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Big Power in Small Numbers

Today is voting day. And after every election there is always a discussion about low voter turnout in younger age groups, particularly those age 18-34. Is this the case? Based on Elections Alberta voter results for the most recent provincial election, … Continue reading

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Critics Immortalized in Stone

The Late Romantic Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, was oft dismissed as irrelevant by music critics of his day.  He was not fond of that and is credited as saying “Pay no attention to what critics say. No statue has ever … Continue reading

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Where did it come from?

The current remuneration for the office of CAO in Peace River is a point of significant contention for many voters in town so warrants study. It was also a question at the mayoral forum, in response to which justification was … Continue reading

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Due process?

As mentioned in the previous post, Council moved to accept the contract between Avant-Garde Inc. and the Town of Peace River at the January 14, 2013 meeting. Let me first be clear.  None of these posts are meant to imply … Continue reading

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Three years of CAOs

During the mayoral forum a very valid question was asked. From where did the salary figure for our current CAO come? Mayoral candidate Lorne Mann answered the question, in the process making some statements I will address both here and … Continue reading

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Borrowing for the Future

Debt, much like tax, is a necessary evil in government.  Without taxes we have insufficient revenue and without debt we cannot fund growth.  Which is to say that debt has its place. Interest rates are at historical lows right now, … Continue reading

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Where are the PeaceFest posts?

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile.  And I hope I’ve made the right decision. It was suggested early on that I was moderating the forum based on my own biases.  That was untrue.  There has not yet been one … Continue reading

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Growth through Growth?

Have revenue growth and prudent borrowing funded growth over the last three years?  A virtuous cycle of growth leading to growth? I will look at revenue and debt changes in the town financial statements.  However, much of this will be up for interpretation. … Continue reading

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Quick update

I mentioned in Building the Case…Continued that I would post the business license approvals by year once I received them from the town.  The wonderful staff at the Town got them to me today, despite how busy they are.  Thank you … Continue reading

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On Dissension

Yesterday I was asked what the purpose of my blog posts is.  Here is the text of the first comment I received. “Question though: In one or two sentences, could you please explain here what exactly is the case you’re … Continue reading

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