There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.

April 4, 2015

It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one’s intelligence.

Banksy If at first

Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet régime, or any other régime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore.

Orwell


Will the Bill French administration be appointing a Springwater Township lobbyist registrar and integrity commissioner?

April 1, 2015

Township, county & provincial back room shenanigans were a hot topic during the last township municipal election.

George Rust-D'Eye

Toronto lawyer George Rust-D’Eye, a specialist in municipal law and former chief solicitor for Metro Toronto, is Hamilton’s new integrity commissioner and lobbyist registrar. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

CBC reports that the city of Hamilton has appointed Rob Ford’s former lawyer in an article called: George Rust-D’Eye named city’s new lobbyist registrar and integrity commissioner::

Rust-D’Eye has previously served as integrity commissioner for Kingston and Niagara, among other Ontario municipalities. He has also served as a solicitor for Metropolitan Toronto and counsel to numerous other Toronto boards.

He drafts codes of conduct and advises on bylaws and other aspects of municipal government, his website says.

Mr. Rust-D’Eye is mentioned in today’s Toronto Star involving the city of Brampton.

The costs for a full-time township position may not be justified. No question.

Or was the pretense of transparency the real goal?


In Anishinaabekwe culture, women have the responsibility to care for water.

February 25, 2015

Springwater Park is a major headwaters to the internationally-important Minesing Wetlands. In April 2013, they acted to save pure, uncompromised water (nibi in Annishinaabe).

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From IndigenousRising.org, September 24, 2014: Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), The “Water Walker”

With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes. She is known as the “Water Walker.”

According to the Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44% of the circumference of the earth. “When you see someone walking with a pail of water, you wonder, where is she going with that water.”

So the message is, water is very precious, and I will go to any lengths to and direction to carry the water to the people.”

“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” said Mandamin.

Mandamin joined the team of indigenous representatives from the Indigenous Environmental Network at the People’s Climate March during the week of September 18th to the 24th. “Why I’m here is because I really feel for the water. And to give the message to people that Water is a human right.”

“Water has to live, it can hear, it can sense what we’re saying, it can really, really, speak to us. Some songs come to us through the water. We have to understand that water is very precious.”

In Anishinaabekwe culture, women are given the responsibility to take care of the water. “The water of Mother Earth, she carries life to us, and as women we carry life through our bodies. We as women are life-givers, protectors of the water, and that’s why we are very inclined to give mother earth the respect that she needs for the water,” said Mandamin.

That’s our responsibility, our role, and our duty, to pass on the knowledge and understanding of water, to all people, not just Anishinabe people, but people of all colors.”

In the wake of extreme extractive industries such fracking, oil, and coal, access to clean water is rapidly declining. “In our prophecies, in our Three Fires Midewiwin Society, we are taught that water is very precious. I was told by a grand chief that 30 years from now an ounce of water will cost as much as an ounce of gold if we continue with our negligence,” said Mandamin.

“If we discontinue our negligence, we can change things around. That’s why I am really embodying the prophecy. You’ve heard of ‘Walk The Talk,’ this is why I walk.”

Josephine and others are on the move this summer: Migration Water Walk 2015.

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Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.


I wear my heart on my cheek: contempt for the motivations of some that oppose the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

February 20, 2015

As individuals I like almost 100% of everyone I have met that currently resides in Midhurst.

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The NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) and “gated-community” vibe is problematic for me.

Racial NIMBYism: my eyes narrow lots.

No individual or corporate interest has a right to kill the land, food, and water capacity of that which is not theirs. I write to the province based on first-hand family residency since 1960.

I leave others to defend their own “whys” of their behaviour.

The modern conservative [neo-con] is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith


Jack Hanna: This is not intended to be a commercial for Patrick Brown.

February 10, 2015

Mr. Patrick Brown is the sitting Barrie MP and an ON PC leader hopeful.

Mr. Jack Hanna, Ward Five councillor in Springwater Township is very impressed with Patrick.

An excerpt from Ward Five January Councillor Report in the Midhurst Community Newsletter:

PATRICK BROWN: As many will know Patrick is running for leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. I have gotten to know Patrick over the past five years and have been very impressed. This is not intended to be a commercial for Patrick Brown. I am alerting residents to the prospect of having a local person as leader of one of the major political parties and maybe the future Premier. Those who can envision the benefits of having a representative that knows the world north of 7 Hwy, may wish to put any party affiliations or alliances aside and support a local candidate. You can do this by signing up before the end of February at Patrick’s Campaign Office at the Kozlov Mall.

Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Oh, my my, oh, hell yes.
You got to put on that party dress


Will we have to blindly trust that the Midhurst Secondary Plan’s environmental safeguards are strong enough to protect the Minesing Wetlands?

January 15, 2015

On January 7, 2015, there was a summary of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Update at the Springwater Township administration centre.

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Mr. Joe Mullan of Ainley Group presented a slideshow and answered questions (download slideshow here).

The Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA wrote about their interpretation in Previous Promises of Environmental Protection Unfoundedpdf

For a long time, the previous administration and developers told us the environment and the Minesing Wetlands will be protected; that things are under control and there is no reason to worry. Ever since Phase 3 of the Environmental Assessment began in April 2013, the MRA and other concerned residents and organizations have been asking for the details, reports and studies that would show us that things are proceeding as promised. We never received those reports and studies. And there’s a good reason why – they’re not done. From what we can tell, those environmental assurances, given in an attempt to placate us, were completely unfounded.

Councillor Katy Austin mentioned in her Springwater News Ward One Councillor’s Report: pdf

Mr. Mullan assured the audience that the proposed wastewater treatment plant and various offsetting measures would “protect and even enhance” the watershed in question as far as phosphorous levels are concerned. Some members of the audience appeared somewhat skeptical about this statement.

I have recorded the MRA’s and councillor’s articles in the Springwater Township Growth wiki as well as in the Media Article page of SpringwaterParkcc.org.


The latest in a series of Ontario developer messages which support the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

January 2, 2015

“Don’t let politicians supported by lies get into office.”

Geranium 29 Dec1Advertising Excerpt (Springwater News, Dec 31, 2014):

Wishing you joy this holiday season.

As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate the hope and joy of the season, we extend best wishes to the residents of Springwater.

The Midhurst Landowners Group is proud of the coming new development in Midhurst. We look forward to working with the new Council to build an exceptional community, based on the cornerstones of excellence in environmental protection, community design and architecture.

The future of Springwater is bright and we are proud to be part of it.

The Midhurst Landowners Group
http://www.midhurstfirst.ca

To compare and contrast:

  • Happy New Year! (see Jan 2014),
  • Families are Forever (see Feb 14, 2014),
  • A Vision for the Future (see Mar 2014),
  • Reaching Out – Community Update (see Mar 2014),
  • Letter to Midhurst Ratepayers Association president’s home (see July 17, 2014),
  • Approvals Advancing on Master Planned Community (see Sept 2014),
  • Another Step Forward (Sept 25, 2014)
  • Protecting the Environment (see Oct 9, 2014),
  • Tell the Truth: Lies Create Fear. And that’s not good for democracy. (mail flyer, Oct 2014, see below)
  • Building a Better Tomorrow (Oct 23, 2014),
  • Be AWARE of Lies. Demand the Truth (see Oct 23, 2014), and
  • Springwater Township election results (see Oct 27, 2014).

It appears that these corporations (Geranium Homes, The Rose Corporation, Alliance Homes,  Sundance Homes) had not advertised their presence before January 2014.

20141016 Geranium flyer


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