The time for mega projects seems to be over

The new media is helping revive direct, participatory democracy in the planning process.

Like tens of thousands of others, my wife and I attended Foodstock on October 16, 2011 in support of those trying to stop the Mega Quarry.

More and more people realize each acre of Ontario farmland lost is an offense to our childrens’ ability to eat.

Just a few of the YouTube videos that amplified the word that went well, well beyond the Township of Melancthon’s municipal control.

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3 Responses to The time for mega projects seems to be over

  1. Jimmie says:

    A quarry returned to agriculture is not a threat to lost land. The GTA’s continued sprawl of housing developments is. To save farmland people need to stop buying houses and start living in apartments. Either that or stop population growth (that means no more immagration and cut back on large families). I don’t see any one willing to step up to those terms.

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  2. Les Stewart says:

    Jimmie,

    I agree that the solution is not easy. I think the public sentiment that runs underneath many of these “anti-this” or “anti-that” is that people are less willing to defer to authority. I would much, much rather have a group of people squabbling at a high volume, at times, than to be in a room full of mental zombies.

    I don’t agree with 100% of what any protester stands for but I sure as heck don’t think the neat, clean, polished developers’ business plan is in MY or anyone else’s best interest.

    Their only goal is to increase shareholder wealth. Anything is just BS used to disarm the weakminded.

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    • Jimmie says:

      Isn’t increased wealth everyone’s goal? I work to make money. My employer hires me to make them money. Even “not for profit” organizations like chareties work to bring in the most money they can to push their cause. Anyone who thinks otherwise is full of baloney. People who blame companies for wanting to make money are hypocrites.

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