Council made right decision on Arrowdale
Kudos to Brantford’s mayor and city council for making the only right decision regarding the sale of
Arrowdale Golf Course.
The compromise of keeping several acres for a park and playground was a bonus as there will still be green space for community use.
I find it difficult to believe the entitlement members of Arrowdale feel compared to the hundreds of people who cannot find affordable housing in Brantford.
I am a senior and, fortunately, became an adult in probably the best years, the 1960s and forward.
The last few years I have been astonished by the rise in prices of food, housing, services, and just about everything. I see how much my grocery bill is for two and wonder how a family of four or five can afford to buy healthy groceries, pay rent or make mortgage payments, or buy a used car. The cost of living has gone through the roof for many.
How the few members of Arrowdale seem to feel their loss would be greater than young people and families trying to obtain decent living accommodations are amazing. There are several golf courses in or near Brantford.
Perhaps the members feel this is “their club”; small group who have golfed there for years. Well, nothing lasts forever. It is time the city stopped subsiding a venue that attracts a membership of less than 200 and shows, not a profit to the city, but a loss in operations and a loss of potential property taxes if the property were not sold.
So basically, what it amounts to, is all taxpayers are keeping Arrowdale afloat for about 170 taxpayers out of 90,000 plus. It is not economically feasible for the city to maintain a large piece of property for the enjoyment of a few when so many cannot afford to rent or purchase decent housing.
It is time young adults, who cannot afford a college or university education or those that may be fortunate to acquire post-secondary education have a decent chance to enjoy a good life in their own home.
Thank you Mayor Davis and city council for doing what is right.
Kudos also for the land transfer to the SPCA.
Listen to all experts
Premier Doug Ford has taken issue with the qualifications of the president of a teacher’s union because his degree in English literature does not qualify him as an “expert”.
As an English graduate myself, I’d like to point out that there are many lessons to learn from literature. I would direct Mr. Ford to the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The poem tells the story of a British light cavalry unit that was given faulty orders and was sent against a heavily defended artillery battery where the riders faced, “Cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them.” The brigade was virtually annihilated because the soldiers lacked the defensive capabilities necessary to protect themselves.
Teachers’ unions are not acting out of malice. They simply want to make sure that educators have the best defenses in place to ensure they can do their job safely.
Sometimes the people who give the orders are not on the ground where they can truly see the face of each battle. A union leader who has been in a classroom as a teacher certainly has a type of expertise that should not be ignored.
The soldiers of the light brigade “knew someone had blundered”, but they still rode into battle. Teachers, including those who teach English literature, will do the same as they face COVID to the right, left and front, but it would be nicer to do it without facing digs from their elected leader.
Use funds only for affordable housing
Well, the fate of Arrowdale has been sealed. I salute Peter Sheere and the group Friends of Arrowdale for their hard, dedicated and relentless fight to save that beautiful space, whether it be a golf course or environmental space.
The Arrowdale group as well as the general public thought this issue was settled in 2016 when city council was unanimous in supporting Arrowdale and its maintenance with money being promised for the upkeep. Somehow those funds didn’t materialize for Arrowdale and city council managed to quietly slide the selling process through on Councillor Vanderstelt’s motion on Dec. 10/19 and ratified on Dec. 17/19.
The argument of affordable housing was pushed hard by councillors Wall and Vanderstelt for the sale and redevelopment of the property. Why the hard push for a vote at the busiest time of the year when people are focused on Christmas and holidays?
I must say this to the Friends of Arrowdale and Peter Sheere: Follow the money. Keep an eye on that $14 million and make sure it is not used for anything else except affordable housing.
To the city councilors: quit talking about affordable housing and start building. You have more than enough money.
Just a question to councillors Wall and Vanderstelt: What’s on the chopping block next? The Sanderson Centre perhaps?