Turbine company hears opposition loud, clear

GO AWAY1North Bay Nipissing News, Rob Learn
MATTAWA – It was a message loud enough and clear enough that the proponent of a controversial wind energy project couldn’t ignore or deny on Friday night at a community meeting in Mattawa.

François Morin, senior development manager with Innergex, said the company needs to re-examine its proposal to install 50 to 60 wind turbines north of the Mattawa River and address community concerns the $350 million investment is raising.

“If we can’t gather enough support that will be the end of the project,” said Morin. “But I am going to continue to speak with the people here and listen and hopefully work with them.” Read article

12 thoughts on “Turbine company hears opposition loud, clear

  1. Going forward, I hope all communities will assemble and their elected/paid leaders will send loud and clear messages to these wind companies.
    Thank you Mattawa for ‘raising the bar’ and modelling for others how to say “No”.

  2. Re: The partnership with the Pembroke First Nation

    Morin from Innergex – feels your pain

    ‘[excerpt] Morin from Innergex didn’t necessarily disagree with the criticisms raised at the meeting, though he did not address the crowd or the speakers.

    In an interview he accepted the company perhaps should have done more to consult with local First Nations and not just the Algonquin First Nation from the Pembroke area.

    The partnership with the Pembroke First Nation gives the application to the provincial government priority over projects without First Nations on board, but does not give it a fast track in the consultation or other processes.

    He also thought the Green Energy Act has room for improvement.

    “I agree with many criticisms of the Green Energy Act that were said tonight.

    I think it was a mistake to exclude the municipalities, the local people, from the consultation process…

    I think it is the duty of the proponent and the promoters to be better than the law,” Morin said.

    Asked for specifics on the Innergex Mattawa wind proposal, Morin said, “I wouldn’t say the project is on hold but our energy and our focus is on projects elsewhere.”

    Even without that message being directly relayed on Friday night, the crowd sensed they had momentum on their side, which Papineau-Cameron Township mayor Bob Corriveau urged caution over, telling residents to be vigilant.’


    Again –
    ‘[excerpt] I think it is the duty of the proponent and the promoters to be better than the law,” Morin said.’

    Be Vigilant?

    p.s. great partnership!

  3. Hey – but send money anyway, and then some.

    First Nations chiefs reject $1.9-billion education bill
    Special chiefs’ assembly seeks new education agreement that provides transfer payments to aboriginal communities.
    Government has said funding depends on reform and accountability


    ‘[excerpt] OTTAWA — Chiefs from across Canada have rejected controversial changes to First Nations education, and are calling on the government to provide $1.9 billion in funding now with more money to come later.

    It took most of the day for a special assembly of chiefs gathered in a downtown Ottawa hotel Tuesday to agree on how they would respond to the government’s education bill.

    They eventually voted in favour of a resolution that rejects Bill C-33, dubbed the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, and calls on the government to negotiate a new education agreement that provides transfer payments to aboriginal communities.

    The resolution also asks Ottawa to provide $1.9 billion tied to the original bill immediately, with a 4.5 per cent escalator until a new deal on education is reached.

    How the Conservatives respond to these new demands remains to be seen, but they have said repeatedly that funding won’t come until there is reform and accountability.

    Regional chiefs initially showed their support for the education bill by attending an event in February with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Shawn Atleo, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. But that support quickly evaporated.’

    p.s. interesting article – if you take the time to read it.

    • Election Year – 2015
      Timing is everything!

      Lecture focuses on inequities faced by native children
      Wednesday, February 25, 2015

      OHSWEKEN – The public is invited to a free lecture by professor, native activist and social worker Cindy Blackstock on March 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Grand River Room of Six Nations Polytechnic.

      The talk is part of her presentation titled Reconciliation: The Children’s Version.

      An associate professor at the University of Calgary and executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Blackstock has worked in the field of child and family services for more than 20 years.

      Her key interests include exploring the over-representation of aboriginal children in child welfare care, structural drivers of child maltreatment in First Nations communities, human rights and the role of the voluntary sector in expanding the range of culturally and community-based responses to child maltreatment.

      Blackstock has been involved in a battle with the federal government over how much money Ottawa provides for child and family services on reserves. She filed a complaint against Ottawa with the canadian Human Rights Commission in February 2007, together with the Assembly of First Nations.

      The issue was whether the federal government is discriminating against aboriginal children by giving less money for their care than what’s provided to non-aboriginal children.

      “As a social worker, I see the impacts on first Nations children of the federal government’s damaging, dangerous, discriminatory approach,” she stated in a press release issued by the AFN in October 2014 as the long-running case dragged on.

      “This is about children being placed in vulnerable, unsafe and harmful situations that can hurt them, their families and all Canadians.

      “It is not clear why any government would knowingly allow this to continue. They should be fighting for fairness for First Nations children instead of fighting against.”

      A ruling is expected later this year.

      Blackstock’s current professional interests include serving as an Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Society Innovation Generation Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow and a board member of the National Aboriginal Youth Organization.

      In her cross-Canada lectures on Reconcilitation: the Children’s Version focuses on the inequities faced by the current generation of aboriginal children, and what is needed to resolve them.’

      Comments are interesting!

      • O Canada!
        Election Year – 2015
        …………..are you ready?

        Cindy Blackstock, turns to the United Nations
        and I want to know if she wears something cute,
        and if she wears – amazing shoes.
        I bet she feels like a dirtbag!

        Rage on………..


        United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:
        Forum on Indigenous
        Child and Youth Rights
        Vancouver, Canada
        March 2‐5, 2010

        Cindy Blackstock, PhD,
        Executive Director,


        p.s. The United Nations has out lived its original purpose –
        and should be totally ignored;
        it now gives a platform to lunatics!

        p.p.s. Conservatives rejected this – it serves no purpose.

        Oh yeah –
        Original purpose of the United Nations?

  4. First Nations people – need to know – too!

    Justin Trudeau Vows To Scrap First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    ‘[excerpt} Justin Trudeau has promised to scrap a controversial law forcing First Nations leaders to disclose salaries and band financial statements online and replace it with something more “respectful” if he becomes prime minister in 2015.

    Trudeau told The Vancouver Sun the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, passed in 2013 amid complaints from many aboriginal leaders, has been used as a “weapon” against critics of the Stephen Harper government.

    “I wouldn’t keep the legislation in place,” Trudeau told the newspaper. “I would work with First Nations to make sure that a proper accountability act that would have disclosed any excesses we see, but is done in a way that is respectful of the First Nation communities.”

    The law requires First Nations bands post audited financial statements — including remunerations of chiefs and councillors — on their websites within 120 days of the end of the financial year. Smaller bands without websites can post them to the sites of larger First Nations groups or a site hosted by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

    The department is publishing the documents online as they are received from more than 600 First Nations bands. As of Monday afternoon, documents from less than 250 bands were posted, despite a deadline to submit the information by July 29.

    After the rules came into effect two weeks ago, it was revealed Kwikwetlem First Nation Chief Ron Giesbrecht received nearly $1 million in remuneration last year for serving as leader and economic development officer of his B.C. band.

    Tory MP Mark Strahl, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Aboriginal Affairs, was quick to throw a dig at both the Liberals and NDP after the jaw-dropping disclosure.

    The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, which has long advocated for the legislation, urged Trudeau to rethink his position Monday.

    “We have heard some very heartbreaking tales from people on reserves who have been bullied, harassed and assaulted for daring to ask questions about where public funds are going in their communities,” said Colin Craig, CTF Prairie director, in a statement.

    “The new First Nations Financial Transparency Act allows them to go on the Internet and view their community’s financial statements anonymously, without fear of reprisal.”

    The group also advised the Liberal leader not to try to use the issue to score political points on Conservatives.

    But some aboriginal leaders deeply resent the legislation. As pointed out by CBC News, First Nations groups already produce financial statements to the federal government and some believe posting them online is about little more than sowing divisions.’

  5. I don’t know what this racist, anti-First Nations crap has to do with wind turbines, except that a few bands have been conned into putting their names on projects, just as a number of white Caucasian farmers have, and a number of our councils have rubbed their hands in glee at the prospect of all that cast from those nice wind people…

    But since you’ve raised the topic, I find it amusing that the Conservative gov’t of Stephen Harper is calling for other people to be accountable and transparent.

    I read the comments under the Brantford paper’s article. Many of them were hateful and most were ignorant – as in without knowledge of the historical context.

    Given how common these attitudes are, I can see how all our political parties feel it necessary to support the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians – I mean, it would be hypocritical to condemn Israel while practicing very slow genocide on the First Nations here, while also destroying the environment and exporting all the jobs to sweat jobs and foreign slavery.

    I say this now – when Bill C-51 passes I will have to curb my tongue. Welcome to fascist, racist Canada.

  6. But – he said – ‘but’
    again – he said – ‘but’

    ‘[excerpt] “If we can’t gather enough support that will be the end of the project,” said Morin. “But I am going to continue to speak with the people here and listen and hopefully work with them.”’


    So what page do you think he’s on?

    Wind Energy Development
    Best Practices
    Community Engagement
    Public Consultation
    This best practice guide outlines a wide range of practices
    and procedures to help facilitate the responsible and sustainable
    development of wind energy in Canada.

    ……so many questions:
    Does he practice in front of the mirror?
    Does he sit on the edge of the bed – to put his pants on?
    Maybe he likes the standing position – with one hand on the wall;
    jumping sometimes helps – regain – balance.

    The story of Mr. Moron!

    • There’s only one way to get rid of the Morins of the world, the people that keep saying but, but, but, but refuse to know when to quit.

      Bring in Peter Cushing to finish the job …

  7. The issue:
    Why are municipalities – required to take money from – private energy companies?
    Is it part of the process – set up by the Ontario liberals?
    Where does the money come from?
    Specifically – who oversees the money fund?
    For example: Samsung partly oversees their
    gift of money – and, specified the money must be used for sustainability projects;
    and exactly what does sustainability mean – to Samsung?

    It’s all so confusing –
    – but municipalities
    keep tooting that horn – with sustainability plans!


    Jan. 12 2014

    ‘[excerpt] Fraud, nepotism, conflict of interest, questionable expense claims. In almost any workplace, these alleged transgressions would have led to one of two bleak prospects: resign or get fired. But in city council chambers across the country, some of those cloaked in scandal keep marching onward.

    Last month, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin released a scathing report highlighting the lack of accountability in the local governments of cities and towns across the province.

    “To me, some municipalities are like gangrenous limbs,” Mr. Marin said in an interview. He’s dealt with all manner of scandals in Ontario, but says municipal mayors and councillors “make provincial politicians look like choirboys.”

    The issues range widely, from cronyism all the way to gangsterism, but the problems plaguing mayors across Canada raise consistent questions: Are municipal structures too broken to hold elected officials to account? Has oversight not grown at the same rate as some municipalities?’


    (TORONTO – December 9, 2014) Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the historic passage of a new law that will allow his office to investigate complaints about municipalities, universities and school boards for the first time.

    “Today, Ontario takes a great step forward in ensuring accountability in the broader public sector,” said Mr. Marin. “It has been almost 40 years since the province’s first Ombudsman, Arthur Maloney, called for these institutions to face the same scrutiny as other provincially-funded bodies.

    I love coffee – I love tea
    I love the java – and the java love me!

    p.s. ……..20 years later?

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