Surprise, surprise, once again the city of Cambridge gets the proverbial shaft when it comes to dealing with the region. We in Cambridge have always felt that the region loved dumping on us. But if plans go ahead for the proposed biosolids plant in our city, than wouldn’t that just be the icing on the cake when it comes to our dealings with them.
Our relationship with the region has become a perverted Cinderella story, with us playing the forgotten step child, forced to do the bidding of our two sisters. Cambridge is the second largest city in this “partnership” but yet we only have three representatives on a 16 member Regional Council. When it comes to any dealings that involve the region, we’re left running from the ball with only one shoe on, while the other two sisters enjoy the rest of the party.
We saw it when the region decided to build themselves a nice fancy train set costing $818 million, (at last guesstimate) which only links Kitchener and Waterloo but still sticks Cambridge taxpayers with a third of the cost. This while we ride “rapid buses,” and the other two sisters’ enjoy their shiny new trains.
We saw it when they took away our provincial court house and built that monstrosity in downtown Kitchener, leaving anyone in Cambridge who has dealings with the court, to travel the “rapid bus line” to get there.
We saw it when against the wishes of the people and our city council, the region decided to build 11 roundabouts on Franklin, including one in front of St. Benedict’s High School. I’m guessing the problems that they encountered when they built a roundabout on Homer Watson, in front of St. Mary’s High School, don’t really matter when it comes to the step-child Cambridge.
We even saw it when after years and years of backed up traffic at the Delta, we finally got a bridge over the train tracks. But, only after Ottawa intervened and forced the railway to pay the lion’s share of the cost, otherwise we’d still be sitting in traffic while the trains switched tracks during rush hour.
But it all pales in comparison to becoming the regions “outhouse.” This biosolids plant was all scheduled to go to Waterloo, but at the last minute, (after much protesting from the citizens of Waterloo) the region in all its infinite wisdom thought, “hey send it to Cambridge, they won’t mind.”
Well guess what? WE DO MIND. Until our Prince Charming comes to rescue us from this dysfunctional family unit, keep your poop on your side of the highway, thank-you very much.