Monday, September 12, 2016


In hindsight the shooting of an upstairs bedroom window in my house is a metaphor for discussion and debate about public interest issues here in Woolwich. It perfectly describes how some parties believe public interest issues, including the destruction of our mutually owned water supply, should be handled. The public should be allowed to comment on them, albeit always carefully and respectfully, and then they should shut up and let the so called authorities, technical experts, qualified persons etc. do their thing without scrutiny or criticism. Of course those are exactly the same people who got us into this mess in the first place.

Last Friday's Waterloo Region Record carried this story titled "Woolwich council watcher surprised by hole from "projectile" shot through window". Yes I was surprised briefly. Then I thought back to vandalism that occurred here in Elmira nearly twenty-seven years ago. Two outspoken critics of Uniroyal Chemical, shortly after our wellfields were shut down, had their homes vandalized by unknown cowards. John Lojek and Esther Thur made their disgust with Uniroyal Chemical's behaviour known publicly via media interviews. A couple of those with opposing opinions, anonymously and from the shadows showed their disagreement.

I expect that the attempted intimidation towards me was more in regards to anger over holding half our Council accountable for their blatant nonchalance towards the Municipal Elections Act versus in regards to my longstanding criticisms of Uniroyal/Chemtura and the Ministry of the Environment. Indeed the Record article written by Paige Desmond does focus on our Councillors and their tribulations either with the Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC) or with various courts in Kitchener.

In regards to the two most likely reasons behind the two recent behaviours let me advise you that the next court date for Councillor Scott Hahn is 9 am. Monday September 26, courtroom #101 in Provincial Offences Court, 77 Queen St. Kitchener. Regarding Chemtura there is a meeting of RAC (Remediation Advisory Committee) this Thursday at 4 pm. in Woolwich Council Chambers. My final comment about the level of "debate" demonstrated on my property is a quote from the movie "Forrest Gump" namely "stupid is as stupid does".

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