Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work
Hmmm he still needs a good catch line to grab people's attention.....Hey, I got it
"If you can design a better road to the bridge,
Thoughts and Opinions On Today's Important Issues
Surely the Star's editors were not that naïve! They would have known Eddie's game better than anyone.
For the Star, this piece was more along the lines of how an Editorial should be written. Not cheerleading, as has been the usual Star practice, but perhaps a healthy skepticism might be the best way of describing what was written.
That there is a fight on the Editorial Board involving Eddie is obvious. Just look back at some of the Editorials written on the Windsor Utilities Commission fiasco. Fiasco was the Star's choice of a word. The Star had no choice but to slam City Hall but interestingly, the one editorial that really did so did not name the Mayor. The ultimate compromise no doubt.
But it was when I was having breakfast and saw the City's Greenlink ad that I knew that something odd was taking place in Windsor. It took me a long time to put my finger on it but then it hit me like a flash:
RAILS TO TRAILS WAS MORPHING INTO GREENLINK!
When will we see strategically-placed billboards too for Greenlink?
Why just the other day, I was driving underneath the South Windsor Art Gallery, you know the location of the "Tunnel" mural work of art, and saw a City crew tapping on the wall of the underpass. I thought at first they might be trying to determine whether the underpass might collapse but then I realized they were probably looking for a spot to place the Greenlink mural work of art!
From a park in South Windsor, to Rails to Trails and then finally to Greenlink. It had morphed.
My mind was racing now. More strange thoughts were entering my brain:
It could not be. It just was not possible. Yet, in the almost 4 years that Eddie has been Mayor, I do not recall ever seeing Eddie Francis and Mike Hurst, together, at the same time and in the same place.
It was becoming like a very bad science-fiction movie where identities had been switched. Click on the photo to see what the explanation might be!!
I wonder if the New Jersey deal went on Consent too as ours did when it went in front of Council!
Perhaps Marty as Chair of the University Board could call Roots, since they had a deal with the City for clothing, and negotiate a naming rights deal with them for the University Stadium. I hear that is available.
Oh well, I expect there won't be too many people knocking on the door to take up this job in Windsor given the horrible reputation of the City. Accordingly the City will be able to say as it did last time:
Fool me once, shame on you.
Will it be like the first time time around? Our hopes brought to the summit and then come crashing down as reality sinks in and the flaws are exposed within days of the presentation.
Isn't this Sam's third attempt to get it right? One should ask why he did not do this years ago if he supports tunnels so much and had the Central Park and Hudson River Park Trust experience.
Let me give you a few more thoughts about Sam and his Presentation and how it impacts Eddie after having a cup of coffee this morning. It does not look so pretty now once you start looking at the details more closely.
I'm sorry I just could not help it. When I get up as early as I do to make sure that you get a BLOG on your desk first thing in the morning, my mind sometimes plays tricks on me.
The image of Eddie Francis making a "Herculean effort" that we have "never seen before" to fight the "seemingly implacable foe" was just too funny for words. Eddie is now morphing into our Steve Reeves!
Do you really think that anyone really cares what Sam has to say tonight? Windsorites certainly don't. How do I know, it's simple. The location rooms for Sam's presentations have become smaller and smaller as time goes on.
The first one was at the Cleary. Then there was one at the Ciociaro Club, a smaller room. This one is in the Council Chambers, the smallest room. The next one, and there will be another one, will be in a toll booth at the Tunnel. If Eddie was so confident of the support of Windsorites, don't you think he would have booked the biggest hall possible to accommodate the huge crowds.
Tunnel, Shunnel. Schwunnel.... Now that people know whether DRIC will expropriate them or not, their questions have been answered. Except for "how much" if their home or business is to be taken. Windsorite's real protectors now are the several law firms who want to fight for more expropriation money. Co-incidentally, that is Brian Masse's big issue too. That should speak volumes.
Honestly, somebody at City Hall has to be reading my BLOG even though they say they don't. There is no other explanation. I state that Eddie has not used the word "PLAN" very much in the last few weeks and then almost every other word on the Tuesday CKLW morning propaganda show with the Mayor is the word "PLAN."
I mention how Dalton will be able to change his mind even though he said he really liked the DRIC solution and in the Star it is written
Why Eddie just won't come out and say that he already has a deal with the Liberals makes no sense to me because obviously if he did not have one he would have made it a Provincial election issue in this area. Games, games, games.
At least the Ambassador Bridge people should be pleased for the time being. They are not the main "enemy" at this time. They can wait for a bit. The "seemingly implacable foe" is now DRIC. I guess that Eddie has learned from history not to fight a war on two fronts.
I couldn't believe what I heard on the radio this morning. We are going to be hit by an advertising extravaganza that will cost us who knows how much money that will last over two months by the time it is done. Eddie really must be afraid of WeACT and what may be uncovered in the Windsor Utilities Commission fiasco to keep the border road issue going for so long. I am sure that two months of Sam will also make sure that any bad news about the arena gets put on the back pages of the Star.
The Eminence Greasie must be revelling in all this. It allows him to do what he hasn't been able to do for years. Come on, you don't think that Eddie has got the skills to do all this alone do you. No, His Greasieness has been working on this feverishly for a long time making sure first that the Liberals are onside and then designing a campaign to ensure that Eddie is our hero. I'll bet that certain sycophants are using their thesauruses today to find all kinds of words of praise for our Mayor.
I wonder who in the media has already been let in on the secret so we can see, read and hear about all kinds of interesting drawings, stories and maps tomorrow. You don't honestly believe that they would have time to do all of this given their deadlines.
What's funny about all of this is listening to Eddie on the radio when he talks about a 5 1/2 year time period on the border issue as if this is something that we should be proud of. If it is now the 11th hour and 59th minute according to him, then who has made the crisis? For heavens sake, he has been the Mayor for most of this time and has failed, and failed miserably, to find a solution.
Now he wants us, the citizens of Windsor, to forget all of that and to bail him out. After all, it is being positioned as OUR fault if this fails, not HIS, since it is up to EACH of us to support HIS PLAN.
And if it totally fails, then what can a small town Mayor with no authority and no clout do against such seemingly implacable foes. We just might have to send him to Ottawa to continue this battle in the coming Federal election. Sorry Brian, you may be a victim in this war since Eddie's house move means he has to run against you. But don't worry, in his new Ministerial role, he will fight to get you a high-paying, Border Authority job or a Senate seat.
And this will go on for months and months and months as we were told on the radio. No wonder the Star sent a reporter overseas to see how the war was fought in Afghanistan. Interestingly, the fellow who wrote the story about DRIC today, Doug Schmidt, was that reporter. He needed battle experience because we have a war to fight! I wonder if he will be our new war correspondent, and not David Battagello who usually writes these types of stories.
I don't get it. In all of this time, if we'd had a Mayor who knew what he was doing, we would have had negotiations with the Senior Levels that would have arrived at a solution by now. Instead of a report by Sam that will counter what the Senior Levels are doing, we would have had a report that would be co-operating with the people with all the money and the power to put the road wherever they want it to go.
The one thing that everyone must remember in all of this brouhaha is the fact that Windsor is in serious economic difficulty. We could use thousands of jobs now, high-paying jobs, that will be created by building a road to the border. Heck, we already lost the $300M BIF funds since that program ended.
I have to tell you that I just do not understand what is going on. I know that it is a public relations exercise but what I do know is what it is designed to accomplish. My only thought is that someone made a calculation that we might have a Federal election shortly. There was talk that the Conservatives would call an election in mid-October after the Thrown Speech.
Since an election would take several months, Eddie and the Province might have been able to use the advertising campaign as pressure on the Conservatives. As we know, the Province is desperate for Federal money and wants the Federal share of infrastructure money to be increased above the 50-50 split that they have in place now. The Province also wants more money spent in Ontario for cross-border trade and not as much spent on the Asian Gateway in British Columbia.
Remember what I said before, Windsor is the testbed for the Federal/Provincial fight not Toronto. Neither party wants this kind of a fight when they want to win seats in Toronto and in the 905 area code geographic area.
As for Eddie, the ad campaign would work well for him if he chose to run federally and could also be used as a tool to try to help Jeff Watson's opponents. He could try the same game with the Conservatives that he played with the Liberals and with Sandra Pupatello's seat. He was successful against her and the thinking must be that he can be successful with Watson's seat being vulnerable.
Or, is this part of the Eddie stall while he works on whatever it is he really works on that we don't know about. We went through this after Sam's presentation in Tecumseh and it went nowhere but took up a lot of time.
So Sam, here we go again. Don't expect a standing ovation this time around. Make sure that no one asks Parsons Brinckerhoff about the Big Dig in Boston and the huge cost overruns. Make sure that no one asks about the falling concrete that caused a tragedy there. Make sure that no one speaks about scrubbing tunnel exhaust or people being stuck in the tunnels if there's a backup at the border.
I hope that the artists renditions are as good as the first time and that you have some of those cute animations too.
Oh what the heck, a job's a job and the pay is good. And don't worry, since this was done for David Estrin, all of your work is solicitor-client privilege protected so we mortals will never get to see any of your background work even though we paid for it all.
Now that's a lot of money to be used to win a majority government, errrrrrr to help make up the infrastructure deficit in this country.
How much of it do you think will be used in the Windsor area for the new crossing? Do the Conservatives really believe that they have a chance of winning a new seat down here? Do the Conservatives want to help out our Mayor, the fellow who has threatened to sue them on how many occasions, and who is ganging up on them with the Province? Do the Conservatives want to ensure that Jeff Watson is returned to Ottawa?
Do you know what the ultimate irony might be? The Conservative Government spends a ton of money down here to create high-paying, infrastructure jobs to help Jeff Watson get re-elected but spend it instead on the road to the Ambassador Bridge as an "intermediate solution" as they table the DRIC process.
MAYOR RETURNS MONEY TO TAXPAYERS
You might want to check out this story "Mayor Returns $48 Million to Taxpayers, Then Retires" http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22111
The story states:
I wonder if the City's International Relations Committee might want to twin with the Village of Crestwood. I know that the trip would not be as exotic as going overseas, nevertheless the Committee might actually bring back some useful information that could be used to help out taxpayers by decreasing taxes. Or in Windsor's case, to spend on new extravaganzas.
Wouldn't it be ironic, if this Crestwood concept was carried out during the term of our Mayor, Mayor Lewenza? After all, he will have experience in laying off union members, as Chair of the Windsor Utilities Commission, if water and sewer services are made part of a P3 solution.
COUNCILLOR BRISTER'S FAVOURITE BLOGGER MAKES THE BIG TIME
You see, if he only had more sense, the Councillor formerly known as Councillor Budget could have been interviewed as part of the Canadian Business Magazine article on "Watermaingate." (Yes, the coined word finally made the big time news media).
Windsor and the Windsor Utilities Commission fiasco was one of the examples quoted in the Magazine's article "Things Fall Apart." That article talked about how infrastructure could be paid for in the future using private funds.
Oh I am not the Blogger that I referred to. That honour goes to the Mayor of Monmouth, Peter Angermann, who was extensively quoted in the story. Peter could have praised the Councillor in the story and helped boost his career. It would have made also another fine addition to the Councillor's increasingly bulging media scrapbook.
I am certain that Peter would have wanted to say something nice about the Councillor but he had to go off and do some charity work instead.
WHAT IS OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE NOW
I certainly would not want to depend upon the Gazelle Feeders for our future. Thank goodness for Tony Toldo and his friends who have finally figured out that Windsor needs them and cannot rely upon its Municipal Government for economic development.
Windsor's success was built on the automobile industry. Hopefully, the new Engineering Complex will be the beginning of Windsor becoming the "Automobile Intellectual Capital of Canada." That is provided that certain people don't mess it up for their own agenda.
Tourism was supposed to be our new salvation with thousands of people being hired in that industry. You remember all the stories about the Casino and how it was going to boost our downtown. Well you saw what happened to our downtown. But don't worry, the Casino expansion will make everything all right. The only problems in that optimistic view of the world are the opening of new Casinos in Detroit and stories like this that I saw on MSN/Sympatico:
And our Mayor is still trying to flog the new and improved, many times rewritten Schwartz report to prove that he was right after all for ego gratification rather than working with the Ambassador Bridge Company and the Senior Levels of Government to work on a solution that will bring thousands of high-paying jobs to Windsor and fill up our hotel rooms until such time as our new economy is ready to roll.
It really is so sad.
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It sure sounds like a similar topic to me.
Believe it or not there were over three dozen people who registered and spoke as delegations in that March meeting. It was a "Special" meeting too I believe and should have set a precedent for Tuesday's Special meeting. But it did not.
If that meeting was not true democracy in action at the Municipal level than I don’t know what it is. That was also the meeting where Alan McKinnon received the biggest round of applause when he attacked the Mayor and Council with his theme:
Who will take him seriously when he is so afraid of his own citizens, when he doesn’t trust us. Why does he hide everything from us? Is it any wonder that citizens demanded an independent investigation of the Windsor Utilities Commission? What a fall for a Mayor who received almost 80% of the votes at last year’s election to a Mayor who has to bring in a third-party to investigate what was done.
Compare that with the Bridge Company. Here is another CKLW clip
Here is another point. Remember, according to the Star, the deadline for DRIC comments is October 15. Our Mayor does not start listening to citizens until that date so how can we contribute anything that will help our City. It is too late!
Presumably, by that time, the City will already have presented its comments to DRIC. This exercise that we are going through with the Ward Meetings is nothing more than “expletive deleted!” The exercise is nothing more than pure, controlled manipulation. It's all the theatre of the aburd. Nothing we say will count at all. Who knows if the results will even be forwarded on.
I wonder if the results of the Ward meetings will be the same as that which the Mayor and Council want. Why then the Mayor will say that he has a mandate to move forward from Windsorites on his "expletive deleted" PLAN! [Have you noticed that he has not used the word "plan" very much lately. I guess he finally admitted to himself that he has none!]
Why is taxpayer money going to be spent for an ad campaign when the Premier has already said that the DRIC proposal is "a pretty solid recommendation" and Sandra has confirmed that there is no scrubbing technology around! Haven't they rejected Schwartz already? Or have they?
Obviously, the ads are all to glorify our leader and keep the border road front and centre and not allow us to think about things like an 86% increase in water rates or a City falling apart with job losses and a declining retail market as people flock to the US to buy.
The ad campaign nothing more other than "expletive deleted" to show how "expleted deleted" tough Eddie is as Dalton crumbles. I guess that is to scare the Feds and the Bridge Co. too
Distract and divert citizen attention from real problems! I can hardly wait to hear the praise at the start from the usual cast of sycophants.
[Psssst....I have already speculated that there must be a "secret" deal. Why else would Dalton give himself an out if needed when in Windsor: