What’s good for Toronto isn’t for all

Industrial wind farms have this region up in arms, right along with many other areas of Ontario. But here the fight is getting nasty and will continue to do so unless Queen’s Park starts to pay attention.

By JIM MERRIAM, Barrie Examiner

Ontario has no geographic borderline like the Green Line in the Middle East or the Mason-Dixon Line in the U.S. Instead our province has a significant area bordered (roughly) by two lines, Highway 17 to the north and Highway 7 to the south.

Caught in the middle is a huge chunk of land that lacks a clear identity. For the want of a better alternative we’ll call it central Ontario.

This region is home to some of the best farmland in the country, boasting productive acreages for crops such as corn, canola and soybeans. Apple production is a major business in parts of the region and some of the biggest beef producers in the land operate feedlots in the area. Pigs are a mainstay for many major farms and sheep production is a growing industry.

The country, if not the world, looks to Bruce Power, situated in this region, as a leader in nuclear power generation. Over the years some of the best handmade furniture ever produced has come from the area, as have ships, motorcars and even cigarettes.

At one time or another central Ontario has been home to such notable figures as First World War flying ace Billy Bishop, Canada’s first female MP Agnes Macphail, Prime Minister Mackenzie King and actor David James Elliot, to name just a few.

The entire area is a playground for the denizens of the Golden Horseshoe, boasting some of the best beaches, ski hills and watercourses in the country, to say nothing of the spectacular sunsets.

Hockey in Canada would not be where it is today had not central Ontario contributed the likes of Syl Apps, Cyclone Taylor and Paul Henderson to the game.

This region is even home to Wiarton Willie, an international star who was in the news again this week for his weather prognosticating skills (or lack thereof ).

In spite of all this and more, central Ontario is missing one key thing — provincial government attention.

The fact the Dalton Gang didn’t know there was anything north of Highway 7 used to be a joke in the early days of the current seven-year Liberal reign. Nobody’s laughing today.

To be sure, northern Ontario is poorly treated by Queen’s Park. But at least there is some recognition of its unique nature and special needs.

Not so central Ontario. If there’s a rule that’s good enough for Toronto, it’s good enough for all of southern Ontario no matter how restless it makes the natives to the immediate north of the Big Smoke.

The total lack of understanding of this region has been evidenced in everything from cumbersome manure handling rules to school accommodation processes that may fit urban society but have no place in the country.

Industrial wind farms have this region up in arms, right along with many other areas of Ontario. But here the fight is getting nasty and will continue to do so unless Queen’s Park starts to pay attention.

Although the long gun registry is a federal matter, the Dalton Gang is on record as supporting it, even though it is completely useless, even insulting, to the folks in both central and northern regions.

The list of ways in which central Ontario has been ignored, or trampled on by the province is longer than a Barack Obama speech.

Fortunately so are the memories of residents of the region. A provincial election is due in nine months. Central Ontario can’t wait.

6 thoughts on “What’s good for Toronto isn’t for all

  1. But wait!…. There’s more…

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    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/933987–ontario-liberals-wrestle-with-policy-plans-amid-fiscal-realities?bn=1

    “Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals are huddled all weekend working on a campaign platform they hope will lead them to a third term on Oct. 6.

    A governing party that has found electoral success boosting public services must now wrestle with the fiscal constraints posed by an $18.7 billion budget deficit.

    “No question that’s a challenge,” said one senior Liberal official on Saturday.

    “There is a real split between those who think we should offer new programs and those who favour restraint and prudence,” confided another plugged-in official.”

    ….

    ““Liberals win when we are talking about health and education,” said a party insider, warning that Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wants the election to be solely about the 13 per cent harmonized sales tax and soaring hydro costs.

    “If we are talking about the HST and energy bills, we are toast,” the insider said.

    Despite such ominous talk, Liberals are upbeat about their chances for a “three-peat.””

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    A Three-Peat? Really?

    Get to work folks. Talk to your neighbours. Talk to your city relatives, friends and acquaintances.

    It’s time to get this ousting on the road!

  2. Central Ontario, Northern Ontario, Southern Ontario, South Western Ontario, Eastern Ontario, RURAL Ontario as a whole has been dismissed by this government.

  3. Toronto is getting screwed by Dalton in other ways , just as badly as Rural Onatrio is with Wind and Energy costs…..Dalton shows no favourites here and is probably the worst threat to this Province since SARS!

    I live in Rural Ontario, was born and raised in Toronto and I have the same love for my new home as my old……………only united in fighting this “despots actions” will we conquer what has fast become the “Demise of Ontario”!

  4. The 10% rebate on your hydro bill that the Liberals have given you, well they already increased your taxes to cover the rebates.

  5. “The 10% rebate on your hydro bill that the Liberals have given you, well they already increased your taxes to cover the rebates”

    Yeah, we know Ep…

    Unfortunately, the masses are easily bribed with their own money.

    Why? Because IT’S GREEN!

    No pun intended, but that was all it took for the Liberals to throw literally to the wind, any vestige of intelligence they’ve never had to begin with and rubber stamp the GEA pretty much verbatim, as handed to them by The Green Energy Act Alliance!

    It is green, therefore it is good. That’s all we need to know!

    Yeah, right!

    B.B.W

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