Why my family is no longer a member of AWARE Simcoe.

May 22, 2017

Organizations are strong and then they change.

(l) Les Stewart SPCC, ON Premier Kathleen Wynne and Don Morgan, Chair AWARE Simcoe

On August 9, 2013, at a Barrie Liberal event (see above) I told Mr. Morgan that I had concluded that the Midurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA were acting in bad faith. In effect, they were acting as an obstacle to defeating the Midhurst Secondary Plan. Previously, I had openly stated that conclusion to the then-MRA president.

I presented the concept of not-for profit control fraud to Mr. Morgan recently because I suspect the similar issue is arising with the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition.

With a development worth $40-billion, it should not be a surprise that deceit and “double-heartedness” occurs.

My background:

People are free to believe who they want to believe.

Time has a habit of revealing all deceptions.


Oro-Medonte Mayor, Harry Hughes appears deeply concerned about AWARE Simcoe’s integrity.

April 28, 2016

Based on what Mayor Hughes disclosed, the majority of Simoce County councillors seem to share that view.

Harry Hughes

An article on AWARE News Network called Simcoe County wants $5,000 from AWARE Simcoe:

Simcoe County Council voted overwhelmingly today to recover $5,000 in court costs from AWARE Simcoe.

The case involved an application by the citizens’ group for a judicial review of a County decision to allow a developer to clearcut a portion of Beeton Woods. A judge awarded the costs after refusing to grant an injunction to prevent the cutting until the judicial review was heard. AWARE Simcoe then withdrew from the judicial review.

New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne told council that developer Tecumseth Estates is not planning to pursue the $27,000 in costs it was awarded against AWARE. The group has no money, he said. “Are we going to spend staff time and legal costs? I think we should just write it off.”

Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes disagreed. “AWARE’s integrity is at stake,” he said. “We should not be letting them off the hook.”

Upon receipt, the county plans to donate the funds to the South Simcoe Streams Network for the planting of trees.

AWARE Simcoe spokesperson Sandy Agnew said members are disappointed in the county’s decision.

“AWARE Simcoe is working hard to protect the environment and natural heritage in Simcoe County and the value of that work seems to be lost on most of county council,” he said.

“AWARE Simcoe members spend their own personal money on our work, while the county spends our tax dollars fighting AWARE Simcoe, instead of getting the process right – as pointed out by the judge.”

Allowing the cutting of the Beeton Woods under the false pretence of agriculture was an abdication of political responsibility by county councillors, Agnew said.

“AWARE Simcoe’s cause was just, but we were out-gunned in court by high paid lawyers who bamboozled the judge. The idea of replacing a mature stand of trees with seedlings planted elsewhere is ludicrous.”

Agnew said AWARE Simcoe’s Vision is for a Healthy Environment, Agricultural Prosperity, Development that is a Net Benefit to the Community, Complete Communities, Reliable Sustainable Energy, Awareness of the Need for Sustainability, and Healthy Lifestyles.

“AWARE Simcoe will continue to fight for our Vision,” he said.

Disclosure: My family has been in Midhurst since 1960, been a member of AWARE Simcoe for 4 years and my son currently serves on their board. In my opinion, saving Springwater Park would have been impossible without their active involvement while Mayor Hughes was indifferent at best.

My family or I are NOT involved in any potential or actual legal action with AWARE Simcoe or any of their Board members.

Is it material if Mayor Hughes failed to disclose any past or present litigation he has personally against AWARE Simcoe of their members to his fellow Simcoe County councillors, before they voted?

Was Mayor Hughes in a conflict of interest?


AWARE Simcoe Essa asks: Can Essa’s Official Plan Protect our Trees?

March 31, 2016

Set aside a morning on April 23rd to hear some facts.

Trees through time essa

I will be providing some perspective on the reforestation years.

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Hon. E.C. Drury in 1906 on the Angus Plains which was 1 of 3 of the worst “Wastelands” they toured, Photographed by Dr. Edmund Zavitz

The fruits of these visionaries’ brilliance is borne out in our county forests and Springwater Provincial Park.

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Posted also on SpringwaterParkcc.org.


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.


What legal duty of care does Springwater Township CAO Robert Brindley have to the citizens of Springwater Township?

July 6, 2014

Virtually none.

Robert Brindley Springwater Township CAO

His job as Chief Administrative Officer is to implement the will corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mayor Linda Collins.

If a breach of duty exists, it rests on the CEO and the elected officials who passed the motion (see Bill French on AWARE Simcoe: A dark day for Springwater). Oddly if they are so sure of themselves, not one of the current elected officials has registered as a candidate in this fall’s municipal election. Mr. French does not overstate the imminent danger to our beautiful rural “community of communities”.

Not Within Mr. Brindley’s Job Description: sky-high future property taxes, continued bullying by developers, unprecedented use of debt financing which will be used to trigger a “useful crisis” (goal: Barrie annexation), and destruction of the Minesing Wetlands. He does the television interviews and makes very, very strong and breathtakingly broad statements because (presumably) he was told to do so the current council leadership.

My Promise (no Golden parachutes): If elected as deputy mayor in the fall, I would not interfere with any senior staff”s decision to leave for greener pastures. Of course if there are contracts in place which pay the exiting executives big $ for little or no value to the Corporation, I may have to write about that so as to assign more accurately everyone’s reputation for accountability, transparency, and “truthiness”.

I support the future provincial investigation (judicial enquiry, ON Ombudsman, etc.) into the events leading up to the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

Posted on voteLesStewart.ca.


Geranium sends out another newsletter.

June 25, 2014

I received my first Toronto-based developer newsletter in March 2014. This is the next one.

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I am still not buying what they are selling.

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I have no problems with our lovely rural-based, “community of communities”.

  • Maybe Geranium should take their banal stock photography, words and lego sprawl and Go party elsewhere.

Which of the three mainstream Ontario political parties should I vote for to stop the Midhurst Secondary Plan?

April 16, 2014

As far as destruction of farmland because of sprawl, none of them.

Ontario political leadersAccording to the the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association’s Ms. Sandy Buxton, only Mike Schreinder of the Green Party has even said they oppose it.

Question:

Subject: Provincial political partys’ positions on Midhurst Secondary Plan, MSP

Date: April 15, 2014

Ms. Sandy Buxton
President
Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association

Ms. Buxton,

I was wondering if the MRA has asked Tim Hudak, Andrea Horwath and Kathleen Wynne if they would reverse the Special Rule and stop the MSP if elected/re-elected as the next Ontario premier?

I think Springwater Township residents might want to know as we maybe facing a provincial election very soon.

Regards, Les

Answer:

HI Les,

The MRA has approached all party leaders, including Mike Schreiner of the Green Party. Except for the latter, none has revealed their position on the MSP, nor have they committed to rescinding the special rule. To date, of all the local incumbents and potential candidates for Simcoe-Grey and Simcoe-North we’ve contacted, only MPPs Jim Wilson and Garfield Dunlop have publicly come forward to support our efforts. We still hope the other leaders and candidates will recognize the importance of this cause and join us. We are continuing to lobby them.

Sandy Buxton
President, MRA

The “Special Rule” (informally known, I am told, as the “Geranium Rule”) was brought in in June 2012 and it is explained here by AWARE Simcoe. pdf  

An exemption to provincial law created by the stroke of a minister’s pen can be reversed likewise

Words of support:

 


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