I can NOT believe that Highlands overlooked this little hole (pun intended) in their economic argument. Their application states 465 jobs, 300 trucking and 165 other jobs.
They don't mention that the 300 trucking jobs will be for people who own their own trucks, because their plan does not specify that they will be owning a trucking company. The trucking jobs will clearly not be local jobs, nor will these drivers stop to pick up some groceries or buy lumber or visit the dentist or eye doctor.
Nor does Highland mention the impact on local existing prosperous businesses. Does Murray Fines think anyone will do the trek to Shelburne to buy a bag of nails and risk their lives with that many trucks on the road?
How many-3,600 in and 3,600 loaded out. 24/7 except on stat holidays.
Does Johnny's pizza think anyone is going to traverse the 124 trail at any time, day or night, to buy a pizza? Ha, I say, Ha.
Nor does Highland mentions that most of these 165 other jobs will be replacement jobs for the ones already employed through their agriculture operation. So net gain in local jobs, less than 100.
And yet no economic impact statement on existing business. I am pretty sure Honda and KTH won't be happy with competing with another 7,000 trucks on the road a DAY, working in their just in time operation that they do.
Since people started figuring this out, Highlands AFTER they submitted their application and originally posted on their site, has now posted a link about "Hiring local first" policy.
Wonder if that is a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights? I guess we shall see.