CFBB OPINION – Ryerson/Sheridan University Announcement

We are pleased to hear that both Ryerson and Sheridan College have partnered to participate in Brampton’s University bid.

In the days ahead, it will be extremely important for this “transformational” infrastructure addition to be seen as a fundamental part of a new vision for Brampton and its future. That vision incorporates other infrastructure improvements and initiatives on hold or underway in the community that will see All Day, 2 Way GO service for the Kitchener GO line (Innovation Corridor), a significant Downtown GO Mobility Hub redevelopment with fast and reliable LRT service, and the completion of the Etobicoke Creek revitalization project (Riverwalk) which in turn will bring remediation to the Downtown Flood Plain which has so restricted the redevelopment and refreshment of the inner core of Brampton for so many years.

It is to be hoped that site selection will reinforce City building and planning directions already in place, taking into account catalytic and synergistic opportunities for the betterment of the community.

We believe that, given the present size of Brampton (610,000) and the explosive growth now being experienced, provincial funding commitments already announced will favour this community over others, and in keeping with Canada’s 9th largest City.

We would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to thank the Mayor and everyone on the Blue Ribbon panel for their dedication and insightful work to bring a University to Brampton. It will be a “game-changer”.

Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden

Co-Chairs – CFBB

CFBB OPINION:   Avoid any Sister City Agreements

For the Mayors’ staff not to communicate properly with the rest of Council is unacceptable.   The December 20th press release was a clear contravention to Council’s resolution and could very well be in violation of the City’s own Code of Conduct.  Mayor Jeffrey and Councillor Medeiros are the architects of this controversy and should make a formal apology to Brampton’s Tamil community for misleading  them to think a Sister City agreement was forthcoming.  Just like the recent Sister City Agreement with the Town of Ribeira Grande , Sao Miguel, Portugal,   CFBB feels that there has been little evidence over the years of any real economic benefit to the City of Brampton with these types of arrangements.  In our opinion, these politically motivated sister city agreements are just vote pandering and an excuse for Council members to take junkets at the taxpayers’ expense.  In our opinion, the best policy moving forward should be to avoid any new sister city agreements entirely.   Don’t we have more important matters for our Mayor and Council to focus their attention on?

Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden

Co-Chairs CFBB


OPINION – CFBB supports Durham Health Coalition’s call for the Province to address Hospital bed shortages

We would like to share an Editorial from Durham Region.com (Oshawa This Week) with our followers.
The editorial highlights a serious issue that CFBB has raised repeatedly over the past few years, that Brampton is the most underserviced Top 10 city in Canada with less than 1.0 bed per 100,000 residents. It is also the ONLY city with ONE ER department, an unacceptable situation! (National average is approximately 2.3 beds per 100,000 residents)
In 2017 we will be opening  a new healthcare facility with NO additional beds,  and we just recently received $6 million of funding to FINALLY open all 608 promised  beds at Brampton Civic.  The additional beds, CFBB have confirmed, will take anywhere from 6-9 months before fully operational, a full decade since Brampton Civic opened its doors!
Once again, we are calling upon Mayor Jeffrey, Council, and all of our Liberal Brampton MPP’s to demand that Peel Memorial Phase 2 planning commence immediately which will include a second ER with a minimum of 200 inpatient beds.

http://www.durhamregion.com/opinion-story/7059167-province-must-address-hospital-bed-shortages/

Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden

Co-Chairs CFBB

January 13, 2017

CFFB Opinion – A “confusing” Sister City Agreement with Vavuniya , Sri Lanka.

It looks like Professionalism, Accountability and Transparency might have been good New Year’s resolutions that should have been made by our Mayor and her staff for 2017.

In the attached Media Release issued by Mayor Jeffrey and Councillor Medeiros dated December 20, 2016, (since removed from the city’s website), the Mayor officially extended an official invitation to His Excellency C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, to visit Brampton to sign a “Sister City” agreement with Vavuniya, a city in Sri Lanka with approximately 70,000 residents. She did so without an approval by Council. Now, given the backlash, she has had to backtrack, resulting in considerable embarrassment to herself and the City.

Why does the City not have an established policy on not only what qualifications would be necessary to consider a potential Sister City relationship, but what are the economic and social benefits that would result from that relationship? To date, sister/friendship agreements from the past have yet to show any measurable economic benefits to our city. Why spend staff’s and Council’s time on such wasteful initiatives?

This matter surely does not rank very high on the list of important matters to spend precious time and energy on, given the significant outstanding issues to which the Mayor should be turning her attention.

Link to December 7th, 2016 Economic Development meeting minutes: 

http://www.brampton.ca/EN/City-Hall/meetings-agendas/Economic%20Development%20Committee/20161207edmn.pdf

Doug Bryden and Chris Bejnar

Co-Chairs CFBB

January 11, 2017

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