34 Riverglen Drive
I have narrowed the complaint in hopes that your office can keep focused on the particular issues mentioned in the 32 page document attached beginning page 13 headed “Cover letter to the Ombudsman” but read it all which you may determine to be new to you as I have covered.it fairly extensively.
I have no idea how often such issues as I have addressed to the Ombudman have been presented to you to respond but I presume many and if so you would be confident enough to deal with them on your own and you wouldn’t have to give too much thought as to what is expected of you.
I would imagine when you first started out in your career you would have thought that it didn’t make much sense what you were required to do but eventually you understood what was necessary to further your career and you really never gave too much thought as to how your responses affected the people you refused to help when they had no where else to turn.
Is there a party ready to act in defense of the people and for the benefit of the people?
Is there a party prepared to deal with the issues I have addressed?
Is there anyone in Canada prepared to stand up for the individuals Charter rights?
Is there anyone with integrity who actually care about the individuals and society as a
I was a surveyor with the Department of Highways of Ontario back in 1964 where I rose through the ranks from Technician 1-3 and went on course and passed to be Technician 1, Legal Surveys at the top of the class and became management all in less than 4 years.
Some didn’t much care and some cried. Occassionally I had to call the police because the owner objected but it is a matter of law that surveyors had the right to go on anybody’s property in performance of their duty for obviously you can’t survey land without going on it and you can hardly widen a highway uniformly if every other property owner refused to relinquish the 10 or 20 foot frontage needed so it was expropriated.
I remember often feeling sorry for some of these people who weren’t so receptive to the idea. Some times we had to take the whole house because the new highway limit ran right through the middle of it and sometimes the owners were little old ladies whose husbands had recently died and they had grown up in the house and all her friends and everything she knew were near by.
I always spent some time with these people trying to present a bright side to the situation but what else could I do? I fully understood both sides of the story and whenever I had a chance I would look in on them to see how they were doing while I was working the area and they all managed to resign themselves to the inevitable.
They made some changes to this quite a few years ago for good reason in that they had to prepare a reference plan instead and deposit it in the registry office and the property agents had to put a little more effort into negotiating but after 6 months they could file an expropriation plan as they did before which basically left the argument one sided.
My parents as a matter of fact were expropriated on Woodbine Avenue on the East side just a half mile north of Sheppard Avenue for the 404 back in 1958 and were offered a ridiculous price by Metro and Dad fought them for years. Towards the end he would start the day with a beer and finish the day the same way.
My twin brother lived there with them because he was sick and dad was in poor shape but as luck would have it before the Sheriff came for the keys the Department of Highways took over jurisdiction of the 404, the Sheriff never came and negotiations started over again.
A new property agent was sent out from the Department of Highways who just happened to be a fellow who went on the survey course with me who I knew quite well who took me to dinner and to cut the story short we got quite reasonable compensation for the property.
I reiterate having been on both sides of the story I have witnessed that there are more than just two sides and the major theme is the individual doesn’t have a hope in hell in any of them however let’s say that a person familiar with the situation and on the inside such as I was, fairs much better than one unfamiliar on the outside.
Let me say I sure am glad that things worked out the way they did with the Sheriff not coming for the keys because dad wanted my brother and I to stand with him armed with our shot guns when the Sheriff came knocking.
There is somewhat of a dilemma in such situations where as the government purportedly acting for
the people know the highway is a necessity to deal with population growth and stuff like that and they
have many concerns including the financial aspect and of course the costs of such projects are
astronomic as it is and the property agents job is to get the property as cheap as they can as it is the
responsibility of the government to hire contractors as reasonable as they can and still produce a
I know as well as you do that there is a lot of corruption involved here where attentiveness to this would
save the taxpayers a humongous amount of money.
Everybody involved gets a piece of the action and it is in this area huge amounts of money could be
Like the RCMP pension fund thing where one company in the middle got a piece of the action by
assigning it to another company.
Hell, corruption runs rampant throughout the system and it is highly unlikely anyone on the take on
either side is going to come forward and alas that’s just the way it is.
Those people who know something aren’t about to come forward are they Janet?
Too many reasons why not and one of the major reasons is people who have jobs connected with the
rip offs on either side need their jobs and perhaps they are even doing better there than they would
some where else, so what are you going to do?
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