City council rebuffs Bill 25 (May 23, The Post)
the mayor and city council speak out loudly and critically against
the actions of the provincial government it is very important that
the public be informed of the details. Therefore, I would like to
thank the Post for making this front page news.
our community leaders are referring to Bill 25 as "draconian" and
"highly disrespectful of municipal authority and the public's right
for input," I decided to read this bill to see if I would agree.
that Ward 3 Councillor John Taylor was right when he said; "Bill
25 has got to be withdrawn. It's completely, utterly unacceptable."
is why I agree:
bill amends a number of acts including the Ontario Planning and
Development Act that currently provides for the establishment of
development planning areas and the preparation of development plans
in respect of those areas. It provides for the further establishment
of infrastructure corridor planning areas and while doing so says
that those areas are not undertakings under the Environmental Assessment
should all find this upsetting, but it gets even worse when it says
Minister of Transportation may confer with any person or public
body that the minister considers may have an interest in the proposed
plan. If, after considering the submissions received, modifications
to the proposed plan appear "desirable" to the minister, the minister
may, "at his discretion" consult further with the public and municipalities
and planning boards. Then after considering the submissions received
the minister may make such modifications to the proposed plan "as
the minister considers desirable."
makes it possible for the Minister of Transportation to do whatever
he "desires" and accordingly gives him way too much power.
mayor and council were right to jump all over this bill. We live
in a free country, but the provincial government should not confuse
that to mean they can do "whatever they desire."
my view our council is upset for a very good reason.
Hicks, Burlington (By e-mail)