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 on: May 16, 2009, 06:11:33 PM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by MapleCityStar
Mayor Randy Hope has made the bold prediction that Chatham-Kent will lead the province in economic recovery from the current recession. He claims to see signs that we will fare better than the rest of Ontario. Apparently, these signs still include significant hardships, bankruptcies, and foreclosures. Hope says this bright future will be realized despite acknowledging that, "The jobs that are leaving us are not coming back." However, Hope has not taken much concrete action to replace those jobs other than engage in wishful thinking.

Is Mayor Hope addressing our economic problems in a credible, effective way, or has he spent too much time reading the tea leaves?

 on: April 23, 2009, 01:54:06 AM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by It Matters!
Provincial Liberals are so done in CK. Maybe Wesley will run as independent.

Where's Mary Lee when we need her? Didn't she warned 3 years ago that lihn was corrupt? Put her on the case and they'll all give in just to save there sanity.

 on: April 23, 2009, 01:42:36 AM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by It Matters!
Haha! Dalton McGuinty has been had by Harper. He just made sure the Tories will be elected in Ontario. McGuinty promised to NOT harmonize the taxes. Now he'll have to run again as a liar, only this time our wallets will be stinging twice as bad.

 on: April 20, 2009, 02:02:23 PM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by MapleCityStar
I have to agree that the timing of this initiative is suspicious. There was no mention of harmonization in the last provincial election campaign. In fact, McGuinty stated it was not up for discussion This is going to hurt families, who now face one of the biggest tax grabs in Ontario history. Small business will have increased paperwork burden and tax-collecting obligations.

Consumption taxes are regressive. Lower income earners will be disproportionately affected by this tax grab on previously-exempt items such as internet services, hydro, heating fuel, and a whole host of goods and services that were not subject to the PST.

McGuinty suggested that consumers would win since business would likely absorb the increase. Had McGuinty bothered to consult these businesses, he would have learned that margins are already diminished, leaving little room for his anticipated benevolence. Does he really expect Union Gas, Chatham-Kent Energy, or any business to absorb the added 8% in this economic climate?

No doubt the current government deficits and stimulus spending sprees must be paid off, but the bulk of this burden should be the responsibility of the corporate world behind the financial crisis, not small businesses and families. The Harmonized tax introduction date will no doubt mark an impediment to Ontario's economic recovery.

 on: April 20, 2009, 01:43:45 PM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by MapleCityStar
This letter appeared in the Chatham Daily News on April 17, 2009, and is reproduced here with permission.


Sir: Down through the years there have been famous illegal or unethical "transfers" of wealth. The Great Train Robbery, for example, or the heist of an armoured car in Montreal a few years back, or the Enron debacle, or more recently the Stafford and Bernard Madoff successes in parting people from their money. There have also been some notable team efforts with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Bonnie and Clyde. However, there is a new team in action -- McGuinty and Duncan about to lighten our wallets through tax harmonization.

This massive cash grab is quite simple. We will now pay combined provincial and federal taxes on all services such as haircuts, manicures, stamps, real-estate closing costs, all the way up to new homes, depending on the value of the house, and on hundreds of personal items and foodstuffs.

Our federal and provincial governments are doling out massive sums of money to bolster our economy and need to take more of our money from us to fund it. Any government suggestions that this is "revenue neutral" because of one-time rebates to be mailed out two months before the next provincial election are pure horse feathers. Much like the insincerity of McGuinty's aim that the health tax implemented several years back is not a tax. There are some amazing coincidences in the timing of this long reach of the combined governments to increase their take from us. For several years, McGuinty has been complaining loudly about the unfairness of equalization payments from Ottawa and that Ontario is being short-changed. Now, all of a sudden McGuinty is silent on this subject. Another interesting tidbit is that in the next federal election, there will be 21 new seats in the House of Commons from Ontario.

On a related subject, King Stevie's Quebec strategy has exploded in his face. He needs those Ontario seats. Last but not least, Stevie is providing a $4.3 billion "incentive" (bribe?) to Ontario to complete the sales tax harmonization.

Let's see: 21 new Ontario federal seats that could offset Conservative losses in Quebec, $4.3 billion coming to Ontario from Ottawa, sudden cessation of complaints from Toronto about Ottawa's unfairness to Ontario, and the federal Conservatives and provincial Liberals actually romancing again. Could there be a connection to all of these phenomena? Probably not even the Shadow knows . . .

-- H. David Goldsmith Chatham

 on: April 15, 2009, 05:21:25 PM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by MapleCityStar
The town of Wallaceburg has been rocked by plant closures and job losses. Now, a report recommends the closure of the Emergency Room in the hospital that money raised by local citizens helped to build. Many fear that this marks the slippery slope towards complete hospital closure and further erosion of town identity in an amalgamated municipality.

Instead of accepting responsibility for hospital issues, the provincial government has delegated oversight to the Local Integrated Health Networks (LIHNs). The province claims more money than ever is there for hospital funding, and is content to have hospital boards and LIHN decide how it's spent.

For the most part, hospital boards argue that public oversight of such budgets is neither mandated nor warranted.

This has served to place political decision-making out of the reach of voters, with an organization that's insulated and unresponsive to the citizens receiving the services and footing the bill. The provincial government can then wash their hands of decisions that are unpopular or damaging.

Ultimately, nobody is accountable to the public.

In defence of the Sydenham Hospital, an advocacy group was spearheaded by Jeff Wesley. "Save Our Sydenham" or SOS has been meeting with the public, hospital officials, and LIHN. Over 11,000 people signed a petition in support of the mission.

The group is still struggling to get the attention of hospital administration and politicians. While Conservative MP Bev Shipley has come onside with a comprehensive letter to Gary Switzer detailing his concerns, the mayor of Chatham-Kent would rather let Wallaceburg residents fend for themselves, and hospital administration have consistenly avoided meeting the public.

Was the amalgamation of St. Joseph's Hospital, Public General Hospital, and Sydenham District Hospital in the public's interest? Is it working? Is the Erie St. Clair LIHN fulfilling its mandate to plan and fund health services locally by members living in the served communities? Are the people being heard?

Let's hear what you have to say...

 on: April 15, 2009, 02:44:48 PM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by SurveySez
Don't know about this Corcoron guy, but they still have that reporter their that makes up his interview quotes. Bob somthing. Been doing this forever and getting away with it. Can't beleive a thing he writes for sure.

 on: March 30, 2009, 03:51:18 AM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by MapleCityStar
Sun Media announced in December that they would cut 600 jobs in their newspaper divisions. In 2008, newspaper shares in the US dropped an average of 83.3%. Canada has started losing venerable chronicles at an escalating pace.

In a Chatham Daily News editorial on March 27, 2009, Bruce Corcoran writes that they have not escaped the suffering. He partially blames the internet, and citizen journalism. However, he claims that they are still sitting up and taking nourishment - engaged in investigative journalism, much to the chagrin of various public figures.

That's a mouthful of sawdust. Exposed all over this website is evidence that the Chatham Daily News has NOT performed nor reported very much investigating except for the shoddy sort, and at least one public figure is likely indebted for the intentional oversight. It's laughable, right Bruce? (It's a tough job keeping their political manipulation in check, but I'll take credit for the citizen journalism part since it's the only kind being done right now, and we know Bruce reads this site.)

What's going to happen in Chatham, with Sun Media's more ethical Chatham This Week and its sleazy sister competing in the same market? Has the last puppy to be trained on the Chatham Daily News been born yet?

 on: March 25, 2009, 12:44:46 AM 
Started by MapleCityStar - Last post by MapleCityStar
After being forced off the air for a while, the Maple City Star is back with a new look.

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