April 16, 2020 thewire 0

Last month, city councillors got a report on their annual salaries and expenses. Did ya’ notice that our mayoral bike enthusiast and sprawl opponent was the only councillor to have an annual car allowance? Yep, she gets an additional $5,122 to drive about in an evil auto, putting another crimp […]

March 2, 2020 thewire 0

My old friend Molly from the Rubidge has her troubles like the rest of us. But fer my money, she’s got more sense than most women half her age and double the courage to say what needs sayin’. Look, like she told me, city council acts like a fish outta […]

January 26, 2020 thewire 0

Don’t care what anybody says about climate change. It’s friggin’ cold in my room and I can’t get the lordly bossman to give a hoot about my windy windows. Sorry, but I been payin’ rent all these years and the injustice gets me riled sometimes. I see that the kids […]

January 2020

January 14, 2020 thewire 0

Happy New Year, kids. Hey, I’m startin’ my second year on this column writin’ thing. I dunno if I’m any good at it, but it gets me out of that ice box of a room on Water Street and helps take my mind off the struggles of just bein’ an […]

Eye on City Hall

December 1, 2019 thewire 0

This was a good one. A few weeks back, Peterborough city councillors got their noses out of joint over reduced provincial funding for child care in the city, and they publically called out MPP Dave Smith to appear before them and account for his dastardly deed. Turns out they called […]

Eye 0n City Hall

November 4, 2019 thewire 0

So, the Diane has given city councillors a new seating plan in the council chamber. May seem trivial but it ain’t. Two councillors from each ward now sit directly beside each other, shoulder to shoulder, overlookin’ each other’s notes. Odd, since they all previously chose to sit far away from […]

An Eye On City Hall

October 2, 2019 thewire 0

So city councillors said no to Her Worship’s two-year experiment to allow folks to raise hens in their backyards. Good for them. It’s kinda’ obvious that the Diane has a mean girl habit of tryin’ to undo whatever the previous Bennett council did. Look forward, pumpkin; it gives ya’ a […]

An Eye on City Hall

September 2, 2019 thewire 0

So the city’s gotta’ get the tenters out. OK, but what’s with the heavy-handed and arbitrary overkill of the new parks and trespass bylaws? What would pre-mayor Diane have said about a night time curfew for 108 city parks, or a bylaw that absolutely bans stuff like climbin’ a tree, […]

Eye On City Hall

July 31, 2019 thewire 0

If ya’ ask me, city hall’s handling of the tent city fiasco was shameful. Ya had six months notice that the warming room was going to close and ya did nothin’. That means you caused the problem. Ya saw no urgency in a brutal heat wave when homeless people hunkered […]

Eye On City Hall

July 8, 2019 thewire 0

The sciatica been actin’ up and I didn’t get to my seat at the council chamber this month. Special thanks to Molly fer letting me watch the city council meetings on her computer. Good on the Diane for showin’ up and speakin’ at the D Day event at Confederation Park. […]

Eye on City Hall

May 31, 2019 thewire 0

Finally got the bike out of storage this week. Thanks to Molly for keeping it in her storage locker all winter. Little oil and she’s all street worthy again. That’s the bike, not Molly. So, why the rush-rush exodus of the most senior staff from city hall? Six months and […]