"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

LAUGH AND THE. WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU

When Stephen Colbert was chosen to replace David Letterman , I wondered at the choice but I don't think of myself as an authority on modern comedy and they took their time and Letterman was not easy to replace. 

I enjoyed Colbert  in his bit  on the Daily Show. Like Jon Stewart, a full hour of frenzy was hard to endure.  What I needed at the end of the day was a performance that reduced  political events to proper perspective. 

Letterman's  show followed the ritual of Johnny Carson whose smooth performance continued the lines of Jack Parr's laid back humour. 

 I don't imagine it's easy to maintain excellence on a nightly basis. Even just for an hour at a time. 
None of. the three accomplished the impossible. But they did create a bridge between unbelievable stupidity and  horror in daily events to reassurance that it was alright not to take life too seriously. 

don't like the noise and fake laughter that intersperses precisely where it's supposed to . 

I find slapstick and contrived skits irksome, lacking wit and boring in the extreme.  

Nkthing amuses me  about Colbert's brief chats with the Lord in the elaborate painted ceiling, 

His confessionals are excruciating and the bit he does from a balcony where he stands under a hat 
is positively juvenile. 

But worst of all ,the show's  opening monologue,a mocking diatribe of the man he loves to hate
makes the presidency little more than a prop. A steady diet is too much . 

There are half a dozen late night show hosts. None have taken  Letterman's place. 

Jimmy Kimmel seems most comfortable in his own skin, therefore easier  to watch. 

Yesterday I read a piece  by Frank Bruni in the New York Times , prompted by Sean 
Spicer's appearance on the Emmy show hosted by  Stephen Colbert. 

Bruni found Spicer's guest appearance with the rolling podium unacceptable. 

He went further and critiqued Colbert's  late night program with many of the  faults I found .

Thank  goodness , I thought, at least  my sense of humour is not out of date. 


Thursday, 14 September 2017

THANK YOU NO...I DON'T THINK SO

One of those  e-mail petitions came through to kick a Conservative Senator out  because of something said that's not within the Gospel of Canada. 

"Religious schools were not all bad". ..."Indigenous people should assimilate...give up their status cards and become Canadian citizens."

I will not sign. Not because I agree with the Senator. I am not sufficiently informed.

But because I find it abhorrent to punish a person for speaking her mind. 

Not being conversant in the language of Treaties hundreds of years old and ,though familiar with accounts of abuse in religious schools,I tend to think not everyone was a pervert , not every act 
had malicious intent. 

Social media has provided us with a truly, realistic sense of how reality can be distorted. 

I do however believe stories with photos of the awful misery of children living in reservations..high infant mortality. ..alcoholism ....child suicides from toxic substances. 

Of aboriginal girls and women engaged in prostitution and an inquiry into numbers of missing and murdered aboriginal women...mothers, sisters, daughters. 

Atrocities associated with aboriginals have been headline news for decades. No improvements are noted. 

Many live full and productive lives , as they  should . Too many don't.

Children are not removed from parental care despite that deprivation polluted water, unsanitary conditions, inadequate shelter, high Infant mortality are all part of their reality. 

And the talk goes on ...and on ...and on. 

A Conservative Senator has put an idea forward . . Indigenous people should assimilate. They should give up special status and become Canadian citizens.

I don't know if the idea has merit. I don't think being a Canadian citizen is a disadvantage. 

The  status quo does not commends itself. 

I don't believe a person proposing an option should be cast out with weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

The idea  should be discussed frankly and freely ...if only for the sake of the children. 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

EVERYDAY SOMETHING NEW AND AMAZING

A Canadian Judge who wore a Trump hat in court the day America elected the lying,swindling,lecher president, has been suspended without pay for thirty days. Oh and... Oh Joy, he was also reprimanded. Tut..Tut ..naughty boy. 

Last year, he earned $290,000.  

He is sixty-nine years old. 

Penalty imposed was the worst, short of recommending his removal from the bench to the Attorney General. 

The panel heard he was not a Trump supporter.  As a Canadian, the likelihood was remote. 

Wearing a baseball cap in an Ontario court would be questionable. A responsible judge could  be expected to require its removal .

For the judge himself to be wearing it was neither acceptable nor explainable. He admits it was the worst mistake he has ever made. He's a year short of seventy. He denied being a Trump supporter. 

Why a panel would rule a judge with self-professed lack of judgement continued to have credibility, raises serious questions about judgement of the panel itself. There were six of them. 

We might ponder further why he celebrated the election of an American 

What precisely was he celebrating ? He is Canadian. A Canadian Judge.  

Why would he do that? 

What does it say about his mental stability? 

His fitness to be a judge?

And the six member panel who thought he could continue without bringing the entire system into disrepute.  


Monday, 11 September 2017

FIDDLE-DE -DEE ...FIDDLE-DE-DUMB

The trial of two former staff  in former Premier Dalton Mc Guinty's office started  this morning. 
The charge is destroying documents related to the cancellation of two gas generating plants which were already under construction. The two could go to jail if found guilty.

After the investigation leading to charges,the RCMP officer noted no evidence was discovered 
Involving Premier McGuinty. 

The charge was about destroying all the evidence. 

The decision to cancel the construction was made on the eve of an election.

A majority of seats for Liberals was the prize. 

The new, cleaner plants being built replaced coal-fired plants They were ordered closed on the eve of  the previous election, because of local pressure. Opposition  to the newer, cleaner plants was still an issue. 

Authority for supply of electricity legally resides with Hydro Ontario. Premier McGuinty made the decision to cancel the contract on the eve of the last election. The same Premier has since written
a book about leadership. 

Cost of cancellation of plants already under construction eventually acknowledged were in excess 
of a billion dollars with nothing to show but rusting girders and padlocked gates within chain link fencing. 

Two members of Premier Wynne's staff are currently facing charges of bribery to persuade a sitting member of the legislature to step aside to allow a federal M.P. to receive  the nomination. MP Thibideau  won the Sudbury seat . He had his price. Remuneration had to be the same and jobs for two riding 
Assistants(2) provided. The member has been named to the Cabinet. 

The spurned Sudbury member is disabled. He cannot write. Conversations must be recorded.  recorded. 

Physically disabled people who refuse to surrender to disability tend to be pretty bloody-minded
individuals.  Outcome of the conversations  about giving up his seat should have been anticipated. 

The story continues.....with  a peculiar tilt to it. 

News of inquiries and investigations  to the south of us has somewhat similar parallels with variously different means of arriving at the truth. A special prosecutor has been appointed. A full scale investigation is underway. 

A Senate committee is conducting an inquiry. A Committee of Congress busies itself also with the same inquiry. A grand jury is involved. 

Bits and pieces of Information leak steadily throughout from all sources 

The process could take months but the truth will out. 

A court trial  in Ontario is a different process.  

Even though trial by jury is the judicial right of the complainant . Even if the jury has heard only the evidence permitted by the judge. Even if the trial lasts  five weeks. 

The judge can dismiss the jury in an afterthought ,for trumped -up reason and take the decision unto himself .

 He can take an additional thirteen months, receivenew information from defendants throughout, none of it in open court, and  finally,  write a thirty-nine page  of equally trumped-up logic to justify the decision .

Ontario trials do not necessarily produce facts. Only arguments. 

On argument, a judge may not permit critical evidence.

Competence of trial lawyers  need not factor. 

If a judge decides it would be inappropriate for government authority to be at fault, he is at liberty  to make that decision. 

The Ontario trials currently underway involving government matters should be interesting to watch . 

But that's not likely to happen. 

The media also makes a decision in that regard. 


Thursday, 7 September 2017

SOME MISSING CHAPTERS

My mind has been much taken up with emigration this week. On Sunday, the day of Grandson Aaron and Rachel's  wedding ,I received on Facebook , a photograph of my great grandfather James Diamond, his wife Catherine O'Neil ,their daughter Margaret, Margaret's daughter Bridget and Bridget's infant son seated on Catherine's lap. 

The photo came  indirectly through Corrine Bizarro ,a distant cousin in New York, from Jan Lewandowski another distant cousin from another place in the States whom I did not know existed until now. Jan Lewandoski has been creating a family tree for forty years. 

My great grandmother ,Catherine O'Neil  was sister to Anne O'Neil , Jan Lewandowski's
great  grandmother. 

I had never seen my great-grandparents. Didn't know the photo existed. Because it came to me on Facebook it was shared with Leigh Donnnelly, daughter of my cousin Eileen Murphy ,daughter of my 
Aunt  Meg my mother's sister. Eileen is still in the same place in Scotland they came from to the States almost a hundred years ago. Eileen's sisters Irene and Francis are going  for a visit this week. they
too will see the picture for the first time. 

The thread hasn't stopped unwinding since the photo  appeared. Catherine Diamond and 
Cecilia Diamond have joined the conversation. Michael Killen ,son of my late cousin Maureen ,made contact recently. He knew very little about his mother's family now it's rolling out with ever growing speed and detail. 

It's breathtaking. 

Jan Lewandowski's family tree has a Finnigan branch which is my father's family.  
is there too. 

New York, Philadelphie, Colorado, are all  locations of family members.  One  married a Sicilian woman. 

There have been Diamond reunions in Long Island. One  is  for Florida next year. 

On Sunday,at Aaron's wedding, one photo taken was of all my children,their spouses, all but three of their children and spouses, all the children of their children, Aaron and his new bride Rachel ,whose grandmother emigrated to Canada from Holland in 1954....and me. 

If I say so myself, it's an impressive crowd. 

A significant branch of the family tree. 


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

BABBLING ON

As an add-on to the previous post, the salary for a Senator without additional responsibilities is $142,400 for a work year of 83 days.

Travel and housing expenses are also covered.

As noted previously, the appointment terminates at  age 75. 

Justin Trudeau's father made appointments when he was leaving office in 1979.  This was a man who, according, to his other son, hated politics . On reflection, I don't think he was too fond of people either. 

One senate appointment he made at the time of leaving was a failed one-time candidate for federal 
Office, Anne Moon . Ms. Moon was Jamaican-Canadian in her late twenties and  a social worker 
In Vancouver. 

The only public mention since of Ms Moon that  I re-call was not meritricious. She has been on the public payroll for 38 years, is probably  66 now, with nine more years to collect $142,400 for 83 days
 a year , if she's in attendance. 

Another  senate appointment that comes to mind of Andrew Thompson. He was Leader of the. Ontario Liberals for a short time. There were tears in the house on the day he left giving a hint of  tragedy. He was a young man. He received appointment  to the Senate. Nothing more was heard until a news item about his non-attendance in the Senate. He was living in Mexico. 

He resigned after the scandal broke. He was in his nineties when he died. 

I don't think the salary of an Aurora Councillor compares with a member of Canada's Senate. It 
wouldn't  be easy to compare the work load either. 

But at least the voters of Aurora get  to make their own choice out of the choice available.

NO APOLOGY HERE

NAnonymous has left a new comment on your post "CAN YOU BLEEPING BELIEVE IT ?": 

"...appointed for life to the public trough..."

Senators can only serve until age 75 (unlike town councillors)

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 6 September 2017 at 13:54

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Town councillors can serve  at seventy -five and older, if they are chosen by the electorate 
in a free and democratic election. 

As I was  and am proud to say. 

And re-elected two more times after that until I was eighty-six. 

Furthermore, I fell short only forty-nine votes of being re-elected when I was eighty -six which  would have taken me to the age of ninety. Still practising politics ,honest straightforward , with the  best 
Interest of the community at large. Instead  of consistently pandering to the sporadic clamour of the inevitable nimby clusters.  

I proved , if  done with common sense and respect the majority appreciates  and the community is
well served.  

I make no apology for my public service. 

I bite my tongue to keep from closing this post with an epithet that's bursting to be expressed and   contradicting my own principles. 

See...I still have the necessary discipline.

And if you are reading this blog ,obviously I have not left the scene.

Everyone knows who I am. 

Nobody  knows you.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

CAN YOU BLEEPING BELIEVE IT ?

Ontario Senator Ratna Omidvar says Canada should welcome 30,000 "Dreamers" as immigrants from the U. S. For various reasons, mainly education, it would be a benefit to Canada. 

"Low hanging fruit" she called it. 

I don't know the woman. Don't recognize her photo from the interview with Rosemary Barton of the CBC . 

Wikipedia reveals nothing of  how she came to be appointed acting spokesperson for someone like myself.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the appointment. That's all there was. No date. No background. No place of birth ,length of residence or Canadian experience. .. nothing. No indication of useful contribution before or since appointment to the Canadian Senate. Or when that was. 

A solitary reference is made to an amendment proposed by herself to  Bill  C 6 .The amendment would disallow deportation for giving  false information  to obtain legal status in Canada. In other words, obtaining citizenship by lying should be perfectly acceptable. 

Under the circumstances , the benefit to Canada's economy  of receiving 30,000 "Dreamers" from the States hardly seems relevant. 

Except that at least in Ontario, many more thousands of University and College graduates burdened  by debt, have not found employment in their field of study for numbers of years. Many have even returned to post-education to take different courses with more debt but no more success at finding employment. 

Even opportunity to file applications is no longer available. 

Universities  have no  secure opportunities to offer. Professors on contract don't know until classes start, if sufficient students have registered for the course to form a class and they have a job for the next academic year. 
 
And there in the Canadian Senate , an unknown individual, appointed for life to the public trough  and given a platform by CBC ,national television, to  espouse and promote a proposal which is not only senseless it is downright bloody insulting. 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SHOW ...IT MUST GO ON.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "MYTH AND FALLACY AND DOWNRIGHT DISTORTIONS": 

Oakville's council however are very short-sighted. The same legislation that they are using to protect Glen Abbey from development also restricts the property from being used as.........
a golf course!!

So, while they will prevent the development... they will also prevent it from it's current role.

Just to let you know, in case you do not know where Glen Abbey is located. It is north of the QEW. When it was built, it was in the middle of no where. Now , Oakville has grown around it. Hardly in the beautiful part of Oakville (Bronte Harbour).  

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 24 August 2017 at 08:02

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Oakville is not so much short- sighted  as down- right -dodgy. The 7000 name petition provided the impetus for Council  to mis-use the Heritage Act to deny an application for development; a classic example of municipal political sleight of hand. 

(Oakville is an old hand at sleight-of-hand. Were they not responsible for the cancellation of one of two natural gas generating plants that put the Province into $1.2 billion debt with nothing, absolutely nothing, to show for it but half- constructed framework  and rusty padlocked gates) 

An application is made. The process begins.  Planning staff do what they're paid to do. The process takes months or possibly years before it comes before the Planning Board(council) for public input. 

Half of a GTA  municipal  payroll is related to development and matters pertaining. 

If that which is proposed  is opposed,everything done beforehand is time and effort squandered. 

Half the municipal tax bill is thus engaged. 

The average municipal politician bends like a reed to opposition.  

Previous Municipal Planning Boards existed because of the tendency of municipal politicians to lean this way and or that. 

Then Regions were created and the  Planning Act was legislated. 

Over- riding authority was established and Regions were delegated responsibility to formulate an Official Plan. Municipal O.P.s had to conform.  Both levels have full planning departments. In York ,there are ten full fledged planning departments toiling away in ever-expanding  administration buildings. 

Previously, in the days of autonomous Municipal Planning Boards,when municipal politicians could not be trusted with the responsibility,  the Minister of Municipal Affairs had  signing authority over plans of subdivision. 

Over the years, in an effort to bring order, consistency and equity to the process ,layer upon layer of   legislation and instituted policies have blanketed, one might say suffocated the process. The Heritage Act is part of the helter-skelter  mosaic.

Millions, billions and possibly trillions of dollars are funnelled into the coffers of lawyers, engineers, planning,traffic, environment consultants service the development industry. Matched equally on the public side ,municipally, regionally, and provincially. 

Nary a brown penny goes to pay for a stone upon a stone of shelter for a family. 

Glen Abbey and Aurora Highlands Golf Course are the same vintage. Urban development  has encircled both. 

In Newmarket ,Glen Manor golf course was not old. The golf course was actually a holding pattern for 
development lands. Club link is a development partnership. Yet the Town of Newmarket spent a million dollars of tax resources at the OMB  in a show attempt to stop development that never had a chance of succeeding. 

It didn't.

Hundreds of homes are already built with  schools ,parks and maybe a fire station. 

The neighbourhood will never know anything different. 

They will never know or give a fig about the added cost of processing the plan. 

But forever and a day, they will pay property taxes on taxes for hidden, useless,senseless  extravagance. 

Like  a troupe of Irish step-dancers,politicians will dazzle the audience with the flicker and flash 
of their fancy footwork.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

MYTH AND FALLACY AND DOWNRIGHT DISTORTIONS

HBefore  I came back on council in 2003, the Province made changes to the Heritage Act. A property could be designated without owner consent . Once designated, It had to be maintained in good condition. Changes can be made but not so's you'd notice. Municipalities can raise taxes to make loans to owners without sufficient resources for property upkeep. 

Any time legislation is amended ,you can count on it being the result of a lobby to suit somebody's advantage. Not necessarily the public's. 

Oakville has designated Glen Abbey golf course heritage, following  a petition of  7000 names. Club Link,owners of Glen Abbey filed a development application two years ago. The plan leaves 124 acres as Open Space. 

The Ontario Municipal Board has ruled the application complete. On Sept 26, council must decide 
on the plan. The  decision on heritage designation is just in time to put the kibosh on the development .

The Mayor says designation is the first step in a process. They will now proceed to delineate features of the 240 acre  parcel of Open Space that makes it historic. 

Even with  limited details of the Toronto Star's report, the Mayor's justification for designation at this point is assuredly ass backwards. 

Oakville, aside from being wealthiest, really is an old original Ontario settlement. The area south of Lakeshore Road is charming , romantic and beautifully preserved. It's easy to transport oneself in
time in the  lakeshore park with the tiny wooden structure of the first post office. It's not clear Oakville 
is much interested in tourism.There's  plenty to see and savour but  tourist promotion is conspicuous in its absence. 

The upscale neighbourhood  on the lake is quiet and secluded. People live there.the homes are plaqued. Obviously privacy is valued. Overcrowded streets and shops of the same vintage in Niagara-on-the-Lake are in total contrast. 

Something new has been added to the Heritage Act since I was last involved. A Conservation Review Board is in place. Club Link will likely take advantage of the right of review. 

The municipality will undoubtedly embark on lavish legal expense from the municipal treasury to prevent the property owner from exercising their legal rights. The enterprise will be cloaked in virtue 
to escape scrutiny. 
 
The developers will equal the expense in legal fees and whatever other ransom is demanded. Years
will pass, all kinds of people will be kept in lucratively employed.

Whatever housing units are eventually constructed will reflect a cost for which there is not a farthing of commensurate value. Not a stone upon a stone, nor brick upon brick will have been paid with the  millions spent to process the plan. 

Taxes will rise and be attributed by a high-priced financial officer, to the cost of growth

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Best Laid Schemes Gang Aft Agley

Yesterday was not a nice day . Despite my plan I didn't weed the garden or tour on my scooter. I did watch American news and comment on Facebook. 

This morning I searched T.V. for something of interest other than CNN and came up short . 
I checked out Facebook and launched into a lengthy debate with my friend Tom Mrakas.

On Tuesday, I drove down the cart path of the former golf course until stopped by a rotting bridge across the creek. A sign advertises future homes from $2 million. Premier Kathleen Wynne is 
traversing the Province talking about perceived problems. The price of housing and the difficulties 
for families featured amid her concerns.   

Development of the former Aurora Highlands Golf Course is certainly not going to resolve any part of the housing problem in Aurora. Aurora's MLA is Premier Wynne's Minister of Housing. He resides  in 
the golf course neighbourhood. I understand, he was active in opposing development. 

There were Councillors and neighbours of the property who believed  the town should buy the real estate to prevent it from being developed. I imagine the price gave them pause. 

Municipal councillors have  been organized and working to negate the authority of the Ontario Municipal Board. A Bill has been presented in the legislature.  The Councillors are  feeling very positive they will accomplish their objective. Specifically , any application for development of vacant land within an urban municipality can be denied without appeal. 

Aurora is not a large town. Taxpayers shoulder the burden of a massive top-heavy administration 
with a payroll in the millions for a handful of individuals . The town's recently departed CAO went to Richmond Hill for an annual salary of $260,000 . An increase from $200,000. 

In return,elected representatives are entitled to receive professional advice on efficient, municipally related, business practice. 

That's not what happens. Not here. And not apparently at Queen's Park. 


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A New Plan

A couple of things happened that brought pause to the blog. My I pad stopped doing what I wanted 
and for a number of reasons it took awhile to get it back in order. 

In the meantime, Facebookbecame my outlet. It was  less work and less time.

 I developed a horrible fascination for American politics but less inclined  to add to the cacophony
In depth or extent. 

Now the current topic is racism. It's a volatile topic. Easy to be misunderstood.  I'm going to try to write a blog that has nothing to do with American politics or the issue of race. I don't think one voice less will be missed and I doubt it would make a difference. The problem is not going away soon. 

I'm going to stop watching CNN. My garden needs weeding . I want to meander  about  on my scooter. .. take in the sights and sounds of my neighbourhood and slightly beyond. 

Yesterday, I went on a circular tour. On my way home ,I scooted across Confederation Park from Seaton to Glass Drive. It was mid-afternoon. Grass was neatly cut, Soccer fields clearly marked and ready for use whenever. Baseball diamond backstop was perfectly groomed .

Everything was peaceful ,tranquil and quiet. There wasn't a living soul in the park except for myself and my daughter Heather on her bicycle. 

Wednesday afternoon ,on a sunny afternoon in early August. No children in the streets either. No kids on bicycles, roller skates, playing ball or skipping rope. Playground equipment  still and unused. 

It was like that throughout the town during the last election campaign. But the school kids were in 
their classrooms. I planned ,if re-elected ,to make myself familiar with our various town facilities 
and  make a point of visiting to observe for myself if they are used and part of the community 
lifestyle. 

Councillor Tom  Mrakas published a photo yesterday of dog-walkers ,two, on a town trail. Each had four dogs on leads. I'd heard the leash-free park was used mainly by commercial operations. The 
photo gave a sense of that. 

 I would likely spend four or more hours a day writing a blog. I am going to try to reduce that and the time I spend watching the news and maybe wean myself from Facebook. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

IT MAY HAVE TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "A SPADE IS A SPADE..IS A SPADE ..IS A SPADE": 

An interesting historical interlude.

The Golf Glen lands were always privately owned. The reference to "Aurora land" is its location, not its title.

But a growing population, an exploding population, has to be located somewhere. 100 or so homes are just a drop in the bucket to provide for the approximately 25,000 population influx that is provincially planned for poor, dear "our town."

There is only a finite amount of land, unless you happen to be Holland, Singapore or China, where in-filling is really filling in.

The luxury days of single family homes are at an end and future residential accommodation might have to involve 3, 4 or 5 story buildings. That is the only way baseball diamonds or other recreational facilities can be provided for our children, or for ourselves. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 14 June 2017 at 19:35

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The reality is the land is privately owned. The other reality is when people don't want anything to change in their neighbourhood , they tend to insist the municipality buy or otherwise obtain ownership.

The town  just did that with a 6 acre parcel in Mavric Land . Additional millions are to be spent to create a redundant park. 

I think the settlement agreed for the golf course is similar. Numbers of residential units are shrunk to a minimum and park area increased to a maximum. Cost per unit increases commensurately. 

Who cares? Not the developer. Time is money. They will agree to anything just to get going. 

Not Golf Glen or Mavricland residents that's for sure .They already have theirs. 

But more reprehensibly,  the consistent official position of some ,not all, politicians, is to do everything possible to accommodate the demands of some, not all, abutting homeowners.

It's the nature of the beast. It's certainly the easiest way to win votes. Always was. 

That's why there has always been an Ontario Municipal Board . 

There used  to be Municipal Planning Boards as well for the same reason. 

Politicians complained about that as well ,the same way they complain about the Ontario Municipal Board today. 



A SPADE IS A SPADE..IS A SPADE ..IS A SPADE

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "GYPSY..GYPSY..LIVES IN A TENT": 

Had the OMB not existed at the time of the Highland "agreement" between the parties it is conceivable that this development would not take place, or if done so, on a greatly reduced scale.

So the rape of Aurora land might have been negligible.

But leaving future development to local councils with little or no oversight might be even worse. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 14 June 2017 at 13:43

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The golf course was never  "Aurora land". It has always been privately owned . Before  a golf course, it was a farm on the outside edge of Aurora in King Township. 

Homes abutting the erstwhile golf course came later but  have similar history. 

The  Nesbitt family were never accused of "raping" the land when the golf course was built. 

They  were not accused of being accessory to "rape" when they sold the land to Joe Shaw,
who was a developer at the time. He built a beautiful club house that was an asset to the community for many years . Nesbitt's built two more golf courses Westview and St. Andrew's

The town continued to grow out  into the countryside . I'm  certain, the seven-hundred and fifty families who bought homes in Regency Acres were glad of that. 

I raised my family here. Golf Glen subdivision was a small fill-in development between Regency and the golf course.

 Nobody objected to Regency Acres.

Nobody objected to Golf Glen. 

Instead of being developed ,the golf course continued for half a century longer. 

Now  that  planned fill-in development  is compared to the land being "raped".

There is nothing logical or reasonable about that. 

But it's not just illogical or unreasonable. 

Community  interest is nowhere reflected in opposition to vacant serviced land being developed. 

The opposite is true. 
 

Monday, 12 June 2017

GYPSY..GYPSY..LIVES IN A TENT

Councillor Mrakas made the link available on Facebook for the Bill to establish the new Appeal Trubunal designed to disallow appeals from Municipal Official Plans. The bill has received First
Reading. Councillor Mrakas has put tremendous time and effort into organising support from municipalities across the length and breadth of the Province. 

A committee of the legislature was appointed and hearings were held for public input. 

I read it. I hate reading legislative acts. Writing does not improve. Clarity is clearly  not the objective.
 It's as if legal practitioners are afraid non-practitioners might discover the secret. 

Giving first reading to a Bill  is common practice. Three readings are required for it to pass. Even if  three readings proceed,  it can't be enacted until definitions and regulations are in place to enable enforcement. 

It used to add a year to the process. It might be better now.  And it might not. 

Councillor Mrakas is hopeful the signs and portents are positive. 

To-night's Global news had a relevant item. The provincially owned former lakefront power generation site in Missuassaga Is to be remediated and sold for multiple residential development. 

It's huge. Thousands of units will be accommodated. Worth millions it might  help reduce  debt
 caused by cancelling new generation mid contract. Two of McGuinty's staff might go to jail for 
wiling out records that traced the decision. 

This neighbourhood persuaded  McGuinty to cancel the project. Brought about his early retirement. 
and hangs around Premier Wynn's neck like a dead weight. 

The site is no doubt designated Industrial in Missuassaga's Official Plan. 

A change in Land Use designation will be necessary to allow residential development. It will change
the neighbourhood. 

We should watch that. 

It's not exactly a change from golf course open space to residential.  It is  multiplied many times 
over In neighbourhood impact.