Fool’s dream and we foot the hill
When will common sense take over most of our municipal council? The latest is the money grab to save Orford once again. Less Mount Orford than the municipality of the same name it seems. While Stanstead can hardly get a new house built once in a while, condos are sprucing up in Orford every day. Yet Stanstead’s council was fooled into giving money to the ‘common good’ once again with untold benefits to soon rain down in our town.
All backed by the savant (in the English sense of the word) work of an esteemed Emeritus Professor who is promising that for a dollar spent in the ski business, 3, 5, 7 and while we are at it thousands of dollars will flow our way. Even the Lord was unable to multiply bread as economists do. In this case the esteemed professor cannot even plead the usual arm’s length arrangement that we have come to expect. Not only are the studies funded by the industry but they are only available from it!
Now back to the planet. Ski is doomed. We will repeat, ski is doomed. Golf is going nowhere, golf is going nowhere.
Let’s start with golf. Not only is the ‘Mon Orford’, because miraculously it’s now ours, intending to waste $25,000,000 over the next few years, most of it public money, which sounds better than taxpayers’ money, on the ski hill, but they also intend to spend a lot on the golf course! Now technically, Stanstead’s Dufferin Heights is not in Stanstead but in Quebec’s only aberration of Stanstead East. Well this is not Ontario with about 400 municipalities for a population almost twice as big, Quebec having over 1,100! And it’s not even in our MRC. But it employs dozens of residents of our town! Brings real revenue in. And golf is struggling, and struggling badly, we only have to look at Venise in Magog who is trying desperately to convert itself into a VR campground to understand the situation.
Ski, well unless you are Donald Trump, no not even he is stupid enough to invest in a ski resort, and deny climatic changes, you know that it will soon be as extinct as the dodo bird. For years we were told to look no further than Jay Peak to see the future. Well we know how the future was spelled there: F.R.A.U.D.
Somebody should have seen the red light flashing it seems to us. So what if your tax bill sees a small hike? So what if we are only ‘creating’ low paying seasonal jobs? So what if at some time the only way to make money is to light the hills destroying Megantic’s observatory. By the way, it may be small, but a lot of the instruments that go into space are tested there and these are not seasonal jobs.
Let’s forget Owl’s Head, let’s forget Sutton while we’re at it. Let’s forget the half dozen miraculous solutions proposed over the years to save Orford. Let’s forget reality. It’s the best way to look at this mess.