Top 10 most popular posts of all time on

September 15, 2014 started on December 11, 2011 and these have been the most popular posts since then.

  1. An 83-foot-high KKK fiery cross shone like a beacon over Barrie and Allandale in 1926 and the surrounding countryside 414
  2. Trees breathe for us 388
  3. Why are people nailing old shoes to a dead maple tree in Springwater township? 312
  4. The Huron-Wendat Nation farmed and governed Springwater Township lands sustainably for centuries 243
  5. Save Springwater Park! petition goes viral. 198
  6. Industries sometimes get taken over by bullies 182
  7. Use historical business models to determine similarities and differences in the present situation 156
  8. It’s a Shame about the Midhurst Sprawl Plan. 154
  9. What good is money if it can’t inspire terror in your fellow man? 144
  10. Why doesn’t Jack Hanna quit as Springwater Midhurst councillor? 115

Are there “carpetbagger” candidates in the Springwater Township municipal election?

September 15, 2014

Which Johnny-come-lately candidates seek to profit from the fight to kill the Midhurst Secondary Plan (or wish to sabotage the effort)?

War profiteer

A. Carpet bagger

In United States history, a carpetbagger was a Northerner (Yankee) who moved to the South after the U.S. Civil War, especially during the Reconstruction era (1865-1877), in order to profit from the instability and power vacuum that existed at this time.

The term carpetbagger was a pejorative term referring to the carpet bags (a fashionable form of luggage at the time) which many of these newcomers carried. The term came to be associated with opportunism and exploitation by outsiders. The term is still used today to refer to an outsider perceived as using manipulation or fraud to obtain an objective.

…In modern usage in the U.S., the term is sometimes used derisively to refer to a politician who runs for public office in an area where he or she does not have deep community ties, or has lived only for a short time….


Wiktionary: carpetbagger

2. pejorative, One who comes to a place or organisation with which they have no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.

B. Opportunism

Opportunism is the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances – with little regard for principles, or with what the consequences are for others. Opportunist actions are expedient actions guided primarily by self-interested motives. The term can be applied to individual humans and living organisms, groups, organizations, styles, behaviours, and trends.

Opportunism or “opportunistic behavior” is an important concept in such fields of study as biology, transaction cost economics, game theory, ethics, psychology, sociology and politics.


Wiktionary: opportunism

1. The practice of taking advantage of any situations or people to achieve an end, often with no regard for principles or consequences.

The “Special Rule” for Midhurst

September 10, 2014

An invitation to help with a donation to:

Fifty percent (50%) of the parties are rightfully terrified of litigation.

September 6, 2014

The opposing side should welcome it.

A Civil Action: book, movie


What is the full cost of sprawl for the Midhurst Secondary Plan?

August 29, 2014

That is a complicated question.

Wikidot link

There is a strong economic incentive to either:

  1. understate the present and future costs (kick the “tax can” down to the next generation) or
  2. totally ignore irreparable harm (ie. a dead Minesing Wetland — Nottawasaga River — Wasaga Beach — Georgian Bay).

To make “privatize gain from public loss”. summarizes my research into Springwater Park, Midhurst Secondary Plan and related issues.

Top 10 People searched for on since it started

August 21, 2014

Person’s name and number of searches since December 11, 2011:

  1. jack hanna midhurst 144
  2. Earl rumm 136
  3. erving goffman 135
  4. christie cadotte 76
  5. cheryl shindruk 64
  6. mario giampietri 63
  7. james baldwin 26
  8. kim rumm 25
  9. carey degorter 23
  10. nicola mitchinson 22

The greater threat for land loss in Springwater Township is from selling the MNR and Simcoe County forests

August 20, 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are the monopoly seller of all crown and park land in Ontario. Through a wholly-owned subsidiary (Ontario Parks) and their crown holdings, they control 33.9% of the forests in south Springwater Township

Springwater land use map

Simcoe County administrators and politicians can sell 926.6 hectares of forests or 50% of the total 1,854.6 ha.

MSP county mnrf forests 2

Who you elect as Mayor and Deputy Mayor this October 27th will automatically get appointed to sit on county council. This is especially crucial for the Springwater Township electorate.

  • Only 16.2% of the true “enemy” of farmland is the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

The big money real estate action is in in destroying the forests for a 2nd time.

Let’s not forget that the county forests are called: The Lungs of the GTA.


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