A friend sent me your Craig’s Commentary Volume 4 Number 15 re the council agenda and since you make such an easy target (and I’m all about easy) I just had to respond. I won’t comment or post on your site which you edit so I guess you’ll have to respond here and boost Bruce’s profile. I see you don’t consider what your council is proposing to be illegal as you usually do. I guess that’s progress.
The old song says “People who like people are the luckiest people in the world”.
You, Craig are not lucky!
Why do you assume that people will party into the wee hours of the morning when the organizers of an event face charges under the noise and fire bylaws? Why do you assume that people are all inherently bad? Is it because you don’t like people Craig? Maybe it’s just that you don’t like people having a fun life because yours isn’t. The only thing I’ve been able to figure out about how your mind works is that you’re against everything!
Under current bylaws the Town can host events with camping or trailers overnight but private citizens or groups can’t even ask to. In what world is that right? In what world is that fair? Yours? The councilors want a bylaw change to let them choose to help people. I believe you elect people to make decisions – at least give them a chance to!
Protecting residents Craig? Read the proposal! It doesn’t give anyone carte blanche to party on unrestricted! All it does is give people an opportunity to approach their council with an idea and be able to get an answer.
You might also want to consider that tying an event to local charitable groups trying to give back to their community under severe restrictions and with few opportunities in a poor economy is a good idea. The Sauble Snow Riders, the Lions, the Sandpipers, the Royal Canadian Legion and many more local organizations are made up of residents too Craig – they’re your neighbors.(I’d include friends but I suspect you don’t have many left around here) Maybe these groups won’t have to bother you for donations as often or beg the council for special considerations at budget time.
You said you’re running for Mayor – do you really want to be Mayor of the dullest, most controlled, least fun place to live on your entire planet? Will the new town motto be:
“We can’t ask and we don’t have fun but that’s the way aha aha we like it”?
Besides Craig, what’s wrong with being able to host a plowing match, a rodeo or a blues festival not in town or at the beach but on a local farm?
Even you might meet people to like – and you may get lucky!
Chill out “Bruce”! The title of the piece should have been: Common Sense – MY ASS! Tell them to raise Hell about the MTO or the taxman but in this case you’re off base and premature as well. Where the Legion application is concerned it is a case of them wanting to rent their property to a third party – both to make money – not your veterans running a do of their own to raise funds for another worthy cause.
That being said, a few councilors who feel as you do – but for the right reasons – have already prepared a report for the next council meeting to modify the bylaws to allow the town council to say YES not NO to such events held on private property on a case by case basis. By the way, the town already allows these events on public property and gets nothing but flack from that segment of the community that hates tourists and fun since it disturbs their quiet existence watching the sun sink into the lake while sipping a dry sherry.
My information is that those councilors, in case you’re wondering, are Kirkland (who thinks the bylaw is wrong to not consider possibilities), Klages (who thinks having a little fun never did permanent damage to anyone’s life), and Turner (who would throw out every regulation and bylaw that didn’t protect people’s lives and start from scratch).
These three, and hopefully a few more on council, seem to believe deep down that its government’s job to help people, not regulate them to death and that if everyone uses a little common sense we can probably all get along.
I wish council good luck on this one because we should all remember that every one of those regulations and bylaws, including the one you’re so pissed about, was put there because someone did something their neighbors didn’t like and demanded that council pass a law to stop it. The no camping or trailers bylaw in particular goes way back to before the town amalgamated and was put in because people with $250000 homes and a big tax bill didn’t like the guy with the vacant lot next door sticking a trailer in for the summer, inviting his buddies to camp in the yard for parties and paying peanuts taxes.
I don’t know why you humans don’t do what we did and get rid of all government! We allow people to live their lives as they see fit as long as they bring no harm to others and we have a panel of wise judges who decide conflicts. If you bring harm to others we drop you at the North Pole in the middle of the ice and tell you to walk home while thinking about what you did. Works for us – but then we aren’t hampered by your government run education system!