Oakville Homes

December 11, 2011

I offer an official apology to Mr. Gilgan.

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When I last talked to Mattamy’s lawyers, I told them I had no problem apologizing and making a correction if I was in error.  Well, it seems I have shortchanged Mr. Gilgan in my last blog and so, I want to make an apology for not putting all the facts forward.

Whilst reading the recent alumni magazine, Sheridan Ovation, I was informed that Mr. Peter Gilgan had donated $1.5 million to Sheridan College (Trafalgar Campus) for the purposes of expanding their student spaces.  Naturally, it now bears his name – The Peter Gilgan Centre.  A donation for a good purpose though.

I only wonder that when you add up all the monies he has donated to worthy causes, how some of that could have been channelled into better quality work on his housing.  Something a few of us have suffered for but it is nice that Mattamy’s shortcuts don’t just add to his wealth but also is shared by other parties.

It kind of reminds of Sir Winston Churchill’s phrase: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few .”

I’m glad that those of us who suffered the shortcuts, had our children’s lives put to risk and our environment illegally changed, that Mattamy Homes has helped so many with the funds they saved working with us.

Kind of puts all the donations into perspective.  Next time a politican takes time off council duties for a photo-op at one of these function hopefully they will remember – they have refused to help homebuyers protect themselves with a tool that would increase house building safety and quality – regulating that house inspectors can be part of the purchase agreement in new construction.

So Peter, I am willing to apologize for my not recognizing one of your achievements – something the Town of Oakville and Mattamy Homes seems to find a foreign concept.

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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 requirement 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.

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