12 Life Lessons Learned from the LRT Debate

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The debate surrounding Brampton’s proposed Hurontario-Main LRT project has brought with it a wealth of opportunity to learn all sorts of valuable life lessons. We decided we’d take a moment to reflect on the little nuggets of knowledge we’ve picked up along the way.

1) You don’t just say yes to fully funded projects. So basic.

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2) Care less about what you have and more about what everyone around you is getting.

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3) Heritage is a touchy subject

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4) Ask and you shall get. Or so they say.

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Wait for it, wait for it…

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5) When the government tries to give you back your already paid tax dollars, be wary, be very very wary.

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6) And while you’re at it, never trust facts from people smarter than you

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6) You can easily disarm anyone in an intellectual debate by making absolutely no sense

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7) Sometimes it’s good to take a gamble, sometimes

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8) Some people just don’t understand the woes of taking public transit

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9) Resist change, it will only ruin your life.

It’s become clear that Brampton needs to stay the exact same, like, forever. What worked for past generations will most certainly work for this one. Who needs higher order transit when Brampton is slated to have close to a million people by 2041? We should count ourselves lucky we no longer rely on horse and buggy or Dial-A-Bus.

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10) Money can’t buy happiness

But it can buy excessively unnecessary $380M tunnels funded by taxpayers. We like to make it rain up in Brampton, apparently.

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11) Free is so last year

Free cupcake? Don’t want it. Free pony? Don’t want it either. Fully funded public transit to make your city better? DEFINITELY don’t want it!

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12) People get confused when young people start caring about civic issues.

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We’ll continue to report on our findings during the next six weeks as Brampton gears up for a second council vote to decide on the future of the project. In the meantime, enjoy this one hour compilation of everyone’s favourite hold music. We’ll have it on repeat as we await Brampton city council’s decision in the coming weeks.

 

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  1. LOL, but:
    #1 — I agree.
    #2 — Mississauga is NOT Brampton. Don’t understand comparisons between Brampton & Mississauga. Brampton created in 1820’s. Town of Mississauga created in 1968 from Toronto Township…the city in 1974/1975.
    #3 — Surprising number of people do NOT laugh. There is no heritage left in Mississauga along Hurontario. It was obliterated decades ago. Yeah, so some people are protecting what is left of Brampton’s heritage in Four Corners.
    #4 — Brampton isn’t getting money. Either an LRT as Metrolinx has proposed or nothing. There is nothing “free”.
    Ever add up how much a “free” puppy or kitten costs? You get the puppy or kitten for free, then you have to pay for vaccinations, neutering, heart worm tests & medication (for puppy once adult), annual vaccinations, food, pet car (for when you want to go on holidays and can’t take pet with you) etc. Don’t know how much the “free” LRT will cost in years ahead.
    #5 — Hmm…yes, “experts” hired by Metrolinx. No bias there! 😀 “experts” have been wrong so much with regards to Brampton’s development, it’s wise to be suspicious. 😀
    Ah, don’t worry! The blind faith in “experts” is worth a laugh or two. Older folks have seen more than often enough how wrong “experts” often are.
    #6 – Happens on both sides of the argument! 😀
    #7 — Nothing just might be best. 😀
    #8 — And many people who are opposed to an LRT going north on Main DO understand the woes of public transit very well indeed. They’ve been travelling by public transit since before the millenials were even a twinkle in their parents’ eyes!
    #9 — How very wrong you are! 😀 Change IS inevitable. Not all change is good. LRT through Four Corners would be bad change.
    “It’s become clear that Brampton needs to stay the exact same, like, forever. What worked for past generations will most certainly work for this one. Who needs higher order transit when Brampton is slated to have close to a million people by 2041? We should count ourselves lucky we no longer rely on horse and buggy or Dial-A-Bus.”
    About the generation who adapted to PC’s and the internet, who saw man walk on the moon…etc., etc. 😀 😀 (ridiculous argument, if not taken light-heartedly!)
    #10 — Who even wants a tunnel under Four Corners?! Just keep an LRT out of Four Corners by all methods! 😀
    #11 — Nothing is free! The LRT is NOT free!!!! (BIG misconception) See #5 above. That free pony costs a lot to care for (board, farrier, vets, tack etc., etc.)
    #12 — LOL 😀 Sound like a bunch of toddlers saying, “I want it, I want it!” Wise parent says, “Just cause you want it, doesn’t mean you NEED it.”

    • It was all meant in good fun. Nobody is getting anything for free, it’s tax dollars we’ve already paid. Some people are under the impression that if we ask, we’ll magically be given more money. Let’s be honest, boomers are comprised of people who MOSTLY drive cars and would never give them up. And that’s okay, they lived in a time where you needed a car to get places, that has changed. Of course you can’t take an “expert;s” word for it, you’ve got to do your own research too, but constantly living in a cloud of doubt must be exhausting. We can use our own minds to come to reasonable assumptions about things given the facts and reports. I write this from the perspective of a young person, but older people DO want this as well. I find that the group of people who do want it tend to be more diverse in age and many other ways. I’ve just found that the people against are generally of the older gen. and that’s okay, it’s just an observation. But it certainly doesn’t help when millenials get the, “Well we’ve paid taxes longer” and “We were alive when you were but a mere thought”….. yes, we know. Sorry we weren’t born earlier? That doesn’t preclude us from having an opinion and voicing what it is we want Brampton to look like in the future for us. I have a hard time buying the heritage argument for lots of reasons. But one is that “Four corners” has been torn down and rebuilt and it hasn’t taken away from the history of it. History doesn’t disappear just because something changes. I understand people want to maintain the small town feel and all, but we aren’t a small town anymore. We can preserve our history but press forward and shape this city into what will be most beneficial for the up and coming generation. Millenials will have to do the same thing one day too, it’s life.

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