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Cutting one seat out of 10? Meh...


The funniest moment in Tuesday's brief discussion of the looming council cut motion concerned, inevitably, the mayor.

Should OPP committee be a little more open?


On the subject of the Ontario Provincial Police dialling in the last contact committee meeting, I see retired city cop David Mitchell was also unimpressed.

In a previous post, I suggested the OPP's use of the teleconference model at their August 26 meeting was bad optics in a community that is, quite frankly, still being sold on the idea of trading in the city police for an OPP badge.

The sky is falling; it's that time of year.



This talk of cutting at city hall has a familiar ring to it, even if it is happening a little earlier in the year.

A small solution that is part of the big solution






The problem with big problems is people tend to look for big solutions.

Sometimes, though, the solution isn't a big solution, but a large accumulation of small solutions.

If Cornwall gets this, council will hear about it

When we posted our latest story last night about the aftermath of Brockville's Tomlinson decision, I tweeted the following:

The public needs to hear from a human with a badge



I do not wish to take sides in Brockville's ongoing policing debate. Let the OPP costing process continue, and let the hard numbers land where they may.

Comfort level, not service level, may drive OPP decision


Brockville Police Service Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur, left, Insp. Scott Fraser and Chief John Gardiner at the contact committee meeting Monday.It may all come down to comfort level.

Beatty's eBay quip was just exasperation



Dear OPP skeptics: David Beatty is not out of control, and you should not hate him for joking about selling cop cars on eBay.

Chase the elephants out of Brockville's 'district'



For a concise illustration of the challenge facing supporters of regional economic development, consider this:


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