I would like to know how you can freeze, in somebody's view of time, something so
dynamic as a town? How many buildings and houses have already gone throughout the
creation of the town of Port Stanley into what this town is today?
Towns are the way they are because people take care of their property, according
to their own ideas and wallet, and that is the reason that it is called private
property. But when the decision of what you can do with your own property is taken
away from you by some people with some political agendas, well that is called dictatorship.
Port Stanley is what it is today because the people of this town made it that way,
without any interference from any government or agency, especially the Municipal
If we can take a moment and look to all the old pictures of Port Stanley, we must
to realize that this town today it is not similar to what it was 100 years ago.
The people who live here change with the time, and new materials came onto the market
that made it easier for people to fix and transform their properties. Some buildings
no longer useful were demolished to give space for some new construction that today
we all admire and love.
The dynamic evolution of any community can't be frozen, because what is new today,
in 100 years is considered antique. In all the years since the creation of this
town, nobody created rules on how the owners before us has to build or fix their
property, and the results are what we have today; so the question is, why do we
need to create another bureaucratic organization (The Heritage District) to dictate
what people can do on their property?
For some reasons well outside of my understanding, the Municipality of Central Elgin
has made Port Stanley the target of all their experiments and desires. First, they
decided to made the life of the residents hell with all the signs of NO PARKING;
second, the PAY PARKING for everybody who wants to visit our village and take a
dip on our beach or grab a bite on a restaurant; and now they want a HERITAGE DISTRICT,
so they can dictate on people's private property how it can be fixed or what can
be changed or not, according to their likes.
The important issues like the future of the harbour, and the cleanup of all the
highly toxic and contaminated areas that came with the harbour, has taken a distant
second place in the municipality's attention. Unfortunately, the only thing that
we hear from Central Elgin is spending more money on more commissions and more studies
and more blah, blah, blah, but no action and no fixing, and more and more people
are asking What is going on?
So please, do not let this Heritage District became law, and sign the petition to
stop this. We made this town, not the municipal government. Why did they
spend $45,000.00 dollars of our taxes on a consultant and all this none sense? I
bet that we can find a few better places where to spend that money that would actually
help to improve our community. Remember that one of the fundamentals of Democracy
is the respect of the individual private property.
A very good friend of my has a t-shirt with a great print on the front that says:
"Common sense is like deodorant; the people who need it the most don't use it."
And in this case, I think that applies very well to the Municipality of Central
Elgin and a few more.
Port Stanley, ON