Oak Ridges Moraine wind project a threat to Ontario’s water

Oak_Ridges_Moraine_mapThe Star, By Maude Barlow and Cindy Sutch
The Sumac Ridge wind project is the first industrial wind project approved on the environmentally sensitive and protected Oak Ridges Moraine, the rain barrel of southern Ontario. The approval sets a precedent to open up the Oak Ridges Moraine for other wind projects and industrial development of all kinds. The project is currently under appeal before the Environmental Review Tribunal and has received a record number of 43 requests for status from community and First Nation groups.

Sumac Ridge is one of five proposed wind projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine that residents have been fighting for the last five years. Community members have spent significant amounts of time and money trying to protect and preserve the moraine. When the Sumac Ridge wind project was posted on the Environmental Registry, 2,874 comments were registered. Frustration with the process is mounting along with the fees of lawyers and experts hired to prepare for the Environmental Review Tribunal. Read article

 

3 thoughts on “Oak Ridges Moraine wind project a threat to Ontario’s water

  1. Meanwhile the destruction of the headwaters water system by truckloads of concrete buried in the melancthon highlands is destroying the water shed that feeds untold thousands of people inlcuding those in Toronto. A disgusting abuse of our ecosystem.

  2. “One single zoning bylaw for Norfolk” by Daniel R. Pearce (front page)
    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Times Reformer

    ‘[excerpt] It’s taken nearly 14 years, countless meetings, and lots of back-and-forth with the public, but Norfolk County appears to finally have a single zoning bylaw for the entire community.
    Lask week, elected officials made a few more tweaks following numerous presentations from the gallery and voted to accept what they believe is their final draft.
    Until now, the county used the bylaws from the former municipalities that existed before the new Norfolk County was born in 2001.
    If you lived in Delhi, one zoning rule might apply while in Simcoe something else was in effect.
    Pam Duesling, Norfolk’s manager of community planning, called the new comprehensive zoning bylaw “strong” and said the county “needed to stop using outdated documents.”
    There are a number of changes to the new bylaw.
    Dropped was a section on air-strips on farms because, the meeting was told, aerodromes are strictly under federal jurisdiction.
    Wording on group homes was changed to get rid of restrictions on certain types of group homes. Staff, said planner Mary Elder, asked the county lawyer and was told, “you shouldn’t discriminate against different homes. It’s a human rights issue.”‘

  3. Black/White

    “Travale seeks third term as mayor”
    Katie Starr | Norfolk News (front page)
    Thursday, June 26, 2014 | Volume 2 Edition 26

    ‘[excerpt] Dennis Travale’s name will be on the ballot again in this fall’s municipal election.
    Norfolk’s mayor since 2006 made the announcement in a press release Tuesday morning, saying he is lookinf forward to building on the successes of his previous two terms in office.
    “Norfolk County is in the best financial shape it has ever been,” Travale said. “The community has come a long way, but there’s still work to do.”
    If re-elected, Travale plans to continue his “open for business” approach.
    “The people of Norfolk are united in their desire to succeed as a community. By building on our many shared successes, Norfolk will continue to grow and prosper.”
    “By continuing to make wise investment, Norfolk will have modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure, including roads, safe drinking water, sewage treatment and high-speed internet, which are essential for existing businesses to expand and new businesses to locate here,” he said.
    Born and raised in Delhi, where he grew up workign in the tobacco fields, Travale said his background is a major part of his success as mayor.
    “Norfolk is part of who I am,” he said.
    “I have been a full-time, dedicated, active and proactive mayor.”
    In his past two terms, Travale’s tax arrears initiative has led to a reduction from over $13 million to $5 million, resulting in new investments in infrastructure and services, he said.
    “My program objectives are efficiencies, effectiveness and economies in everything council and staff does,” said Travale.
    “My re-election will see a continuation of the review process and further improvements to the municipality’s bottom line.”
    Travale plans to continue supporting the county’s diverse agricultural sector, looking into new crops, on-farm processing and product development, and access to global markets.
    “I will continue to help Norfolk County farmers diversity in order to maintain our community’s reputation as Ontario’s Garden,” he said.
    If re-elected, the mayor also plans to further develop arts and culture in the county, including establishing a cultural plan and grassroots mapping initiatives.
    “A cultural plan would recognize the value of theatres, art galleries and studios, and community festivals, events and fairs that highlight the history and heritage of Norfolk, while supporting new jobs in this growing sector,” he said.
    Travale served in the Canadian Armed Forces domestically and abroad before joining the federal public service at Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
    He later became a business owner, with his wife, Barbara.
    He became the second mayor of Norfolk County in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 with 66.24% of the vote.
    Travale asked for the support of Norfolk residents in his bid for a third term.
    “The people of Norfolk are united in their desire to succeed as a community,” he said. “”By building on our many shared successes, Norfolk will continue to grow and prosper.”‘

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