541,691 Clams?

clams

Once used as currency in ancient times!

Now …. we ask, what would 541, 691 “clams” buy you these days?

You know, clams, shekels, greenbacks, aces, cucumbers, bucks or let’s get back to the modern equivalent … dollars!

Well historically I’m sure we can all remember when “Two could dine for $1.99” at McDonald’s.

That would would mean you could have bought 270,845 happy meals!

That, my friends, is bang for your buck!!

But now-a-days, up north of our Toronto, what with inflation and all, it seems that all you can get with that type of investment is 8+ years of effort by the Caledon Town Council, and perhaps the Ministry of Natural Resources!

Kind of a sorry state of affairs.

In the minutes and proceedings of a recent Council meeting we learned of some disturbing things.

What we’re talking about here appears to be an unrelenting, irrational and possibly illegal drive by the staff and Council at the Town of Caledon to work with a gravel pit developer to open a so-called ‘wayside pit’, that would allow the operator to access millions of dollars of gravel they could not get to otherwise without applying for a proper license.

Now you may ask, “Stone, how can you make a statement like that without any proof?

And we would answer, “Good question.”

We became aware of the situation a few weeks back and have had time to review the documentation.

Let’s look at the FACTS as they appear.

For more than 8 years the Town of Caledon and their collaborators:

  • Pushed for the development of a dubious ‘wayside pit’ for the multi million dollar benefit of an aggregate company.

  • Were looking for “wiggle room” to avoid rules and regulations that would stop the project.

  • Have cost the Caledon Taxpayers, from the numbers that have been ascertained, a loss of $541,691.00

  • And have stonewalled their citizens from getting pertinent information regarding these dealings, including financial accountability.

You can review some of the questions that, according to material submitted by a concerned taxpayer, were asked at the July 10 Caledon Council meeting, here …

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So, getting back to our original question……

If the choice is, the Caledon Town Council doing favours for their friends at taxpayers expense, or happy meals for 270,845 hungry citizens ($561,691.00) which would you prefer?

We’d like ours with ketchup and mustard and extra pickles on the side please!

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Imagination … Do you have any?

Dedicated to Digging for Truth, Blasting the Myths, and Etching Reality in Stone.

imagination

 

Can you ‘imagine’ a ‘nation’

–   where Ontario’s Minister of Health, Hon. Deb Matthews, was actually ‘honourable’ enough to do something to enforce the legislation she is responsible for? Imagine if those thousands of seniors suffering grievous abuse in extended care homes, and their families, could actually be protected and obtain justice when the expected care isn’t provided. See: http://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/nursing-home-residents-at-risk-w5-investigation-reveals-startling-national-statistics-1.1149215

–   where the government actually respected the fact the ‘Crown Land’ is owned by the people of Canada, and then realistically consulted the ‘owners’ before selling or leasing the use of Crown Lands to favored private applicants to enable their friends to make many millions in profits? See: http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2012/12/16/crown-land-up-for-wind-destruction/

–  where our Ministry of Environment (MOE) did more than ‘pass the buck’ when asked by worried residents to investigate and remedy a toxic fuel spill like the one at the Tottenham Pit near Palgrave? See: http://www.caledonenterprise.com/news-story/1373538-silence-follows-contradictions-at-tottenham-pit/

–  where the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) stopped denying and dragging their feet regarding the serious negative impacts on property values near wind farms and open pit aggregate mines? See: http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2013/02/08/mpac-waiting-on-turbine-study/

–  where the MNR stopped issuing aggregate extraction licenses to operators who are clearly not in compliance with regulations? See: http://www.caledonenterprise.com/opinion-story/1372539-ministry-should-deny-pit-application/

– where an elected representative, such as Chris Bentley, and his political party, would be unable to deny responsibility for egregious abuse of public funds, and then evade legal consequences by proroguing and resigning from the legislature? See: http://www.lfpress.com/2013/02/08/chris-bentley-resigning-as-mpp

–    where an accountable and transparent Ontario Hydro would cease collecting a  ‘Debt Retirement Charge’ after the debt is paid off? See: http://www.thestar.com/business/2011/12/28/hydro_debt_retirement_charge_reporting_proposed_in_ontario.html

–    where there would be the same regulations for both the ‘ruled’ and the ‘rulers’? For example is it OK for a Bald Eagle’s nest to be destroyed by the MNR, while private citizens are fined $10,000 for removing trees ‘near’ a nest? See: http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/01/09/mpp-wants-answers-on-eagle-eviction

–    where there would be some way for the beleaguered taxpayers of Ontario to recover $millions from the likes of Chris Mazza of ORNGE infamy? See: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/09/chris_mazza_of_ornge_got_46_million_in_two_years.html

We could go on.

What do all these anecdotes, and related LINKS, have in common? Can you shout out loud things like: ‘waste’, ‘corruption’, ‘scandal’, ‘cronyism’, ‘incompetence’, and __________, and__________, and _________ , … you fill in the blanks!

Unless we raise our voices and demand ethical governments and bureaucracies, we are sure to see more of the same. Don’t you think it’s time we demanded ‘response-ability’ to go with responsibility?

Or are we imagining things?