Democracy does not mean an out-of-touch aristocracy or dictatorship interrupted by inconvenient balloting every four years.
David Strachan, Connie Spek and Gary Green sit amongst 1,400 signatures on a petition aiming to halt a development that would see thousands of new homes built north of Barrie. Topher Seguin Photo
Electoral mandates are given by voters in good faith with conditions. An administration has the authority to govern within bounds and one of those bounds is to at least listen to their supposed “bosses”, even when it is uncomfortable to do so.
We teach our kids to “use your words”. There is no public administration possible without two-way communication. Somebody broke that social contract.
On the front page of today’s Barrie Examiner in 2.5 cm (1 inch) high font, Growing battle: Midhurst residents take action to halt plans that would see thousands of homes be built by Cheryl Browne. Word pdf
Councillor Jack Hanna:
The ratepayers, whose hamlet of about 3,500 residents, may soon be overrun by construction vehicles haven’t been kept in the loop, nor has Springwater Ward 5 Counc. Jack Hanna.
As one of the few elected officials to go on record to discuss the planned development of Midhurst, Hanna is vocally opposed to exponential growth in the area.
“I ran (for office) because I have the same concerns as the ratepayers,” said Hanna, who lives in Midhurst.
“I support the ratepayers and their efforts and hope it gets through to the rest of council and the province, so maybe we can open up a discussion with council,” he said, adding he has not been told when the OMB hearing is scheduled for.
Mayor Linda Collins and Deputy Mayor Dan McLean:
…were unavailable for comment on Friday.
Mayor Linda Collins
Deputy Mayor Dan McLean
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing might consider 3rd party management for Springwater Township before the private-law Ontario Municipal Board rubber stamps a developer-friendly solution.