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DEJA VU? (def: the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time)
In our August 10th posting we talked about ‘LAND BANKING’. (def: the purchasing of a parcel or parcels of land or real estate held in trust, as for future development)
We mentioned that aggregate companies are allowed to purchase and license properties for pits and quarries now, or have done so in the past, but then not exercise their option to operate, choosing instead to keep the property for future development. However, having the license approved in advance of need removes the threat and uncertainty of stricter rules in the future that may prevent that particular property from being developed at all., or as it is referred to – ‘GRANDFATHERING’ (def: to exempt (something or someone) from new legislation, restrictions, or requirements).
Well, fast-forward to Paris Ontario and that exact scenario is currently playing itself out.
Dufferin Aggregates will be exercising their option to open a pit now, on a property they licensed 38 years ago!!
No environmental studies to be performed. No review to see if the conditions of 1974 bear any resemblance to today. No public input! Just a rubber stamp by the MNR.
The Minister of Natural Resources, Michael Gravelle, a life long ‘BUREAUCRAT’, (def: an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgement) proved his worth by providing the CITIZENS (def: a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection) of Paris with a giant ‘ROAD APPLE’ (def: a lump of horse dung; piece of excrement), (figuratively speaking of course.)
“While I can appreciate your request,… “I must advise that there is no requirement in legislation to have a licence reopened for review once it has been issued.
“I also understand that the licence is within the land use area designated for aggregate extraction as per Brant County’s Official Plan, and, as such, is a permitted land use.”
Now, that’s LEADERSHIP? (def: the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group)
This kind of attitude oozes from the MNR. Glad to see it starts at the top!
So how come the MNR, MPP’s MP’s, Mayors, Councillors, et al… are falling all over themselves giving an appearance of supporting measures to fight the Melancthon Quarry, but they don’t have enough time for the Concerned Citizens of Brant? Not a big enough story? Not enough potential publicity? Can you say ‘HYPOCRITES’? ( def: a person who pretends to have virtues, morals or principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess).
Are Minister Gravelle’s actions IRRESPONSIBLE? (def: not showing or done with due care for the consequences of one’s actions or attitudes; reckless).
Minister Gravelle should be giving the citizens of Paris what they deserve from their politicians, PROTECTION! (def: to defend or guard from loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger).
But, it appears the Minister of the MNR and his department subordinates are far too busy being the Aggregate Industry’s LAPDOGS (def: figurative sense of “subservient person”).