Time for a New Mayor


Doug Craig has been mayor in Cambridge now for too long and what has he really done for the City of Cambridge?


From my point of view, not that much at all. Sure we have another footbridge across the Grand River at $1.4 million but we did not need it when the other 3 bridges would have done quite well so that was a waste of taxpayers’ money.


Next Doug Craig had the not so bright idea to construct a sign in front of the city hall with the city of Cambridge on it. Really, is Doug Craig that juvenile and childish that this would bring people downtown Galt to shop? If you have not had the chance go to downtown Galt well you are not missing that much, why, because there is nothing there to miss. Downtown Galt is a ghost town of closed stores and few pedestrians walking around.


Doug Craig next would claim he is in the final stages of wrapping up the Multiplex deal with the Cambridge Mall. That is only partly true, originally Doug Craig wanted to have the Multiplex way out at the Conestoga college location.


I thought about that for a while and even checked on the map just wondering where it was and then I saw it was way out by the 401 Highway near Kitchener.


Now just why would you insist on the Multiplex being built there?


Is it possible there was sort of deal that we did not know about or is Doug Craig is just not in touch with the residents of Cambridge?


The other question you just have to ask yourself is why is the City of Cambridge spending your hard earned tax dollars for a Sportsplex?


What does this have to do with the city at all?


Doesn’t a project like this belong to private enterprise develop?


I resent Doug Craig spending my property tax money on a project like this; again he has no new ideas how to bring back a downtown which is for all purposes dead.


Now the punch line,  has he killed it with his poor decisions over the past 18 years?

Now would you even want someone like that running your city for another 4 years? I sure wouldn’t!


The GO Train in Cambridge has been talked about for the past 15 years and year after year nothing was done.


Then finally last year the provincial government announced an expansion of the GO service.


When I heard we did not get it I contacted Doug Craig and asked him what happened?


He said we did not get it and said we would try again. Well, Kitchener got one and even Courtice gets one but not Cambridge.


What is the problem with Doug Craig? Just why is he not up to the job for a GO Train in Cambridge?


Then in the Cambridge Times, we see his desk with a little GO Train on it like a little baby, poor little Doug!


Either do your job or the residents of Cambridge will find someone else to do it for you.


As many of your readers will be well aware a provincial election will be called for this June, that being said the Liberals would have to win for Cambridge to even have a chance of even getting the GO Service and at that it will not happen after 2024 which is about the time frame Kitchener will finally get their GO Train.


So that is another 6 years away for Kitchener and therefore it would easily be another 5 to 10 years for Cambridge.


Either way, Doug Craig has had 15 to 20 years to properly plan for the GO Train and hasn’t, so now is the time for someone else to replace him.


Doug Craig is simply not up to the job in any sense of the word!


S.Vincent Benjamin

Cambridge, Ontario




57 Responses to Time for a New Mayor

  1. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie February 2, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Wow – you said it all!! No we do not want this Mayor back in. Need fresh blood. He is in a rut – a self-centred rut. Spends money where it isn’t needed. I know, the Times said he only has one vote – BUT when you are a controlling freak – he indirectly has more than 1 vote. He was good first term. What happened? Himself – that is what happened. Stuck on himself.
    He wastes money – left & right – Preston needs a new dam – for 9 years now – but oh no he’d rather waste our money on the many items you mentioned. And we needed a Bypass years ago & a Go Train definitely. Cannot keep widening 401.
    And yes the Sports Complex could be done private or some private support – we have had so many good proposals – but his empty brain is stuck on Conestoga which is the DUMBEST move ever. But he made a promise to Conestoga – really$$$
    We have had a decent proposal by a private company to build 2 rinks & save the City 12 million – and he has been treated rudely – too bad – he knows his business – it is the Ice Park. We don’t need 4 rinks. 2 would be great!
    The Acquatics at the Flea Market across from the Y who want to work with this concept. The Mall – build Condos there. Lots of good ideas!!
    This Mayor just loves to get people in – but not out. There is no money in building more & more homes. We need business for jobs & tax dollars.
    We can go on & on – but we pray for a decent opposition in our 2018 Election and
    Yes – we have to get him out. Everyone I speak to – never voted for him – so therefore internet voting has been fixed as we know it can be.
    So VOTERS VOTE PAPER BALLOTS so your vote goes to the right person – a new one!!

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

      The Cambridge Times article, that was me. As for the Conestoga location for the Sports Complex, I think that Doug Craig and city council had some sort of backroom deal set-up because why would you ever build it way out there where the buses hardly ever run and it is just too far to go.

      The City of Cambridge should just focus on infrastructure, more outdoor activities such as public tennis courts and bike trails. They should ok more building in the old Downtown such as Condos as that would attract retailers.

      When I was a kid living in London, Ontario the downtown used to be alive with all sorts of retail stores, movie theatres, hotels and Bar & Gills. Now it looks like a Ghosttown with lots of drug dealing and “CLOSED STORES”. So you have to ask yourself, what has happened? From my point of view, the answer is simple, Doug Craig and his council of clowns.

      So I can only hope you are upset enough to talk to your friends and family and get out there in Oct of 2018 and “VOTE”.

  2. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Clare Sloan February 2, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Good evening. I don’t agree with a total private enterprise doing the Multiplex deal. I feel it should have some city involvement. I am of the belief that the college would be a huge mistake for the people of Cambridge and the business community in general. The savings in the short term will be regretted in the long term. We have a Chamber of Commerce voice in our city yet it has remained silent throughout this business venture. Missing out years ago on the Go train close to the 401 so both Cambridge and Kitchener access could be shared has been a bungled affair by our combined governments. My support for a new mayor comes from the misadventures Doug Craig repeatedly comes up with regarding the spending of our tax dollars on what looks like legacy projects for his Galt friends. It is time for this man to leave already.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I could not agree more with a new mayor Doug Craig performance has been horrible and misdirected at best. A GO Train would have been great for the troubled city like Cambridge. But I really don’t see it coming here for at least another 10 to 15 years at best. That is because the politics just does not react fast enough to public demand. As for the Chamber of Commerce, they are a business lobby only looking out for their own interest so I am certain they have no interest in the GO Train as there is nothing in it for them. You saw how fast they reacted to the new wage hikes, that is their own interest being looked after.

      So I can only hope you are upset enough to talk to your friends and family and get out there in Oct of 2018 and “VOTE”.

  3. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 3, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Some good points here. I really don’t see us getting the GO Train. It’s a plus having Kathryn here but I liked the idea of a 401 area station for both cities. As for the mayor, after what I saw during the 2010 election here only one person is to be blamed in my world Doug. People in Preston and Hespeler are not getting equal distribution of projects from tax dollars. He helped wanted the college to get the multiplex and that seems clear. Frank was hung out to dry on that one. They helped eliminate the Ice Park and the Mall is smoke and mirrors to me. The by pass for Cambridge would have eliminated pet projects for certain people. The bridge we just built was not needed for walkers being a block away both sides are other bridges. This is about parking for the Theater and Gaslight. I can see a parking garage going in on water street. Yet another project for Galt. This mayor has alienated the rest of Cambridge and most just sit back and allow it. It will be a terrible blow to watch another manipulated election. As I stated in the past a tax or excessive water bills have been put in place and more increases are on the way to repair our underground water routes to and from locations. Pet projects came 1st which took needed cash for repairs. Thanks mayor and puppets for putting us behind the 8 ball. Your water bill has extras on it now but an infrastructure tax increase is coming. With council like Shannon, Donna, Mann, Pam and Frank voting so often along the Doug line a bump is coming. I have said often that this is the worst council we have ever had, and feel new clean blood is needed. We need to blow up the follow the lead duck express. People only ask for honest, and fair minded council. In my window I see that coming often from Liggett, Nic, and Devine. I can only see changes coming through a honest election which I don’t think we will have here in OZ. Killing machine elections needs to be replaced. Death by a thousand cuts people.

  4. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Sarah Andrade February 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Good letter and on point. The mayor, the wine drunk, and both ex cops have to go.

  5. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 4, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Sounds about right Sarah. Local coffee shops are buzzing about Frank and Mike M. They are called Mutt and Jeff. I try not to get involved in vial conversation about these two. Perhaps I will run in Preston now as it looks open. I will enter late somewhere to keep them guessing. Mike Mann is in the PC party I hear. Looks like his days in politics are over. Why the heck is Truedoe allowing the clown in the chair to stay. Wrong choice PM.

  6. kefran@bell.net'
    Trumped February 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I think it’s time for a lot of new blood at City Council..Major Craig has been in his position way too long and here is where maybe the idea of two terms maximum for a Mayor and then if they want to run again they have to be away from the position for two terms..It would allow for different perspectives and new ideas to come forth from the great walls of City Hall. As for Councillors, I would say three terms maximum and if they want to run again they have to be out for at least one term…Sort of along the lines of the American Voting System. Change can be good.
    Now all we have to do is get the VOTERS out on ELECTION day in OCTOBER to help with those decisions.

    • deedee@sentex.net'
      Dee February 8, 2018 at 2:50 am

      Vote paper not computer! they can’t change paper

  7. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie February 6, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Wow – Vincent – did you see the new City Sign? At City Hall. Wow $48,000. or was it $77,400.? for this sign that no one but employees will see. Really – spend all this money on a sign when people are struggling$$ Oh, not the Firemen or Police – with their big raise & all the retention, etc. etc. This City is sure making it hard for all the low-income people. Guess the Mayor wants these poor people out of town.
    But gee, the sign lights up. Whoopee!! So more hydro for us to pay for.
    Now who made the sign? A local company like Pride? Or out-of-town? We need to find out these details. Need details on this.
    ELECTION coming – sure hope someone decent & honest will run against Craig. Need change. Enough of this spending – spending on USELESS ITEMS.
    Then they make a big show of trying to balance the budget – who is kidding who?
    Detail the LRT to Cambridge & get going on a GO TRAIN – 20 YRS. OVERDUE!!!!

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 6, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      From my understanding that sign you spoke about costs $48,000 + the hydro costs to light it up each night forever…

      My understanding about the LRT is it will only go to the Cambridge Mall so god knows how much over budget that will be

      So I can only hope you are upset enough to talk to your friends and family and get out there in Oct of 2018 and “VOTE”

  8. kefran@bell.net'
    TICKED OFF!!! February 7, 2018 at 6:35 am

    I find it enlightening (pun intended) that the City of Cambridge spent 48K on a PERMANENT sign for the downtown core of the City. I guess this was a project to put the focus once again on the downtown core. We must ask just how much ‘traffic flow’ of people will this really attract. Are our tax dollars being spent wisely or is this just another WANT for the downtown?
    There are so many things this City does that comes to ‘LIGHT’ after the fact. I think it is time the residents of this city get more VOCAL about the spending of THEIR MONEY rather than leaving this up to member of council when asked to vote on projects and VOTE BECAUSE STAFF RECOMMENDS IT!!!
    This 2018 Municipal Election could be a game changer..Get rid of ex cops and teachers and maybe the spending habits of council will change. NOT EVERYONE IN THIS CITY HAVE HEFTY PENSIONS!!!

  9. kefran@bell.net'
    TIMJ February 7, 2018 at 6:53 am

    This area will be celebrating STOP BULLYING on February 28th. There are t-shirts on sale at various venues throughout Waterloo Region and I encourage everyone to spend the $10. and go out and invest in one.
    My suggestion is that at the regular Council Meeting on February 20th, the public shows up wearing these shirts into Council.
    It would be one way for the residents of this City to show Council that we will no longer be BULLIED by them. We do have some members that are truly BULLIES and it was even mentioned by someone a long time ago who is mentally challenged. If someone like that can recognize a BULLY on Council, what does that say about them? It tells me that this person is not MENTALLY CHALLENGED, rather this person has a BETTER PERCEPTION of understanding.

    So come out one and all on February 20th and wear your Pink Shirt with PRIDE!! If you believe that we need to stop bullying, then let’s have it start with our MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS…

  10. tutu@rogers.com'
    tutu February 8, 2018 at 10:46 am

    awww come on folks …you can stand another few years of these cowardly thugs.please do not spoil there unending perfidy.

  11. kefran@bell.net'
    TIMJ T February 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    oh yes we love them so much…love their spending ability, their bullying tactics and most of all their powerful pride

  12. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 20, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I see the puppets are taking a run at Vincent Benjamin. Sour grapes from Galt where most tax dollars for legacy projects go. I heard one is a fireman. Go figure, at 100 grand + a year and 24 hour shifts, of course he supports Doug. Firemen were burning my election signs out back in 2010 that were stolen nothing was done after complaints. How much money gets spent each year by city hall with their surveillance team? Combing the web for a self serving agenda. Big brother watching our every move. Deb, most knew from the start what pooperoo was up to. I found it funny. As Ben took a shot at Doug and his agenda it shows that some Galt people don’t want candy funds to slow down. Doug has split this city into 2 areas. Galt, and the rest. Notice where he now lives. It is a ticking time bomb here in Preston. The merchants are pissed and despise Doug. We were at a restaurant in Preston last week and every single senior at the tables said something negative about him and the lack of spending in Preston. The damn topic was toxic. Then Mann and Monterio was brought up and nasty things were said. Worst council ever, period. Vincent Benjamin should run for council. We need to rid city hall of Dyke for the people. OOPPS. I’m being monitored. I take it all back. Where’s the damn at mayor?

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Tom thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it. If I was a good public speaker I would love to run. So I do not want to embarrass myself. What I would love to do is to get behind someone who is just as pissed-off as I am about Doug Craig as he is just a weasel. Who needs to be thrown out of office in the worst way.

      The Cambridge Times has turned out to be a mouthpiece for Doug Craig as the staff never say anything critical about this deadbeat as he lacks any backbone all.

      Keep up the discussion we need this angry to get through until the election when it will really count.

  13. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Citizen February 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Vincent – re Times letter tonight – must be Craig’s friend. Or he lives out-of-town & does not know what is going on in Cambridge. We all know the downtown is a disaster as Craig directs our Tax dollars to his projects. He had to be bullied into paying attention to the drug problem – but too late. There is Preston with the best wide street in town & we hear they are removing parking – why?? Do they want Preston downtown to die also?? And a center median? This is nuts. JUST REBUILD THEIR DAM & FORGET ALL THIS OTHER NONSENSE. Craig doesn’t do anything sensible – just his belt notching projects – like the BRIDGE TO NOWHERE. What this money could have done. We know you are right about Craig. At least he could have put the Cambridge sign where people could see it. Like on Hespeler Rd. – the main part of Cambridge. He just doesn’t get it.
    Hopefully the rest of the City residents will wake up before Oct. ELECTION$$$$$

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      I live in Cambridge so I do not know what you are talking about. Doug Craig has really messed this city up. The Cambridge Mall is being revised and Kitchener is having new construction. So what is wrong with Cambridge? That is Doug Craig he has lost his mind and waste money on that bridge and the sign. 2018 I am sure he will waste even more money or maybe not because it is an election year so he will have a low profile until October.

      If you want 4 more years of this nut then re-elect him. But do not me when he starts acting nuts again.

  14. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Randy Toner February 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    The mistakes the city makes weekly are out of hand. We need to reduce our firemen numbers. 6 out of every 10 dollars in taxes goes to them it says. Vincent said it right, Downtown Galt is a ghetto and we still keep dumping our money into a pit. It was a good letter they did not like.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 20, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Now we just need a good candidate to get behind and then Doug Craig will be looking for another job, maybe at Tim Horton’s! LOL!

  15. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Rick Moser February 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    l just had to comment on Doug at Hortons. No paid breaks for you!

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Doug Craig’s next job hopefully will be working at Tim Hortons.

      Let us all get out and vote for that “Other Candidate” this October and get rid of Doug Craig!

  16. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 22, 2018 at 8:03 am

    You will often find during election years even Carl Keifer is heard from. A month before the election Doug will once again state he is still working on the drug problem. Has anyone noticed anything that has been done. Galt downtown deserves the SIS. It will go along with the new sign so the drug culture will know what city they are in. How many people have you seen Vincent, carrying any purchased items from downtown Galt? Tens of millions spent, little return. Doug’s Dive was spoken at the coffee pub this week and the table broke out laughing. The spending of Preston and Hespeler tax dollars has for years has been unevenly spent in Galt. This mayor is killing our real downtown…Preston. The election bomb has begun. Preston is ripe for a rebellion. I may try to help. Ole’

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 23, 2018 at 12:50 am

      This is exactly my point. I have lived in Cambridge for over 15 years and I have been in downtown Galt maybe once a year, and out of those 15 visits I have purchased about 3 items. Now if you ask how many times do you visit the Cambridge Mall? Well, then my answer would be at least once a week. Why, because there is just more selection because there are more stores. It is that simple! This is what Doug Craig cannot get through that thick head is that point. So he just repeats his same message saying that everything is fine and if you listen to that long enough then you to begin to believe the lie.

      Well, everything is not fine and Doug Craig is living on some other planet may Pluto! Either way, Doug Craig does not live in the here and now and therefore needs to be removed from office.

      So I am counting on you to keep this issue breathing until Oct 2018. Now, let us say he does get back in. Sure I will be disappointed. I would be disappointed that the residents of Cambridge are a bunch of sheep that are easily lead and have no interest in what is going on. Will I stop? Not a chance. I will be there getting under Doug Craig skin until he gets a bad rash from me.

      So either way, I am there for the long run, so get use to me Doug Craig because I am here to make your life in office hell!

  17. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 23, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Doug has his agenda and pet projects that crush our city’s tax dollars into Galt. The real problem lies in the council following him. Watching the voting on certain Doug issues shows a constant support for his projects. I firmly believe no more teachers or cops on council would be the right direction. Putting business and working class people onto council that are not pensioned heavily seems best. We have Shannon that has done ? We have 2 cops involved in a lawsuit with affidavits by other cops and Pam Wolf with a DUI charge that somehow was dropped (who’s the cop). Why would she phone Frank and not her husband right away? The crown said her readings were for about 8 or ? glasses of wine. She told the court it was only a couple. What does this tell you? I was there, and she still got elected. (Internet voting. Council is in a moral decline I say. The only ones I see are positives are Nic, Devine and Liggett. Funny….they are working people, not government pensioned ones. A house cleaning is needed and an honest trustable election with paper ballots as proof. I am getting a magnetic sign made up for my old car. No more ex-cops or teachers for Cambridge Council in /18. If they stay with internet voting in /18, look for them all to get back in. Ward 1 or 6 will be my choice to run in. Why are we taxpayers paying for the city to monitor websites C.I.A. style? There was a time they worked for us. We need a new mayor before we go broke. Our taxes are some of the highest in Ontario. Add to it the sky-high water bills, higher cost of living, 2 library’s within a block of each other and a stupid not needed bridge. Watch for another huge tax increase coming. Service cuts kept this election year bill just above inflation. Annie git yer gun, the revolt is happening.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      I would agree, Doug Craig and city council is pretty flawed. I too typed in each council name in Google and got all the dirt of each one of these charters, and they are all screwed up in some fashion.

      So this clearly explains why the City of Cambridge is such a bunch of screw-ups. As I said before the downtown Galt, Preston, and Hespeler are dumps. The City of Cambridge has only 2 votes in the Region of Waterloo, so why is Cambridge being treated like a second-class citizen? Why don’t we just pull out or demand more of a vote or we leave. Just where is Doug Craig backbone? I think he lost it the same time he lost his mind!

      So this sure explains everything really well why the City of Cambridge will only amount to a “Second Class City” being bullied by everyone else because our mayor and city council is a bunch of screw-up!

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin February 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Tom, what ward do you live in? It seems we have a lot in common regarding Doug Craig and city council. I would be interested in getting together with you to set-up a plan of attack regarding removing Doug Craig and his council of misfits from office. Are you interested? E-mail svbenjamin@sympatico.ca. Send me a note.

  18. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin February 26, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    To Doug Craig: The forces of “Change” are beginning to coalesce against your re-election. We the people you have ignored and dismissed are now planning your defeat.

  19. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Someone has offered to give me 500 business cards to hand out at all the local car shows I go to. 5 names will be on the cards that we need to get rid of to make this city Great Again. The push for no more teachers and cops on council with their puffed up pensions and voting records must be told. No need to lie, the truth works fine. Yep, another jump in our water bills is here. We now pay more for water than hydro. Good thing old age pension went up by $3.00. Anyone watch clips of Trudeau in India? Good God….this is our P.M. Just got informed again, I’m being monitored. No shit Sherlock. Good morning city hall.

  20. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie March 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Yes watched the childish embarrassing clips of our immature Prime Minister on a paid for family vacation by us poor people on pensions. It was the most disgusting trip by a Prime Minister ever. Would love to have gentlemen Harper back in power. At least he didn’t entertain killers.
    Is this all City Hall has to do is monitor sites. Probably getting ready to hack into the Election votes in Oct. Getting primed up to move votes around – right!$$
    We should all be handing out those business cards to make voters aware of what is going on in this City. Not much of importance – just worthless projects. Like the Bridge to Nowhere – a sign no one will see, just goes on & on.
    And we still need a Bypass & Go-train. Could our Mayor & Council not do something of substance??$$

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin March 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Voting Splitting is one of the main reasons Doug Craig became mayor once again. The resident of Cambridge needs to do good research on each candidate prior to voting. Too many candidates on the ballot for Mayor means Doug Craig wins. Talk to your friends and family before the Municipal Election Oct 2018. Spread the message and determine who is the best candidate and then vote as a block of voters to prevent Doug Craig from becoming Mayor once again.

  21. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Sarah Allan March 1, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Hoping to push Pam out of ward 5 would make me happy. Lots of wine drinkers in ward 5.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Voting Splitting is one of the main reasons Doug Craig and his council of clowns got once again. The resident of Cambridge needs to do good research on each candidate prior to voting. Too many candidates on the ballot for Mayor and council means they win again. Talk to your friends and family before the Municipal Election Oct 2018. Spread the message and determine who is the best candidate and then vote as a block of voters to prevent Doug Craig and his council of clowns from becoming the government of Cambridge once again.

  22. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann March 6, 2018 at 6:58 am

    All I need to do is come up with a good business card slogan for a new mayor and some council members and the cards can be printed. Yesterday I was asked but had no impact slogan. Too early to hand out cards yet so I have time to ask. Worst council ever to be replaced? Mayor of OZ to be sent to Kansas? Going hunting this weekend so something might pass my mind by then.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Cambridge Political Action Council March 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      If you are looking for a new slogan then I have lots of ideas for that. Now, who is the new candidate?
      We need someone who is serious about the position, I don’t want any slackers, we are out to win!
      The GO Train should be one of our main issues. This would increase our property tax base, bring more businesses to that old ratty downtown Galt, give us some more leverage on regional council.
      We should limit the increases of Property Taxes to the “Rate of Inflation”. Therefore we can live within our means.
      The LRT is another issue that needs to be addressed on our platform.
      As to Downtown Galt, why don’t we just bulldoze the whole area and rebuild it again?
      For Waterloo Regional Council Cambridge should withdraw from it, as the council does nothing but hold us back from growing the City of Cambridge

  23. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Collin Pyke March 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    CPAC. There is a strong chance of a woman running for the Mayor’s job in south Cambridge. This lady has been involved at the Provincial level for some time. She is a smart lady with a solid background in the business community. lt was mentioned during a Christmas dinner party by her husband. l think she would give the Mayor a good run.

  24. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Cambridge Political Action Council March 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Collin Pyke: We hope this not pie in the sky nor your friend is running as a drone for Doug Craig to once again to split the vote which he has done in the past two elections. As I will not be a party to that. Our group meets once a month. Can you disclose what is her position on the major issues concerning Cambridge? Tell her to write an article in the Cambridge Advocate detailing her positions. I will await your response.

  25. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Concerned March 6, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Great outline of our wants CPAC – now all we need is one good candidate to run against our present useless Mayor who has wore out his welcome.
    So lets wait for that one great candidate and see what their platform will be and hope it is what we need here in Cambridge.
    New life – fairness to all 3 centers. More control over excessive wages being taken out of the tax base. I like the idea of tax based on inflation.
    Now we have this new water fountain issue – we do not want to pay for that. If the City Hall had been built there – would have made the most sense – then have water sprays and the new Cambridge sign should have been put there – who sees it downtown Galt – only the City Hall staff. It was wasted money – again.
    In fact, does anyone work at City Hall? Every time I call the message is “I am away from my desk” – then why do we have desks there – puzzles me.
    Looking forward to new blood in this City Hall.

  26. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Cambridge Political Action Council March 7, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I would bulldoze Downtown Galt, it is a sewer and smells of rot, as does the Doug Craig. In that space, I would build another sub-division.

    I would pull the City of Cambridge out of the Region of Waterloo. It is unfair as Cambridge has not control what goes on in this city. For example, those damn Roundabouts!

    The LRT would need to run downtown or I would not pay for it. Let the Region bit on that as we are too busy paying for bridges, signs and water fountains.

    Last, of all I would investigate Doug Craig it is quite interesting how he wanted the Multiplex near the College and now the City of Cambridge is handing out money to the College to relocate one of its programs into Cambridge. What the “F” is going on! I would put Doug in jail!

  27. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann March 7, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Welcome Collin. It would be nice to see another woman run for mayor again. We have a group of near 20 people that meet in homes and coffee shops to discuss issues. You are welcome to join us or reach out to this woman if she is interested. She can post on the Advocate. The coffee shops work best as no clean up is required. We have fun on this site (as per my chosen rants)so take it as an invite. There was 2 others interested in running but I have heard nothing since. City hall monitors this site daily so if you or this woman wish to call instead contact Deb or me.

  28. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Cambridge Political Action Council March 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    If the City of Cambridge is Monitoring this Site, then watch out!
    Once Again the City of Cambridge and Doug Craig loves to waste more Property Taxes.
    Here is another example:

    “Cambridge Reverses Course on Riverside Park Dam”
    After a six-year, $340,000 environmental assessment study — a dam will remain. Doug Craig has lost his mind and should be committed because of brain injury. He is playing politics again because it is election time again. We are on to you and we will spread the truth about your deeds.

  29. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Collin Pyke March 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    CPAC. l don’t know where your going with your comments. A discussion about local politics took place and revolved around someone that has been in the political arena and could run for office. Pie in the sky or drone comments, really. lf we cross paths l will ask. l’m not getting involved in her personal business.

  30. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Concerned March 20, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    CPAC – why don’t you run for Mayor. It seems like you don’t like what is being done – so run & let’s do it right.
    There certainly are a bunch of people that want Craig out but we need someone of substance to run against him and
    to get back to paper ballots so it is run honestly – no internet voting – which can be hacked or votes directed to a certain spot.
    Elections 2010 & 2014 – were not run properly.
    So CPAC – go for it – we sure need a change. Or how about a Council spot.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      CPAC March 22, 2018 at 12:07 am

      I would if I was good at Public Speaking, but that being the case I am looking for someone who can run as my voice. Anyone interested?

  31. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin April 8, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I was just contacted by the group called “For A Better Cambridge” They wanted to shut me up regarding my comments about the City of Cambridge and the current inept City Council which includes that Wasteful Spending Doug Craig.

    This type of lame e-mail will not seduce me to changing my real concern for what Wasteful Spending Doug Craig has done to this city. This so-called group is trying to shut up any opposition to the current City Council, and of course, this comes during an election year.

  32. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann April 13, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Failure. It doesn’t matter how you look at it our mayor failed to keep an injection site out of Cambridge. It shows how the region has little respect for Doug and his demands. Burning past bridges with the region may have pushed this along. At the moment it is on hold but I see it coming to Galt where most drug issues are. As for the region….it’s just another reason why being in the region make Cambridge just a pawn for cash and unwanted situations in Waterloo. Council members that have upset many residents the last 3 years in office are on slippery ground at this time. If this SIS comes to Preston Mike Mann is toast. I hear dislike for several council members and the mayor on a daily basis. If a full rebuilt dam doesn’t come to Preston Mann and Reid will be gone. People here are sick of Galt getting most of the tax dollars. I have never heard so many upset people venting as I have this year and they want change. As for ward 5, the real estate issues have angered the masses and will be a close race. I have heard nothing about the woman running for mayor but I’m sure we will talk soon. The flyers are out and now we wait.

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin April 21, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Tom, are you running for City Council?

  33. ltvann@rogers.com'
    Tom Vann April 28, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Not sure if ward 1 or 6 will be my choice yet. Since I will be retired come Aug.- Sept. I will have time to commit full time to the job. Wife didn’t want me doing both. Still not heard back from the lady about the mayors job. Lots of time. I have so much stuff in my files for the election debates and should thin it out. I have lots of time still Vincent.

  34. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin May 24, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Doug Craig needs to be put out to pasture, he lacks any new ideas regarding downtown Galt, that blite in the south end of Cambridge.

    The GO TRAIN still has not shown up at the station, and probably will not for many, so Doug Craig has really failed the residents of Cambridge. Doug has been in office for over 12 years, so how long does it take to get the job done? Doug is not up to the task!

    The Cambridge Foot Bridge has been a complete waste of money, yet the Cambridge Times that “RAG of a NEWSPAPER” has nothing to say. Very Interesting! With 3 bridges in downtown Galt, just how many more are needed?

    Of course next on the list is the SPORTSPLEX, just what sort of arrangement does Doug Craig have with Conestoga College? Why did City Council follow him on that stupid decision? Can we really trust him to act on our behalf?

    Now Doug Craig wants to install 10 cameras in downtown Galt, so the downtown will continue to be a wasteland of crime, drug use, and poverty, just what we need. Secondly, do you really want to be watched? That is an invasion of your privacy! Businesses and retails stores are more interested in going to the Cambridge Mall and so am I. Yet Doug Craig feels he does not need to invest in the downtown at all. Why? Bye, the way, those cameras are going to cost us $400,000. Why could not that money be spent on investing in the downtown? Where are the Urban Planners for Cambridge?

    It is now time for a change, Doug Craig cannot be trusted to look out for the residents of Cambridge. He is just an old man with no imagination and bankrupt of any ideas.

  35. lwhetham@live.ca'
    Linda whetham May 25, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Mr. Douglas Craig
    Ward Councillor – 1976
    Regional Councillor 1980
    Mayor 2000 – 2018
    Mr. Craig has been at it for almost 42 years, and he was a Teacher for 32 years
    I am hearing he will run again this year, and then his plan is to run for the Regional Chair in four years…

    • svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
      Vincent Benjamin May 25, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Linda: Are you planning to run again, I am sick and tired of Doug Craigs empty promises! The GO Train has left the station and will “NEVER” come back again.

  36. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin May 25, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Number One, just do not believe what you read in the Cambridge Times. The Cambridge Times is “ONLY” a mouthpiece for any politician to push their agenda and make the public pay for it.

    Just look at Doug Craig and that stupid footbridge, and what did the Cambridge Times say about that! What for it a big fat “NOTHING”. What a bunch of spineless worms. The evidence was very clear, we have 3 bridges crossing the river already, pedestrian traffic is mute in the Urban Wasteland called Downtown Galt. Littered with poverty, crime, and drugs. And this is what Doug Craig came up with!

    What a fool! Doug Craig is certainly out of touch with the problems around him and out of touch with reality! This has been an ongoing circus and Doug Craig is the “CLOWN”!

  37. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin May 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    When it comes to Winning Praise, Galt’s New Bridge is a Walkover ~ The Kitchener Record

    Just in case Doug Craig was sleeping under a log for the past 12 years, the City of Cambridge has two other bridges a block away from this so-called “New Bridge” on either side. So Doug Craig wake up!

    Both of these bridges connect East and West Galt and are safe for pedestrians and cyclist to cross so again you have been living under that log for way too long.

    Of course, Doug Craig would not have been happy unless he wasted $2,000,000 of your hard earned money on this bridge which few will ever use. This another case of Doug Craig trying to distract you from the real issues. No GO Train and Downtown Galt wasting away from poverty, drugs, and crime which means “NO” Investment in downtown Galt. A little too late!

    The Kitchener Record seems to have the same problem as the Cambridge Times they can not and will not tell the truth. Just how more bridges do we need? Corporate Media makes me sick! They refuse to report a balanced approach and they appeal to the lowest common denominator (Doug Craig Voters). Who cannot be very aware, and cannot analysis an issue. These are the voters Doug Craig wants.

    Now, do you really want Doug Craig to waste your money for another FOUR YEARS!

  38. lwhetham@live.ca'
    Linda whetham May 29, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Mayor’s Chair, You want to see me lose for the third time, Mr. Craig somehow always wins, and this time he has announced that he will pick the next Mayor, someone that he feels could do his Job, I could see him bowing out at the last minute and having his pick stand beside him and put their name forward for his Job, I only wish Mr. Craig would run for the Region, because he would lose that Election and then he would be retired by the people as he has no control at the Region. Running for the Region is looking very interesting, I hope someone puts their name forward so Mr. Craig is not acclaimed…

  39. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin May 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Doug Craig has a crowd of mindless minions who come out on demand. That being said, in each forum I join is another opportunity to go after Doug Craig. If he so happens to win, I will have the next 4 years that is 1460 days to go after him for everything I have. If I was good at public speaking I would run and I would win!

    The Point is Here “NEVER GIVE-UP”

  40. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin May 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Cambridge Ice Jam Clean up Cost More Than $958,000 as reported by the Cambridge Times.

    When this happened, I wondered why was nothing done to prevent this from happening? Why wasn’t permanent barriers constructed along the river? Just where was Doug Craig’s leadership then!

    If a tree is near my house and it looks like it may fall over, I am not going to wait before doing something about it!

    Doug Craig and his Council of Fools just do not understand what preventable maintenance really means. This bill the City of Cambridge received for a quarter of a million dollars should not have been issued, to begin with. Permanent barriers should have been constructed along Water Street under the Capital Budget to have prevented this from happening at all. Another failure by Doug Craig!

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