To Be or Not to Be?? That is the Question!


 

 Bruce the Blight

Bruce the Blight

 

The MTO is in the business of providing a way for us to get from point A to point B. The problem is they think those points are the same for everyone!

They think we all live, work, shop and visit at either A or B. 

Try and get a permit to open a driveway for a business half way between A and B.

If you are one of the rare successful ones you better have money left over for a sign permit after you clear the message, illuminaqtion, location, size, font and color of the sign with the MTO. We can’t have signs distracting people getting from A to B.

 Try and get a permit for a driveway or to build a home half way between A and B.

Can’t have that! You might create a hazard with your mailbox or have kids that need the school bus to stop and that would slow down people getting from A to B.

 Now let’s consider Hepworth point A and you decide to build a home and live there.

Better not try and build on Elizabeth St. on a vacant lot! Even though it’s zoned residential and taxes are assessed as residential it’s really zoned “future development” and you can’t have a building permit.

Well why not – you are the future and your home is the development, right?

Actually no, since future development really means there is no development in the future unless you qualify by making some kind of change to the property.

OK, what change or changes are required? That’s where it gets complicated! 

The County says the property is residential and the Town says it’s future development but the County has to make the changes, but can’t even talk about it without researching why it’s future development for about 3 weeks, but “Try the Conservation Authority” in the meantime but don’t forget the property is within 1200 ft. of the highway and the MTO must be involved but you’ll probably have to go to Committee of Adjustments for change in lot size and do a Karst study and do a drainage plan and look for possible future sink holes but for God’s sake don’t mention the “Modular” parts of your new home that started life as shipping containers since the Town has a bylaw outlawing them!

Enough buts there to fill Jimmy’s ashtray! 

Oh, screw it! Let’s try and build at Wiarton as point B and drive unobstructed by school busses and mail delivery to work in Hepworth point A!

But…. There’s about five people in Wiarton who object to any new development there and they don’t even have infrastructure for a 4-plex in place yet and they object to new infrastructure and they don’t want anything to progress till they die and they’re not ready to die yet and there’s no work in Hepworth anyway and……..!

 Oh, screw it! I’m moving to Tuktoyaktuk and I’ll look for work building igloos or hunting seals until global warming turns my front yard into beachfront!

 It’s a world full of regulations people, but it’s for your own good don’t you know, to protect you from having to sue anyone later if anything should happen – and despite, or maybe because of all the permits and regulations, things happen! You already need a permit to piss and they’re working on a regulation to stop you from pissing into the wind!

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bruce

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Indecision May or May not Be Our Problem!


 Bruce the Blight

Bruce the Blight

Wow!! Yet again we send a message to the Investment world that this town is not open for business!

Have you been to Foodland lately if not take a canoe! The roof is leaking so bad that you play dodge the bucket when trying to navigate the rapids in the freezer section!

Foodland has been trying for the last five years to build a new store next to Tim Hortons only to be met with objections and red tape! What is the matter with you people!!!

A thirty thousand square foot store would create jobs, tax revenue and oh yeah variety!! The new store is being cited as the cause for reduced property values as one of the major complaints! Wow there is a thought!!

The area the proposed store is in features a bunch of old houses that have long outlived their economic life in the first place. There is no value there! Your position in that regard does more to devalue property in all of the town as you are killing new investment in the community and telling the world that you are in fact a bunch of hillbillies that doesn’t give a damn about the future of this community let alone the needs of the community! It proves that your only concern is your pocket-book as you may or may not be able to sell you worn out shack to some sucker that cannot afford anything else!!

The other issue proclaimed is traffic problems!! Oh Gee I guess you have never been outside your shack in the summer. We already have traffic problems beating down the lineup at Timmy’s every morning let alone in the summer when the citiots arrive. Have you never tried to shop at Foodland in the summer? Oh wait I bet you go to Owen Sound to shop at NoFrills to save 15 cents on a loaf of bread!!!

When you succeed in pissing away yet another opportunity for growth and investment in our community and you find that you now have to go to Owen Sound for groceries you will be whining that there is no growth here.

When you see other businesses leave town because of the NYBY attitude and there are no services available because of a declining tax base which will really reduce property value who will you blame then!!

No Job, no Airport, no grocery store, no future!!! Get a grip you bunch of Hicks!!!

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bruce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts Are Facts or Is Fiction Reality!


 

Bruce the Blight!!

Bruce the Blight!!

 

The fact of the matter is in the Province of Ontario, a Municipality is now a Creature of the Province! This has not always been the case!

In the beginning, there was to be only one supreme legislator that being the Government of Canada, the Province and the municipalities were to govern what was within their areas, under the supreme legislator. BNA preamble Section 109.

The provinces were to rule by charter every thing it owned as was municipalities. That is to say that direct ownership of a piece of property was governed by the owner of same. There was no jurisdictional control over any thing that was not owned by the Corporation be it the town or the province.

The province and the town are Corporations owned by the shareholders (TAXPAYERS), the corporations are operated by an elected board of Directors, (members of Parliament and town Councils). The Directors appoint management, the Civil Servants, to operate the corporation in the best interests of the shareholders (taxpayers) under the direction of the Board of Directors IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE SHAREHOLDERS!

As time passed and government grew and taxes grew faster than revenue, we as a people lost tract of what government was and was supposed to be.

How many times have you heard “There should be a law!” Well I got news for you, there now laws countering and conflicting each other. You cannot pass a law that does not affect you!

The Province, in its wisdom, moved to amalgamate towns in the late 90’s. They issued the newly created municipalities with new Provincial corporations, thus extinguishing the historic Royal Charters, and putting the new municipalities totally under Provincial Control.

Could someone tell me how this act was in the best interest of the shareholders of the town?

This gave the province control over any and all transfer payments from the Feds amongst other things. Those transfer payments were to be to the benefit of the shareholders, not to the benefit of the Province.

Suffice to say that if the Province wants to implement something that the municipalities don’t particularly like, the province withholds transfer payments until such time as the Municipality agrees. Sounds to me like legal extortion.

The Supreme Legislator in Canada is the Federal Government, this has not changed! However, if the Province over steps its authority it is law, until someone opposes it. Then and only then will it be challenged. The only force you have to effect a challenge  and subsequent change is the Supreme Court of Canada! Price of admission — About a Million dollars.

The Province downloads liability to the Municipality by way of regulations passed. Regulations are generated by bureaucrats that flavour anything they need or want to justify their positions and gives them more control. The regulations have never seen the light of the legislators. So our elected representatives have absolutely no say on any of the regulations passed. Sounds to me like the tail wagging the dog!

We as Canadians do have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Constitution Act) Article 15 (2) states we are all equal in Law. However, in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, which encompasses Wiarton, Hope Bay, Red Bay, Sauble Beach, Hepworth and Allenford, there are two very different laws pertaining to property Rights. If you are in   have Commercial property and want to put up a sign advertising your business, you must first get permission from the Ministry of transportation whose regulation dictate size colour, location, font and message, then you must get a permit from the Town after you manage to get approval from the MTO.The same rules apply in Hepworth. If in fact you want to build a house or a business, you must have the approval of the MTO and a Building Permit from the MTO and then and only then may you apply to the Town for a building permit, without the MTO Permit the municipal permit is worthless.

If however you have a business in Wiarton, you do not require an MTO permit for anything 300 meters north of Elm Street and 300 meters south of County 13. This is funny as all are in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula but refered to as Wiarton.

Now if the Town issues a Building Permit to you in the said communities and you do not have a Permit from the MTO, the MTO will order the town to issue a Stop Work Order until you have a Permit from MTO. This in law makes obtaining a building Permit from MTO a condition precedent to obtaining a Town Building Permit. The Town cannot take your money without advising you in writing that an MTO permit is required before your Town Permit is valid. For the town to issue a permit without advising you of the MTO requirement is simply fraud!

The Municipality is obligated, since it is a creature of the Province, to follow Provincial Policy. Simply put, every bylaw, building permit etc must adhere to the Provincial Policy or the municipality will face repercussion by the Province.

The MTO has by way of regulation declared jurisdiction over all land within 400 meters on each side of the highway which has never been within or owned by the Province. Since the Province never owned it it is not Within as defined by the BNA of 1867 or the Union Act of 1851.The Province has never expropriated the land but yet controls all rights of utility by way of regulation contrary to the provisions of the BNA and the Expropriation Act.

The Municipality is paying high-five figure salaries to Department heads that are to know and understand the legislation that they are to enforce. If the CBO issues a building permit without an MTO permit in place, the Town is responsible for the error and any damages caused.

If in fact there is a Crown Patent in place with respect to the land involved, and that Patent has no restriction on it, the owner of that land is not required to follow any of the regulation imposed. When the Crown sold the Patented Land the only laws that apply are the Laws that were in place on the date of issue. You cannot sell something twice!

The Crown issued Land Patents for years after confederation. For the most part the Province ignores Patents out of choice until such time as the Supreme Court rules against them. So it is common practice for the Province to challenge everything and settle prior to a Ruling by the Supreme Court. Commonly referred to as motioning you into bankruptcy.

If our elected representatives hire an unqualified person to run a department and that unqualified person makes a mistake the town is responsible. We have errors and omissions insurance in place for just that reason.

In the alternative if a CAO of the Town conspires to implement harm to someone using or ignoring legislation to their own gain the town is liable for those actions and the CAO is liable to the town’s damages thereto.

If someone is wronged and litigates for damages we should not chastise that person we should condemn the players involved and make right the wrong done! Anything else is just wrong!

BAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bruce

 

 

 

 

A Martian Comeback!


The question was: “how can people be virtually kept in the dark about something that affects their lives their pocketbooks and even more important their vote?”

Not one person who cares enough to comment!

Not one person pissed off at press indifference.

Not one “how do we find out more?”

Not one suggestion as to what we do about it!

 

The answer, as they say, is self-evident.

 

Mayor Janice Jackson, in dismissing as “of little consequence” the challenge to the election of her Deputy Mayor, the ability and judgment of her Clerk/Election returning officer and the legal bill to her taxpayers, seems to have read the mood of the public perfectly – they don’t give a damn when someone bends them over!

Congratulations Miz Mayor you really are, as you claim, “All about the people”!

 

Is everyone out there smoking so much dope that you’ve become one? Please, switch to cigarettes – they do only slightly more damage to your lungs and usually allow you to stay aware long enough to realize you’re getting screwed

 

 

  1. Miz Mayor, I hear that Councilor Craig and Councilor Ana were spotted at your place in Owen Sound. HMMMMMM

I may be naïve but if the report is true, I have faith that you were getting together to bake cookies. (Ana brought the windmill cookie cutter and Craig brought the nuts)

Only someone who subscribes to conspiracy theories would suggest you got together for a “special council meeting” in violation of the Municipal Act.

Maybe get Craig to wipe his pocket recorder for that day – just in case the Ombudsman comes a calling – we know the press won’t.

 

the Martian

The Martian Speaks Again…


 

When Senator Joe McCarthy held the communist witch hunt hearings in the U.S. in the 1950s broadcaster Edward R. Murrow informed the public about the nonsense and that was the end of Joe McCarthy.

Walter Cronkite had an opinion on the Vietnam War, made it known to the public and that was the end of the fighting.

Does anyone remember Paul Harvey closing his broadcasts with “And now you know the rest of the story”?

Woodward, Bernstein and Nixon are names forever united in journalism history.

Investigative reporters made Mike Duffy a household name with their reporting on the disgraceful senate spending scandals.

Without media informing the people, would anyone know about the shameful, multi-million dollar gas plant closings by the Ontario Liberals?

 

A well informed public is the best, perhaps the only defense against a government that overreaches its authority, engages in shady dealings or otherwise screws the pooch.

Why then has no one in any local media followed the story of a councilor in South Bruce Peninsula challenging the election of the Deputy Mayor?

Tips to broadcasters produced nothing. Information provided to print media has resulted in one story that, while it did detail many of the previous legal challenges issued by this same councilor, only scratched the surface of the latest one.

 

Unless you happen to be one of the few “in the know”, have heard the rumors or read the heading of Item 4.3 of the Feb. 3rd council agenda dealing with –“(Invalidation of the 2014 Municipal Elections for the Office of Deputy Mayor)” you would have no idea of the whole truth of what’s going on even if you read the papers every day or faithfully listen to local radio.

 

In the day of the 24hr. news cycle, exploding social media, bloggers on every corner, how can people be virtually kept in the dark about something that affects their lives their pocketbooks and even more important their vote?

 

Is the 15 second soundbite, the 140 character tweet, the need to write the story to please the lawyer so you don’t get sued, to be the new standard in journalism and public information? Have seekers of truth, purveyors of the whole story, those past giants of the media been replaced with pale imitations in understaffed and poorly budgeted newsrooms whose job is to fill 92 or 106 seconds of airtime?

 

Walter, Paul and Edward R. must be spinning in their graves!

The Martian

My Favourite Martian Says:


and the truth shall set you free

Can anyone guess why Councillor Craig Gammie is on the outs with every other councilor at the table?

Is it the new beard he’s sporting that caused council to declare him an “island on his own”?

Is it possible he was called an “ass” and an “S.O.B” by others at the table because of his charm and wit?

Is it conceivable they got tired of him shouting “Point of Order” every time he didn’t understand the rules of procedure at the council table?

Is it because he seems to really like the sound of his own voice and council meetings now last from 1PM till past the 9:00PM curfew, sometimes as late as 11:PM?

All valid reasons but not the real one!

Seems Craig is up to his old ways less than two months after being sworn in as a councilor. On Tuesday the 27th of January he served a writ on the Town Clerk and has filed a legal action to set aside October’s election. (filed in Walkerton case #2-15)

     But wait! Not his election, not Janice Jackson’s election, not Ana or Mat’s election – he only wants Jay Kirkland thrown out! And why does he think a duly elected member of council should be removed?

Well, Craig seems to think he can read the minds of the voters who live in trailer parks and apparently believes: 1) they all voted for Jay and 2) their vote is illegal.

I can understand Craig believing he’s Kreskin The Great, but I don’t understand that he can’t believe his own eyes and ears when he sees and hears that Elections Canada and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs both agree that people who lease a trailer park space for a year count just as much as people who lease an apartment or house for a year.

I’m tempted to call him bi-polar, delusional or just plain nuts but not being a qualified psychiatrist I’ll pass on that and let you judge for yourself. While you’re thinking, ask yourself how much this will increase the Town’s legal bills and how that will help reach the 10% tax decrease Craig promised you when he asked for your vote.

Now a newspaper article claims Craig is going to withdraw the court action because someone advised him to. HUH! Don’t know who’s advising Craig but I bet it’s not Betty Hall. She’s out there telling everyone she’s going to be the new deputy mayor!

Sorry Betts – you lose again!

At the same meeting during a break Mayor Janice Jackson launched a tirade of foul language at the only member of the public who seems to have the time and will power to attend the marathon council sessions.

A question for Mayor Jackson: Is your version of open and transparent government achieved by yelling at the public “Are you out of your f***ing mind and “What were you f***ing thinking” in front of half a dozen witnesses? Could it be that if you yelled at Craig he might bring legal action against you too Miz Mayor?

With a couple of exceptions this council is a clown show!

The Martian