Art Gallery of Northumberland board must resign – reboot necessary for success


northumberlandBy Robert Washburn

The Art Gallery of Northumberland is in very deep trouble, needing huge support from municipalities, businesses and the public, if it hopes to survive.

Sadly, it is caught up in a complex set of circumstances that must play out before its final fate will be determined. This involves some very unpleasant, possibly controversial steps. Continue Reading →

Rinaldi deserve promotion to minister, not parliamentary assistant

By Robert Washburn

LouRinaldiThe appointment of Northumberland MPP Lou Rinaldi as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is more than a little disappointing, reflecting poorly on Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was given the agriculture portfolio in addition to his existing job as Minister for Rural Affairs. While he may be competent, there was no need to place additional responsibilities on his shoulders, especially after Rinaldi’s victory. He is one of the few Liberals representing a rural riding. Continue Reading →