Phil McColeman and I teaming up to bring greetings at the IG Wealth Management indoor Walk for Alzheimer’s in Paris. I will go anywhere for a good cause! Across the country these walks are expected to raise $5,000,000 for the Alzheimer Society. I am now getting styling cues from Dave Levac. ...
We will have a great line up of entertainment and events on Canada Day. Hope to see you there.
Brantford's Canada Day Celebration We are beyond thrilled to announce that Colin James will be headlining Brantford’s Canada Day Celebration! You won’t want to miss out on a performance by one of Canada’s best blues musicians. Be sure to check out his latest album Miles to Go. Special thank you to our presenting sponsor OLG! Visit brantford.ca/CanadaDay for full event details. ...
wish they would bring back the Canada day Parade Brantford used to be known for it..It also promoted the villages that are so much fun..Now everyone goes to port dover for their amazing parade...That's where I will be..sorry
Another intriguing day. This morning I attended LUMCO meeting in Guelph. LUMCO is a lobby group representing the mayor’s of Ontario’s 26 largest cities. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark attended the meeting. He made it clear the Province will not hit the pause button on retroactive downloading cuts that are wrecking havoc with municipal budgets that have already been set for this year. LUMCO will continue to lobby the Province to change course and work collaboratively with municipalities in addressing the provinces fiscal deficit. This is LUMCO’s official response.
“Big-city mayors from across Ontario continue to be alarmed about the Province’s unilateral, retroactive cuts to municipal funding after cities have already passed our budgets. We are also united in concern about Bill 108, which could put at risk cities’ finances and ability to provide parkland, community facilities, and well-planned neighbourhoods.
We understand the fiscal position the Government of Ontario is in, and we want to be a partner in its efforts to get its budget deficit and debt under control. We appreciate that Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark attended our meeting today to speak with LUMCO mayors about municipal financial sustainability and Bill 108.
We again call on the Government of Ontario to defer the implementation of these funding cuts so that the Province and cities can work together on how to minimize the impact on the people we all represent, and the services they depend on.
To absorb the funding cuts the Province has made, after municipal budgets have already been approved – let alone find a further 4 per cent in budget reductions as the Premier has suggested – cities will be forced to consider increasing taxes or fees, cutting services, raiding reserves, or deferring infrastructure and capital projects. Unlike the provincial government, municipalities are required by law to balance their budgets annually and cannot run a deficit.
Ontario’s big-city mayors are equally concerned about the proposed changes in Bill 108, which could put at risk our cities’ finances and ability to provide parkland, community facilities, and adequate public engagement to inform the planning of neighbourhoods. Changes to Development Charges, which are paid by developers to offset the cost of growth, could put already-approved parks and community centres in jeopardy.
A return to the old OMB rules for planning appeals means that local planning matters will once again be taken out of the hands of municipal Councils. We wholeheartedly support the Province’s goals of improving access to different types of housing, including more affordable housing, but believe that by working together, we can find better ways to achieve them.
We call on the Province to engage with Ontario’s cities on Bill 108 in order to meet the goals of housing choice and affordability, while respecting the role of municipal Councils in planning decisions and protecting the financial sustainability of cities. In the immediate term, we call on the Province to extend the deadline for comments on Bill 108 from June 1 to September 30 to allow municipalities adequate time to comment.
LUMCO mayors are asking the Government of Ontario to sit down with cities to work together on the issues that concern us all – financial sustainability, housing that people can afford, prosperity and quality of life.” ...
Mr Ford is making a good case for recall legislation in Ontario.
Doing the opposite of what he promised and expecting us to believe his misinformation.
Even though the province seems determined to not budge from its current position, LUMCO must continue to lobby for some compromise & to be included in the discussion. Good luck.
No offense Kevin, we both know , why education came about . Systemization seems to have had , more of an affect on people, than education . We can't afford the Public Sector, their benefits, or their pension's. Education should have been implemented long ago, and perhaps, Ontario / Canada wouldn't be in the financial situation , it's in to-day. Your grandchildren's, grandchildren's . grandchildren are likely going to be stuck paying , Ontario, and Canada's atrocious debt , getting by on a despicable amount of disposable income . You are doing a good job , keep up the good work Kevin.
Coming from a Mayor who said he might want one of Dougies efficiencies experts to find some here Lol
Police . Mid management. . Administrative people all make over 100000. Where can we cut