Oakville Homes

June 9, 2011

Bullshit baffles Brains – Mattamy style.

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SERA

What’s it all about?

Well, it could be the Southern Enduro Riders Association; an environment campaign affiliated to the British Labour Party; the Scottish Educational Research Association; or, the State Employees Recreation Association.

Take your pick.

There is a bunch of meanings on Google but you will eventually find,

Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregates.

Stolen from the SERA site: “Responsibly sourced construction materials represent a holistic approach to managing construction materials from extraction through to final disposal.  This means ensuring best practices are followed in siting, operation, rehabilitation, processing, use, re-use/recycling and final disposal.”

What I find interesting about this group is the mention of Mattamy Homes and the Town of Oakville and, they are given full mention in the news release: “The Canada Green Building Council, the Mayor of Oakville, and Mattamy Development Corporation are just three of many eminent groups speaking out in support of the Draft SERA Standards that were released last week.”

Considering their past activities, alone and together, I am surprised they get such prominence in the release.  I know that the Town of Oakville has been very pro-active in the building of nature trails, etc but, they were also very prominent in the developing of the bio-solids plant north of Burnamthorpe Road.  The one that wasn’t really monitored that well, allowing human waste to infiltrate into the neighbour’s water supply and even overflow from the ponds into the 16 Mile Creek.

But that is another matter.

Mattamy has a history of not following the rules in terms of the environment.  They were charged in Ottawa for doing illegal landscaping that could have caused damage or injury to property and people.  They quietly settled that one out of court.  Then there is the incident in Bracebridge where their terra forming ended up with flooded basements and streets and their security deposit being held back until it was proven it was fixed.  Even though they tried to pressure Bracebridge town council to give it up.

Then there is the classic – began development in Milton on land fertilized with human waste.  The same human waste the Town of Oakville has coming from the bio-solid plant in their jurisdiction.

And, while it is nice to look after the future development of aggregates, Mattamy has been known to put in illegal wiring, and getting the OK from a building inspector on the illegally wired furnace.  Town of Oakville inspector, I might add.

Of course, who could forget Mattamy’s destruction of the Forbes Wetland in Cambridge to put in a sub-division.

Why cheaper houses?

Mattamy builds on land most people or other builders don’t build on and therefore cheaper, maybe.  Wonder why you have grading problems?  I notice they recently made a big PR splash about fixing the area up with trails.  Made a Disneyland park for pseudo-naturalists who don’t like to get their feet wet in a natural wetland.

Now, they are involved in the future of aggregates and planning how to do so in an environmental way.  Bullshit.

Gary Gregoris, Senior VP, Mattamy Development Corporation stated:

“Mattamy Homes supports construction industry initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable future and healthier planet.”

How can anyone make this statement with a straight face when they know their company has done the above described?  Does putting children’s lives at risk fall under the definition of “a more sustainable future and healthier planet”? Does putting workers and neighbouring properties at risk by doing construction on land fertilized by human waste fall within that definition?

SERA is obviously been led down a path by those who have previous history in actions that were not good for the public good.  The Town of Oakville hides behind its lawyers instead of doing the proper thing and giving an apology to those they have put at risk.  The fact they buried the report, passed it to the province and give no apology only strengthens their guilt.  Those who do no wrong have no problem giving an apology when there is a transgression.  Those who continue to do so, cannot apologize.

I saw a lot of names on the list who should have gotten the special mention based on their past history.  Obviously SERA wants to follow the Mattamy pattern of do what you want, make a donation and to hell with children’s lives.

What happened SERA – Mattamy had the bully boys come over and talk to you?

I notice that Entrepreneur of the Year nominees will be announced July 7th.

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2 Comments »

  1. I would love for you to write a blog on the problem I am having with the poor customer service
    It is the biggest joke!!!
    if you would like to talk give me a shout I can tell you what is going on with my place and the rest of my neighbors places in there development in Newmarket
    worst part is mine is a health issue and they are not acting on it

    Comment by Anonymous — June 10, 2011 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  2. to contact me smaislin@rogers.com

    Comment by Anonymous — June 10, 2011 @ 5:02 pm | Reply


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