Even if there is a "reform" of the OMB, I don't see municipalities doing any better with their Towns/Cities development decisions.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 1 July 2016 at 08:46
I think you are absolutely right. Where would Councils dump when they don't want to make a decision that might cost them a vote?
They can't do a cowardy- cowardy custard David Cameron and put the question to a referendum, make a balls- up of the entire principle of self-government, send everything into a tailspin of dis-array,
then abandon ship and leave someone else to mann the lifeboats.
Probably a woman. Men don't care to inherit the wind.
They can't do the treachery-do of Dalton McGunty ,cancel a construction project halfway out of the ground at a cost of $1.2 billion ,that we know about, then skip town leaving someone else to carry the can and two of his staff charged with breach of trust.
They can't buy 6 acres and make a park out of a development site like the panty-waists on Aurora council did to please the immediate Mavrinac neighbourhood and build a $3.5 million park within a kilometer of two other very fine facilities.
Never in the history of politics has so much been owed by so few toso many.
We have seen such machinations before.
Every year, for years, municipal councils complained about Education budgets and how little control
Council had over the tax bill. Trustees looked down long,thin noses and proclaimed themselves above the sordid business of politics.
Eventually the Province listened and took responsibility for increases in the budget from thereon .
Now there is no local control or any control for that matter. For the reason education was always at the local level where parents could have a say, the education system has become an institution that serves everybody except the original intent of educating children.
At a time when technology has turned the system on it's head . The question doesn't matter ,the answer is always at the finger tips. How best to use the facility? What can a child in class not discover in an instant for him/herself alone?
It's a serious question. Is anybody asking it? So, what's the answer?
My grand-daughter Meghan, now in her final year at Wilfred Laurier ,God how time zooms by, showed me a project when she was about ten. The topic was everything anyone needed to know about Canada and its various provinces . It could not have been more detailed, complete and accurate. She was ten years old.
With conscientious application and Meghan was like that since the day she was born, and access to
a computer, there was no reason for the project to be less than excellent.
But I digress.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs has announced a review of the Ontaro Municipal Board. His purpose
is to expedite jobs, the economy and education .
The purpose is not to reform so that the proverbial prevaricators of all time,local councils, have the power to bring development, jobs and the economy to a halt in the Province of Ontario.
Pshaw! Who would expect such a thing?
Yoo-hoo....We know who.