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04 Oct

Meet the Candidates in Grantham

Takeaways from the Meet the Candidates night in Grantham Ward:

1. I could not possibly have been more disgusted with what I heard. For all the talk about change and fresh ideas, everyone at the table was parroting the same Liberal ideals as our hard-left mayor and the current council, one that has been far too obedient of said mayor. They also emphasized how they’re here to listen to and represent our views, yet they were much more interested in representing their extremist left-wing views to us. All in all, I felt like I had attended a Liberal Party nomination meeting instead of a city council candidate debate.

2. The common theme all night long was low-cost housing and safe injection sites as if they were the solutions to every one of the city’s problems. Never mind the fact that low-cost housing isn’t even a city responsibility. Or what the people think of those safe injection sites. Yes, finding needles in parks is a problem. But writing permission slips for druggies is not the answer.

2a. I refuse to use the euphemism “affordable housing.” It’s low-cost housing.

3. I found Alan Ziemianin’s arrogant dismissal of critics of safe injection sites particularly offensive. Excuuuuse me for having a different opinion.

4. Coming in, I was hopeful that Jeff Brooks, a teacher at a nearby Christian school, might have been candidate with whom I could park a vote. Until he opened his mouth and confirmed that he was another one who had been drinking too much of the Sendzik Kool-Aid.

5. Having not handled myself well in front of a camera in years past, I can excuse a newbie like Rob Gill for bumbling and stumbling through his opening address. But not so for Dawn Dodge, who lost her train of thought near the end of hers. She’s been in public office for too many years for that to happen.

6. Dear Bill Phillips: Mayor Sendzik sees you as a “voice of reason” only because you’re a fellow Liberal. Stop patting yourself on the back.

7. Phillips pompously boasted about a recent council resolution he supported requiring a housing developer to set aside 10% of the units for government-subsidized rentals. So while Niagara’s unemployment rate continues to outpace the national average, he and the rest of council are more concerned with social engineering. Priorities.

7a. Phillips is a walking argument in favor of term limits.

8. I nearly burst out laughing when the NDP/union hack Dennis Van Meer started going on about overspending on projects. And again when he talked about keeping life affordable for the people in St. Catharines. This from a man whose party has become synonymous with spending wildly beyond its means and taxing both the rich and poor out of house and home.

9. Matthew Bastead said he was 35 years old, but he looks closer to 15.

10. I don’t relish any of the candidates becoming my councilor and “None of the above,” if only it was available, would be by far the most preferable option, but for what it’s worth, I found Bastead and Mark Stevens to be the two least unattractive candidates. At least Stevens said he was “torn” over the safe injection sites. No doubt, the other candidates would have been throwing rotten tomatoes at him if he dared to suggest he was against them.

09 Aug

Random Thoughts – Human Rights, Misguided Virtue Signaling, Municipal Elections and More

1. Given how they have been colluding with Silicon Valley to stifle dissenting opinions online and buying off the media with our money to carry their message, to say nothing of M-103 and what happened with the Summer Jobs Program, what right does the federal Liberal government have to criticize Saudi Arabia or anyone else on human rights matters?

1a. Next time the Liberals want to do some virtue signaling on human rights, they might consider what’s going on in the UK. Among the many issues is the case of Tommy Robinson, a former political prisoner the British government is determined to silence at all costs.

2. I love what Premier Doug Ford did in slashing the size of Toronto City Council. If only he had done the same thing here in Niagara with regional council and St. Catharines council. Even our hard-left Liberal mayor says we are over-governed.

3. Dear Richard Stephens: If you expect to beat a high-profile incumbent like Walter Sendzik and become the next mayor of St. Catharines, it might be a good idea to get yourself out there. A website and a social media presence wouldn’t hurt. The “sit back on your ass” approach won’t cut it. Just ask Sandie Bellows, who parlayed what should have been an easy victory into an embarrassing defeat in the provincial election.

4. If I hear Sendzik tout himself as a pro-business candidate again, I likely won’t be able to resist laughing out loud. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

5. I might have considered voting for Johnny Tischler until I read that the druggies are his top priority.

6. As much as it will pain me, I might have to once again hold my nose and vote for Bellows in order to keep as many leftists as possible off regional council. Even though she’s likely to be just as ineffective as a regional councilor as she was a city councilor.

7. There are certainly many candidates for Bellows’ old city council seat in Grantham. But it’s just like television these days. Lots on, but nothing to watch. In particular, I am amused by Rob Gill’s website, which has virtually nothing besides a donation box. It makes one wonder why he even bothered to register as a candidate. At least Alan Ziemianin has something to say.

7a. Rest assured neither of my votes will be going to incumbent Bill Phillips, a Liberal who embarrassed the city with his flip-flop during the double-duty councilor saga, or the hard-left union hack Dennis Van Meer.

8. Names I’ll be avoiding for the school board election are Kate Baggott, Norman St. George and David Waddington. All three are hard-line leftists, and Waddington, in particular, has the Pride flag on his Twitter profile and laments how the Ford government pulled the radical sex-ed curriculum. Personally, I’m much more concerned over the fact that so many Ontario students lack basic math skills and can’t even count the number of made-up genders being taught to them.

9. Today, I received an official notice from the federal Conservative party seeking nominations for the St. Catharines riding. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it got filtered out of Bellows’ and Mat Siscoe’s inboxes.

10. I wish I had a vote in the Toronto mayoral race so I could cast a ballot for Faith Goldy. One of the items on her platform is to round up all the illegal migrants and take them to Justin Trudeau’s personal residence.

11. Apparently determined to keep making the same mistakes as their neighbors to the south, the CFL is doubling down with its nauseating “Diversity is Strength” campaign. I’m sure the families of the victims of the recent Danforth shooting and that van attack in Toronto will be very touched by the league’s message.