil and cleaned your windshield, employing piles of people who would later become Exxon CEOs, because pumping gas at minimum wage really sucks? So now we do their job, and increasingly take over […]

County Schools get an ‘F’

County Schools get an ‘F’

I feel sorry for County Council. It’s really hard to make a plan for the next 12 months, much less express a vision for the next five years. Why? Because we have about as much control of our future as a blind man in a hot air balloon. Things are changing so fast that – […]

Don’t forget why we’re ‘County’

Don’t forget why we’re ‘County’

I’ve always had a problem with the marketing of Prince Edward County. This is partly because I’ve been marketing the County for over 40 years. Sure, I’m not recently retired from Toronto, and a don’t bear the title of ‘Marketing Director’ which actually means you get to tell people who know what they’re doing what […]

Homes, Roads and Fears

Homes, Roads and Fears

There’s No Place For Homes. Thanks to Rick Conroy for bringing attention to the plight of retirement homes in Ontario. I’ve been engaged in conversation with local owners for two years, but couldn’t find a way to tackle the problem. He’s right: Government bureaucracy is driving retirement homes out of existence. And I know why. […]

Too much noise about nothing?

Too much noise about nothing?

One more kick at the Special Events Bylaw, just in case this devil-spawned document manages to survive the outrage of the County community, and comes back to life like the killer in a bad horror movie. I finally received a response from my event liability insurers for my fake Country Jamboree – one-day event, 100 […]

My Mixed Bag Column

My Mixed Bag Column

As I come off my own deadlines, it’s time once again to meet the Times deadline. Here’s a collection of things that have happened since my last column. Special Events Bylaw Wanted, dead or alive. Mostly wanted dead. But probably still alive. Since my last column, there was a groundswell of panicked social media response, […]

Wanna do something? Not anymore!

Wanna do something? Not anymore!

Council has stepped in bylaw doo-doo again. I don’t know why, since they seem to invest a lot of talk into weaseling out of their own restrictive bylaws to allow good things to happen. Like making exemptions for three-storey buildings, and trying to find a work-around so a long-time store owner can put up a […]

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