Wiky resident demands council transparency on wind turbines

Manitoulin Expositor
We, the people need to be custodians of our wilderness, our heritage, our health and our livelihood. We do not need signs saying, “No Unauthorized Personnel or Vehicles,” or “No Trespassing” on our Sacred Island. I am a proud descendant of the original Odawa (Ottawa) tribe on this beautiful and sacred Odawa Minis; a proud and fluent speaker of my language. I grew up in Doganing (South Bay) where I learned my cultural and traditional values taught by my elders.
Passionate Native people respect and live in harmony with nature, respect Mother Earth and believe that she should not be raped for money and power. Chiefs and councillors, and outside corporations need not become oppressors or bullies, cause divisions and disrupt our peaceful life. The event that occurred at the Little Current Legion open house, sponsored by Northland Power in the spring of 2011, instigated by a major participant who will be hosting several wind turbines on his properties, was unfortunate. The OPP from Orillia never intervened and as a Native, this was a very interesting observation.

Islands in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are unique. Our Manitoulin Island is part of this and has a wealth of biological diversity and is part of one of the world’s most remarkable ecosystems. Recreational activities, sports and scenery draw people to our beautiful Island.

Will tourists come to see wind turbines displacing natural beauty? Will artists/photographers be painting/taking photographs of wind turbines as part of the landscape?

We have a right to ask; we have a right to be skeptical; why are there gag orders? We have a right to be concerned and we have a right to oppose plans. How wrong it is and how blind people are in the pursuit of money can be.

Dr. M.A. Persinger, professor, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience and Biomolecular Science Programs at Laurentian University, recommends a delay in construction and operation of wind turbines in our region.

Robert McMurty, a London area surgeon says, “people are suffering (Hypertension, sleeplessness and nosebleeds in children). I see their lack of energy and things they are feeling…can’t tolerate…is the steadfast denial of the complaints.” The residents in southern Ontario are now discovering that wind turbines are bad news.

“Massive wind turbine energy produces relentless fusillade of pulsating sound mechanical in pattern, audible to all and intolerable to many, particularly those sensitive to infrasound vibrations,” was stated by Ian Boone, PhD, Maryland, USA. This is powerful information and there are many, many findings that are harmful to humans and unborn babies that are too numerous to write.

As a community member of Wikwemikong, there appears to be a lack of transparency and accountability on the wind farm initiative by band council. Where are the detailed financial reports and any other pertinent information that band members and elders need or should know?

Since Wikwemikong is not part of the UCCMM, I am curious if their band members and elders have been provided detailed information on the monsters that have arrived in M’Chigeeng and those that may be arriving, heaven forbid. This curiousity also applies to the non-native residents of Manitoulin Island.

It is unacceptable to change the landscape all in the name of profit for very few. Politicians need to put people before profits.

Ambeh Zhloozick! (Wake up)

Rosemary Wakegijig
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve

8 thoughts on “Wiky resident demands council transparency on wind turbines

  1. This article needs more exposure! It should be sent to all government agencies as a reminder of how to be good stewards of this earth; it’s not happening, in spite of what they would have us believe. It should appear on editorial pages in every major newspaper in Ontario. Thank you to the authors!

  2. Very well written and I believe we have a new issue, that is the “no tresspassign signs” everywhere. If these wind turbines are so good for the environment, then why are we forbidden to be able to walk in a wind turbine park. The government has mislead us again. When they installed the demonstraton model wind turbines at Pickering, Toronto and at the Bruce visitor centres, we were supposed to embrace them and walk comfortably right up to the tower. The “keep out”, no tresspassing signs, indicate that these machines are hazardous to people, animals and the environment. Thank you to Rosemary Wakegijig for writing about this.

    • Take photos of any no tresspassing,keep out and danger ice throw signs as they help to prove that IWTs are dangerous.
      Identify the locations of the signs to validate the photos along with dates.

  3. I suppose in a few decades another Government will be issuing an “apology” to the First Nations for their treatment during this reign of terror, just like the “Resident School apologies” happening now from the terror inflicted on First Nations children of the past!
    Disgusting!

    • First Nations ARE NOT being forced by the Government to take IWTs … First Nations are taking them because they want the money, plain and simple. No Government appology will be necessary.

      Rosemary Wakegijig, along with other sensible Manitoulin Island residents, is opposing the industrialization of her home and the surrounding countryside by a particular band council, not the Government.

      Ms. Wakegijig is correct when she says tourists and painters will no longer want to visit the island. We count ourselves in that group.

      Thanks Rosemary for the wake-up call, and good luck with your campaign.

  4. Ontario Liberals’ Mantra:
    If you see something – say something –
    comments welcome!

    Northland Power Masters – A global partner!

    The deal:
    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – (with ?) moves the proponent forward.
    (Haldimand signed a MOU – will that be – Dollars, Yen, Euros or Shekels?)

    The results:
    ‘[excerpt] As a community member of Wikwemikong, there appears to be a lack of transparency and accountability on the wind farm initiative by band council. Where are the detailed financial reports and any other pertinent information that band members and elders need or should know?

    Since Wikwemikong is not part of the UCCMM, I am curious if their band members and elders have been provided detailed information on the monsters that have arrived in M’Chigeeng and those that may be arriving, heaven forbid. This curiousity also applies to the non-native residents of Manitoulin Island.’

    Getting to know Northland: http://northlandpower.com/InvestorCenter/IRContact/InvestorRelations.aspx#m=3&s=5

    p.s. McGuinty’s Green Dream – moves forward

    Bonus!
    Introducing Finavera at play –
    This has been the cutest little company to watch:

    Finavera and the McLeod Lake Indian Band agreed to focus on the near term Tumbler Ridge and Wildmare Projects to ensure the agreements were in place in advance of a decision from the Environmental Assessment Office on the Company’s Environmental Assessment Applications. Finavera and McLeod Lake Indian Band agreed to continue discussions on an MOU for the Company’s Meikle and Bullmoose Wind Energy Projects. The agreement with McLeod Lake Indian Band is the second of five such agreements that the Company hopes to conclude. cont.
    http://www.finavera.com/media/press-release/finavera-wind-energy-signs-mou-mcleod-lake-indian-band

    p.s. just following the news!

  5. The following link is a recent news story about how important the unique ecology of Great Lakes islands is. The biologist from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the story makes it a point to state how important it is to have extremely well planned and limited development on these islands. This report applies all islands in the Great Lakes.
    http://greatlakesecho.org/2011/12/05/great-lakes-islands-have-unique-wildlife-landscape-and-environmental-challenges

    This is a link to the original report from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Information Centre, Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Nature Conservancy
    http://conserveonline.org/library/islands-of-life-a-biodiversity-and-conservation/view.html

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