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An Open Letter To Tiny’s Residents

For the past 10 years, I have worked tirelessly both as the fire chief and then as a member of Council, to improve the safety and quality of life for Tiny’s residents.

Unfortunately, Council’s positions on a number of very important issues that affect all Tiny residents run contrary to mine. After almost three years of trying, I have finally arrived at the conclusion that further efforts on my part to see strong action taken, on behalf of residents, regarding serious matters such as short-term rentals and French’s Hill gravel extraction and washing will be futile.

The current gravel mining operations at French’s Hill represent a significant threat to both the water in the underlying aquifers and the natural filtration system that purifies the ground water being regenerated from precipitation, etc. Continued destruction of this filtration system will, in all likelihood, negatively impact the water quality that we all rely on for basic survival. There are plenty of gravel deposits throughout Ontario that could be harvested without impacting water resources. This activity is, in my opinion, and in that of a consortium of world-renowned water scientists, a completely incompatible undertaking that needs to be stopped in its tracks before it is too late. This recharge area, which contributes to the Alliston Aquifer, provides clean water to thousands of residents for many miles around its location.

Memorandums of Settlement with large multi-national corporations will do nothing to preserve this natural phenomenon, which, according to these same scientists, is an “inexcusable” activity. It has been branded as the purest water known to man. Continuing to permit this operation has the potential to create a disaster for future generations. Admittedly, the province of Ontario has the authority to issue licences to both extract and take millions of litres of water a day, simply for the purpose of washing this gravel. I firmly believe that a very strong and unified voice of objection from this Council would go a long way to encouraging Premier Ford to live up to the commitment he made to the people of Milton, Ontario, last year, when faced with a similar dilemma.

Many neighbourhoods in Tiny have been, or in the process of being, decimated by the huge influx of short-term rentals. Residents no longer know their neighbours. It is attacking the very fabric of our township.

In my view, Council and some senior staff have sidestepped this issue for so long that it may be unfixable at this point. Because of what I consider to be poor legal and planning opinions as to the legality of permitting these businesses in residential areas, I believe that both Council and responsible senior staff used these opinions to avoid taking strong action, instead relying on the facade of a “zero-tolerance policy” that most obviously did not ever adequately address an issue that is negatively impacting so many neighbourhoods. Many of these unscrupulous STR operators are known to have continued to rent during the provincial stay-at-home order, which prohibited rentals of this nature unless they were for permanent accommodation. Expecting residents to directly address their concerns with STR operators who are rarely on site, not contactable, or hardly concerned with anything other than generating huge revenues is both naive and unreasonable.

The current zoning by-law has, for many years, and still continues to restrict “tourist establishments”, which are, by definition, premises used by the travelling and vacationing public, to only three small areas (zoning categories) in Tiny. Simply stated, they are NOT permitted in any residential zones, and never have been. STR’s, especially dedicated STR’s, are clearly a commercial use and should never have been permitted in residential zones. Any other view is, in my opinion, an attempt by Council and Planning and By-law Departments to sidestep their responsibility for allowing this mess to get out of control in the first place. Responsibility is undeniable, in my view.

In closing, I feel that I had no real option but to walk away from the table prior to my term’s end next year. I am saddened by my decision to do so, as I have never before turned my back on a commitment that I have made. This was a hard decision to make. I realize that my comments will raise the ire of Council, some members of the Senior Management Team, and residents, both those who supported my efforts and those that did not. That is not my intention. Hopefully, my comments might cause some reflection on the part of all concerned. I know that I certainly have, of late.

Also, I hope that my resignation might cause residents to closely examine Council’s actions during this and previous terms and decide if they feel that the level of Council leadership, action, and staff direction have helped or hindered the outcome of the two critical issues that I have raised. Of course, there are many more. There always will be. Is/has Council done everything in its power to stand tall on the very important issues of preserving the local environment (water quality) and the ability to have peaceful enjoyment of your property while being surrounded by short-term rentals when there was no need for it?

In one year, as voters, you will have the opportunity to express your level of satisfaction with the casting of ballots. For Tiny’s sake, please vote wisely. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to represent my residents for the past three years and I thank those that allowed me to do so.

Warm regards, Former Councillor Tony Mintoff

Dear Editor;

I’ve worked in the computer industry for over 30 years. During that time I’ve seen a lot of technology come and go so when I finally decided to investigate what “crypto” was and how it worked I was not really surprised with what I found.

I’ve been reading about crypto currencies for years. Every week a new one appeared. Everyone seemed to be getting rich off of them. Many people were getting scammed by them. How would I even get started? More importantly, how would I not get ripped off?

First I looked the top ten digital currencies, then worked my way down the list.  Only one of them made any sense at all. The rest just seemed to be scams. So, I’m going to talk a little bit about a crypto currency called XRP. To me, it is the only one that I can understand.

The only thing I knew when I started was that a friend of mine had an XRP account, so I downloaded an XRP wallet and asked him what to do next. He sent me 50 XRP and with a message, “Don’t say I never gave you anything.”

So there it is. I was in the crypto game. In the water with all the sharks.

Swiming around trying to figure out what to do next

I landed on Kijiji. It did not take long to realize that I could spend my XRP there. I found that a few of the sellers would accept XRP as payment, all I had to do was ask. “Do you accept XRP?” Many replied with,”Yep, here’s my address”.  Then I went to Facebook. “Do you accept XRP?” Many replied with,”Yep, here’s my address”. The pattern continued.

The XRP community was big…bigger than I had ever thought. The thing was, it was not out in the open. It was not being advertised. Many people knew about it, but not many people spoke about it.

As it turns out, I really like using crypto. It is easy to use. Super fast.

Costs nothing to send. Costs nothing to spend. I don’t need a bank account. (I hate paying fees to a bank for them to hold my money.)  I like being in control of my money and not have to deal with our wealthy financial institutions.  I also like that my XRP has increased in value since I got it.  For me, XRP is the future of money.

submitted by

James Wonta

Email james@zahadoom.com for any questions.

My View – Bill French

An Enigma wrapped up in a Conundrum

Something hit me today while at Mass when I was listening to the televised homily from Cardinal Collins about Stewardship, referring to readings from the Book of Wisdom 2.12, 17-20 and James 3.16-4.3 . The Cardinal suggested that to know ourselves and be followers of the will of Christ, we must think of God first, neighbour second and then one’s self, in that order, which by my faith background all makes sense. However I have an enigma wrapped up in a conundrum. Last week some pastors suggested that having the vaccine is an act of love and even went as far as saying an obligation.

We are now learning from the science such as the CDC that the only person really protected with the vaccine is the person vaccinated. I have never argued against being vaccinated, even though I am highly suspect of a vaccine that was created and tested in 6 months which normally takes 5 to 7 years. The vaccines are effective in reducing the impacts, if infected, and will improve your survival rate. However since the vaccinated can still be infected and carry the same viral load as the unvaccinated, and more likely to be asymptomatic, and able to infect others unknowingly, is that not being selfish and self serving before others?

To me the Passport and testing protocols being implemented by businesses and government suggest that we are all losing our grasp on reality. In a workplace, why would you only demand testing for the unvaccinated when the odds are, and I think this will be proven over the next 3 months, that the spreaders are more the vaccinated (and in their defence they are not aware they are carrying the virus as they are asymptomatic). People will argue this point and say the data shows more unvaccinated are showing positive. Of course they are as they will be hit multiple times harder than the vaccinated if infected and will be tested more often and you don’t need to be a Rhodes Scholar to deduct that conclusion. Should there not be random testing with both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated if that is the protocol or is this just a rouse to continue the harassment and intimidation of the unvaccinated. I know that doesn’t fit the narrative that all levels of government have created over the last few months. I am shocked that aside from the anti-vaccers and anti maskers (most of their antics and protesting outside schools and hospitals are inexcusable) that doctors and others that believe in freedom are not challenging these steps too far. We all should be protesting the rapid loss of freedoms and rights we have experienced in the last 18 months.

The COVID-19 pandemic will end when there is herd immunity which will be created by those that have been vaccinated and those that have been infected and survive and until such time, wear a mask, physically distant and sanitize appropriately. COVID-19 is a deadly disease but removing our fundamental rights to fight it is a step too far. Now back to Cardinal Collins. God also gave us free will!

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