Barrie Native Friendship Centre Pow Wow at Springwater Park

May 15, 2017

June 10th & 11th

Celebrating Resilience & Renewal


Canada leads the world in deforestation

April 29, 2017

Since 2000, Canada has accounted for a staggering 21% loss of the world’s forests.

Canada has been leading the world in forest loss since 2000, accounting for 21 percent of global forest loss.

Stephen Leahy writes in Canada is now the world’s leading ‘deforestation nation’:

The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost — and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

A new satellite study reveals that since 2000 more than 104 million hectares of forests — an area three times the size of Germany — have been destroyed or degraded.

“Every four seconds, an area of the size of a football (soccer) field is lost,” said Christoph Thies of Greenpeace International.

The extent of this forest loss, which is clearly visible in satellite images taken in 2000 and 2013, is “absolutely appalling” and has a global impact, Thies told IPS, because forests play a crucial in regulating the climate.

Forests are essential for our existence.

Trees, plants and all the creatures that make up a healthy forest ecosystem provide humanity with a range of vital services including storing and cleaning water, cleaning air, soaking up CO2 and producing oxygen, as well as being sources of food and wood. These “free” services are often irreplaceable and generally worth far more than the value of lumber or when converted to cattle pasture, said Sizer.

What are our municipal governments doing to maintain our forests?


The proposed changes to the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association bylaws take my breath away.

April 27, 2017

I have never seen a not-for profit community group concentrate as much power in their executive.

Inconsistent with several democratic principles. Perfect to serve corporate or corporatist interests.

 

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Changes in red.

Board members: Sandy Buxton, David Strachan, Margaret Prophet, Connie Spek, Barb Kutcher, Kevin Newman


Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association annual meeting: “we recommend you vote with us to change the bylaws” (so we stay in power).

April 27, 2017

So we can continue to help our developer friends elect/re-elect our friends by creating a ticket into the next municipal election on Oct 2018?

So we can have our friends knock down the current Midhurst Community Hall?

A screen shot of the email from the current MRA.

Is it possible that +$40 billion development could turn a few heads?

Influence is the law in business, not the exception.


Who are the individuals within the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association?

April 27, 2017

According to an email I received today, these are the individuals.

Executive:

President: Sandy Buxton

Treasurer: David Strachan

Secretary: Margaret Prophet (Simcoe County Greenbelt Coaltion co-chair)

Directors at large:

Connie Spek

Barb Kutcher (Midhurst Community Hall president)

Kevin Newman


Geranium Homes/Midhurst Secondary Plan cuts a big cheque for Elmvale minor hockey: Anonymous association executive calls it a “charitable donation”.

April 9, 2017

It is hard to imagine that the Elmvale Minor Hockey Association, EMHA has EVER received any bigger, single cheque than $10,000 from a sponsor in their history.

Curiously, the news lies buried on page 23 of the Springwater News: no photograph with donater/donatee, no photograph with local politicians, and no attribution for who wrote the article on behalf of the EMHA.

I’ve added an image from a 2008 Barrie Advance article.

Donation to TIFT honours Browns Geranium Corporation President Earl Rumm, right, holds at $20,000 donation from Talk is Free Theatre sponsors. Rumm also presented TiFT’s Arkady Spivak with a $10,000 cheque from Geranium. The company then gave an additional contribution to the sustaining fund, made in support of Barrie philanthropists Arch and Helen Brown. Sharon Bamford photo

 

Springwater News article:

Springwater News
April 6, 2017

Geranium Homes generously donates $10,000

This past month, Elmvale Minor Hockey Association received a very generous donation from Geranium Homes of $10,000 Geranium Homes is a developer who has projects coming up in Springwater Township. They have presented us these funds to help assist with local player development and are committed to helping grow an active community.

This charitable donation will be put to good use by helping with the ongoing financial constraints the organization has. The majority of the money will be put towards updating and purchasing new equipment as well as help finance some of the various skill development clinics that are offered to the members of EMHA. Both of these initiatives are very valuable to the organization and will help assist in the progress of the organization and more importantly the players of the Elmvale Minor Hockey.

Organizations like the EMHA rely heavily on the generosity of the businesses that operate in the surrounding community. Without these contributions we would not be able to provide the opportunity we do for the close to 300 young players that are currently enrolled here. EMHA would like to thank all team sponsors on top of Geranium Homes for their support as they are helping keep kids active and enjoy the sport they love to play.

I can hardly wait to find out how much the next donation will influence the demolition of the Midhurst Community Hall.

See:

If there aren’t any “strings attached” why aren’t Springwater Township Mayor Bill French, Deputy Mayor Don Allen, and Councillors Katy Austin and Perry Ritchie, MP Alex Nuttall and MPP Jim Wilson in this picture, taking credit for a “job well done”?

With a municipal election coming up soon and Elmvale being a crucial vote-heavy area, you’d think this annoucement would be crawling with serving politicians. Assuming everything’s on the “up-and- up”, of course.

 


She said I could smile if I wanted.

April 2, 2017

I said thanks;

I am.


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