August 18, 2014
An important warning about the destruction of Wasaga Beach and Georgian Bay.
Click here for video or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUDUKDVN27g.
175 views at 5 pm. 20140820
- Click here for information so you can write a hand-written letter to Premier Wynne complaining about this type of unfair propaganda.
- And here to find out who are the other +44,600 fools who agree with these types of people.
July 22, 2014
A question and answer video with Margaret Atwood in support of the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association.
Published on 21 Jul 2014
Margaret Atwood speaks frankly about why supporting Midhurst is not just about ‘development’ but about taking a stand for farmland, shared water resources and keeping government accountable and transparent. “This is a life-wrecking event”.
Transcript to follow…
Source: Save Midhurst Village
How to contact Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.
July 6, 2014
Will ON Premier Kathleen Wynne listen to Margaret Atwood and the people? Or will the secret deals go through, uninvestigated?
- a Facebook post said that there were 17,000 signatures (July 5, 1:50 pm),
- 33,346 signatures (July 6th, 1:30 pm), and NOW
- 35,004 signatures (July 6th, 7:11 pm).
Click here to go to: Save our farms and rare wetland from mega-development.
Time: 0:50 to 1:25
If you can make legislation and then make a loophole in it for one group, that’s very strange and pretty sinister. So that’s the kind of thing that people should pay a lot of attention to.
Click here for information as to where to write a hand-written letter to Premier Wynne.
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.
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 bono: to whose benefit?…”fine words butter no parsnips”…special loophole…
- Will Premier Wynne stop this idiotic plan?: “I have faith that she will”.
June 25, 2014
Will a custom sprawl loophole be allowed to destroy the Minesing Wetlands?
A Barrie Advance article by Laurie Wattt, Focusing growth in Barrie best, Margaret Atwood tells Midhurst crowd: pdf
“Someone in the [provincial] government made a special legal loophole for just Midhurst, just for the developers that want to do this. Why?”
A dire warning about degrading the enviornment.
How much poo do you want to be swimming in? You’ll be told there’ll be a wonderful (sewage) treatment plant, but they can only treat some things. (The effluent) will go down Willow Creek into the Minesing Wetland,” said the author, whose 2013 novel MaddAddam completed a post-apocolopytic trilogy that explores the effects of environmental mismanagement.
The effluent, which could include medications that don’t get filtered out at the wastewater plant, will make its way to Wasaga Beach and into Georgian Bay.
A stern warning to our asleep Barrie neighbours.
She also questioned where the proposed village of more than 30,000 people will get its drinking water, noting the aquifer also serves Barrie.
“Be afraid. Be very afraid of anther community as big as Orillia sucking out your water. Urban growth should be in Barrie,” she said.
Posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.
June 19, 2014
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.
An interesting article in the summer edition of Ontario Nature‘s newsletter, ON Nature, called: Midhurst residents oppose development: pdf
…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.
Cross-posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca and voteLesStewart.ca.