The latest in a series of Ontario developer messages which support the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

January 2, 2015

“Don’t let politicians supported by lies get into office.”

Geranium 29 Dec1Advertising Excerpt (Springwater News, Dec 31, 2014):

Wishing you joy this holiday season.

As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate the hope and joy of the season, we extend best wishes to the residents of Springwater.

The Midhurst Landowners Group is proud of the coming new development in Midhurst. We look forward to working with the new Council to build an exceptional community, based on the cornerstones of excellence in environmental protection, community design and architecture.

The future of Springwater is bright and we are proud to be part of it.

The Midhurst Landowners Group

To compare and contrast:

  • Happy New Year! (see Jan 2014),
  • Families are Forever (see Feb 14, 2014),
  • A Vision for the Future (see Mar 2014),
  • Reaching Out – Community Update (see Mar 2014),
  • Letter to Midhurst Ratepayers Association president’s home (see July 17, 2014),
  • Approvals Advancing on Master Planned Community (see Sept 2014),
  • Another Step Forward (Sept 25, 2014)
  • Protecting the Environment (see Oct 9, 2014),
  • Tell the Truth: Lies Create Fear. And that’s not good for democracy. (mail flyer, Oct 2014, see below)
  • Building a Better Tomorrow (Oct 23, 2014),
  • Be AWARE of Lies. Demand the Truth (see Oct 23, 2014), and
  • Springwater Township election results (see Oct 27, 2014).

It appears that these corporations (Geranium Homes, The Rose Corporation, Alliance Homes,  Sundance Homes) had not advertised their presence before January 2014.

20141016 Geranium flyer

Geranium sends out another newsletter.

June 25, 2014

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


I am still not buying what they are selling.


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.

Midhurst sprawl: What is the weakest response a developer could make when Ontario Nature calls about their plan?

June 19, 2014

Why did Geranium Corp. appear to effectively say “no comment” if this scheme is such a done deal?

20140601 Midhurst residents 3

ThreatenedProposed development could adversely affect Minesing Wetlands.

An interesting article in the summer edition of Ontario Nature‘s newsletter, ON Nature, called: Midhurst residents oppose development: pdf

 …In 2012, the Ontario minister of infrastructure granted MLG a “special rule” allowing the developer group to proceed with planning the first 300 hectares of the project.

Geranium Corp., the largest member in the MLG consortium, is no stranger to controversial projects. The developer is also behind the Big Bay Point Marina development on Lake Simcoe, which received approval despite concerns over the environmental impact of adding 1,600 timeshare units and a 1,000-slip marina to the already taxed watershed. “They’re extremely good at marketing their proposals to government and, more often than not, they’re successful,” says Strachan. “It’s amazing to me how gullible the government has been.” (At press time, calls to Geranium Corp. for comment had not been returned.)

While 4/7ths of the current Springwater Township continues to strike a truly ostrich assume-the-position, position, the winds of change are bringing in some very heavy-weight opponents of the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

While Springwater Township has warned that any attempt to stop the development in Midhurst would result in lawsuits, Strachan and others are not willing to give up the fight. A number of high-profile artists and politicians, including Margaret Atwood, Maude Barlow, MPP Jim Wilson and MP Patrick Brown, publicly support the campaign. More information is available on Stop Springwater Sprawl (

Don’t forget to come to the MRA’s event this Sunday: Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood poster

Cross-posted on and

Ontario elites silence their opponents via real or imagined SLAPP lawsuits

April 16, 2014

Ontario has no anti-SLAPP legislation which favours those most able to access and influence the legislative process.

SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation) are the powerful’s very useful weapon in managing change in environmental, political, business, and municipal boundary controversies.


A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.

The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. Wikipedia excerpt

Originally posted on Feb 22, 2012.


1. Reality of Litigation UPDATE: No anti-SLAPP law yet and no citizen-directed litigation against Midhurst residents (not like Big Bay Point). But, Springwater Township hauled before quasi-judicial Ontario Municipal Board. Their offence?: not rubber-stamping zoning bylaws fast enough before the Environmental-Assessments 3 and 4 are completed.

2. Illusion/Fear of Litigation UPDATE: Councillor Rick Webster says he believes stopping the Midhurst Secondary Plan would cost +$100-million. In 2008, Maple Leaf Foods was linked to the deaths of 29 people. Their estates received $27-million in awards  after the Merchant Law Group filed class-actions worth $350-million.

That’s make that a 7.7% ratio of cash paid-out by defendant to claim filed by plaintiff.

The land speculation business is (by its very nature) very high risk, high return.

I believe any ON Superior or Appeal Court Justice knows an attempt to wring private gain from public loss.

Is a “If you build it, they will Come” a responsible approach to a grotesque sprawl plan that could bankrupt Springwater Township?

March 21, 2014

Mayor Linda Collins appears a very sincere and nice individual.

Linda Collins Springwater Township 1

But that fact does not prevent her from likely being naively reckless in her legal duties. 

To suggest that a “if you build it they will come” is a responsible way for a Chief Magistrate to fulfill her fiduciary duties as the executive of the Corporation of the Township of Springwater as she does in yesterday’s national Global TV news coverage is, frankly, embarrassing

Mayor Collins seems to be unwavering in her faith. It seem odd, though, that the sprawl developers are acting in such a high risk, desperate way recently:

  1. an open revolt at township Council against the development-friendly 2014 operating and capital budget,
  2. a new newsletter mailed out on March 20, 2014,
  3. another public meeting on March 25th at the Simcoe County Museum (see below), and
  4. now the Midhurst Ratepayers’ report:

We have recently learned that the developers are now taking our local municipal governments to the Ontario Municipal Board to force them to re-zone all of the targeted farmland into residential space. This is well before the proper environmental studies have been completed! We feel that this is a push to rush the destruction of prime farmland and is unnecessary. That means more than ever we need to send a message that citizens will not tolerate such an abuse of process.

But who will pay for the Mayor’s folly: (A) her, (B) the developers or (C) all current and future township taxpayers?

Midhurst Community Info Meeting 2Please sign the Margaret Atwood petition.

Posted on

The “new and improved” Springwater Township is someone’s vision, alright. But with your help, the war is not lost.

March 21, 2014

I received a new newsletter in my mailbox yesterday. It says the sprawl plan is  “A Vision for the Future”.

Geranium Vol 1 newsletter p1

This is not my vision. I do not recognize or know these people. I question the sincerity behind the words and pictures.

Geranium Vol 1 newsletter p2

It’s been said that the first casualty of war is the truth. Truthfully, this looks like an economic, social, cultural and environmental nightmare for 99% of our people.

I do not support the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

I find very little wrong with this +199 year old, beautifully mixed “community of communities” township: created, nurtured, and protected by Mother Earth’s most sustainable economy (agriculture).

It can (and will) be defeated. The weakness of introducing a pseudo-community newsletter like this, at this time, shows it. A strong signal of desperation that the war of words and land is being lost.

Margaret Atwood petition request. Similar post and sentiments on

Your 2nd chance to be told what the Midhurst Secondary Plan creators and review agencies have in mind for your township communities.

March 16, 2014

An invitation for Tuesday, March 25th.

Midhurst Community Info Meeting 2

Advertising excerpt:

Over the last several months, we have been working with the review agencies and would like to share with the community the updated proposed plans of subdivision and zoning provisions.

Join us and our team of consultants who will provide details on the proposed draft plans of subdivision and zoning by-laws, which implement the approved Midhurst Secondary Plan (OPA 38).

The evening will include a short presentation by the MLG followed by an open house format, which will provide an opportunity for one-on-one discussions.

The fiction need not be his own creation; anyone who believes advertising literally, for example, would be for all practical purposes a lunatic. Northrop Frye CC 1912 – 1991

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