A soap opera

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Editorial

Many strange things have happened in the Kincardine council chambers in the past couple years.

 

It was strange to hear council announce a few months ago, out of the blue, that it had a deal to sell Bruce Telcom. Council had been meeting in closed session for many months to hammer out a deal with Eastlink.

 

The deal is good for the municipality, we were told.

 

Well, we still don’t know all the details. But maybe that doesn’t matter now. The federal Competition Bureau says the deal is off, although council is saying it’s still on.

 

As for the closed meetings, an investigation says council intentionally breached the open meetings requirement of the Municipal Act.

 

Hopefully taxpayers are going to get some straight answers about the proposed Bruce Telecom sale in the days ahead. Anyone seeking election should know what lies ahead and what has happened before.

 

Other funny deals were: moving the tourist booth downtown, against staff advice; hiring a member of council to run the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC), even though he was on the board of PREDC which is funded by the municipality.

 

Will the gas pipeline be another funny deal?

 

Stay tuned.

 

Some people tell me Kincardine council is the best soap opera in the country. By the way, those laughing don’t live in Kincardine.

 

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In light of the above and other pending issues like the proposed gas pipeline, one would think there would be more interest in the upcoming municipal election.

 

The lack of interest is troubling.

 

There should be strong representation from all three wards in the municipality.

 

Four-year terms are a big commitment, no matter what your age, but the municipality needs some new faces on council. Candidates are needed who know right from wrong, have common sense, smarts and the ability to work with others. Most importantly, they should want to help make Kincardine a better place.

 

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On the positive side, a Sunday night stroll gave us a chance to see the two tall ships leave Kincardine at dusk.

 

Peter Humble, one of the organizers who helped bring the tall ships back for another visit, jumped into the channel to bid the sailors adieu. “Three cheers for Peter,” was their response.

 

With the Phantom Piper playing, a perfect sunset and a plethora of well wishers at the end of the pier, the sailors’ last memory of Kincardine will be a positive one. They said they will be back next year.

 

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My brother and I and our significant others took in the play Henry and Alice into the Wild on Wednesday evening.

 

Although there were fewer than 30 in the audience, the cast still put their heart and soul into the production. It was an excellent evening of entertainment.

 

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Do we elect governments to serve citizens or big companies?

 

The Transportation Board released its report on the Lac Megantic train disaster that claimed 47 lives. There is apparently lots of blame to go around.

 

But it’s not Ottawa’s fault, says Federal Transport Minister Lisa Rait. “The government puts the rules in place. The companies are expected to follow the rules. The company did not follow the rules,” she said last week.

 

Isn’t it the government’s job to see that the rules are followed?

 

That comment should make the families of the 47 feel better.

 

Makes you wonder what other rules are ignored.

 

The feds have long made a habit of doing studies after the train has left the station.

 

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Daisy the office dog should have put pen to paper a long time ago. I can’t believe the comments we receive from her readers.