Harper Government VS CBC – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 14, 2010

Harper Government VS CBC – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 14, 2010

Cornwall ON – Today, we have another round of Conservative CBC bashing. Really, what does it accomplish? While it is an interesting “channel changer”, a tactical move to distract from the Jaffer-Guergis Affair and detainee documents, how many votes will it switch to the Conservative cause?  On a positive note the Conservatives have managed to […]

June 28th – Pension Time for MP’s – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 13, 2010

June 28th – Pension Time for MP’s – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 13, 2010

Cornwall ON – One interesting but over-looked side story in the present impasse over the Afghan documents is that magical date of June 28th. The importance of this date was flagged in a story by CanWest on September 13, 2009. This is the date that some 74 MPs will qualify for their pension as they […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Helena Guergis: Stand By Your Man – May 11, 2010 Cornwall Ontario

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Helena Guergis: Stand By Your Man – May 11, 2010 Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON- It was good theatre. I am referring of course to the Helena Guergis interview on TV. The script played out exactly as one would have expected with a calm, at times teary eyed Guergis defending herself, her reputation and her husband. The only thing missing was “Stand by your Man” playing in the […]

Letter to the Editor – Russell Barth – RE: Project Paradigm Nabs Marijuana Haul in North Lancaster Ontario – May 9, 2010

Letter to the Editor – Russell Barth – RE: Project Paradigm Nabs Marijuana Haul in North Lancaster Ontario – May 9, 2010

To The Editor, RE: Project Paradigm Nabs Marijuana Haul in North Lancaster Ontario 269 budding marijuana plants, 600 harvested plants, 25 pounds of bud, blah blah frickin’ blah. This is a drop in an ocean. Worse than that, every bust, big or small, is a subsidy to the 95% of growers and dealers who will […]

Letter to the Editor from Brian Lynch – Cost of the HST to Families in Ontario – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Letter to the Editor from Brian Lynch – Cost of the HST to Families in Ontario – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Dear Editor: The McGuinty Government’s Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will cost the average Ontario family almost $800 a year, according to a study released by Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP, on May 4. Using Statistics Canada’s “Social Policy Simulation Database and Model”, the Ontario NDP examined the HST’s financial impact on Ontario families. […]

Kevin Parkinson – Reality Check – CIBC Visa Cardholders Charged More Interest in Ontario than in Quebec – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

Kevin Parkinson – Reality Check – CIBC Visa Cardholders Charged More Interest in Ontario than in Quebec – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

CIBC Visa Cardholders Charged More Interest in Ontario than in Quebec Cornwall ON –In the April CIBC VISA card statements, an updated Cardholder Agreement was enclosed explaining some recent changes. Written in legal language that is difficult to read and understand, as of September 1, 2010 cardholders will be paying more interest on their purchases. […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Question Period Reform Part 3: Civility Required – May 7, 2010

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Question Period Reform Part 3: Civility Required – May 7, 2010

Cornwall ON – As mentioned previously MP Michael Chong has taken on the daunting task of trying to reform Question Period. One proposal which will be very controversial is the suggestion that the Prime Minister only show up one day a week, on Wednesday. The catch is that he would answer all questions for the […]

Letter to the Editor – Scrapping the Long Gun Registry – Earle Macpherson – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

Letter to the Editor – Scrapping the Long Gun Registry – Earle Macpherson – Cornwall Ontario – May 7, 2010

Scrap the Useless long gun Registry Can you just imagine that the registry has cost so far since it was introduced over 2 Billion dollars, that’s a 2 with nine zeros(2,000,000,000). Picture the number of diagnostic procedures and on time scheduled surgery’s that the people of Canada could have received and the number of lives […]

Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – A plastic-film-less food shopping journey – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – A plastic-film-less food shopping journey – May 7, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – I have begun the plastic-film-less food shopping journey.  I said in the last Earth Matters column that I would begin mid-May…well I started early.  I was concerned about being able to find a nutritious whole grain bread without plastic to replace a wonderful product that we currently purchase off the shelf in […]

Question Period Reform Part 2: Just Answer the Question by Keith Beardsley – View From the Hill – May 6, 2010

Question Period Reform Part 2: Just Answer the Question by Keith Beardsley – View From the Hill – May 6, 2010

Question Period Reform Part 2: Just Answer the Question Cornwall ON – Michael Chong’s Motion 517 to reform Question Period will be debated later this month. While it only directs the Procedures and House Affairs committee to study his proposals, they offer a glimmer of hope that perhaps Question Period can still be saved. Question Period […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Reforming Question Period, Part One – May 4, 2010

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Reforming Question Period, Part One – May 4, 2010

Reforming Question Period, Part One Ottawa ON – Yesterday, Michael Chong, the Conservative MP for Wellington-Halton, introduced Motion #517 to reform Question Period. The odds of any of his suggested reforms ever happening are pretty slim if other MPs don’t put partisanship aside, or if the media doesn’t line up behind him. I have known Chong […]

Letter to the Editor – Darlene Jalbert – Closure of Prison Farms – Cornwall Ontario – May 4th, 2010

Letter to the Editor – Darlene Jalbert – Closure of Prison Farms – Cornwall Ontario – May 4th, 2010

Closure of Prison Farms Dear Editor, The wheels are in motion to shut down six prison farms across the country, a decision to be carried out by Correctional Service of Canada.  Kingston being the closest one to us.  One must wonder if this move is part of a long-term agenda to shut down all farms […]

Komorowski’s Korner – Insulating The Basement by Richard Komorowski – Cornwall Ontario – May 4, 2010

Komorowski’s Korner – Insulating The Basement by Richard Komorowski – Cornwall Ontario – May 4, 2010

Insulating the Basement Cornwall ON – The average basement typically accounts for a major heat loss unless it is properly insulated. The good news is that a poured concrete basement (as opposed to concrete block or field stone) can be easily and effectively insulated by the homeowner. The first and most important step is to […]

Letter to the Editor – John Milnes – Pharmacies vs Dalton McGuinty – Cornwall Ontario – May 3, 2010

Letter to the Editor – John Milnes – Pharmacies vs Dalton McGuinty – Cornwall Ontario – May 3, 2010

Dear Sir: Recently Barry Millet of Summerstown wrote somewhat scathingly that Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, has it all wrong with regard to the pharmacist situation.   Mr. Millett, in my opinion, has it all wrong.  The pharmacies are to be denied $750 million in professional allowances they receive from generic drug makers.  This is good […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Do you remember this section from the 2006 Conservative Election Platform? May 2, 2010

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Do you remember this section from the 2006 Conservative Election Platform? May 2, 2010

Stand up for Accountability Strengthen the power of the Auditor General • Increase funding for the Office of the Auditor General to ensure she has the necessary resources to conduct a complete audit of grant and contribution programs and of any such departments, agencies, and Crown corporations as she deems necessary. Do you remember this […]

Editorial – Is it time for Canada to get its snout out of the Alberta Oil Sands? Gulf Tragedy Hits Louisiana – Cornwall Ontario – May 2, 2010

Editorial – Is it time for Canada to get its snout out of the Alberta Oil Sands?  Gulf Tragedy Hits Louisiana – Cornwall Ontario – May 2, 2010

Cornwall ON – As I write this there’s an awful lot of oil heading towards the Louisiana coastline; some of which has already advanced into pockets and is impacting wildlife and the environment. So far very little has been done; and it looks like this will be even bigger than the Exxon Valdez in impact on […]