Wednesday, April 4, 2012


We've all heard of the duck theory. If it quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck and looks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. This theory also works for politicians, at least in the long run. The problem arises in the short run. Not only are politicians human and thus subject to human foibles but they are also often to a fault willing to comprimise. This is the case of yes it's a bad idea but I'll support it in exchange for your support on hopefully a bigger more serious issue.

Here in Woolwich Township we've had some recent setbacks. This would include the Hawk Ridge Homes proposed residential subdivision as well as the Bio-Energy proposed location on Martin's Lane in Elmira. The first is a horrible and ridiculous location and the second a totally unnnecessary threat to nearby long term residents. Still up in the air are all the proposed gravel pits. The Jigs Hollow Pit has scheduled an O.M.B. mediation session for May 8, 2012. The Hunder Development has scheduled an O.M.B. pre-hearing for April 16/12 10:30 am. in the Council Chambers. The West montrose Pit just seems to go on and on. I interpret that as Capitol Paving being in no hurry to take on the well organized and financed citizens who have now been mobilized and active for years.

Last but not least we have the ongoing non-cleanup of the Elmira Aquifers. This very sucessful sham and charade perpetrated by past municipal and current regional and provincial governments is being challenged by the citizens new CPAC. Make no mistake they are different from the old one. They don't have the baggage including past bad decisions. They also don't have past inappropriate promises and commitments to the M.O.E. or Chemtura that they need to honour. The slate was wiped clean with this new CPAC and they are focusing on the restoration of the Elmira Aquifers by 2028. There is way less ego and way more cooperation. Stay tuned for good things.

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