"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

Thursday 28 April 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "GUEST POST": 

Maybe we could adopt the Admiralty Flag too. 
It is all huff & puff. The OMB is not going to change itself. But I do think that Mr B might be vulnerable if the conservatives can get their act together. 
Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 26 April 2016 at 11:02

Councillor Mrakas isn't huff and puff. He really believes he is on the right track.Today on Facebook, he cites Richmond Hill's  position on OMB reform. Property owners should not have the right to appeal after only 180 days of municipal refusal to decide. 

They should be required to negotiate until agreement is reached. Presumably even if it takes forever ...or at least until the next municipal election.  

Kind of like Aurora Council; they organized three public meetings for residents to continue to expound their opposition to development.

Regulations require one public meeting.There didn't use to be a time limit. Then it was three months.
Now it's six .  

So far, town strategy has been successful. No site plan has been approved. No staff reports appear to have been submitted.  The OMB cannot accommodate a six week hearing for twelve months and meantime, 57 municipalities have endorsed the resolution to remove OMB  authority. 

A municipal "Summit" will be held in Markham momentarily where Councillors take turns on the peak, flexing muscles and thumping chests and in general, show the Province who's boss. 

All the while. services continue 24/7 , taxes rise commensurately, fully serviced idle land, that could and should earn revenue to pay for services. produces not a red cent. 

No reports identifying  fiscal mismanagement are received  from staff, well-heeled neighbours get what they want and  not a single Councillor gives a tinker's dam about the rest of us. 

In Richmond Hill, according to information provided on Facebook by Councillor Mrakas , a single Councillor voted against endorsing Aurora's resolution. His contact information has been widely circulated so that he can be contacted by citizens and "persuaded" to see the error of his ways. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They can endorse all they want. It will not change anything and costs them not much either. Aurora signed onto the Hamilton deal with Canada Post but voted Not to share in the expense.