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January 25, 2012

Order of Ontario – does everyone really deserve it?


On January 9th, 2012 I did a blog titled: Does the taxpayer want the Velodrome or just the Mattamy lackies?.  The decision to continue with this project is drawing near and I understand Milton council will decide on the merits of this venue on January 30th.  Zeeshan Hamid, a councillor for Milton, has taken the time to comment on that days blog.  I believe his discussion is well-balanced and does give a full view of the financing and raises some concerns (who pays for on-going maintenance) and, shows why some funding (development charges) is locked into a singular use.

For more on the funding, I recommend you visit his blog here.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will invest the appointees (Order of Ontario) at a ceremony on Thursday, January 26 at Queen’s Park according to this press release.  Quite a list of names, most of which I am sure you will recognize if you read the press release.  We naturally assume that those who receive awards are receiving them for doing GOOD things.  Some awards are for singular events and some, like the Order of Ontario, seem to be for those who strive over a lifetime to achieve positive things within our society.

Unfortunately, some like Conrad Black, fall by the wayside and show a dark side to their nature.  Funny how he still has his medal while others have been stripped of theirs.   Alan Eagleson, David Ahenakew, T. Sher Singh, and Steve Fonyo come to mind.

Now, I can’t really comment on the activities of those about to receive the Order of Ontario on January 26th.    I guess that those in charge of deciding who will get one don’t really worry about people destroying our environment and being caught – not once but at least twice (court on one), or selling property with illegal wiring that puts children’s lives at risk.  I guess in the big picture of Ontario politics, matters such as these can be overlooked.  Particularly when individuals might be pouring big money into the election coffers.  And, we wonder why nothing ever gets done on legislation that would protect our citizens and taxpayers unless vetted by those who donate.

Hard to buck city hall and donations.

For those who are getting the award, look around.  You are now part of a auspicious group, some of whom haven’t been all that good.  Just good PR and donations to shore up a somewhat shady nature.

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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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