Here is an OLD STORY that is becoming more relevant as this Provincial Government literally rips the guts out of the Citizens Lands and Lands Rights by the day.
We aren’t talking of hundreds of acres of land at a time, we are talking MILLIONS!!!
Now with the Algonquin Land Claim in the news where our Government has an Agreement in Principle to hand over 117,000 acres of prime Rural Lands and 1/3 million dollar cash payment to the Algonquins of Mattawa, it seems that Rural Ontario will soon be “no-man’s land”!
This is the story from 5 years ago that has been virtually forgotten, or a better way of describing it, buried, so that people in Rural Onatrio don’t know what’s coming at them from Queen’s Park!
So this is the way business is being done today with our “new” Ministry of Natural Resources! If you can recall the “good old days” of Mike Harris and friends when they stated publicly “Ontario is now open for business”, then this may be the results of his “tweeking” of our Ministries guidelines for doing business.
Last time I checked “Crown Land” belonged to the people of Ontario and were a sacred trust of the Crown to be guarded and reserved for the people!
How wrong I have been all these years…………..
Of course with the new guidelines on bidding for Crown Land SkyPower didn’t break any laws here but when there are no laws to break then there doesn’t seem to be any “control” left on the sanctity of Crown Lands in general.
This is so sad for our heritage lands and protected areas to be now “on the block” to the highest bidder!
Editors Note: Skypower Wind declared bankruptcy shortly after this action after their financial backer, Lehman Brothers went belly up!
Skypower is basically now more active in business in Ontario as never before by pursuing their Solar platform…..same old management, same old song, still making money off electrical consumers and delivering, well, not much of anything but useless green energy that does nothing but ruin a good energy sector that was operating efficiently before these carpetbaggers came aboard the McGuinty/Wynne “gravytrain”!
By: Peter Gorrie Environment Columnist, Published on Fri Feb 29 2008
Province’s new winner-take-all system could see one firm nab most of Crown land left for turbines.
February 29, 2008
Cameron Lewis figured he was in for bad news when he learned the people at the head of the line had been there for five days.
Lewis had come to Peterborough to apply for potential wind power sites on Ontario Crown land. He’d arrived 11 hours before the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources would begin accepting applications — 8 a.m., Feb. 20.
He found himself just fifth in line, and under previous ministry rules he would have had an excellent chance to get the sites where his two-year-old Environmental Electric Co. Inc. planned to erect wind turbines to generate electricity.
But the ministry changed the rules in January. It created a winner-take-all procedure that could shut out the remaining applicants.
The impact became clear just before the opening when, with 15 or 20 people now shivering in line, a car pulled up to the ministry office and unloaded five file boxes.
The line-sitters, employed by Toronto-based SkyPowerCorp., carried the boxes inside to be time stamped.
“We thought, ‘uh oh, (the ministry) made a big mistake here’,” Lewis says. “They opened it up to a land rush. … It allows one company to monopolize all the Crown land. That’s pretty much what happened.”
Ministry officials are now busy assessing the applications, which cost $1,000 each. If all of those from SkyPower were accepted, critics say, the company would control virtually all the remaining locations in Ontario where wind power might be effective and profitable.
Lewis estimates the cartons held at least 200 application forms — eight pages each, and six copies required. That would be enough for sites totalling nearly one million hectares scattered throughout the province. In one chunk, the area would be bigger than Algonquin Provincial Park.
About 87 per cent of Ontario — or roughly 94 million hectares, mainly in the north — is Crown land, but only a small fraction of that is suitable for wind power. Last week’s opening also included applications for offshore sites in Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron.
The effort to get sites signals that wind energy has moved from the fringe of electricity generation on to the main stage. In fact, it’s attracting billions of dollars in investment across Canada, says the Canadian Wind Energy Association, based in Calgary.
No one is suggesting SkyPower did anything illegal or unethical. Criticism centres on the government policy and a result that few appear to have foreseen.