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Follow Me on TwitterPhillip 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 pblancher@ourhometown.ca

Fishy deal sets bad precedents in South Dundas
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Fishy deal sets bad precedents in South Dundas

Aug. 20, 2015: For every step forward that the current South Dundas council takes, it takes two back. The last minute deal to secure the Renegade Bass Tournament championship is the most recent backwards step by this council. At the August 11th council meeting, a last minute agenda item was added, seeking a cash contribution and the waiving of launch fees for the boat ramp in Morrisburg for the Renegade Bass Fishing Tournament. The South Dundas Chamber of Commerce pushed for the waiving of the launch fees in 2014. It was denied FULL STORY

Clement not confident she can beat Lauzon?
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Clement not confident she can beat Lauzon?

Aug. 20, 2015: Which brings to light the possibility of an issue with Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal candidate Bernadette Clement. Clement was elected to a third term on Cornwall City Council in 2014, but threw her hat in the ring for the Federal Liberal nomination a scant few months later. With fixed election date legislation, it was very clear there would be a federal election in 2015. At the August 11th council meeting, Clement stated she would go on a leave of absence as of August 31, but really, it should have been as soon as the writ was dropped. FULL STORY

South Dundas Council gets it right, for a change
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South Dundas Council gets it right, for a change

Aug. 14, 2015: South Dundas council got it right Tuesday night by voting against a motion to support EDP Renewables plan for 24-36 more wind turbines in the municipality. The vote was three-to-one against supporting EDP, with one councillor stepping out of the vote due to a declared conflict of interest. Critics have stated that South Dundas has missed out of the promised revenue opportunity from this deal, good. Sometimes taking a stand is worth more than money. FULL STORY

Harper’s greatest electoral weapon, Kathleen Wynne
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Harper’s greatest electoral weapon, Kathleen Wynne

Aug. 12, 2015: Kathleen Wynne is Stephen Harper’s greatest weapon in the 2015 federal election. Premier Wynne thinks that by picking a fight with the Prime Minister she is helping Justin Trudeau secure a win in Ontario. Instead, she has becomes the greatest liability to the federal Liberal cause. FULL STORY

Go big or go home
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Go big or go home

Aug. 4, 2015: Since the dawn of the county system in Ontario in the 1800’s, there has been a two-tier governance system to municipalities. The upper tier, or county, controls certain aspects, the lower tier, or township/municipality, controls the rest. In the past, I have questioned the need for having a county level of governance in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry when we have six lower-tier municipalities that duplicate the functions of the county. Perhaps the better way to approach streamlining municipal governments is to cut the lower-tier out all together. FULL STORY

Charitable election spending
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Charitable election spending

Jul. 14, 2015: Ah, the stupid season is almost upon us. For this writer, the stupid season is the election spending season. Stephen Harper, Thomas Muclair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May will all lead parties who are about to spend big dollars on election ads FULL STORY

Trudeau misses the mark
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Trudeau misses the mark

Jun. 18, 2015: Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau released his party’s platform in the run up for the 2015 Federal Election this fall. When it comes to a hodgepodge of promises and ideas, this document fails to disappoint. However the younger Trudeau misses the mark. Case in point, electoral reform. Trudeau the Younger, wants to move away from the first-past-the-post system of voting to one more representative of Canadian’s wishes. FULL STORY

 Review needed of Levin touchables
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Review needed of Levin touchables

Jun. 6, 2015: Sicko. A sicko, a pervert, who was placed in the trust of guiding education policy in Ontario for children. How can Premier Kathleen Wynne not order a review of every document, every policy, every report or email that Ben Levin, her deputy, dealt with? How? FULL STORY

The political irony of union strife
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The political irony of union strife

May. 20, 2015: Isn't it ironic that the very unions which supported Kathleen Wynne and the provincial Liberal party during the 2014 election, are, one year later, protesting the actions of that party in power? It is not just one union which has been hit with this irony either, but on many fronts. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) spent $1.3 million in third-party election advertising in 2014, campaigning directly and in-directly against a Progressive Conservative government in Queen’s Park. FULL STORY

Desperation at Queen
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Desperation at Queen's Park

Apr. 16, 2015: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's frantic look at selling off crown assets to fund her transit and infrastructure plans, is akin to checking the couch cushions for spare change or looking for old jewelery to hock at the cash-for-gold place. It smacks of desperation and its Ontarians that are going to pay in the long run. Reports are due out today that will recommend that the Ontario government sell off 15 per cent of Hydro One each year, over the next four years, to fund new government spending. FULL STORY


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