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Opinion: Who is heard at our city halls? A reply to Edward Terry

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Thanks to our growing ability to see the affects of not just climate change but the growing disease of overconsumption and our society's frenzy for profit and greed and materialism affecting our quality of life and creating more disease from stress on ourselves and our environment. We see that over-developing of our green spaces in Aylmer alone is a disease of a system out of control on both sides of the river where the voices of developers have priority around the Council Table. And citizen's voices are ignored or not heard.
 
Ottawa City Hall is one such example as five citizens from over 108 appellants to their Planning Committee Fall of 2014. They are formally taking the re-zoning of Albert and Chaudire Islands to court both to the Ontario Municipal Board and to the Superior Court of Ontario on behalf of all citizens like myself and many others as Edward Terry re: The City and development Bulletin Aug. 12. 
 
This region on the sacred unceeded land of the Algonquin was promised to be protected in 1950 by the Gerber Commission as a meeting place of grandeur for the world to visit. As did the ancient peoples with artefacts dating back to thousands of years ago attest to and have been found in Gatineau summer of 2014.  This area was a spiritual meeting for original peoples of North America. It was considered sacred when Champlain saw the magnificence of the Chaudire Falls before the Ottawa River was imprisoned by the Ring Dam in 1908. 
 
As more development takes place we are losing not just our quality of life and right to health, but farm land, green space and Canadians heritage.  We are losing our ability to be in nature and to breath and distress. We are seeing we are at a time in this society where the voices of developers are being heard  way above the voices of citizens and we are seeing more disease not just aging infrastructure but from our inability to create health and wellness that would save tax payers money.
 
If you're concerned go to Free the Falls and read the ten reasons to oppose Dream Corp/Windmills mega project at Chaudire Falls. Also listen to this radio interview with Aboriginal Architecture Douglas Cardinal on "'I Am Alive': Architecture of Sacred Land". STOP COMPLAINING -START CONTRIBUTING!
 
Are you concerned that over 35 tons of raw sewage because of violent storms flows into the Ottawa River drinking water annually and beaches are being close earlier every year due to e-coli? Are you concerned that your representative Nycole Turmel had a private members bill calling for protection of the Gatineau Park that was ignored?
 
We can all make these issues for this election and on Oct. 19 be sure to vote for leaders who are authentic and do not get elected by having to owe developers favours. We can empower the local Ombudsman and Public Relations officer of the National Capital Commission to fulfill its mandate to care for the land and water in this region for all citizens of Canada and the world. Write the NCC Attn. Ombudsman PR Officer, NCC, 40 Elgin St. Ottawa, ON KlP 1C7
 
Submitted by
Judith Matheson
Gatineau/Aylmer, Québec 

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