Bill 66 is one giant step closer to City of Barrie/Springwater Township annexation

January 19, 2019

An important document by AWARE Simcoe.

It’s pretty obvious that the township mayor, staff and councillors side with the speculators.

An exccerpt:

Who wants this?
Speculators – There is a surplus of serviced employment lands within Simcoe County. Bill 66 raises the possibility of a variety of scenarios under which these employment lands, designated in a responsible manner as part of a community-wide process, will become devalued and left vacant in favour of protected lands adjacent to settlement areas. The natural “buffer” between Barrie and Midhurst is one example where land has been purchased to be held in case something like Bill 66 could free it for development. (Once that buffer is breached, annexation by the city is only a breath away – note what happened to Vespra Township in 1981)….

AWARE Simcoe submission on Bill 66.

Everyone in Springwater Township that pays taxes should be concerned.

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The Midhurst Secondary Plan will never happen.

November 7, 2015

No 10,000 sprawl homes plunked down on Class 1 and 2 agricultural land.

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No threat to Minesing Wetlands–Nottawasaga River–Wasaga Beach (Nottawasaga Valley version) or Lake Simcoe (Lake Simcoe watershed alternative).

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The real money was always in buying Barrie’s waste water and water supply (privatizing a public asset).

Public (non-native and native) revulsion to that plan changes the internal rate of return on this utility bill (NOT housing) project.

They’ll walk away using one of +100 environmental pretenses to save face.


Hello newly-elected municipal leaders: John Ralston Saul says aboriginal rights are a “simple matter of rights denied”.

October 29, 2014

How about every level of government (starting with municipalities) simply following the law, human rights and the direction of the Supreme Court when it comes to First Nations’ relationships?
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Who is afraid of a little “meaningful consultation and accommodation” about land use?

An interesting article by Jim Coyle of the Toronto Star, about allowing justice (not bequeathing charity) when first nations are concerned:

“What we face is a simple matter of rights — of citizens’ rights that are still being denied to indigenous peoples. It is a matter of rebuilding relationships central to the creation of Canada and, equally important, to its continued existence.”

The stakes are that high, he says. And — given history, the power of demographics and the rise of an educated aboriginal class — the issue is not going away.

“Enormous efforts are being made to stop it, to sideline it, or to slow it down,” he says. “It cannot be done.”

Saul’s message to newly-elected municipal officials?:

He leaves no easy out for guilty liberals merely satisfied to have their hearts in the right place. “We — you and I — have not elected or defeated people on this basis.

“That’s what we need to do now. We need to be saying to people who want to be our representatives: ‘I will vote for you or against you depending on your willingness to come full front on this issue, spend the money, act with respect, listen to the courts,’ ”

And since we are all Treaty People (aboriginal and non-aboriginals) we have 2 things to do:

“We must reinstall a national narrative built on the centrality of the aboriginal peoples’ past, present and future. And the policies of the country must reflect that centrality, both conceptually and financially.”

Protecting legal rights not giving bleeding-heart charity, begins at home.


Big Dan: It’s all about the money, boys.

October 9, 2014

Making money in the Lord’s service.

Forced hookups (water then sewer bills) + Privatizing public utilities + Annexation

 


Paul Sadlon steps up with Jack Garner to support of Springwater Park.

September 1, 2014

 

sadlon logo biggerIt is very encouraging to see a new sign from Paul Sadlon Motors.

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On Bayfield Street in Springwater Township, just south of Alex Currie’s truck centre.

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Jack Garner’s latest letter to the editor in the Barrie Advance, Group ready, willing to reopen parkpdf

They [Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry] have just let the buildings fall apart. For letting this beautiful park decay such as this, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

The park is falling into rack and ruin because of the neglect by the ministry. There is no excuse for this and to many locals who have fond memories of this park this is not at all acceptable.

Please, your ministry must immediately form a committee that will work, with community support, to reopen this beautiful park before it is completely ruined.

Jack Garner
Friend of Springwater Park

It is true that the Canadian and Ontario flags no longer fly at the park just for now.

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I’d be a shame to rush and allow the 192 has of land to be flipped for the profit of the few large landowners (residential andor government).

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I think Mr. Garner is mistaken about the park being uncared for.

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The signs are there that people care: spring, summer, winter, and fall.

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Come out and judge for yourself on this beautiful Labour Day weekend.

Posted on LesStewart.wikidot.com.


Margaret Atwood asks if Premier Kathleen Wynne will abandon Ontario’s most important wetland.

June 25, 2014

Will a custom sprawl loophole be allowed to destroy the Minesing Wetlands?

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A Barrie Advance article by Laurie Wattt, Focusing growth in Barrie best, Margaret Atwood tells Midhurst crowdpdf

“Someone in the [provincial] government made a special legal loophole for just Midhurst, just for the developers that want to do this. Why?”

A dire warning about degrading the enviornment.

How much poo do you want to be swimming in? You’ll be told there’ll be a wonderful (sewage) treatment plant, but they can only treat some things. (The effluent) will go down Willow Creek into the Minesing Wetland,” said the author, whose 2013 novel MaddAddam completed a post-apocolopytic trilogy that explores the effects of environmental mismanagement.

The effluent, which could include medications that don’t get filtered out at the wastewater plant, will make its way to Wasaga Beach and into Georgian Bay.

A stern warning to our asleep Barrie neighbours.

She also questioned where the proposed village of more than 30,000 people will get its drinking water, noting the aquifer also serves Barrie.

“Be afraid. Be very afraid of anther community as big as Orillia sucking out your water. Urban growth should be in Barrie,” she said.

Posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.


Who is Alex Nuttall’s right hand man in Midhurst?

December 9, 2013

From this picture at least, it is David Strachan, president of the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association.

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David Strachan, Alex Nuttall, Sandy Buxton and Aidan Grove-White (left to right)

Other individuals quoted in AWARE Simcoe’s coverage, Growth will Really Pay for Growth: Nuttall,  were:

  • Mr. Jack Hanna, current Ward 5 councillor (Midhurst), Township of Springwater,
  • Mr. Aidan Grove-White, Environmental Defence Canada,
  • Ms. Sandy Buxton, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, and
  • Mr. Patrick Brown MP Barrie.

Organizations who attended: North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance, Angus Ratepayers’ Association and Nottawasaga Steelheaders.

Cross-posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.


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