Tag Archives: infrastructure

Infrastructure = service = quality of life

March 23, 2014

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Last week, Premier Wynne announced her government’s commitment to invest in full day two-way GO Rail service between Toronto and our area. Many conversations and interviews later, I am reflecting on the ongoing need to connect infrastructure investments to services and quality of life. There is a reason why municipalities and their provincial and national […]

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Orange blight

September 11, 2013

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I am sure many of you have noticed the fluorescent orange markings on our sidewalks – all 4421 of them on 679 km of sidewalk. They are popping up across Ontario in response to new provincial legislation that requires municipalities to mark potential tripping hazards of 2 cm or more (discontinuities) on sidewalks.  Our staff have […]

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Who should pay for the Infrastructure Gap?

August 11, 2011

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A couple of weeks ago, Tabitha Southey, a columnist for the Globe and Mail (and a Guelphite), mused about the debt ceiling crisis in the U.S. and how only one half of the story was being told. She noted that the assets created are also passed on to future generations for their benefit – not […]

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An open letter to the community about construction

July 29, 2011


This is a thank you letter. First I’d like to thank residents, businesses and visitors for their continued patience as we work to complete an unprecedented amount of work on our aging buildings, roads, sewers and water systems. Thank you for putting up with the noise, mess and inconvenience that goes along with construction. Next, […]

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AMO’s Top 12 Asks

July 17, 2011

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The Association of Municipalities of Ontario just released its top 12 priorities for the Provincial Election: Will meet (or beat) promised upload of $1.5 billion in social services and court security costs by 2018 Won’t download costs, or add new ones to Ontario’s limited property tax base Will create a separate, new, predictable and permanent […]

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Maintaining our infrastructure

June 3, 2011

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We often hear about the Municipal Infrastructure Gap.  It comes up a lot during federal and provincial elections.  I recently received this information from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario: What is the Municipal Infrastructure Gap?  Municipalities own nearly half of the public infrastructure in Ontario, more infrastructure than any other order of government in the Province, and […]

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