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The “Special Rule” for Midhurst

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Sep 12th, 2014
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  1. Kate Harries - Elmvale says:

    Background, and lyrics:
    AWARE News Network — The people of Midhurst (north of Barrie) are opposed to the building of 10,000 new Markham style homes around their village. The Midhurst Secondary Plan contravenes many of the anti-sprawl provisions of the Ontario Places to Grow Act.

    But in January 2012, the province capitulated to pressure from developers and local politicians, lied by Sprngwater Mayor Linda Collins and Simcoe County Warden Cal Patterson, and made a so-called “Special Rule,” legislation applying only to Midhurst that over-rides Places to Grow.

    This “Special Rule” allows the developers to proceed with the first half of their application for a new city the size of Orillia to be built on Class 1 and 2 farmland, 2 hours away from jobs in the GTA.; Midhurst resident David Strachan wasn’t happy about this “Special Rule,” so he wrote a song about it.

    Intro

    In 2005, the Province of Ontario introduced its Places to Grow Act. The new law was supposed to stop urban sprawl, reduce traffic and protect our foodland.

    But every rule has its exceptions.

    Lyrics

    There’s Places to Grow in Ontario

    So the government tells us all

    And Places to Grow is expected to slow

    The pace of our urban sprawl

    We’ll sound the alarm t’ protect every farm

    Our food and our water too

    Can’t do no harm t’ keep country charm

    So clean and so green and so blue

    So clean, so green and so blue

    But what of our friends, whose future depends

    On paving so much of our land

    We need production, they offer construction

    It’s time we lent them a hand

    Need a rule, Midhurst rule

    Need a law, avoidance tool

    Yes indeed, all we need

    Is a Special Rule

    Good things grow oh, in Ontario

    So the government tells us all

    And good things’ll grow just as long as we slow

    The pace of our urban Sprawl

    We’ll keep highways clear and keep clean the air

    And keep clean our water too

    Can’t do no harm to keep country charm

    So clean and so green and so blue

    So clean, so green and so blue

    There’s houses to build and jobs to be filled

    And aggregate to be mined. If …

    Not for resources we’d still be on horses

    Craving more paving’s just fine

    Need a rule, Midhurst rule

    Need a law, avoidance tool

    Yes indeed, all we need

    Is a Special Rule

    Special Rule, Special Rule

    The perfect law avoidance tool

    It’s agreed, all the builders need

    Is a Special Rule

  2. Kate Harries - Elmvale says:

    For just a little more background,plus the Special Rule itself in all its glory: https://aware-simcoe.ca/2014/09/the-special-rule-explained/

  3. John Bacher says:

    Amazing music videos. Should be a top hit. Singer should be seen as true Canadian icon, with whose help we pray for deliverance from the curse of sprawl.

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