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 …
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!