No wards means less ears for outskirts

September 14, 2017

Hastings Highlands council recently decided that councillor convenience should outweigh good representation for all its far flung constituents by abandoning the ward system. As a senior citizen with some knowledge of human behaviour, I find it really hard to believe that someone living further away will care as much as someone residing closer by, to care enough to manage issues local to me. Voting at-large typically means that candidate councillors will typically reside in populated areas, although there may be exceptions.

25 years in the woods

The Bancroft and Area Studio Tour is gearing up for its 25th presentation of arts and crafts. It sets me wondering about the place of a grassroots organization like this in the economic development of our area.

Help identify turtle hotspots

Turtles have been roaming these parts long before land development, roads and motor vehicles. Ideally, it would be great if the turtles would stay off the roads. A notion that seems highly improbable but not impossible as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is now focusing efforts on the strategic conservation of ecosystems and species at a landscape level

Council made a choice that didn’t suit ratepayers

While reading the Aug. 25 Bancroft This Week, I noticed that Councillor Alex Walder has written about the at-large versus ward system.

Response: ‘Assessing the risk of doing nothing’

The Ontario Forest Industries Association is the provincial trade association representing Ontario’s forest sector. For 75 years, OFIA has represented forestry companies ranging from multinational corporations, to family-owned businesses that operate across Ontario. The forestry community is deeply rooted in every region of Ontario and has been connecting and supporting families for over 150 years. Today, Ontario’s forest sector directly supports 57,000 men and women across the province.

Wynne’s Watts: delivery charges

It sure is gratifying to see the consumer attention to the latest application from Hydro One, our local distributor, to jack up our rates again for 2018 to ’22. Ten years ago when I first started my rants on our egregious electricity costs, a rate application would not hit the radar for most folks. But today, even the politicians want to get on this bandwagon (note recent letters from Smith and Thibault, our MPP and our current Energy Minister). Energy Ministers under the Liberals has been a revolving door over the past 14 years but Mr Thibault is the current holder as of this month.

I’ll miss the Heritage Shoppe

Bancroft lost a major landmark on Aug. 4 when the Heritage Shoppe closed forever. It had served our community for many years funding programs like Meals on Wheels, Foot Fix and the TROUT.

Fix my pothole

How does one go about getting a pothole fixed in the road?

Clothes make the person

Cast a glance in the mirror. Check out your everyday apparel. Head out to the excellent ladies clothing store Heather’s Designs!

Art and craft show returning

This year again, it is being held in Millennium Park and the Club 580 on the Saturday and Sunday Aug. 5 and 6. 

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