Was it good for you?……

vicparkfood…….The disruption of Cobourg’s mainstreet for many hours in order to shoot an opening scene to a movie that we bet will fizzle, there can’t be that many Adam Sandler fans out there, or are there? But leaving aside the way that the traffic behaved, in total ignorance of the shoot, what was the economic impact to the Town?

We at the BR wonder if there is going to be any followup to this event? Will the Town’s tourism department be calculating the local impact of hosting a movie shoot for one or two days and a couple of half days for the prep’? We do not know just how much the Town realised for its coffers in exchange for disrupting cross town traffic for many hours but we bet it will not be offset by the annoyance of many who just wanted to drive through Town to do their business.

We have been sold a bill of goods on this one and what prompted this post was the sight of placards indicating the site of the “”Arcaders” food truck” Surely the obvious recipients of this event should have been the many restaurants and bars downtown, but if the ‘roadies’ eat off their own food truck, just how much did the locals benefit? The pic on the left was published by the local newspaper, with the caption “Food was everywhere” and illustrates the point very well – how much of this food was local? We do not know but would like to find out. So we at the BR are calling for a proper costing of the event. On one hand you take the ‘hosting fee’ paid to whomever, and on the other determine if local business did benefit. So get to it – Tourist Department – and tell us what you have found so that the next time somebody decides to make a movie in Cobourg we will really know how much we have to gain or lose.

After all if Victoria Park and the Main St. are going to be the opening clip who will know that after Hollywood has had its way with us.

Can Victoria Park take much more?

Citizen Wally Keeler has penned this letter to Cobourg Council and submitted pics as evidence.
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Dear Cobourg Town Council;

Below is the URL for a 2-minute YouTube video recorded August 19, 2014.


The video was taken in Victoria Park, two days after the departure of Ribfest. It opens with a walk down the asphalt path from Church Street leading to a children’s play area. The asphalt is defaced with grease and grime, the surface tattooed with tire marks; it has the appearance of a floor in an abandoned auto repair shop. This, in Cobourg’s premiere park.

October 11, 2010, Northumberland Today published my letter responding to the cavalier attitude of those dismissing the Victoria Park issue by asserting that “grass grows back.” I had written, “That kind of argument is equivalent to a thug telling the victim that her black eye will regain it’s natural colour. That’s no way to treat the crown jewel of Victoria Park.

The next part of the video displays swaths of Victoria Park covered in wood chips. This is not good for the bare feet of children. Any time of day one can witness caterpillars of children all wearing common day-care t-shirts breaking loose in Victoria Park. These wood chips cover barren earth. The grass didn’t grow back.

Victoria Park bears a heavy burden of use and abuse. At what point does use become abuse? Victoria Park is the natural number one choice for everyone – because of its superb ambiance. But at what price? And who pays for the remedial work to restore the grounds back to its lush verdant state?

Ask yourselves: how can this stress on Victoria Park be mitigated? Inquiring voters want to know.

Another Roadblock for Mr Sofer to climb over

soferMr Amit Sofer, the Principal of the TVM Group, website here will be gnashing his teeth this morning. His project to build a residential condominium block and new Legion Clubroom will just have to wait a few more weeks for the final approval. Just when he thought it was clear sailing, a request to review the OMB decision has been placed on the desk of the Executive Chair of the OMB.

Mr Keith Oliver has written a letter outlining his request and paid his $125 filing fee. He is asking that another hearing be held as the first one “effectively denied the many members of the public, who attended (more than 60) their right to express their opinions on the proposed project to the Chair.” Read the request letter here.

In our cynical view this is a “Hail Mary Pass” but if the Executive Chair, Mr Jerry DeMarco, has any reason to establish public credibility of his organisation, the OMB, granting the request would be a mighty fine way of doing it.

Keep tuned.

The First Surprise

MoultonJust a day after admitting that, he the Publisher, of this report did not have a clue who the people would be, who would be chasing the recently announced seat to soon be vacated by MP Rick Norlock up pops a well managed and professional press release from Adam Moulton. Guess what, the Publisher still does not have a clue who this guy is. We know his Dad – very well – Ralph Moulton – he is the fellow behind the Cobourg Canadian Tire, local businessman and contributor to good causes.

Kim Rudd’s early Christmas present

norlockKim Rudd, for those of you who do not know is the nominated Federal Candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the next election. I bet she will be pumped by the news that the incumbent MP – a Conservative placeholder who after a couple of terms has moved off the backbench to the middle – has decided to cash in another pension and go back to the Hills of Warkworth to pursue “family things” and good works.

It’s about time

That we put our money where our mouth’s are! On Monday afternoon (11th August) the Cobourg Council will be facing a very large agenda – good job they went paperless or else they would have chopped a couple of trees for this one, – and tucked away in it  is a “Street Naming Policy”. This package of eighteen pages explains the way that Streets are named – after past Mayors and Veterans killed in action in WW1, and names of local Heritage significance. and it gives a list of the names of those on the list and the streets currently named.

A Guest Post about the Marina issue

NO TRESPASSINGCobourg is blessed with a lakefront promenade extending from beach to beach, uninterrupted by private property. Along Victoria Park beach it is easy to step off the promenade to sink one’s toes into the soft flesh of sand. Along the west beach Boardwalk (Thanks bunches for this, Mayor Delanty) it is easy to step off onto rocky sand and the naturalness of its undevelopedness, a sort of meadow meets shoreline romance.

Let’s rehab this man

boggsheadThe man in the pic should be famous – in Cobourg. Having said that I am as much to blame for his lack of recognition as anybody as I was on Council when this was happening. In the eighties when a new subdivision, just off D’Arcy St. was being built the builder, as was policy Council named a cul-de-sac of swanky homes, Boggs Court.

One Hundred Years Ago

Are-you-one-of-Kitcheners-ownAugust 4th 1914, was the day that Canada entered the First World War.

Cobourg was a Urban, market Town of about 5,000 people. It was, and had been for the previous one hundred years, a place for the Military. Not a Garrison Town but one that supported three very active Militia Units.

Sometimes people tell me to get a life

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Have you ever had projects you have started that assume lives of their own? This one of mine has. Six and a half years ago, in the depths of the 2008 recession, I started to track the Statscan pages for local employment numbers. From time to time I have I have referred to the numbers, usually to point out that despite puff pieces from the local MP and other bigwigs, and to look realistically at local social conditions. Now the project has so much data it would a shame not to check every month for differences – hey things should be better after six and a half years shouldn’t they? But apparently not.

This plan needs a makeover

Now that the dust has settled from last week’s discussion of the need to expand the boating services provided by the Town, and it has become apparent that the Consultants involved have little interest in providing any thing other than a Marina expansion it is time for the good Burghers of this Town to step in and get involved in a big way.

A bit of an anti-climax but the message is still the same – be patient


This is the concept from the Parks and Rec Master Plan. Click to enlarge

Yesterday’s Committee Meeting, where the Cobourg Council listened to local resident and Willow Beach Field Naturalists (WBFN) representative Richard Pope ask a couple of relevant questions did not spark the expected fireworks. Armed with one easy question – Why hasn’t the WBFN been contacted by Marina Marina Manager, Paul Gautier, about concerns they have about the Marina expansion, Council had no answers, only soothing promises.

A fine piece of Irony

In the same meeting, on Monday 7th of July at 4pm, that Cobourg Council is adopting a policy that tells them, and the world, how to govern transparently, read report here a member of the public has written a letter to them, and will appear as a delegation to complain about the process being used to by the Town to solicit public participation around the Marina expansion plans.

Yes it is true, Miriam Mutton wants to be Mayor

Mutton_sHaving heard on the twitterverse that a big announcement would be made on Friday on the Drive-in show hosted by Dave Glover, we went to their facebook page and discovered that the big announcement was a big one. Councillor Miriam Mutton had announced that she had just filed papers to contest the race for Mayor – she wants to be Mayor!

A quick and dirty analysis

eologoLast Thursday vote was a bit of a humdrum affair – no excitement and most appeared to approach the duty as just that a duty. Just looking at the statistics and pondering awhile doesn’t do much except reinforce stereotypes.

As we all know Lou Rinaldi was elected and Rob Milligan lost his seat and the NDP and Greens fielded candidates. Was this an unexpected result? Probably yes if asked at the beginning of the campaign but not at the end of the campaign.

Well we’re glad that’s over

electioin2The Provincial election that is. Only in Canada and the UK and Australia the USA, can 68% of the electorate be told to rub salt and that their political aspirations don’t count. Until we adopt proportional representation look for minorities to rule the majority. For a party that will call itself Progressive – the Liberals, we will now see just how progressive they will really be.