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Updated list of my BayToday columns

by | Sep 17, 2021

Below are links to my columns published at during 2021:

Sept. 29, 2021

If wards are the solution, what’s the problem?

It’s not something most sitting councillors like to discuss because it adds a new element in their bid for re-election. Once you’re elected by at-large vote, why would you want to change and seek support in a specific neighbourhood?

Sept. 20, 2021

Brief calm between storms

On the pandemic front, the discussions, debates and protests over vaccine mandates became a lightning rod for politicalization.

Sept. 13, 2021

Welcome to the ‘State of Flux’

Let’s take it a step further and invest that tax revenue directly into low-income and public housing, filling a void that’s causing part of the problem both socially and economically.

Sept. 7, 2021

Infected with that nasty civic duty bug

Not to put too fine a point on it, I believe I can add a measure of depth to the council chamber lineup.

Aug. 30, 2021

City has vast reserves of untapped ‘cynicism’

Perhaps it’s time to change the rules for being elected to municipal office? Maybe a councillor should have to fulfil at least one term before applying for a job at the city?

Aug. 23, 2021

Strategic voting offers false mandates

Even the spectrums on the left and right are at odds with each other, which results in more losers than winners every time we go to the polls.

Aug. 16, 2021

Politicians weave a tangled web

The only benefit of having the election now, as far as I’m concerned, is that it saves having to do it next year because I’m certain the Bloc, NDP and Tories would have rejected the next budget and not waited for 2023 either. A federal, provincial and municipal budget all in 2022 would have killed me in a worse way than coronavirus.

Aug. 9

Change is hard, inconvenient and uncomfortable but necessary

Hopefully we’ll find ourselves in a better place where invasive and destructive insects are not named after a group of people and there is no need for parades to demonstrate against oppression in the fight for inclusiveness.

Aug. 3, 2021

Cassellholme conundrum deserves closer look

It’s high time for the Cassellholme board and executives to break out the dog and pony show that should have performed on the municipal council circuit months ago – pandemic or not.

July 26, 2021

Cassellholme future needs provincial intervention

At this point, only the Ministry of Long-Term Care can spike the project. They’ll be looking long and hard at the tender process and shot-gun wedding approach to the financing.

Jul 19, 2021

Keystone Cops blink first at Cassellholme’s O.K. Corral showdown

Is there a better (less expensive and complicated) site to build from the ground up? Will a regular tender process achieve a better estimate? Does the Cassellholme governance model need to be scrapped? Can an election-year improve the provincial funding terms?

Jul 12, 2021

Opinion: Dave Dale, Maroosis hammers home a good point about so-called ‘plan’

Without provincial and federal funding to reduce the wait lines for mental health and addiction treatment services, people will continue to fall through the safety net gaps.

Jul 5, 2021

Silly season begins pandemic-style

‘I don’t think they’ll be able to rely on the right-wing tail wind from down south. There’s not much ‘Trump bump’ left in the tank, is there?’

Jun 28, 2021

Canada Day can stay, but …

It’s astounding, really. We seem so full of ourselves in the archived documents and so congratulatory in the history books. We sure talked a good game and I can see how it tricked all involved into thinking there was integrity at play.

Jun 21, 2021

Opinion: Dave Dale, Let’s not return to ‘normal’

The $122-million redevelopment and expansion of Cassellholme is a glaring example of politicians playing hot potato with health care issues

Jun 14, 2021

Lessons to learn for the next pandemic

The wind carried amplified talk about a looming new world order, threatened freedoms, vaccines something, something and mask-wearing oppression to the skies above.

Jun 10, 2021 – Announcement

Veteran journalist Dave Dale dusting off his columnist pen to write weekly for BayToday

He has a reputation for being a hard-nosed political and social analyst who is irreverent to powers that be, while also sharing a compassionate and philosophical side

May 2, 2021

REPORTERS SHOP TALK: Newshound Dave Dale

We begin our series featuring Dave Dale and some of his favourite anecdotes on a career spent covering municipal politics

Dave Dale
Dave Dale

Writer, photographer and proud father. My mom’s family is from the Soo with its Algoma Highlands, dad hailed from Cobden in the Ottawa Valley and I spent my teen years in Capreol. Summers were at the beach on the Vermillion River and winters at ‘The Rink.’ Born in East York but Toronto never was my thing. Ever since a kid looking out the window on long trips, I imagined living on the highway in a little house with a big yard and trees growing all around me.

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