My neighbour reports that kids were cruising around the neighbourhood on the weekend and decided to pay his property a visit in the wee hours of the morning. Since he had forgotten to lock his garage they helped themselves to a bicycle and some tools and rummaged through his car.
He’s not the only one on the street who has recently been a victim of late-night thieves and vandals. Mostly they’re just looking for an easy target, an unlocked car or garage.
Our councillor is in hot water again, getting lambasted in the media for trying to pull another fast one. A huge new development along Baseline near Bells Corners has a lot of people upset, and the councillor is pretending he knew nothing about it until recently. The project features four towers, the highest one 16 storeys, and a local community association is not amused.
Here’s one experienced observer’s advice for community members who are upset at the scale of the development and the lack of community consultation: “This is the classic Rick Chiarelli modus operandi — keep stuff that people might object to secret until the very last minute. Rick will meet with you and tell you he is going to advocate for you. That will just be a meaningless lie to placate opposition. He will then do nothing, but since you feel that you are being represented you also will do nothing. If you do object at some point the developer will concede something meaningless and the community will be made to look unreasonable for not accepting the compromise. Rick is not on your side and if you trust him you are being very foolish.”
Shop! Dine! Play! Now that I’ve seen the banners I’m a bit disappointed. Bells Corners is such a wonderful place, and to sum it up visually with a shopping bag, a glass of wine and a baseball seems kind of lame.
These two Chinese tourists recently went for a tour of Lynwood Village on the Bells Corners FREE Bike-taxi – they were astonished at how beautiful our community is.
Heather writes: Know anyone working at Place du Portage or Les Terrasses de Chaudieres in Hull? I am looking for one person to start commuting with me on Monday August 8th. I’m heading back to the office after a maternity leave. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-853-4323.
And finally, in case you’re curious, the Bells Corners blog has had almost 55,000 page views so far this year, with an average of 255 hits a day.