The countdown is on not only for Density Darrel Mussatto as mayor, but also the departure – the end of the line for my CNV editorial cartoon blog… There were many themed Arty and Density Darrell blogs I could have chosen re: that’s a wrap… but this one in particular exemplifies the contrast between “principled” Aristolski and “unscrupulous” mayor Mussatto… September 2016, enjoy.
Apparently last Thursday evening there was a hush-hush howdios dinner for our vainglorious mayor held at his campaign investor’s Polygon Gallery. An event by invite only… aka only his vulturous developer pals, city hall lackeys, previous donors, his Team Slate Hijackers, city council horse traders, upper crust execs and social elites were welcome. Nowhere to be found in the crowd were the hundreds and hundreds of low income renters he so willing displaced from our city. And there lies Density Darrell Mussatto’s true legacy. #SelloutMayor #CNVforeverFUKed
I wonder if during Thursday night’s pretentious gala he returned the favour by crooning a few lines from his legacy song…
In our mayor’s emotional farewell speech he highlighted some of his accomplishments, reasserting his deliberate pro-density governance of our city. Thanks in part being empowered 4 to 3 over the last 4 years and with a little extra help from his horse trading city councillors meant he could and did reshape CNV into a Manhattan Back-lot. But without the incredible infrastructures i.e. transit systems offered “above and below ground” in NY NY. #shortsightedLegacy
And with this in mind let’s rewind back to September 2017:
As Mayor Grinch’s legacy unfolds during a lunch break… crossing a senior’s path. #NIMBYdisconnect
With the advent of Mussatto’s City Councillors about to discover their fate in a mere 20 days… and in only 29 days wouldn’t it be niceno longer to be seen or heard from city council chamber’s head table…
The fact of the matter is I like so many though some by no choice of their own will not be living in Mussatto’s Manhattan CityShaping Back-lot for much longer. I will not be around long enough to see the inauguration of the new city council. For I have found a wonderful little city at about 1/3 the cost of living to retire and that will allow me to continue, (hint) elevate and broaden my innate creative talents.
From this point forward my editorial cartoon blog will only be featuring members of our 2014/2018 city council incumbents and bought and paid for mayor. After tomorrow’s blog I will also be from time to time selecting from my blog’s vault of over 500 cartoons some of my favourites worthy of a replay i.e. lest we forget just how corrupt, underhanded, disconnected and sanctimonious these seven ill-chosen despicables have been in turning this city inside out. A city council reveling in its “new norm” of gridlock, construction overload and NIMBY disconnect. Building for tomorrow while besieging, nullifying and deprioritizing its sustainability and livability i.e. social and economic wellness of “today.”
#Vote4ChangeOctober20 …I know I will as a parting gift.
One thing that has been quite apparent over the last 4 years during mayor Mussatto’s last hurrah reign in density terror is just how DELIBERATELY DISCONNECTED the mayor, his Team Slate Councillors and all aboard Horse Trading City Councillors have become. Willing to POPULATE our city beyond the wellness of our Regional Strategy Growth Targets and IGNORING our inner city restrictive INFRASTRUCTURE CAPABILITIES.
There will be NO SUSTAINABLE RELIEF from our current NDP MLA MA Transit Board for at least a decade. All that is being offered by MLA Ma’s INSTPP, TransLink and our current mayor and city council is WTF: MICROMANAGING aka MISTPP-ing its residents lifestyle and commuting habits. i.e. “You will love living in our new inflated cookie cutter condos, not being able to find residential or commercial street parking while most small retail shops wont be able to find or maintain staff because of its city’s UNAFFORDABILITY. A city whereby most resident families must make at least $100K in order to afford its livability amidst it “new norm” in: Deconstructing heritage neighbourhoods, displacing hundreds of low-income renters while millennial families exit from our shore to years & years & years and even more years of lane closures and neverending construction zones!” #CNVunlivable #Vote4ChangeOct20 #Enough!
And of course tonight’s 566 page City Council Density Card much like every previous council meeting since the induction of our convoluting mayor and six density zealot councillors will be entertaining and bowing down to the needs and wants of developers and architects via our ‘backroom’ underhanded City Planners while of course, of course IGNORING NIMBY issues & concerns. #cnvSOL
And the good news after tonight’s city council Twilight Zone episode is we are down to just one more city council meeting before city elections October 20th… and then hopefully all returning for their “boohoo FOREVER LAST city council meeting.”
Note: As part of the 2018 municipal election, two all-candidates meetings are being planned as follow:
1. The Grand Boulevard Residents Association (GBRA) will be hosting an All-CouncillorCandidates
meeting (for Councillor Candidates only) at the Ridgeway Elementary School Gymnasium at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
2. The Courthouse Area Residents Association (CARA) will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Debate at Centennial Theatre at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 2018.
The Public Hearing for a new massive condo/commercial development to further compromise pedestrian, traffic and rear lane access flows in and around our critical Police, Fire and EMS Lego Block was overwhelmingly approved somewhere around 10 to 1, mostly by those who actually DO NOT LIVE in the neighbourhood. They must have a death wish wanting to cross paths with fire trucks, police cars and ambulances. And or going deaf i.e. of unsound mind in wanting to further jeopardize our emergency vehicle operations at an already highly congested Lonsdale and St. Georges block… awe the sounds of our mayor’s Manhattan CityShaping fornication! #NIMBYdisconnect #Vote4ChangeOct20
…and of course our infamous mayor in his praise for Millennium Properties would not or could never admit that his developer pal’s project would and could only further INTENSIFY pedestrian and vehicle traffic flows. Never willing to concede to the adverse and precarious impact it will have on our city’s “centrally located” police & fire departments and EMS/hospital response times. #disingenuousMayorMussatto