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Making it legal means revenue and costs

Looking at what is legal through the lens of time can be enlightening. Whether something is illegal or legal matters when it comes to government management and the costs associated with it. If we do not allow some type of activity or behaviour, we pay for policing costs and create legislation to punish those who […]

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Time to change how municipal bridge and road infrastructure is financed and maintained

Local governments are in a difficult financial position when it comes to maintaining road and bridge infrastructure. Tax revenue and available grant funding from the provincial and federal level cannot keep up with the cost of repairing and replacing large public works, especially in the present economy of inflation coupled with the rising cost of […]

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The meaning of ‘useful’

This week, someone mentioned that perhaps we have crested the pinnacle of yard sale frenzy and are now sliding down the other side of a giant pile of useless detritus left over from our collective lifetime of consumerism. Nowhere is our surfeit of stuff more evident that when it is time for our town-wide yard […]

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Keeping the best. Cuz we love things just the way they are.

Well, we’re right into it, aren’t we? Those of us on social media see these phrases daily: “I’m new to the area…” or: “We just moved here…” It is a wave of growth that crept up on us. Seems as if it was not that long ago that our provincial government was ordering up studies […]

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Sustainable infrastructure worth sharing

Municipal administrators and councillors in small towns across Canada can commiserate easily about aging infrastructure and the cost of building new facilities and systems. Whether it is the need for new drinking water sources, water treatment systems, sewage treatment facilities, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and water main replacement, they all have one thing in common: […]

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It’s just a suggestion. Or is it?

I don’t know about you, but I can always tell when a suggestion isn’t really a suggestion, but more of a recommendation from someone who is pretty certain they know more than you do. I must say: being in this business for 30 years made me feel like something of an expert. I know how […]

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Storm aftermath: We do what we have to do

As this is being written, there are still thousands of area residents without access to electricity. In the countryside, that means your water pump is not working and you have no potable water and to put it politely, the facilities aren’t working unless you pour a bucket of water in the toilet every time you […]

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