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Articles by Phil Koning
Complicated election choice beats undemocratic options

Complicated election choice beats undemocratic options

We have all heard about declining voter participation and the reasons why we should be voting in an election, but really, the cycling in and out of the two major parties over the past decades wears a little thin. The reality of how fragile a political promise can be...

Hard data needed to assess, address road safety

Hard data needed to assess, address road safety

East Ferris residents want township officials to put the brakes on irresponsible driving. Concerned citizens have made presentations to council and posts to social media sites raising the alarm about speeding vehicles that endanger pedestrians and cyclists navigating...

Are we learning anything yet?

Are we learning anything yet?

We were warned a worldwide pandemic was a certainty and there were plans developed in preparation, yet no one followed them. Now we’re facing an economic hangover, resulting from the decisions made on how to control viral spread. And both history and current realities...

Free flow of information solves problems

Free flow of information solves problems

I’ve been reading news reports about municipal councils concerned about the cost of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.  I wrote about the Integrity Commissioner process before and although FOI appeals are already handled by a central office, the Information and...

Private enterprise too fickle to deliver public priorities

Private enterprise too fickle to deliver public priorities

Greyhound Canada’s permanent parking of its passenger service has delivered another example of how private interests are fleeting at best during fair-weather and quick to depart when dark clouds arrive. The recent closure of the bus line in Ontario and Quebec, after...

Cost of municipal integrity not cheap

Cost of municipal integrity not cheap

Ontario residents are being asked how to strengthen code of conduct policies for elected municipal officials, as well as revamping the appropriate penalties. Follow this LINK to add your two cents before the public consultation closes July 15. It’s been two years...

It’s a taxing situation

It’s a taxing situation

Fairness in taxation is much like beauty, it's in the eye of the beholder.  The concept attempts to balance the rights of the individual with the obligation to society and the success of that equalization is only evident in the lack of opposition to the tax. Property...