Farmers Forum Analysis
The spring-like, late-April day in Huron County started with a phone call from neighbour Rockin’ Ronnie Redbeard asking if Square Deal Niel had gotten in touch to get me wound up over changes to his Official Plan mapping. Strange, because there was a spate of calls from other local farmers questioning the same issue. Although it wasn’t our municipality undergoing the Official Plan update, Redbeard, in his typical pirate fashion, decided he might sail over to the open house where these questions would be entertained by the county planners. He wasn’t looking for any answers in particular, but just to shiver the timbers and see what shakes loose.
As his long and loyal shipmate, it felt obligatory to cruise along as cannon fodder, if nothing more. And who knows — it might yield some interesting pickings anyway.
Outside stood a couple of farmers with heads close together, discussing what they had “learned” about the changes to designations mapping on their properties. “The planners actually gave me some land back!” exclaimed one, bemused.
“Really?” someone asked. “Did you ever give them permission to take it?”
His head shot up, eyes opened wide and he declared, “NO!”
Outside the meeting room stood another bemoaning property owner who fingered the restrictive mapping change placed on his land. “They say I have to get an environmental impact study before I can build a shed here.”
We tried to comfort him, “Aw don’t worry, it’ll only cost you 25,000 bucks. And then you can go ahead.”
The young chap’s expression showed that he felt robbed rather than reassured.
“Or you could just refuse your consent.”
Another farmer was relieved to discover that the change on his mapping made his field 10 or 15 feet wider as the latest maps corrected a misplaced field boundary.
“How did that happen in the first place?” he asked the planner. It could just have been the shade or shadow of the bush the day the aerial photos were taken, she explained. So it raised questions about the other young chap with the costly restriction. Could his restrictions be the result of poor visibility when the satellite sailed overhead? (Yep, Rockin’ Ronnie Redbeard could tell you a ton of tales about risk lurking in clouds or blinding sun.)
Voicing his justifiable mistrust of the whole process, the happier farmer asked a late-arriving planner, “Why are you doing this anyway?”
“You’ll have to take that up with your council,” he was told. “They are the ones who called for it.”
At this hot cannonball, it was like Redbeard removed an eye patch, full vision restored…
However, some council members had a foggier view. They struggled to remember explicitly giving that call to the planners. It felt rather like an order to walk the plank. AAR! The whole process was as murky as bilge water, Redbeard mused.
Could it be that municipal councils are actually being hoodwinked into giving approval, in some form, to such planning initiatives without fully understanding the process? Or the implications? The province sends directives to municipal staff. Staff then tells council what the province is requesting? And council, thinking that they have little or no choice, vote “Yes”? So with that rubber stamp, planning departments assert public control over privately-owned property?
Do councilors take time to read the background material related to their decision-making responsibilities? How many have read the United Nations Habitat 1,2, and 3 documents, or the UN’s “Agenda 21” or “2030 – Agenda for Sustainable Development”? These globalist machinations provide the framework for creating official plans and their accompanying mapping for private property. Yes, that mapping…
The U.N., which views private property ownership as harmful to the “community,” makes this completely unambiguous statement: “Public control of land use is therefore indispensable…” (U.N. Habitat 1, Vancouver Declaration, 1976, p.28).
Quite verifiably, the planning department of virtually every municipality in Canada is the means by which the U.N. asserts its overtly Marxist, communistic agenda, including explicit directions to co-opt local governments and organizations.
The same document calls for “machinery (to be) established at the national/state and local/municipal level” for the purpose of creating instruments of “command and control methods” of managing economics, environment and development.
Why does it appear that the U.N., World Economic Forum and chairman Klaus Schwab hold the ship’s wheel of the governments we elect — and pay — to represent us? Because it’s true? There is growing concern worldwide that this is the case.
Rough seas you’ve entered, Ronnie Redbeard. But for all his bluster Rockin’ Ronnie is a relatively harmless farmer whose pirate roar vastly outperforms his swashbuckling exploits. And piracy is a thing of the past, isn’t it?