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Chatham-Kent Council: Apparently March Was Welcome Special Interests Month?
by Tom Slager | Apr 5, 2022 | Controversy, Local
Chatham-Kent learned something about Municipal Council this past March. The lesson was: “If you happen to be from the correct special interest group, your voice counts. If not, tough luck.” How else are we to interpret some recent decisions? Two important, hot-button...
A $91,765 Donation to Charity Should Result in More Than Broken Trust
by Tom Slager | Mar 6, 2022 | Local, Controversy
Working within a charity is often draining and difficult if you are on the fundraising team. Dollars are difficult to come by, as lots of other worthy charities are asking for help at the same time. It is a non-stop song of need being sung, usually quietly, in the...
Freedom Convoy 2022: They Should Not Dare to Speak for Us.
by Tom Slager | Feb 21, 2022 | Controversy
There is a disease growing in North America. Fed equally by lies and ignorance, the very foundation of our freely elected government is being attacked by a small minority of people who call themselves “patriots.” This group is much more out in the open in the United...
Chatham-Kent Woodlots: Asking Three Questions of Council
by Tom Slager | Nov 24, 2021 | Controversy, Local
The Issue Addressing contentious issues are part and parcel of the work that Municipal Council performs on a regular basis. The majority of issues they confront are fairly mundane; important to those that they affect, but largely not rising to the attention of the...
Municipality of Chatham-Kent: In 2021 the Glass Ceiling is Still Intact
by Tom Slager | Sep 20, 2021 | Controversy, Local
A Glass Ceiling Above the Wall of Silence The term “Glass Ceiling” was first used 43 years ago, in 1978, to describe what seemed to be an invisible barrier that kept women from getting equal pay and the top executive jobs in companies all around North America. Over...
Chatham-Kent Tree-Cutting Bylaw 2021: Not A Battle With All Farmers
by Tom Slager | Aug 4, 2021 | Controversy, Local
Every year, countless acres of the Amazon Rain Forest are slashed and burned to make way for farmers who want to increase the acreage of their fields. Threatened and protected species of animals and plants are wiped out every year, while wetland areas are destroyed in...
Chatham-Kent Council Ignores Transparency, Quickly Goes to the Mall
by Tom Slager | Jul 5, 2021 | Controversy, Local
Chatham-Kent Council Six Months Later Back in December Chatham-Kent's Councillors ended up with eggs on their faces. It came to light that they were having secret meetings with a group looking to potentially purchase the Downtown Chatham Centre (DCC). Apparently,...
Chatham-Kent: Spending Your Taxes to Keep Rondeau Cottages on the Beach
by Tom Slager | Jun 24, 2021 | Controversy, Local
A Little Background on the Rondeau Issue When was the last time a cottager from Rondeau Park invited you to a party at their place? It seems like the least they could do is make sure everybody in Chatham-Kent gets a thank-you card. After all, it’s your tax money being...