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City meeting at the Mississauga Senior's Centre
To lay the foundation for the elimination of the Northmount community
Queen of Urban Sprawl her self - Hazel McCallion
None-the-less, the meeting was set-up to not encourage public participation or input. The table that the City and Moldenhauer Development sat at was a good 20 feet back from where the taxpayers chairs were set-up. This gave the feeling that a wall or barrier (or maybe a moat), existed between the community and these who redevelop it. There was no mike for the taxpayers to use, just for those at the table. This forced those who were already upset, to yell just to be heard, not a smart move. I have been to meetings in the Senior's Olga Tyne Auditorium before and mikes were set up for the public to use, in fact the speakers for the sound system can be seen mounted on the wall in some pictures. It is no wonder there were repeated calls that the City was not listening to us.
The City notice for the Feb. 4th, meeting was dated Jan. 21st, exactly two weeks before the meeting. 2 weeks notice is considered to be the bare minimum for public notices and would only have arrived on time if they were delivered that day, they were mailed the next day. I received mine Jan. 26. Remember the City agreed to another meeting on Jan. 12th. and just how long does the City need to set up a public meeting in one of its own halls? The City has time and time again given residents late notices, it is more the rule then the exception, especially when it does not want public input.
It was noted earlier on that the City notice for this meeting sounded some what threatening in the way it said "Please be advised that Mayor McCallion is planning on attending this meeting." and from the way she acted at the meeting, I was right. Read on.
A word about the notices we sent out to hundreds of local homeowners, much thanks to Paul Szabo, Mississauga South M.P., for his assistance. They were mailed Jan. 26th, (Tues.), but many were post marked Feb. 3! As few had arrived by Monday (Feb. 2), calls were made to Canadian Post and the situation was explained and we were ensured they searched every where to make sure no boxes of mail were laying around undelivered. However, some even arrived just before the Feb. 10th, meeting! I suspect that, what happened was when someone saw the hundreds of letters, that someone thought it would be a bit too much to delivery them all right away and then did only a few a day. The winter weather was bad and there was a blizzard when the letters were delivered directly to the Post Office, all neatly packed into 2 boxes. In addition to that mailing I rode around the community on my bike delivering to many other homes and mailed to 68 other homes. About 1,000 notices were delivered.
Mr. Szabo M.P., was true to his word and came to address the issues and was very poorly treated by the Mayor. Even Mr. King felt so. Mr. Szabo and the taxpayers were calling for this matter to be reconsidered due to the extremely negatively impacts of this townhouse subdivision and those that would follow. Mr. Szabo stood up for us in the name of fairness, when other elected representatives would not.
Two member of the Green Party
also came and spoke on our behalf.
Paul Szabo speaking in defence of taxpayers rights and fairness toward us in general.
Don Barber (me), speaking about how the proposed townhouse subdivision will eliminate the Northmount community and the Cawthra Bush, in time. Most there were informed of this meeting by the Cawthra Ratepayers' and Residents' Association. Past and present members as well as the Friends of the Cawthra Bush were in attendance.
The straw vote for no townhouse subdivisions on Northmount and only single family homes in the future. The majority agreed. The flyers/petition that are being held up with the bright yellow attachment were handed out by us and made a good voting flag.
It should also be remembered that in Mississauga taxpayers and homeowners DO NOT get to vote on development issues. So this vote happened only as the CRRA called for it, otherwise the City could not care less!
Shows more of the people and hard shot to quickly take.
Some may think it was a waste of time to attend a meeting where you do not get what you want right then & there but government operations do not often work that way. The process is to ask the same question a few time and record the answer, the process. That makes it very important to go these meetings and express your concerns, even if someone else has said them. It is like voting, the more people who speak, to go on the record, the better.
This fact is one that also has its greatest effect when reported to OMB or any other legal forum. At which the question will be asked, when were concerns raised, what were they, how often were they raised and by who. To show up at the last minute with a whole list is considered bad form, without good reason. Remember silence is considered agreement - even if it is obtained by unsavoury means.
Many others spoke that night, echoing the same concerns over and over, that the proposed development will be a disaster and set the stage for worse to follow.
Is it because our Mayor knows the Fix is in at the Ontario Municipal Broad (OMB)? It sure sounded like that at the Jan. 12th., meeting and then who should appear but an ex-City of Mississauga Councillor to be the judge at this OMB hearing. Who's efforts to aid the City in destroying the Cawthra Bush, by way of the City's Forest Management Plan, is well known to us.
The McCallion method, if people do not
agree, high stick to the face till they go away then say no one disagreed.
After seeing Hazel McCallion's true face most stated they lost all respect
for her and she was not the person they were lead to believe by the media.
Indeed, after the meeting most felt it was a waste of time as no one on the other side of the table cared at all about the damage being done to their community, their homes and the Cawthra Bush. Mr. Szabo had pointed out that peoples homes were the biggest investment of our lives and should be treated with the greatest respect.
We were told this meeting was only to make comments on the site plan which the developer did not present as part of their display. WHY? That is noted below, as there was one major change to the plans that we would have every right to be upset over. So it is only natural it was hidden from us, as were most City records leading up to this meeting.
The more important question is what else
has been hidden from us?
It happened after the meeting when Andrew, a resident who had standing at the OMB Hearing was given the new blueprints that were not available at the City Jan. 12th, meeting or on display at this one. I even asked the developer's planner about the site plans and was told to look at what was on display (below), which did not show a very important detail.
THE CHILDREN ARE TO PLAY BESIDE THE GARBAGE!
The whole reason for this public meeting was for the public to comment on the new site plans and the blueprint was not on display, just the strip down version below, not showing where the garbage will be dumped for pick up.
Back to the account, the front table where the City & the developer were, was now empty as they had cleared out after the meeting. It was there that I laid out the blueprint to take a picture of it, to ensure I got a copy of it, being very concerned about making children play by piles of garbage but I needed proof in hand before making an issue of it. Mr. Poitras snuck up on me and right after this picture was taken he snatched it way and just as fast I grabbed it back! He tried to claim it was the City's but everyone quickly corrected him.
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It will make a difference!
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