Barrie Bleuberry Festival continues today, 8 am to 3 pm

July 27, 2014

Come out to Barrie Hill Farm: Pick Healthy Homegrown Food.

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Helping out are Knights, from left, Mike Speers, Les Stewart, Dennis Vaillancourt and Paul Gamble. Mark Wanzel Photo

The Barrie Examiner: Barrie Knights of Columbus festival benefits local cancer care.


2014 Blueberry Pancake Festival this Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27th at Barrie Hill Farms

July 24, 2014

A great local food tradition enjoying its 11th anniversary.

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Brought to you by the Knights of Columbus, Barrie Council 1626

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Jim Regier, left, George Watson will be at Barrie Hill Farms from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving pancakes. Photograph by Stan Howe

…and 3 generations of the Gervais family of Springwater Township.

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Strawberries and raspberries re now in season, btw.


Midhurst sprawl: What is the weakest response a developer could make when Ontario Nature calls about their plan?

June 19, 2014

Why did Geranium Corp. appear to effectively say “no comment” if this scheme is such a done deal?

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ThreatenedProposed development could adversely affect Minesing Wetlands.

An interesting article in the summer edition of Ontario Nature‘s newsletter, ON Nature, called: Midhurst residents oppose development: pdf

 …In 2012, the Ontario minister of infrastructure granted MLG a “special rule” allowing the developer group to proceed with planning the first 300 hectares of the project.

Geranium Corp., the largest member in the MLG consortium, is no stranger to controversial projects. The developer is also behind the Big Bay Point Marina development on Lake Simcoe, which received approval despite concerns over the environmental impact of adding 1,600 timeshare units and a 1,000-slip marina to the already taxed watershed. “They’re extremely good at marketing their proposals to government and, more often than not, they’re successful,” says Strachan. “It’s amazing to me how gullible the government has been.” (At press time, calls to Geranium Corp. for comment had not been returned.)

While 4/7ths of the current Springwater Township continues to strike a truly ostrich assume-the-position, position, the winds of change are bringing in some very heavy-weight opponents of the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

While Springwater Township has warned that any attempt to stop the development in Midhurst would result in lawsuits, Strachan and others are not willing to give up the fight. A number of high-profile artists and politicians, including Margaret Atwood, Maude Barlow, MPP Jim Wilson and MP Patrick Brown, publicly support the campaign. More information is available on Stop Springwater Sprawl (stopspringwatersprawl.com).

Don’t forget to come to the MRA’s event this Sunday: Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood.

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Cross-posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org and voteLesStewart.ca.


A Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood

May 30, 2014

Order your tickets  today.

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Margaret Atwood coming to Midhurst on Sunday June 22nd

May 24, 2014

A special visit announcement by AWARE Simcoe to draw attention to the negative affects of unchecked urban sprawl.

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Quote:

from the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association

Author Margaret Atwood is fulfilling her promise to come to Midhurst if the number of people signing the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Petition reaches 5,000. That happened in March and now arrangements have been finalized: Atwood will speak in Midhurst on Sunday, June 22 12-3 pm at a Celebration of Rural Living.

Tickets are on sale now for this special event coordinated by the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association that will highlight the importance of rural communities and the resources they protect (foodlands, fresh water and natural heritage).

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now. ONLY $20! Buy tickets online

Volunteer Drive Meeting:

Sunday, May 25 – 7 pm Midhurst Community Hall (74 Doran Rd.)

The MRA needs you. On June 22nd, they require at least 30 volunteers for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: parking attendants, BBQ attendants, greeters, cashiers. They also need volunteers to distribute posters ahead of the event. A volunteer drive is being held Sunday night – sign up, get more information about the event and engage with the MRA executive about current and future initiatives.

If you can’t attend, but would still like to volunteer, email your name and contact info and someone from their Events team will get in touch with you. Email Events Team

 

Speakers – Begins at 12:30

Emcee – AM 740’s Dale Goldhawk

Supporting Speakers:

  • Shirley Boxem, Food and Water First – “The Importance of Farmland Preservation”
  • David Donnelly, Donnelly Law – “Learning from Mistakes and Building a Better Future for Ontario”
  • Sandy Buxton, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association – “The Midhurst Story”

Keynote Address: Margaret Atwood – “Why Community Matters and Her Journey into Getting Involved”


They’re coming for the Simcoe County and MNR forests…once again.

May 18, 2014

In the 1800s, the great hardwoods forests were clear cut. Starting in 1905, men like Hon. E.C. Drury and Dr. Edmund Zavitz worked to help Mother Earth heal us.

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Cancerous sprawl cannot stop itself by just destroying the land and water: the parasites are after the air.

The earthly manifestations of “God’s world” began with the realm of plants, as a kind of direct communication from it. It was as though one were peering over the shoulder of the Creator, who, thinking Himself unobserved, was making toys and decorations. Man and the proper animals, on the other hand, were bits of God that had become independent. That was why they could move about on their own and choose their abodes. Plants were bound for good or ill to their places. They expressed not only beauty but also the thoughts of God’s world, with an intent of their own and without deviation. Trees in particular were mysterious and seemed to me direst embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the places where I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings. (MDR, PP. 67-8) PP. 28-9

The Lungs of the GTA

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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.


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