Charlie Day was a model Midhurst resident.

April 26, 2016

Charlie and Jean Day were my next-door neighbours on Bayfield Street when I was growing up.

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From The Barrie Examiner, Thursday February 22, 1951:

Charles E. Day was recently elected president of the Barrie and District Civil Service Association. Previous experience with the association includes two years on the executive and six years with the sub-committee of the Department Council.

He is presently work foreman at the Midhurst Forestry Station, having been with the reforestry since 1928.

Born in Cambridge, England, Mr. Day received his education in that country. Upon finishing continuation school, he came to Canada and took up farming in Flos Township from 1920 to 1922. He farmed in the West the following year, returning east in 1924 to begin four years with the CPR.

Mr. Day left the employ of the CPR in 1928 and joined the staff of the Midhurst Reforestry as accountant.

He married the former L. Anne McGinnis of Midhurst in 1929 and they have one son, William. A member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Midhurst, Mr. Day has been warden of that church since 1929, with the exception of the war years.

He is a past master of Kerr Lodge AF&AM, Barrie, a member of the Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, and Spry Sovereign Rose Croix Lodge, Barrie. A member of the Canadian Legion, Vespra Branch [149]. Mr. Day was president from 1936 to 1945. He saw war service in both World Wars. In the first war he served in the British Army with the 12th division, Kitchener’s Army. He joined the Grey and Simcoe Foresters  in 1940 and served with the A&T Staff till his discharge in 1945.

Mr. Day is an ardent hunter, and was connected with the Midhurst Athletic Club as secretary-treasurer from 1929 to 1934.

Mr. Robert Peacock was the only other Midhurst resident to serve in both World Wars.


“I Grew Up in Midhurst Ontario” is a worthwhile Facebook group.

January 8, 2016

Midhurst is not alone in +200 years of Ontario community building in Springwater Township.
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There are important lessons from the past for those currently charged with cultural stewardship.

Posted as well on SpringwaterParkcc.org and DemocracyWatchSimcoe.ca.

An example of a post:

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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.

 


Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood: Do something bigger than yourself.

June 25, 2014

Images from the June 22nd event in Midhurst.

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Margaret Atwood says to write Premier Wynne a hand-written letter asking her to overturn the legal loophole.

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Dale Goldhawk as a master of master of ceremonies.

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World class environmental lawyer, David Donnelly. “According to my math, and I could be wrong, some stand to make $40 BILLION from this development. Spending 10% is still $4 BILLION! And how do communities like Midhurst defend themselves? By selling cookies and planters. That’s bake sale justice and it has to stop!” — at Wrico Hosteins Farm, Midhurst. Source

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Generously answering questions.

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A crowd of 400. “The Voice of southern Georgian Bay”, 97.7 The Beach podcast.

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Coverage by CTV Barrie.

Atwood says it’s time now for Kathleen Wynne’s government to deliver on addressing what they called an environment priority.

“So with this as a priority for your government – why would you let the most important wetland in Ontario be destroyed?”

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Springwater Park – Camp Nibi drum circle.

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John and Mary Lou Bacher

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Globe and Mail coverage: Margaret Atwood joins fight against planned housing development.

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YouTube of Atwood’s talk.

  • Change: good, bad and idiotic…Ontario Liberal party responds to Ducks Unlimited Canada…The Turnip has nothing against poop…10,000 new homes on Class 1 and 2 farmland…treated effluent into Minesing Wetlands…many red lights bypassed by “special legislation”…some bright bunny…threatened lawsuits and toe removal (toe part was a joke)…cottagers concerns…no jobs…
  • cui bonoto whose benefit?…”fine words butter no parsnips”…special loophole…
  • Will Premier Wynne stop this idiotic plan?: “I have faith that she will”.

Bigger than yourself


What? The degradation of the Minesing Wetlands will NOT be part of the Midhurst Secondary Plan environmental sprawl study?

April 15, 2014

Incredibly but nonetheless consistently, the law of gravity is being suspended to make the “Geranium Rule” whole.

Bill French, after outlining the environmental importance of the Minesing Wetlands in Minesing Wetlands: What are we thinking?, pdf goes on making more sense:

Simple question. How can any Environmental Assessment Study (EA) not include the impact on this sensitive system? Currently the Midhurst EA 3 and 4 study is to look only at the effluent discharge impact on Willow Creek. Hello! The Willow Creek drains into the Minesing Wetlands which connects to the Nottawasaga River which discharges at Wasaga Beach and into Georgian Bay. Why do these new EA studies not include everything that ultimately will be negatively affected by the discharge of two million litres a day?

And why is Springwater Township caving in to the legal bullies at the Ontario Municipal Board (ie. the developers demand zoning before the EAs are done so sue by going to OMB)?

The township is at a pivot point. Get involved and protect the natural habitat of the many species found in the Minesing Wetlands. Once it is gone, there will be no turning back. Find out who is running for the various positions on council and ask them the challenging questions. It is not too late to reverse the dangerous course that this and the last council have initiated.

The best movie I’ve ever seen about litigation is A Civil Action.

Find out which new township politicians have the knowledge, experience, and character to use it properly; to protect your “community of communities” rather than the outsiders.

“Your Honour, you are asking these people to create a fiction that will stand for the truth but won’t be the truth.”

Disclosure.

Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.

A major head waters of the Minesing Wetlands (see RAMSAR Convention) is in Springwater Park.


Effective community organizers follow Alinsky’s playbook, Rules for Radicals

February 13, 2014

Unpaid executives of citizens’ groups can be (1) professionals a la Alinsky or (2) be amateurs.

The road to hell is paved with the best of intentions and there is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance.

Rules for Radicals

  1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
  2. Never go outside the expertise of your people. It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
  4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy. They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Don’t become old news.
  8. Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  10. If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive. Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
  11. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
  12. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and has been compared to Thomas Paine as being “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.” He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals.

The ninth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical. Alinsky

Posted on voteLesStewart.ca and SpringwaterParkcc.org.


Springwater Township’s Budget 2014: On auto pilot for passing on Feb 25th or a sprawling disaster?

February 13, 2014

Who the current administration serves (elected and senior staff) is on clear display during Springwater Township’s annual budget process.

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Brent Spagnol, Mayor Linda Collins and CAO Robert Brindley

The CAO senior staff recommend a budget. They serve at the pleasure of the CEO (mayor) as defined by provincial law.

The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors create a strategic plan that is the dominates everyone’s actions to all legitimate stakeholders. Since the control of $ by elected officials is a fundamental democratic function, each passing council must ask the tough questions to ensure our $ are spent wisely and not squandered in these most of uncertain times.  The minimum they can do is to do no harm: don’t poison the fiscal well for the next legislators (huge debt, no reserves, etc) mandate. (Municipal election in 10 months. Disclosure.) Springwater Township is a creature of the provincial government.

A Top/Down Hierarchy:  Province of Ontario (Premier and Ministries)– Mayor and Council — Citizens/Voters/Taxpayers — Senior Staff  — Employees  (l to r)

In senior staff’s most recent 183 of 458 pages (so far) of document, February 10th – Draft 2014 Consolidated Budget, page 7 it states:

Council’s Strategic Plan (2012 – 2014)
Vision: To actively promote Springwater Township as a municipality of unique communities with opportunities to
cultivate, grow and prosper.
Mission: To provide accountable representation and maximize efficiencies.
Values: Accountability, Approachability, Integrity, Respect and Responsiveness

While it maybe difficult for you to know, I would encourage you to attend the budget the meetings. The next one is February 18th at 1 pm on Nursery Road. I assume it is open but I haven’t heard back from my request for information from Mayor Collins. again, lol

If you can’t make it, ask the following people that have been their in your place:

  • Katy Austin,
  • Sandy Buxton, President, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA
  • Bill French,
  • Barb Kutcher, Community Organizer, MRA,
  • Kevin Newman, Logistics Chair, MRA,
  • Ann Spence, and
  • others I missed (sorry…will edit).

These are the ones that I knew in the crowd but please, identify yourselves the next time you see me at Council. I’m the one with the white bear pin. 😉

Without great information sharing, How can we assign an appropriate reputation to our elected and non-elected officials? Remember: Sunlight is the best Disinfectant.

Accountability, Approachability, Integrity, Respect and Responsiveness

Very transparent.

Posted on voteLesStewart.ca and iLoveMidhurst.ca.


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