Remember Bat Man’s arch rival “two-faced”?
Apparently we have a real life villain inside our own Government Ministry that finds it’s quite normal to visit one area of Rural Ontario and announce huge dollar investments in saving “species at risk” while holding court in another area of the Province and aggressively spending hundreds of thousands of tax payers dollars to fight Naturalists and Citizens trying to save “species at risk” that will be murdered by the Government’s Green Energy Plan to erect useless destructive wind turbines.
One may call it ironic which is close to the mark and displays a complete detachment with the reality of what this Province once stood for.
I for one may go a bit further and call it insanity!
“An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think”
|Picture from Hamilton Spectator article|
The Minister’s announcement appears to have been made in Hamilton at the Royal Botanical Gardens and an article in the Hamilton Spectator of July 17, 2013 carried this quote from Minister Orazietti about the $5 million fund;
“We, Ontarians, care deeply about our environment and our natural resources. That’s why we’re funding projects by the groups that are here with us today,” he said.”
Ironically the story has a picture of the Minister holding a “species at risk” Blanding’s turtle. The same Ministry had previously granted Gilead Power the rights to lease “Crown” land at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County which granted the developer the rights to “kill, harm and harass” birds, bats, alvar (vegetation) and those same Blanding’s turtles by giving Gilead the rights to erect 9 industrial wind turbines. That licence caused the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) and the Association to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) to appeal the Renewal Energy Approval (REA) in front of the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). The appeal was a success and it was the Blanding’s turtle that caused the tribunal to advise the Minister of Natural Resources that the REA was rescinded.
That appeal of the REA by PECFN and APPEC caused the two organizations to commit to spending hundreds of thousands of after tax dollars. Those dollars were donated by the people of Ontario to fight the MNR.
So why does the MNR issue those REAs knowing that they are putting species at risk while they were presumably working to announce this “fund”? In the interim the volunteers who are working to save birds and bats and those “species at risk” were out knocking on doors in an effort to raise the funds needed to fight the REA!
The same Ministry rolled out their legal representatives each and every day of the ERT’s 40 days of the hearing to fight both PECFN and APPEC! Those legal representatives were paid for by the Ministry out of their annual taxpayer supported budget.
Now “isn’t that ironic…don’t you think”?
July 18, 2013