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July 10/2016 .. ACRG .. Amherstburg Citizens for Responsible Government

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Town of Amherstburg Date: 2016-07-06 Investigation into complaints about meetings held by Council for ..., Paul Dube, Ontario Ombudsman click here .. and from the Ombudsman: "My report should be shared with council and made available to the public as soon as possible, and no later than the next council meeting."

Jul 10/2016 ==============================================

Here are some free spaces to keep cool in Windsor CBC News, Windsor click here .. would be interesting to know if people are using the centers in Windsor and the Town of Essex?

Jul 9/2016 ===============================================

Draft of A'burg community based strategic plan ready Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Cooling Centres Open Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. do we have this? could we? is there a list?

Jul 8/2016 ===============================================

Police chief looking for input for service's new business plan Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Essex Offers Cooling Centres Krystlee Varley, AM800 click here .. do we have this? could we? is there a list?

Jul 1/2016 ===============================================

Harrow High holds its final graduation Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here "there was a lot of pride at the event."

Windsor Fire Service honours FCA Canada and Unifor locals for safety efforts Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here .. Amherstburg's Keith Lauzon is one of several members of the FiatChrysler Automobiles Fire and Security Joint Health and Safety Committee that received the award from the Ontario Fire Marshal.

Unifor, FCA Receive Fire Safety Awards Peter Langille, AM800 click here .. this article is a rerun of an earlier posting, Keith Lauzon of Amherstburg and Unifor, is a recipient!!

Jun 30/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg takes hard look at sports tourism Mary Caton, W/Star click here .. this sounds leading edge. Well said Rick Daly!

Cashless festival will use e-bands for transactions Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Amherstburg Working to Preserve Big Creek Watershed Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. Councillor Rick Fryer interviewed

Local student first to graduate from St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Jun 29/2016 ==============================================

Saying goodbye to St. Bernard School Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Wildlife enthusiast looks for better protection of Big Creek watershed Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jun 28/2016 ==============================================

Unifor, FCA Receive Fire Safety Awards Peter Langille, AM800 click here .. Keith Lauzon of Amherstburg and Unifor, is a recipient!!

Doors close at six Windsor and Essex County schools, but memories live on Dave Waddell, W/Star click here .. includes pieces on Amherstburg and Harrow

School's Out: Sun sets on St. Bernard Catholic School in Amherstburg W/Star photographer Tyler Brownbridge click here .. a sad story, we thank the Star for their photos!

Jun 23/2016 ==============================================

New CAO in Essex Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 News click here

New Idea For Colchester Harbour Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Jun 22/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg Schools Top GECDSB Priority List Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Town of Essex names new CAO Chris Thompson, W/Star click here

Instructor says Amherstburg tennis courts 'dangerous' Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Jun 21/2016 ==============================================

Residents say goodbye to Harrow District High School Joel Boyce, AM800 click here .. this is so hard on Harrow

Harrow High says goodbye Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here

Jun 19/2016 ==============================================

Preparing to close, Harrow high school holds open house CBC News, Windsor click here 'I look at that old school and I think of the memories, all the good times'

Photos: Harrow District High School's final days Windsor Star click here .. thanks to the Windsor Star for this photo sequence!

Students face final days of Harrow District High School with pride Dave Waddell, W/Star click here

Jun 17/2016 ==============================================

Tourism Numbers Up In Windsor-Essex Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Town to pursue Canada 150 grant funding to offset CWATS costs Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Proposed Echo building condo development up for sale Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

Jun 16/2016 ==============================================

Major Development in Amherstburg Scrapped Rob Hindi, Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

An 'Eyesore' In Amherstburg Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Amherstburg man pushes for more protection of Big Creek watershed Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

Leamington builds butterfly trail Mary Caton, W/Star click here .. didn't Amherstburg recently speak of this? .. we'll check.

Jun 15/2016 ==============================================

Progress being made on possible Belle Vue acquisition Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Mayor relieved after $9 million flooding lawsuit dropped Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jun 14/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg's mayor relieved $9M flooding lawsuit dropped Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

DiCarlo Relieved Lawsuit Dropped Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Lawsuit Dropped Against Amherstburg Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

ERCA to begin new greenway construction Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

Jun 12/2016 ==============================================

$9-Million Lawsuit Against Amherstburg Dismissed Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. "Had the litigation been successful, the Town would have had to pay out $4-million."

Jun 10/2016 ==============================================

Public school board face tough decisions ahead Joel Boyce, AM800 click here

Jun 9/2016 ===============================================

Windsor-Essex building surge continues in May Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here .. "but less in Amherstburg and Lakeshore"

Jun 8/2016 ===============================================

Why no standards for rescue training? Christie Blatchford, National Post click here .. "Ramshackle 'industry' goes unregulated" .. Ms. Blatchford's article is about fire safety training and standards!

Top Toronto graduates of firefighting school are women Dan Taekema, Toronto Star click here .. well done ladies!

Changes Coming To Municipal Elections Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Ontario cities allowed to use ranked election ballots in 2018 CBC NEWS click here .. Preferential ballots let voters rank candidates instead of voting for a single person

Taxpayer dollars a hot topic at Essex council Joel Boyce, AM800 click here

Jun 3/2016 ===============================================

County awards tenders for four CWATS projects, including one in Amherstburg Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jun 1/2016 ===============================================

2016-2019 IBEW Local 636 Collective Agreement IBEW 636 click here .. with kind thanks to IBEW Local 636 Mississauga HQ

May 09/2016 May 24 Town Council Report ACRG Report click here

May 30/2016 ==============================================

Mardi Gras Organizer May Countersue Amherstburg Chamber Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

Lakeshore Parks Under Review Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. "The reality is is this community is exploding in growth."

Extra Money For The Town Of Tecumseh Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. "This year Tecumseh residents saw a zero percent overall tax increase."

May 28/2016 ==============================================

Mardi Gras Festival Organizer Sued Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

May 27/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce sues Mardi Gras organizer Mary Caton, W/Star click here

What To Do With Harrow High School? Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Residents Float Ideas For Future Of Harrow High Kirk Dickinson, Blackburn News click here

Tecumseh Will Review Election Boundaries Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Wine Fest in LaSalle Facing Questions Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

May 25/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg Looks to Purchase the Historic Bellevue House Robert Hindi, AM800 click here

Lakeshore benefiting from turbine project Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here

Amherstburg seeks to buy historic Belle Vue House Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce files lawsuit against last year's Mardi Gras organizer RTT click here

Campaign to fund health care system comes to Amherstburg Ron Giofu, RTT click here .. not politics nor money but serious concern to all!

Phone survey firm states town's results among best ever Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Bellevue House in Amherstburg up for sale at nearly $2M CBC News, Windsor click here

May 24/2016 ==============================================

Historic Belle Vue property for sale in Amherstburg Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Amherstburg Farmers Market officially open Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here

What's Next For Harrow High? Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

May 20/2016 ==============================================

Sneak Peak At LaSalle's Future Bob Becken, AM800 click here

May 17/2016 ==============================================

ERCA launches its 2016-2025 strategic plan Special to RTT, Richard Wyma, ERCA click here

May 16/2016 ==============================================

Looking for a job? Financial Analyst Essex County in the W/Star click here

May 14/2016 ==============================================

Municipalities Challenged To Donate For Fort McMurray Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

May 12/2016 ==============================================

Questions over fire captain training addressed at town council Ron Giofu, RTT click here

May 11/2016 ==============================================

May 09/2016 Council meeting - decisions in brief ACRG Report click here

Fire comments and Gene Whelan plaque ACRG Report click here .. are the fire questions "answered"?

Fired Amherstburg Firefighters Raise Concerns Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

May 10/2016 ==============================================

Former firefighters question leadership of Amherstburg fire service Mary Caton, W/Star click here

May 9/2016 ===============================================

Strengths and weaknesses: Program that validates skills, identifies gaps, a useful tool at work and in the courtroom Craig Richardson and Bob Simpson, Firefighting in Canada click here .. ex-firefighters Wharram & Lauzon will be a delegation to Council on Monday evening .. a lesson in safety?

May 4/2016 ===============================================

Town hires engineer for Meloche Road project Ron Giofu, RTT click here .. how did the "virtually perfect" end of Meloche ever get to be part of the equation? Councillor Courtney makes strong sense!

May 3/2016 ===============================================

Echo Riverside Condominium project up for sale Anne Jarvis, W/Star click here

May 2/2016 ===============================================

An exceptional urban place Anne Jarvis, W/Star click here .. is about Tecumseh!

Essex council conduct to be investigated by integrity commissioner Dave Battagello, W/Star click here

Municipal World Magazine, May 2016 ACRG Report click here Libraries, ROI, Civic Engagement, Strategic Plans, Giving residents a say ..

May 1/2016 ===============================================

Local money for electric vehicle charging stations Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Apr 30/2016 ==============================================

Council ban lifted on Essex mayor's daughter Dave Battagello, W/Star click here

LaSalle ready to police Amherstburg Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Apr 29/2016 ==============================================

Town council addresses all 41 Deloitte Report recommendations Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Construction Resumes On Texas Road Rob Shervill, AM800 click here

Amherstburg conducting citizen satisfaction survey Mary Caton, W//Star click here

Town conducting 'Citizen Satisfaction Survey' via telephone RTT click here

Apr 28/2016 ==============================================

This is major neat .. take a look .. ACRG .. click here .. do you know any of these folk?

Addition to Stella Maris School planned for completion in the fall Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Kingsville mayor calls new school a 'major boost' Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

More concern over the state of the old Boblo Dock Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Apr 27/2016 ==============================================

Essex County council unanimously supports funding model for mega-hospital Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Deloitte Recommendations Met Ahead Of Schedule Ricardi Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Apr 26/2016 ==============================================

Town Council highlights report April 26th, 2016 ACRG Report click here

Province announces $44M for new Kingsville super school Dave Waddell, W/Star click here

Ministry of Education to fund consolidations at local Catholic schools Alexandra Latremouille, W/Star click here $1.8 million will be used to build an addition to Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School in Amherstburg.

Kingsville to get $44M to build new K-12 school CBC News, Windsor click here

Ontario pledges $9M for Catholic school renovations CBC News, Windsor click here

Apr 25/2016 ==============================================

One 'Letter to the Editor' in the 2016-04-20 RTT click here

  • Local firefighters are very well trained .. Gene Sliepenbeck

Apr 17/2016 ==============================================

Health CEOs play tough with Queen's Park Bob Hepburn, Toronto Star click here

Windsor, Tecumseh, LaSalle and Kingsville in line for cycling infrastructure funding W/Star smartphone app click here .. is a brief summary

Apr 16/2016 ==============================================

One 'Letter to the Editor' in the 2016-04-13 RTT click here

  • Former firefighters react to Ontario Fire Marshal's recommendations .. David Wharram, Keith Lauzon

Four local cycling path projects get $1.3M from province Doug Schmidt, W/Star click here

Apr 14/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg residents listen to mega-hospital pitch CBC News, Windsor click here

Amherstburg Residents Backing Mega Hospital Adele Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

27 recommendations to improve the Amherstburg Fire Dept. Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Fire Marshal recommends changes to Amherstburg service CBC News, Windsor click here

Amherstburg Fire Department moving forward on 27 OFM recommendations Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Windsor-Essex Harvest Festival coming to Amherstburg Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Amherstburg has new September festival at Fort Malden Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Harvest Festival planned for September in Amherstburg River Town Times click here

The Amherstburg Farmer's Market has been saved Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Apr 12/2016 ==============================================

27 Recommendations in Fire Marshal's Report to Amherstburg Council ACRG Report click here

Fire marshal review results in 27 recommendations for Amherstburg Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Fire Marshal Gives Amherstburg Recommendations Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Apr 11/2016 ==============================================

One 'Letter to the Editor' in the 2016-04-06 RTT click here

History shows Amherstburg no stranger to the O.P.P. ACRG Report click here

Apr 10/2016 ==============================================

Fire-Department awaiting truck's return after accident Ron Giofu, RTT click here .. what accident?

One 'Letter to the Editor' in the 2016-03-30 RTT (bit late .. sorry) click here

  • Better relationship needed between ACOC and town council

Apr 9/2016 ===============================================

Three new policies updated by town council Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Low turnout, good input at strategic plan community engagement sessions Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Apr 6/2016 ===============================================

Strapped police forces moving toward costly body cameras Globe & Mail click here

Low turnout, good input at strategic plan community engagement sessions Ron Giofu, RTT click here .. 22 on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday .. maybe only 8 McGregorites because it was scheduled for 1.00pm, midweek .. who made this decision?

Apr 5/2016 ===============================================

Three Catholic elementary schools face closure at board meeting Dave Waddell, W/Star click here

Anti-speed limit crusader leads fight across Essex County Dave Battagello, W/Star click here

A 'Mardi Gras' celebration for a good cause Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here

Mar 31/2016 ==============================================

Councillor concerned about use of grant money for Meloche Road project Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Legal troubles force cancellation of Amherstburg wine fest for second year Trevor Wilhelm, W/Star click here

Wine Festival Shores of Erie International Wine Festival cancelled again this year Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Shores of Erie wine festival cancelled for another year CBC News, Windsor click here

Brown-John: What does a county gov't do? Lloyd Brown-John click here

The Mayor of LaSalle is waiting for details on new infrastructure funding Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here "Antaya has complained for years that municipalities that have their fiscal houses in order are denied government grant money, while those less responsible are not."

Mar 30/2016 ==============================================

Shores Of Erie Wine Fest Cancelled Jason Viau, Blackburn News click here

Concerns Over Mardi Gras Festival Maureen Revait, Blackburn Newss click here

Mar 28/2016 ==============================================

Tecumseh Urges Province: Share Or Hurt Taxpayers Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn news click here "Tecumseh's mayor is urging the province to reconsider sharing its income tax revenue or granting municipalities special powers to raise revenue, similar to what Toronto has."

Mar 27/2016 ==============================================

See the 34 Amherstburg Public Servants who made $100,000 or more in 2015 Province of Ontario click here

Amherstburg settles labour dispute with former firefighters Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

A former Amherstburg firefighter is speaking out Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Dispute resolved between Amherstburg and two of its firefighters Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Mar 24/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg takes steps to investigate OPP as policing alternative Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Council to establish committee 'police advisory committee' to discuss costings Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Here are three posts from "theburgwatch" click here ... BTW burgwatch still looking for folk with FOI probs with Town; contact via any burgwatch page!

Mar 23/2016 ==============================================

Strategic planning sessions set for Amherstburg Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Mardi Gras festival will return to Amherstburg in summer of 2016 Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Mar 22/2016 ==============================================

March 21 Council Meeting: Some Notes ACRG Commentary click here

Town finalizes times and locations for March 29-30 strategic plan public sessions RTT Staff click here

Amherstburg Establishes Policing Committee Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

CAO Resigns In Essex Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Concerns over Mardi Gras in Amherstburg Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Amherstburg wants feds to fix or remove defunct Boblo dock Mary Caton, W/Star click here .. seems Fed Dept of Fisheries owns most, Malden Propertires a slice?

Amherstburg wants the old Boblo Ferry Dock 'spruced up' Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. who owns Malden Properties and what percentage?

Mar 20/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg requests OPP costing from province Aadel Haleem,CBCNews, Windsor click here "Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says residents seem 'prepared to pay more' to keep community police" ... based on a study?

Stable Finances Highlighted By Amherstburg Consultants Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. "Those public meetings are tentatively set for March 29 and 30, but DiCarlo says those dates may change."

Mar 19/2016 ==============================================

Let's talk regional policing, says chief Al Frederick CBC News, Windsor click here

Natyshak appears before county council for annual update Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Essex MPP thinks Southwestern Ontario is poised for incredible growth Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Mar 16/2016 ==============================================

Tecumseh Councillor Cleared Over Leaf Brouhaha Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here "Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze confirms the complaint has been dealt with but refused to comment further."

One 'Letter to the Editor' in the 2016-03-9 RTT (bit late .. sorry) click here

  • Resident backs Amherstburg police over OPP .. Jennie Lajoie

Mar 14/2016 ==============================================

Leafgate ignites fight among Tecumseh councillors Dave Battagello, W/Star click here

Mar 13/2016 ==============================================

Durham cop board calling for radical changes to police model Betsy Powell, Toronto Star click here

Mar 12/2016 ==============================================

Workshop helps hammer out priorities for new strategic plan Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Beware of door-to-door HVAC salesmen RTT click here

Mar 10/2016 ==============================================

Amherstburg council starts to hammer out strategic plan Mary Caton, W/Star click here .. attended by less than 10 citizens?

Essex adopts new three-year strategic plan Sharon Hill, W/Star click here

Mar 9/2016 ===============================================

The Strategic Plan workshop for Council education (open to the public) on Mar 9th has today been advertised in the Mar 9th RTT Town Hall calendar on the back page. It seems there will be two more public sessions on March 29th and 30th (but confirmation needed).

Nor-Built Construction promotes new urbanism project Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Here are two posts from "the burg watch" click here

Mar 8/2016 ===============================================

Triple Digit Increase In Housing Starts Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. that's Windsor, provincial & Canada ... what is it for Amherstburg?

Mar 7/2016 ===============================================

Special Council Meeting Strategic Plan Council Workshop, Wednesday, Mar 9th, 1.00pm, Libro Center ACRG click here .. nothing on Town's website or RTT .. with less than two days notice citizens have far too little advance warning?

Update! From a good source ... "yes, it is a public meeting ... is this a final session and the answer was no ... it is a learning exercise."

Mar 5/2016 ===============================================

Essex County council's remuneration for 2015 released Ron Giofu, RTT click here our Mayor and Deputy didn't bill for any .. quiet year?

This is a 'theburgwatch' article click here Amherstburg Website Added To Barriers In The Burg

Search for savings, LaSalle police told Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

Mar 3/2016 ===============================================

School accommodation review meeting draws a small crowd Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Mar 2/2016 ===============================================

WECDSB, town council debate possible school closure Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Mar 1/2016 ===============================================

Amherstburg Consulted On School Review Caleb Workman, Blackburn News click here

City council to ponder spending $160,000 a year on economic development officer Trevor Wilhelm, W/Star click here .. that's Windsor, not us!

Effective communication issue emerges at recent Council Meeting ACRG Commentary click here "He (Councilor Meloche) expressed concern about the loss of interest by certain unnamed committees .."

Pre-Budget Input Noted & Filed by Council (an offer from MP Tracey Ramsey) ACRG Commentary click here "Was this item referred to the new economic development advisory committee for review? If not, why not?

Feb 28/2016 ==============================================

These next articles are about Toronto's Police .. do you see analogies here?

Cutting the police budget is no longer unthinkable Jonathan Goldsbie, NOW Think Free click here For the first time in memory, Toronto police spending sat at the centre of a city council budget debate. This was not a small development.

Just how deep in the police union's pocket is John Tory? Enzo DiMatteo, NOW Think Free click here John Tory is the Mayor of Toronto .... "Media pundits who still believe in Elmer the Elephant are lapping up assurances that change is nigh, but the truth is the mayor is just not that into the kind of radical shift needed to modernize policing."

The incredible disappearing police budget John Sewell, NOW Think Free click here The Toronto Police Service has often been described as having a culture of impunity. That has now extended to how the TPS spends money.

Under Feb 18th in our "Police" tab (Feb 19th below) are five Globe & Mail articles from that week, describing Toronto's policing situation. Much reflects regional concerns. click here .. these are reruns from Feb 19th

Feb 26/2016 ===============================================

Infrastructure Funding Woes Shared Province-Wide Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. well written Adelle! Folks, do listen to her audio posted yesterday

Feb 25/2016 ===============================================

Waterloo staff take blame for budget contradicting city policy Paige Desmond, Waterloo Region Record click here and some of the links therein .. "Letter to the editor: Waterloo city staff should work harder" .. "Waterloo staff want equivalent of 20 new hires" .. "These two elected officials are trying to hold the line on municipal tax increases, while Mayor Dave Jaworsky seems to want to push them higher." .. uhmmm, heard this before?

Penalizing Fiscal Management Is A Bad Strategy (Audio) Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. THIS IS AN AUDIO CLIP; very worth a listen

Feb 23/2016 ===============================================

Town council officially moving forward with Meloche Road project Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Former Windsor mayor urges Amherstburg to think big, plan for future Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce celebrates Business Excellence Awards Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Town council approves new health and safety officer Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Ministry Orders Lead To New Amherstburg Hire Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Feb 20/2016 ===============================================

One 'Letter to the Editor' in the 2016-02-17 RTT click here

  • Fortunate safety changes at unfortunate cost .. David Wharram & Keith Lauzon .... Editor comment: "Have there been any liability law suits in Canada based on firefighting regulations not being enforced - what legal decisions/consequences ensued?"

Feb 19/2016 ===============================================

POLICE ARTICLES: Here are five Globe & Mail articles over the past week, describing Toronto's policing situation. Much reflects regional concerns. click here

Here are a dozen posts from "the burg watch" dating back to Oct/2015. click here .. we have been remiss in posting burg watch material .. this is serious catchup .. and there's heavy FOI articles! Linda is looking for other folk who've had problems with FOI's.

Feb 18/2016 ===============================================

GECDSB Denies Harrow Appeal Caleb Workman, Blackburn News click here

Essex County can't escape amalgamation Lloyd Brown-John, W/Star Columnist click here

Feb 17/2016 ===============================================

Town introduces new director of planning, development and legislative services Ron Giofu, RTT click here .. welcome to Amherstburg Mark Galvin!

Harrow group makes pitch to save high school Dave Waddell, W/Star click here

Essex residents won't give up fight to save Harrow High CBC News, Windsor click here

Final Appeal: Keep Harrow High Open Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

Town's online survey about our Strategic Plan Town Hall click here .. need your contributions folks!!!

Read an analysis of the five MDB Insight clients we reported on below .. all about 'ACCOUNTABILITY'. ACRG Research click here

Final recommendation for possible school merger remains "substantially the same" Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Newcomers buying into Kingsville for its 'quality of life' Sarah Sachelli, W/Star click here .. Santos said he is looking forward to the 2016 census .. anybody know anything about this?

Amherstburg looks to raise building permit fees Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here "Amherstburg councillors will consider fee increases for building permits that are upwards of 50 per cent higher for some residential construction projects."

Feb 16/2016 ===============================================

ERCA budget approved with small increase to ratepayers Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Next three articles are about Essex .. seems they're well prepared!

Tax increase on the way in Essex Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. Mayor Ron McDermott had said he hoped to bring in an increase of less than 2%.

Essex Increases Capital Spending By Over 60% Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. some reserves they must have!

Essex flooding fix gets $4.2M in 2016 budget CBC News, Windsor click here .. more confirmation they've got "RESERVES"?

Feb 15/2016 ===============================================

Were these on TV last week or were they just online interviews?

Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo interviewed TVCogeco Windsor click here .. quote "Financially we are in great shape ..." .. would you agree with this?

Amherstburg CAO John (Giovanni) Miceli interviewed TVCogeco Windsor click here .. quote "Our job is to provide professional advice ..."

Feb 14/2016 ===============================================

We have several postings about Strategic Plans now available ACRG Research click here .. what Amherstburg may expect!

Feb 13/2016 ===============================================

Amherstburg police body camera video makes its way to court Stacey Janzer, CBC News click here

Feb 12/2016 ===============================================

Councillors voice displeasure over speed motions are followed up Ron Giofu, RTT click here .. Meloche tries to defend Admin

New Essex Clerk begins today Peter Langille, AM800 click here isn't this what a Clerk's qualifications should look like?

Feb 11/2016 ===============================================

Expensive bill for Amherstburg to comply with ministry orders Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

One 'Letter to Editor' in the 2016-02-10 RTT click here

  • Firefighter settlement found unsettling .. Tom Kelly

Feb 10/2016 ===============================================

Settlement reached with two former firefighters Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Town receives update on costs to comply with MOL orders Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Town receives $2 million grant for Meloche Road project Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Feb 9/2016 ================================================

Work Orders Cost Amherstburg Fire Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. this report has itemised 'where the money was spent' details

Ministry orders for Amherstburg fire cost town $160,000 Carolyn Thompson, W/Star click here

Essex Reaches Deal with Employees Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Kingsville Hires New CAO Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Feb 8/2016 ================================================

Amherstburg Mulls A New Policing Offer Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

Amherstburg Police armed with body cameras Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Feb 7/2016 ================================================

Big Policing Savings For Leamington Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn news click here .. the message is getting through?

County taxes expected to go up 1.88 per cent Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Fighting The Remote Southern Ontario Challenge Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Feb 5/2016 ================================================

Leamington Building Amphitheatre Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Provincial police offering virtual ride-along to attract recruits Trevor Wilhelm, W/Star click here

Leamington taxes up 1.5 per cent; need to keep momentum going, mayor says Sharon Hill, W/Star click here .. no levies here

Feb 4/2016 ================================================

Leamington Council Finalizes Budget Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here .. town is taking $8,776,000 from reserves .. we can but dream

Essex County Approves 1.88% Tax Increase Kirk Dickinson, Blackburn News click here

GECDSB Could Run Deficit Caleb Workman, Blackburn News click here

Harrow closure should be unanimous Sharon McMahon, Letter to W/Star Editor click here

Feb 3/2016 ================================================

LaSalle agrees to provide police costing, Amherstburg gets update on process Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Amherstburg police first in Ontario to standardize use of body cameras Mary Caton, W/Star click here

203 Jobs Coming To Leamington Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here Lakeside Produce in Leamington is looking to fill 203 full time positions over the next three years.

Amherstburg embarks on five year strategic plan Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Feb 2/2016 ================================================

Amherstburg's fiscal goals too murky Adrian Wolff, Letter to W/Star Editor click here

Reduction in the Leamington police budget Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. down $900,000 !!!

Leamington Prepares For Budget Deliberations Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

Agriculture minister to make job announcement in Leamington Tuesday Sharon Hill, W/Star click here

New: All Amherstburg frontline police now wearing body cameras CBC News, Windsor click here

Jan 31/2016 ===============================================

Town moving forward with community based strategic plan Ron Giofu. RTT click here

Amherstburg Hires Consulting Firm Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Two 'Letters to Editors' in the 2016-01-27 RTT & a recent W/Star click here

  • Questions remain over town's two levies .. Adrian Wolff
  • Amherstburg Police worth keeping .. Auggie Menna

Jan 29/2016 ===============================================

Strike Looming At Amherstburg Town Hall Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

200 jobs could be coming to Leamington CBC News, Windsor click here

Leamington getting 200 jobs; provincial announcement expected next week Sharon Hill, W/Star click here

Jan 28/2016 ===============================================

Former deputy mayor Robert Bailey dies at age 68 Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Budget talks set to begin in Leamington Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. no desperate rush here!

Electric vehicle charging stations coming to Amherstburg Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. bit like parking meters, i.e user pay .. yes/no?

Jan 27/2016 ===============================================

Council Meeting January 11th, 2016 Report ACRG click here .. an ACRG report

Councillors voice displeasure over speed motions are followed up Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Council agrees to 5 p.m. street closures for downtown events Ron Giofu, RTT

Jan 26/2016 ===============================================

POLICE CONTRACTS: Other cities cost London wage win, budget chief says Jennifer O'Brien, London Free Press click here .. quote "comments followed a Windsor deal reached last week under which officers with three years' experience will make more than $100,000 in 2019."

Why outdated thinking means Canada spends too much money on policing Globe & Mail Editorial click here .. Canada's media need to keep drumming out data such as this!

Jan 25/2016 ===============================================

Opponents wrong about hospital site Rose Gunnell, Essex, Letter to W/Star click here .. this is about the County, i.e. Amherstburg!

Jarvis: Look who's catching up Anne Jarvis, W/Star click here .. worth a good read!

Jan 22/2016 ===============================================

New condo project officially launched in Amherstburg Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Smith Rd. Will Have To Wait Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. see also AM800's Rusty Thomson article under Jan 20

Jan 21/2016 ===============================================

Closed door meeting over the fate of Harrow High School Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Jan 20/2016 ===============================================

Ranta Marina in Amherstburg up for sale Mary Caton, W/Star click here .. bit of a scoop here eh Ms. Caton:-)

Smith Side Road is in desperate need of repair Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here .. could this cost us up to $700K?

Essex Considering New Electoral Format Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Windsor and Tecumseh mayors put opt-out campaign on hold CBC News, Windsor click here .. no mention of Amherstburg, could we someday day be implicated?

Lawyers behind class-action lawsuit try to stop city from asking charity groups to opt out Dave Battagello, W/Star click here

Mayor Defends 'Opt Out' Campaign Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Could Amherstburg get policing out of LaSalle? Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jan 19/2016 ================================================

Rural Schools (Harrow is spoken of) CBC News, Windsor click here .. turn on your speakers and click 'Listen', is 7.5 minutes

Amherstburg's mayor happy to discuss shared policing Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Jan 18/2016 ================================================

Essex CAO now says 'it's evident' Harrow high will close; Harrow high committee to meet with Essex Council to discuss legal matters CBC News, Windsor click here

Jan 17/2016 ================================================

Tecumseh's New Main Street Plan Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here .. do we do this? we have money for such? any reserves? what's our debt today?

Uptown Leamington Improving Slowly Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Lakeshore expanding arts community Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here .. any costs? Useful for our art folk?

Ministry decision not stopping 'Save Harrow High' group Zander Broeckel, AM800 click here

Ministry Denies Harrow High Review Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn news click here

Jan 15/2016 ================================================

Enwin announces plans in the event of a strike or lockout Chris Thompson, W/Star click here .. and read the related "A'burg workers could be in strike position" article below

A'burg workers could be in strike position Feb. 5 Doug Schmidt, W/Star click here and for a good explanation of the scope of our IBEW Local 636 local click here

LaSalle council will consider making proposal to take over policing duties in Amherstburg Trevor Wilhelm, W/Star click here

Budget cuts continue in LaSalle Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

Council Meeting January 11th, 2016 Report ACRG click here .. an ACRG report

Jan 14/2016 ================================================

Two 'Letters to the Editor' in the 2016-01-13 RTT click here

  • Resident praises the work of the ACRG .. Wilf Fortowsky .. thanks Wilf!
  • ACRG needs identification when published .. Doug Pajot

Kingsville Gets To Work On Budget Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here .. no Admin "urgency" here?

Administrative review declined on the closure of Harrow High School Teresinha Medeiros, AM800 click here

Jan 13/2016 ================================================

Town to proceed with exploring policing options Ron Giofu, RTT click here

LaSalle To Offer Amherstburg Policing Quote Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here .. this one's a new slant on our options?

LaSalle Police Look For Savings Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News click here

Budget officially passed, tax rate increases 2.3 per cent Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jan 12/2016 ================================================

ACRG's Summary of Budget changes click here

Amherstburg council approves 2.3% tax hike Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Council Finalizes 2016 Amherstburg Budget Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Final approval for the Amherstburg budget Rusty Thomson, AM800 click here

A new post has been added to "theburgwatch" click here "burgwatch" was 4 years old on Nov 8th, 2015, This is a belated Happy Birthday wish, with our apologies to Linda Saxon. Please keep up the good work.

Jan 11/2016 ================================================

Councillors Hope To Save School Maureen Revait, Blackburn News click here

Jan 10/2016 ================================================

Public consultation meeting over possible St. Bernard-Stella Maris consolidation Jan. 20 Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jan 8/2016 =================================================

Three 'Letters to the Editor' in the 2016-01-06 RTT click here

  • Council needs to economize to fix books .. Bill Reeves
  • Publication of ACRG letter questioned.. Sarah Gibb
  • Local resident happy with police service .. Marcie Graham

Jan 7/2016 =================================================

Harrow high should offer specialized courses, committee says CBC News, Windsor click here

Harrow High Fight Continues Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Fighting to keep Harrow High School open Rusty Thomson, Am800 click here

Jan 6/2016 =================================================

Amherstburg budget meeting takes quirky twists and turns Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Taxes may rise 2.3 per cent Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Jan 5/2016 =================================================

Amherstburg council weighs 2.3 per cent tax hike Mary Caton, W/Star click here

Amherstburg Cuts Positions in Final Budget Talks Maureen Rivait, Blackburn News click here

Police chief cites savings in department's budget Ron Giofu, RTT click here

Colucci on the rise: City treasurer named new CAO Craig Pearson, W/Star click here

Colucci Named New Windsor CAO Ricardo Veneza, Blackburn News click here

Onorio Colucci named as Windsor's next chief administrative officer CBC News, Windsor click here

Jan 3/2016 =================================================

LaSalle aims to be 'the best residential community' it can Julie Kotsis, W/Star click here

Waterfront property investment? Leamington, Kingsville and Lakeshore buy into better beaches, boardwalks Sharon Hill, W/Star click here .. Amherstburg?

Jan 1/2016 ===============================================

Welcome to 2016 .. click here for the 2015 Archive

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