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Is Everything OK? - Wouldn’t it be great if politics was like your favorite restaurant? Once you order your meal, the waiter always comes by and asks, “Is everything OK?”  Well, I don’t want to be any trouble, and I’m sorry for complaining, but actually I ordered the fully accountable premier with the open and transparent government complete with a balanced budget and no tax increases. It seems you have gotten my order mixed up with the “majority” of the province who want an increase in the HST. Please take this back and bring me what I ordered, please and thank you. Occasionally I have had a meal which wasn’t the greatest in the world, but when it comes to food I’m not that fussy. If it’s hot and there’s a reasonable portion, I don’t complain. Once at a place in Antigonish my fish and chips came with only 27 french fries, which I thought was a bit stingy, and in typical Canadian fashion, I complained in writing on the comment card. But even though I have had some bad meals, when the waiter asks me if everything is OK, I don’t complain, I simply say everything is fine. I likely even leave a tip, even though the food wasn’t great and service mediocre. I was taught to always be polite. There’s really nothing worse than paying for something and not getting it. I don’t remember the name of the place, but it was in Halifax; anyway my cheeseburger arrived without the cheese, which costs 35 cents extra. I…

Photo : Robert Bird March 12, 2010

Andrew Wagstaff - Andrew Wagstaff Blog

Recommendations to resolve Ships Company Theatre, Town of Parrsboro tax dispute - All of this over $5,000? Do the math, and thats all were talking about when it comes to this dispute between Ships Company Theatre and the Town of Parrsboro over the theatre companys tax bill. The theatre wants tax-free status because of its cultural value. The town bills it $8,000 per year in commercial tax, and offsets that partially with a $3,000 grant. The theatre has pleaded for a better arrangement with the town since it opened its new facility in 2004, and the town has given a little ground. But the heat was really stoked up when Ships Company supporter Bruce Klinger began a letter-writing campaign to bring some attention to the matter. But the relationship seems to be getting worse instead of better. In fact, Mayor Doug Robinson declined an invitation to attend the companys gala opening performance of its new play, Share, last Friday. Ive watched this situation develop and have listened to both sides of the argument with great interest. So I have a few recommendations for both the theatre and the town on how to resolve this as quickly and painlessly as possible. For the town: - Look at other municipalities in the region with not-for-profit theatres and see how they manage to get by without collecting tax revenue from them. Sure, some of these places, like Halifax and Wolfville, have much larger tax bases and cannot be compared with Parrsboro. But others are smaller. What about Guysborough? Or Glace Bay? - Loosen the purse strings a bit. As auditor…

Photo : Andrew Wagstaff December 14, 2009