“Interesting” tweet from Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale

By Aaron Gautreau CD98.9FM
Mayor Dennis Travale posted an “interesting” tweet on Twitter not long after Norfolk Council ended Tuesday night. It happened after Stephana Johnston urged Council to order a health impact study into wind turbines. Councillor Jim Oliver was asking Johnston a question when two Six Nations residents interrupted Oliver–something that didn’t sit well with Mayor Travale.  After the meeting, Travale posted this on Twitter: “People against wind mills are trying to use the First Nations to support their cause. Bad decision!”

Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale is clarifying a statement he made on Twitter this week.  By Bridget Johnson  CD98.9FM

It followed a situation at the Council meeting Tuesday night. Local resident Stephana Johnston was urging Council to order a health impact study into wind turbines.

Councillor Jim Oliver was asking Johnston a question when two Six Nations residents interrupted Oliver–something that didn’t sit well with Mayor Travale.

The tweet said QUOTE — ”People against wind mills are trying to use the First Nations to support their cause. Bad decision!” END QUOTE.

Mayor Travale is now saying he didn’t say the presence of Six Nations residents at Council was bad, that everyone is welcome in the chambers.

The Mayor further clarifies his tweet by saying the “decision” was bad to involve the natives in a provincial matter, adding the issue doesn’t fall under Norfolk County’s jurisdiction.

Travale also says he seriously questions the motives and judgement of the natives.

As for the wind turbines issue itself, he says Norfolk Council has been very supportive of those claiming medical effects due to wind turbines.

33 thoughts on ““Interesting” tweet from Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale

  1. Just what would the First Nations gain by supporting us? “Motives and judgement”? I’m truly puzzled.

    Some people can’t understand doing something simply because it’s the right thing to do. Sad.

  2. What the hell? This is an embarassment to rural Ontario… Why on earth does he not think HUMANS of ANY heritage cannot have the same opinion on a subject???? If it wasn’t for the ‘twitter’ reference I’d have thought this was written 40 years ago.

      • Me too. Anyone who cares about the future of Ontario should be allowed to attend such a meeting. Ontario is not made of exclusive clubs for Wind Turbine speculators.

  3. I agree with Claire. I struggle to understand how someone who is holding such a position of respect, such as a mayor, would assume that any individual is not capable of deciding whether or not something is a good idea and taking whatever steps they choose after their decision. – without having to be ‘involved’ by anyone else. Further, aboriginal people have been holding this land sacred long before anyone else came along so I would think it would not be a ‘BAD DECISION’ on their (or anyone’s part) to do whatever they could to stop the destruction of it.

  4. Ok I agree with all of you but drop the headdress its 2011 and the chief stuff does appear to be intimidating. It is like Caledonia and we all as humans are the same race. Lets support each other and our rights and if the validity is in the treatus then they do have a right. No need to grandstand. Im not wearing my Kilt and my husband who is aboriginal is not all decked out. I understand Mr Travale but at the same time we dont want health studies or set backs – we want it stopped. period. lest not for or objecions .

    • Actually I’m about to drag out my kilt, swords and round up a bagpiper. Our heritage is a sense of self and pride – and if it’s intimidating – then great. This is war. Frankly I’m not into seeing another Scottish highland clearings, or be shoved off to some new ‘rural’ reservations like our natives were forced to. This is what’s happening to rural Ontario and we have to FIGHT back.

  5. Mayor Travale’s ‘mean spirited’ remark –
    should not get a pass!

    This is not acceptable behaviour!

    He should apologize, and resign immediately!

    After the meeting, Travale posted this on Twitter: “People against wind mills are trying to use the First Nations to support their cause. Bad decision!”

    Again – Mayor Travale’s – ‘mean spirited’ remark – should not get a pass!.
    Please apologize and resign. Now!

    Sir, you scare me!

    • I’ve said this a thousand times before!!! For people like Travale, they don’t give a s t about the people they’re elected to serve,, it’s ALL about the pension they’ll receive at the end of their tenure..Power and money are the root of all evil !!

  6. Lest we forget Stephana Johnston was asking for help the same way many victims affected by IWT’s have asked numerous councils for help. Even worse when there has been a suicide in her Clear Creek neighbourhood. Under the Municipal Act, no matter what the GEA dictates, local Council are still responsible for their citizens health and safety. May Travale’s attitude is intolerable. Perhaps this death should be laid at his door. Involuntary manslaughter anyone?

  7. KILT REMARK
    YOU DONT GET IT –WE NEED TO BECOME ONE RACE .THE NATIVES ARE NOT SHUT UP ON RESERVES THEY HAVE CHOICES—.WE DONT LIVE ON THE RESERVE— IM JUST SAYING LETS FORGET SKIN COLOR OR UNIFORMS THAT SET US APART .WE NEED TO STICK REAL CLOSE ON THIS ONE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER NOBODY GRANDSTANDING —- ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY LIKE CALEDONIA IT IS ABOUT SICKNESS SUICIDE SCARING OF OUR BEATIUFUL COUNTRY====IF IT BECOMES ABOUT OBTAINING MORE MONEY DUE TO TREATYS THATS BULL. I AM NOT AN ACADEMIC BUT I KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND SEPERATISM IS WRONG LEAVE THE HEADDRESS AT HOME –COME AS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY WHAT MR TRAVALE SAID WAS NOT APPROPRIATE BUT LETS NOT GET SIDETRACKED–IM SURE HE WILL APOLOGIZE==WE DONT NEED A RESIGNATION –TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS AND REMEMBER IT NEXT ELECTION

    • Racism doesn’t belong in any forum. How someone dresses is up to the individual, as long as it isn’t hateful.

      • RACISM ISNT THE ISSUE ITS THE INTIMDATION ==COME AS A PART OF THE RESOLVE NOT AS A PART OF THE PROBLEM BY SETTING YOUR SELF APART.its bullying and that solves nothing
        in fact i am saying we do not have differences we are all the human race not judged by our color or our dress.By coming dressed as in the1800 you provoke the need for security and that is an issue .Why do you think they came in headdress because it was just another day at the farm .No it was to stand out and im saying we need to stop that and just stand as one . I am all for any help that candeter this vebture but lets just not intimidate .so we need police at our meetings

      • Good god clickfree how is native headress intimidating???? Every wind meeting I’ve been to has had police and security guards. There presence has nothing to do with how people choose to attire themselves.

  8. The proceedures for doing any type of health studies in any community have been in place for many-many years.
    If MOE does an IWT health study then how are people going to get the results anyway? If information is released will it be accurate?
    Local towns should do their own basic informational studies and then go from there.

    • Until people understand how the whole “green” energy,economy, GW, etc. operates they won’t make much progress in stopping the IWT installations.
      Make sure your local councils get this information.

  9. Very unprofessional and uniformed behaviour by you Mayor Travale. The Six Nation people have
    learned alot more facts about IWT’s within the last year and are seeing damage done.
    Mr Mayor, we take our gavel and bang it down on You !
    With all do respect Mayor , Resign , you are treating Six Nations as McGuinty .

  10. Another example why people should be careful when they use Twitter. Being limited to 140 characters can quickly make you sound like a twit.

    Also, Travale, they are wind turbines not windmills. I know, you were likely trying to stay within your 140 characters, but you still need to get it right.

  11. “People against wind mills are trying to use the First Nations to support their cause. Bad decision!”
    Very Bad Decision to make comment like this . Shows ignorance against Six Nations and
    Stephana. Six Nations see what is wrong and are standing united .

  12. Mayor Travale is obviously a bigot and does not deserve to serve any longer as the Mayor. Apparently he thinks that it is a bad decision to oppose wind turbines whether you are white or First Nations. This is shameful conduct. One would not expect an elected official in 21st century Canada to have such biggoted views.

  13. Keep talking Mayor. The mayoral necklace too tight aroung your neck. Pathetic words from the Norfolk mayor.

  14. “Travale also says he seriously questions the motives and judgement of the natives.” Seriously? I have come to trust and respect the native point of view far more than any of the political boneheads that have surfaced recently. I question your motives and judgement, Mayor Travale. Let’s hope the next mayoral race precipitates someone with a more balanced viewpoint.

  15. I am not initimidated by people who wear traditional garb, not sure why someone at a council meeting would be. I don’t think security is required. Has wearing a headdress or carrying a feather hurt someone in the past? Maybe I am just unaware but I don’t believe this has happened.
    We need to take stands and if wearing traditional clothing grabs headlines, great. More people reading, more people become aware this is a controversial issue. And elected officials such as this mayor needs to understand that wind TURBINES are causing a great deal of controversy. If he can’t be impartial he needs to step aside and let those who will listen to ALL THE PEOPLE take the responsibility of being mayor. His twitter was disrespectful to First Nations people to intimate that they need someone to get them involved in this fight. As for the comment that indicates people are out for money….how about that Haldimand county deal ….. ? The only county that caved and made a deal with the wind developers. I attended a Bluewater council meeting where Nextera is offering a ‘Community Vibrancy Fund’ to the county…..can anyone say BRIBE??????

  16. Mayor Travale,
    Do you actually understand the issue?
    What century are you living in?
    Maybe some of these “Planet saving monsters” (wind turbines) should be erected near your home to bring you back into the present time and so you can understand the issue.

    Bad move on your part!!!

  17. The last sentence of this report is just as ludicrous as the rest: “As for the wind turbines issue itself, [Mayor Travale] says Norfolk Council has been very supportive of those claiming medical effects due to wind turbines.” This is a lie, Norfolk Council has done NOTHING to aid the victims of industrial wind turbines near Clear Creek. If it had, then Stephana Johnston wouldn’t need to be in front of Norfolk Council this week asking them to follow up on a survey that received 70 signatures from the small community of Clear Creek two years ago, that went nowhere other than MPP Toby Barrett presenting it in the Ontario legislature. It is true that Norfolk Council passed a request for a moratorium, but this targets new developments, not AIM PowerGen/International Power Canada’s 18 wind turbines already operating in Norfolk. The fact is that Norfolk Council has been trying its hardest to ignore the Norfolk Victims of Industrial Wind Turbines, and the record shows this clearly.

  18. I’m so sad that the Mayor would disregard the legitimate concerns of anyone!! It takes an idiot to not see there are problems with any wind project — the power difference, the land-grabs, good for First Nations to stand up! How dare the Mayor disrespect his own citizens and First Nations. Shame Shame

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