Rezoning decision was wrong
The City of Greater Sudbury planning committee recommended the rezoning of a property on Vermillion Lake against the objections of the entire local community and their elected representative. Council passed the resolution recommending the rezoning Sept. 24.
The reasoning for the rezoning given at council was shameful.
Objecting residents did so based on the planned land use not being in a correct location. The committee discarded this as not being a valid reason to disallow the rezoning.
As a correct location would be on property already appropriately zoned for the facility — and there is plenty available in Sudbury — it is difficult to understand how this objection could be discarded in such a cavalier manner.
Residents of the community have purchased and maintained and paid taxes on their properties in strict compliance with existing zoning. A facility that doesn’t meet the requirements of that zoning is obviously in the wrong location.
The planning department was asked if other locations had been evaluated. Their response was that the applicant had indicated to them that other sites were looked at, but none met their criteria except the one in question.
Planning staff indicated they were not aware of where the other sites were and were not aware of what criteria the applicant used in selecting this location. There did not appear to be any knowledge in the planning department of where the other sites were or if any of them were in appropriately zoned areas.
There did not appear to have been any knowledge available as to the intended building(s) or code requirements that would need to be met. It would be incorrect to assume the existing building, formerly a rabbit barn, would be suitable for 24-hour habitation by humans.
Adding to this was a claim the city could not discriminate regarding land users, based on who they are. While this is true regarding who they are, it certainly is not true regarding other criteria. The city can, and is obligated to, discriminate based on the land-use criteria specified for a specific zoning area. They chose not to.
The city has chosen to discriminate against those who have conformed to the zoning by allowing one select group to defy the zoning, seemingly to avoid being seen as discriminating.
If, as indicated in council, the only reasons for allowing the rezoning are to ensure there is no discrimination, then the planning committee and council have failed by approving the rezoning.
For those in the community who purchased and built there in compliance with the zoning requirements, the discrimination against them is offensive and probably grounds for a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal challenge of the decision.
Trudeau’s misguided priorities
A message to all the voters who love Justin Trudeau and will vote Liberal on Oct. 21: Trudeau is increasing Canada’s global funding for abortion to $1.4 billion annually by 2023 — a commitment that will continue to 2030.
The new fund expands the Liberal commitment of $650 million to fund and promote abortion in developing countries.
Campaign Life Coalition “ strongly condemns Trudeau’s latest move. Sexual and reproductive health rights are a euphemism for abortion on demand, sterilization and radical sexual education.
Moreover, the $650 million Liberal abortion fund is bankrolling advocacy groups involved in lobbying efforts to repeal existing pro-life legislation in developing countries.”
Where are our priorities in Canada?
Mercury poisoning was first discovered in Northern Ontario in the 1970s. This has affected the health of the Aboriginal communities of Grassy Narrows and Whitedog.
The Liberal government has ignored this serious health situation.
Yet, we can spend millions in other countries, ignoring the plight of our Indigenous people.
Every spring, Kashechewan First Nations declares a state of emergency to evacuate because of flooding. The government has broken promises to move Kashechewan, a remote Cree community of about 2,000 on the western coast of James Bay.
Again, our government has millions to finance other countries aborting thousands of babies, ignoring the people of Kashechewan, who are flooded out annually and have to be evacuated to Thunder Bay, Kapuskasing and Timmins and Sudbury.
I repeat, where are our priorities?