June 11, 2011

Elizabeth May is on to something here.

the Green party leader called for an end to corporate donations to municipal councillors’ election campaigns. At the federal and provincial levels, corporate and union donations are banned and individual contributions capped. But in municipal politics, there are no limitations.

At the very least, this can create the perception of bias if certain developers, for example, choose to back certain candidates. The greater concern is that if those candidates are successful, they might have a built-in bias in favour of those developers. … The process would then be seen to be clean. [more]

Wolfville could be a leader and then there would be no whispers about how mistakes – like Railtown – happen.

Bridgetown – a cautionary tale!

…a council and a town hall aren’t the real vitals of a town. It’s more important not to lose schools, or health services, or shops and employers that make living there viable. In this sense, Bridgetown’s loss over the years of its lumber mill, Acadian Distillers and the Britex textile plant matter more than a change of local governance. Another blow last week was a massive theft of wiring that scuttled plans to put a new business in the Britex building.

As much as a town hall rescue, Bridgetown needs help with economic development and job creation — while it has attractive assets like fine schools and good recreational facilities to build on. Maybe the province can start by helping to get the Britex plans back on track. [more]

Or maybe they could build a Mountain Bike Trail system?

It’s not easy being green

Subsidies mean every job created under the Liberals’ Green Energy Act will cost $179,000, forcing every Ontario household to pony up an additional $310 a year in electricity costs, the C.D Howe Institute says. [more]

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