Phillip Blancher is a writer, web geek and communications professional by trade. He has written for a number of publications in Eastern Ontario and Northern New York State and also was a weekly morning show contributor for two area radio stations. As a resident of South Dundas for the last seven years, this long-time political buff has taken on an appreciation of small-town/rural life while also being a father of four and a soccer coach. Blancher's columns on OurHometown.ca will cover a range of his interests from politics, parenthood, local history and on his favourite NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres. If you have questions or wish to contact Phillip, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 24, 2015: There are many issues facing parents in Ontario when it comes to education. The most recent of those is the upcoming changes to the sex-education curriculum, the first update to this curriculum since 1998.
Proponents of the update state that it is a long-needed modernization that takes into account that puberty has been starting earlier and earlier in youth, and that helps youth deal with our modern age of pressures such as the internet and dangers of sexting. FULL STORY
Feb. 20, 2015: County Councillors at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, agreed this week to go with a two per cent increase in taxes this year. A "modest" and inflationary increase over last year. This, combined with a savings in policing costs from the Ontario Provincial Police, means more money for the roads budget and more construction being done this year. FULL STORY
Feb. 13, 2015: While the lefties rejoice the death of "Fox News North", no one should be celebrating the loss of the right-wing news network. Regardless of your political stripe, a network, however popular, shutting down is not good for a country with the principles of freedom of expression, and freedom of the press.
Was Sun News Network controversial, yes. Put the rhetoric aside for a moment and think about this, 200 people are losing their job. FULL STORY
Feb. 9, 2015: What a week in politics. First John Baird leaves the federal scene, provincial Progressive Conservative leadership hopefuls Vic Fedeli and Lisa MacLeod quit, and speculation runs wild on what MacLeod will do next. My suggestion for her next step is, do nothing. FULL STORY
Jan. 15, 2015: The Township of South Stormont is making news for all the wrong reasons. South Stormont Mayor Jim Bancroft, and a majority of the council, have opted for legal opinions about a policy that would force anyone at a public council meeting to obtain permission to use a recording device. This means everyone, including journalists, and includes cameras, video cameras and even audio recording. FULL STORY
Jan. 11, 2015: Today, January the 11th, marks the 200 birthday of Sir
John A. Macdonald, Canada's "Father of Confederation" and first Prime
Minister. In the typical Canadian-way, there are few celebrations of
this bicentennial planned outside of his ancestral home of Kingston,
Ontario. That is unfortunate because the legacy of his man should be
celebrated as there would be no Canada without Sir John A.. FULL STORY
Jan. 11, 2015: Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated she will not allow beer and wine sales in convenience stores in Ontario, solidifying the government-run monopoly on spirits and wine, and the duopoly on sales of beer in partnership with three foreign-owned brewers. This makes complete sense to this writer as Wynne is two-faced when it comes to the concepts of freedom and openness. FULL STORY
Nov. 6, 2014: A private members bill by NDP Member of Parliament Dan Harris is currently making its way through the House of Commons with support of the Federal Government. This bill, C-597, would make Remembrance Day a statutory federal holiday. While I understand the idea behind the bill, I do not agree with Remembrance Day being a statutory holiday. FULL STORY
Nov. 3, 2014: With apologies to Pink Floyd's “Another Brick in the Wall”, we don't need Kathleen Wynne's changes in Ontario to how sex education is taught.
While the Ontario Liberals plan has yet to be released, if it is anything remotely close to what was in the 2010 plan that was shelved during the time Wynne was Education Minister, then it will be the most progressive and intrusive foray by the state into the realm of parenting. FULL STORY
Jun. 24, 2014: Now that the election is over, there is a comfort in
knowing the Liberals have won a majority at Queen's Park. That comfort comes from knowing where you stand as a taxpayer in Ontario. You are going to pay more, for everything, in Ontario. The Liberals were very
forthcoming with that before the election with their budget, and
during the election by promising the same budget they were defeated
on. FULL STORY
Phillip BLANCHER, The View from Dundas Story Archive