The Toronto Star
NEWS, Thursday, April 6, 2000
to party during moraine vote
Fundraiser will include developers, critics charge
YORK REGION BUREAU
Affairs Minister Tony Clement has come under attack for "wining
and dining" developers at a fundraiser tonight while Richmond
Hill council casts a crucial vote on housing on the Oak Ridges
Hill council has a special meeting, where are you going to be?"
Liberal municipal affairs critic Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence)
asked Clement during Question Period in the Legislature yesterday.
"You're not going to be at the public meeting. You are going
to be with your friends, the developers . . . these same developers
are contributing to your campaign and party."
for Clement, who as municipal affairs minister is one of those
responsible for the future of the moraine, is being held at a
banquet hall owned by a man with links to a company that is building
houses on the moraine in Aurora.
at the Hollywood Princess Convention and Banquet Centre in Vaughan,
costing $150 to $200 a plate, will be attended by about 700 people,
many of them prominent developers.
West-Mississauga) was unavailable for comment last night.
told the Legislature his government is on record as stating environmental
protection of the moraine is "important."
He has refused
a request for a face-to-face interview with The Star to explain
appears as guest of honour at the fundraiser, Richmond Hill council,
just down the road, will be voting on whether to approve requests
from Lebovic Enterprises and Bond Lake Investors Inc. to build
2,721 homes near Bond Lake on the moraine.
In a surprise
move last week, town planner Janet Babcock recommended that the
applications be denied. Babcock's report said developers failed
to provide enough evidence that their lands are good candidates
Even if council
approves Babcock's recommendations, the Ontario Municipal Board
could overrule them and approve requests for development.
Lea Ann Mallett,
of the environmental group Earthroots, said it was "poor
timing" for Clement to be partying with developers at the
same time Richmond Hill politicians were wrestling with housing
on the moraine.
fact that Tony Clement would hobnob with developers at the same
time he has to make decisions on the moraine is incredibly inappropriate,"
can he now claim he is a neutral party when his fundraiser is
stacked with developers?"
who owns the Hollywood Princess and is a member of the York Region
police services board, has ties through his brother to Fernbrook
Homes, which is building Stonebridge, an exclusive gated community
on the moraine in Aurora.
A sales representative
described the development as "nicely nestled within the Oak
Ridges Moraine and completely enclosed by forest."
the time also environment minister, was criticized in the Legislature
last fall after a Liberal critic revealed that 28 companies linked
to or run by Mario and Nick Cortellucci and Saverio Montemarano
made more than 209 contributions to the Ontario Progressive Conservative
Party between 1995 and 1997, totalling more than $335,000.
from Lebovic and Bond Lake Investors are also before the Ontario