"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

Friday 15 April 2011

Here's Another Thought

The Government of Ontario spent $74 million on the parking facility on Wellington Street, It cost York Region  Separate School Board $11 million dollars to assemble the land for  St Max High School.
So the government probably spent  the better part of a hundred million dollars for the parking facility.

They swallowed up assessment lands needed by the town. They pay no taxes.provide no employment.

To encourage people to leave  cars at home.

York Region provides a shuttle bus  with a fare of 25cents, to encourage  commuters to leave  cars at home. I know  someone who uses the shuttle bus. On a good morning there might be three or four  passengers.

Parking is free in the government facility on Wellington Street. I'm willing to bet a goodly number of spots are filled with  cars from towns where the train fare would be higher than Aurora.

So they get cheaper fares and free parking if they come to our town.

So they come  They add to traffic congestion. There are twenty minute blocks when the train disembarks.  . They have the convenience of the car waiting for them at the station

They are away to the races.

The building is vacant evenings and week-ends. And lit throughout.

In the meantime, there's the hospital in Newmarket. People come  for treatment from as far away as Parry Sound. It's a district hospital serving a huge geographic area. Only  homeowners in York Region pay property  taxes to fund its construction.We have York  Regional Council to thank for that.

The Province started a single lottery in the seventies  to pay for hospital construction. 

The top director is probably now being paid close to half a million with an unlimited expense account.

Who knows who forms  the  board of governors or how they got there.

The cost of  parking, while attending an ailing  family member, perhaps at the end of  life, is obscene.

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