Author Archives: Blaine Gray, resident of Waterloo Ward 4

Questions for our 2015 Federal Election Candidates

Well, here we are in the midst of another election. …So many issues, myriad solutions from our potential leaders. Here are some of my questions: Does your party support the Ontario Liberal’s upcoming Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and if not, … Continue reading

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The mystery of the pole in Davenport Road

Yes, as strange as it seems, there is a pole in the middle of the northbound lane of Davenport near Old Abbey.  How did it get there, you ask?…and why? Turns out that the roundabout that we all thought was … Continue reading

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The Salvation Army Needs Your Help this Christmas!

We all know what great work the Salvation Army does. As a Charitable Organization, it is one of the most effective users of your donations. With Christmas only days away, The Salvation Army is calling on Canadians to help fill … Continue reading

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New Year – New Tax Increase?

Evidently, municipal tax increases at twice the rate of inflation is becoming the standard in the City of Waterloo. It’s been happening for the past four years – over 12% in tax increases vs. just over 6% for inflation – … Continue reading

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Moving Forward

I’d like to start with a sincere Thank-You! to everyone that supported me in my bid to become Waterloo Council’s representative for Ward 4.  The campaign was a very positive experience for me and meeting with the residents was particularly enlightening … Continue reading

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Three of our biggest challenges…

SPENDING.  We need to clearly understand our costs and determine our specific needs in order to prioritize our spending.  We cannot continue to burden residents with tax increases.  Over the past 4 years, Waterloo council has hiked its total payroll costs by 38%, … Continue reading

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The LRT debate

Light Rail Transit (LRT) has been suggested as one of the more environmentally friendly and practical solutions to our increasing traffic congestion.  It is based on the assumption that there will be adequate ridership to support its operations, scheduled to … Continue reading

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Amalgamation?

I like Waterloo pretty much the way it is so I do not personally support discussions on Amalgamation.  It seems to me that our two notable cities have somewhat different backgrounds, heritage and values and each is special in its own unique way.  Both cities have distinct and well-known … Continue reading

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A Clean and Beautiful Waterloo

In my recent debate, I was asked to explain about my proposed “Clean and Beautiful” program.  I must confess that I came across this concept during my research into ways to foster Community Pride.  This program fit the bill perfectly and I was … Continue reading

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Support the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

As a friend of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, you can help improve their Brain Tumour Patient Resource Handbooks through the Pepsi Refresh Project Challenge. By voting for their proposal as often as you can until October 31st, BTFC will be eligible to … Continue reading

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