I was sitting at a table the other night with two people that have been interviewed by the Orillia anti rackets branch of the OPP, investigating local corruption. For obvious reasons I cannot divulge who they are or what questions were asked because the conversation was ‘off the record’. But it did give me a fairly good insight on which way this investigation is going. One thing I can say is the investigation is going back at least 20 years and involves names that you all know, if and when this breaks it will be province wide and big.
One down side of this blog is before I have conversations with people, I now have to agree to being ‘off the record’ before I get the good stuff divulged to me, understandable I guess, but hard for a blabber mouth like me nevertheless.
Steve’s on a roll here: http://allbeingmaster.blogspot.ca/2013/06/screw-high-road.html
Someone must have pissed in his cornflakes this morning!!! I like this Steve, confrontational, pissed off. Haven’t seen much of that side of Steve lately, a welcome return and a great post.
I have some comments on Mondays night’s council meeting:
How long is Kevin Lloyd going to keep up with the charade that the proper way of doing the Collingwood rec facilities would have cost $35 million? Kevin we all know that number was inflated by around $12 million so that the tents could be fast tracked and public discussion stopped. Dale West seemed to be trying to convince himself when he said “We had been talking about this (rec facilities) for far too long it was time to get it done.” Did I miss the meeting where the public got to have their say in the Collus funds debate? I guess as Chadwick keeps telling anyone that will listen “We were elected to make the tough decisions”. My view on that is – You were elected to make decisions like whether someone gets an easement on there property. Or maybe a variance to building regulations. Not decisions that effect the whole town in a very big way for many years beyond your mandate. Those decisions (like selling Collus in the first place) should be part of election campaigns. Or be part of very public debate during your term in office.
I see the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-closure-of-shale-beach for the shale beach is now up to 491 signatures in 4 days, closing in on 500, that’s quite impressive. Maybe this thing has legs after all. Please sign this petition. If you want to know what its about take a look at my previous 3 posts.
Why does the town use Leo Longo from Aird and Belis as the towns retained lawyer? This is a downtown 181 Bay St law firm. I guarantee they charge a minimum of $500 per hour. Now admittedly Leo specializes in municipal land use cases and this town council is in front of the OMB more times than Rick Lloyd has declared a Smart Flowers conflict of interest. Is there not a local (or Barrie anyway) law firm that can handle the towns legal issues? I wonder how much we pay this legal firm each month? I am sure Leo is on the clock as soon as he leaves his Toronto office. I bet it costs $4 or $5,000 every time he attends a council meeting.
As some of you know I have had a few very public spats with Scoop. I have accused him of being a ‘shill for the town’ and being the ‘towns mouth piece’ amongst other things. Well if he was he certainly isn’t now see here: http://morganianadams.com/?p=2022 Chadwick and Scoop have been pals (online anyway) for years. I wonder how long it will be before Mr. Chadwick starts the customary blocking of Scoop on Twitter, Facebook and commenting on his blog, like he has with the rest of us?
That’s about it for now happy fathers day to all you dads. Those of you that still have a dad in your life make the most of him while you still can, I lost mine in 2007.