Does this sound familiar? The government of Ontario announces a program to purchase clean energy from a group of power consortiums outside the province. A provincial election comes along and the new premier says he will cancel those contracts, and in addition will pass legislation making the cancellations lawsuit-proof. Doug Ford 2018? No, in this instance it is Mitchell Hepburn in 1934.

By way of background it was the late 1920’s and Ontario was ruled by a Conservative government led by G. Howard…

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In the world of horse-racing win, place or show and you still go home with something. However, there’s only one prize for candidates in Burlington’s 2018 mayoralty race. And all
LRT showdown unavoidable
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Ford reaffirms pledge to free Council on transit Funding   As much as Hamilton Council has dithered and dodged on the LRT issue, it appears the day of reckoning is
Trump steel tariffs affecting selected Canadian manufacturers
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Theres no panic yet and its not widespread so far, but the Trump steel and aluminus taridffs have forced layoffs at a specialty steelmaker in the Soo. A spokesman for
Sound of Music Board says 2019 show is Assured
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In the wake of the sudden dismissal of Dave Miller, the Executive Director of Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival, a spokes-man for the Board of Directors has acknowledged that there
Burlington Beachway park vision finally being realized
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In this year, the 60th anniversary of Burlington’s incorporation as a town, it’s worth recalling other significant events in 1958 that had a major impact in life along the lakeshore.
New home for Provincial Offences Administration office and courtrooms
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The old courthouse will soon be the new courthouse. as of Monday, August 27, 2018, the Provincial Offences Administration office and courtrooms will be located at their newly renovated and



A matter of weeks. The time between the election of Ontario’s new Premier and the first assault on the left’s comfort quo. I can’t prove it on this page in the Bay Ob-server, but my prediction the night the Queen’s Park Sher-iff’s badge changed hands was “Ford’s first target will be some level of overly-comfort-able-self-important govern-ment.” Ya think?

No moderate message, cautious…

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The new Hamilton City Council that will be elected in October will have at least four new faces thanks to redistribution and incumbents choosing to move on. But unless there is some kind of seismic voter revolt, which frankly seldom happens, there will be familiar faces around the council table come November. Whoever is elected they will be called upon to make a decision on transit and infrastructure that will have far reaching consequences for years to come. We could go on about how successive Hamilton Councils were asleep while LRT zealots incrementally pushed the scheme forward step by step; alternately assuring council that the key decisions were yet to come, and then telling councillors they had voted on the matter 60 times and it was too late to turn back. The propaganda, junk science and outright lies about the benefits of this project are well documented. We have shown in this journal how the public consultation process was rigged from the beginning to eliminate more practical transit solutions from consideration. It culminated a…

Premier Rob Ford has now made good on his pledge to kill the Wynne Government’s Cap and Trade carbon plan. When he announced his intention during the election campaign, many observers wondered how he would replace the $2 Billion that the plan was bring into the provincial coffers. It may turn out that the answer is Justin Trudeau. Trudeau has promised to introduce a federal carbon tax in any province that does not have its own scheme. Further Trudeau has pledged that any revenue from the federal tax will go back to the province where the income was generated. The difference for Ford is that now the blame for what will likely be a reversal of his plan to reduce the price of gasoline will  shift to the Feds, not Ford. The opportunity for Ford is to negotiate flexibility in how the money is to be spent rather than engage in a protracted lawsuit with the Feds as he has threatened. Further, the federal plan suggests a carbon tax of between $20 and $50…

Some time back I was working on a possible aviation story and part of my research involved finding out how much it cost to rent a private jet. So I Googled in the usual manner and got the information I was looking for from Wikipedia or some other site. The point is, I did not go on a website for any aircraft charter service. But now I find myself getting regular emails from Magellan Jets—how they got my email address, I have no idea. In my most recent email Magellan suggests I rent a Sikorsly S-76 “for all my short hops around the Northeast.” I’ve also been offered discounts on fixed-hour packages on a Citation X. A recent message invited me to compare the relative benefits of a Challenger 300 versus a Challenger
350 I was also asked if I had addressed the 7 critical questions one should ask before you purchase a jet card. I guess I could block this stuff but it’s harmless enough; and it’s kind of flattering to be receiving the…

Culture & Living

A new production of the evergreen 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, onstage at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, focuses on the cultural divide between East and West which existed in the early 1860s. The narrative encapsulates the bittersweet emotions of forbidden love as well as deep divisions between old and new world traditions.

Austere actualities become theatrically entertaining fare as the Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyricist) creation delicately balances narrative delight and exotic visuals. Its source is Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam” which was derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam (now Thailand). Theatre goers have annointed the work as a classic, its rich vibrancy offering an invitation for “Getting To Know You” which is imaginatively more in tune than actual historical accounts.

The telling of a king trying to come to terms in the modern world, yet unable to resist the forces of ancient customs, was originally interpreted by the relatively unknown Yul Brynner (a role he performed over 2000 times), and Gertrude Lawrence. Brynner then was paired with Deborah Kerr for the 1956 film verson, crowning him with a best actor Oscar.

Anna is a widowed British school teacher brought to Siam to tutor the King’s many children. When she arrives, though she enjoys an instant connection to the students, she struggles with cultural differences and with the headstrong King who struggles to resist the forces of ancient customs. Through…


The film, (showing in select markets), explores disobedience, detailing those
An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award winning novel, this moving
In her first full season as Executive Director of the

If you can find a few days to carve out of your schedule, swing by Cincinnati it will be a revelation.

The New York Times listed it high up on its 52 places…


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Soaking up history in a Mercedes C Class
I was in a Mercedes and I had a mission.
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Cybercrime, hacking, phishing, data breech whether state to state compromise of national security or individually involving stolen credit card information, is now a daily headline continuum. How did we get
CANADA’S SECOND KLONDIKE… as many RED FLAGS as the anticipated GOLD
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I have previously mentioned the scientifically available evidence for prescribing marijuana in its several compilations for the alleviation of pain and even the control of some psychiatric diagnoses. Decriminalizing the
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In the summer, people move outside to become more active. Weekend warriors begin to emerge as they focus on getting involved in sports, exercise and training. Along with these activities
Transportation Master Plan focuses on streets, roads
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LRTPerhaps the most notable feature of the Transportation Master Plan Review submitted to Hamilton Council last month was what it scarcely mentioned—LRT. Instead the plan looked ahead to 2031 and
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A government program aimed at reducing Canada’s grain backlog had been a boon to Hamilton’s National Steel Car—which has been manufacturing freight rolling stock in Hamilton for more than a
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