‘Grow or die’ is ‘nonsense’

July 15, 2015   ·   0 Comments


Your editorial, “Planning challenges ahead” (9 July), appears to study the area between the Highway 109 bypass and Orangeville enviously.

Two studies conducted in the 1990s, paid for by Orangeville and (of course) advocating usurpation of surrounding territory, were not pursued.

The township of East Garafraxa was much upset when the land east of B Line that was donated to Orangeville for industry was largely converted to residential development.  The surrounding townships cannot afford to reduce their taxable properties any further.

As well, environmental studies revealed that the ground water available for Orangeville use is limited to a population of around 34,000.

The septic effluent allowance for Island Lake and the Credit River system is similarly restricted, and Orangeville has been punished in the past for dumping untreated sewage into the lake because its treatment capacity was inadequate.

Inland towns and cities are limited in their water intake and outflow  unless they are prepared to purchase multi-million-dollar pipes to a large, convenient lake.  Orangeville rapidly approaches its maximum population.

The statement of a former deputy mayor that “Orangeville must grow or die” is nonsense.

Orangeville’s traffic flow benefited greatly from Caledon’s agreement to the bypass.  Let Caledon use that land for its own planning needs.

Charles Hooker

East Garafraxa


A successful fundraiser 

On Saturday, July 11, friends, neighbours together with the Grand Valley Lions club held a Silent Auction and Spaghetti Supper at the Grand Valley Community Centre to raise funds for Derek Legue. Derek was involved in a car accident on June 3 just west of Orangeville in which he suffered many severe injuries. He was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment where he currently is.

We had a tremendous crowd, great spaghetti and had over 100 donated prizes for our Silent Auction.

Many thanks to all who donated items for the Silent Auction and for the meal, to those who sold tickets, to those who came and volunteered their time and to those who came for the Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction.

There are too many to thank individually and I would miss some but to the ladies in the kitchen, a special thank you. You were awesome and everyone enjoyed a great spaghetti supper.

To date, once all the Silent Auction items are picked up, we will have raised $4,779 for Derek. Thank you to everyone for being so generous.

Lion Randy McClelland, on behalf of the Grand Valley Lions club and the friends and neighbours of Derek Legue

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