Why didn’t the new 2015 Springwater Township council fire the old CAO and Clerk and change law firms?

May 16, 2017

In Oct 2014, (l) Mayor Bill French and Deputy Mayor Don Allen were elected to change the direction of Springwater Township.

To, specifically, try as much as possible to defeat the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

What new experts have they relied on?

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They kept on Chief Administrator Officer Robert Brindley and Clerk John Daly.

And they then stayed the course even further by keeping Mr. Barnet H. Kussner of WeirFoulds LLP as counsel for the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

 


How generous will exiting Simcoe County politicians & staff (in county, agencies and townships) be to themselves with our tax dollars?

November 12, 2014

And will the 32 county councilors (53% who are newly-elected in “stunning reversals“) follow through with their promises of better transparency by publicizing ANY payouts to exiting individuals?

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An interesting article today in the Toronto Star about the defeated Brampton mayor and councillors, Defeated Brampton mayor to receive $375,000 payout:

Susan Fennell, the highest paid mayor in Canada in 2012, will leave her Brampton office with about $375,000 in retirement and pension benefits.

The mayor, trounced in October’s municipal election by former Brampton MPP Linda Jeffrey after an expense scandal, will receive $297,232.26 in a retirement allowance from the city after serving for 26 years, according to Brampton city staff.

Fennell will receive another $23,922.36 in pension benefits, which are paid out by the city to councillors in lieu of a pension, and at least $50,000 more in retirement benefits for her work on the Regional Municipality of Peel Council.

This is called by the mayor-elect Jeffrey a “self-made golden parachute”. In addition to being the hightest paid mayor in Canada in 2012, a Deloitte audit found that staff violated city spending rules 266 times. Lawsuits against exercising freedom of expression continue to highlight the need for oversight over municipal activities.

Last week, Fennell issued a notice of libel to councillors John Sanderson and Sprovieri for remarks they made to the Star about the expense scandal that Fennell claims were defamatory.

The Star was also served with the notice of libel, the second of two threatened lawsuits against the newspaper.

The Star stands by its reporting.

Springwater Township’s council-elect has, especially, increased their business experience and skill level while setting what I think is an appropriate circa-2014 transparency and accountability standard.

The individual ability has been called forward by the electorate across this great county.

  • Will the openness electoral promises be realized within the 16 county municipalities by voluntary disclosure of payouts?

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.

 


Why does Simcoe County want to become the monopoly service provider for water supply and wastewater via a regional network of underground pipes?

October 22, 2014

Is it “For the Greater Good”: to maximize the value of natural monopoly services to the the current 446,063 current residents as is the case for solid waste, ambulance, forests, long term care?

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Or is it to set into place effective corporate control over the water and sewer revenue of one of the fastest growing areas in Canada?

Each mayor and deputy mayor in Simcoe County’s 16 municipalities automatically sits on county council when they’re elected.

Question: Is there an undisclosed, personal, pecuniary interest in everyone running for mayor or deputy mayor in the October 27th election because economic theory indicates profit-maximizing control of monopolies leads to avoidable, inefficient economic rents? These over-and-above market-justified cash flows can create a series of perceived and real conflicts of interest (ie. opportunistically increase the net present value of the lifetime earnings of new and former county politicians and county senior staff).

Pecuniary Interest Disclosure: Since January 2, 2014, I have been a registered candidate for Deputy Mayor of Springwater Township. My only pecuniary interest is part ownership of a residential property in Midhurst which has used well water and septic system for the last 54 years. The perceived forced, future hookup to water and sewers that would come with the Midhurst Secondary Plan, MSP has decreased the market value of this family asset. I restrict my business consulting to individual and groups of franchisees in the North American business format franchise industry.

As a candidate for deputy mayor, I would oppose the privatization of water management in Springwater Township and the county if elected.

There are three of us vying for this position: the incumbent is an uber-staunch MSP supporter and the other one became a Midhurst resident in 2014, appears to be using robo calls, and filed his papers two or three days before the September 12th election deadline. David Donnelly estimates the market value of an approved Midhurst Secondary Plan at $40-billion.


Is inevitably forcing residents onto water supply and wastewater municipal services a material fact of this Springwater Township election?

October 15, 2014

The Midhurst Secondary Plan vision is for the township to have a pre-eminent, centralized wastewater treatment plant.

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To pay for it, many residents of Springwater Township will be forced to give up their perfectly good septic systems to be hooked up to it.

Same for their perfectly serviceable dug and sandpoint potable water wells.

Why aren’t any of the election candidates talking about this $15,000 to $50,000 loss in value to the 6,000 households?

That would be a transfer of wealth of $90- to $300-million FROM citizens to government AND THEN (under secret contracts) to private corporations that will be providing those assets and services.

Material Fact: a fact that would be to a reasonable person germane to the decision to be made as distinguished from an insignificant, trivial or unimportant detail.[1] In other words, it is a fact which expression (concealment) would reasonably result in a different decision.


Dale Goldhawk to moderate all-candidates’ meeting in Midhurst

October 14, 2014

Dale Goldhawk – consumer advocate, award-winning journalist, and the host of Goldhawk Fights Back on 740 AM Zoomer Radio – will moderate the Springwater all-candidates’ meeting to be held in Midhurst this week.

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Dale Goldhawk moderating the Toronto mayoral debate, October 10, 2014

This was Goldhawk’s reply after being approached by AWARE Simcoe to be the moderator:

“Just two days ago, I moderated a debate with Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory. I thought that was tough until I got your request to moderate the Ward 5 all-candidates meeting in Springwater, to be held in Midhurst on Wednesday, October 15.

“As most people know, I have had some involvement with issues in Simcoe County but I have never played any public role, never spoken out in a partisan manner, during an election campaign — not in Simcoe, not in Toronto, not anywhere in Canada. That’s where I draw the line as an advocacy journalist. Election campaigns are reserved for the people and the candidates. They do the talking and deciding.

“With some reluctance, I will agree to host the all-candidates meeting and to do what I can to make sure everybody gets a fair hearing.”

The all-candidates meeting will be held at Midhurst United Church, 91 Doran Road, from 7-9:30 pm.


Help Wanted: Moderator for the Springwater Township all-candidates’ event on this Wednesday, 7 pm at the Midhurst United Church.

October 11, 2014

Neil Craig and Rudy Chernicki have done a great job in Elmvale and at Snow Valley Ski Resort in the first 2 of 3 events.

Where can I pick up an application form to do all 3 for the 2018 stoning and scapegoating?

Details:

October 15th from 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Midhurst United Church 91 Doran Road, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0

Sponsored by: AWARE Simcoe

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Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org, and LesStewart.wikidot.com.


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