When I invited all our politicians out to the park with our fried Dale Goldhawk, only Jim answered the call in the summer of 2013.
Always there for us.
All the best from my family to Jim’s.
Why did Geranium Corp. appear to effectively say “no comment” if this scheme is such a done deal?
Threatened: Proposed development could adversely affect Minesing Wetlands.
…In 2012, the Ontario minister of infrastructure granted MLG a “special rule” allowing the developer group to proceed with planning the first 300 hectares of the project.
Geranium Corp., the largest member in the MLG consortium, is no stranger to controversial projects. The developer is also behind the Big Bay Point Marina development on Lake Simcoe, which received approval despite concerns over the environmental impact of adding 1,600 timeshare units and a 1,000-slip marina to the already taxed watershed. “They’re extremely good at marketing their proposals to government and, more often than not, they’re successful,” says Strachan. “It’s amazing to me how gullible the government has been.” (At press time, calls to Geranium Corp. for comment had not been returned.)
While 4/7ths of the current Springwater Township continues to strike a truly ostrich assume-the-position, position, the winds of change are bringing in some very heavy-weight opponents of the Midhurst Secondary Plan.
While Springwater Township has warned that any attempt to stop the development in Midhurst would result in lawsuits, Strachan and others are not willing to give up the fight. A number of high-profile artists and politicians, including Margaret Atwood, Maude Barlow, MPP Jim Wilson and MP Patrick Brown, publicly support the campaign. More information is available on Stop Springwater Sprawl (stopspringwatersprawl.com).
Don’t forget to come to the MRA’s event this Sunday: Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood.
Was today’s event a bought-and-paid-for publicity stunt to increase the next Conservative candidate’s profile in new Barrie-Oro-Springwater (Midhurst) riding with the first federal election being in Oct 2015?
Did money donated to the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA and Environmental Defence Canada, EDC go toward the cost of this event or was the money from another source? Are either or both of them shills for a political party that represents pro-development or can any interest group buy their brand?
I recall the MRA accusing the Township of Springwater for calling short notice and scheduling information sessions at unbelievably difficult times for citizens to attend. They then said their were “extensive good faith consultations”. I wonder who paid for the show today because my impression from the MRA was that was never enough money to do even a half-assed defence of Midhurst.
1. Extremely Short Notice: I received the bulk email from the MRA last night 11:18 pm (Dec 6th). That would have given me 13 hours to re-arrange my Saturday afternoon. Oddly, the EDC media advisory also had a very short media fuse as well: out Dec 6th.
And, to boot, the ED communique mentioned a federal MP (Mr. Patrick Brown Barrie) would be attending although(1) Midhurst is in the Simcoe-Grey riding (Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch MP) and (2) growth and sprawl are a provincial not a federal jurisdiction. Shouldn’t Jim Wilson MPP Simcoe-Grey who is the 2nd most powerful Conservative in the Hudak caucus (or even Rod Jackson), be explaining growth issues to his own constituents?
I would have gone to it because I would have loved to ask some questions of David Strachan, president of the Midhurst Ratepayers’, Alex Nuttall, City of Barrie Ward 10 councillor (farthest south and east ward in Barrie, rumoured MP hopeful) and EDC. I believe I am a member in good standing and have contributed financially to both the MRA and EDC.
2. Missing Article: In fact, I wrote the only article about the Midhurst Secondary Plan for EDC at the request of their Claire Malcolmson. It was called Midhurst Secondary Plan: Village to grow 10 times? and was published on their weblog on February 13, 2012. When I tried clicking through on the URL that I had listed as a pdf this is the image that came up:
So as an author I no longer have access to the article? I also tried searching ED’s blog with the title and my name, but no luck.
Click here for a pdf copy of the article or here for a post that I wrote called: Land speculation and other confidence games have always relied on human weakness., iLoveMidhurst.ca, February 14, 2012.
The only federal issue that I am aware of that links Mrs. Brown, Strachan and Donnelly are the ladies at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi
Cross-posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.
After more than 5 months, how many times has the MNR tried?
These are the stakeholders:
How sincere is it for the MNR to claim (1) that they want a partnership and then (2) refuse to meet with everyone, in the same room, at the same time?
The Ministry has met with almost everyone separately. Several times, in fact.
Why not try getting together and problem-solve in good faith?
A beautiful addition to the abandoned Ontario Parks lands was built on August 4, 2013.
A perfect compliment to the existing spiritual practices dwellings: (l to r) sweat lodge and teaching lodge.
Nestled just past the Vespra Boys cenotaph.
Straight through the cathedral of pines, at the bottom of the hill entrance.
Come and have your children or grandchildren’s photograph taken at this special place. Lots of families did just that this weekend!
Also, feel free to express your opinion about why aboriginal treaty rights to practice their spiritual practices should not be interfered with or bitched about.
“I hope an environmental assesment was made before any of these structures where built! it’s called respect for Mother Earth and is the law!
Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in money requires very heavy support from friends in high places.
Patrick Brown, MP Barrie, Mr. Taylor and Alex Nuttall, Barrie Councillor
Mr. Taylor, Patrick Brown, MP Barrie, Jack Garner and Alex Nuttall, Barrie Councillor
Patrick Brown, MPP Barrie, Letter of support
Rod Jackson, MPP Barrie
Rod Jackson, MPP Barrie, Commendation for fundraising excellence
Jeff Lehman, Mayor Barrie
Jim Wilson, MPP Simcoe-Grey
Jack Garner, retired businessperson and politician.
Mr. Taylor’s most recent program to raise money.
Images supplied by Save our Springwater Provincial Park Facebook page.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Watch out for Charity Scams
This is just the first bit of advice from the RCMP on the white-collar crime subcategory called charity fraud:
Experienced public officials are aware their offices can be used to create criminogenic environments.
Springwater Park – Camp Nibi is the current cover story for a national newspaper called First Nations Drum.
Elizabeth is from Beausoleil First Nations near Midland, ON and a Director of AWARE Simoce. She was instrumental in stopping Dump Site 41 and the Mega Quarry. Author and photographer Danny Beaton has been on the SPCC advisory council from the beginning.
Beth Elson Speaks out
We are strong minded women who are here to establish a place to come together to make our nations stronger by providing spiritual guidance and traditional role modeling to benefit all nations. The occupation is going great and the Ministry needs to open the gates and allow the disabled and our elders access to this place as well. We have been requesting the gates be opened for ceremonies and they refuse to open them. We are building a lodge later this week and putting a call out for fire keepers and campers.
We call the place-Springwater Park-Camp Nibi. We have taken over the lands of Springwater Provincial Park which was previously cared for by the Ministry of Natural Resources. It was a financial burden to the Provincial Government which no longer could afford to assume the responsibility for the park. Our objectives are to maintain the park and create a business for the First Nations and employment for our people. The First Nations has many unique and diverse programs that will be of benefit to the surrounding communities. Our unique connection to the land leads the way to inventive programs to inform and establish connection to the wildlife, forest, lands, water, and air. Our traditions and culture are to be shared and our knowledge is to be passed on so people can relate to Mother Earth and gain connection and respect. Our education and the education of the communities surrounding our territories will be enhanced by the unique relationship we have to discover in one another.
For a pdf copy of the entire article, click here.
Physical copies available (while they last) at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi or any native band office across Canada.
Copies hand-delivered to the offices of:
And still not $1.00 of public money budgeted to support the best chance to keep Springwater Park out of the hands of developers.