The Grant Rant

A journalist's view from Niagara

This is a council so marked by internal strife, bumbling, ethical lapses, and general meanness that at the same meeting Caslin made his proclamation, Welland Councillor Paul Grenier made an emotional plea for the end of the toxic politics of the chamber.

I wouldn’t call it a happy ending. But it might be a chance for a better future. Maybe. If everything goes right and with a little luck, it just might be. Readers of the Grant Rant will remember I wrote a few columns recently about a pair of teenagers who were living on the streets …

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“Politicians and diapers must be changed often,” wrote Mark Twain. “And for the same reason.” There is a timeless truth to Mr. Twain’s eloquently barbed observation of politics and, I suppose, a kind of comfort. We are tempted, living the bubble of our present circumstances, to suppose the politics of our place and time is …

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