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Letters to the editor

How was this allowed to happen?

Re: City condemns “unlawful” occupation of Arrowdale (Oct. 12).


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Taxpayers are asking how Mayor Davis and city council allowed this to happen?

During spring 2016, then mayor Friel and council confirmed no sale of the Arrowdale municipal golf course after facilitating town hall meetings with their taxpaying constituents. Many consider this space as our Central Park.

In 2020, according to the city’s year-end report,  golf experienced a resurgence, with many new golfers attracted to the sport as it was one of the few recreational activities due to pandemic restrictions. The report confirms 24,705 (up 21.6 per cent) rounds of golf were played in 2020, with municipal golf operations exceeding their budgetary goal with a surplus of $91,627.

In 2019, Coun. Jan Vanderstelt brought a motion to sell Arrowdale, citing a need to generate funds to deal with an affordable housing crisis. No formal consultation occurred with his peers and constituents. Public Zoom meetings could have been conducted during COVID to replicate the 2016 council process.

Constituent opposition groups have tried repeatedly to engage Mayor Davis and council. Twenty-two months have passed without a single council response to the 7,871-person No Arrowdale Sale petition, hundreds of emails and phone calls and Arrowdale property protests.

The Sept. 18 city hall grand opening included 100 Arrowdale supporters, who formally requested their desire to engage Mayor Davis and council to form an Arrowdale steering committee. Again, no response was received.

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Regarding Brantford’s affordable housing issue, the mayor’s housing task force plan clearly maps out 104 hectares of current vacant, underused land as available. The province also requires Brantford’s downtown to accommodate a combined density target of 150 residents and jobs per hectare by 2031. The same report confirms only 150 affordable housing builds by 2023, with 356 to-be-decided builds from 2024 to 2031. Provincial funding, $7 million in administrative property sales and the $4 million earmarked to create a new Arrowdale park easily would have satisfied these housing goals.

If city council chose to follow the 2016 constituent engagement process, Arrowdale would be still thriving today.

Mark Dremak,

Cause of gas pain

Articles about rising gas prices fail to mention the inflation-fuelling carbon tax which is set to increase every year. Politicians claim to care for ordinary citizens, yet they make it harder to make ends meet.

Jack Vandelinde,

Terrible treatment

Sadly we have morphed into a form of caste system in this country. The privileged that are “vaxxed” and the rabble that are not. In all my years living in this nation, I have never witnessed such venom coming from members of the public, politicians, pundits and, of course, social media. These folks are banned from restaurants, bars, gyms and other venues, and next they will not be able to go to grocery stores and will be forced to shop at outdoor markets, possibly begging for food in the winter months. Look for them not to be able to have repair people visit their abodes because they did not get the miracle jab.

Sounds far-fetched? It is already happening and the way these folks are being treated is absolutely shameful.

Stephen Flanaghan,

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