Update from PECFN — the Ostrander Point appeal and two fundraising events
PECFN is going into the appeal (Court of Appeal), of the appeal (Divisional Court), of the appeal (Environmental Review Tribunal). In April we received a stay on any construction at Ostrander Point until the matter is resolved. Having been successful with the stay and with the ERT and also now the permission to proceed to the Appeal Court, PECFN has a 3/1 success rate! That makes us optimistic for a good outcome at the Appeal Court.
Natalie Smith [lawyer working with Eric Gillespie] has provided us with the answers to some of the questions that everyone has been asking:
- We file a notice of appeal by next Friday June 27th;
- We have to “perfect” the appeal by filing another factum, along with a book of authorities, appeal book, exhibit book, and a book of transcripts by July 28th;
- We should then receive MOE and Gilead’s responding materials by September 26th.
The hearing won’t take place until all materials have been exchanged so we’re looking at a few months at least. Everything is limited to questions of law so there are no further opportunities for witnesses to give evidence. The Court of Appeal will be focusing on the Divisional Court decision and whether the Court’s conclusions regarding the Tribunal’s decision were correct. Our arguments won’t change materially from those made at the leave stage so most of the work has already been done.”
The other question is, of course: “How much is all this costing?” The answer to that question remains nebulous. We understand that raising money under these circumstances is hard. We do not have a final financial goal – but we do have the goal to make sure that we have done everything we can to prevent any development at Ostrander Point.
Coming up is the Turtle Concert on Sunday July 13 2:30 pm at the Picton United Church. This will be an afternoon of great music from many County Artists in all genres. Tickets ($20) will be available at the door or in advance at www.saveostranderpoint.org .
Again this year we will have a table at the Womens’ Institute Craft Sale in the Picton Fairgrounds on Thursday July 31. We have beautiful new tote bags imprinted with one of Suzanne Pasternak’s gorgeous pictures from Ostrander Point. We will also have lots of delicious baked good and useful and decorative crafts.
We are grateful for your on-going support of our efforts to keep Ostrander Point development free.