Why does Simcoe County want to become the monopoly service provider for water supply and wastewater via a regional network of underground pipes?

October 22, 2014

Is it “For the Greater Good”: to maximize the value of natural monopoly services to the the current 446,063 current residents as is the case for solid waste, ambulance, forests, long term care?

Simcoe County logo

Or is it to set into place effective corporate control over the water and sewer revenue of one of the fastest growing areas in Canada?

Each mayor and deputy mayor in Simcoe County’s 16 municipalities automatically sits on county council when they’re elected.

Question: Is there an undisclosed, personal, pecuniary interest in everyone running for mayor or deputy mayor in the October 27th election because economic theory indicates profit-maximizing control of monopolies leads to avoidable, inefficient economic rents? These over-and-above market-justified cash flows can create a series of perceived and real conflicts of interest (ie. opportunistically increase the net present value of the lifetime earnings of new and former county politicians and county senior staff).

Pecuniary Interest Disclosure: Since January 2, 2014, I have been a registered candidate for Deputy Mayor of Springwater Township. My only pecuniary interest is part ownership of a residential property in Midhurst which has used well water and septic system for the last 54 years. The perceived forced, future hookup to water and sewers that would come with the Midhurst Secondary Plan, MSP has decreased the market value of this family asset. I restrict my business consulting to individual and groups of franchisees in the North American business format franchise industry.

As a candidate for deputy mayor, I would oppose the privatization of water management in Springwater Township and the county if elected.

There are three of us vying for this position: the incumbent is an uber-staunch MSP supporter and the other one became a Midhurst resident in 2014, appears to be using robo calls, and filed his papers two or three days before the September 12th election deadline. David Donnelly estimates the market value of an approved Midhurst Secondary Plan at $40-billion.

Has increased market concentration in publicly-paid for, sold-off assets sectors usually lead to higher or lower end prices to consumers in the past?

October 22, 2014

It is no secret that Ontario faces some financial challenges.


Currently, Midhurst is served by Hydro One for electrical distribution but it appears that could change soon.

An interesting article in yesterday’s Toronto Star called: Private utility firm eyeing Hydro One in potential bid:

Hydro One’s distribution assets aren’t even formally on the market, but one of Canada’s major private utility companies is already a potential bidder.

“Absolutely,” said Karl Smith, chief financial officer of Fortis Inc., when asked if at his company would consider a bid for Hydro One assets — or those of other local utilities in the province.

The Ontario government has commissioned a look into selling off public assets.

A panel headed by TD Bank’s Ed Clark has urged the province to spin off Hydro One’s distribution assets, the part of the company that delivers electricity directly to 1.3 million homers and businesses, many in rural areas.

The panel also said it’s an opportunity to consolidate Ontario’s 70-plus local utilities into fewer, larger units, perhaps numbering a dozen or fewer. The panel hasn’t delivered a formal report, but Clark outlined its thinking in a speech on Friday.

Fortis agrees with that thrust, Smith said.

Mr. Smith states further:

“We’re the only remaining private investor in distribution utilities currently in Ontario, so we’ve been advocating for consolidation of the remaining distribution utilities for quite a while,” he said.

“We’re here in the province already; we consider this part of our service territory. This is something we’ve been looking forward to for quite a while.”


Another historical example of selling off public assets is what is known now as the Rogers Centre and 407 ETR.

Will the City of Barrie sell their water supply and wastewater assets to a private corporation?

October 15, 2014

In January 2009, the city’s electrical utility (Barrie Hydro) merged with PowerStream Inc.


Jeff Lehman, PowerStream Board member and Mayor of the City of Barrie, along with Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO, present cheque for $250,000, in support of Georgian College’s solar power-assisted electric vehicle charging station project, to MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO and Gwen Strachan, Georgian College Board Chair.

The current 2 Barrie members of the 13 member board are Mayor Jeff Lehman and Councillor Lynn Strachan. Collingwood was added in August 2012.

Jeff Lehman Sandra Cooper

Done deal: Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman shake hands to formally announce the creation of Collus Powerstream.

Many Barrie residents have found that their monthly bills have doubled since that time.

  • Will Barrie sell off their water utilities too?

And does this have anything to do with the Midhurst Secondary Plan’s potential to start a trans-watershed, county-wide water supply and wastewater treatment network of pipes?


Will the wastewater from the Midhurst Secondary Plan be taken by the City of Barrie?

October 15, 2014

The only large body of water that seems capable of taking the estimated 10.6 million litres daily is Lake Simcoe.

Barrie wastewater

Will the Minesing Wetlands — Nottawasaga River — Wasaga Beach (READ:  massive green algae plume on the world’s largest freshwater beach) be destroyed by the developer’s “Plan A”?

Or is “Plan B” a better solution: hooking up to the Barrie grid about 0.5 km away on the west side?

And which one was A or B to start with?

Is inevitably forcing residents onto water supply and wastewater municipal services a material fact of this Springwater Township election?

October 15, 2014

The Midhurst Secondary Plan vision is for the township to have a pre-eminent, centralized wastewater treatment plant.


To pay for it, many residents of Springwater Township will be forced to give up their perfectly good septic systems to be hooked up to it.

Same for their perfectly serviceable dug and sandpoint potable water wells.

Why aren’t any of the election candidates talking about this $15,000 to $50,000 loss in value to the 6,000 households?

That would be a transfer of wealth of $90- to $300-million FROM citizens to government AND THEN (under secret contracts) to private corporations that will be providing those assets and services.

Material Fact: a fact that would be to a reasonable person germane to the decision to be made as distinguished from an insignificant, trivial or unimportant detail.[1] In other words, it is a fact which expression (concealment) would reasonably result in a different decision.


Dale Goldhawk to moderate all-candidates’ meeting in Midhurst

October 14, 2014

Dale Goldhawk – consumer advocate, award-winning journalist, and the host of Goldhawk Fights Back on 740 AM Zoomer Radio – will moderate the Springwater all-candidates’ meeting to be held in Midhurst this week.

Dale Goldhawk Toronto

Dale Goldhawk moderating the Toronto mayoral debate, October 10, 2014

This was Goldhawk’s reply after being approached by AWARE Simcoe to be the moderator:

“Just two days ago, I moderated a debate with Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory. I thought that was tough until I got your request to moderate the Ward 5 all-candidates meeting in Springwater, to be held in Midhurst on Wednesday, October 15.

“As most people know, I have had some involvement with issues in Simcoe County but I have never played any public role, never spoken out in a partisan manner, during an election campaign — not in Simcoe, not in Toronto, not anywhere in Canada. That’s where I draw the line as an advocacy journalist. Election campaigns are reserved for the people and the candidates. They do the talking and deciding.

“With some reluctance, I will agree to host the all-candidates meeting and to do what I can to make sure everybody gets a fair hearing.”

The all-candidates meeting will be held at Midhurst United Church, 91 Doran Road, from 7-9:30 pm.

Help Wanted: Moderator for the Springwater Township all-candidates’ event on this Wednesday, 7 pm at the Midhurst United Church.

October 11, 2014

Neil Craig and Rudy Chernicki have done a great job in Elmvale and at Snow Valley Ski Resort in the first 2 of 3 events.

Where can I pick up an application form to do all 3 for the 2018 stoning and scapegoating?


October 15th from 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Midhurst United Church 91 Doran Road, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0

Sponsored by: AWARE Simcoe


Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org, and LesStewart.wikidot.com.


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