In Anishinaabekwe culture, women have the responsibility to care for water.

February 25, 2015

Springwater Park is a major headwaters to the internationally-important Minesing Wetlands. In April 2013, they acted to save pure, uncompromised water (nibi in Annishinaabe).

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From IndigenousRising.org, September 24, 2014: Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), The “Water Walker”

With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes. She is known as the “Water Walker.”

According to the Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44% of the circumference of the earth. “When you see someone walking with a pail of water, you wonder, where is she going with that water.”

So the message is, water is very precious, and I will go to any lengths to and direction to carry the water to the people.”

“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” said Mandamin.

Mandamin joined the team of indigenous representatives from the Indigenous Environmental Network at the People’s Climate March during the week of September 18th to the 24th. “Why I’m here is because I really feel for the water. And to give the message to people that Water is a human right.”

“Water has to live, it can hear, it can sense what we’re saying, it can really, really, speak to us. Some songs come to us through the water. We have to understand that water is very precious.”

In Anishinaabekwe culture, women are given the responsibility to take care of the water. “The water of Mother Earth, she carries life to us, and as women we carry life through our bodies. We as women are life-givers, protectors of the water, and that’s why we are very inclined to give mother earth the respect that she needs for the water,” said Mandamin.

That’s our responsibility, our role, and our duty, to pass on the knowledge and understanding of water, to all people, not just Anishinabe people, but people of all colors.”

In the wake of extreme extractive industries such fracking, oil, and coal, access to clean water is rapidly declining. “In our prophecies, in our Three Fires Midewiwin Society, we are taught that water is very precious. I was told by a grand chief that 30 years from now an ounce of water will cost as much as an ounce of gold if we continue with our negligence,” said Mandamin.

“If we discontinue our negligence, we can change things around. That’s why I am really embodying the prophecy. You’ve heard of ‘Walk The Talk,’ this is why I walk.”

Josephine and others are on the move this summer: Migration Water Walk 2015.

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Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.


I wear my heart on my cheek: contempt for the motivations of some that oppose the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

February 20, 2015

As individuals I like almost 100% of everyone I have met that currently resides in Midhurst.

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The NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) and “gated-community” vibe is problematic for me.

Racial NIMBYism: my eyes narrow lots.

No individual or corporate interest has a right to kill the land, food, and water capacity of that which is not theirs. I write to the province based on first-hand family residency since 1960.

I leave others to defend their own “whys” of their behaviour.

The modern conservative [neo-con] is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith


Jack Hanna: This is not intended to be a commercial for Patrick Brown.

February 10, 2015

Mr. Patrick Brown is the sitting Barrie MP and an ON PC leader hopeful.

Mr. Jack Hanna, Ward Five councillor in Springwater Township is very impressed with Patrick.

An excerpt from Ward Five January Councillor Report in the Midhurst Community Newsletter:

PATRICK BROWN: As many will know Patrick is running for leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. I have gotten to know Patrick over the past five years and have been very impressed. This is not intended to be a commercial for Patrick Brown. I am alerting residents to the prospect of having a local person as leader of one of the major political parties and maybe the future Premier. Those who can envision the benefits of having a representative that knows the world north of 7 Hwy, may wish to put any party affiliations or alliances aside and support a local candidate. You can do this by signing up before the end of February at Patrick’s Campaign Office at the Kozlov Mall.

Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Oh, my my, oh, hell yes.
You got to put on that party dress


Will we have to blindly trust that the Midhurst Secondary Plan’s environmental safeguards are strong enough to protect the Minesing Wetlands?

January 15, 2015

On January 7, 2015, there was a summary of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Update at the Springwater Township administration centre.

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Mr. Joe Mullan of Ainley Group presented a slideshow and answered questions (download slideshow here).

The Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, MRA wrote about their interpretation in Previous Promises of Environmental Protection Unfoundedpdf

For a long time, the previous administration and developers told us the environment and the Minesing Wetlands will be protected; that things are under control and there is no reason to worry. Ever since Phase 3 of the Environmental Assessment began in April 2013, the MRA and other concerned residents and organizations have been asking for the details, reports and studies that would show us that things are proceeding as promised. We never received those reports and studies. And there’s a good reason why – they’re not done. From what we can tell, those environmental assurances, given in an attempt to placate us, were completely unfounded.

Councillor Katy Austin mentioned in her Springwater News Ward One Councillor’s Report: pdf

Mr. Mullan assured the audience that the proposed wastewater treatment plant and various offsetting measures would “protect and even enhance” the watershed in question as far as phosphorous levels are concerned. Some members of the audience appeared somewhat skeptical about this statement.

I have recorded the MRA’s and councillor’s articles in the Springwater Township Growth wiki as well as in the Media Article page of SpringwaterParkcc.org.


The latest in a series of Ontario developer messages which support the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

January 2, 2015

“Don’t let politicians supported by lies get into office.”

Geranium 29 Dec1Advertising Excerpt (Springwater News, Dec 31, 2014):

Wishing you joy this holiday season.

As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate the hope and joy of the season, we extend best wishes to the residents of Springwater.

The Midhurst Landowners Group is proud of the coming new development in Midhurst. We look forward to working with the new Council to build an exceptional community, based on the cornerstones of excellence in environmental protection, community design and architecture.

The future of Springwater is bright and we are proud to be part of it.

The Midhurst Landowners Group
http://www.midhurstfirst.ca

To compare and contrast:

  • Happy New Year! (see Jan 2014),
  • Families are Forever (see Feb 14, 2014),
  • A Vision for the Future (see Mar 2014),
  • Reaching Out – Community Update (see Mar 2014),
  • Letter to Midhurst Ratepayers Association president’s home (see July 17, 2014),
  • Approvals Advancing on Master Planned Community (see Sept 2014),
  • Another Step Forward (Sept 25, 2014)
  • Protecting the Environment (see Oct 9, 2014),
  • Tell the Truth: Lies Create Fear. And that’s not good for democracy. (mail flyer, Oct 2014, see below)
  • Building a Better Tomorrow (Oct 23, 2014),
  • Be AWARE of Lies. Demand the Truth (see Oct 23, 2014), and
  • Springwater Township election results (see Oct 27, 2014).

It appears that these corporations (Geranium Homes, The Rose Corporation, Alliance Homes,  Sundance Homes) had not advertised their presence before January 2014.

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The Ontario Ombudsman can now investigate the role municipalities played within the Midhurst Secondary Plan fiasco.

December 10, 2014

Provincial law was exempted to green-light the Midhurst sprawl plan. “Who did what, when” is now open with a simple telephone complaint to Mr. Marin’s office.

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With the passage of Bill 8 Tuesday, Ontario ombudsman André Marin’s sights are particularly set on municipal councils, which he described a year ago as being addicted to secrecy.

The Toronto Star reports in Ombudsman André Marin looks forward to his new powers:

“As of the implementation of this bill we’ll be overseeing 443 municipalities . . . as well as 83 school boards and 22 universities representing roughly $30 billion in provincial expenditures that up until now have been going under the radar,” he said…

Marin’s sights are particularly set on municipal councils, which he described a year ago as being addicted to secrecy.

It is no surprise that there are strong forces (direct and indirect) that resist this oversight of public money and policies.

“I think history has shown . . . that municipalities need all the help they can get. This is an area fraught with controversy, conflict of interest, low oversight, whether it’s Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto, Sudbury and London. The list goes on,” he said.

As recently as July, municipalities made it clear they didn’t want Marin to stick his nose in their business.

Notably, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) highlighted on its website that municipalities will be able to apply to a court to determine whether the Ontario Ombudsman has jurisdiction to investigate a complaint.

Opportunism in public or private enterprise relies on two things: self-interest and deceit.

Mr. Marin has a public reputation for sincerity and fearless truth-seeking.


More Ontario municipal conflicts of interest allegations involving politicians taking care of their corporate friends.

November 24, 2014

The publics’ tolerance for the  way corporations influence politicians is changing. At least for the dumb and dumber varieties.

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A good story from CBC.ca drawing in my old franchising friend, Canada Bread and Maple Leaf Foods and wastewater, is called As Fords exit mayor’s office, conflict probes intensify:

The proposed fee hike would have raised Maple Leaf’s wastewater surcharges by between 35 and 75 per cent, according to city estimates, potentially representing a total yearly increase of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Both Ford brothers voted against, helping defeat the proposal 22-18.

Coun. Mike Layton, who was pushing for the fee hikes, said it would have been straightforward for the Fords to declare an interest without complicating council’s deliberations.

“You declare a conflict of interest, you leave the room for that vote, and no one pays any attention to it,” he said in an interview. “It’s not rocket science.”

As usual, it is the single voice that sounds the alarm.

The third complaint, a court action under Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, alleges the Fords voted on and tried to influence agenda items at City Hall affecting their company, Deco Labels, and some of its customers. Even with Doug soon to be out of office and Rob in a lesser role, the civic activist who brought the case said her plan is to “see it to its end.”

“The vagaries of an election don’t give you a pass for past behaviour,” said Jude MacDonald, who noted the stakes are high: She’s asking the judge to ban both Fords from holding municipal elected office for the maximum seven years.

And one of the Fords wants to be the Ontario tory leader?

 


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