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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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Death and Hearts

death is death even though not all death is the same as the space between one death and the next lies a heart that has been broken and mended and then put back together and then shattered again and now that heart exists in many spaces and with many people and with many memories and …

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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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Logitech USB Unifying Receiver from Amazon Not Working and Finally a Solution

I lost my tiny little USB unifying receiver so I ended up buying a new one on Amazon. It detected fine by my laptop (on Windows 10), but for the life of me the Logitech Unifying Software failed to recognize it. I tried everything and went deep into Google to try and uncover the problems. …

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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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