The Margaret Atwood anti-sprawl Midhurst petition challenge is shattered!!

March 30, 2014

It will be a pleasure to welcome Ms. Atwood and perhaps some of her friends to our nearly 200 year old community.

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Midhurst Community Hall, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association Annual General Meeting, January 26, 2014.

The cancer-like urban sprawl plan threatens farmland, the Minesing Wetlands,  Springwater Park, forced hook-ups for sewer and water for all Midhurst and out-of-sight tax bills for all Springwater Township residents for decades into the future.

As reported by AWARE Simcoe on March 26th, Yes! Midhurst petiton tops 5.000:

Final push joined by Atwood in Twitter feed
Today, the 5,000th person signed the petition to save the village of Midhurst (population 3,500), preserve the 756 hectares of surrounding farmland and stop the proposed effluent discharge into the Willow Creek and the internationally treasured Minesing Wetlands.

And the count of those opposed to the Midhurst Secondary Plan, which would expand the Midhurst population to 28,000, continues to rise.

The final Twitter push from Save Midhurst Now proclaiming that only 13 signatures were needed was re-tweeted in the early hours today by author Margaret Atwood, who has pledged to visit Midhurst and do a workshop at a nearby high school if 5,000 people sign the petition.

The Midhurst residents’ group has unveiled a new video and song in support of the cause. Click here to view it.

Sign the petition

Congratulations to everyone, especially Margaret Prophet and all her crack public relations associates at the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association.

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St. Margaret of Atwood says: Sign the anti-Midhurst Secondary Plan sprawl petition.

February 3, 2014

Right here. Right now.


Margaret Atwood stands behind the environment by opposing the Midhurst Secondary Plan.


Mayor Collins and Springwater Township Councillors, Township of Springwater
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Glenn Murray, Minister of Infrastructure
Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
James Bradley, Minister of Environment

Dear Mayor Collins and Springwater Council,

I have recently signed a petition to put a stop to the Midhurst Secondary Plan (MSP). Let me explain my reasons for opposing this development.

In 2012, the Midhurst residents presented a petition against this plan with 1,456 signatures. This petition seemed to have little impact on Springwater Council. At a recent council meeting, it was clear that the local residents are still fully opposed to this plan as outlined in the Barrie Examiner. I hope that this new petition provides further evidence to Council that this issue is growing in concern.

There are several reasons why I am requesting that you repeal the MSP:

  • The MSP will cause a loss of 1,880 acres of prime farmland – enough to feed almost 2,000 people! This loss will happen at a time when we are losing farmland at an atrocious rate. With projects such as this, local food will soon no longer be an option.
  • At full build-out the MSP will dump 10.6 million litres of sewage effluent into the tiny Willow Creek and this could have a major detrimental environmental impact on the internationally recognized Minesing Wetlands. These ecosystems are fragile – the impact may be irreversible!
  • The Township has not done a comprehensive evaluation of the financial impacts of the MSP. Is this plan what is best for taxpayers? Will this plan leave the community financially stable or potentially bankrupt it? In such hard economic times, prudence is key.
  • There is little support that this plan will benefit the community. The Township has claimed that the MSP will bring jobs and stimulate the local economy but doesn’t have the facts to support this claim. It seems like these benefits are based on speculation and wishful thinking.
  • The MSP will eradicate an easy-living rural community and change it to a fast-paced, high density city. The citizens of this community are rural by choice, not urban by force.

I recognize that intelligent growth which preserves the character of Midhurst is necessary. Consequently, Midhurst village has long planned to add up to 6,500 residents by 2031; however, to quadruple the population increase for no apparent reason to potentially 30,000 people at the expense of so much does not indicate to me responsible growth planning.

I urge you to put a stop to the Midhurst Secondary Plan and find a better way to grow Springwater communities that doesn’t threaten the landscape of a small, rural community, the farms that feed us all and the fresh water that deserves our protection. I’m calling on you to do the right thing- listen to the people and represent the wishes of those who elected you. Stop the Midhurst Secondary Plan.
[Your name]

AWARE Simcoe coverage.

I have signed this petition and oppose the MSP

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Who benefits with the premature death of the Midhurst Historical Society?

August 8, 2013

Are there many benefits for an economic and political alliance in having everyone forget the past?

Pioneer history

The past provides context to judge the recklessness of the proposed Midhurst Secondary Plan.

A History

Destroying or burning the books would be raise too much of a stir with the staff. Much better to throw out the original research because “no one cares about history”.

  • Such truly ignorant rubbish…proven false in 99% of the world.

Such hubris. Quotes:

History is a vast early warning system. Norman Cousins 1915 – 1990

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man. Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings. Heinrich Heine 1797 – 1856

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The past is always a rebuke to the present. Robert Penn Warren

Is the provincial government both fueling and profiting from a real estate bubble which benefits developers, the MNR sales team and the County of Simcoe?

February 11, 2013

What is necessary to do is to break the back of any public resistance, ignore all pretense of obeying consultation requirements, get rid of the animals and let the park degenerated into another Lackies Bush.

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Springwater Provincial Park is the blue area (477 acres) which is the heart of county and provincial forests (developable land).

A +150 million waste water treatment plant is expected to be built near the pink area (#14).

When the provincial government dropped their appeal to some of the Midhurst Secondary Plan, the selling price of the provincial crown land (yellow), Simcoe County forests (green) and old gravel pit (pink) should increase substantially. — see details

The blocks represent these areas:

  1. Springwater Provincial Park 477 acres (193 ha.)
  2. Provincial crown land    1,087 acres (435 ha.),
  3. Simcoe County forest 2, 290 acres (927 ha.),
  4. Midhurst Secondary Plan (approved only) 741 acres (300 ha.),
  5. Former gravel pit (pink, #14)?
  6. Total 4,595 acres (1,855 ha.)

The Ministry of Natural Resources says that there no plans to sell the park lands. I really want to believe them.

  • Springwater Park represents only 10.4%  of the total area for the mega development.

How long could the non-operating park last surrounded by these and other developments once the pavilions are set fire to, the ponds are broken and the “CSI Springwater Park“‘ reputation  is established?

  1. The MNR has a monopoly on the dispostion of public lands and forests,
  2. The MNR controls 87% of the land in Ontario,
  3. Parks Ontario controls 10% of all Ontario lands, and
  4. only 0.6% of parkland acreage is in their southern region.


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