This is a call to attend and speak at the upcoming council meeting, courtesy of LIMITS (Land Is More Important Than Sprawl):
Next Tuesday, December 8, the mayor and council are discussing and
hearing delegations on the city’s budget. A big subject here is the
Hanlon Creek Business Park – the project is tying our city to tens of
millions of dollars of debt, and of course there’s no guarantee any of
that money will be made in land sales anytime soon, if at all.
Currently the city is on the line for $33 million for the HCBP. Debt
financing is a major reason for the recession we’re in, and it’s a
really risky way to run a city – but that’s the way things are being
run right now.
We have been told countless times to stop organizing around the HCBP,
that council approved it in 2005, so nothing can be done about it.
But the HCBP is a huge part of the budget, and that’s being discussed
in council next week. We need as many people as possible to come out
and make delegations to council, and advocate against this huge,
expensive, dead-end industrial park.
The meeting starts at 7pm. To make a delegation, you have to register
beforehand – email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Joyce at (519) 822-1260,
ext 2440. There will be lots of other people coming out to speak too,
and it should be a very interesting evening with lots of concerns
One more quick note on the budget: there are some pretty sad things in
the works – the city is seriously considering closing the Centennial
arena, the Centennial pool and the Lyons pool on York rd., eliminating
free 2-hour parking downtown, raising bus fares, cutting bus services,
eliminating winter sidewalk clearance, and much more. Many of these
things disproportionately affect marginalized people. The city needs
to be told to stop putting millions of dollars towards new contracts
for the HCBP, and put that money towards social services and other
actual needs of people.
Highly recommended reading on the subject of the HCBP and the budget,
and why the HCBP should be dropped or at least delayed:
Letter to the editor from Hugh Whiteley, City shouldn’t be paying for
provincial highway project: