Update 1 – Development and construction in environmentally sensitive parts of Dundas Valley

magnifyI have received a reply from the office of Mayor Fred Eisenberger. It looks like the Mayor is trying to send me into a “blind alley.”

Read the Mayor’s reply and my response to it…

UPDATE 1: – Reply from the office of Mayor Fred Eisenberger
to my post, “Protection of Dundas Valley Deer and Ecosystem Neglected by Officials”.
April 23, 2015

Hi Lech, it looks as though you’ve copied the appropriate people at the Conservation Authority, who will be able to speak to your concern. Thank you for informing our office as well.

Regards, Laura

Laura Farr
Administrative Assistant
Office of Mayor Fred Eisenberger
City of Hamilton


UPDATE 2: – My response to Mayor Fred Eisenberger
April 23, 2015

To: Mayor Fred Eisenberger
City of Hamilton

Thank you for your reply. Frankly, I don’t believe that sending my concerns to the Hamilton Conservation Authority will help much. I have met and addressed them previously, with no indication that they were willing or prepared to act on the controversial issue of the annual deer hunt in Dundas Valley Conservation Area. To the contrary, I have a good reasons to believe that it is their unofficial policy to eliminater deer in Dundas Valley altogether. This attitude has been indicated to me by one of their officials and one of their DVCA superintendents.

I was hoping for your engaged help and intervention with respect to the continuing construction in places previously protected as deer crossings and deer feeding areas. Permits to build in such places are not being issued by the HCA, but rather by the City of Hamilton, Niagara Escarpment Commission, and (in some cases) by the Minister of Natural Resources who has the right to overwrite NEC recommendations. This is where we need to identify and challenge the neglect and possible corruption.

I am aware of one situation, in which a local resident, who brought her complaint and concerns to the HCA, was yelled at by one of their officials. It seems that the HCA is more concerned with their own income to “pay the bills” and protect their cushy jobs, or with doing favours to their wealthy friends and the business community, than with the protection of the Dundas Valley unique character and ecosystem. I can support this opinion with specific examples.

I am also afraid that some of our local officials are quietly engaged on the wrong side of this conflict, due to their connections and/or dependence on political donations. In order to move ahead and solve some of the issues involved here, we need to overcome the emerging tendency among our politicians and administrators to conduct their business by adopting corporate attitude and corporate management style, rather than adhering to democratic processes that would reflect their role as representatives of our communities.

The problems that have brought us together are complex and systemic but the issues involved can be solved locally. Where there’s a will, there is a way.

Please let me know what you can do to help and how we could help you in addressing issues related to development and construction in environmentally sensitive parts of Dundas Valley. These practices should and need to stop. The environmentally sensitive land in Dundas Valley may be managed by different entities but all of its pieces are interconnected as integral parts of one Dundas Valley ecosystem. We need to protect it. We need to stop the development in what is left of it.

I also believe that enforcing existing limits on local development and reacting to permit violations is a responsibility of the City of Hamilton, not of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Please, be aware that I will publish all related communications with our officials (or lack thereof) on the My Dundas Valley blog. I believe that publicity is one of the best tools in maintaining healthy democracy.

Lech Biegalski
My Dundas Valley 


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