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Sarnia Police Press Release Using Language That Is Part Of The Problem

On Dec 03, 2022 the Sarnia Police issued a tragic press release entitled “Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Continue” as a warning to highlight the gravity of the substance and the dangers associated. The goal of the release was to warn and hopefully prevent future overdoses and situations in which could go awry. It first speaks to …

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List of Churches in Sarnia-Lambton that are for and against Bill C-6

Thanks to Rev. Adam Kilner for rallying churches in Sarnia to come out publicly in support of Bill C-6 and oppose our MP Marilyn Gladu’s opposition and petition to try and amend or abolish the bill. (more context here and here). These things are important to put in the history books and are helpful for …

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Mike Bradley, Janice McMichael-Dennis and Bluewater Power Donations

On July 13, 2020 ago I made a motion to ask questions of the board of Bluewater Power which failed. Before failing, the mayor lectured me about how I had the audacity to question the mayor’s integrity because a $10,000 expense showed up in his expense report from a donation from Bluewater Power. As you …

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A Technical Glitch? Or….

There has been quite a kerfuffle here in Sarnia the last few months. A motion was put forward by Councillor Stark to make some requests of Bluewater Power. The vote passed 5-3. A few days later we received an e-mail from the solicitor claiming technical glitches which resulted in Councillor Boushy’s vote being misheard. Therefore, …

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Value vs Vote Based Politicians

In my foray into politics I was struck early on of the different kinds of politicians that there are. At the risk of oversimplifying, I would put them into two categories. The first group are those that are politicians based on their values. They have a worldview that is made up of certain values, and …

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Short Term Rentals in Sarnia

Back in June 2019, Councillor Bill Dennis made the following motion. That Staff be directed to complete a staff report on the potential to regulate short term rental platforms (such as Airbnb) within the City of Sarnia within the next 30 days. I understand the Planning advisory Committee is looking at bed and breakfasts under …

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On Municipal Communications

In our corporate strategies meeting last week, I brought up what I thought to be an important issue on how the staff and council communicates big projects to the public. I said that: I’m thinking of something like Centennial Park where staff was here, public was here, and council was here. And everyone was on …

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Growth Shouldn’t Be Our Focus

Ever since campaigning for council in 2018, there has been this message floating around that Sarnia needs population growth. Somehow it worked as a campaign strategy for councilors saying they were going to focus on growing our population. More recently the mayor has been touting that “we need to get that percentage number up,” said …

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“The Battle For Justice In Palestine” Quotes

Some important quotes from The Battle For Justice In Palestine: The Case for a Single Democratic State in Palestine by Ali Abunimah. What an important read and should be required reading for anyone discussing Palestinians rights. So now let me qualify my opening claim: the Palestinians are winning the argument and Zionists are losing it. …

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Why Adding Secondary Dwelling Units Is Great For Sarnia

Back in August I made a motion “that staff report on reviewing our policies surrounding secondary dwelling units, especially to address the urgent and growing issue of student housing. This report should include the impact that the recent provincial changes have on our municipal policies, any possible collaboration with Lambton College, and an overview of …

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On Racism in Canada

I’ve had a few requests to do some clarifying on some of my comments around race and Canada on some previous conversations I’ve been having online. I thought I would post some of my thought process for what it means that as a Canadian, that we are all guilty of racism in one way or …

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Flag Poles and Crosswalks

One of the things that I did agree with in installing the greeter desk back in the lobby of city hall is it’s intended emphasis on hospitality. It’s important that we make hospitality a value at the center of our city. Judging by the comments of my fellow councilors who voted in favour of restoring …

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