The Fort Erie Times did not even cover the story. No surprise there.
Nature Lover found some interesting information on Azhar Mohammad's Linkedin page:
" Attached to the facility will be a 21 acre Innovation and Technology Park for Automotive Research & Development covering motor sports and general automotive technology. This is is partnership with McMaster University in Canada. The test centre will focus on eco-friendly composite materials development, renewable racing fuels, and powertrain testing adjacent to the track. "
Yet, his e-mail to the reporter from Niagara This Week indicates otherwise:
"Azhar Mohammad, executive director of
the numbered company in charge of the CMS project, confirmed via email
Wednesday that the R&D facility was never going to be built in Fort
Erie, but that McMaster is still committed to the project.
“CMS is responsible for the costs to build the R&D centre while
McMasters PhDs and researchers will provide the software to create the
success,” Muhammad said in an email."
The original spokesman for the project, Jay Mason, who boasted that McMaster signed a MOU to pledge $30 million towards the centre in Fort Erie, will not comment on the latest news, as he is no longer involved in the project.
And the spin continues:
"Muhammad said he’s had extensive
discussions with McMaster’s engineering faculty about the collaboration
between the speedway and the university, and once the OMB hearing is
behind them and the project is moving forward, more information about
the McMaster-CMS collaboration will be revealed.
“Once we have our approvals in place, we will be happy to disclose
details on what we have put together over the last three years with
McMaster,” he said."
So, it's a "secret" until the OMB rules? What appears to be a fabrication of a great, new jobs rich research centre that, according to the executive director of the project "was never going to be built in Fort Erie" will not be revealed until after the OMB hearing. Is this a joke? Do they think that we are that stupid?
The $30M Research & Development Centre
proposed for the Canadian Motor Speedway was never
slated for Fort Erie.
Shall we all go down to the Crystal Beach Tennis and Yacht Club to watch the boats glide into the dock? Or enjoy the band in the outside stage near Fort-E Towers? Uh-oh, back up. We forgot the "Aging in Place" theme in the original promise to the town. And it's just a short hop to Port Dalhousie for a live show in their 400 seat theatre.
(H/T to MI)
BULLETIN: This Just in: Niagara This Week Reporter is reassigned to ubetyoullnevergettowritethetruthagainistan for writing article on the CMS's empty promise for jobs in Fort Erie.