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LarryMiller-featureDear Editor,
During an election campaign, it is quite easy for candidates and leaders to get caught up in the 'buzz' of the election and make promises that are politically motivated but are not practically responsible from an operational standpoint. This is exactly what the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have done in regards to Canada's involvement in aiding Syrian refugees.
The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship has announced that the Liberal Party remains committed to their lofty campaign commitment of relocating 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. During the announcement the Minister stated that the government will be taking a "whatever works" stance on the issue to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada in roughly 7 weeks. Since the government made this announcement a number of experts have claimed that this goal is impossible and if the government decides to proceed on a rushed basis this plan could jeopardize the responsible intake of refugees.
This is entirely a politically motivated policy based on an irresponsible campaign announcement. I am disappointed

sewagepipe-feature-by Curtis Healy

Out there on a strip of land created by the St. Lawrence, commonly called Grosse Isle, there are graves, names in a direct line, names of my grandfathers and grandmothers, of my mother and my father. They came here fleeing a natural disaster neglected by a government under an act of union that claimed they were citizen-subjects of the same country. The city of Montreal is about to pump untreated sewage into the waters that create this sacred ground, claiming that it will have dissipated before it can wash up and profane it. But from one section of the water to another, like the black rock screams, it is all connected; those who landed in Montreal, the 6000 dead the stone speaks for, buried their dead at the typhus quarantine on Grosse, before they made their way west, to join them in the pit.

Even if you don't take the page of ancestors or sacred, personal heritage grounds into the equation, have the people of this city, forgotten their own history, both local and national? Have they never heard of or simply forgotten ...

parliamentflag-fullBy Phil Henderson
With another election come and gone, I think it's time that we as a society have a conversation about the problem of our ballot.

Before you turn the page, no, this is not another harangue about the evils of first-past-the-post...

Bluewater Logo-feature-by Anne Finlay-Stewart

"How do you sleep at night?" was the parting shot from a woman leaving the Bluewater District School Board meeting Monday night. The mother wondered how the trustees could live with their decision to begin a review which could end in school closures in the Owen Sound area.

The motion at Monday's meeting was to "commence an accommodation review on the Owen Sound Area Group of Schools", which includes all its elementary and secondary schools in the city, plus ...

signswithtext2- by Anne Finlay-Stewart

In early September, Larry Miller reported to the media that every one of his election signs had been removed from the village of Shallow Lake, a traditional sea of Conservative blue. The press release warned that the loss had been reported to the police and the offence of "moving, removing or vandalizing" election signs carried a fine of up to $5000 or two years in prison, as well as the risk of further trespassing charges. A week later, Miller reported that the OPP had been alerted to a similar crime in Desboro.
And that was only the start.
Although there were no media releases, nor official police complaints from candidates, Mr. Miller's opponents have seen destruction, defacement and removal of their signs throughout this campaign. Besides the excrement and creative writing, some of the attacks on signs have been disconcertingly aggressive. One strong supporter of ...

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