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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

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

Time to drop the “Progressive” in Progressive Conservative
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Time to drop the “Progressive” in Progressive Conservative

Apr. 14, 2015: One can easily argue that in 2015, we have one of the most progressive, Liberal governments provincially in Ontario history. Some in the province will wear that title as a badge of honour. The badge of being a progressive is not what it was 100 years ago. The provincial PC’s have had their butts handed to them not once, not twice, or even three times but four consecutive elections. FULL STORY

Duffy circus has come to town
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Duffy circus has come to town

Apr. 7, 2015: The Mike Duffy circus has come to town, the only question really to be answered is, is what role will Duffy be? The clown, or the ringmaster? It is destined to be three-ringed absurdity of political mayhem, intrigue and conspiracy. The details will come out in court, and are well known. The alleged bribe. The alleged false expense reports. The alleged coverup. Round and round it will go. The result of the trial, and the fallout from it, will become “Exhibit A” for the cause of reforming the Senate. FULL STORY

The benefit of public utilities
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The benefit of public utilities

Mar. 31, 2015: The manufactured belief that publicly-owned utilities like Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, Cornwall Electric or Rideau-St. Lawrence Utilities are for our own good, is a falsehood. Public ownership has morphed over the decades from being for the common good, to another form of high taxation and waste. FULL STORY

Clement best chance for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberals
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Clement best chance for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberals

Mar. 26, 2015: Cornwall city councillor Bernadette Clement’s announcement to run for the Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Liberal nomination should come as no surprise, to the public, or the other two candidates vying for the nomination. What does surprise this scribe is that anyone would continue to contest the nomination against Clement. FULL STORY

First step in the right direction
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First step in the right direction

Mar. 24, 2015: The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have finally started in the right direction, by consolidating departments and trying to do more with less. OK the last part is a bit of a stretch, but the County is at least consolidating the Transportation and Planning departments under one umbrella. It’s a good first step. FULL STORY

Do we need to fund tourism?
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Do we need to fund tourism?

Mar. 19, 2015: Do we, we as in taxpayers, need to fund tourism promotion in Cornwall and SDG? Are we now at the time that groups, like Cornwall and the Counties Tourism need to fund themselves and not rely on tax money to survive? In the case of Cornwall and the Counties Tourism, why should non-tourism-based businesses in Cornwall and SDG have their taxation fund promotion for tourism-based businesses? That does not seem fair FULL STORY

All-in on Unfinished Health Care System
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All-in on Unfinished Health Care System

Mar. 18, 2015: Our health care system, as started in the 1960’s under initiatives between the provinces and the federal government under Lester B. Pearson, has never been finished. After the initial creation of the system, it has been left to meander along with no clear direction, and as such has deviated from the ideals it was founded on. Now our health care system has become the mechanic’s jalopy, something to be tinkered with, but only if it doesn’t cost more money. If something needs money or attention in the system, we rob Peter to pay Paul to do it. That is not what the goal of our modern system of health care was to be. FULL STORY

Distraction  Politics and the Siege Mentality
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Distraction Politics and the Siege Mentality

Mar. 12, 2015: Distraction has become the new norm in politics in Ontario. Stir the pot with some wedge issue in one direction, so that people don’t see other issues in that direction. While the pot stirs, problems are swept away. Take the new Sex Education Curriculum, and all of the churn stirring in that particular pot. While social activists and parents face off about the curriculum changes, no one much notices that it is budget season in Ontario, that the province is still in a massive deficit. No one is paying much attention to the whispers of a partial privatization of Ontario Power Generation. FULL STORY


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