First PPU Meeting

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The first PPU committee, the one rethinking the disastrous current PPU (plan for urban sprawl, unwanted development), had their first meeting. A summary of the meeting can be found on their official site. Seems from the summary that our citizen’s are being pressured to meet very tight deadlines. Why? This is the comment I left, not sure if it will be accepted or not:

Are these self-imposed timelines realistic? Does the committee fully realize what is at stake? The PPU will result in irreversible and destructive changes to the town. It needs proper third party analysis to prove that the citizens will not benefit in any manner. Isn’t that what citizens asked for on May 28th?

Sounds like the city is trying to pressure you because elections are coming up and it is highly unlikely that the current administration will be reelected given the mess they’ve created everywhere in this community: the poorly managed work in downtown Ste. Anne, the never ending construction, merchants struggling to stay in business, Dowker’s sewage issues, the closed overpasses – still not resolved because of the inability to work with their provincial counterparts, the push for disastrous urban sprawl (PPU) which citizens clearly don’t want, the unsafe traffic conditions at our school, and the overall waste of our tax dollars on items such as the golden toilet, which the media claim may have cost over $200,000.

In reality we should be asking for a moratorium on all non-essential development projects such as the PPU. This would be inline with what the city of Montreal is doing.

City suspends all proposed contracts for roads, sewers

MONTREAL – In the wake of damning testimony at the Charbonneau inquiry, the City of Montreal has suspended all new contracts for roads, sewer and waterworks until the provincial government moves to strengthen anti-corruption legislation. Richard Deschamps, vice-chair of the executive committee in charge of infrastructure, said the city’s executive committee voted Wednesday to halt roughly $75 million slated for road, water and sewer repairs as a precaution to avoid any risk of corruption and collusion.

Source: The Gazette

Montreal halts $75M in contracts in wake of corruption allegations

Montreal is suspending the awarding of new infrastructure contracts in the wake of startling testimony at the provincial inquiry into corruption in the construction industry. The city’s executive committee made the decision at a meeting Wednesday morning, according to Richard Deschamps, the committee’s vice-president. The move will halt all new contracts to give the provincial government time to make changes to Bill 35, the law that dictates how public contracts can be awarded.

Source: CBC News

Cartoon below by the great Aislin.
Source: The Gazette