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December 7, 2013

Oakville likes clean air but pooh poohs House Inspector bylaw.

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According to an article in the Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton wants to emulate an Oakville bylaw that “has reduced fine particulate matter emissions by 37 per cent since town council passed the bylaw in 2010.”  “Under the bylaw, if prospective businesses don’t measure up, council can block them from town” or, levy a fine.  Powerful stuff designed to increased the livability of the Town of Oakville.  One would find it hard to argue against such a bylaw, although federal and provincial laws usually cover this type of environmental concern.  Hamilton, a city which has traditionally attracted large industries, does have some concerns but, the Oakville bylaw has not been challenged.

So, it seems that Oakville council had the guts to put forward a bylaw designed to protect its citizens, even though federal and provincial legislation is actually in control of these matters.

Hmmmm.  But, they quake in fear of passing a bylaw that would enhance their ability to enforce their mandated responsibility to enforce the Building Code.  Why is this?

It was suggested to them in council and in writing that they pass a bylaw that would allow potential house buyers of NEW CONSTRUCTION to hire a house inspector to represent them in the construction phase of their new home and monitor the build to ensure all aspects of the construction would be built to code and their own specifications as outlined in the agreement to purchase.  Exactly the same privileges that commercial construction enjoys, including any construction by the Town of Oakville.

It would only cost the home buyer the cost of the House Inspector.  Much like putting in an upgrade.  It would not be mandatory on the part of the home buyer but totally voluntary and a RIGHT.  Town of Oakville council felt it could not pass this bylaw for some unstated reason but passed the buck to the province.  I see, the Town of Oakville council feels it can add a bylaw to the already in force legislation by the federal government and provincial government concerning air quality and force industries to follow their own guidelines but not put in a bylaw to protect homebuyers under the building code (which they are mandated to enforce).

Weird.

This clean air Oakville bylaw could cost jobs if industries feel the bylaw is too restrictive.  The bylaw could increase the cost of goods to consumers if the industry has to put more money into their premises (and pass said costs to consumers).  The proposed House Inspector bylaw would not cost the home buyer anything unless they chose to hire a house inspector.  Now, some politicians say that the bylaw would force builders to increase their costs to accommodate this added RIGHT to a home buyer.  Why?  Are they not already building to minimum building code and are they not already building quality products?  Why would a professional builder fear a house inspector, unless they are doing shortcuts to maximize profit while minimizing quality?  Why would a builder like Mattamy force house inspectors to sign restricting forms that limit their ability to inform the home buyer of any issues?

And, why would the Town of Oakville fear having House Inspectors enhance the enforcement of the Building Code?  Do they fear their own building inspectors aren’t doing quality inspections?  Well, in my case they allowed illegal wiring but maybe that was just a one of.

Maybe local politicians get donations from builders/developers but not big business?  Was that a problem?  Well, in the last municipal election, many politicians made it a point to note that they did not receive donations from builders or developers.  Some said they didn’t get help, which they did in the past.  Some were photographed with developers/builders at their functions, but did not receive a donation.

Politicians and Developers Wor$ together.

 
Politicians and Developers Wor$ together.

Now, this bylaw could be passed in a number of jurisdictions as I am sure there are many home buyers who need protection from some builders.  In Alberta, there was an issue where homes were not finished on the outside but finishing work started on the inside, contrary to best construction practice.  Sorry Mattamy, but it’s another one of your less than stirling examples of quality workmanship.

Mattamy Lawyer note:  Send me a picture of some other builder not following best practice and I’ll put it in for you.  I’m not restrictive on my examples, just short of examples of other builders.

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If you have been a reader of this blog, I think you would agree that there needs to be more protection for the home buyer of new homes than what is in place now.  We can’t always depend on the builder, we can’t always depend on the building inspector and, based on complaints, builder dominated Tarion isn’t always in your corner.  Now, I have had contact with the Oakville building department and, up until now, have not received any information on what strategies they have to ensure that new construction north of Dundas Street will be up to standard.  They only quote the Building Code, which says they will do something if the builder tells them something.  What about complaints?  Do they act upon them? As you know, you have few resources available to you and usually it ends up just you and a lawyer to deal with stuff.  It would be nice to have a house inspector help you but they are reluctant to get involved until at least your first inspection, after you take custody.  On some issues, that is a little late or, if the builder does do a remedy, you house is a total wreck for a while.  Isn’t it better to catch things before the finishing touches are done?  I’d think so, but Oakville Town Council would rather you breathe clean air from a factory than help you breathe clean air in your house (you know, mould etc due to hidden issues behind the walls). Most builders discourage you from inspecting your house during construction.  If they allow you, excellent and I’d suggest working with your builder to remediate any issues prior to closing.  They might be a honourable builder who respects his clients and wants a quality job done.  In my case – lot left to be desired. Some people visit their homes in progress but can expect the boot if caught.  If you risk it, I’d suggest you take safety equipment with you (vest, hard hat etc) to make sure they don’t get you under the safety laws.  Building Inspector would probably do you while letting the builder put in illegal wiring, leaving holes in the foundation, etc.  So, SAFETY FIRST. If you have the kind of builder who puts you off, make sure you document everything – even document with photos if you have a good builder, just in case.  But, a bad builder, do the paperwork and photograph everything.  I’d let your lawyer know about this as well. You could also draw any building code issues to the attention of the local building department for follow-up and make sure you document.  If in Ontario, all this documentation only strengthens your case with Tarion. Now, based on my experience with the Town of Oakville, I suggest the following if you live in this area (suggest as well for areas with similar issues). If you monitor your construction, document everything in writing and take lots of photos.  Why would anyone care if they are building properly, right?  Then, send information to the building department director via registered mail.  Do not delay as bad work can be quickly covered up and a building inspector might not bother to really check.  In my case they didn’t notice a lack of insulation in the bay window. I would also send a letter with the information to the mayor.  This brings in accountability for the Building Department to the elected representative you have in place. Also, DEMAND that an OCCUPANCY PERMIT be issued and given to your lawyer before you close.  In my case, there was no occupancy permit and, I understand that one would not have been given based on the condition of my house.  My lawyer and I screwed up and the politicians (Mattamy / Peter Gilgan gives large in terms of donations) and builder clammed up to protect their asses.  That’s one reason there is no House Inspector bylaw in Oakville.  The lawyers circled the wagons to protect themselves.  Mattamy probably saved over a $100k by the Town of Oakville allowing the sale to go through by giving a permit on the illegally wired furnace.  So, by not documenting and getting people involved early, it can cost you big time. I have put the mailing information at the end of this blog for your convenience. Remember: This is probably the largest investment in your life.  Why have it spoiled by people not doing what you paid for.  It’s your money.  If you don’t care, just remember that when you sell it, you are responsible to the next buyer who might hire a house inspector and since it is a resale, is perfectly right to do so.  I’ve had to fix a lot of Mattamy mistakes to ensure my house can be sold issue free and that was out of my pocket.  If you are buying a flipped house, ensure all issues were dealt with and no issues are outstanding.  A professional house inspector can help you there. Mr. John TutertDirector of Building ServicesChief Building OfficialCorporation of the Town of Oakville1225 Trafalgar RoadOakville, OntarioL6H 0H3 Mr. Rob BurtonMayorCorporation of the Town of Oakville1225 Trafalgar Road

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Note: In all fairness to the present Mayor, the issues described occurred during the term of the previous mayor.  I’m not allowed to bring this matter forward to the present council.

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December 23, 2010

Town of Oakville taxpayers get Christmas present

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An early Christmas present for the taxpayers of Oakville.  Town council has approved a settlement for the Development Charge debacle whereby developers will pay $18,582 for every single or semi-detached dwelling unit they build in Oakville.  It was to be $21,682 but the Town decided to make the settlement and avoid the estimated $1.4 million in costs that would have occurred if they fought the hordes of Scrooges led by Peter Gilgan and Mattamy.  The environmental damage alone to the Town from Mattamy busing in all their workers from the job sites probably would have caused an increase in hospital visits and massive traffic jams around Town Hall.  For the entire story go to this link.

For those in other jurisdictions, like Milton, where you are experiencing a lot of development, you may want to stiffen the backbone and fight the developers and make them pay their fair share of the infrastructure costs created by their development.  Otherwise, you’ll be seeing a massive increase in your tax base once the local politicians realize how far behind they are in developing the infrastructure.  Have the developers pay now or you pay later.

Better the money stay in your pocket than having the likes of Peter Gilgan build a modest $45 million (reduced to $34 million) palace to showcase his existence in the development community.  I had the good experience of meeting Mr. Harold Shipp – SHIPP homes and he was a very nice gentleman.  Of course, I am not commenting on his role in the recent Mayor Hazel McCallion event.  I noted his own home was not overly extravagant and fit in with the other homes in the area.  It was something most people could dream of living in and actually accomplish it.

So thanks to Mayor Rob Burton and the members of Town council for pushing this through and getting a good deal and, a nice Christmas present for the Oakville taxpayer.

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October 27, 2010

Will tough stance on development charges cost you the consumer?

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With the recent election, I can see the devel0pers circling their wagons ( in Mattamy’s case – the buses) and trying other methods to ensure their profits.  The taxpayer has spoken with their vote and want the wealthy development crowd (Peter Gilgan of Mattamy is a billionaire)  to start paying their share of the development costs – development costs created by the development community in their drive for profit and growth. 

Even the Toronto Star noted that Vaughan was a “textbook case of a suburban community whose politics are drtiven by builders” and  Mayor Linda Jackson was not re-elected while Oakville’s Rob Burton was re-elected on his program of making sure all the players pay their share.  The development crowd got a very big financial break when the taxpayers of Oakville and Burlington paid for the water pipe to Milton, thus allowing massive growth in that area.  Growth that has created problems, even to the point of Milton borrowing money from Mattamy – a developer that should have paid more of the infrastructure cost.

You are going to have developers who will accept their lot and pay the price of development and you will have those that will bitch and complain and bring busloads to Regional Council to complain.  How would you like to be waiting for your closing to occur  and the stuff on your PDI attended to and you learn that your builder has taken all his workers off the job site to go and pressure your voted representative into not passing development charges?  Shows just how much he really cares about your home and investment.  You can wait while he looks after his profit.

You will also have those that will take shortcuts, thus increasing their profit.

That is why it will be very important to hire a professional house inspector to look after your needs.  Remember, the builder can’t deny you a house inspector.  No way, no how.  Don’t believe me – phone Tarion, the organization which seems to be run by the builders.  Even they say you can have a house inspector.

I originally felt a house inspector on a PDI would be good.  I certainly could have used one on my PDI.  But, it seems that house inspectors are recommending that they be brought in later so that they can have unrestricted freedom of the new house in order to do a complete inspection without a builder pushing everyone through at light speed.

Considering that drywall can hide a plethora of sins, I’d even consider one for the framewalk but, that is up to you and the house inspector – not the builder.

I find it ironic that the largest builder in Canada (by their remarks and advertising) feel it necessary to ban one house inspector and to force others to sign some code of conduct that prohibits them from taking an active part in the PDI.  I mean, is the Mattamy quality so low that they are afraid of an inspection by a professional.  But then, they even get furnances passed with illegal (code) wiring by Town of Oakville inspectors.  I guess they have trouble getting YOUR inspector to come around to their way of thinking.

Bringing your buddy to a PDI or having friends inspect the house with you or for you is liking hiring a real estate lawyer to defend you in a murder trial.  They know a little bit but in the long run, have no clue.  So pay the small fee and hire the right guy to look after you. 

Why??

I visited one forum and saw that having a house inspector using the right equipment can find a lot of things that you will probably miss.  I know I did’nt and Mattamy certainly didn’t show a lot of interest in doing it right.

Here are some examples of what you might find with an inspector.

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One:  No caulking under this second floor window.

Two:  Sealed vent.

Three: Offset Steps – that first step down will be a real doozy.

Four:  Missing insulation in a ceiling – nice cold spot for you.

These are just four examples of what to expect from builders and I can tell you, they will give you all sorts of stories to try and not do anything about it.  I know from my experiences with Mattamy to just what lengths they will go.

**** I want to thank Halton Home Inspection Service for the use of the four photos.  For more on this and other problems visit this link:
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October 25, 2010

The People have spoken in Oakville – sorry Mattamy

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Well, the People have spoken in Oakville and they have decided that the way things have been going for the last four years is worth supporting and want to let it produce some results, instead of being dashed to pieces by a developer supported council.  Maybe we the taxpayer can see our Town and Region be developed properly with the development community paying their share.  I’m sure Billionaire Gilgan can afford the pay cut, although I am concerned about quality, considering his company allowed illegal wiring in my house when they were making big money.

As you know I wasn’t a fan of Ann Mulvale, especially considering how my complaint regarding Mattamy Homes putting my children at risk was not really handled professionally.

But, I must acknowledge her very successful record of obtaining donations for various projects, even though one was done while my complaint was supposed to be handled.

Mattamy Homes has seen fit recently to donate money:

“The Milton Centre for the Arts fundraising campaign kicked off with a bang following the announcement of its first major sponsor.

Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, has donated $750,000 to support the centre’s 500-seat threatre, which will be named Mattamy Theatre.”

So, now that Ann Mulvale doesn’t have to worry about being Mayor of the Town of Oakville, maybe she can see fit to put her talents to the raising of money for the new hospital that is being built at Highway 5 and 3rd Line. 

It is not a Oakville hospital but will be a Regional hospital for Halton.  So, since she was so concerned about Mayor Rob Burton’s plan regarding the payment for this hospital, maybe she can put her well honed talents to getting Mattamy to put some money into this hospital.  Seems only fair since Mattamy and other developers made all the development that is putting the pressure on our infrastructure.  He saw fit to give $750,000 to a theatre to get his name on the building.  Maybe Ann can talk to her buddy Gilgan and get him to put a few million of his billion into the new hospital. 

What’s more important to Gilgan – saving lives or good theatre? 

I forgot, his company puts out good ads but does illegal and potentially dangerous wiring and builds on land toxic with human waste. 

Hell, if he does donate, I won’t even complain if he names part of it after himself.  I know which part I would suggest.
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October 24, 2010

Monday – “D” day (Developer Day) Who’s side are you on????

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Tomorrow is the big day when we find out whether or not Halton, Milton and Oakville are going to be run by the developers or by the taxpayer.  Will Peter Gilgan of Mattamy Homes get to work on his next billion or, will he and the rest of the developers have to pay their own way?  It’s up to the voter to determine this.

In the Toronto Star they had an article on Milton and those running for Mayor.  Mayor Krantz, self descibed as “an old country boy” is blaming the province for lagging in the enlargement of the local hospital, required due to the large development happening up there.  He is committed to keeping property taxes low, even though he borrows money from Mattamy to build more infrastructure to handle the development Mattamy and other builders are doing.  Hmmm…. won’t the taxpayer have to repay this loan from Mattamy?  The other three are at least asking who is going to pay for all this development with Candidate Gerry Marsh at least coming out and saying they should challenge the developers.  He, at least, believes the infrastructure should be in place for future growth.  I am sure he would support the development charges that have been put in place.

In Oakville, I am sure we are all aware of who supports Mattamy and the developers.  Mulvale isn’t shy about accepting their donations to private causes and even being seen in public with Gilgan during her election campaign.  Kind of obvious who her friends are.

But what about the taxpayer.  Halton pushed for the development charges and the industry fought back.  Especially Mattamy and their busloads.  Who do you want this time around?  Those who fought the developers and won or, those who support the developers making money off the taxpayer.  Developers who break environmental laws meant to protect local citizens (Like Mattamy in Ottawa – illegal berm and in Milton – construction on toxic land)?

Myself, I want to say to my children – I did my part to protect your future. 

 They know how Mattamy put them at risk with the illegal wiring and the Town of Oakville did nothing.  But that was back in the day of “developer run” Halton with Mulvale as Mayor.  I say, let’s give those who went after the developers another 4 years to show their stuff and get us back on the road to prosperity and reasonable taxes.  Only way to do it is to ensure the developer pays their way.  You don’t get to be a billionaire paying your share.  Kind of like the guy who gets you to pick up the coffee all the time coming to work.

If we don’t vote and if we do vote, vote for the developer sponsored group, we have no one but ourselves to blame for the increased taxes for infrastructure, the ruined environment and for the way of life you moved here for in the first place.  Unless, of course, you like Halton to become “Condo Row” like in Toront0.  Maybe flood the property alongside the lake with large condo’s and you can pay for the view. 

Ah yes, no life like it.

P.S.  If you follow this link to the Toronto Star, you’ll see I’m not the only one who thinks this way…..
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September 28, 2010

Who is donating to your candidate – a developer?

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I recently had a very good discussion with someone – someone who I respect in terms of their opinion and work.  After the discussion, we agreed to disagree on the upcoming election for Mayor in Oakville

Just so we are on the same page here, I have no problems with the good work – charity, that Ann Mulvale has done in the past.  Her paid stint with the United Way was a good one for that charity I understand. 

But, I draw the line when she utilizes her contacts to do things politically that can affect the whole community.  I recently read some literature from a town councillor candidate and it was pointed out that you won’t see any big newspaper campaign due to the fact that no donations are accepted from developers.  Donations that allow some candidates to flood the airwaves and newspapers with glowing ads full of stuff they promise but don’t necessarily follow through on.  And after the election – these big donations have a habit of coming back in terms of requests (demands?).  How do you say no to someone who paid the freight for your campaign? 

In today’s world, Bling is the thing.  Mattamy is also flooding the airwaves and newspapers with their ads, while also probably flooding the election coffers of some of their favourite candidates.  What I find interesting is why do they need such large and expensive ads?  Most successful business people can rely on word of mouth to get sales.  Maybe word of mouth tells the truth and you need to get new people drawn in with fancy ads who don’t know of the problems.  The picture shows a caulking repair done by a builder in response to a complaint of areas not caulked (as pointed out by a house inspector). 

Caulking Repair???

Ann Mulvale is the same – flooding the local paper with stuff but we all know her past and her support for the developers and what that cost us.  She didn’t get the nickname “Asphalt Annie” for nothing.  And, I am sure you know her stand on illegally installed wiring by Mattamy.  That is a matter of public record.  Fortunately my children survived that bit of builder’s “who cares” attitude. 

For those in Halton, the developer buzzards are flying around and hoping for a switch in the status.   I’m sure they are elsewhere as well.  (And no Nicholas, I don’t mean you) 

So, it is very important to see just who is supporting who and why and who is getting the money.  When was the last time you got some free money from somebody.  It usually comes with strings so, political donations aren’t any different. 

Me, I would rather support a candidate that took donations from a wide spectrum of voters than someone who took donations from business and developers.  At least there is a better chance they will support the voter when not beholding to big business.
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September 14, 2010

Politicians – do they help build the voter’s community or the developers?

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Drive anywhere in our area and you are inundated with the election signs promoting someone for the upcoming municipal elections.  Some of the names you know from past exposure and others, are new to the game.  Some have agendas, not necessarily to benefit you, the voter and others, have shown that they care for the community and fairness for all.  The newcomers – well, they are the dark horses and no one knows what they will do if elected.  Unless, of course, you find out who is donating to them.  Is it the average Joe that is giving them money or big business, like the local development companies in your area?

You tend to buy a house because of the floor plan, the cost and LOCATION.  Yes, you look for the type of community that will help turn that house into a home and somewhere you can bring up a family.  Unfortunately, politicians and local developers can change the very nature of the community you moved into and it is usually to line their pockets with more money.

I was drawn to the Oakville area, like a lot of others, due to the downtown area and the built environment.  Little did we know that developers like Mattamy were going to change the face of our environment and not necessarily in a positive way.  And, to hell with the buyer and voter.  Illegal (code) wiring was nothing to Mattamy, nor to the then mayor, Ann Mulvale.  The environment meant nothing to Mattamy since they tried to build on land fertilized with human waste. 

One of???

No – look how they built an illegal berm in the Ottawa area but were caught.  They have no problem doing what they want – just donate money to whomever and go ahead.  Wellspring got their donation and I know nothing happened to my issue. 

Thanks to Ann Mulvale.  I’m looking forward to passing out informatin brochures at the upcoming political rallys/meetings.

So, watch who is running and wonder why.  The incumbent, Rob Burton, has at least a good track record for the last 4 years.  Mattamy tried to take him and some other politicians on with the Development ChargesMattamy even took buseloads of their people off the work sites and flooded the local council chambers and adjoining meeting rooms to try to stop what was a fair plan for the taxpayer.  For those waiting for a house, kind of shows just how important you were – two days taken off to fight city hall and the taxpayer.

Ann Mulvale has a track record – in my case, didn’t do anything about the illegal (code) wiring which allowed the sale of a home and put children at risk.  No slap on the wrist, a hidden investigation and, because of a litigation fear concerning the Town’s culpability in regards to passing the furnace, did nothing to improve the situation and prevent further occurrences.  I wonder how many other things she did for developers?  Sorry Ann, but mine is a matter of record – the stain is still there.

So, read the signs, peruse the propaganda and then remember – who really looked after the voter and not the developer, special interests and promoted donations.
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August 28, 2010

Mattamy – looking at developing Pigeon Lake.

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As we all know, here in Ontario, the municipal elections will be occurring in November and, the politicians are out and about drumming up support.

Based on figures submitted, we know how some politicians have support from the local developers.  In Halton, one ex-politician (Peter Pomeroy – Halton Chair) even joined the ranks of Mattamy Homes.  I guess Gilgan hoped he would bring some support to him for Mattamy’s growth plans in Halton.

In my case, Mattamy put in illegal (code) wiring to allow the sale of the house and when brought to the attention of then mayor, Ann Mulvale, the report was never seen and the case put over t0 the province and oblivion.  Funny how Wellspring got a large donation from Mattamy though.

Rob Burton is running again for Mayor and I notice in his campaign literature he mentions how taxes have been maintained the same as when he got elected and that tax-supported debt was higher under the previous mayor (for those not in the loop, that was Ann Mulvale).

He noted that developer charges have been raised 60% to ensure they pay their way and how “old developer-cozy politicians are running to turn back the clock”.  Yes, something we should keep in mind this November.  Since Mulvale readily admits to promoting Mattamy’s donation to Wellspring, I guess we know whose support she covets.

And, speaking of Mattamy.  I just read bad news.  I didn’t know that they have quietly been trying to develop Boyd Island in Pigeon Lake (part of the Kawarthas and on the Trent Canal.

“The project would create 93 residential waterfront lots on the 450 hectare (1,112 acre) island in north Pigeon Lake.”

An other enclave for Mattamy to develop and the island will be all owned privately it seems.  The article  states that the interior 761 acres would be owned in common by the lot owners.  This was a prime piece of land that should have been bought by the province and made into a park.  It will be interesting to see who gets in at the ground level on the lots.

The cottagers already on the lake bring up some good points on why land developer Mattamy should not be allowed to overrun this piece of land with homes.  Go to this link for their argument.

We’ve seen some of the quality that Mattamy has put in their present developments, the issues they had with environmental problems in Ottawa (illegal berms), their push to develop without permits, their developing land with human waste fertilizer recently applied, illegal wiring and other issues.  Why would we allow them to develop this prime piece of nature and cause future environmental issues?

I just wonder who they supported in the last election and just how are those politicians voting?  I notice that they have done their “looking good in the papers” donating of money with their $1500 support of the Kawartha Lakes Stewardship Association.  I guess they want to make sure they get in and buy some support.

A visit to the “A death of a Wetland” website will show the following quote.  I think it is appropriate considering how many seagulls already populate Boyd Island.  Mattamy should feel right at home.

   
 

“Mattamy Homes is a “seagull developer”….they fly in, CRAP on everything, and then leave…” Jennifer West Burton

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July 1, 2010

“Mulvale Returns” – A new Mattamy sponsored horror movie?

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Canada Day – I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Canada Day today and, if you’re lucky to have Friday and the weekend off – have a good time and enjoy.

I originally wasn’t going to put out a blog today but two points came up.

One:  June 25th was my 2nd year anniversary with this blog. 

 My 4th wedding anniversary is coming up.  Hope I don’t remember that after the date.  🙂   

I’d just like to thank those who are taking the time to read it and, to thank those who draw my attention to information or send me facts.  All much appreciated.

Second:  I see  “Asphalt Annie” is back in the political fray.  She announced that she was going to run for the Mayor of Oakville in the upcoming election.

“Asphalt Annie”?  To her friends and the developers, she is known as Ann Mulvale, former mayor of Oakville.

In her statement she stated the following:

“What I’m hearing is residents have noticed change.”

Yes, that’s right Ann.  We have seen change and the developers don’t like it.  We now stand up to them and say – pay your own freight if you want to make money here, not the taxpayer.  Most taxpayers, except those reaping in the money from developers, do like the change.  Why not you?

“Mulvale said the community has expressed great concern about Ward 5 Councillor Jeff Knoll, who for two years in a row has received no appointments to committees (other than mandatory appointments like the administrative services committee).” 

 I have no ill feelings against Jeff but maybe he isn’t on some committees for maybe being too close to developers like Mattamy.  Was he not involved in getting Mattamy to do work on a local historical society parking lot, or was that BOT and Mattamy helped with the renovation?  A nice thing to have happen but at what cost.  How will he vote when Mattamy asks for something?

We know how Ann Mulvale voted when we had a complaint against Mattamy.  It’s on public record.  You know the one where they sold me the house with illegal (code) wiring and nothing happened to Mattamy.  A report was done – never seen by me and, nothing became of it.  Maybe Ann was doing her “famous” behind the scenes negotiations.

Yeah, that’s right.  She wrangled some funding for her Wellspring project.  I guess that was more important than dealing with an issue that put children’s lives at risk.

Working behind the scenes?  Read this clip: 

“On the TransCanada power plant issue, Mulvale said she has already been working behind the scenes and making connections with many of the leaders involved.” 

 Meanwhile, the incumbant, Rob Burton, has been very vocal in his opposition.  We know where he stands but Mulvale is working in secret behind everyone’s back.  Just like she did on my complaint.  And you know where that got me?

“Democracy is served by choice; I am privileged to be part of your choice on Oct. 25.”

Yes, Ann, democracy is served by choice and we’ve seen your choices in the past.  I must admit you have aligned yourself with some good causes – good publicity there but you’ve also aligned yourself too close to the developers in the past and allowed them advantages they should never had been given.  I can’t tell you all about Mattamy due to the gag order but when you consider you let it go by and did nothing about the illegal electrical problem, it showed you felt that Mattamy’s goals were more important than the safety of my children. 

You’ve helped me make my choice for October 25th and it doesn’t include “Asphalt Annie” and her developer cohorts. 

Oh, and by the way.  You can expect me handing out information brochures as part of my right to protest at the various political forums I am sure you will attend.  I think the public deserves to know the Mattamy story and your involvement – another right of Democracy.  But, don’t worry.  Unlike the Black Bloc of the G20, I don’t intend to break windows or cause any problems.  Just do a peaceful protest under my democratic right to do so.  See you there.

Regarding the media report on your announcement.  Here are some comments by those who read the story.  Verrrrrry interestink.

I want Burton

I guess you dont follow politics that closely – the rally at Queens Park was sponsored by C4CA – not Burton. Burton does feel that the power plant should be stopped. Following politics you should know of the action plan for the Oakville Clarkson airshed that was just released (commissioned by the Liberal government) that states that the air in this area is extremly polluted and heavily stressed – its recommnedations include – no new emmissions in the area and no power plant. Asphalt Annie as she was known because of her tendancy to sell out the Town to developers would like to sell out the town to transcanada – she is about money money and money – not about the towns people – never has been – never will – thats why she has not actual taken a stance on the power plant other then saying she si working behind the scene. Burton has not alienated Ford – Ford – the corporation – has alienated the Town by selling their lands to a massive polluter an unsafe location for a massive power plant – Are we as towns pe

Welcoem back Anne

As a follower of poltical goings ons here in Oakville and across the GTA I am glad Mulvale is back. lets examine the Burton record. His cronies were secretly appointed to well paying hydro board jobs. I saw where Burton beat up on the developers, shut out a Councillor by not appointing him to committees, ran down the farming community and beat them up publicly. Then he takes school kids to Queens Park where he gets them to chant “TCE sucks”. He has alienated the workers at Ford by getitng rid of his Oakville built car. That is the type of leader you want? Mr Burton, I say don’t let the door hit your egotistical ass on the way out the door

Burton still has my vote.

Burton still has my vote.

Mulvale is a danger

She sold this Town out to developers when she was in office. She has already written letters to the Editor pointing out that we shouldnt be down on Ford for them selling their land to TransCanada. She says she is working behind the scenes on the TransCanada issue but doesnt come out and say she is against it….my guess is she is for it because she is all about selling out. I would vote for an carbon rod before I voted for her to come back into power –

 

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April 28, 2010

Mattamy endorses hunting endangered tadpoles!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tadpole Hunting Season Opens May 1st”

So read the headline in the Mattamy centrefold for the ad regarding Seaton.   In my last post I poked a little fun at Mattamy for sending kids out to hunt down these dangerous predators. Predators?  Go to this link and learn about killer tadpoles if you want.

But, on a more serious note, we do understand Mattamy’s lack of committment to the environment and human health.  In Milton, they began construction on land fertilized with human waste.  In Oakville, they sold a house will electrical wiring that was against the code.  In Bracebridge, leaking basements and in Ottawa, they built illegal berms that had the potential of causing environmental damage.  So much for Mattamy’s committment to the environment.

Now, in Seaton, they are advertising that starting May 1st, kids can go out and hunt tadpoles.  Cutsey and something from a by-gone era when we didn’t know better.

“There have been public reports of catastrophic tadpole die-offs in several bodies of water within Ontario.”

This is a quote from Trent University’s Tadpole Monitoring report.

They note that there is a world-wide decline in tadpoles and the result could affect human’s and their relationship with the environment in the future.

Sort of shows Mattamy’s true colours when it comes to homeowners, the environment and the future of both.  Their running record isn’t something I’d be proud of and their ads concerning tadpole hunting just shows the type of arrogance some of us have experienced in terms of our Mattamy experience. 

It hasn’t been all flowers and welcoming parties.

I guess Mattamy’s idea of a “wonderful family community” is one that doesn’t include tadpoles being left alone. 

I forgot.  A Mattamy Homes subdivision destroyed a provincially significant wetland in Hespeler Ontario (Cambridge).The wetland contained 276 species of plants and 177 species of wildlife. Now it is a subdivision. According to the Forbes Wetland webpage.

Mattamy Homes is a “seagull developer”….they fly in, CRAP on everything, and then leave…” Jennifer West Burton

 NOTE:  MATTAMY DOES NOT PUT THIS INTO ITS AD.  PLEASE, TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT WATER SAFETY IF YOU’RE GOING TO FOLLOW MATTAMY’S ADVICE AND SEND THEM DOWN TO THE CREEK TO DO TADPOLE HUNTING, ESPECIALLY DURING SPRING RUNOFF.  ADULT SUPERVISION MIGHT BE THE THING TO DO.  MATTAMY DIDN’T CARE ABOUT MY CHILDREN’S SAFETY, NOR DID THE TOWN OF OAKVILLE,  WITH THE ILLEGAL WIRING BUT, I DO CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN’S SAFETY.  MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROPERLY SUPERVISED AND INSTRUCTED.  I HAVE GOOD MEMORIES OF MY YOUTH AND BACKYARD STREAMS BUT ALSO SCARS FROM SOME CLOSE CALLS.  ENJOY THEIR YOUTH.

 

 

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