Monday, February 22, 2016

Sunny Ways do not lead to Happy Trails in Ontario

Debate last Thursday at Queens Park in Toronto finally came to Bill 100, being Supporting Ontarios Trails Act, An Act to enact the Ontario Trails Act 2016, which has many landowners and taxpayers across the province quite concerned about, with their ever so encroached rights and freedoms by the ever so intrusive government and bureaucracy. After listening to the former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and current Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Responsible for Anti-Racism and Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games Honourable Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East, this Bill 100 sounds like a land grab like no other as Rural and Northern Ontario becomes the playground for playmates Toronto and Urban Ontario while citizens within lose their land and watch from the murky windows of their farmhouses. To counter his governing thought, no, this bill is not about healthy living because no government can legislate the health or lives of its citizens, nor is this bill about its advancement of sport which government has proven again and again that it not an advocate of arts and all other entertainment, rather this whole legislative exercise is about using collective power over individual right being that of 1000 clubs participated and 250 consulted via 5 regional sessions plus 2 sessions with aboriginal communities yet with not 1 landowner having a word of input.

Any official piece of legislation, with such a potentially negative impact on land use agreements in Ontario, needs to communicate both clearly and coherently how it will positively reconcile balance with landowner property rights, by a government more happy defending autocracy of the Premier, than liberty of its people.

Making plans to open doors which should remain closed, until the continues practice of temporary agreements not the future visage of permanent easements can be procured locally between landowner and landusers, is a tradition a trustless government needs to slowly but surely get over and the sooner the better for us all. Expecting s government, any or all kinds of government all over, to support, sustain, and subsidize a system of trails so grand throughout this tremendous province when they can not even fund a public electricity system properly is setting us all up for an even grander disappointment ahead. Watch as many of the public trails across Ontario, including the granddaddy of them all the Bruce Trail built through past land use planning framework under Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Bill Davis against Ontario Liberal opposition, now loses support of various individual landowners who pull out their sections from the present land use planning legislation under Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne against Ontario Progressive Conservative opposition, plus ca change, plus cest la meme chose.