Orange rise will impact local campaigns

The federal election question in Quinte these days is straightforward: if the NDP Orange Wave flows over the country, will it carry the new Bay of Quinte riding with it? Probably not. First, the Bay of Quinte riding, or at least its various, have never elected an NDP candidate. Not even close. The same holds […]

Pan Am Games worth getting excited about

Forgive the indelicacy, but I have to say if I hear one more person in Toronto complain about the “problems” created by the Pan American Games, I am going to vomit. Ideally right on their shoes. I’m not talking the financial problems that will, eventually arise, from some of the lavish expenditures made so far, […]

Third group gives a glimmer of hope

Here is a hint at exactly how bad – how dysfunctional even – Belleville city council looks these days: in the past week several people have asked me, with varying levels of seriousness, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t get elected?” While I don’t think any of them actually think I might be glad I didn’t […]

Politics of destruction is getting costly

By Alexander Campbell Special to The Cheap Seats Our politics is stupid. Our politicians aren’t stupid. In fact, they’re often accomplished and intelligent people. But they care and they try to make us care about the absolute stupidest things that they can humanly highlight. I have no idea why this is. Can someone tell me […]

Brown could cut the reins even more

  After spending a few minutes with Patrick Brown, it isn’t hard to see why so many people voted for him to be the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. He is well spoken, hits the various talking points well and at least in small groups is more dynamic than his predecessor (let’s […]

A tale of two Williams

There was something more than a little surreal this week about two mostly unrelated assignments bisecting each other at a common point. That point being named Williams. On Monday night, at Quinte West city council a painted portrait of former Mayor John Williams was presented to the man himself in recognition of his 11 years […]

Devil is in the details with new way of voting

Timing, they say, is everything, especially in politics. As such I can’t help but note that Justin Trudeau’s campaign announcement swinging his party decidedly to the left came one day after a Globe and Mail story of a Liberal candidate who resigned because his party supported Bill C-51, which swung the Libs decidedly closer to […]

Decision not only result of playground debate

The decision about playgrounds in local subdivisions was answered – noisily – Monday night by Belleville city council. But the ramifications of that meeting will linger for a while. Maybe quite a while. But that decision was not the only noteworthy development that emerged from the discussion on the Potter’s Creek and Settlers Ridge subdivisons. […]