wily coyotes

Coyotes were recently spotted at 7:20 a.m. behind DA Moodie school near Arnold, and also at 2:00 p.m. near the Songbird condos.
Some local residents let their pets off the leash in the greenbelt trails.
Be careful out there!
Which rabidly partisan politician has been charged with lying about his campaign expenses?
Mayor Wile E. Watson reneged today on his promise to clean up election financing by eliminating the shady “campaign donation rebate programme” whereby affluent residents and developers who finance most of our councillors get a generous kickback from the taxpayer.
Corporations and wealthy developers, contractors, consultants and lawyers who cut cheques for the mayor ($135K from corporations and unions, and $377K from affluent buddies) and most of our councillors like Rick call it “participating in the democratic process,” but “curiously the only ones usually interested are those who also do business with the city or require city approvals to do business, notably developers. It looks, at best, like a self-interested investment, and at worst like the purchase of future favour.”
I can see an average voter donating a ten-spot to a charismatic politician like Rick or Jim or Dean, but I don’t understand why so many are eager to shower money on our career politicians, just so that they can buy bigger signs, funnier attack ads and more tv time.
These contributors (all 17 pages of them) are eligible for a kickback from the taxpayer, up to 75% of the value of their gift to the mayor.
This is not the first time that Jim and the career politicians have passed on a chance to clean up the dirty world of campaign financing.

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3 Responses to wily coyotes

  1. ottawaowl says:

    “So someone buys a $100 ticket to a politician’s wine and cheese fundraiser and the taxpayer would be on the hook for $50.

    It’s outrageous that taxpayers are funding candidates, each and everyone one of them, regardless of how you feel about them.

    What is democratic about that?”


  2. Peter Wray says:

    I contacted the NCC to ask what their plan was to deal with the increasing population of coyotes that is now coming into residential areas. I was directed to the coyote awareness program:


    If we all report sightings perhaps the NCC will consider a relocation plan.

    Report sightings to 613-239-5353.

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