At their committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday January 12th 2016, the committee was presented with 275 letters of opposition to the Town of Midland’s Official Plan Amendment #8 that “paves the way” (pun intended) for the commercial development of a Health Hub on that pristine parkland (of which the Mayor and most of Council feel we have an abundance – even calling it surplus). That matter is the subject of an OMB appeal launched by a local citizen and member of this group.
Midland’s Mayor, Gord McKay and Deputy Mayor sit on County Council and Penetanguishene’s Mayor Gerry Marshall is the County’s Warden. With all the talk of sharing services, amalgamation and Penetanguishene’s wish for a similar Health Hub in their community, it is safe to assume that all three of these politicians supported the motion despite overwhelming opposition. While they may be punished for this at the next election, it is several years away and the damage will have long been done.
We don’t know how many votes for or against the motion occurred, we have learned that the motion passed in support of Midland’s vision to use the waterfront facing Edgehill parkland for commercial uses despite the letters of opposition, the petition with thousands of Simcoe County resident’s names and despite the fact that the matter is under appeal.
When asked about this the County representative replied that these matters are mostly procedural and pass without much, if any, debate.
Local government simply ignores opposition. Maybe “sunny days” for the Country but we predict “dark days” for this local government with their present track record.