Oakville Homes

May 29, 2011

How does your politician deal with Peter Gilgan and Mattamy – Oakville or Bracebridge style?

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One thing I notice while reading about urban planning around the country, it always seems that Mattamy gets more press in terms of getting into trouble doing shortcuts etc than most other builders.  Just an observation and I certainly have no problem if Peter, Peter Gilgan that is, wants to contest it with some facts.  Mine is just an observation based on my own readings.

What I do notice though is a bit of bullying on Mattamy’s part.  You’ve read in my readings that on at least two occasions, Mattamy has tried to bend the will of the town council in Bracebridge.  Once over the flooding basements and recently with the threat to pull out a children’s playground because they feel a study regarding increased building and its impact on traffic is not required.

Who is running the town?

Mattamy or the elected officials?

In Oakville, Mattamy had no problems putting in illegal wiring and the Town inspector had no problem giving his blessing.  When a Town inspector gives an implied authorization to illegal wiring by putting an OK on the permit, it must mean he has some feeling that he will be supported.  In my case, he did, as it seems the report went no-where.  And Wellspring got a donation from Mattamy.  Were the two connected?  Who knows but they did occur on the same timelines.

I kind of feel sorry for the politicians in the smaller jurisdictions.  They want to do their best for their town and bring in jobs and income.  A builder like Mattamy swoops in, buys up the old farm land and makes a lot of promises to make everything beautiful and nice.

Warm and fuzzy kind of.

Next thing you know, they strip the land, make the local taxpayers pay for the infrastructure and then whine if asked to justify increased building not in the original plan.  Yes, I know, they give the required 5% to the Town and whine when they donate more – land worthless to them for building anyways.  In Oakville, Mattamy didn’t like the Development fees being asked.  So much so that they bused in a plethora of workers from various job sites.  Most of whom were probably not taxpayers in Halton and, according to their boss man, Peter Pomeroy, they had no clue why they were there.  Just a bunch of meat trucked in to intimidate the local council.  Didn’t work but I notice the development charges were reduced later and good old Peter Gilgan gave some money to the local hospital.

Politics?

Some call it something else.

Myself, I’ve experienced the bully boy tactics of Mattamy.  Two big burly construction guys wanted to let me know my presence wasn’t wanted when I put some information pamphlets on cars at an opening.  Fortunately, the light bulb in their head went on when they realized how close they were to meeting Buba in the local jail.  Although based on some information I heard about a Peter Gilgan place, maybe they might have liked it.

Mattamy even stops people from having a house inspector come with them on a PDI.  Now, this is controversial as some don’t believe the timeline allowed for a PDI is sufficient for a house inspector.  But, if you want someone to give you advice on said PDI, and allowing the inspector to do a better job once you have possession, then they should be allowed.  What does the builder have to hide?  In my case, illegal wiring.  Gag order stops me from telling more.

They finally stood up to Mattamy in Ottawa – charges even and they are doing the same in Bracebridge.  Nice to see a town council with balls.   All I got from Oakville was a hushed up report, a shove off to the Province and not even an apology for their lack of response in allowing the illegal wiring.  But then, I am sure their lawyers advised them not to.  But then, lawyers aren’t big into honour and telling it like it is.  As they say, better my sister a whore than marry a lawyer, especially a Mattamy lawyer.

For those politicians that believe in protecting their citizens – kudos and I wish you all the best.  For the rest, a pox on you for contributing to a declining lifestyle for those living in your jurisdiction.

Maybe Peter will let you rub his awards.

Just an afterthought.

If Oakville decides to ensure Mattamy is honest (such as enforce Building Code and wiring) in its upcoming North Oakville developments, can Peter withdraw his donation to the Oakville Hospital?  Is it locked in or, like the Bracebridge playground, subject to withdrawal?  Mattamy has done it at least once, so who is to say they won’t do it again.  Check your donation form there guys or you might have to scrub Gilgan’s name of the new wing.  With a Mattamy donation, based on the Bracebridge donation, I’d make all Mattamy involved namings temporary – maybe in crayon.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirment when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed but do not preclude what happened to me from happening again. Beware.

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