Council ‘let the devil loose’ by easing rules

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Council has set an ill-conceived precedent that it will not enforce their own rules opening the door to others who might conclude that they need not worry about complying with councils bylaws rules or restrictions.


Cambridge Times

Re: Article titled “Council gives builders a break on restrictions” published Dec. 1.

My comments are based on the accuracy of the article by Richard Vivian and may not apply otherwise.

I read with dismay the decision of Cambridge council to allow the involved builder(s) to go ahead with the development despite their clear breach of the applicable restrictions of which they were fully aware, and knowingly breached without legitimate cause.

Even more telling is the fact that the developer was previously sanctioned by the courts for breaking the terms of its subdivision agreement.

Council has set an ill-conceived precedent that it will not enforce their own rules opening the door to others who might conclude that they need not worry about complying with councils bylaws rules or restrictions.

To offer the explanation that purchasers will not be able to move into their homes does not pass muster for a couple of reasons.

People who purchase homes that are not finished or even started put themselves knowingly in a vulnerable position when they agree that they cannot hold the builder responsible beyond the terms of the agreement, which will excuse the builder from delayed occupancy for reasons beyond its control.

In this case, the builder, by its behaviour, is responsible for the delayed occupancy and will be liable for all reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by the purchasers.

In part, the purchasers should understand that there is never an absolute guarantee that they will occupy their new home as agreed for a number of possible reasons for which the builder will not be responsible.

Acts of God or nature may cause a problem, or lack of skilled tradesmen, or a shortage of material, to name just a few, which must be beyond the builder’s control or timely knowledge.

There is some protection for such purchasers regarding occupancy provided by the province which mandates that delays, however caused, must be limited to certain periods of time and these terms must appear in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. However, such terms are not able to absolutely guarantee occupancy at any specific time, but will offer compensation for delays.

In my opinion, the moral of the story for purchasers is not to buy a property until it is completely finished and if not, be aware  and prepared for possible delays.

As far as I understand, it has been within the past 25 years or so that home purchases have been made before completion, which I believe is a foolish practice and benefits only the builder who gets its money up front while the purchaser suffers the risk of a delayed occupancy.

The moral of the story for Cambridge council is that it is not its place to interfere in such matters which are adequately covered by written agreements and government regulations, especially when the builders abhorrent behaviour does not warrant it and purchasers have been made aware that occupancy at a particular time cannot be absolutely guaranteed: it will only serve to let the devil loose.

Ron Zboril



12 Responses to Council ‘let the devil loose’ by easing rules

    Frances Muller December 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    We see this everywhere if you have money or influence. People sway the legal and justice system each day in courts and backroom dealings. Court cases dropped or lost, pollution laws ignored, or money making ventures going to certain clients. So long as there are people and money moving these will happen. Nothing new here except for wildlife. Pity.

    Maggie Smith December 13, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    We have a Mayor that changes any bylaw/rule to suit himself & any deal he can make. Like he promised the Complex to John Tibbetts and said “shovel ready” – has been proven time & time again this is not true. And then there are wetlands there – but that would have been set aside. And with the Council Motion – he had it changed to suit himself. It just goes on & on. And who is profiting by all of these changes – not the every day taxpayer – but guess who? It just goes on & on – time to stop this crookedness. It is legal theft.
    So many people are having trouble paying bills & this greediness self-centeredness just keeps on happening. Pay attention Cambridge…..

    Gary Worton December 14, 2016 at 8:00 am

    A little ‘baksheesh’ goes a long way!

    Rene December 14, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    The mayor Doug Craig has a bad personal issue with his angry temper. He should stop being mayor or have a heart attack at his age might happen. I don’t like that council lady Pam Wolf at all. She thinks dumb ideas with the mayor.

    Clifford December 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    To defend Pam Wolf…uh,uh,uh…I mean…uh,uh,uh…oh just give her another drink and she’ll just follow Craig’s lead…sorry, no defense for Pam as she is definitely useless. The only time she speaks up is when a speech writer prepares her notes…with less uh,uh,uhs. To think she is a teacher…not that is also a laugh.

    Mayor Craig is so adamant at pointing out “angry” public and usage of social media and yet he thinks his yelling at staff, council and the public is correct behaviour? It is the public that should be afraid to go to council with him as he and Pam Wolf and Donna Reid have belittled delegates and made false accusations to public sitting at council meeting. Why are his wrong doings not noted??? He should be apologizing, not transferring blame.

    Maggie Smith December 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    He should be charged with “Code of Ethics” at meetings – he is rude & condescending. And last night’s meeting he was again rude/crude to Jan & Nicholas. What is wrong with the rest of the spineless Councillors. Donna & Pam & Frank – I can see – useless – but Mann & Adshade should be more sensible.
    Craig is out of hand & what can we do about this? He hands out money left & right, but will complain about the dollar when the Complex comes to fruition. He will still state cheaper at Conestoga – but lease & owning are two different items.
    I sure hope everyone will wake up if he decides to run again – and the other Councillors. But then again we will have to watch the election station/boxes as claims are made that 2010 & 2014 were cheated. Boxes missing for hours & found in someone’s basement. I don’t have proof but it must be out there.
    We have bad things happening in Cambridge – Craig is out of control!!!!

  7. Debbie Duff Vitez December 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Someone reminded me recently about Pam Wolf’s drunk driving episode..

    She drank the equivalent of 8 glasses of wine.. ( as per the Crown Attorney’s determination based on her blood alcohol level..

    Which conveniently was taken much later and not at the scene..(????)

    Not only did she hit a car.. She stayed in her car..

    The first thing she did was….call Frank Monterio ( ex cop) and the first thing he asked her was..

    ” Who’s the cop at the scene?) he then instructed her to stay in her car..

    The person she hit actually had to get out of her car and approach our drunken Councillor, to inquire how she was.. not the other way around..

    AND IF YOU CHECK.. SHE DOESN’T HAVE A DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE.. because she remained in her vehicle..
    it’s all in who you know..

    Maggie Smith December 14, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Apparently Pam thinks like a drunken soldier or she would not be doing as bidden. Maybe this was part of her escape from charges. But this was wrong. Do the crime – do the time.
    The Mayor at Tues. meeting again was rude & out of order. And definitely going against the so-called “Code of Conduct” at Council – oh sorry was this just for the Council members. Actually he is the only one disobeying the Code.
    Will it never end. And then last night supporting another “downtown” project. Will this never end. Our Mayor is on a roll – with our money. I just hope everyone remembers these goings on next election.

    Going Broke December 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    We are told to think of costs when it comes to the Multiplex and to choose Conestoga to keep costs down…but what about the 3 million to the racquet club and now the 1 million for the gaslight district and the 1 to 3 million for the pedestrian bridge to enhance the gaslight development that will destroy heritage buildings…then the City Hall at the Hub as a second remote office that will have overhead and employee costs, city hall and its walkway, the Old Post Office that was budgeted at 11 million and is now around the 20 million mark, buying buildings for higher than market value and selling city owned properties for less than value…the list goes on and on…all in which shows how the Mayor manipulates viewpoints based on how he wants the media and the public to see it. If anyone points out facts and truths, then he calls them conspiracy theorists and more. He becomes aggravated and reacts poorly in Council. He is an embarrassment to this city and needs to retire. Yesterday is not soon enough. He is making all of us go broke before he gives up his power…and believes that we are asking for all of it.

    Maggie Smith December 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Yes I agree with you – except that the Tennis Club raised all the money but 3 million – so far the Mayor hasn’t raised one $ for the Multiplex, but willing to give it to Conestoga. And it is about time also that we have a Tennis Club in Town. At least it is being built central for all of Cambridge to enjoy.
    Yes so much waste – but Mayor trying to make it all his legacy – his legacy will be putting us into debt – making back room deals – accepting bribes, gifts, taking useless trips at our expense. Everyone email the Mayor along with the Councillors to voice your displeasure with all the goings on in Cambridge.

    Rene January 5, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    That saying sure covers the crooks running things. My uncle belted his if the got out of line or lied. Now days you get stolen rewards. One day the things come back to hant you.

    bozo January 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

    the very same millions craig is spending on legacy structures
    is being forgiven here
    tax payers have to pay more in property taxes

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