Oakville Homes

June 3, 2009

There is no free ride……


In my previous blog, I noted that I will be attending the Downtown Milton Street Festival on June 6th.  I will be handing out information pamphlets to inform people of the problems and illegal activities of Mattamy Homes, who is offering free bus rides to the festival.  As I said, there is no free ride.  It was in Milton that Mattamy Homes went ahead with construction on land fertilized with human waste and was stopped by the Province, not Milton.

My complaint was handled by former Town of Oakville Mayor Ann Mulvale, who was actively engaged in acquiring donations from Mattamy Homes.  This is, to me at least, a conflict of interest, which she did not declare.  The new mayor, Rob Burton, has seen fit not to be involved at all.

And, is there a problem with corporations giving donations to politicians?  I guess it depends on your point of view.  We all have the right to donate to a politician but it is limited and recorded.  Corporations also can donate but are they asking more than you and me?  We want the politician to follow the platform they got elected on, while a corporation may be expecting the politician to vote a certain way – a way that will benefit the corporation.

Alex Cullen, Councillor for Bay Ward in Ottawa’s west end is trying to have changes made in the Municipal Elections Act that will prohibit corporate and trade union donations for Ottawa City Council during election campaigns. 

If you go to the Barrhaven News article you will see arguments for both sides of the story.  Obviously, those receiving large donations, will be against any changes.  And, donations don’t have to be through the Municipal Elections Act.  What about donations to various projects brought up by local politicians?  Yes, we may receive benefit from these projects but, at what cost?

For those of us shafted by Mattamy, we only see politicians bending over backwards for the developer and we receive no protection from the very agencies we pay our taxes to.  I may be wasting my time handing out these information sheets but, at least I’m not accepting donations from Mattamy and turning a blind eye, like some have.  And, it only strengthens the argument that you need a house inspector.

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  1. Who where the members of Milton Town Council at the time this site was approved?
    The old members of Milton Town Council knows all of the local farms.Ward one Councillor Penman is the Chair of Conservation Halton.
    There has to be a report on this somewhere.
    Let’s fing this information this could be a very large Election issue for 2010.

    Comment by Milton Council Watch — June 5, 2009 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  2. Great information !

    Comment by home inspection new jersey — July 13, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

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