Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Here are a few to get you started:
Municipality of Mikey
Jurisdiction of John
Region of Limestone Ridge
I would expect when he gets his fortress built, it will have to have a dry moat, because of course there won't be any water.
And he will need a powerful air exchanger because of the dust...just some thoughts.
Have some fun and add your own.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
August 2008; June 2009; July 27, 2009; August 13, 2009, November 25, 2009. Action taken by Council –NONE.
What did Highlands continue to do-demolish home after home after home. To date they have taken out 17 burn permits.
What could Council have done to stop this? As they were advised over and over and over again they could simply pass a bylaw under section 33 of the Planning Act, which in a nutshell states, that prior to receiving a demolition permit, a building permit must have been issued. In other words if you take something down you have to replace it with something else.
But suddenly at their December 17, 2009 meeting of Council, they decide to take a look at passing a bylaw under Section 33 of the Planning Act. They are asking for comments to be submitted to them on or before January 4, 2010.
Lets review, shall we?
Council had the option to pass this bylaw months and months ago BEFORE Lowndes demolished just under 20 homes, and in fact residents were BEGGING them to. It seemed almost as if Council waited until Highlands were done with their seek and destroy mission before passing the bylaw.
I believe in their minds they think they have managed to keep everyone happy. They can say to the ratepayers see, we passed the bylaw that you wanted. And they can still rest assured that by putting off passing the bylaw that Highlands is happy, because by delaying the passing of the bylaw, it gave Highlands the time to demolish houses on everything they own, without having to comply with the pesky bylaw to stop what they were doing.
Don't worry about picking up the pace Johnny and Mikey enjoy your Xmas break. By the time this Council gets around to actually passing the bylaw you should have everything single home, barn, outbuilding, tree and stick on your properties long gone.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
How the Grinch (Almost) Stole our Farmland
The Melancthon people liked farming a lot
But Lowndes, an outsider, really did not
Lowndes hated farming!
All the farming seasons!
Now, please don't ask why.
We ALL know the reasons.
Staring down from his office with a John Lowndsey sneer
"Surely the end of Melancthon is finally near!"
He thought all the hicks in Melancthon would bite
And were too busy farming to put up a fight
"They are busy planting and digging!" he snarled with a sneer.
"While my open pit mine, is practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Lowndsey fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find a way to keep the mine coming!"
And he thought and he thought...In his small Lowndsey brain...
And that old John Lowndes, thought he was ever so wise
thinking the local hicks wouldn't see their coming demise
He thought the locals would think they were unable to win
And that they would move from their farms and take all their kin
But to his surprise they started to object
So Lowndes thought by golly I am not finished yet
Now the more Lowndes thought of his devilish plan
The more Lowndes did think: “I must own ALL the land!”
“Why I practically own all of Melancthon now!
To own all the rest would be my greatest cash cow!
Then he got an idea, a brilliant idea!
LOWNDES GOT A WONDERFUL, EVIL IDEA!
And he cackled with glee “What a great Lowndsey trick!
With my money and talent, I’ll bamboozle these hicks!
But to his stupendous surprise the hicks all fought back
With a grassroots organization that they called NDACT
As tears of frustration ran down his smug face
His minion called Mikey had stood up for his boss
Working to keep residents from realizing their loss
But now Lowndes gave Mikey a clear ultimatum
"Decimate NDACT, or you’ll see what I’m made of!”
Lowndes sent wee Mikey out into the world
Armed with clipboard and binder And oh, did he toil!
He went to each meeting and sat with those hicks
Who would not fall for his lies or his devilish tricks
At the end of the day, little Mikey returned
With a book full of notes and facts that he’d learned
He informed master Lowndes of his final call:
“Have mercy, kind master, they’ve outsmarted us all!
We’re finished we’re done, we just can’t dig a mine!"
And all the locals and yokels thought that that was just fine.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
“It’s been a picking away of every single service that was available at that site,” Hill said, noting he was part of a group 12 years ago that fundraised to keep programs in Shelburne, which were subsequently shipped to Orangeville before “the cheque was dry.”"
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
And you might want to cc it to the biggest newspapers in Boston:
The Boston GlobeP.O. Box 2378Boston, MA 02107-2378E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston HeraldOne Herald SquareBoston, MA 02118
Suggested wording: how about environment, a right to clean tap water, local food sources?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
THE BAUPOST GROUP
10 St. James Avenue - Suite 1700Boston, MA 02116617.210.8300
Click the links to find out more:
For more, just google Baupost Group.
Names and addresses are here-write them and tell them what you think about what they are doing to the environment. Many of them are associated with Harvard-wonder what their position on this would be?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Once you have this massive hole in the ground, you can fill it with two things-water or.....
Who can afford that? Certainly not Melancthon Council. They can't even afford to have their planner attend Council meetings, but I digress.
By the time Lowndes is done digging his hole, Toronto will have filled the landfill just outside of London. The province, in their quest to always help Toronto the good since clearly it is the centre of the universe, is going to look around for somewhere close to Toronto to in order to dump garbage. Quite frankly I believe they have already looked at this proposal, just hasn't hit the light of day yet.
Rubbish you say? Well, what do they need to ship the garbage here?
And Lowndes is touting the rail line for the economic benefits it will bring....to him...and the other thing it will bring will be Toronto garbage.
So just think. Highlands bought the land for $8,000/acre, they will mine it for $18 million an acre and when they are done the province will pay an arm and a leg for the big dump, I mean the big hole.
If this mine proceeds, there will be very little argument to be made to stop a landfill-agricultural will be gone, the water quality will be questionable at best and there will be no people left.
Please stand up now and fight the mine-to stop the dump, to save our water, our environment and local food sources.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"The Highland Companies, which operates potato farms in the area, announced it has stepped back from spearheading the YMCA effort"
Read the entire article:
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Total population in the six municipalities: 29,400 (Source: Stats Canada)
Total phone calls made in the survey: 2,500
Total people who actually answered the phone and took part in the survey: 428
(Source: Steve Boone, YMCA)
That means 1.4% of the population was surveyed and 89% of those overwhelmingly supported a YMCA.
There has been a significant decrease in taxable assessment in Melancthon due to the Highland Companies bulldozing and burning century and heritage houses and outbuildings on 12 properties. They have permits for seven more. To date the combined assessed value on these 12 properties exceeds $2.9 million. When questioned at the October 16, 2009 meeting of Melancthon County Mayor Fawcett confirmed that any loss in taxation from these demolitions will be “shared” by all taxpayers (meaning those of us left).
If these six municipalities felt that a YMCA was needed, why don’t they pursue it themselves? The phone survey was $28,000.00. (Source: Steve Boone, YMCA) Split six ways does not seem out the realm of financial ability of any of the municipalities. If they can’t afford the $4,000 per municipality to do the study, they had better take a cold hard look at what the capital and operating costs of the YMCA itself will be, unless of course Highlands is paying.
If Highlands is in fact paying the whole shot, the next question is: if these municipalities are “partnering” and accepting this kind of cash from Highlands, to benefit their electorate in an election year (or any year for that matter) does that create a pecuniary interest in voting pertaining to Highlands at both the local and County level? One only has to look to Orangeville Council over the rail issue to see how that worked for them. Very, very costly indeed and that is just the legal fees fighting the pecuniary interest in court, both with their tax dollars at the local level AND County level. In effect, Orangeville ratepayers are paying twice (on both sides of the dog fight so to speak).
IF a YMCA is needed, then local Councils need to stand up, justify it to their ratepayers, budget for it and pay for it themselves. Kudos to the one lone Councillor who realized this early on, but who was clearly silenced, I mean outvoted by more “seasoned” politicians.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
“What do we mean by a self-sufficient, sustainable community? It's one that achieves the right mix of economic activity, local government services and quality of life - without having to increase taxes.”
Lets address these statements shall we?
Firstly their statement “without having to increase taxes”
To date they have bulldozed and burnt all structures on 12 properties of which the assessed values is in excess of $2.9 million. They have another 7 permits to burn on properties on which the assessed value is more than $1.4 million for a total of assessment on demolished properties of $4.3 million.
The Township needs a “sustainable” (to use a buzzword) level of funding. Any decrease in that level through reduced taxes due to property now being vacant will be borne by all taxpayers. This was confirmed by Mayor Fawcett at the October 16 meeting of Council, when questioned,
Next statement, “right mix....and quality of life”.
What quality of life is there with blasting, trucking, noise, dust a railway several times a day and no citizens left with which to form a community? Just asking.
Sustainability-how is pumping water until the end of time to keep a massive 2,400 acre 200 foot deep hole in the ground, devoid of soil and rock “SUSTAINABLE”.
Any politician who cannot see through this self serving mantra and does not immediately stand up and voice their concerns against this initiative should be ashamed of themselves and do the right thing and resign.
Friday, November 20, 2009
See the entire article:
The story further states that: “Ken Lucyshyn, a vice-president and general manager with Walker Industries, was not impressed with the report. I’m disappointed but I’m not surprised given their past record with aggregate applications,” he said. “I don’t think they took into consideration all of our findings [technical data that was submitted] or the fact we’re proposing to do a lot of good things with the site – things like tree planting and so forth.”
Wow. What is wrong with the NEC, I mean honestly. This massive aggregate proposal will be offset by planting some trees (and so forth).
Lets see: Walker Industries wants to open a new, 170-acre quarry across the road from its present 116-acre pit and mine below the water table and don’t forget build an asphalt plant at the new site. Surely planting a few (KATRILLION) trees WILL offset the carbon footprint.
And of course in order to reassure their opponents (and gullible politicians) we come to the oft quoted position of ALL aggregate companies who mine below the water table:
This company is of course planning to rehabilitate the land with.....wait for it......a GIANT LAKE!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Makes you think that 2,225 people were in favour of a YMCA (which would be 89% of 2,500).
But hold yer (trojan) horses partners....
What is not mentioned is that while 2,500 calls were made, ONLY 428 people were actually surveyed. The rest were probably not home, trying to avoid the smoke from the demolished and burning houses in Melancthon. (source: Steve Boone, YMCA email dated November 19, 2009).
Stats Canada shows that the population in the six municipalities who are supposedly wet with excitement about this YMCA have a combined population of 29,450 people.
And the YMCA feels that surveying 428 of them is representative of support for a YMCA in the area. I calculate that 428 people is just OVER 1% of the population of the eligible voters.
In a few days I will post, in a very simple short way, why it is important that Highlands NOT be involved in any YMCA proposal for our community. You will be surprised at the linkages and ramifications for local politicians and councils.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Comprehensive list all of organizations:
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
According to a July 24, 2009 letter from Deputy Dog Bill Hill to a ratepayer, a one percent tax increase in Melancthon only generates $12,000.00. According to my math the assessed values on the properties that Highland Companies has destroyed equals a tax rate of 207%.
At the October 15 meeting of Council Mayor Fawcett confirmed that any loss in the tax base due to the demolition of these homes on properties owned by Highlands would be born by all the remaining taxpayers. After all, the municipality has to generate a certain amount of revenue. So Highland gains and we have the pain.
It does not seem fair to me, but Council clearly has NO problem with this. Melancthon Council has the authority to instantly stop the demolition by passing a bylaw under Section 33 of the Planning Act and also to designate these homes under the Heritage Act but have chosen not to.
Don't forget, Lowndes owns another 9 homes which he clearly has no wish in which to reside, so we can expect they will be coming down real soon. Jeez, Melancthon can’t hand these burn permits out fast enough.
AND finally, at NDACT's public meeting in June, Minion Mikey Daniher stated publically that Highlands had plans to demolish homes in numbers of LESS than "double digits".
Now I am not a smart person and math clearly is not my forte, but double digits in my simplistic world starts at 10. They are already up to 12, so I guess this would represent just one more lie in the Highlands Grand Plan for Melancthon.
But then again Mikey also stated at the June 2009 NDACT meeting the homes were demolished because they were condemned and uninsurable.
Investigation revealed that the Chief Building Official (CBO) for the County of Dufferin is the only authorized legislative authority to issue an Unsafe Order under the Building Code. AND the CBO advised in an email dated June 22, 2009, “None of the(se) properties you are asking about have been as you say "condemned" by the County of Dufferin Building Department”
Removing 21 houses from Melancthon equals 2% of the total homes. To remove 2% of the total homes in Toronto equals 20,811 homes. Do you think if some corporation took down 21,000 homes in Toronto in the name of all that is good and right someone wouldn’t notice or put a stop to it?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
My grandfather and uncle fought for the right to free speech for all Canadians and the free world.
Canadians should NOT be intimidated from speaking their views at a meeting of Council or in the paper. They should NOT feel afraid because they are standing up for what they feel is good and right.
Remember, if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Why is it our business? The loss of these homes destroy a community and taxbase. You and I will be making up for the lost revenue and assessment on these homes. Mayor Fawcett confirmed that at the October 15 Council meeting when she was asked.
“Trevor Downey of Downey Farms and John Lowndes both say the intent in Melancthon is merely to have a world-class potato operation.” (Orangeville Citizen, June 27, 2007) See full article attached: http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2007/0607/local_news/011.html
This is on S/R 15 in Melancthon on Lot 16, Concession 4 (Wallace) where trees were clear cut without proper permits. Maybe I am imaging this, but it looks like the EXACT size for a rail bed and train.
This row of more than three hundred 15 year old trees, that served as a windbreak and wildlife corridor was ripped out by Highlands in one day and dumped in the old gravel pit behind Downey's warehouse. Highlands had initially claimed they were transplanting the trees. This tree line used to stretch between the 5th line NE and 4th line NE (dump road).
Friday, November 6, 2009
Here is a little ditty Council might want to amuse themselves with, since they have no intention of stopping the devastation:
(Sung to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Homes and barns are coming down
Homes and barns are coming down
All thanks to John Lowndes
Thousands of trees have been cut down
Been cut down
Been cut down
Thousands of trees have been cut down
All thanks to John Lowndes
We've asked Council to put a stop to this
Stop to this
Stop to this
We've asked Council to put a stop this
But Lowndes’ ass they’d rather kiss
Thursday, November 5, 2009
All it means is can anyone/we/me/I /you/Council keep this up?
I bet you have never heard the phrase: is our sex life sustainable; is our grocery bill sustainable; is our lifestyle sustainable?
So why don't corporations and people just use the plain language phrase instead of a stupid "buzzword".
Highlands is spouting that they envision a "sustainable" community, "sustainable" agricultural practices, "sustainable" and carbon neutral 2,400 acre, 200 foot deep, open pit limestone mine.....
Highlands is offering no "sustainable" solution to keep the BIG hole dry, after they have mined ALL 2,400 acres of their $18 million an acre limestone.
Here is one way to pay for it. Rent the BIG DIG out for movie shoots. The existing Caledon pit, which will look like a groundhog hole compared to what Highlands is proposing to do, is renting to movie shoots, with the quarry serving as the setting for Afghanistan.
Melancthon's hole in the ground could be the setting for the surface of the moon, mars, or life on earth after a nuclear explosion.
I would be more anxious for the movie, if I wasn't living the (rocky) horror show myself.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
they went out immediately, investigated and.....wonders of wonders, laid charges!!
For the full article see: http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/Local/article/555222
Anybody out there from the County of Dufferin?
Politicians? County Forest staff???
Anybody....hello, is this mike on?
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
For a highly paid p.r. guru such as yourself I would think you would know that basic rule of thumb, Just consider it a learning experience. You should probably add it to your resume.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
That means, if passed, there will be 16 less days of the current Melancthon Council in 2010.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Excerpts from the article: Read CAREFULLY between the lines:
“No personal information is provided to us as a part of the process,” Daniher says of the survey. (meaning information outside of the process IS provided to them)
Asked if his company received anyone else’s personal information outside of “the process” as it did Wallace’s, Daniher notes it’s not “my practice” to publicly disclose all matters Highland discusses with the YMCA. (the answer should be a resounding and definative NO, but since Daniher can't answer with a no he doesn't answer the question at all)
“We’re in regular contact. We update one another. (The YMCA) indicated there had been several inquiries on a range of issues throughout this process.“I certainly don’t get details on all of them,” he says. (Daniher says he and the YMCA are in constant contact, I would take that to mean every day they speak about everything. According to Daniher, he doesn't get details on "all of the calls", but I take that to mean he DOES get information on some of them)
Any politician who is still standing behind ANYTHING this company or its mouthpiece Daniher spews or who won't take a stand in opposition to Highlands should be ashamed of themselves.
The YMCA surveyed "over 428 homes", but they couldn't advise what percentage of possible users that represented, only that it was very scientific.
Wonder how much this survey cost Highlands. No matter how much it cost, it is a cheap way to get the names, phone numbers and views of the YMCA. Priceless actually.
And was the cost of surveying 428 homes really outside the financial realm shared between 6 municipalities in order to ensure their residents a measure of privacy?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
See how they vote, see how they vote
They all wanted a YMCA
But the public didn’t see it that way
When asked if Highlands was going to pay
All the expenses for the YMCA
No one would say
Shelburne can’t sustain a Tim Horton’s, but somehow…a YMCA becomes a feasible option? But I digress.
However when a ratepayer began asking the hard questions-like why would Melancthon residents, who already pay toward 3 arenas and two pools pay toward a YMCA and would Highland Companies be paying the capital costs for the construction of the facility… the following are the responses that were elicited.
Ed Crewson: October 17 – “I should not be credited with the idea of a YMCA”
Ed Crewson: October 18- “...John Lowndes introduced the YMCA idea..”
Highland Companies, October 21 – “...the mayors of six area municipalities requested that the region be considered a candidate for YMCA programs and services.”
Ed Crewson: October 23- “The truth is that the idea of contacting the YMCA originated with John Lowndes”
POLITICIANS: Be sure to form an orderly line or someone will get trampled in the stampede to get away from this issue.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Mayor Debbie Fawcett: Mayor of Melancthon
Deputy Dog Hill: Deputy Mayor Bill Hill
Eddie Munster: Mayor Ed Crewson, Shelburne
John, If his Lips are Moving he is Lying, Lowndes, Johnny, Melancthon’s L. Ron Hubbard, the Melancthon Mesiah, King John, the Devil Incarnate, Big Bad Wolf: John Lowndes-principle of the Highland Companies
Wolf in Sheeps Clothing: Highland Companies also operating as Wilson Farms, Downey Farms, 3191574 Nova Scotia Company, 1712665 Ontario Inc., 3218089 Nova Scotia Company
NDACT: the North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce and the moral compass, representing all that is good and right, watchdogs for Melancthon citizens, made up of salt of the earth people
Wes the Crypt Keeper Keller: Wes Keller, reporter for the Orangeville Citizen/Shelburne Free Press who doesn’t attend meetings outside of Orangeville because he doesn’t have a roadworthy vehicle, who “reports” his stories solely based on agendas and minutes and is clearly in support of a 2,400 acre, 200 foot open pit mine-read some of his articles
Minion Mikey, Maid Marian Daniher, Wee Mikey, Daniher: Michael Daniher, childhood friend of John Tory, lawyer, office mate of a registered lobbyist for Highland Companies, principle of “Special Situations”. Several ways to locate him: google him, look for the littlest, smarmiest looking guy at every meeting of Council with clipboard and binder, or just turn over a rock
Andrew Osyany: municipal solicitor
Jiving Jordan: Gerry Jordan, municipal planner-part time job (1 day a month), full time salary ($70,000/year)
David Lowndes: The guy who tried to pull the same open pit mine stunt in Flamborough, with so little luck he had to sell out and oh yeah, brother to John
Open Pit Mine: NOT a gravel pit, NOT a quarry, it is an aggregate operation that mines below the water table
Dufferin County: a place in which there are 15,000 acres of the best prime agricultural land in Canada which has been purchased by Highland Companies for the purpose of an open pit limestone mine and a place where NONE of the principles of Highland Companies live or are eligible to vote