City and SmartCentres Conspire to Confound Leslieville Neighbors

Give the local residents of Leslieville some credit – they came out in strong numbers at the OMB pre-hearing yesterday, and even dressed someone up as a SmartCentres penguin to hand out “no big box” flyers. Overall, an excellent example of stalwart neighbourhood spirit in the face of corporate greed. Too bad their faith in their City now appears misplaced…

To the astonishment of all present, the City did not provide the OMB with their all-important “issues list” for the TFS/SmartCentres rezoning application, even though the Board had previously ordered all parties to do so at this very hearing and even though the City had several weeks to prepare for this hearing.

The City’s lame excuse of not yet knowing the “framework” of the application doesn’t hold water…how did less-sophisticated stakeholders and landowners of the surrounding lands like Loblaws and Canada Post come up with issues while the City could not? Do these organizations have entire planning departments that rival the City’s? The answer is no.

The result of this highly suspicious dropping of the ball by our City is now an additionally-scheduled pre-hearing on October 30th, and you can bet the attendance numbers of the neighbours will be lower…people need to work, too.

What a shame that the fighting spirit of this neighbourhood is being dissipated by its own City, and by its own Councilor who opened the door for TFS to rezone three years ago…

How long, I wonder, before this same Councilor utters the trademark NDP “we tried” excuse, much in the same way Adam Vaughn did earlier this week as Home Depot positioned itself perfectly to get approval to build on Queen Street West?

Thanks to the City’s move yesterday, that day is now looking more likely…

Leon’s in the Roundhouse, Home Depot on Queen West, Wal Mart in Leslieville…in the end, Miller and his cronies will indeed have left a lasting mark on our City…

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