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Little House in T.O 019WEB
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.
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.

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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"
Comment by fmcalister
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
Tuesday, October, 14, 2014 - 1:01:54 AM
Kitchener Votes Region: Karen Redman "[...] Karen Redman – Redman is a household name in Kitchener because she’s served locally in several capacities. A good family friend, Karen has always demonstrated her passion for Kitchener and our region.  Her comments in a local news"
Comment by Waterloo Region Votes - Great Candidates | Paul Stickney
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Setting the record straight on region debt
Some regional council candidates are crying foul as they argue that regional staff have inserted themselves into the ongoing municipal election campaign with a recently published piece.
Region can learn from Calgary LRT
I’m travelling this week, helping my wife attend the Lethbridge Word on the Street festival as well as school readings in Calgary. I’ve never been to southern Alberta before, and I was impressed by the landscape and the welcoming attitude of the locals.
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La yapa: Verses
In the course of my former duties as the restaurant reviewer and food writer for the Waterloo Region Record, I had the good fortune to report on a new restaurant in Kitchener called Verses. It startles me somewhat to realize that was January 2004.
John De Boer photo
De Boer’s treasures: Oil Museum of Canada
The smell of oil still permeates the air near Petrolia as I view the ruins of abandoned oil drilling equipment. The driving tour begins at the Oil Museum of Canada in the village of Oil Springs. Here, in 1858, oil pioneers developed the first commercial oil field in North America.
Morgan the Great Dane, Komoka Museum 011WEB
De Boer's treasures
Cathy and Dave Payne from Melbourne wanted a house pet, so they brought home an eight-week-old, 22-pound Great Dane who they named Morgan.
Entering the mummy’s tomb at TheMusuem
It was one of those rainy days last Saturday when you look for things to do with your kids to keep everyone from going stir crazy.
Overprotective Dad trope needs retiring in media
I am a father of daughters, and that fact constantly amazes me. Being an only child raised in a family of few cousins, I had no experience of what it was like to have a sister, and to see girls grow up outside of school.
A solution to all the potential conflicts?
A local public school board trustee has offered up an interesting policy plank as the seven-week fall municipal campaign gets into full swing today.
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