Happy Mom’s day to all the moms I know and love and to my own mom!
Another beautiful May weekend is in store for us but today our president’s
editorial expresses her sadness and frustration with those greedy developers
who continue to ruin friendly and welcoming strip plazas.
This is Donna J. Jodhan’s sentiments for this weekend and we encourage you
to support her call to stop those unscrupulous developers and to plead with
Toronto Council to walk the walk!
I’m Christian Robicheau.
What happens when Greedy developers deliberately ruin neighbourhoods
By Donna J. Jodhan
There are always two sides and maybe even more to every picture. Developers
would often say that they are not ruining neighbourhoods. Instead, they are
ensuring that living standards are being looked after for the betterment of
the neighbourhood. That they are providing alternatives for the community
to take advantage of.
What they almost always fail to admit is that they are also looking after
their own welfare; they are stuffing their pockets while at the same time
they are depriving the vulnerable of ways and means to live independently.
No one is going to argue that in order to live we need to garner income and
there is absolutely nothing wrong with this.
However, when you have selfish and greedy and unscrupulous developers who
literally ruin the independence of the vulnerable; seniors and persons with
disabilities who depend heavily on those homely and welcoming strip plazas
to shop for necessities, this is where I personally draw the line.
This is exactly what is happening right before our eyes at the corner of
Finch and Pharmacy avenues in Scarborough Ontario and thus far the Municipal
Council has not lifted a finger to save the vulnerable.
First the greedy grabbers managed to gain permission to construct a town
house complex at the corner of 3050 Pharmacy avenue. Then if this was not
enough they are now going after the construction of another town house
complex at 3079 Pharmacy avenue. Of course, these money grabbers are going
to say that this latest proposed construction is going to enrich the
neighbourhood and raise the value of property. Maybe so but at what cost?
By ripping down the strip mall at 3079 Pharmacy avenue and replacing it with
their version of enriching the neighbourhood, they are affectively changing
the lives of those seniors, persons with disabilities, and others who have
depended on this neighbourhood jewel for so many years. Not in a positive
way but in a very negative way.
When all is said and done, these greedy developers would have filled their
deep pockets with blood money and those mentioned above would have lost an
important part of their daily lives.
For no longer will they be able to visit the AginCourt Bakery to buy their
pastries, bread, and purchase those yummy Italian meals. No longer will
they be able to shop at the Dan Forth supermarket to buy their West Indian
produce and products. No longer will they be able to pick up their
prescriptions and necessary pharmaceuticals from the friendly Royal Crest
Pharmacy. No longer will they be able to pick up last minute errands at the
corner grocery, to take their laundry to the cleaners, visit the family
doctor, or to get their hair cut.
In one fell swoop, greedy developers have managed to snuff all of these
daily necessities away from the vulnerable and have left a neighbourhood
with the majority of citizens now having to depend on their friends and
family to drive them to other outlets to fulfill their daily needs.
Once more, Greedy developers have been allowed to ruin a bit more of
greenery and green space and to ruin the livelihoods of hard working small
businesses. Once again Toronto Council has failed miserably to protect the
quality of life of the vulnerable and the livelihoods of small business.
Shame on you Toronto Council! You are only prepared to talk the walk but
not walk the walk! Shame on you unscrupulous developers! All you care
about is filling your pretty pockets and nothing more!
Just my two cents for today.
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