Recently it was brought to our attention that a facsimile reproduction of the Glenway Preservation Association’s lawn sign – which still remains on many lawns throughout our community – was used on a local candidate’s brochure as an inference of that person’s support to our cause, with the implication that another candidate did not provide similar support. Several GPA members have taken exception to what they perceive to be the unauthorized and inappropriate use of our lawn signs (albeit a photo-adjusted version) as an “endorsement” of a candidate.
While the GPA has always appreciated whatever support that we have received from politicians at all levels of government, we have steadfastly remained non-partisan in our advocacy on behalf of the Glenway community.
We have not, nor will we, endorse or support the use of our material, logo, website or social media to promote political agendas.
Our role is to work with all levels of government, and with all political parties, to influence the change that we believe is required to protect community interests from unwanted development. Further, as noted in our recent e-mail blast to the community, we continue to insist on a community meeting to discuss “lessons learned” from the devastating decision of the OMB, along with open transparency from Newmarket Council regarding the process and decisions that lead to the final settlement between the Town and Marianneville. Finally, we recognize that there is a broader need to advocate for reforms to the OMB process itself, so that other communities can avoid experiencing losses similar to what has happened here.
Members of the community may wish to refer to an article recently published in the Newmarket Banner, which highlights the position of all provincial candidates on the question of OMB reform. http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4560160-newmarket-aurora-candidates-does-omb-need-to-be-revamped-/#.U5ThfUa5vZo email. Our view on this is that legislative change is necessary. The OMB remains an anomaly – a quasi-judicial body that unilaterally can take decisions in a format that is unfamiliar to communities, disadvantages both residents and municipal councils financially to defend themselves, and of course by definition, favours developers who have focus their applications on exploiting these facts. We believe the OMB needs to be radically altered or completed replaced by a more effective planning approach.