Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood: Do something bigger than yourself.

June 25, 2014

Images from the June 22nd event in Midhurst.


Margaret Atwood says to write Premier Wynne a hand-written letter asking her to overturn the legal loophole.


Dale Goldhawk as a master of master of ceremonies.


World class environmental lawyer, David Donnelly. “According to my math, and I could be wrong, some stand to make $40 BILLION from this development. Spending 10% is still $4 BILLION! And how do communities like Midhurst defend themselves? By selling cookies and planters. That’s bake sale justice and it has to stop!” — at Wrico Hosteins Farm, Midhurst. Source


Generously answering questions.

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A crowd of 400. “The Voice of southern Georgian Bay”, 97.7 The Beach podcast.




Coverage by CTV Barrie.

Atwood says it’s time now for Kathleen Wynne’s government to deliver on addressing what they called an environment priority.

“So with this as a priority for your government – why would you let the most important wetland in Ontario be destroyed?”


Springwater Park – Camp Nibi drum circle.


John and Mary Lou Bacher


Globe and Mail coverage: Margaret Atwood joins fight against planned housing development.



YouTube of Atwood’s talk.

  • Change: good, bad and idiotic…Ontario Liberal party responds to Ducks Unlimited Canada…The Turnip has nothing against poop…10,000 new homes on Class 1 and 2 farmland…treated effluent into Minesing Wetlands…many red lights bypassed by “special legislation”…some bright bunny…threatened lawsuits and toe removal (toe part was a joke)…cottagers concerns…no jobs…
  • cui bonoto whose benefit?…”fine words butter no parsnips”…special loophole…
  • Will Premier Wynne stop this idiotic plan?: “I have faith that she will”.

Bigger than yourself


Margaret Atwood coming to Midhurst on Sunday June 22nd

May 24, 2014

A special visit announcement by AWARE Simcoe to draw attention to the negative affects of unchecked urban sprawl.

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from the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association

Author Margaret Atwood is fulfilling her promise to come to Midhurst if the number of people signing the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Petition reaches 5,000. That happened in March and now arrangements have been finalized: Atwood will speak in Midhurst on Sunday, June 22 12-3 pm at a Celebration of Rural Living.

Tickets are on sale now for this special event coordinated by the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association that will highlight the importance of rural communities and the resources they protect (foodlands, fresh water and natural heritage).

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now. ONLY $20! Buy tickets online

Volunteer Drive Meeting:

Sunday, May 25 – 7 pm Midhurst Community Hall (74 Doran Rd.)

The MRA needs you. On June 22nd, they require at least 30 volunteers for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: parking attendants, BBQ attendants, greeters, cashiers. They also need volunteers to distribute posters ahead of the event. A volunteer drive is being held Sunday night – sign up, get more information about the event and engage with the MRA executive about current and future initiatives.

If you can’t attend, but would still like to volunteer, email your name and contact info and someone from their Events team will get in touch with you. Email Events Team


Speakers – Begins at 12:30

Emcee – AM 740’s Dale Goldhawk

Supporting Speakers:

  • Shirley Boxem, Food and Water First – “The Importance of Farmland Preservation”
  • David Donnelly, Donnelly Law – “Learning from Mistakes and Building a Better Future for Ontario”
  • Sandy Buxton, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association – “The Midhurst Story”

Keynote Address: Margaret Atwood – “Why Community Matters and Her Journey into Getting Involved”

The MNR moves the Springwater Park animals out of harm’s way.

May 29, 2013

Interestingly, the latest Goldhawk Fights Back interview between Dale Goldhawk, Jim Wilson MPP and Les Stewart was just 2 days ago.

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Photo by Mark Wanzel

A welcomed end to the abandoned park’s attraction to soon-to-be out-of-school teenage mischief makers.

From the desk of Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources: 

Mr. Les Stewart
Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition

Dear Mr. Stewart:

As a follow-up to my earlier correspondence, I am writing to provide you with an update regarding Springwater Provincial Park.

As you are aware, on April 1, 2013, Springwater Provincial Park became a non-operating park and we announced that the ministry would no longer be maintaining the wildlife facility.

The health and well-being of the animals are very important to us and I am pleased to inform you that, by working cooperatively with Zoocheck Canada, we have found new facilities for all of the park’s rescued wildlife.

As promised, we have secured wildlife sanctuaries that are leaders in providing facilities that meet the animal’s specific biological and behavioural needs. The majority of the animals are remaining in Ontario and many will be housed at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Rosseau. A few animals will move to other suitable sanctuaries in Nova Scotia and Quebec.

With the assistance of animal experts and Ministry of Natural Resources staff we have started the relocation process of moving the animals to their new homes today.

We continue to encourage visitors and local residents to use Springwater or to explore other provincial parks nearby that offer vehicle access and day-use opportunities.

Springwater continues to be protected land regulated under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, which will ensure this land is protected for future generations.

We would be pleased to review a business proposal from a potential partner, provided the proposal is consistent with the ministry’s fiscal commitments. For further information, I encourage you to contact Ken Lacroix, Project Manager, at ken.lacroix@ontario.ca.

Again, thank you for your continued interest in Springwater Provincial Park.


David Orazietti
Minister of Natural Resources

c: Ken Lacroix

Credit is definitely due to the Ministry of Natural Resources for their professionalism, hard work and cultural sensitivity.

Goldhawk Fights Back is relentless in protecting Springwater Park – Camp Nibi.

May 27, 2013


Once again, Dale Goldhawk proves he’s the best friend Springwater Park has ever had.

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Dale interviews Jim Wilson MPP Simcoe Grey and Les Stewart of the Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition

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You can listen to a 21:35 recording of Mr. Wilson, MPP with Dale if you click here.

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Same for Les Stewart: click here.


Jim Wilson makes Statement about Closure of Springwater Park at Queen’s Park

May 12, 2013

Mr. Jim Wilson MPP, Simcoe Grey

(April 8, 2013)

Podcast of MNR Minister talking about Springwater Park closing

May 2, 2013

Audio recording of May 1, 2013 interview with David Orazietti.



Goldhawk Fights Back: Ontario Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti says he would like to see Springwater Park open again but offers few details on when that might happen.

Go here and click on the triangle. (12 minutes, 10 seconds long)

We love all good faith comments but especially when they’re from Ann!:

Ann says:
May 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm (Edit)
That was a waste of time! Minister Orazietti just skirted around all of Dale’s questions. It’s obvious they haven’t changed their stance on keeping the park non-operational. He kept saying he’s willing to work out an agreement with any group who’s interested in operating the park..but he hasn’t ever tried to contact the First Nations people who actually own the land and are occupying SPP!

To Do:

1. Hon. David Orazietti, MPP (Sault Ste. Marie)
Minister of Natural Resources

Call: Queen’s Park 416 327-8522
Email: dorazietti.mpp@liberal.ola.org

2. Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne (Don Valley West)

Call: Queen’s Park 416 325-1941
Email: kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org

Dale Goldhawk podcast: Rally in support of Springwater Provincial Park

April 10, 2013

A meeting this week?

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Click here to go to the correct page.

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Click on the triangle to play the 12:03 radio recording.


  • Jim Wilson
  • Elizabeth Brass Elson
  • Patricia Watts
  • “Mary from Barrie”

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