The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.

November 20, 2014

Jean Giraudoux

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

– Jean Giraudoux 1882 – 1944


How generous will exiting Simcoe County politicians & staff (in county, agencies and townships) be to themselves with our tax dollars?

November 12, 2014

And will the 32 county councilors (53% who are newly-elected in “stunning reversals“) follow through with their promises of better transparency by publicizing ANY payouts to exiting individuals?

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An interesting article today in the Toronto Star about the defeated Brampton mayor and councillors, Defeated Brampton mayor to receive $375,000 payout:

Susan Fennell, the highest paid mayor in Canada in 2012, will leave her Brampton office with about $375,000 in retirement and pension benefits.

The mayor, trounced in October’s municipal election by former Brampton MPP Linda Jeffrey after an expense scandal, will receive $297,232.26 in a retirement allowance from the city after serving for 26 years, according to Brampton city staff.

Fennell will receive another $23,922.36 in pension benefits, which are paid out by the city to councillors in lieu of a pension, and at least $50,000 more in retirement benefits for her work on the Regional Municipality of Peel Council.

This is called by the mayor-elect Jeffrey a “self-made golden parachute”. In addition to being the hightest paid mayor in Canada in 2012, a Deloitte audit found that staff violated city spending rules 266 times. Lawsuits against exercising freedom of expression continue to highlight the need for oversight over municipal activities.

Last week, Fennell issued a notice of libel to councillors John Sanderson and Sprovieri for remarks they made to the Star about the expense scandal that Fennell claims were defamatory.

The Star was also served with the notice of libel, the second of two threatened lawsuits against the newspaper.

The Star stands by its reporting.

Springwater Township’s council-elect has, especially, increased their business experience and skill level while setting what I think is an appropriate circa-2014 transparency and accountability standard.

The individual ability has been called forward by the electorate across this great county.

  • Will the openness electoral promises be realized within the 16 county municipalities by voluntary disclosure of payouts?

Ambition is the death of thought.

November 7, 2014

Certainly it is correct to say: Conscience is the voice of God.

ludwig wittgenstein

Quotes:

The truth can be spoken only by someone who is already at home in it; not by someone who still lives in untruthfulness, and does no more than reach out towards it from within untruthfulness.

If you use a trick in logic, whom can you be tricking other than yourself?

Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels.

Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889 – 1951


Remembrance Day at Springwater Park

November 3, 2014

In these difficult times, it is good to remember.

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Please join us. If you’d like to help, please contact Wayne Cameron.

The ceremony is special. Please see what Donna Hawthorne had to say about last year’s:

Springwater News
November 21, 2013

Remembrance Celebration at Springwater Park
Donna Hawthorne

This is my letter of great appreciation to all that were involved with the organizing and preparation of the special Remembrance Day celebration that took place at Springwater Park in Midhurst.

It was like no other celebration that I have ever attended in the past. The ceremony opened with Reverend Black from Tiny Township. Rev. Black was very involved with Site 41. He spoke with eloquence and ascendancy. The cenotaph is surrounded by giant spruce trees which swayed in the wind as the bagpiper played. It was a treat to have the young people from Eastview Secondary School recite the names of the “Vespra Boys”, sing with heart “Amazing Grace” and lay a wreath. The native people attended and also laid a wreath. I thank them for their diligence and warm strong heart for remaining on this special park. It was nice to see two representatives of our Springwater Council, Councilors Jack Hanna and Sandy McConkey. They laid a wreath representing the township. This memorable celebration was attended by over one hundred residents who encircled the cenotaph with their memories of ones they lost and for the “Vespra boys”. I hope they all went away with optimism in their hearts that this will be a new beginning for Springwater Park. It must be the responsibility of Simcoe County Council and Springwater Township to work strongly with the Ontario government to better preserve and save this historic park for future generations to come.

With heart and hope!

Donna Hawthorne


Time to vote in the Springwater Township leader you want.

October 27, 2014

I will be voting for change.

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CTV Barrie reports yesterday in Springwater Township election crucial:

The Midhurst Secondary Plan will be on voter’s minds in Springwater Township as they head to the polls Monday.

“There are a lot of issues at stake here,” said Springwater resident Peter Kaukola.

The Midhurst Secondary Plan will see more than four thousand new homes built on farmland in the Midhurst area.

Incumbent Mayor Linda Collins says the environmental safety of the project is one of her main concerns.

“It will bring first and foremost environmental protection to over 1,200 acres that are deemed to be environmentally protected,” says Collins. “The stringent conditions around the build will set the bar for the province.”

Alternatively, mayoral candidate Bill French says “it offends all the policies of the province and it was only allowed to proceed because the last two mayors lobbied for it and so a special rule was put in place by a minister.”

Tony Guegis, the third mayoral candidate in Springwater, says he want more information before making a decision.

“The first thing I’m going to do is send out a message to the province that we want to sit back down and go through the chronology of how this is to happen and see what we need to do,” he says.

Municipal and school board election polls are open Monday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

 


John Ralston Saul’s new book is very good news for those wanting to understand the future of Springwater Park.

October 26, 2014

To explain Canada’s fundamental Métis  past, read Sauls’ A Fair Country.

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I suggest his The Comeback will go a long way to explaining our future and how Springwater Park fits within this important national dialogue.

Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.


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?

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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.


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