Steve Berman mentioned this on his Enough is Enough Facebook page and I was thinking the same thing when I saw the above picture in the Enterprise Bulletin story late last week here:
The above picture sums up exactly how things work in the political system at present in Collingwood. What amazes me is the blatant cronyism and nepotism on clear display. They aren’t even trying to have the appearance of impartiality when it comes to Mr. Assaff.
Let me explain: In the picture we have Mr. Assaff in the blue shirt who refuses to clean up his abandoned construction site on the corner of Hume and Hurontario. On the shovel to the right him our enabling Mayor, to the left our compliant Deputy Mayor. Then at the end Cunningham, Chadwick and throw in for good measure Kevin Lloyd to the right behind the mayor. That is your voting bloc folks. That is the reason for many of this towns political woes including blocking the site remediation of the Admiral Collingwood Place site that the public made quite clear it wants cleaned up. Mike Edwards is also there but he must have been accidently put on the email invite list because he is definitely not part of this elite group. I know for sure that Keith Hull and Joe Gardhouse were not invited to breath the same rarified air as the gang of 5 voting block, for this photo op.
Also they celebrate the development of this prized piece of real estate at the gateway of our downtown that will be a pharmacy, a bank, more empty office space and more black top parking spaces. A development that would look right at home on the main drag of Brampton (see picture below). In the meantime you still cannot sit and have a beer, a coffee or a meal on the waterfront of this town. Most of the time I forget that Collingwood is even on one of the most beautiful fresh water lakes in the world. Think about it, we have a Court House (Assaff owned) a Sobeys (facing away from the water) and now a bank, a pharmacy and yet more offices on our beautiful pristine water front.
But what the hell Mr. Assaff eventually got his major financial institution and pharmacy commercial tenants, so I guess it’s all good.