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Brampton The Beautiful

August 10, 2007 @ 13:06

I'm glad to see Brampton mayor Susan Fennell has come out to squash a ridiculous rumour that's been making the rounds in recent weeks.

I had a few people actually say it to me in the last month or so and it made me laugh.

Rumour had it that Brampton was offering between three and ten thousand dollars to people in the Jane/Finch corridor to move west. The money would be used as a down payment on houses in new developments.

Of course this threw Brampton residents into hysterics fearing the "gang element" would move west, and it made the smug bastards in Mississauga happy because it was another slam against the city they can only dream of being.

It's a popular pastime for Mississaungins to take shots at Brampton, and it really is quite amusing.

I grew up in Scarborough and I've lived in Brampton for the past 27 years. I still hold Scarborough near and dear to my heart and I have only good things to say about Brampton.

Amusingly both communities are pissed upon by the rest of civilization.

I've raised my kids in Brampton and love it just as much or more than I do. It's our home and it's been a good home and it still is to this day.

It's interesting how images are established and then fed upon by those who don't know their ass from their elbow.

Per capita, Brampton has more parks, recreational facilities and open spaces than any other city in the GTA.

Granted, Brampton has some pockets that aren't so great - but Mississauga has more, and I could even take you to some dumpy areas in Georgetown and Oakville. Conversely, Brampton has some areas that rival or surpass anything else in Southern Ontario.

I'm in a position right now where I could move anywhere I wanted to, but it keeps coming back to the same thing. I can't find anywhere better than Brampton.

I could move to Mississauga amongst all the condos and traffic and box malls - but I choose not to.

I could be a real sucker and move to over-rated Oakville where you pay way more for a house than it's actually worth and then realize Oakville's entire reputation is based on a small downtown area full of snobs who live in million dollar bungalows - other than that, it might was well be Brampton.

Correction: Other than that, it wishes it were Brampton.

I've thought about Georgetown but the thought didn't last long - and then there's Toronto, but with almost four years of David Miller remaining, I'd be better off in Havana.

No thanks. For the time being, I'll just stay in good old Brampton and become a little more thick skinned.

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47 Responses to "Brampton The Beautiful"


Jason Snow
August 10, 2007 / 13:52

I TAKE FULL OFFENSE TO THIS COMMENT;YOU OBVIOUSLY ARE A SELF CENTERED, EGOTISTICAL, RACIST ASSHOLE.
" could be a real sucker and move to over-rated Oakville where you pay way more for a house than it's actually worth and then realize Oakville's entire reputation is based on a small downtown area full of snobs who live in million dollar bungalows"


Bill
August 10, 2007 / 13:54

Wow Fred, very surprised at your comment about Oakville...


Anonymous
August 10, 2007 / 13:57

Hmmmm...Brampton. I believe Brampton has more BAD ethnic communities than all of the cities you mentioned.


Argie
August 10, 2007 / 13:59

Jason: What is racist about what he wrote about Oakville? You may disagree but it's not racist.


David K.
August 10, 2007 / 14:00

Freddie, I believe you have finally crossed the line. I have to agree with your first poster. I live in Oakville and it is a wonderful Town. Yes, you need to have some money to live here, and that's what makes it great!
Slow down with your racist comments please.


Molly
August 10, 2007 / 14:03

Brampton the Beautiful !!!

You are joking right Fred???


Anonymous
August 10, 2007 / 14:04

Freddie,
Why don't you tell us how you really feel about Oakville....


Nigel Trousershrapnel
August 10, 2007 / 14:05

Forget Scarborough and Brampton Freddie. If you really want to get crapped on as a city move to Hamilton. World renowned for our thick skins and lousy football teams.
Go Preds!


Bogdan Scibiwolk
August 10, 2007 / 14:06

Fred,
You should be careful what you write about Oakville...doesn't your buddy Humble live there????
Been there, nice place.


KK
August 10, 2007 / 14:09

You lived in Scarborough and Brampton and have the nerve to put down TO, Georgetown, Oakville and MISS!!!
Shame on you Freddie!!! Surprised you have never been shot at!! or have you?


Lisa Tweedsdale
August 10, 2007 / 14:12

Hi Fred
Have you been to Oakville? Not many bad areas. I bet you Brampton has 10x the amount of crime that we have.


Jimbo
August 10, 2007 / 14:17

Freddie - your pal Howard will not be impressed with your Oakville comments!!
No more Tiki bar for him!!!


Argie
August 10, 2007 / 16:11

For the record I am not Fred Patterson. I agree with Fred on many of his posts but disagree on this one. I would much rather live in Oakville than in Brampton. However I fail to see where he made a racist comment.

Argie (not Freddiep)


Sweet Pam
August 10, 2007 / 16:21

I don't believe Fred's comments are racist, but I certainly believe he got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!

Fred: You said how much you loved Brampton and you tied it to your good life and your kids. As you say, it's "Home". I think we can all agree on that point whether we live in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville or Brampton or any other community you care to trash. Home isn't about geography - it's about family.


John Hearn
August 10, 2007 / 16:24

Very surprised at this blog entry Fred - not really like you to slam different cities..especially because you live in Brampton. Oakville is one of the best cities in North America and it's the people that make it great.


Noel
August 10, 2007 / 16:28

I also live in Oakville and can't believe what you are saying about "downtown snobs" Not like you
...have to agree with Sweet Pam...are you ok today? Too many at Tiki bar North and/or South???


KK
August 10, 2007 / 16:31

Is that true? It didn't even cross my mind about Argie. Now it all makes sense as you look back at past posts from Argie. Shame on you Fred!


Joanne
August 10, 2007 / 16:34

Beautiful Brampton!!! I agree - you are spending far too much time at the Tiki bars!!! Also live downtown Oakville Fred, and I am surprised at your comments. Unless you really didnt't write this blog????


jason
August 10, 2007 / 16:35

Freddie, Freddie, Freddie!!!
Not cool today.


Lisa T
August 10, 2007 / 16:38

Well said Sweet Pam - It's about Family, not geography.
BTW - Live and breathe in Oakville (but not downtown...)


Daniel
August 10, 2007 / 16:42

' I'm in a position right now where I could move anywhere I wanted to, but it keeps coming back to the same thing. I can't find anywhere better than Brampton. '

You must be joking right Freddie? You can move anywhere, and you choose to stay in Brampton? Very strange comment...


Lisa T
August 10, 2007 / 16:44

I don't think Fred wrote this. Maybe someone hi-jacked his blog? Maybe HH? Do ya think?


JIM
August 10, 2007 / 16:51

A little off-base on this one Fred. Putting down other areas? My parents raised me in Oakville. It's a good place.


Sammi
August 10, 2007 / 16:56

Fred

Are you writing this from Tiki North with John at your side? Stay away from the sauce for a while, it's now having an effect on your blog.

XOXOXOXO


Paul
August 10, 2007 / 16:57

Freddieeee.

There is goodness everywhere Fred - Oakville, Georgetown, Hamilton, and yes, even Toronto. Too bad you slagged everyone today. I grew up in Hamilton. Would I go back? Never. I lived in Oakville. Would I go back? No way. I live outside Georgetown in the country. Am I staying? Yes.

I think it is all relative Fred. What do you value in a community? You will find whatever it is wherever you go.


Kelly
August 10, 2007 / 18:36

Freddie....
you're just really bored and wanted to get a rise out of everybody today, didn't you????
it worked....


mike (Buffalo Boy)
August 10, 2007 / 18:40

Freddie, I have no idea why people are being so negative, you tell it like it is and people take offense to it. Truth must hurt if people react so negatively.


Jason Barr
August 10, 2007 / 19:35

I live in Brampton too. Actually, just around the corner from Fred. I've had may opportunities to leave too and I always stay. I like it here. I am a proud Bramptonian and all the rest of the cities can lick my choda. By the way, Fred...can you ask Darren if he's going to play hockey with me this winter? I need to fill out the roster!


Rick
August 10, 2007 / 20:21

There is not a place that hasn't been mentioned that doesn't suck in some way. Everybody is offended, and it's kinda funny. I think ole' Freddie is probably having a good laugh up at tiki north about all of this. Regardless, everything from Oshawa to Hamilton pretty much smells the same. There are plus/minuses with every city. I'm from Northern Ontario, which is absolutely beautiful, but the danger there is after a few pops, you may unknowingly be trying to pick up your 2nd cousin, or your sister that was given up for adoption. I hope Fred gets a little action this weekend, so that Monday's post will be a bit more upbeat.


Mike from Lowville
August 10, 2007 / 21:09

Fred? I guess your cluster bombs missed Burlington. Thats a good sign. I must be getting on your good side.;O)


Mike from Lowville
August 10, 2007 / 21:13

Hey wait a minute!!! I just got to thinking. Your know the one that painted the big blue "B" on the stone wall coming north into Lowville. ARE YOU???


Debbie
August 10, 2007 / 22:41

Jeez Fred, slow news day?You've posted some real gems before, but this one...it's the most inane, out of left field post I've read so far. You used to be nice and funny. Now you're just bitter and mean. Doesn't sound like the Freddie Poo Poo we got to know on the radio. What happened? I want the old Fred back!


Jimbo
August 10, 2007 / 23:21

To Jason Barr;
Please tell me you're not the Jason Barr from The Fledge...OMFG!!!! It is!! Now it make sense. A fellow Bramptonian.

Freddie, very surprised by this.

AnyWHO, LOVING YOU..............


Jimbo
August 10, 2007 / 23:26

Jason

PS. Please tell Dean Blundorkas that his show really does do nothing for the rest of mankind.

We want Freddie back.

Remember Snow Removal Machine!!!!

PSS - Jason, why do you hang with the Fledge...Ohpss. Edge gays any ways??

Just wondering.


Trish
August 10, 2007 / 23:35

That does it - will someone please hire Fred??? He really does need a job...

Hey Fred - you've been out in the sun too long. Take a dive off your new deck and cool off. Your comments are way out of line.


Arnold Knutsen
August 11, 2007 / 10:58

Once again Jason Barr does it. Makes a dumbass comment just to incite other people. Lick your choda sure but we'll have to wait for you finish doing it to Dean and todd first.
Brampton is a joke people from all the other cities that make fun of it aren't envious they just don't want to travel to that dump. Oakville might be over priced, but there is a reason brampton homes are dirt cheap, it's the only way to get someone to live there.


Jason Meltzer Patterson
August 11, 2007 / 11:12

Of course it was Jason from The Edge. The choda licking should have gave it away. That's all your hear weekday mornings on 102.1

As for making these comments about other cites.. I can only imagine what would happen on this blog if it started comparing other countries..

I'm guessing there was a method to the madness.. Freddie you like to stir the pot don't ya!

Boy oh boy


Juan
August 11, 2007 / 13:01

When I drive in Oakville with my Jetta TDI ,snobs (that is to say, the entire population but me) throw heirloom tomatoes at me, and they ram me off the road with their Bentleys. It is actually quite stressful living in Oakville. Not only do I have to find a way to afford a luxury car (a Lexus will not get me tomatoes in the face, but it will still get me dirty looks) but also, because they spray Calvin Klein's "Magnifique" fragrance all over the downton area, and if the wind blows in my direction, I can't stop sneezing.
My 300 Sq/Ft condo (I shower in the kitchen sink and sleep standing up) is three grand a month rent. The "dirty car" fine is two hundred bucks and three demerit points, and if your belt doesn't match your shoes color you can be sent to the fashion comitte and face house confinement for up to a month. Of course all these rules are more strictly enforced around the time when the "Lifestyle" panel of judges comes to town to decide wether or not we can be voted into the "Elite villages" list in Forbes magazine. Don't hold your breath though, Beckham didn't even drive by last weekend.
There are pluses to living in Oakville though... Our shore of Lake Ontario is filtered by Evian, and the new retractable dome (due this upcomming winter) should keep us from seeing snow on the roads, which is great for keeping our cars clean, thus avoiding the dreaded fine.
The day they switch the Evian filtering to Brita, I'll know it'll be time to move. Maybe to Brampton!


Jason Barr
August 11, 2007 / 13:50

Hey "Jimbo", why don't you sign your actual name? Jason Meltzer Patterson may not like what I have to say and may think that the place I work is a far cry from what it used to be and that I am a total wanker, but at least he has the balls to sign his name. And, you're all right, Freddie does love to stir the pot. Fun times.


Jordan
August 11, 2007 / 14:28

Do we need anymore evidence that people from Oakville are snobs? When someone talks bad about their “town” they call him a racist. Oakvillians consider themselves a separate race apparently.


Jimbo - Jim Pennington From; Oakville/MISS border
August 11, 2007 / 15:09

There you go Jason, this is my real name...what difference does it make? Never really understood that..


Mike from Lowville
August 11, 2007 / 21:29

Juan? You said this, "When I drive in Oakville with my Jetta TDI" and something stupid about a Bent-crank-ly. Hey! Drive a Ford Edge, they are made there. Might get you the respect you deserve.


Jason Meltzer Patterson
August 11, 2007 / 22:33

Jason, I don't think you're a total wanker but the rest you got right. I don't even think that the DB show doesn't suit the current format, it's just not my cup of tea. I'm not wishing you guys off the air when there's room for everyone.

Look at this way, I never liked Janet Jackson but she has sold millions upon millions of albums, so she appeals to someone.

And before anyone pipes up, not liking Janet Jackson doesn't make me racist.


Sammi
August 12, 2007 / 07:51

YAWN!!!!!!


Jason Barr
August 12, 2007 / 16:07

Thanks jim. Now I can take what you say seriously. It's hard to know how to take aguy named "Jimbo". For the record, should anyone care, I work at the Edge because I enjoy it. They allow me the creative freedom to basically say what I want, as long as I'm not a complete moron about it. That and the fact that I have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed and buy hockey equipment for. What a lot of people don't realize about radio is that, like everything else, it has changed. It's really not about the music, especially morning shows. We play music, but that's not why people listen. Believe it or not, some people like it. And for a great many more, it is the lesser of all evils. I really don't take anything personally. You either like it or you don't. Jason Meltzer Patterson summed it up pretty well with his Janet Jackson analogy. I always maintain that, just because something is popular, doesn't mean it is good.

Jason


Jimbo
August 12, 2007 / 23:01

Jason,

You're doing a great job, just a little BLOG creativity 'FUN'

Loving youoooooooo!!!!!

JIMBO


MD
August 13, 2007 / 00:55

Fred, always liked your comments, many I disagree with but entertaining none the less...but Brampton a great city????....it's a s@#$ hole and I was born and bred there.....moved 20 years ago when it was on it's decline.....and as for gangs from Jane and filth...just drive up Ching and Bovaird....they are there courtesy of the welfare system of Ontario..enjoy your little bit of "paradise"....and oh yeah do all Bramptonians get there drivers licences from cereal boxes????


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