The “Geranium Rule” was created by the stroke of an Ontario minister’s pen.

May 21, 2014

Over 200 hectares of farmland and Minesing Wetlands will likely be destroyed.

Protest signs

How vigorously has Springwater Township council protested to their provincial masters?

You decide.

At last night’s council meeting, Council was asked if they had at least sent a letter opposing the “Special Rule” that green lighted the massive Midhurst Secondary Plan.

  • The answer from staff: No.

A follow-up question:

  • Is the Mayor prepared to do so now considering the 2 petitions and Margaret Atwood coming to Midhurst to protect the Minesing Wetlands on June 22nd?

I took from the answer that there will not even a letter of protest from this Council.

What was offered up was a foretaste of a new township Procedural Bylaw that will rule “out of order” any such future questions.

They do not fulfill their promise, they never will.

July 22, 2012

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men.

The Great Dictator, 1940

“Speak – it is our only hope” “Hope –

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Fifty-six (56) Midhurst residents fought in WWI and WWII.

April 10, 2012

I don’t recall any of them mentioning that they fought to preserve the right of citizens or corporations to contract freely.

From the ones I knew, they went for community, adventure and duty: about freedom from tyranny.

Vimy Memorial, Honour plaster, 95 years

War Veterans of Midhurst

  • Methven Adamson
  • Winfield Andross
  • Ernie Bowdery
  • Harold Bowen
  • Dick Brown
  • Wellington A. Cameron
  • Donald Coutts
  • Forbes A. Coutts
  • Maurice Coutts
  • Vearl Coutts
  • Wallace M. Coutts D.D.S.
  • William Davies
  • Charlie Day, both
  • Harry Doran
  • Jack Doran
  • Reginald Dunn
  • Ernest Finlay “killed in action”
  • Harold Finlay
  • Frank Frankcom
  • Walt “Halbert” Franklin
  • Finlay Galbraith
  • Walter Garbett
  • Cecil Garvin
  • Douglas Goodhand
  • Herb Griffin
  • Doris Mason
  • Archie McGinnis
  • Jim McGinnis
  • Arthur McGuire
  • Arthur McKee
  • George Monteith
  • Jack Monteith
  • Dan Nash
  • Darcy O’Reilly
  • Robert Orok M.D.
  • William Orok
  • Bruce Peacock
  • Robert Peacock, both
  • Jim Pierce
  • Leo Polgrain
  • Cliffe Poole
  • Everett Rugman
  • Norman Schandlen
  • Albert Shaughnessy
  • Douglas Shaughnessy
  • Ernie Shaughnessy
  • Martin Shaughnessy
  • Peter Shaughnessy
  • Caroline Smith
  • James Smith
  • Albridge Spence
  • Harold Spence
  • Betty Stewart
  • Gordon Stewart
  • Adrian Wallwin
  • Alfred Wallwin
  • James Ward
  • Walter Ward D.D.S.
  • Charles Wattie D.F.C.
  • Melville Wattie

The Midhurst Historical Society made a conscious decision to include veterans who had moved to Midhurst since the wars.

The members of the Midhurst Historical Society for the book were: Everett Coutts, George Coutts, Wallace Coutts, D.D.S., Carol Doran, Mae Doran, Marie Frankcom, Evelyn Grey, Verner Lambert, Isabel Nash, Marion Orser, Margaret Peacock, Hunter Russell, Lynn Russell, Anne Spence, Lloyd Spence, and Marjorie Spence.

Pioneer History of Midhurst, Midhurst Historical Society, p. 62.

Does dumping 6,000,000 gallons of wastewater a day into Willow Creek and paving 1,300 acres of farmland constitute a Crisis?

April 5, 2012

Never in over 150 years has any political administration been reckless enough to allow a plan to triple the Township population get this close to completion.

The Ontario Municipal Board is the “final court” for land use disputes in Ontario. An entirely private law regime without zero right of appeal.

The surprisingly simple way to avert catastrophe is for the current Springwater Township council to amend their Official Plan to preclude 10,000 new homes. Hint: This has always been the plan’s Achilles Heel and authors know it: hence the lies and threats of lawsuits.

If the seven Springwater politicians do nothing and allow it to pass to the OMB, this will be their administration’s defining moment. They may do 10,000 brilliant and courageous acts in their 4 year term but if they fail to act, the for sure financial instability and likely insolvency of the Township will be the Linda Collins administration’s legacy.

Reality Check: A local developer is putting up about 140 homes at Snow Valley Road and Wilson Drive. A fairly large development which is 1.4 % the size of the the Midhurst Secondary Plan.  Or the sprawl plan is 71.4 times the Snow Valley/Wilson Drive development.

They told you that the  SLAPP threats to citizens were only a temporary thing, right? Do they honestly believe they’ll decrease once the OMB rubber stamps the plan? They can’t be that naive, can they?

All the politicians will be sued anyways even if they do everything they’re told to do. (BTW: That’s how they persuade you to sign a confidentiality agreement and waiver of legal rights.) Remember: the lawyer for the Township gives advice to protect the Corporation of the Township of Springwater….not you.

A current council cannot decide to reverse a previous council’s decision without huge $ in litigation? What a whopper! Pure nonsense: happens every day in governments all around the world. Let them sue: at least it’ll get the facts into the light of day unless there are current or former politicians who don’t want opposing lawyers questioning them under oath and with a transcript.

Neville Chamberlain started to be an open public laughingstock +70 years ago with the Munich Agreement. Trying to appease tyrants has always been of limited use.

Questions Arising from Inaction: Perceived conflict of Interest? Breach of the Moral authority to Govern? Breach of Duty?

 Perry Ritchie, Dan Clement, Dan McLean, Linda Collins, Rick Webster, Sandy McConkey, Jack Hanna

None but tyrants have any business to be afraid.

April 1, 2012

Paul Philippe Hardouin de Beaumont de Péréfixe (1606 – 1 January 1671, Paris) was a French historian and clergyman. He was bishop of Rodez, then archbishop of Paris.

Born at Beaumont, Vienne into a family of Neapolitan origin, he was the son of a maître d’hotel to Richelieu. He studied at the Université de Poitiers and in Paris, receiving his doctorate at the Sorbonne. In 1644, he became preceptor to Louis XIV, which also made him his confessor.

How do like your governance: Mac or PC?

March 30, 2012

Corporatism just loves totalitarianism. Unmanaged democracy, not so much.



Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology – where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause.

Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion.

We shall prevail!

1984 Mac advertisement

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. George Orwell

Lately, are Springwater Township politicians more like E.C. Drury or “Boss” Hogg?

March 30, 2012

Will time be as kind to this recent crop as she has been to Premier Drury?

Within Springwater Township during the last 20 years, these are the individuals who are perceived to have served others or themselves.

These two extremes can be represented by a local farmer and  a fictional politician.

E.C. Drury: Farmer premier

Ernest Charles Drury (1878 – 1968)

…a farmer, politician and writer who served as the eighth Premier of Ontario, Canada, from 1919 to 1923 as the head of a United Farmers of Ontario – Labour coalition government.

Drury was the grandson of Richard Drury, who arrived in Crown Hill, Ontario from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England in 1819. His father, Charles Drury, continued the family farm and was a forward-looking farmer who utilized new techniques and technologies. In 1882, he was president of the Agricultural and Arts Association of Ontario. He also served reeve of Oro Township in Simcoe County for 13 years and was elected to the Ontario legislature as an Ontario Liberal Party member where he served from 1882 to 1890, the last two years as the province’s first Minister of Agriculture.

Premier of Ontario
Drury’s progressive government created the first Department of Welfare for the province and brought in allowances for widows and children, a minimum wage for women and standarized adoption procedures.[2] His government also expanded Ontario Hydro, created the Province of Ontario Savings Office – a provincially owned bank that was designed to lend money to farmers at a lower rate – began the first major reforestation program in North America, and initiated construction of the modern highway system. Drury also arranged for a grant for unknown researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best who would go on to discover insulin.

Boss Hogg: The Dukes of Hazzard

“Boss” Hogg

…is a fictional character featured in the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He was the greedy, unethical commissioner of Hazzard County. A stereotypical villainous glutton, Boss Hogg always wore an all-white suit with a white cowboy hat and regularly smoked cigars.

“Boss” Hogg was the wealthiest man in Hazzard County. As his name would imply, Hogg was incredibly greedy. The “Boss” heading is a distant analogy to the corrupt New York City Tammany Hall era politician Boss Tweed. Creator Gy Waldron said he wanted the character to be the personification of the seven deadly sins

Boss is forever angry at the Duke family, particularly Bo and Luke, for continually exposing and halting his various crooked schemes…

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