Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Judy Bylaw

Judy Bryant, Judy Bryant… now where have I heard that name before? Oh, yes! With the severe eyes of an aggrieved disciplinarian schoolmarm,

[Ward 1 councillor] Judy Bryant said the government's preliminary proposal to preserve green space in the Golden Horseshoe area should consider London, too. "I very much applaud what the province is doing," said Bryant, a member of London's planning committee." […]Bryant said she'll bring up the issue at the next planning committee meeting, seeking to persuade city council to pressure Queen's Park to include London in the plan.
Not content that only farmers and exurbanites should surrender their goods and pride to her bucolic dystopia, she's got it in for us city-dwellers too. Joe Belanger of the London Free Press reports that Judy Bryant, infused with the recklessness of the visionary and the brash presumption of the local politician, is quite sure that
[t]he Forest City needs a bylaw to protect trees on private property. […] In a letter to planning committee on tonight's agenda, Ward 1 Coun. Judy Bryant says she wants the city to explore passing a bylaw that would make it difficult for landowners to cut mature trees. "Other municipalities have systems where you have to have a permit to take down trees on private property," Bryant said.
Other municipalities don't, and other municipalities have lower property taxes too, but an incumbent councillor in London can afford to pick and choose the gaggling comparisons he or she wishes to be illustrated in the Free Press as substitutes for reason in the pursuit of public policy.

Now, I'm partial to trees myself, so much so that, when the time comes that I own property, I will refuse to allow my enjoyment of them to be sacrificed to Judy Bryant's misanthropic defense of a simple municipal nickname:
Bryant's idea follows recent reports that London may not be able to back its moniker as The Forest City as tree cover may hover as low as 10 per cent. That's a third of the 30 per cent tree coverage experts say, and the province endorses, as healthy for a community.
Most single-dwelling residential properties have canopy coverage over 10 or 30 per cent, so a dismissal of the greenbelt plan Bryant endorses, instead of packing people into higher and higher density warehouses, should prove the simplest and most effective appeasement of the experts' concerns.

1 Comment:

Matt said...

Ahhhhh - nothing like pulling on both ends of a rope to show your constituents that you're working hard for them.