PETERBOROUGH & KAWARTHA REGION
Lawyer Wanted - Potential Class Action Suit
It seems the wanton spending by the City of Peterborough after rolling out
project after project such annexation, expropriation and many more indicate
one thing, they have money. That money is burning a hole in their pocket and
that money rightfully belongs to each and everyone who has contributed to make
PDI a valuable commodity. A commodity the City was given by the Provincial
government at no charge and they, the City, immediately, placed a multi-million
dollar lien against the utility.
If there is a lawyer in the house who wants a real class action lawsuit here it is. Work for nothing but take 25% of the spoils and represent each and everyone who is affected and wants to be represented.
This must be started before they spend the booty. First thing the money needs to be locked up tight, until a suit is settled.
We would of course want you to sue for your fee as well, 25% of $70,000,000 means a potential $17,500,000. I'm sure you've had better days but what the heck, stoop down.
I'll be writing to some large firms who specialize in this as well.
Remember, Ontario Hydro might fall into one of the cracks for not really ensuring the stake holders were in agreement. These concerns were voiced by many, meeting after meeting that all fell on deaf ears.
There's the gauntlet, to be picked up or left.
In this author'sopinion it's time we elected people with our best interest at heart.
Editorial PTBOregion, March 27, 2017
LDSS to be Demolished - Questions Spring Eternal
Sure it's only one wing, sure we paid to have it built and now we'll pay to have it torn down and then we'll pay again at some point in the future to have it rebuilt.
Why not try something different for a change. Why not turn
it into doctors, dentists, accountands or consultants offices or all of the
above. You know, try to make some money on it to lessen the burden on the public,
rather then increase it. Even less work if you lease it out to a company that will do al that for you!
I know, I know our little darlings won't be safe with cars
going by. Have you heard of multiple speed bumps, have you heard of fences,
you know, fence our little darlings in. It's a school right? Schools are
supposed to be places of learning and as important,
places of competent teaching. They can teach our little darlings how to behave
when not on a field or elsewhere.
Just a suggestion, for until we get our very own Donald
Trump maybe, just maybe
we can avoid that and have the public sector become competent and responsible
for their actions or inactions, as the case might be.
Please stop electing people who can only figure out how to spend money and appoint or hire those with the same open purse attitude.
Editorial PTBOregion, March 25, 2017
Annexation - part 3 -
I admit it, I misspoke (nice politically correct term simply
meaning lied). Sorry, for a minute I must have thought I was
a politician. But you know, I'm still just me!!!
We will be doing
We're not waiting for the archives, we have some information
and depending on how
will depend on how or if we use
that. One little thing is a suggestion that some of that land may be toxic,
we need some proof of that.
the archives in a day or so, we are also attempting to get http://canadianexposure.com
up and running.
Editorial PTBOregion, March 25, 2017
Organizaing - Archives
We apologize for no article, we are just organzing the Archive areas.
Coming soon, more on Annexation based on some comments we've recieved
- Right after that we'll talk about the Expropriation that's just started
- When wer're done with our arhive area only the latestt article plus links to the last five will be on the homepage.
- Please remember the two articles at the very bottom will be here, on the homepage for a long time
part 2 - rewritten
We’re only changing maintenance companies, we’re
not buying the land!
The question is who benefits from the change?
That’s a simple one. The landowners’ benefit
and the county and city both lose as one gives up annual revenue
and the other takes on more costs to fulfill services required.
So why are we paying $75,000,000 why aren’t they, the
landowners, paying? I’m
sure the brain trust will tell you two things, they will pay
in the long run and we need it to get industry to locate here. Baloney,
They’re wrong again. Till you fix the
root cause you will never entice industry here other then the
kind that relies
on the tax pot to keep them in business. You know, something
like our cash hog the airport that was supposed to bring business
and generate profits. Speaking of the airport aren’t
there TOXIC LANDS there so who
is going to pay for the cleanup, the County or the City after
$75,000,000. Good money
after bad it’s called.
Let’s start at the backend and pretend we’re buying
Pay $10,000 per acre very generous.
Mortgage the whole thing at 3% over 25 years.
That’s a $41,400,000 mortgage.
Cost, P&I, over the 25 years, $58,777,200
Where on earth did the $75,000,000 come from?
$16,000,000 unexplained and yes some of the land already has
properties on it, we know, we’re not politicians.
Repeat: We’re only changing maintenance companies. We’re
not buying the land. Both maintenance companies, Township and
City, are not for profit.
This is really a Provincial Problem that needs
to be fixed at that end of things. They can mandate that the losing entity from annexation must be compensated, say 5 years, of property taxes on the parcel based on an average of the last three years. But wait, it won’t
buy them votes! It won’t let them look like big timers
spending our money like drunken sailors on leave that they
The dog and pony show about services is just that, a dog and
pony show. Services stay as they are until a reason, payment
in like and kind, is created to change that. Usually that reason
is that a developer will want to use a large tract of that
land for a subdivision and will need services from the City
such as sewers, water all without electric consideration now
that we can no longer supply our own needs. Those kinds of
costs can go on the backend of property taxes for a certain
number of years.
Current taxes charged, after annexation, would
provide the ongoing basic services. Protection, trash pick
up, road maintenance
and all the other good things already in place. Some services
need to be increased, maybe. We would collect the current tax
base and that would include all current services
provided by the county for that region. By them joining a larger
entity, the City of Peterborough, we should actually realize
a savings there. Remember the sale of PDI; one of the glowing
reasons was that we would be better served by a larger entity.
This City it seems, treats taxpayers as if
they are mushrooms that spew
dollars at the City's behest. Sadly that has been
the way it was!
Are we really ALL in this together. Let’s rethink
Editorial PTBOregion, March 13, 2017
Annexation - part 1
It never ceases to amaze how most politicians can only solve
a problem in one way, throw money at it, our money. This annexation
issue is simply silly.
The county should willingly give up the land
with the following conditions. They should be compensated for
5 years of lost property taxes
on the affected properties. This payment by a City should be
in a single lump sum. Regulation loving Liberals in Toronto
should mandate that as a rule, with the side note that 50%
or more of affected property owners need to agree to the annexation.
So here's a scapegoat to blame if you can’t
get your way, property owners making
the final decision. Heaven forbid, the long sought electoral
Most property owners would go for Annexation,
as in the long run it would increase the value of their properties
were added. Case in point, the Lily Lake Road farms
that might have been worth in the hundreds of thousands as
in multiple millions to developers. Who wouldn’t go for
that kind of a profit jump other then true land lovers?
It’s to the Unelectric City’s benefit. Even
if development was five years off or more, other then a
added expenses, they would recoup their 5-year tax payment
from the current property owners. No fuss, no muss, no
bother and no change to that point. A done deal and ka-ching
two municipal cash registers, also known as a bureaucrat’s
So what’s the problem? Is that too simple? A clear,
easy formula signed off by all parties with the final voice
left up to the people involved. We call it freedom and forcing
something we call that dictatorial.
How can something so simple require so many
man-hours to mess up by our Municipal Politicians and their
minions? Maybe it’s
not about results but about getting five minutes of fame. Or
justifying man-hours to fill the time. Or maybe someone saw
a pie in the sky payout, raised expectations and then reality
set in. Now neither of the two kiddies will say, "whoops
So how about it Jeffery, like “kids
in the sand box” drag those two out, kicking
and screaming if need be. Confer with Mommy in
Toronto and git-r-done! No need for a long
legal missive. All that is needed is a definition of the vote.
should simply be: each Municipal tax dollar assessed on affected
properties over the past 3 year period equals the number of
votes given to the current person responsible for paying the
municipal taxes on the affected property. So simple, even Toronto
understand it as a regulation by the people and for the people.
Editorial PTBOregion, March 11, 2017
NEWS, is it FALSE
or are YOU?
Simply visit almost any news source to find the Chicken
Little type proclaiming the sky is falling, the sky is
falling. Well it’s not. News, not unlike most businesses,
is in a transition. Also, like most businesses, some things
they project are false and some are not. A neutral, truly
neutral news source is difficult to find. They place you
in their little gangs of Liberal or Conservative, anti
or pro this or that and I could create a list longer then
the print or dialogue of most news sources.
You have to be a realist and take a, you know, realistic
look at what is being said and who is saying it. You have to evaluate does this
source have a bias and if so can I trust anything they
say. Instead of creating a class culture of sex, colour, religion
or origin, a culture that professes and
adheres to different levels of competence would generate positives instead of divisive biases. You cannot make
decisions based on a bias or mandate. Decisions can only
be the best when you place the best fitting square peg
in the square hole and round peg in the round hole. Anything
else is a degree of incompetence.
The other side of the coin is your own bias. If you don’t
keep an open mind and hear what the other biased
side says, then you won’t ever know. To read, what
those you disagree with say, means you are choice neutral and
probably a good friend to have regardless of differences.
Funny how most marriage relationships that seem to work
best are created by opposite personalities in action and
thought. On the other hand most friendship relationships
that works best are similar personalities in action and
thought. Having said that you’ve no doubt made your
best choice in marriage and your worst choice in association.
What on earth does this have to do with news you ask? Well think about it.
The news source you are drawn to is like your friend, they massage your ego
by having you think that the whole world thinks just like you. Maybe it's time
to start treating it as a marriage and expand your horizons. Include those
who don't appeal to your bias but who actually challenge you intellectually.
Expand your horizons so you can make more informed decisions.
Yes there is false news, yes there is bias and yes you
have the choice to make your own decision and base those
on what you perceive to be facts. That’s
what separates those who lead from those who blindly follow.
Editorial PTBOregion, March 9, 2017
COMMENTS THAT STAY
The Sale of YOUR Utility
The sale of PDI. Mayor Daryl Bennett and
Councilors; Dan McWilliams, Henry Clarke, Andrew Beamer, Lesley
Parnell and Dave Haacke voted in favour of the sale. Councilors;
Diane Therrien, Dean Pappas, Don Vassiliadis, Gary Baldwin
and Keith Riel voted against the sale. Depending on how you
believe this should be a big part of your
voting decision in the next Municipal Election.
If you think
you will see any proceeds forget it. They are busy spending
it already. Costly studies like the silly arena and hotel/condo
complex downtown on the Peterborough Works Property that never
needed to be moved, this writer's opinion. Contrary to what
you are told that the City could not enter into arrangement
with PDI, the Works actually took care of PDI vehicles that
will now cease, a reduction in work, not an increase. The list
of spending opportunities they are exploring is as long as
it is bad.
To end on a positive note, thank you Dean Del Mastro it seems your railroad is about to become a reality. Dean was a builder and uniter not a single issue person.
OCPC has taken control of OUR PETERBOROUGH "Civilian" Police
Board. Our current Mayor claims this to be a "tremendous
for the community.
He was just absolved of the crime of trying
to do his job as mayor. This is not a victory but
is a major blow against the community! Some
get a competitive quote, an OPP quote. Other rumours persist
that the City of Peterborough is subsidizing the policing
cost for Lakefield and Millbrook. An OPP quote makes
sense as the Province is now running the show and if they
can do it as well, embed current staff and at a lower cost
then let them have it! If I read the
police act correctly the province will subsidize a community
Here is the OPP
billing platform for 2017.
Our current average
cost appears to be around $625 per
property (residential and business).
How much is Lakefield
and Millbrook paying per property?
City of Peterborough,
The City of Peterborough is fishing for a a
new brand. As it can no longer claim The Electric
City, since dumping our Electric Utility, PDI, try Unelectric
City with the tag line "lots of gas
and limited brightness".
Editorial PTBOregion, March 12, 2017