Mega wind project proposed for Mattawa region

Vic FideliNorth Bay Nipissing News
Wind farming could be coming to the Mattawa region. Quebec-based company Innergex Renewable Energy is proposing to build a 150 megawatt wind farm on Crown land in Mattawan Township. The project is called Nodinosi Energy Partnership because the wind farm will be a cooperative effort between Innergex and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, who are located near Pembroke. Nodinosi means “Spirit of the Wind” in Algonquin. Innergex currently operates six wind farms in Canada and the United States.

According to the Innergex website, the Mattawan wind farm could consist of 50 to 60 towers. François Morin, senior advisor of public affairs for Innergex, says “The number of turbines is, for now, preliminary.”  If the Mattawan wind farm project of this magnitude is approved, it would likely mean “about 300 jobs during the years of construction. There are also a few permanent jobs during the lifespan of the project for operation and maintenance purposes,” Morin says. Read article

16 thoughts on “Mega wind project proposed for Mattawa region

  1. This makes me want to vomit. Stall the bastards. I am very disappointed in the people of First Nation.
    Regarding the victims of wind who already have developed a severe sensitivity with infrasound- it’s a matter of time: they must either move out of province or die. This is serious business folks.

  2. ‘[excerpt] OTTAWA – The federal government is demanding the Attawapiskat First Nation pay back $1.8 million after an audit determined the band could not account for the money that was supposed to be spent on housing.

    The audit was completed in April of this year, and was recently posted on a government website’

    It was a follow-up to a comprehensive audit that was ordered after Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency in November 2011, saying there was a housing crisis on the reserve.

    At the time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper questioned why there was a crisis when government money has been flowing to the reserve.

    “This government has spent some $90 million since coming to office just on Attawapiskat,” he told the House of Commons on Nov. 29, 2011. “That’s over $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the community.

    “Obviously we’re not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that.”

    The follow-up audit found that 54 per cent of the transactions under examination had either incomplete or no supporting documentation.

    And Ottawa wants some of that money back.’


    ‘[excerpt] She noted that the bill’s opponents include Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and his new “star” candidate in Vancouver Granville, Jody Wilson-Raybould, the B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.

    “The Act applies the same principles and requirements that already exist for all other elected officials in Canada, and it’s shameful that (Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould) opposed this bill.”

    The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, which has long lobbied for greater public disclosure of chiefs’ salaries, also lit into Giesbrecht.

    “This chief may be the highest paid politician in Canadian history,” said spokesman Jordan Bateman.

    “It’s an outrageous amount of money, and if a reserve can afford a $800,000 bonus, its funding should be cut and sent to a reserve that truly needs it.”

    Most B.C. First Nations, including many in Metro Vancouver, have yet to have their financial information posted online by the federal government under the new disclosure rules.

    First Nations were required to publish by Tuesday their annual financial statements, as well as the salary and compensation levels for chiefs and councillors.

    Ottawa has been compiling and posting the information to a federal website as it comes in.

    The federal Aboriginal Affairs Department said only 25 First Nations in B.C. had submitted the proper financial forms as of Wednesday. However, the number rose to 44 on Thursday, according to an analysis by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

    B.C. has approximately 205 First Nations, though only nations defined as “Indian bands” under federal law have to submit forms to Ottawa. First Nations with comprehensive self-government agreements or treaties, such as the Tsawwassen First Nation, aren’t required to post the financial information online.

    Read more:

    It’s not easy when it comes to math.

    • Martinuk: Money can’t buy healing for Canada’s aboriginals

      February 13, 2015
      ‘[excerpt] Fast forward to 2008, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered Canada’s apology to former students of the Indian residential schools. He addressed the deplorable attitudes that existed, recognized that assimilation had caused great harm and said it was “wrong to separate children from rich and vibrant cultures and traditions.” There was plenty of talk about moving forward together in a new relationship.

      So we did — in the courtrooms of the nation. Canada offered $1.9 billion for the courts to carve up, and initiated a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

      But money didn’t heal the wounds or initiate a new beginning. The only people who benefited were the lawyers.

      Regina lawyer Tony Merchant represented large numbers of victims and bragged on multiple occasions that the lawsuits could result in as much as $100 million in legal fees.

      In 2005, the group claimed $80 million in fees. The federal government balked when an initial audit listed 57,000 entries that were questionable. As a result, the courts ordered the government to pay Merchant $25 million, while forensic auditors sorted the mess out and ruled that, once complete, Merchant’s total compensation could be no more than $40 million.

      Fast forward to January 2015, a busy time for process servers in both Regina and Ottawa. The federal government launched a lawsuit against Merchant’s firm for “a scheme to deceive and defraud Canada” through fraudulent billing practices. Merchant’s law firm then countersued, claiming the federal government still owes it $15 million.

      In this midst of all this, almost unnoticed, Merchant has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Saskatchewan aboriginals who were adopted by white parents (under the encouragement of state policy) and allegedly suffered cultural genocide, physical, sexual and psychological abuse. It follows similar lawsuits already launched in Ontario and B.C.

      In doing so, Merchant commented on the past government policies that were “paternalistic” and meant to “turn red children into white adults.” Thousands of aboriginals have lost touch with their cultural roots and, of course, say they want an apology and the recognition that their traumas were just as significant as those who attended residential schools.

      We can all see where this is going. Both aboriginals and non-aboriginals are being blindly led by the mistaken belief (likely driven by the lawyers) that an apology and a financial settlement will heal all and lead Canada’s government and its First Nations in “a new way forward, together.”

      The truth is that it’s been more than acknowledged that, decades ago, Canada had reprehensible aboriginal policies. Repeated apologies have been made. There have been cash and several commissions. Yet all of this has only further battered the relationship between government and First Nations, and fuelled the bitterness.

      We can’t keep doing this for every grievance. The legal system doesn’t bring healing.’

      What is the end game?
      I know lawyers – are people too
      but, still – what is the end game –
      over the long term?

  3. Nodinosi means “Spirit of the Wind” – once upon a time;
    with no warning signs!

    ‘[excerpt] The project is called Nodinosi Energy Partnership because the wind farm will be a cooperative effort between Innergex and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, who are located near Pembroke. Nodinosi means “Spirit of the Wind” in Algonquin. Innergex currently operates six wind farms in Canada and the United States.’

    It’s got a nice edge.

    • Where do you draw the line – between insanity
      and the ripple affects of this decision?

      It’s not easy drawing conclusions –
      on – what this is all about.

      It just has so many –
      subtle shades – of the meaning of insanity!

      How do you explain it?

      • Hasn’t credibility been lost about caring for the environment by some First Nations?

        When it comes to money no different than some other people?

  4. Figures…Metroland Media calling it “wind farming”. These reporters must be in hibernation, like for the past 8 years

  5. For cripes sake when are the proponent environmentalist group members going to start researching the destruction being caused to the environment and animal habitat instead of following WWF, Suzuki etc. like friggin’ zombies.
    The kajillion dollar refurb of the now Atikokan biomass plant has contracted first nation companies to cut down healthy birch trees to make pellets. What kind of green insanity is that?

    • It really does suck Ontariwoe, that there just aren’t enough truly honest and caring, so called ‘environmental groups’, who are untainted by big bucks for their silence, originating from our own taxes, then distributed through the Trillium Foundation, which I beleive was created to help rural communities & environmental issues & such. It really makes ones head spin, when you follow money trails leading to the destruction in rural Ontario.
      Clearing healthy birch forest for pellets is insanity for sure!

  6. Not all First Nations support wind farms. pikwaknagan(Golden Lake) view green energy as green dollars in their pocket. The Antoine First Nation located in Mattawa, view this wind farm proposal as destructive to our cultural way of life and destructive to everyone and everything in the area. We are presently in a Land Claim negotiation and Pikwaknagan are part of it.Its sad to have to sit at a negotiation table with other Algonquins who are negotiating in bad faith behind their fellow Algonquins backs. They are willing to destroy another Communities traditional territory for the almighty dollar. They are willing to Try To sign off on another Communities Territory to fill their pockets. Its sad to see algonquins show such disrespect for another Algonquin Communities Territory. We will not let this happen. We will use every means possible to stop this project and the greed of one Algonquin community.

  7. Very Good News – Late this afternoon Innergex the Quebec-based IWT developer proposing a major wind turbine project in the pristine wilderness and historic area stretching from Mattawa to North Bay centred around Lake Talon officially stopped their prospective wind turbine project. Congratulations to Chief Joanisse and Chief Bastien and all the local Mayors and local Development officers including our MP Jay Aspin and MPP Vic Fedeli for all working together in solidarity and partnership to stop this unneeded project. John Kelsall Sr. President, Lake Talon Conservation Association

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