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  • Mike
    September 13, 2013 - 20:17

    All good and well but what happens if say 70-30 split and banks won't loan money even w/ a government guarantee. See Paradise.

  • Thinking outside the box
    September 06, 2013 - 13:17

    Much like a typical politician, what Donna displays here is a case of bureaucracy gone wild. In this article, the process and planning for municipal infrastructure is displayed and it clearly demonstrates a process that is arguably too lengthy and ultimately inflated in cost. 25 dollars a square meter Donna? And how much of that 25 dollars was spent on the actual road versus the bureaucracy associated with getting the road in place. Can that cost be reduced? How many engineers did it take to screw in THAT light bulb? Does your tendering process work? How many change orders to you allow? Has any empirical data been even collected to look at reducing the time and ultimate costs of municipal affairs in your region? Bottom line Donna, smoke and mirrors is what I see from this article, more political pandering, you would clearly do well in the Dunderdale government. I will note though, that I am not saying that things don't take time in government and yes people often expect a lot, but maybe, just maybe, if municipal and provincial politicians spent a little more time thinking outside of the box instead of sitting around following the bureaucratic status quo...maybe a little more would get done in a lot shorter time. There may not be a gravy train in municipal politics but the wasted resources are nothing to scoff at.

  • Steve
    September 06, 2013 - 12:22

    The problem lays in how the system is set up, if 75% of the voters do not vote you call it voter apathy whereas I truly believe that those are the people whose voice has been silenced due to how this system runs--if ten people were allowed to vote and only three did then whomever received at least two votes wins, and the same as winning by acclimation, what about the voice of the others? The system is set up for administrative appointments to deal with administrative duties of the municipality, but I can not vote for that option until a desirable slate of candidates presents itself, instead I'm left with the low life's and crooks running the system now. Not everybody wants to run, but we do need the municipality to function. Give me my voice back and let me vote for NOTA (none of the above) on the ballot so I can show my displeasure and disapproval of the current crop of candidates.

  • David T
    September 06, 2013 - 10:42

    Great column donna and thanks for helping some of us understand better how the money works........politicians go in with all these dreams.........hopefully theyll read this and understand they cant have the moon.