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PC stalwart behind new blog

A prominent member of Guelph’s provincial Progressive Conservative riding association has revealed himself to be the editor of a new online publication that has drawn criticism from Mayor Karen Farbridge.
Allan Boynton was campaign manager for PC candidate Greg Schirk in the provincial election this fall, and at the same time was president of the local PC riding association. Boynton also ran for a Ward 1 seat in the 2010 civic election in Guelph, finishing 10th in an 11-candidate field in that ward.
His newly launched online publication, The Guelph Standard.com, has been highly critical of the mayor and much of city council.
During a wide-ranging interview with the Tribune late last week, Farbridge chided The Guelph Standard.com for being an anonymous undertaking and said she’s “a bit appalled” at how easy it is for sites like this to be created online by people “to further their personal agenda.”
Farbridge’s criticism was published in the Dec. 20 edition of the Trib. Later the same day, Boynton posted an online entry revealing that he’s the editor of The Guelph Standard.com and responding to Farbridge’s criticisms. Rather than trying to further a personal agenda, “The Guelph Standard is in fact informing taxpayers of what is going on,” Boynton wrote.
The Guelph Standard.com joins another local online publication that is highly critical of Farbridge.
GuelphSpeaks.ca, as its known, is run by local resident Gerry Barker, who describes himself as a retired newspaperman and who describes his online publication as a “no-baloney overview of the city politic.”
Barker was a regular columnist for the Guelph Mercury for five years, writing a column called “Between the Lines” that frequently took aim at Farbridge and her supporters at city hall. However, his column now has been “dumped” by the Mercury, Barker said in a Dec. 17 posting on GuelphSpeaks.ca.

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