What is AWARE Simcoe doing to stop the destruction of the Midhurst Community Hall on Doran Road?

July 1, 2017

Lots of puff articles on the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association on http://aware-simcoe.ca/.

I haven’t seen anything from the Springwater Township “Council Watch” person Kate Harries.

There are significant changes planned in the governance of all township halls by Mayor Bill French, as well.

Summary:

  1. demolishing of the Midhurst Community Hall and
  2. muzzling of communities is of no interest to AWARE Simcoe.

Is AWARE Simcoe ignoring these issues because Mayor French is their “friend”?

“We demand Transparency and Accountability in governance (if you’re on our naughty list).

Otherwise if we help get you elected,

we’ll look the other way for 4 years as you blunder and plunder.”


On Cooling the Mark Out in Midhurst

November 30, 2012

Erving Goffman 1922-1982

Boot tree with sign

Excerpt:

…victims find they must suddenly adapt themselves to the loss of sources of security and status which they had taken for granted. A consideration of this adaptation to loss can lead us to an understanding of some relations in our society between involvements and the selves that are involved. In the argot of the criminal world, the term “mark” refers to any individual who is a victim or prospective victim of certain forms of planned illegal exploitation.

The mark is the sucker‑the person who is taken in.

An instance of the operation of any particular racket, taken through the full cycle of its steps or phases, is sometimes called a play. The persons who operate the racket and “take” the mark are occasionally called operators. Free Download

— see Midhurst Secondary Plan receives approval for first phase; other provincial concerns remain before OMB, Barrie Examiner, November 30, 2012.

Pro >=10,000 new homes:

1. “We agree that the remainder of the secondary plan should remain at the Ontario Municipal Board,” Springwater Mayor Linda Collins said in a news release. “Springwater fully supports the approach taken by the ministry.

2. Cheryl Shindruk, a member of the Midhurst Landowner’s Group which is in favour of planned development in Springwater, said the group is pleased with the process and the time frames the ministry has laid out.

“They’ve done a good job to see that it will be done in a managed way,” she said.

Pro <10,000 new homes:

But Kate Harries, of the Aware Simcoe environmental protection group, said they’re frustrated that important provincial decisions concerning the Places to Grow amendment are being made without a sitting parliament.

“We’re very disappointed in the Liberal government,” Harries said. “We’re very disappointed this is happening when there’s no opposition, like the NDP, who would have had many questions for (Minister Bob) Chiarelli.

“But yes, we do have hope,” she added. “We hope this is reversible because there’s very strong grassroots opposition to this. And we’re not giving up.”

The con is said to be a good racket in the United States only because most Americans are willing, nay eager, to make easy money, and will engage in action that is less than legal in order to do so The typical play has typical phases.


Citizens deserve accountability in their township, county and provincial governments

May 23, 2012

Another good article from the Barrie Examiner.

In the article Country has growing pains: AWARE Simcoe holding news conference (Word pdf), Cheryl Browne of the Barrie Examiner highlights an important role of AWARE Simcoe:

However, Kate Harries [above], a former reporter turned activist, said that they want to see the approved plan as early as possible.

“We think the great unwashed public should be shown what’s in it, too,” Harries said.

Attending county council chambers Tuesday, Harries represents the grassroots group AWARE Simcoe, founded in 2010 after helping quash the Site 41 landfill. Its mandate has expanded to including demanding accountability in the county’s 16 municipalities, as well as Barrie and Orillia.

In 2011, AWARE Simcoe took part in the consultation process about Simcoe County’s growth plan and Amendment No. 1 with Chiarelli in January. Harries said Park’s recent announcement that the county’s growth could exceed the expected population of 667,000 by 2031 with an extra 20,000 bodies is difficult to come to terms with, especially in Springwater Township.

“We’re concerned about Midhurst and what it means to the county as a whole,” Harries said. “Once the land’s paved, it’s gone.”

Kim Hand speaks for another grassroots group, Friends of Midhurst (friendsofmidhurst.ca):

“It’s not that we’re opposed to development, we’re welcoming to all newcomers, but it’s got to be on a scale that’s manageable,” said Kim Hand, spokeswoman of the group.

She said of the 3,200 residents in Midhurst, 1,400 people signed a petition voicing their concerns about the planned expansion.

“We want to work in collaboration with the township, but we find them to be dismissive. They talk about stakeholders. Well, we’re the voters,” Hand quipped. “It’s like in order to create something beautiful for some people, you’re destroying what’s already beautiful now.”

Transparency, accountability and a respectful dialogue.


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