Comment 26861

By Grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted October 06, 2008 at 22:14:58

Geoff: You are right, sometimes I am very headstrong and at times I can be undiplomatic. But I am very passioniate about my views.

Actually, as a member of a local grassroots group, I had the opportunity to discuss the mayor's election promise on the re-development of the brownfields. I am not an expert in this field but with the little research I did, I think it is essential to move forward on this issue. Many cities in US who have moved forward have seen positive results. It would help change the image of the city from one of indstrial toward soemthing more progressive. What about jobs that are green technology, why can't we get companies here that are into this? Personally I do not like the idea that we are losing more and more green space and farm land, I find it very sad to see the rural aspect of this community going away.

I guess what I am trying to say is, if the people do not have jobs that will pay living wages, that will provide benefits, which into turn would allow for those to spend the money back into the local economy, as the small businesses would expand, such as restaurants, cafes, gallery's, markets and so on.

Our society really has turned to one that is very uncaring. If we do not take care of those who cannot take care of themselves, what does that tell us about ourselves? Money is not the end all to be all.

I have taken some courses in labour studies and I watched a film on the stelco strike of 1946 and what amazed me the most was how the people, local businesses stood together for the betterment of the city. Why is it that we cannot find that spark and caring in this city? Really there is too much divison, when we need to pull together but in order to pull together, we must not lay blame or shame on others that do not match our own expectations. No matter what, a person is a person, and deserves to be treated as such.

As the saying goes, one must walk a mile in another's shoes, to really know their path!!!!

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