I have followed the discourse between mayors Bill Hill and Don MacIver and Kristopher Stevens of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association with some interest. The high handed-approach taken by Mr. Stevens toward some of our elected municipal officials and their staffs is regrettable to say the least, but all too familiar an approach. One wonders what Mr. Stevens expected to achieve by lecturing Mayor Hill and Mayor MacIver in the public media and suggesting they and members of their staff are not “up to speed,” I cannot guess!
If, as Mayor MacIver suggests, Mr. Stevens actually took the time and displayed a modicum of interest in the people of Dufferin, he might be surprised, that most of us did not just crawl out from under a stone. After 40 years as a professional forester both here and abroad, I can attest to the fact that by lecturing in this condescending manner, either to rural Canadians or abroad, that this approach will not advance your cause one inch.
Forestry was a green movement long before renewable energy became either fashionable or profitable. The hysterics and puffery exhibited today in the green and sustainable movements are becoming an embarrassment to those of us who have spent lifetimes trying to make this a better place for our children and yours.
Ham fisted attempts to belittle local people and their political leadership pubically, is a poorly thought out strategy at best.
Brian Mac Namara,
East Luther Grand Valley