Friends of the Cawthra Bush
Greater Mississauga Area
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I am an example of a person who knew next to nothing about their government and how it works, who made the time to learn not only how government works but how to beat City hall. Perchance short on qualities seen by most as the needed skills, (some say grandly unsuited for this undertaking), such as spelling and grammar or good with names and faces. None the less, by shear hard work and the willingness to make sacrifices for the community, the Friends of the Cawthra Bush has been very successful. I try to be plain spoken and to understand the issues and in order to put forward the best solutions. I am a non-political a person who is taking a stand for democracy on behalf of all residents and opposed the "business-as-usual" methods used by the City of Mississauga to force its political will on us.
A lifetime resident of Mississauga and the Lakeview area. I went to Cawthra Park Secondary School. Organized and leads the Friends of the Cawthra Bush, to stop both the City's logging and tree farming of this remarkable forest. Which is a long cherished community treasure and the striping away of our basic right as residents: the right to make an informed choice. I have preferred the academic side of life, reading (history), and learning how things work. I have been involved in rebuilding and designing projects. I have given freely of my time and money researching the Cawthra Bush affair and the general damage being done to Ward 1. I have interviewed seniors in the area to help record our local history for future generations.
A lot more can be said and will in time but if you find little spelling and grammar problems, please note them to me and look past them. After all it is the content that matters.
It has almost been 10 years
ago (writing Jan. 2/04 as I launch the new Cawthra Bush web-site), that
I held a meeting at the Cawthra estate house and begin this campaign (Feb.
20/94). At which meeting, a number of residents, were elected to represent
the residents concerns to the City of the Mississauga. It is almost
6 years later I am the only one of the group still actively trying to save
the Cawthra Bush and all that lives in it. Membership after I wrote
that has gone up to over 100 and people do help and count on me.
Would not want some lawyer (like a developer's lawyer), to think I represent
only my self. The evidence does not support that. I am just
way past burn out and very tired.
Over the years I have been invited to give presentations and be a quest
lecturer at local schools as well as set up the Cawthra Bush display at events
for the public to find out the facts about the Cawthra Bush, what the City is
doing to it and what the Friends of the Cawthra Bush are doing about it. The
displays are simple looking but costly, in case some people were wondering how
their membership money has been spent. Usually includes overheads, video
and an ever changing section of pictures. However, if you are thinking of
doing the same for your group, what we did is likely the most affordable and
easy to make. The exact dates of my visits to schools etc., are recorded
some where but not handy. There are many more pictures and have visited
the schools over the years more than once, so my presentations were more than
welcome back. In fact, in May of this year (2006) gave a tour of the
Cawthra Bush to students from Cawthra Parks S.S. Environmental Club. She
noted to me "Don: Thank you once again for taking us on such an informative
and fascinating tour of the Cawthra Bush. WE all learned so much. I am looking
forward to discussing how we might be able to incorporate the Bush into our
grade 10 curriculum." Over the years I have received a nice
collection of coffee mugs and of course other support from thankful students
and teachers. Over the years I have become known and respected as the
local expert regarding the Cawthra Bush and City hall.
There were some Fairy Shrimp at the display to.
Another class and being presented with a coffee mug from thankful students.
Port Credit Secondary School;
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