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Politics in the boonies

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:28 -- Anna Moscardeli

Deadline time, and at the last hour an issue is brought to my attention!  Work and chores are put on the back burner in order to get my column in.

Today while on my daily dog walk, I bumped into one of my neighbours.  Love my area, love my neighbours.  Great little community and we have one of Ontario’s best mayors, Lonny Napper.  We just love him…. most of the time.  We also have Mr. Nice Guy Bob Bailey who doesn’t like to upset anyone and figures telling people to do up a petition will get results. Sorry Bob, in my opinion that does nothing.  The squeaky wheel didn’t get things done with a petition.  Movements were accomplished taking on tasks.  You’re still a great guy though Bob.

Now Monty McNaughton on the other hand.  Now there’s a young buck that isn’t afraid to speak up.  Mr. Doug Ford, I’m ticked that you removed Monty from infrastructure and gave us Laurie Scott. Just when we thought we were going to get high speed and natural gas here in the boonies, you give us her.  Great, let’s see what she does.  Oh, and I’m glad you finally turfed Randy Hillier.  From the first time I met him back in 2007, he’s always been a loudmouth and probably a few other things, but I might get myself in trouble.

Many do not like Doug Ford.  Many think he’s making too many drastic changes.  Sadly, some will not look at things in the full picture, so I try to explain it as such.  Most people have a home that they own.  Tell me, if you continue to spend frivolously above your means, how long would it be before you lose those “toys” that you went overboard on?  Where I get upset is, stop or slow down on the spending, but Dougie boy, don’t be wasting things on signs that say “Open for Business” or changing names on all these ministries.  Personally, I can’t keep up with all these name changes and it isn’t cheap. Maybe a brilliant idea is to get rid of middlemen that suck up much of the dollars that were meant for much needed front line services.

Recently I read a Letter to the Editor about the Conservation Authority (CA) and the amount of power the agency has.  I understand their role, yet I have heard of some of the complaints against the agency that have led to court challenges.  It’s one thing to be cautious as overseers to property owners in areas regulated by the Conservation Authority, however sometimes owners tend to do things stating there is a lack of co-operation from the CA.  I recently heard of one property where it took six years, various studies and lots of money before permits were granted.

It is one of the many agencies in which Doug Ford has cut funding, so it will be interesting to see what comes about with those changes.  In the meantime, Bob and Monty, will you intervene or will you say, “Do up a petition” (Bob), or will you let the courts decide? This will only lead to more costs that will have to be paid by the taxpayers.

I for one will be sitting back waiting to see what happens.

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