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De Boer's treasures
Toronto’s smallest house is only seven ft. wide and 46 ft. deep. It is located at 128 Day Ave., jammed between two townhouses in the older residential district of York.
Seeing it through to the end
The decision to run or not to run for political office is a big one.
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Monday, October, 20, 2014 - 2:02:41 PM
Same old story "[...] for Rangers Rangers no longer Storm chasers Retired principal from Waterloo named Jr.B commissioner Same old story Siskins lose second in a row Spirit tie game late, defeat Rangers in shootout Storm clears [...]"
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Friday, October, 17, 2014 - 2:02:32 PM
School board trustee: the forgotten vote "It's totally true. I'm running for School Board Trustee and yesterday I received an email from another candidate and I stopped and went, "wait, who?" I think it goes without saying that as a candidate I have been paying attention to the race! Weird"
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Thursday, October, 16, 2014 - 7:07:44 PM
School board trustee: the forgotten vote "Hi James Thanks for linking to the TriTAG survey. We did not have the capacity to include school trustees in our survey for this election, but it's on our radar for the future, as how kids travel to and from school, and the education they receive "
Comment by MikeOnABike
Trustees more than human shields
Combined they administer a budget that is almost $1 billion of taxpayer money, yet when it comes to local politicians they are the least recognized.
School board trustee: the forgotten vote
Last week, I expressed frustration over the low turnout that municipal elections get, as well as my hope that more of us would vote this time around, for our mayors, local and regional councillors and regional chair.
Vote for vision, not resentment and anger
Since 2010, Toronto has learned the hard way that voting for a candidate that represented resentment and anger instead of competency and vision leads to disaster.
Need to close the loophole on tendering
I wanted follow up with you in the wake of the developments and decisions by the Ontario Labour Board deeming the region a “construction employer,” validating the certification by the Carpenters Union and ensuring closed tendering for local infrastructure.
The right time to give thanks
The Thanksgiving holiday gives a lot of us pause to think of what we’re most thankful for at this time of year.
Regional council should consider blackout period
One of the common complaints at municipal election time is the advantage of incumbency.
Make your voice heard on Oct. 27
On Monday, Oct. 27, voters will choose local and regional councillors, not to mention mayors and the regional chair, who will manage local government matters from now until 2018.
Politicians should walk the walk on transparency
There is nothing wrong with public school board trustee John Hendry calling on trustee candidates to admit any known conflicts they could face if they are elected on Oct. 27.
Doon residents still without safe bike access
Councillors recently passed a vote to put in segregated bike lanes on Manitou Drive.
John De Boer photo
De Boer’s treasures: Rideau Canal
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of a leisurely houseboat cruise on the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston. This photo shows the locks in Ottawa, where the canal meets the Ottawa River. The route winds through a system of lakes and rivers made navigable by channels, locks and dams.
Public art provokes debate
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the public will get a chance to make that judgement after Region of Waterloo councillors approved the latest public art installation on Tuesday.
Aissa defends his campaign for chair
Waterloo Region Chair candidate Jay Aissa is defending his use of robocalls and employing a well-funded campaign in his attempt to unseat current Chair Ken Seiling.
Confusing crossings confound drivers and create mistakes
The Region of Waterloo has more than its fair share of confusing roads. Our drivers have to deal with our inconsistent grid system and, in the past few years, our municipal government’s enthusiasm for roundabouts.
Do your homework before voting
You want choice? You’ve got it.
John De Boer photo
De Boer's treasures: Famous Five
Canadian artist Barbara Paterson created these larger than life bronze sculptures of the Famous Five standing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
A code of conduct is needed
It shouldn’t come to this. Anybody involved in public office should know that public service comes before self-service.
 
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