agreement – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Just about there! http://www.ngtimes.ca/just-about-there/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/just-about-there/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:54:01 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10201 by Jim Bertram At the present time, The Municipality of North Grenville is on the cusp of sealing an agreement with the Province for the acquisition of the major part of the Kemptville Campus: a total of 633 acres of land and a variety of buildings. We are very close at this time to a […]

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by Jim Bertram

At the present time, The Municipality of North Grenville is on the cusp of sealing an agreement with the Province for the acquisition of the major part of the Kemptville Campus: a total of 633 acres of land and a variety of buildings. We are very close at this time to a significant achievement – but not for the municipal government! This agreement is for the people of North Grenville.

Note, first of all, that the acquisition and development of the Campus WILL take place at minimal cost. Of course, there has already been some public investment in the project owing to the expenditures associated with employee time and expert consultations necessary to conduct negotiations. However, once acquired, the College will be professionally administered at arms length in a self- sustaining manner. Note that our current negotiation process has NOT pushed the NG tax increase above our 2 per cent commitment either last year or this. We are investing a little to gain a lot!

Further, the College IS now poised to become ONCE AGAIN a significant economic driver in our area. It already has a core of economic activity and is drawing interest from diverse sources which may be willing to locate at the College and provide jobs, customers, salaries, revenue and investment opportunities for NG citizens and enterprises. This reality will bloom once the College is acquired.

In short, as a member of Council who has participated in the Council acquisition process, I am willing to stake my reputation as a Councillor on the strength of Council’s plan to put the College back to work for North Grenville. It is my hope that you, the citizens of North Grenville, will follow and participate in our development process which will evolve in the public view once the acquisition is complete. So far, the reason for our inability to make the negotiation process a public event is that many aspects of these negotiations must be done in a way which allows our partners to have full latitude for action favourable to our requirements . And the best way to wreck sensitive negotiations is to ignore this necessity. At present, as said before, we are almost there with a complete agreement.

Of course, the rumour mill can invent a rich variety of explanations for what is occurring as we complete the agreement. These rumours don’t require any proof to be believed by many. And, as often happens, the rumours grow and metastasize on each other. “Easy to avoid”, one might say. “Just give us all the details”. And that would be so easy, tempting even. But that would surely risk the loss of what we have been working on for more than a year of intensive negotiations.

In conclusion, the Council you elected and the staff you employ have been working hard for you and our community on this project. Thoughtful and critically-minded political figures, top-flight municipal staff and hired expert consultants have produced a first-class agreement to acquire the College. It is my sincere opinion that a bright new chapter in North Grenville’s future will begin with the imminent completion of this agreement. I hope you will support our efforts as we bring this project home.

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KEMPTVILLE COLLEGE AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-agreement-principle/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-college-agreement-principle/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:36 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10206 In response to the articles published in this week’s edition of the North Grenville Times regarding Kemptville Campus, I wish to advise residents of North Grenville that it was not my intention to suggest that no representation had been sent to the Province or that letter(s) to that affect did not exist. Rather, and from […]

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In response to the articles published in this week’s edition of the North Grenville Times regarding Kemptville Campus, I wish to advise residents of North Grenville that it was not my intention to suggest that no representation had been sent to the Province or that letter(s) to that affect did not exist. Rather, and from the Municipality’s perspective, it was important to reassure residents of North Grenville that the agreement in principle announced by Minister Leal and I was, and continues to be, intact.

From the Municipality’s perspective, the article entitled THE COLLEGE – A DONE DEAL? which appeared in the November 22 edition of the North Grenville Times, and more particularly the title of the said article, may have raised some doubt in North Grenville residents regarding the provincial announcement that a tentative deal had been reached for the sale of Kemptville Campus. To attempt to avoid any impression that the agreement in principle had been rescinded, I felt that it was worthwhile to reiterate the Municipality’s current understanding and position with regards to that agreement in principle. The Municipality was not challenging, and did not intend to call into question the validity or existence of the local firm’s correspondence with the Province.

I thank you for the opportunity to clarify the intentions of the Municipality in this matter.

Mayor David Gordon

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Governments reach an agreement on pensions http://www.ngtimes.ca/governments-reach-an-agreement-on-pensions/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/governments-reach-an-agreement-on-pensions/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:54:28 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=942 Ministers from the Ontario and Canadian Governments have reached an agreement on pensions, following the Province’s decision to establish an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan [ORPP], which was originally scheduled to be launched in stages, beginning next year. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance for the Government of Canada, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance for the Government […]

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Ministers from the Ontario and Canadian Governments have reached an agreement on pensions, following the Province’s decision to establish an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan [ORPP], which was originally scheduled to be launched in stages, beginning next year.

Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance for the Government of Canada, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance for the Government of Ontario and Mitzie Hunter, Associate Minister of Finance for the Government of Ontario, made a joint announcement on the new agreement last week. They pointed out that many Canadians are not saving adequately for retirement and, unless action is taken, will face a decline in their standard of living when they retire. The governments of Canada and Ontario have both prioritized improving retirement income security.

The provincial statement reads, in part: “Ontario welcomes the federal government’s leadership in renewing a national dialogue to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and is committed to continuing to work collaboratively with the federal government, provinces and territories to make progress on a national solution that addresses the needs of future retirees.”

The statement goes on to note that, in order to provide more time for discussion among provinces and the federal government, Ontario is proposing to phase-in the launch of the ORPP by starting enrollment in January 2017, one year later than the original start date, and by starting the first phase of contributions in January, 2018. This will give businesses more time to enroll, and provide about 400 businesses with the additional time they have been seeking.

It is planned to widen the consultations on pensions to include other provinces and jurisdictions in the coming months, with the hope that there will be something definite to bring before the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Finance Ministers meeting in June, 2016.

In announcing the joint agreement, the Canadian Minister for Finance, Bill Morneau, took pains to restore some mutual respect to the federal-provincial relationship, after the more fraught days of the Harper Government.

“In the spirit of collaboration, the federal government acknowledges that the Ontario Government has made important first strides in establishing the ORPP. If provincial agreement on CPP enhancement is not reached, the federal government acknowledges the Government of Ontario’s objective to move forward with the ORPP. As such, the federal government has agreed to facilitate plan registration and data sharing arrangements, and will work with Ontario to ensure that key elements of plan administration, such as the collection of employer and employee contributions, are completed efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Nevertheless, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance for Ontario, was keeping all options open, in case a satisfactory agreement is not reached: “The Government of Ontario remains committed to finding a solution which will allow the needs of Ontario employees to be met under a national framework. Our main objective is to intensively look at ways to meet the goals of the ORPP in an enhanced CPP framework, while preserving our ability to implement the ORPP, should that not be possible.”

Minister Morneau was confident of better things ahead: “We believe in a Canada where people who work hard can look forward to a good standard of living, a secure retirement, and better prospects for future generations. Working with provinces and territories expeditiously to enhance the Canada Pension Plan is part of our government’s commitment to the middle class and those who have been working hard their whole lives to earn a secure and dignified retirement. We know Canada works best when we all work together. For this reason, we will continue to work with Ontario on ORPP administration while pursuing our ultimate goal of one national uniform enhancement to the CPP.”

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