Author archives: James Blake

  • Viewpoint: Lesson Learned?

    Jan 29, 13 • 158 Views • ViewpointNo Comments

    The Ontario Labour Relations Board did teachers a favour last Friday morning when it ruled a planned one day walk-out illegal. The decision created chaos for school boards across the province which had planned to close schools for the day based on the...

  • Viewpoint: Crows, trees, cats, dogs and money

    Jan 29, 13 • 185 Views • ViewpointNo Comments

    For several years, I believed the most thankless task in local politics was being chair of a board of education. With the provincial government centralizing taxation, curriculum and enacting new policies hourly, the only task seemingly left to boards was the...

  • Take a breath before you jump in

    Jan 22, 13 • 151 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    Within 24 hours of this column being posted (I’m writing it Tuesday morning), the Wallaceburg Sydenham District Pool should be off of the municipality’s closure list for 2013. Municipal staff had recommended the pool’s closure in its draft...