"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

Saturday 17 August 2013

Being a Unit of the Region

Speaking of  such.

A staff recommendation  resulting from Council direction was set aside this week.

After years of not making  a decision , a report finally presented two options.

It was set aside to consider  something from the  Economic Development Advisory Committee.

I say "something" because no particulars were  presented to Council.

It seems someone at the Region has become aware of the building on Victoria Street.

It appears  someone at the Region thinks because of the thickness of the concrete floor, the old library building may be suitable for something called a Fab Lab.  It would accommodate machinery.

Staff have  reported to the  advisory committee  that the region has  requested  the town make an application to  establish  a Fab Lab  in the building.

It's not clear how said communication  managed to bypass  Council . Or the neighbourhood of the building.  But there  it is.  One of those inexplicable occurrences .

Councillor Thompson ,chairman of the committee, explained the Region had made the request.
Like  that explained everything;

The library building is  an institutional  use in a residential  neighbourhood.

Lack of parking is a serious problem. Has been since the new library was  built.

Machinery suggests an industrial use. Institutional use can exist  in an industrial zone.  Industrial use cannot exist  in a residential area.

Neighbors would undoubtedly have something to say about it.    I  think  the law requires they be given the opportunity.

But Heigh Ho ,the Merry Oh !
Maybe  being a major metropolis  with  a mighty budget
Means Council and residents don'r have to worry our pretty ,empty, little ,heads .about anything
Staff and the Region will take care of  it all.


Anonymous said...

There sure were a lot of ' maybes ' about that proposal. I got the impression that some councillors, particularly Councillor Humfryes, just liked the sound of " Fab Lab " tripping off their tongues.

Anonymous said...

This is absolute bull shit.

The Region can stick its midget head and even smaller brain up its collective ass.

Anonymous said...

That discussion was scuppered. Someone - I don't remember who - said that there was no track record for the Fab Labs & that one in another place was left empty & useless. That remark was over-ridden by claims of great success everywhere. Both can't be true.

Anonymous said...

A question, please. Sorry if it seems stupid. There are other Regions. Is ours the only one in hock up to its neck ? Maybe someone could comment on Peel? I know Hazel has run a tight ship.

Anonymous said...

Totally Off-Topic
If you can get past the pay wall on NYTimes, Maureen has taken on the Clintons. Man, she sure can write when she's pissed off. !

Anonymous said...

To Off-Topic....

Why would you get past the "pay wall"? Can the NYT not make money?