Thursday, July 23, 2009
Why no upgrades to south Oshawa parks?
---It's a function of the
GENERAL VOTE...THAT'S WHY!
REPRINTED FROM OSHAWA THIS WEEK
Jul 22, 2009 - 01:18 PM
To the editor:
Re: Two Oshawa parks to get millions in upgrades, July 19.
Upon reading Friday's article regarding provincial funding for park renovations in the City of Oshawa, I was slightly confused.
Why, when there are so many children who would benefit so thoroughly from a new park in the south of Oshawa, are millions of dollars being spent on upgrading parks in well-off areas of the city?
I would like to give Mayor John Gray and council members the benefit of the doubt given that I am not familiar with their politics.
Therefore, I will say that this must simply be an oversight.
For surely, had the city realized the socio-economic benefits of choosing a park in such a location, they would have outweighed the city's need for a tourism boost.
Once again, it just leaves me wondering, why?
Oshawa Speak's Editor's Comment:
Everyone in South Oshawa must know that the city has plans to demolish The Civic and Harmon Park Arenas and potentially Children's Arena replacing these south end and central arenas with the new facilities in Oshawa's north end. They have already demolished North Oshawa Arena depriving those children in the most densely populated part of Oshawa from their arena to match their planned deprivation to children in South Oshawa. This is to be expected under the General Vote since Council members expect lower voter turnouts in the older and often poorer sections of Oshawa and thus feel no need to service these areas. They put all of their investments in the richer and higher voter turnout areas neglecting the needs of children most in need.
Without ward representatives to fight for the rights of taxpayers in the South end, they will get shortchanged every time.
No city council member lived south of King Street during Oshawa's 7 term experiment with the General Vote prior to 1985 while 8 out of 15 council members lived in the old Ward Six North of Rossland while 3 out of 15 members lived in one polling subdivision of about 100 houses at the East end of Regent Drive.
Only the well-to-do areas get served under the general vote since that's where all politicians come from under that system. That's why the general vote is not used in any large city in Canada without the use of municipal political parties which are banned in Ontario.
A city is often defined by its deprived areas which is still often Oshawa's general reputation which we have yet to completely shed from the past.
The General Vote is widely used in the USA where every municipal jurisdiction is organized around Democratic and Republican Party Slates and Platforms which determine voter choices.