Archive for the ‘Viewpoint’ Category

  • Hospice issue needs your input

    Nov 7, 13 • 771 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint1 Comment

    At its Nov. 25 meeting, Chatham-Kent council will consider providing funds for a hospice. Chatham Coun. Derek Robertson is requesting that council agree to match up to $1.5 million in funds that the local hospice committee hopes to raise. Plans call for a...

  • They can’t hear you

    Oct 30, 13 • 1362 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint16 Comments

    The mass resignation of the active communities’ steering committee last week is a sign of a growing rift between Chatham-Kent Council and those it represents. The committee quit following council’s decision not to add bicycle lanes along a portion of...

  • Put the brakes on Drive Clean

    Oct 23, 13 • 1460 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint1 Comment

    If there’s one thing government loves even more than getting your money, it’s keeping it. A case in point is the provincial government’s Drive Clean program. The program is a teenager now, having been introduced in 1999, and we all know teenagers can be...

  • Bylaw or bust

    Oct 17, 13 • 1048 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint7 Comments

    We’re going to find out very shortly if Chatham-Kent council has the courage to learn from its mistakes regarding woodlot management. Next Monday, council will examine a staff report that includes a draft bylaw and the development of a conservation policy...

  • Why are you here?

    Oct 10, 13 • 506 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    You shouldn’t be reading this – especially our print edition. Newspapers were supposed to have been eliminated by that new thing called the World Wide Web (which is 22 years old, by the way). Before that we, were being bumped off by network television,...

  • The refuge of cowards

    Oct 3, 13 • 1370 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint6 Comments

    When the Downtown Chatham BIA secured a full sponsorship for its Santa Claus Parade, the news was greeted by most as positive. The commitment of  $18,000, by GDFSuez is an incredible act of generosity. The fact that the wind turbine projects are...

  • Community spirit time of the year

    Sep 26, 13 • 399 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    If the best things in life are free, then this year’s version of FireFest has to be listed as one of the best things. The second annual event brought thousands of people to downtown Chatham to look at antique fire trucks, watch and participate in safety...

  • Things are downside up in C-K

    Sep 19, 13 • 442 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

      Watching Chatham Kent council is like watching a table tennis match – with the taxpayer as the ball. The latest bounce came this week when council considered a 2% tax levy for the next seven years in order to deal with our crumbling infrastructure....

  • Accountability means trust

    Sep 12, 13 • 828 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint3 Comments

    Last week’s story about the pay increase of Chatham-Kent Children’s Services CEO at a time when the agency is laying off staff and cutting some wages raised a few questions about the manner in which children’s aid societies are operated in Ontario....

  • The shame of inaction

    Aug 29, 13 • 1564 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint10 Comments

    The issue of woodlot protection will return to council in two weeks, following months of study and untold acres of clear cutting. What began as a request by Wallaceburg Coun. Sheldon Parsons turned into a firestorm, exposing as much anger as almost any issue...