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Kate Harries – Blog

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Jan 17th, 2016
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The news, revealed by Martin Regg Cohn in the Toronto Star last week – that provincial cabinet ministers are assigned fundraising quotas, and are in trouble if they don’t rake in enough money for the Ontario Liberal Party – was very shocking. It showed how much the representative system of democracy ...
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Nov 30th, 2015
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Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall kicked off Tuesday’s debate about recovering $5,000 in legal costs from AWARE Simcoe with a rant. Here it is: Marshall: Council of Canadians references administration attempts to sue, I guess, and lawsuits being perceived or pursued. My understanding, my investigat...
Mar 7th, 2015
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You’re buying a forest? That’s wonderful! What a privilege, to own a natural space where you can withdraw from the stresses of modern life and enjoy something that’s becoming increasingly rare. You want to get value from the forest? You’re so wise. I’m sure you will buil...
Feb 20th, 2015
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In October, 2012, the Conservative government brought forward an Omnibus Bill that changed dozens of laws, including the ancient Navigable Waters Protection Act. Under the new Navigation Protection Act, federal protection of citizens’ right to navigate our country’s waterways was withdrawn from all b...
Jan 23rd, 2015
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You may have noticed we have added some new bloggers to this site. It is a real pleasure to welcome Gary Christie, a passionate angler from the GTA with a particular attachment to the Nottawasaga River. He’s also a scientist who explains with great clarity what’s happening to the lifeforms in the wat...
Nov 17th, 2014
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I attended more than my fair share of all-candidates’ meetings during the recent municipal election. Here are a few good ideas gleaned from the campaign trail around the county. -Recorded votes: Make every council vote a recorded vote. This is an example of how electronic voting can serve democ...
Oct 27th, 2014
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It’s Election Day. I’m going to vote. The old-fashioned way – I’m actually going there, to a polling station, to mark a “traditional” paper ballot. This tradition, with all its attendant safeguards – a live body that shows up in person, with proof of identity, voting in a public venue under the...
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Oct 7th, 2014
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We realize that AWARE Simcoe was the intended target of the snub delivered by candidates Tony Guergis, Linda Collins and Dan McLean, who chose not to show up at the all-candidates’ meeting held in Minesing on Monday night. Unfortunately those whose interests were hurt were the 200-plus electors who t...
Sep 29th, 2014
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Who’s keeping your politicians honest? Well, that’s your job, to keep an eye on what they’re up to. Democracy isn’t just about casting a vote at election time, it’s about remaining involved in the government of your community. But what if your politicians duck behind closed doors so you have no idea ...
Sep 19th, 2014
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One of the questions on the questionnaire AWARE Simcoe has sent out to candidate is: If elected, will you support the creation of a lobby registry for local and County government? Some candidates – those new to the workings of municipal government –  have asked for more information about what w...