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The devil is in the downloading, an ignored issue during this election

By Deborah O’Connor

In this fall’s provincial election in Ontario the issue of downloading services is being freshly revived. With a little push from AMO (Association of Municipalities Ontario) all the parties announced their platforms on that contentious but yawn producing topic. For most of us, it’s a term dredged up from the past, when Former Premier Mike Harris led the charge to swap the costs of various programs, with the province off-loading some to the municipal level while taking some costs back in a process that was promised to be revenue-neutral. It wasn’t. And, the battle over who should pay for what has been fiercely fought ever since between the municipalities and the province. Continue Reading →

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Norlock wins

“This is your victory. I’m only part of the team.” With those words Northumberland-Quinte West Conservative candidate Rick Norlock acknowledged his third, unofficial, win to about 80 people who attended the election evening at the Keeler Centre in Colborne Monday night. Full story see Northumberland Today Continue Reading →

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Election victory based on getting out vote

Pundits will fill the airwaves and blogs today trying to explain the federal election polling results. The entrails will be poured over in an effort to try and discover why NDP leader Jack Layton surged in the final weeks and why other stalled. What will really count today is the efforts on the ground to get the vote out. It is one thing to answer a pollster on the phone or click a button on a website. The numbers pollsters are pushing at us are very interesting and entertaining. Continue Reading →

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