"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

Monday 12 June 2017


Councillor Mrakas made the link available on Facebook for the Bill to establish the new Appeal Trubunal designed to disallow appeals from Municipal Official Plans. The bill has received First
Reading. Councillor Mrakas has put tremendous time and effort into organising support from municipalities across the length and breadth of the Province. 

A committee of the legislature was appointed and hearings were held for public input. 

I read it. I hate reading legislative acts. Writing does not improve. Clarity is clearly  not the objective.
 It's as if legal practitioners are afraid non-practitioners might discover the secret. 

Giving first reading to a Bill  is common practice. Three readings are required for it to pass. Even if  three readings proceed,  it can't be enacted until definitions and regulations are in place to enable enforcement. 

It used to add a year to the process. It might be better now.  And it might not. 

Councillor Mrakas is hopeful the signs and portents are positive. 

To-night's Global news had a relevant item. The provincially owned former lakefront power generation site in Missuassaga Is to be remediated and sold for multiple residential development. 

It's huge. Thousands of units will be accommodated. Worth millions it might  help reduce  debt
 caused by cancelling new generation mid contract. Two of McGuinty's staff might go to jail for 
wiling out records that traced the decision. 

This neighbourhood persuaded  McGuinty to cancel the project. Brought about his early retirement. 
and hangs around Premier Wynn's neck like a dead weight. 

The site is no doubt designated Industrial in Missuassaga's Official Plan. 

A change in Land Use designation will be necessary to allow residential development. It will change
the neighbourhood. 

We should watch that. 

It's not exactly a change from golf course open space to residential.  It is  multiplied many times 
over In neighbourhood impact. 


Anonymous said...

Is there any doubt that it will be zoned residential? I'm sure that there will other industrial land that will be switched to residential. It's not that like any level of government gives a damn about any business in this province.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a sharp downward slope in public decision making, be it federal, provincial or municipal. Likewise on the part of government agencies or boards such as the OMB.

There is no right decision any more, none that satisfies a neighbourhood or a group of homeowners or developers or investors.

Very recently the Minister of Defence announced an extremely ambitious program of military investment and procurement. A central feature was the recruitment of 5,000 more armed forces personnel as a sop to the U.S. But the small print stated that this number would be spread over 10 years. Big fat hairy dea. And the number of fighter jets was being increased to 88 from the 65 we do not yet have and are unlikely to in less than 10 years. And our naval shipbuilding program that lanced the deputy head of our defence staff might see some floating hulls in the late '20's.

The great Trudeau infrastructure program is tied up in knots between the private and the public sectors as to which will be making decisions, actually building something and spending money.

It is an affront to whatever small amount of intelligence we still have to be forced to read this crap daily in our newspapers.

Anonymous said...

Page 1 of today's The Globe and Mail:

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Ottawa consulted the United States and other allies before approving the sale of a Canadian satellite technology firm to a Chinese communications giant, but he would not say whether the U.S. raised any objections."

The drums beat - dumb! dumb! dumb!

Anonymous said...

The immediately above post was the entire editorial in today's The Globe and Mail, and it was not supportive.