Saturday, February 24, 2007

Boomerang anyone?

Somebody in Windsor's political circles is feeling a little tender these days. How else do you explain this article in Saturday's Windsor Star:
Blogger linked to bridge firm

Blogger linked to bridge firm
Dave Battagello, Windsor Star
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2007

A Windsor Internet blogger who promotes himself as a city council watchdog and concerned resident in the border truck traffic debate has worked with the Ambassador Bridge on a lawsuit filed against the city, according a document obtained by The Star.

An affidavit filed with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) by the Paroian law firm includes billing information that indicates Ed Arditti was involved with e-mail exchanges and conference calls with the bridge company's lawyers and executives, including owner Matty Moroun.
Nice little bit of pushback. This is what qualifies as "news" in Windsor these day? The problem with articles like this and Councillor Brister's strange comments at Council last week, is that they tend to engender the exact opposite response than what was intended.

In a related note, I wonder how that report on the Lobbyist Registrar, Auditor General, Code of Conduct, Ombudsman and Integrity Commissioner positions is coming. Call me skeptical, but I suspect it will be like most other turkeys major reports and studies delivered in Windsor. Attractive and appetizing when presented, full of dressing and other goodies, but once digested, soon forgotten about.

If anyone is ever interested in blogging and needs some help in getting started, feel free to drop me a line - . It's easy and free.

The old adage used to be "never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel". That's one dynamic that's certainly changing in the Internet enabled, Web 2.0 universe of today.

Update: you can read Ed Arditti's reply to the Windsor Star article here.