Oakville Homes

September 12, 2010

Mike Holmes – I disagree that permits mean anything

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I just finished watching the HGTV show, “Holmes on Homes“, the show showcasing Mike Holmes unearthing shoddy workmanship in home renovations.  In this episode, a very smart-looking house ends up being gutted due to poorly done renovations in the past (prior to this couple buying the home).  The sad thing is, they relied on a house inspection by someone who I guess wasn’t overly qualified to do inspections.

One point Mike Holmes kept making in the initial inspection was “permits”.  I know some see permits as a tax grab by the municipality while others state that a permit increases the possibility of quality work.

I’d like to agree but can’t totally.  In my case, Mattamy Homes wired my furnace to the uninhabited home next door and a Town of Oakville inspector passed the furnace.  Mattamy pointed out this permit when I questioned the legality of the furnace hookup and thus the house sale went through.  Illegal wiring that certainly put my children’s lives at risk.

So, Mr. Holmes – so much for a permit being a guide to better construction.

When this issue was brought to the attention of the Town of Oakville and the then mayor, Ann Mulvale, nothing was really done.  So, I guess in the Town of Oakville, at least, permits really don’t mean that much in the grand scheme of things.

But Mulvale did manage to get a worthwhile  donation from Mattamy Homes for Wellspring.

I sort of wonder why she wants to be mayor of Oakville again and is running in this fall’s municipal elections?  I wonder how much Mattamy Homes is helping in her campaign?  Will permits mean anything in the future?
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IN THE PREVIOUS OAKVILLE TOWN COUNCIL AND HALTON COUNCIL, WHO WAS IT THAT SUPPORTED THE DEVELOPERS? DO YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME TO COME BACK AFTER 4 YEARS ABSENCE?

YOUR VOTE WILL DETERMINE JUST HOW BAD YOUR POCKETBOOK WILL SUFFER – TAXES HAVE STAYED THE SAME THIS LAST FOUR YEARS – REMEMBER THAT WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU TO VOTE FOR THOSE WHO RAISED TAXES FOR DEVELOPMENT.
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2 Comments »

  1. I tend not to believe home renovation shows. The ones that I’ve watched feels so scripted and it wouldn’t fool a 10 year old kid. Some are even done just to boost ratings. 😦

    Comment by DSI Canada — September 13, 2010 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  2. sadly many mistakes here http://www.topix.net/forum/ca/hornby-on

    Comment by Hornby Knows about Building without permits — September 13, 2010 @ 3:42 pm | Reply


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