An Open Letter to Northland Power

Regarding Northland Power UCCMM Public Meeting

After contemplating the events at your Northland Power UCCMM public information meeting on May 18,2011, I conclude that the verbal abuse by participants of your project directed towards myself  and the people we represent was totally unacceptable.

Should MCSEA, its  supporters or public,  have carried on in such a rant that caused all the people at  the meeting to gather around your map table, I am quite sure they would have been asked to leave and be escorted out of the building by the OPP liaison team you requested to be
there.

He and his families attempts at trying to provoke a response from me were not conducive to a well run comfortable public meeting. This event also caused some of our supporters to be emotionally overwhelmed.   Obviously it is MCSEA and its supporters who should have had the protection as under the charter of rights to attend this meeting in a peaceful atmosphere.

I was also informed that this event was being recorded by one of your representatives. This leads me to believe that this outburst could have been pre arranged for documentation  for Northland Power to discredit us as a peaceful group should  an equal or more intense response have taken place which certainly did not happen.

I also feel that your spreading of fears of a protest and limited space in the parking lot that the Little Current Legion were not conducive to good community engagement and relations amongst the people that have lived, work and retire here.

It should be quite obvious that the First Nation Elders, two of whom  are well into their eighties that were in attendance to express their objections to wind turbines on Manitoulin were not to be the radical protesters they were alleged to be.

Raymond Beaudry, MCSEA

6 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Northland Power

  1. Sorry Raymond this happened at your meeting! Were outsiders brought in to stir things up?

  2. This was a wind company public info meeting of regarding changes to their project layout, number of turbines and height change from 80 metres to 100 metres. They also increased the turbine size from 1.8 MW to 2.5 MW turbines. We were there to expresss our concerns about the project where it was a leaseholder of turbines who was out of order against us and was not asked to leave. He is one of my neighbours who we once had good relations with and very he cleary expressed he never wanted to talk to me again.

    This project is having a severe impact on the once healthy community relations of Manitoulin. as in the case of Wolfe Island where that community has yet to heal. Once the turbines are up, they serve as a constant reminder of the animosity created between relatives, friends and neighbours.

    Also, this meeting for Northland Power in the eyes of the MOE was only a project change meeting and did not require the notifcation to the public as in a final public meeting. The people around here would believe this was a final meeting and should have had the proper notification requirements as per the GEA.

    • Thanks for writing about this, Ray. Was someone from the local paper there?

  3. Ray, thank you for supplying us with “The REST of the Story”.

  4. How greed makes monsters. Ray: Staying calm must have been hard to do, but must feel pretty good knowing you kept your cool. Great going.

  5. Ray, from your comment above: “This was a wind company public info meeting regarding changes to their project layout, number of turbines and height change from 80 metres to 100 metres. They also increased the turbine size from 1.8 MW to 2.5 MW turbines. We were there to expresss our concerns about the project…”

    This sounds like the old Bait & Switch trick – or is that called Fraud?

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