What percentage of lawyers’ fees are paid by developers and their friends?

September 24, 2016

If municipal law is like franchise law, 90 % of legal fees are paid by the big corporations.

rod-northey1. How likely is it that Mr. Rod Northey of Gowling WLG is going to stop a $40 – 50 billion development when he represents the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association (once, funded from a door-to-door campaign)?

  • If by some chance he did win and defeat Goliath, would that impress Geranium Homes and their peers, municipalities and Mr. Northey’s new fellow partners?

2. How likely is it that his job is to provide the pretense of a fair fight which assists in On Cooling the Mark Out, as Dr. Goffman defined it.

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If Midhurst residents are at war over their community’s future, is it likely that their adversary is using change agents to undermine their defences?

February 19, 2016

Every military campaign relies on intrigue. What is concealed, what is revealed

20160219 Deception

A commercial plan like the Midhurst Secondary Plan, MSP which is worth $40-billion, is no different. Very charming, highly-accomplished, -motivated, and -educated individuals are recruited, moved in, provide back intelligence and sabotage their master’s adversaries’ defences.

In my opinion these are the two most likely individuals:

20160219 David Strachan

David Strachan, current AWARE Simcoe board member for Springwater Township, chaired and organized the meeting on November 28, 2011 meeting at the Midhurst Community Centre which broke the MSP news publicly, new to Midhurst in 2009.

20160219 Don Allen

(l) Mayor Bill French and Don Allen, township election results, Oct 2015

Don Allen, current Springwater Township Deputy Mayor and franchisor executive, new to Midhurst in March 2015.

20160219 Springwater Township council

IMHO, a legal liability (failure of duty, conflict of interest) compromises, both personally the returning and the new members, and the Corporation of Springwater Township. Maybe that’s why Barnet Kussner and WeirFoulds LLP is still on the township payroll in 2016?

Jack Hanna is the most motivated because of  a large variance between his personal net worth versus his competence to independently re-create it.


Who should be taking credit for the plan to establish a Midhurst Sports & Wellness Centre by demolishing the Midhurst Community Centre by September 2016?

February 16, 2016

As defined by their  December 14, 2015 proposal which is front of Springwater Township staff: Township Deputation Request FormProposal, and Fundraising document.

20160216 p1 Proposal

Based on a Springwater News letter to the editor (Feb 11, 2016) by Ann Spence:

  • Executive: Barb Kutcher, Chair, Roy Monk, Vice-Chair, Doreen Britt, Secretary, Carol Fleming, Booking Agent
  • Members at Large: Lori Hanna, Ann Spence, Matt Kelman, Nadia DeAmicis, Jack Hanna
  • Supporters (individuals): Connie Spek, Nancy Spence, Margaret Prophet
  • Supporters (groups): Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, AWARE Simcoe (support of plan pending)

Article:

Springwater News
Letter to the Editor
February 11, 2016

Midhurst Community Hall Communications Report
January 2016
By: Ann Spence

Barb Kutcher was elected Chair, Doreen Britt continued as Secretary, Roy Monk was elected Vice Chair and Carol Fleming (705-722-8714) will remain Booking Agent. Members at large are Lori Hanna, Ann Spence, Matt Kelman, Nadia DeAmicis, and Jack Hanna.

The 2015 Autumnfest, under the guidance of Lori, Nadia and Barb was successful and raised approximately $5,000.000 which has been ear marked for our future pavilion.

The interior of the Midhurst Community Hall looks great with its new coat of paint on the front foyer, hallways, bathrooms and upstairs main room. Special thanks to the following volunteers who donated their time to give the hall a fresh look: Barb, Lori, Connie, Nancy and Margaret.

Events for 2016 will start off at the Midhurst Community Hall with a Pancake breakfast on Family Day Monday February 15th at 9 am until 11:30 am. The Midhurst Snowman Building Contest, winners to be announced at the Pancake Breakfast with prizes handed out by the MRA (Midhurst Rate Payers Association). Let’s hope the weather co-operates for the Snowmen Building Contest.

A new portable sign to advertise community events has been purchased and is available for rent $20.00/week for Families of Charities and $40.00/week for businesses. Wish your family and friends a happy birthday or anniversary, etc. To post your message, call or text Lori Hanna 705-795-5042.

Midhurst is off to a good start for 2016!

Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.

cui bono: Latin for “who benefits?”.

 

 


How is the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association’s fundraising going?

February 16, 2016

I wrote about it a month ago.

20160216 MRA fundraising

As of February 16, 39% of the goal has been raised.


The time is now to financially support the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association final push back, if you can.

January 16, 2016

Sometimes extraordinary resources should be summoned.

When I give of my time or money, I give in someone who has touched my life; with a specific person who is unable to do so but I think would like to.

It’s about the kids future in all of Springwater Township (Flos and Vespra), no matter what the contemptuous claim.

Fundraising effort

 


The Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association receives a prestigious Ontario-wide honour this fall: the Margaret and Nicholas Cultural Heritage Landscape Award

December 16, 2015

The Architectural Conservancy Ontario acknowledges the great work the MRA has done to fight for the preservation of the natural and built landscape.

ACO logo1. Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners

…Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award
Save Midhurst Village

Sandy Buxton, David Strachan, and Margaret Prophet (Midhurst Ratepayer’s Association)
Source

2. From the Barrie Advance Midhurst Ratepayers group wins award:

According to the architectural conservancy, the ratepayers’ group continues to work to preserve the agricultural heritage as development through ongoing community awareness, as well as a June 2014 event featuring novelist Margaret Atwood and the change.org petition, which garnered more than 45,000 signatures.

3. Award Details

Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award:
Named for Margaret and Nicholas Hill, this award recognizes an individual, group, or project that has heightened awareness and appreciation of Ontario’s significant landscapes, or endeavoured to preserve a noteworthy example of the product of human interaction.

Nicholas and Margaret Hill contributed extensively to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, from the early 1970s until Nick’s untimely death in 2001 and Margaret’s recent retirement as provincial secretary. The couple were among the second generation of those who shaped and helped expand the organization. Nick was ACO’s President from 1986 to 1987, and initiated the Huron County Branch, which was active in Goderich for two decades. Both he and Margaret were later involved with the Cambridge branch, and Margaret continues to serve as secretary of the Guelph and Wellington Branch.

Nick received a degree in Architecture from the University of Leicester in Britain, another in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto, and later, yet a third, in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. He is the only person known to have simultaneously held professional licences in Ontario in all three disciplines. As a planner and subsequently a partner in Hill & Borgal Architects, Goderich, he was a pioneer in heritage conservation district planning, and the author of the second and third such plans written for Bayfield and Goderich.

In 1983, he moved to London to work in private practice until being hired as heritage planner for the City of St. John, New Brunswick. The illustrated guides he produced there are still in use and continue to be cherished. A superb pen-and-ink renderer of heritage buildings and neighbourhoods, his drawings are unexcelled in representing the character of communities and landscapes. He was the author of several books illustrating the heritage and character of his beloved Huron County.

Ultimately, he returned to Guelph, where he became renowned for his work on a variety of sites and heritage districts. After 1985, he and Margaret worked together on numerous heritage district studies and plans. Those most concerned with cultural landscapes include the Village of Blair in Cambridge, and the Village of Doon and the Victoria Park Neighbourhood, both in Kitchener. All were illustrated with Nick’s superb drawings, creating some of the most complete and artistic documents representing the character of communities and landscapes. Source

 


“Mum’s the word” from the Mega developers, OMB and County of Simcoe about expanding Greenbelt environmental protection.

November 20, 2015

So we’re supposed to rest easy with the OMB-approved county Official Plan on the way? Right??

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The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership and the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance have proposed Ontario’s Greenbelt expand to include almost 300,000 hectares in Simcoe County. The proposed area is shown in dark green and includes Lake Simcoe, the Oro Moraine, the Nottawasaga River Watershed and the Minesing Wetlands. SUBMITTED PHOTO

An interesting Barrie Advance article by Sara Carson called Groups ask province to expand Ontario’s Greenbelt (curiously not online but available in pdf)

When you drink tap water, take a shower and swim in a local lake, you want that water to be clean and safe.

This is why the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition is asking the province to expand Ontario’s Greenbelt in our area.

“People get behind the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. This is just the next logical step,” said coalition co-chair-person Margaret Prophet.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is a 1.8-million-acre parcel of protected farmland, wetland and forest stretching from the Greater Toronto Area north to Tobermory. In Simcoe County, the Greenbelt covers Holland Marsh crop areas in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil as well as portions of Adjala-Tosorontio and New Tecumseth.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing spokesperson Conrad Spezowka said the province is committed to growing the Greenbelt. In the spring, the ministry completed a series of public consultations to review four provincial growth plans and to consider Greenbelt expansion.

“Municipal interest to date has been on adding urban river valleys within existing urban areas. This builds on the Greenbelt Plan amendment, which recognizes urban river valleys as important connections to the Great Lakes and will help municipalities in identifying possible areas for Greenbelt expansion,” Spezowska said

Proposed amendments will come forward in the winter of 2016, he added.

More than 100 community groups, including the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, have asked the province to nearly double the size of the Greenbelt to add 1.5 million acres of land containing vital water resources. In Simcoe County this includes almost 300,000 hectares of land covering the Lake Simcoe watershed, the Oro Moraine, the Nottawasaga River Wetlands, which supply and purify clean drinking water for most resident of the county, Prophet said.

“We’re hoping at the lest the vulnerable water areas of Simcoe County would be protected,” she added. “Only a portion of the Lake Simcoe watershed is protected.”

Cheryl Shindruk, a member of the Midhurst Landowners Group, declined comment on the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition’s plan to grow the greenbelt. The landowners group is made up of five development companies.

“When the Crombie report is made public, we will consider its recommendations and make comment if necessary, but we will not be commenting on any individual submissions from any group to the Crombie panel,” Shindruk said.

David Crombie chairs the six-member provincial growth plan review panel.

The Barrie Advance requested an interview with a County of Simcoe representative regarding the greenbelt expansion. In a prepared statement, Warden Gerry Marshall said the county does not comment on matters between the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and the province. He provided a stateme4nt about the county’s planning policies.

Marshall said the county’s updated official plan, under review at the Ontario Municipal Board, would expand the amount of protected green lands, significantly increase protection of wetland areas and protect farmland.

“The county is setting density targets with fixed boundaries for all settlement areas,” he added.

“Once approved, Simcoe County would have some of the most stringent land use protection policies and designations in the province. These are very strong planning policies that provide a responsible balance to protect our lands and resources, while fostering growth by creating new regional transportation options, supporting economic prosperity and encouraging healthy, vibrant communities,” Marshall said.

During the next 26 years, the county’s population will expand by 164,703 residents and the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition questions what this means for our water supply. Prophet said greenbelt protection would ensure the water remains healthy throughout development.

“If we really want Simcoe County to grow in a sensible way, to make sure what we have now is preserved for future generations or even healthier than what we have, then now is the time to stand behind our water because once it’s compromised it’s compromised,” she said.

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Margaret Prophet, co-chair of the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition. SUBMITTED PHOTO

It said they would “not be able to handle much more effluent without he water quality being compromised and that was back nine years ago,” she said.

And we already see evidence the county’s water quality and supply is declining with summer water restrictions and beach closures, she added.

“Those things have started to impact our daily life and those are indicators that the water isn’t plentiful, or necessarily healthy in our area.”

Water restrictions have been commonplace in Barrie, Springwater and Orillia. This past summer, Thornton issued a water ban when water supply reached critical levels, Prophet noted.

Note: The public record shows the connections between the Midhurst Secondary Plan, Midhurst Landowners’ Group, Geranium Corporation and Ms. Shindruk. There are some related articles here about these relationships.

Originally published on DemocracyWatchSimcoe.ca.


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