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Month: July 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Regional Council: Now a “Lame Duck” Council

With the List of Official Candidates now certified, it appears that Regional Council has found themselves in a “lame duck” situation.  With a little less than the 75% of the current Regional Council vying to return to the Chambers, the Region now has a lame duck Council.

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The Standard: Caslin apologizes for illegal seizure


Photo Credit:  Jule Jocsak/The Standard

After being raked over the coals by the Ombudsman over the illegal seizure and ejection of media from a meeting last year, Regional Council looks like it’s trying to make amends.   Did we mention it’s election season?

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Notice: Upcoming Town Meetings – August 2018

We have posted the list of upcoming Town meetings for August 2018 in our online calendar in the sidebar.  Please note there is no Planning & Development Committee for August.

And the (Unofficial) Nominee’s are…

Nominations for the 2018 Municipal Election closed today at 2PM and the list as posted on the Town site shows for some competitive if not interesting races.  Notably Mayor Bentley did not re-file for Mayor and he will be handing over the Chains of Office to one of two known contenders, Jeff Jordan or Steve Berry.

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Notes: Hospital Corridor Study & Council – July 16, 2018

Agenda: https://grimsby.civicweb.net/filepro/documents?expanded=542,543,90113&preview=96192

Official Town Minutes: https://grimsby.civicweb.net/filepro/documents?expanded=1127,1965,90198&preview=96209

Hospital Corridor Study

The Town is undertaking a study to develop a Secondary Plan and Urban Design Guidelines for the Town’s Hospital Corridor. This area is defined as all properties fronting onto Main Street East from Nelles Road to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

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Ombudsman: Niagara Region Acted Contrary To Law


Photo Credit:  Emily Spanton/The Standard

In what seems to be a malaise in politics to intimidate, control and influence free media (or “fake news” as some elected officials call it), it looks like The Region got caught red-handed.  The Ombudsman recently released a report entitled “Press Pause” on the Region’s December 7, 2017 meeting where press equipment was seized and journalists were ejected.

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Guest Column: 14 Lanes Are Enough

We are going to hand over the reins of this post to Bruce Mackenzie, a local and noted naturalist who has championed conservation of natural resources both here in Grimsby and around the province.  You might recognize his name as part of Hawkwatch, saving the Biggar Lagoons bird habitat or his dedication to preserving the woodlot.

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Notice: Council – July 16, 2018 – Biodigester, Hospital Corridor Plan and Medical Marijuana

While the kids are out of school and people are relaxing in their summer holidays, Council will be hard at work tonight with a very lengthy agenda covering a wide range of matters.

Among some of the topics of interest are:

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NewsNow: “East Grimsby Medical Grow Op…” & Editorial

The latest issue of NewsNow, which should be hitting your mailbox in the next day or so, has rolled out a feature article and editorial on the recent approval by the Committee of Adjustment for a large-scale medical marijuana facility close to homes and the YMCA.  The rather clandestine attempt to push this through is a real eye opener.

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Notes: Admin & Finance July 9, 2018 – Lame Duck Council

We have skipped the more tedious details of Monday’s Admin & Finance meeting and decided to cut to the chase and discuss the “lame duck” council concept that can potentially befall a municipality in an election year.

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