The Midhurst Secondary Plan will never happen.

November 7, 2015

No 10,000 sprawl homes plunked down on Class 1 and 2 agricultural land.

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No threat to Minesing Wetlands–Nottawasaga River–Wasaga Beach (Nottawasaga Valley version) or Lake Simcoe (Lake Simcoe watershed alternative).

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The real money was always in buying Barrie’s waste water and water supply (privatizing a public asset).

Public (non-native and native) revulsion to that plan changes the internal rate of return on this utility bill (NOT housing) project.

They’ll walk away using one of +100 environmental pretenses to save face.


Will the City of Barrie sell their water supply and wastewater assets to a private corporation?

October 15, 2014

In January 2009, the city’s electrical utility (Barrie Hydro) merged with PowerStream Inc.

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Jeff Lehman, PowerStream Board member and Mayor of the City of Barrie, along with Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO, present cheque for $250,000, in support of Georgian College’s solar power-assisted electric vehicle charging station project, to MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO and Gwen Strachan, Georgian College Board Chair.

The current 2 Barrie members of the 13 member board are Mayor Jeff Lehman and Councillor Lynn Strachan. Collingwood was added in August 2012.

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Done deal: Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman shake hands to formally announce the creation of Collus Powerstream.

Many Barrie residents have found that their monthly bills have doubled since that time.

  • Will Barrie sell off their water utilities too?

And does this have anything to do with the Midhurst Secondary Plan’s potential to start a trans-watershed, county-wide water supply and wastewater treatment network of pipes?

 


Will the wastewater from the Midhurst Secondary Plan be taken by the City of Barrie?

October 15, 2014

The only large body of water that seems capable of taking the estimated 10.6 million litres daily is Lake Simcoe.

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Will the Minesing Wetlands — Nottawasaga River — Wasaga Beach (READ:  massive green algae plume on the world’s largest freshwater beach) be destroyed by the developer’s “Plan A”?

Or is “Plan B” a better solution: hooking up to the Barrie grid about 0.5 km away on the west side?

And which one was A or B to start with?


Margaret Atwood asks if Premier Kathleen Wynne will abandon Ontario’s most important wetland.

June 25, 2014

Will a custom sprawl loophole be allowed to destroy the Minesing Wetlands?

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A Barrie Advance article by Laurie Wattt, Focusing growth in Barrie best, Margaret Atwood tells Midhurst crowd: pdf

“Someone in the [provincial] government made a special legal loophole for just Midhurst, just for the developers that want to do this. Why?”

A dire warning about degrading the enviornment.

How much poo do you want to be swimming in? You’ll be told there’ll be a wonderful (sewage) treatment plant, but they can only treat some things. (The effluent) will go down Willow Creek into the Minesing Wetland,” said the author, whose 2013 novel MaddAddam completed a post-apocolopytic trilogy that explores the effects of environmental mismanagement.

The effluent, which could include medications that don’t get filtered out at the wastewater plant, will make its way to Wasaga Beach and into Georgian Bay.

A stern warning to our asleep Barrie neighbours.

She also questioned where the proposed village of more than 30,000 people will get its drinking water, noting the aquifer also serves Barrie.

“Be afraid. Be very afraid of anther community as big as Orillia sucking out your water. Urban growth should be in Barrie,” she said.

Posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.


Is the perceived destruction of the Minesing Wetlands by the Midhurst Secondary Plan’s wastewater treatment plant a “red herring”?

May 3, 2014

What if the City of Barrie supplies and receives 100% of the water that the “mythical” 10,000 new homes need?

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Avoiding a $100 to 150-million capital expenditure can oil a few squeaky financial doors for the sprawl-induced budget crisis Barrie finds itself in.

Of course loading Lake Simcoe with 25% more treated water (phosphorus, pharmaceuticals, nitrates, etc.) might be a problem for the tree-huggers but annexation will solve that.

The Real Plan?: So the developers can run the pipes up either side of the village and build precisely one house on each corner of their bloodlessly named “Neighbourhood 1” and “Neighbourhood 2”. And then they can sit on the zombie agricultural land for decades or building precisely 20 homes per year if they want because there is no signed agreement with Springwater Township.  Or they can just like they’ve built a total of zero homes in Hillsdale after 6 years. Sweet deal for everyone, except our most important industry: agri-business.

Red herring definition:

The idiom “red herring” is used to refer to something that misleads or distracts from the relevant or important issue. It may be either a logical fallacy or a literary device that leads readers or characters towards a false conclusion. A red herring might be intentionally used, such as in mystery fiction or as part of a rhetorical strategy (e.g. in politics), or it could be inadvertently used during argumentation as a result of poor logic.

The smell now is only a fraction of what it will be in the future.


Twenty-eight months for an explanation of how 300 hectares of sprawl was approved via a “Special Rule”.

April 15, 2014

By our good friends, one of the developer’s Toronto lawyer.

Debt Atwood

An alert from AWARE Simcoe, Midhurst: ‘Special Rule’ makes the sprawl okay pdf:

The importance of the “Special Rule” that then Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli brought in to make the Midhurst Secondary Plan legal was spelled out by a lawyer at an Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing.

Ira Kagan, representing the Midhurst Rose Alliance, told board panellist Marc Denhez that among the special regulations introduced by Chiarelli on January 19, 2012 as part of a Simcoe County addition to the Places to Grow Act, was the “300-hectare rule,” as he called it.

“It said that within the Midhurst settlement area, 300 hectares could proceed to development without worrying about any population forecasts within the growth plan,” Kagan explained.

The special rule allowed the province to withdraw a portion of its appeal of the 756-acre project, Kagan said.

Special thanks to Mr. Ira Kagan, Kagan Shastri LLP from 188 Avenue Road for explaining this to our community.

Ira Kagan

Ira Kagan

I am told this Special Rule is informally called the “Geranium Rule”.

More News: It appears the City of Barrie is unwilling to subsidize the sprawl’s infrastructure costs to the citizens of their municipality.

So…Springwater Township taxpayers will be picking up that tab for Barrie’s expanded roads, intersection, services, etc. to serve the new “Town of Midhurst”.

Less skeptical, better-case scenario: the township gets to go deeper into debt with this development.


Who is Alex Nuttall’s right hand man in Midhurst?

December 9, 2013

From this picture at least, it is Mr. David Strachan, president of the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association.

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David Strachan, Alex Nuttall, Sandy Buxton and Aidan Grove-White (left to right)

Other individuals quoted in AWARE Simcoe’s coverage, Growth will Really Pay for Growth: Nuttall,  were:

  • Mr. Jack Hanna, current Ward 5 councillor (Midhurst), Township of Springwater,
  • Mr. Aidan Grove-White, Environmental Defence Canada,
  • Ms. Sandy Buxton, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, and
  • Mr. Patrick Brown MP Barrie.

Organizations who attended: North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance, Angus Ratepayers’ Association and Nottawasaga Steelheaders.

Cross-posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.


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