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By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted September 19, 2009 at 08:21:44

I am always too late for the really great threads. I suppose that's because I wait for the RTH head's up email notifications rather than lurk here daily.

Generally speaking the Connaught approval was part of an all or nothing package deal: "The city's lawyer advised council it should either reject or accept all six projects and cautioned against singling out the Connaught."

This is a major blow to a city core which lacks sufficient hotel rooms for things like big conventions. Oh well, more water under the bridge. There were some very interesting currents from virtually everyone here including Ben Bull aka rusty who cautioned against "discussing the discussion" and Mahesh P. Bhutani who suggested "start making a serious attempt to read, listen and talk more intelligently."

I am personally delighted to hear about, yet sorry I missed, the ANGRY DRINKS meet up. It is wonderful when we can acquaint a warm body, with the hot and cold words so often spoken here.

For the record, I'd like to share my thoughts on affordability through the words in a book titled, "The Amish of Canada" by Orland Gingerich, Conrad Press, 1972; Chapter 8 - Issues of Church and State, pgs. 132 & 133:

"The fact that the Amish do not accept government hand- outs, or welfare payments, and do take care of there own members' needs, was no doubt a factor in the government's decision to exempt them from the Canada Pension Plan.

Another aspect of the Amish protest against the welfare state is what we might term their work ethic. They believe it is wrong to get something not worked for. They also tend to look at the welfare system as undermining personal respon- sibility and encouraging laziness and graft. In the simple rural life-style of the Amish, older people do not need a pension. They live with their children, although usually in a separate part of the house. They usually have some income from the farm which they owned and their children are now paying for. Family allowance is looked upon as a government device to claim the lives of the children, especially sons, in the event of war. Since none of these government aids is compulsory they pose no problem. The Amish simply do not apply for them.

Probably the greatest current threat of the welfare prog- ram is the fact that it threatens to rob the church of expressing its traditional brotherhood concept in a practical way. What long range effects this will have remains to be seen."

I think we "English" can see that now, plain as day. We have allowed ourselves to accumulate a lot of bagg- age through a generational welfare system, a lax work ethic and our separation from the God who created us, in pursuit of complex, self-serving, pleasure seeking life-styles as though our own "Rumspringa" was meant to last a lifetime.

Now look at us, we will be seeing the conversion of a once grand edifice risen into a brick and mortar tent city. And much like modern medicine, applying an entirely new affordable housing industry around the treatment of symptoms, instead of plying upon the cures. Calling a spade a spade it's another shovel full of curse.

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