An Inconvenient Stewardship

Oak Ridges Moraine scene
painting by Oak Ridges Moraine artist Harry Stooshinoff

The Oak Ridges Moraine region was a model of how community stewardship of the great aquifer, which was dubbed the “rain barrel” of southern Ontario, could become a driving force for protective environmental legislation such as the ORM Protection and Conservation Act.

Development is carefully controlled to protect water resources in municipalities like City of Kawartha Lakes. So the imposition of greed energy on the communities has been seen as an insult to their established culture of stewardship.

Protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine was an important issue for the Liberals during the election campaign which saw Dalton McGuinty elected Premier in 2003. Dalton McGuinty is now an Independent Director of a renewable energy company:

Key people..

Dalton McGuinty, Independent Director
Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.

Description Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc. operates as a Canadian independent renewable power producer that develops, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, and solar photovoltaic farms, with operations in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Idaho. It operates through the following segments: hydroelectric generation, wind power generation, solar power generation and site development. The company was founded on October 25, 2002 and is headquartered in Longueuil, Canada. – h/t Jane Zednik

Undoubtedly it is only coincidence that those who have helped industries beyond the call of duty end up working in them at a high level… One might almost see an advantage in having the political process helped along

There are currently 3 wind projects moving ahead on the Oak Ridges Moraine: Settler’s Landing, Snowy Ridge & Sumac Ridge.

Keeping up with electricity demand means covering 108,000 square miles with new wind turbines every year –Robert Bryce

  Oak ridges moraine tree clearing ChsYY7LUUAAT 7E
Thanks @environmentont – only 5000 more #trees to be cut down on the Oak Ridges Moraine for Sumac Ridge #wind plant.

Volunteers such as Jane Zednik, long a water warrior before she was conscripted into the wind war, possess infinitely more knowledge about the local natural heritage than do the hirelings of the wind company or the OMNRF.  

As we know from our own experience, those “experts” often omit and/or ignore important habitat, apparently without consequence. They attempted it in this case, but encountered local opposition impressive enough to be qualified as an expert witness.  

It is wonderful to see politicians like Heather Stauble, Councillor, City of Kawartha Lakes, actually representing the citizens’ best interests over those of the developers.  She pointed out that their MPP Laurie Scott asked a very pertinent question:

“Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the Government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”

On May 12th, 2016, MPP Scott issued the following Media Release:

From: Scott, Laurie
Sent: May 12, 2016 3:25 PM


May 12, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, MPP Laurie Scott criticized the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for allowing a wind project near Bethany to disrupt the sensitive moraine.

After the Snowy Ridge energy project went through a lengthy process with the Environmental Review Tribunal, the project’s footprint has now expanded over what was already approved by the tribunal and the Ministry. Scott pointed out that the project’s expansion did not receive any public review or input.

“The modification report is 165 pages and the late expansion raises questions as to whether the company was working in good faith with the Ministry and the tribunal,” said Scott. “Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”

Scott added that a stay was denied by the Minister himself, while he is allowing the project to proceed with construction.

The expansion of the project includes work in the environmentally-sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. As well, the proposed route of the collector line will go through compensation habitat for species at risk, and cause potentially irreversible damage on surrounding wildlife.

The current government has disregarded the hydro-geologically sensitive area to welcome industrial turbines.

“Why is the Minister allowing industrial wind projects in protected areas like the Oak Ridges Moraine?” asked Scott.

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For more information: Jason Wang | | 416-325-2771 | 416-432-7985

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Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy -George Orwell, from 1984

5 million trees in Scotland

Update May 15th, 2016:

A number of people have questioned the accuracy of our statement that Dalton McGuinty is now a Director of Innergex, a renewable energy company.

Here is a link to the company’s corporate governance on its website and here is a link to their April 6, 2016 Notice of Annual General Meeting Circular which on page 10 identifies one of their directors, Dalton McGuinty, as the former Premier of Ontario.

About lsarc

LSarc is grassroots protection of Lake Superior through citizen science and volunteerism.  If you are interested in preserving intact ecosystems and restoring biological integrity of the Lake Superior watershed using the scientific method to test hypotheses and research, then you are LSarc LSarc is proud to be a member of the John Muir Trust and the 60th member organization of Wind Concerns Ontario
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6 Responses to An Inconvenient Stewardship

  1. pattikellar says:

    Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    It is time for true environmentalists to step forward.

  2. Cold Air says:

    Reblogged this on Colder Air and commented:
    ““Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the Government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”

  3. Reblogged this on How Green Is This and commented:
    “Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the Government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”

  4. mum4kids says:

    Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. and commented:
    “Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the Government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”

  5. Where en the F-ck is Green Peace . That dog does not seem too bark on this enviromental atrocity .

    • lsarc says:

      Unfortunately Greenpeace and most other environmental NGOs have been taken over by far left/Marxists. There are many books written on the subject recently, “Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children’s Future” { } by James Delingpole and one written by an insider, Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace, “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist” { }. There are other equally worthwhile books on the subject. There are also a number of videos of Patrick Moore on YouTube where he discusses this issue of the appropriation of the environmental movement by far left/Marxists that are worth watching.

      The far left/Marxists don’t really care about the environment, they only care about forcing their ideology upon and controlling the rest of us. One has but to look at the environmental record of any communist nation to see this. The old Soviet Bloc countries had the worst environmental records of any developed nations.

      So Greenpeace is happy to use the meme of environmental protection and ‘saving the planet’ (from anthropogenic global warming, a non-existent threat) because amongst other consequences these policies centralize bureaucratic control and deprive people of their rights. The side-effect of economic destruction of western economies is seen as a feature not a bug as they believe that it is only by destroying western society and culture that the new people’s paradise (with them on top of course) will come to be. So we have open borders and the importation of cultures that are radically antithetical to western culture, values and democracy, deprivation of civil and property rights, deliberate creation/expansion of social dependency on the state, ballooning debt and deficit spending.

      We have also seen how the wind industry and government gag even previously well meaning organizations with grants and contracts. One has but to look at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Audubon and other such orgs which took the silver and now find themselves in a cleft stick supporting policies and industries that destroy what these orgs were created to protect.

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