"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

Sunday 24 April 2016


The link to the Duffy decision is at the beginning  of the Globe and Mail news story. I will get back to it. 

If readers don't turn to page 22 of this week's Auroran for the complete interview with Premier Wynne, 
they will  be half-informed on the  Province's position on the issue of development of an idle parcel of land.

MLA Ballard's input makes  it even more interesting .His concern is with provincial policies of infilling and density. Yeah right.

The Premier comes right to the point. Each  municipality is responsible for adequate green space being provided  in a Town  0fficial Plan. 

"One size does not fit all "

The chance of a  hundred acre land parcel suddenly and conveniently  becoming available to serve community needs  is utterly ludicrous . 

Just as the rationale  for 6 acres of land in the Mavrinac development was needed for a park after that
development was complete. 

Mr Ballard lives in the former golf course  neighbourhood.

 He did to his neighbours as John Gallo did to residents of the Mavrinac neighbourhood. He led them to believe it was reasonable for idle land  to serve  as an exclusive leisure domain . And to fundraise  thousands of dollars for legal fees to protect "their interest"
It's interesting also that Councillor Mrakas and Thompson are the only Aurora Councillors names and faces featured  in the so-called "summit" to pressure the Province to reform the OMB to disallow land-owner development appeals. 

At the moment,the most startling thing about the enthusiasm of numerous municipalities eager to 
Reform the OMB is their  illusory status as independent authorities. 


Anonymous said...

How is it interesting that Mrakas and Thompson are the councillors advocating for OMB reform?

Anonymous said...

22:37.. It is interesting because they are the only ones that believe that they can make change. The others are not as stupid.

Anonymous said...

Change is not possible for the OMB. Nor does Highland stand any chance of remaining intact as some special parkland for those who live next to it. Great fun to watch but not to support the ruckus financially.

Anonymous said...

8:32-I don't think they're not as stupid. They just don't care.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will stop some development going into Highlands. There is a much more important golf course in Oakville also on track and it will also likely get intrusion regardless of the howls.

Anonymous said...

You're right. Follow the money, and you will always get the ruling.