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Xinyi planner disciplined

   On Friday we attended the Ontario Professional Planners Insitute disciplinary hearing for Chris Pidgeon, planner for the City of Stratford's Xinyi project in 2018-21. The hearing was a result of Get Concerned Stratford's complaint of 2021; in an agreed...

A troubling definition of ‘affordable’

Read this editorial in context at the Stratford Beacon Herald A troubling definition of 'affordable' by Mike Sullivan The City of Stratford is convening a public meeting on the subject of housing and homelessness on Thursday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. at city hall. Recently,...

Update on investigation of City Council

Get Concerned Stratford continues to ask for documentsand minutes from the city. Some of the requests go back three years.Here’s what’s outstanding.  A generic request for any files related to Xinyi was met with a bill for $8800 before they would begin looking.  We...

Avon Crest and taxpayers deserve more

This letter, written by Loreena McKennitt, was published through Wise Communities on March 27, 2023. It is with concern and disappointment that we are now seeing yet another of Stratford’s unique and significant buildings prepared for demolition without a timely and...

A Surprise for Avon Crest

The federal government announced new retrofitting funding in February. There's a catch, though... The federal government is under pressure: our emissions are quickly climbing to pre-pandemic levels, and government needs to find ways to meet 2030 targets.  Retrofitting...

Scrap Bill 23: there’s nothing good about this bill

Mike Sullivan's submission on Bill 23 Bill 23 is an omnibus bill which changes many different acts and regulations. The stated goal of building more homes faster is not met by this bill. It removes or alters many public protections, including protections against bad...

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