Author Archives: Patrick Merlihan

About Patrick Merlihan

Patrick Merlihan is a life-long resident of Elmira. He was elected Councillor, Ward 1 in the Township of Woolwich in the Ontario Municipal Election held October 27, 2015.

28 May
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Website Update in progress

Thanks for visiting my website. It’s a work in progress and when finished I hope will become a tool to keep you abreast of what is happening politically in our municipality. It’s been busy since being elected, very busy. Never mind ...

10 Oct
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Merlihan in the Media

I’ve been busy getting the word out giving residents reasons to elect me for Ward 1 Woolwich Township. I’ve been making a few headlines, and filling out plenty of questionnaires. Posted below are my responses to the various questions posed. ...

09 Sep
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Hi! Nice to Meet You

Elmira’s my home. I grew up here. Attended school here. Launched a business here. And I’m happy to be raising my family here. You may know my dad. If you grew up in Woolwich or Wellesley he more than likely ...

09 Sep
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How We Govern Ourselves

Declaring that you are transparent isn’t the same as being transparent. Let’s say you wanted to know what the mayor has been busy spending money on the past year. Perhaps you thought his catering budget was approaching the excessive area of spending ...

09 Sep
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Taking Ownership of our Decisions

Part of the reason the electorate feels disillusioned is because we see so many mistakes, miscues and outright improprieties on the part of politicians, all with little or no accountability. Nobody expects perfection from anyone in their employ. It would ...

09 Sep
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How Can I Help You Today?

Early American retailers coined the motto “The customer is always right” to encourage their staff to give high priority to customer satisfaction. In Germany they say, “der Kunde is Konig,” which means “the customer is king.” These early retail pioneers treated ...

09 Sep
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Identifying our “Needs” above Choosing our “Wants”

That shiny new sports car sure would look great in my driveway! Oh wait! The kids’ registration (insert sport/lesson/program here) is due, and postsecondary education is not going to pay for itself. I suppose the car will have to wait ...

09 Sep
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Trust: It’s Earned.

Google “Trust in Politics” and you won’t be surprised to discover Canadian’s trust in their politicians is at an all-time low. The spin, the games, the name-calling, the talking points all mean we don’t believe the hype. When fewer people ...

09 Sep
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Do the Right Thing

Sometimes we make simple things far too complicated. Planting grass is simple. Anyone can do it. Kindergärtners plant grass to learn how things grow. In Woolwich though, planting grass can take up to 3 years or more. A project on ...