In an Orwellian world, only comedians can save us

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell. These performers remind us of something paramount; comedians don’t provide the example of what they can get away with saying, they provide us with the blueprint of what everyone can say.

Update on complaint against BLR Fire Chief

Brudenell Lyndoch Raglan (BLR) Township Council held a special meeting on Friday morning, November 1, to consider the result of an investigation into allegations against its Fire Chief, Jordan Genrick. Genrick was accused of several instances of misconduct, including three alcohol related allegations, as well as an alleged personal grudge …

Girl makes a mark with superpowers

Tasha Rankin doesn’t always have a lot to say, but that hardly matters. She seems to leave a mark wherever she goes. Locally, Tasha already has quite the following. She is a popular student at St. John Bosco School in Barry’s Bay, and has turned heads with her amazing abilities …

Councillors spar about alleged death threat

At the August 6 Council in Committee meeting, CAO Sue Klatt reported on an agenda item entitled “OPP occurrence filed.” This related to an episode that occurred at the Council in Committee meeting of February 7 2019. During that meeting Councillor Ernest Peplinski was alleged to have used “unparliamentary language” …

Township CAO acts to curb Integrity Commissioner costs

OPINION As announced at the June 4 Council in Committee meeting, in an effort to reduce the high cost of investigations conducted by controversial Integrity Commissioner, Guy Giorno, Madawaska Valley Township has hired Sudbury consulting firm, Expertise for Municipalities (E4M), to oversee the validity of complaints made by citizens against …

Use of non-disclosure agreements leaves public in the dark

The routine use of non-disclosure agreements without any consideration of the public’s best interests has become a legal epidemic that undermines the very idea of an open and accountable society. Andrew Nikiforuk, How Non-Disclosure Agreements have become a cancer on democracy, published on October 18, 2018 in The Tyee. OPINION …

MV Councillor subject of complaint after outburst

Councillor Shelley Maika (above) has found herself in hot water after a formal complaint was lodged by a local resident who claimed Maika verbally assaulted her on May 2 at the Township office. According to Christine Darbyson, Maika burst into a private meeting between Darbyson and Acting Interim Treasurer Ross Jeffrey, …

Will Patrick Brown’s ghost shadow Doug Ford?

James Di Fiore is a freelance journalist focusing on politics and media. He is also a radio host at chcr.org in Killaloe. The opinions expressed in this op-ed are solely those of the author.   Just when you thought the long shadow of controversy and unexpected plot twists had left …