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
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