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August 27, 2013

Hard to argue on Twitter -But it doesn’t make Town of Oakville or Mattamy any less guilty.

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Yesterday, I had a very interesting exchange on Twitter.  I assume the person did not agree with my thoughts on the Town of Oakville and their response to my issue.  As you know, my blog is to bring forward issues within the building industry.  I use Mattamy Homes as an example as I can prove all the points.  Those which were inflicted upon myself and my family and, researched incidents of less than acceptable behavior – again, all documented.  It seems that my case is old history and should be forgotten.  Forgotten by whom?

Well, the Town of Oakville has certainly forgotten they had an obligation to fully investigate the matter and do something worthwhile about it, instead of moving it off to the province, knowing full well nothing would be done.  Even one of the councilors who voted to do so and became an MPP, did nothing at that level.  Right Mr. Flynn?

My purpose is not to gratuitously embarrass the Town of Oakville, its former mayor nor in fact, MR. Peter Gilgan of Mattamy Homes.  No, my blog is to show how people have profited on the backs of others who suffered something due to their actions.  In fact, I calculate that Mattamy Homes saved more than $100,000 with the illegal sale of the home to me.  Illegal sale? Yes, it was wired illegally, something the Town of Oakville allowed and thus the house was sold, although a Town of Oakville building director stated he would not allow the home to have an occupation permit based on what happened.

So, why do I continue?  I think it is paramount that new home buyers be aware of the issues they are facing so that they can put together a team to assist them.

A knowledgeable real estate lawyer, an honest real estate agent and a house inspector to monitor their investment while it is being built.  Back in the day, we viewed a house we were going to buy.  Now, you view artist conceptions and floor plans (which can be changed by the builder on a whim) and maybe a well-built model home.

So, back to my tweets.  Twitter allows the truth to come out and that is why I inform the public via Twitter of my case and cases like it.  I also use it to pass on useful links and the tweets of others.  Some don’t like the truth though.  It hurts their reputation – a reputation built on costly advertising and donations.  It is hard to bring out the truth when politicians and others receive large donations.  Hard for them to actually look behind the donations and see if the wealth was built on shortcuts, ripping off people and basically being a person not worthy of the cult like adoration put forward in ads, articles and whatever.

I cannot prove my case on Twitter.  140 characters is way too short.  Although Andre Marin, the Ontario Ombudsman, recently libeled a Durham Regional police officer through Twitter.  All it took was a 140 character Tweet and a news release and a man’s life and career was jeopardized.  Turns out someone else used his name to call Marin names on Twitter.  How can we trust an investigation by the Ombudsman when they make a simple mistake such as this.

This is why I am very careful to check the facts and make sure what I say is the truth.  I respect the Town of Oakville and Peter Gilgan/Mattamy Homes enough to ensure I only print the truth.  A truth they made, not me and none is fabricated.  To the person tweeting me, the truth is already on record with the Town of Oakville in council minutes and the agendas of various committee meetings.

Yes, it may be old but, if we all gave up on old atrocities, the people who did it would live on without fear or repercussions.  And, all it would have taken from the Town of Oakville was a simple apology, instead of hiding behind their lawyer’s skirts.

Interesting aside – I as a taxpayer, pay for my portion of Oakville town expenses, including legal fees.  I in fact am paying the Town of Oakville lawyer to shaft me and not look after my interests but the interests of those who did wrong. At my next meeting, I’ll bring the KY.

Twitter is a new social media that is a double-edged sword.  You have a responsibility to ensure that only the truth is put out there.  Otherwise, the system will collapse and you will end up with the issues I have had with the Town of Oakville over the years.  Some people don’t like the truth – it hurts their bottom line and power moves.  Twitter can keep them honest.

P.S.  I am still awaiting a response re the monitoring of construction north of Dundas Street West to ensure quality control on the building code standards (little that they are)

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March 6, 2013

Does Mattamy know about sound insulation? Does the Town of Oakville? Live and learn boys.

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And God said: “I’m only making so much land so, use it as you will but it is all you will get”, or some such thing.  Friend of mine likes to buy land – as he says, they don’t make it anymore.  But, our population continues to grow so, there is only one thing to do – pack em in.

In many jurisdictions, Ontario being one of them, there is a movement to intensify our environment.  Use less space for more people.  Townhouses over mansions.  At one time, townhouses were for the less privileged in society while those who were more successful, would move into 3 to 4k sq foot mansions and enjoy the space around them.  Well, with intensification the new game in town, everyone is on the bandwagon and putting more into less.

Unfortunately, our building codes really don’t reflect this new movement.  Especially in the area of “sound” insulation.  In the old style of suburbia, the only time you heard your neighbours were if they were outside or had their windows open.  Now, you need your stereo turned up in order not to hear your neighbours adjoining you.  God help you if your bedroom is along the same wall their family room is situated.

Here is one Tweet that discusses soundproofing in a Mattamy home.

  1. _theycallitMurdahh‏@Divya_N4Life

Okaaaaaaaay, now I know what my neighbours do at 12:30am, thankyou mattamy homes for not making my wall sound proof -.-‘ #eww Unamused faceFace with look of triumphNeutral Face

Been there, done that.  Not in a Mattamy but a condo in Oakville.  The town that lets Mattamy do illegal wiring on occasion.  I lived in a ground floor condo and I always knew where the woman who lived upstairs was at any moment.  Knew when she was cooking, drinking, watching TV, going to bed and, even her bodily functions (not by the flush but by the noise of pee).  Yes, this condo, built under the guidance I assume of the Town of Oakville building department and to “CODE”, allowed one to know intimately the lifestyles of your neighbours.  Lets say, it was awkward for me when I would meet her in the lobby.  One thing I knew, she wasn’t getting it at home.  Maybe why she drank so much.

So, in living this intensified life, it not only helped the environment but gave me a “Reality Show” every day.

So, I ask the various government agencies ( I don’t list them as I am not in the financial bracket where they would listen), why do you not strengthen the “sound insulation” regulations in the building code if you want us all to accept  being made to live like sardines.

Do you not understand the mental ramifications of people having to continually listen to “neighbour noise” that can’t be toned down unless you fight back with your own stereo background noise?  Developers pack us in and, we do wonder if you make more money out of these smaller lots and , you don’t come up with a system to ensure we are protected from this “noise” pollution?

We hear about politicians living on the street for a day – photo-op of experience.  Maybe they should try living for a year in a sub-compact house instead of their suburbia mansion and then , maybe then, they would understand what we are talking about.

Time better spent than trying to get some of Peter Gilgan’s $1.8 billion of wealth.  Maybe ask him to spend some of his money on “sound proofing”, something I am sure he does not have to worry about in his mansion.

Addendum:  Yes, I know, that the Town of Oakville or, any municipality do not legislate the Building Code but, they are responsible for enforcing and interpreting.  One, they could all lobby for better sound insulation, if they decided to do so instead of take donations from developers and builders.  Also, they are RESPONSIBLE for enforcing the Building Code.  As part of their responsibility, they could state that only builders who allow homeowners to hire a house inspector will be allowed to build in their municipality.  These house inspectors would assist the municipality in enforcing the Building Code by inspection and informing the appropriate authorities of any infractions.  Kind of like police and Coast Guard auxilaries, which are well accepted.  But then, donations do rule.  Just ask Oakville about their Mattamy donations.

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August 2, 2012

#HowDumbDoTheyThinkWeAre #Mattamy Grow up and show some ethics.

The #tag on Twitter says it all:” #HowDumbDoTheyThinkWeAre #Mattamy”.

Remember my recent posts regarding engineers reported to be screwing up – Elliot Lake.  Remember my posts on Mattamy doing illegal terra-forming in Ottawa (got caught and charged there), doing construction on land fertilized by human waste, illegal wiring, flooding up in Bracebridge, etc.  Remember the fiasco in Kanata Fairwinds where they sold houses without the permits to build them.  What happened to those who trusted and bought – the royal shaft it seems.

Now, Ottawa again.  Fairwinds in the Stittsville community.  For more go to this link but, the short version is:  part of this development, I’ve been told, was heavily advertised in regards to the trees etc – billboards even.  The salespeople pushed the green space at the rear of certain lots and gushed over the large trees in place.  40 footers!!!  The kind of view people will pay a premium for (15 to 25K) without an issue.  Now, in my case, I paid a premium as my lot was a bit bigger.  My view – singles in the back but the extra space allowed us some more breathing space in this new world of high density.  Not sure if these people got more land or just the view.

Now, I know a little about urban planning – graduated even.  One of my courses was hydrology.  When a planner looks at land they are supposed to take into consideration such things as water flow, etc.  The developers are supposed to bring in professionals to assure that the development impacts on the environment in such a way as not to disrupt others.  Simple, entry-level kind of stuff.  PROFESSIONALS would have known that this development would impact on the green space.

Mattamy – do you understand remedial action?  Do you understand “pre-planning”?  Do you have ethics?

Seems that at some point, Mattamy realized there was a problem.  Not hard I guess.  Seems their lack of foresight and planning ended up with very visible soil erosion.  Kind of thing I learned about back in the day.  Has there been a curriculum change for engineers?

Their solution – tell the owners about the trees, get the premium payments and then, once everything is signed, sealed and delivered – CUT THE TREES DOWN and blame soil erosion.  Good engineers would have known about that and taken “remedial action” before it became an issue.  I’ve seen it done in dozens of places.  I know Peter – you were busy donating money.  Don’t have time to look after the small people.  They give you the money to donate and maybe get the Order of Canada but, once they pay, you move on.  Remember the illegal wiring in my house Peter – the stuff that put my children at risk?

Remember this quote: “Mattamy Homes is a ‘seagull developer’… they fly in, CRAP on everything, and then leave…”  Jennifer West Burton (Link)

Seems that Mattamy has Ottawa tied up tight.  The City gave him a permit to cut down the trees.  Were there any questions in regards to why it happened and maybe a penalty for poor quality work that affected a lot of people?  You know – taxpayers and voters.

I forgot – you have an ex-Ottawa planner on your staff, much like the ex Halton Chair here in Oakville on your staff.  I guess the money spent lobbying to your political buddies means these people who paid a premium for trees get the shaft. No trees for them.

Backsplashes etc just don’t cut it either.  That is chump change for something you did that is unethical.  Can you compare a backsplash to the view that “once was” with full growth trees?  Now I see why you and “Asphalt Annie” get along.  No heart or vision – just wealth acquisition.

Why not grow up Mattamy and use some adult ethics?  Your childish games are starting to wear on people.  The level of trust you once had is slowing being eroded away.  Remember what is happening to RIM.  They were once billionaires too.

July 17, 2011

Will Gilgan’s BHAG affect the quality of your house?

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According to the Ottawa Citizen, Mattamy Homes has a new sheriff in town – specifically to revive the failed and jinxed Ottawa Fairwinds project.  In Mattamyspeak, they were held up by government red-tape.  In Realityspeak, they tried to sell houses when they had no permission to build.  Even if the government was slow, Mattamy was using what I would consider an unethical manner of salesmanship.

Pure Greed.

The new Sheriff – Bob Ridley, an “engineer who worked for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton before  setting up a consulting company and then moving up the executive ladder to  become vice-president of Minto Communities”.  Because of the economic downturn, he became available to Mattamy Homes.

Now, I have no comment on Bob but, I find it interesting he once worked for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton as an engineer.  Mattamy originally hired an ex-planner of Ottawa’s when they first began Fairwinds.  Now, there are concerns regarding flooding in the area and they hire an ex-Ottawa engineer.  Much like when they hired ex-Halton Chairman Pomeroy for their Halton concerns.  Seems they like to hire ex-government employees to enhance their company with the local governments.  One wonders for just what purpose and does it benefit the builder, electorate or taxpayer when they do this?

Who gets the shaft?

Remember, my case was dismissed while Mattamy gave money to Wellspring, a local concern of the mayor of Oakville.

“You really have to stay on top of customer service, make sure they are happy,  because in this age of Twitter and Facebook an unhappy client is never silent,”  notes Merkley” (president of the Home Builders Association).

I guess this is something Mattamy is finally beginning to realize.  In today’s world of rapid communication, it is hard to shaft people in isolation.  A tactic I am sure they depended on in the past but now, those of us who got the royal Gilgan shaft, are finding out we weren’t alone nor were we an oddity in Mattamy’s supposed high quality levels.

Even J.D. Powers woke up to the Mattamy quality scam.

” It didn’t help that Mattamy been recently lambasted by the influential J.D.  Power Group, which surveyed Ottawa buyers, asking them to rate their buying  experience. Mattamy landed at the bottom of the heap. (For the record, Monarch  was tops.)”

For those who are contemplating the Mattamy Dream and you’ve studied all the advertising and feel you will be safe.

Consider the past performance.

Mattamy has talked the talk but they haven’t perfected walking the walk.  Must have something to do with Gilgan’s BHAG.

Even Peter Gilgan sends out a warning about buying from him.

“A story last year in the Globe and Mail suggested Gilgan is on a mission for  Mattamy to be the best home-building brand in North America. “That’s my BHAG –  the big, hairy, audacious goal,” Gilgan said. “We wrote down that commitment  eight years ago and a BHAG typically takes 20 years to do it.”

Well, that’s Gilgan’s BHAG.

And he wants you to wait 20 years to see results.

They’ve had 8 years to perfect his BHAG but they still can’t get it right.  And he expects you, the homebuyer, to wait another 12 years for them to perfect quality.  Hey, I hate to say it Gilgan but, a lot of builders have had their BHAG perfected for years.  Look at Monarch – the company that got your trophy in Ottawa.

So, for those buying the newly advertised and polished Ottawa Mattamy Homes remember, they are still working on quality and other issues and if you want to help Gilgan get his BHAG right, then go ahead but, don’t say you weren’t warned.

If anything, I’d ask Mattamy if you could hire a house inspector (at your expense) to help them get Gilgan’s BHAG in better shape and maybe cut the timeline down a few years.  Cut it down enough so that you don’t have to worry about Gilgan’s BHAG. Oh, they’re talking about customer service reps but, just ask yourself.  Who do the customer service reps work for and just how far will they push for you?  Remember – they’d like to keep their job and you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Gilgan has hired an ex-Ottawa engineer to help with the Ottawa problems.  I suspect he is more of a land-use engineer and that might bode favourable in terms of maybe your basement will not leak but, what about all the other quality issues.  They also blamed the original mess on the fact their homes are so great that they sold them too fast and their infrastructure was not able to keep up the pace.  I would think a responsible company, one who has sold thousands of houses, would be able to judge how many to sell and how fast and thus ensure quality.  Obviously greed got in the way and they just sold to anyone coming in the door, even though a responsible company would know they couldn’t produce – especially when Ottawa had not told them they could build officially, with a permit.

Well, hopefully bringing in a local boy who knows the local government will help but I as a consumer will wonder about quality.  I saw what happened in Oakville when ex-employees had their finger in the pie.

If anything, hire a house inspector to ensure you get what you pay for.  Remember, Mattamy lost money in Ottawa over this and they will be looking for ways to get it back.  Shortcuts save money – just look at my issue.

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT.

DEVELOP YOUR OWN TEAM. (lawyer, house inspector)

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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.

April 30, 2011

Is Mattamy Innocent? – gets BILD GTA awards anyways.

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I was going to showcase last nights BILD GTA Awards event on this blog originally.  It was a really nice event, attended by the cream of the residential construction industry and, the sumptuous meal and delightful entertainment kept the party going.  The Awards presentation was quick – =hint to Academy Awards organizers and, all seemed to enjoy the event.  During the event though, Sun Tv made a surprise announcement about Jack Layton getting a rub and tub a number of years ago in a massage parlour.  Investigated but released without charges.  Seems Olivia Chow knew of the incident, so wasn’t overly surprised when it surfaced I guess.  Lots of Twittering about it but, what I want to comment on is one Tweet that kind of sums up about Mattamy and their activities.  Which seem to be lost on most people in regards to last nights awards.  More on that later.

One Tweet stated the following:  ” In this country – no charges = innocent. Period. That is fundamental. #elxn41

Yes, something a lot of people think but, those who deal with this issue daily know it is not true.

Was Mattamy charged with illegal wiring in my house?  No.  Why?  You’d have to ask Ann Mulvale and the Town of Oakville Building Department.  An investigation was done but the report never got past Mulvale. Considering I was the victim, I never saw the report and was informally told, I’d never see it.  Was Mattamy innocent?

Was Mattamy charged with construction on lands fertilized with human waste?  They were observed by a citizen ( I know them, not hearsay) who reported it to the authorities.  Investigated and construction ordered to stop.  Workers sent for testing.  Was Mattamy charged?  No?  Innocent of doing illegal construction?  I’d say yes but I guess not being charged means they are innocent, even though observed breaking the law and ordered to stop.  How do you order someone to stop if they are innocent?

I’ve received information from several sources that state that Mattamy gets a kickback from sub-contractors.  Never been charged, although I notice in Gravenhurst a CEO was fired for letting some Toronto construction firm fudge the books.  Is demanding kickbacks illegal?  Maybe when you are the homebuyer paying for a house and finding out that someone is lining their pocket with your money.  Would an investigation be worthwhile here?

I could bring out a few other issues but, I really don’t want to embarrass certain people who have been forthright with me.

But, the crux of the matter is, NOT BEING CHARGED DOES NOT MAKE ONE INNOCENT.  Otherwise, I’d have seen the report stating why he wasn’t charged, if it was a proper report.  Why hide something when someone is innocent?

Seems that J.D. Power and Associates has stopped  giving Mattamy awards based on their history.  Also, maybe because people have come forward and told them that they gave bonus marks due to free upgrades etc.  Would one call this process – INNOCENT?

So, to the person who Tweeted me on innocence.  It would be nice if it was true but, it seems that the facts don’t support the wishful thinking.

Next:  BILD GTA awards – nice event but, a slap in the face to those builders who don’t seem to have the issues that Mattamy does and didn’t win.  I’d reconsider my memberhip with BILD GTA.

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April 25, 2011

BILD Awards are somewhat soiled when you consider reputations.

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First off, for those that celebrate, I hope you had a very enjoyable Good Friday and Easter Sunday with friends and family.  For those who don’t, but got the long weekend off, hope it went well for you.  And for those that worked – thank you, it is appreciated.

Few days ago, I got involved in some online Tweeting concerning the upcoming Canadian election.  One person tweeted that he felt my BIAS towards the Town of Oakville was shaping my comments.  Well, one thing, if I did have a bias towards the Town of Oakville I doubt if I would have supported a candidate in the last municipal election, still live here and, volunteer in a local organization.  No, I love the way Oakville has been shaped (downtown) and would like to see it maintain its character.  We don’t need developers coming here and changing the very essence of why people moved here just so they can make their billions.  Change will happen but it shouldn’t destroy why we moved here in the first place.

Do I have a bias against something though?

I guess I do if you call wanting the Town of Oakville building inspectors to do their job properly a bias or, that our Planning Department take into account our past history when making changes.  Sometimes they seem to fall over backwards to help out the developers.

They don’t understand that you can build on the past without destroying it.

Fortunately we have had some people who think ahead and ensure that the taxpayer doesn’t pay the freight for billionaires to get their way.  I may be biased when I see people take the advice of self-serving lawyers and don’t even apologize for what they did wrong, even when their own people say they did do something wrong.  Of course, these same lawyers would have bent over backwards to protect mistakes made by Mattamy.  Some of these same advisors even go to work for Mattamy later.

So, I must say that my feelings towards a Town of Oakville that shows no shame in protecting the likes of Peter Gilgan and his illegal methods does not shape my political feelings, unless I think billionaires are being given preferential treatment over the common working stiff.  That isn’t happening, is it?  🙂  (for the legal beagles – read my previous blogs for illegal methods – all documented and ready)

What I am very surprised at is that an organization as big as it is, BILD, would even contemplate giving an award to Mattamy considering how Mattamy has been shafting the homebuyers in several jurisdictions.  I know, it is a GTA award and nothing big has happened here lately, unless you call some of the issues with the factory built homes in Milton an issue.

But, maybe there is more.  We know that Mattamy had my issue whitewashed in Town of Oakville Council under Mulvale’s watch.  But then, he did donate to Wellspring.  And the YMCA and the Oakville Hospital as well.  Does that buy immunity from the Building Department?  He got it in my case.  Investigation and report buried and no knocking on the knuckles.  What other sins are being buried on behalf of Mr. Gilgan?  One wonders.

No, I am not really biased in terms of this upcoming election.  I’m picking the lesser of 3 evils.  No matter which way we vote, each party has its vultures who will pick the bones of the Canadian taxpayer.

You just have to pick the one who doesn’t hurt you as much.

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March 27, 2011

Twitter – not fully into social media Mattamy?

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***WARNING: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE AT THE END

Twitter – a social networking application on the internet that allows people to communicate their thoughts, goals, announcements and, just life in general via computers and probably more often, through phones. 

Instant communication restricted to 140 characters.

Instant feedback.

I’ve noticed quite a span of human interests and demographics of people using Twitter.  I’ve watched the on-going freedom riots in the Middle East unfold and, the meltdown of Japan’s nuclear reactors and Charlie Sheen’s brain via the tweets from people. 

Slices of life in 140 characters.

I seem to have drifted towards the real estate world with my interests, in addition to tweets from some local politicians, newshounds and “thinkers”.  I’ve enjoyed their comments, not directed towards me but, “to the world”.  I may not agree but I relish the open discussion allowed and the differing opinions that flow across my screen – phone and computer.

One thing though is that you can’t have a thin skin or back off from critical thought.  You are there to learn and pass on your thoughts.  IF someone doesn’t like you, they can just shut you off from their world.  A safety valve all have access to and ensures all have the privilege of being able to state their thoughts, unencumbered by those in power.  Those tweeting out of Libya during this crisis are a good example of how the internet can get the small person’s voice out there, not controlled by the government supported news system or by those wanting to shut down all thought but there own.

Now, what does this have to do with Mattamy?  Well, Mattamy professes itself to be a forward thinking company with good ideas and high quality.  You’d think they would want to use Twitter to put their thoughts out into the world. 

Promote their new construction.

They do have three forays into Twitter land. 

One, still active – @mattamyhomesjax, focuses on Northeast Florida. The only one that promotes their business. I thought they had more than one development.  And a search of Matamy on the Twitter site shows miminal mentions.  Although one, shown at the end of this blog, did appear interesting.

The second – @mattamyhomes has 24 followers, doesn’t follow anyone else and, alas, has no Tweets to their name.  A hollow vessel that mimics their pledge of quality I think.

The third – @mattamypartners was put up temporarily to fight the increase in development costs in Halton and could be considered the propaganda instrument for Mattamy to fight those wanting fair development charges which ensured developers paid their freight in new development, instead of freeloading on the taxpayer.  But, it hasn’t been active since May, 09.  It’s second last tweet attacked Oakville’s mayor, who was pushing for the taxpayer.  A good one sided viewpoint.  A billionaires attempt to justify tax supported profit.

No, I find it interesting that Peter Gilgan and Mattamy really haven’t put forward a Twitter account to reach out to those interested in buying a Mattamy home, except Florida (swampland anyone).  Of course, maybe they fear the one thing that has been a Twitter strength.  It allows the truth to get out there to a very large population – WORLD WIDE.  Of course, it also allows untruths and, in some circles, public condemnation of those using Twitter to put out their stuff. 

An electronic stoning, so to speak.

Based on my research and, personal experience of Mattamy, I think they find that Twitter allows too much truth to get out there and maybe they just can’t fight that. 

You see, where there is smoke, there is fire.

Already on the blogs and complaint boards the truth of Mattamy has been promoted to the public and, all the kings horses and all the kings men, along with J.P. Power and Associates, just can’t erase the Mattamy stain on the construction industry.  A foray into Tweeting, might just be too much for them to handle. 

Instant truth in the responses.  Some will respond in the positive as they were treated properly with good construction (even those asked to complete the J.D. Power and Associates survey) but, there are a lot of us out there who received the royal shaft. 

And we know how to use Twitter.

I did find one interesting comment about Mattamy though one Twitter account.  It kind of gave me a flashback to the bully boy incident.  This was downloaded from Twitter and the name of the account has been blanked out to protect him from Mattamy, although he seems to think he is a Mattamy goon.

Mattamy GOONS? Do they do the PDI?

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March 14, 2011

Holmes and Mattamy don’t mix in Calgary.

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Mike Holmes – you either love him or hate him I guess.  Most know Holmes from his on-going stint on HGTV and the promotion of “building homes right”.   He also has a “House Inspection” wing under his umbrella as well.  Yes, he might be getting business with people thinking he might show up but, through this aspect of his empire, he wants to ensure people get what they pay for and he has the organization to help out.

In building a house, one important step is to ensure you have the right trades working in harmony with each other in order to ensure a high quality house for you.  Mike Holmes has set up an educational foundation to make this possible.

“The mission of The Holmes Foundation is to ensure that all residential renovation and construction in Canada is done right–the first time. 

 The Holmes Foundation will do this by partnering with schools, businesses and governments to raise the profile and reputation of all skilled trades in Canada, using Mike Holmes’ reputation to encourage young people to pursue careers in the skilled trades and to encourage employers to hire them.”

So, here we have someone who is putting his name on a product that strives for quality.  I recently saw a Tweet regarding housing in the Calgary area.  He has a segment of his organization called “Holmes Approved Homes“.

His organization works with local reputable builders to “ensure you get a “high-quality, durable and sustainable house”.  His target is to ensure your home is built right from the ground up so that you move into the house of your dreams, not the horror house some of us have lived through.

Very high ideals and it will be interesting to see if this succeeds.

In Calgary, Avalon,Greenboro, Lifestyle and Taradar are putting the Holmes label on their homes and are working together with him in this project.  As a fairly new home builder in Calgary, I would have thought Mattamy would have opted into this program.  Based on the Mattamy ads, they too expect to build quality products.  I guess not as high quality as those I have listed and aren’t eligible for inclusion in the project.  Based on past performance, I kind of expect this.

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March 7, 2011

Tweet about Mattamy

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As some of you already know, I have expanded this blog to a Twitter account – @MattamyWatch.  In terms of accessing new streams of information, I am finding it invaluable and, allows me to link to those wishing to read this blog.  To those linking, thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

One person contacted me via @MattamyWatch and asked the following: “@MattamyWatch I just sold a mattamy in Milton. Are you implying they are bad?”

Good question.

No, I would be totally false if I said they were bad.  They have produced some fine homes – with some areas having more than their share of problems though.

Lets say they sometimes skirt the law or, make some shortcuts that are not good for the homebuyer. 

Proven facts.

If you care to read my blog, you will see they have been charged – Ottawa for the illegal berm; sold houses in Kanata Fairwinds without permits to build and blew off trusting homebuyers; have had construction delayed due to the fact they dangerously began construction, putting construction workers and neighbours at risk, on land fertilized with human waste (Milton); been responsible for vast environmental damage to wetlands (Cambridge); constructed homes on land susceptible to flooding (Bracebridge); and, guilty of putting children’s lives at risk by doing illegal (code) wiring in Oakville.

Does this make their homes “Bad”? 

 No, but it certainly shows the level of ethics they use in selling and building homes.  As well, kind of forecasts potential problems you might have with a Mattamy home based on past performance – complaints of which seem to outnumber the competition.

 In terms of politics, Peter Gilan the billionaire and Mattamy have donated millions of dollars to very worthwhile causes such as the Oakville Hospital, Wellspring and, the Oakville YMCA.  Seems though, unlike a lot of other donators, he needs his name on the building.  For those that gave more and remained anonymous, we are grateful for your consideration.

Not bad in most books but, at what cost to the homeowner who seeks protection from those very people accepting the donations.  In my case, Peter Gilgan donated money, etc to a Wellspring project, a project supported by then Oakville mayor, Ann Mulvale.  The report on the illegal wiring never saw the light of day, and the matter was deferred to the province, who conveniently stated – they would not force builders to allow homeowners the right to hire a house inspector because it “might cost them (the homeower) money”. 

Duh……. 

It already costs the homeowner money to hire a house inspector anyways but does the province mean the builder might charge more to build the house properly so it will pass an inspection by an “independent” inspector instead of a municipal inspector (some of whom may be accepting gifts).

I assume Mattamy or Peter Gilgan would let me know if I am wrong. 

Just don’t send the bully boys like last time Peter.

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January 29, 2011

Oakville Homes goes Twitter

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In order to ensure you get the widest possible exposure in today’s world you either have to stand naked in front of whomever you want to draw attention from or, join the electronic world that is allowing any and all to inform the world about issues.  I don’t hate Mattamy that much so I will forego the “Naked Protest“. 

I’ve had this blog now for more than 2 years – I expect a cake from Mattamy on my third anniversary  – just don’t have the bulley boys bring it, and have decided to utilize Twitter to announce each blog issue.  For those using RSS, thank you and I hope that others will get some use out of Twitter.

It is called “MattamyWatch” and you can get it by tuning in at: http://twitter.com/MattamyWatch

I’m hoping Peter Gilgan will have a twitter account and we can be “friends”.  😉

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