Selling off Haldimand’s shoreline

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  1. Question! Each wind developer claims their IWT project will not harm birds & bats and gets their project approved but are the added/cumulative effects from adjacent projects taken into consideration in this process? Or just ignored?
    Thanks for all of the excellent maps that have been posted here.

  2. I asked that exact question to an MNR biologist.
    Short answer: Just Ignored. “until further study”…maybe 10 years from now.

    • Then treated as stand alone projects as if there are/will be no other IWT projects nearby. What a neat tactic this is. This question needs to be asked of all the Ministers involved in IWT project placements.

      • If there is no consideration of other adjoining or nearby IWT projects now or in the future in the IWT project approval documents then these are treated as stand alone projects.

    • Well, all of the farmers who have pastures and grow hay better get ready to use the same permit the one that will “achieve overall benefit to the species”. In 2.5 years the reprieve will have run out for farmers. At that time it has been suggested that hay will (may) not be cut until I believe after the first or second week of July. This is to ensure that nesting Bobolinks will have had a chance to flee the nest so to speak. Golly I wonder how we STILL have so many species in existence – you know with agriculture ruining the habitat and all. Bobolinks are a nuisance animal in South America by the way. I think they even eat them down there.

      No mention over the fact that the hay at this point will be garbage. Good quality hay must be cut when the grasses are in “head” or in “bud” stage, usually the first week of June or so for first cut. The quality will be so poor by July, that it will only be good for bedding, and it is not even great for bedding, as it does not soak up moisture like straw does. Good quality hay saves a farmer big $$$$$. Good quality hay is good for the animals. There are still lots of nutrients and proteins in the hay. Poor hay will make for a poor diet for the animals. Where will the OSPCA be then? Likely knocking on farmers’ doors saying “your animals are too skinny”. The only way the diets can be improved is to feed minerals and/or a mixed ration. THAT will cost lots of $$$$. Margins are usually tight enough as it is, to add this burden to a farmer is just shameful.

      This discussion is only addressing Bobolinks. What about the other some 200 animals on the species at risk list? How will they exist in IWT territories? Or because the IWT’s are supposedly green, they get a pass? And meanwhile farmers once again get it up the a$$?!

      I have heard that some farmers are already plowing up pastures and hay land. They fear that if in 2.5 years there is still a stand of grass on the land, that they may at that time NOT be able to do with the land as they wish, because it might be called Bobolink habitat. These measures will only bring true the saying, “shoot, shovel and shut up”.

      How about humans? Maybe we should classify ourselves as a species about to become extinct in rural Ontario. Disgraceful that there is more discussion about animals and IWT’s than humans and IWT’s.

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