Oakville Homes

January 30, 2011

What kind of fleas do you get from your friends?


Friendships are something to be treasured. 

They can be lifelong friendships started before your school days, to those developed recently due to circumstances that put you together.  Whatever the situation, good friendships are those that last and are meaningful.  The kind of friendship that when they ask for help, you don’t hesitate.  They may not always share your values, interests and goals but, they share a link that bonds you together so that you can laugh, play, work and live together in a manner that brings satisfaction to the soul.

You may have a lot of friends but those soul mates can usually be just counted on just one hand.  They are the ones you’d die for.

You can tell a lot about someone when you observe their friends.  Sometimes you see a side of that person you would never suspect.

I recently read an article by Dan Cooper, a very successful and well-known broker in the GTA.  In his blog he featured a story about how “Successful friends help to motivate and inspire”.  Based on his success, I was not surprised to see he ran in circles that included Peter Gilgan and Jim Balsillie plus some others that were mentioned.  Very successful men if you look at their empires and wealth.

But this isn’t the only thing they have in common.  Seems they both have had brushes with the law.  In Jim Balsillie’s case, it was the stock fraud with Rim (Blackberry).  You know, where executives were helping themselves to the company fortune and shafting shareholders through questionable stock option dealing.  Something frowned upon and he paid the piper for that misdeed.  Still, not my kind of guy for a friend.  Shafting shareholders.

Now, Peter Gilgan, as we all know if you’ve read my blog, has had his (or should I say Mattamy Homes but since it is a private company, any decision by Mattamy is a decision by him) hand slapped a few times. 

Mattamy Homes did illegal environmental work in the Ottawa area by building berms that could have caused undue flooding and hardship and it plead guilty to this self-centred act. 

His company also began illegal work on land in Milton – land saturated with human waste.  He got temporarily shut down on that one, although workers had to go for medical testing and god only knows what happened to the neighbours who breathed the stuff when the dust went downwind. 

And, in my case, his company pushed through a sale by doing illegal (code) wiring that put my children at risk.  An act that did not receive any punishment, although the works director for the Town of Oakville stated they would not allow this to happen, even though they did. 

So, it might be cool to hang out with Peter and Jim but, I’d be afraid to turn my back in case they decided to add money to their Billionaire status at my expense. 

What is the saying: “He that lieth down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.”

My friends aren’t rich but they got what they got honestly.  And, I know I can trust my back with them – we’ve already looked after each other in the past and that kind of friendship builds the ultimate in trust. 

I’ll take their fleas any day.

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1 Comment »

  1. Of course if you check back with the names in your story you’ll never find a public walkway beside a home, cheaper to buy, that disappeared, better selling price …

    Comment by Oakville Green — January 31, 2011 @ 9:30 am | Reply

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