Category Archives: Heritage

Statement by CCSAGE on the White Pines wind project approval

On Thursday, July 16th, 2015, a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) was issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to White Pines Wind Incorporated (alias wpd Canada) for 27 of the 29 industrial wind turbines originally proposed, to be located in South Marysburgh and Athol. The two deleted were as a direct result of major efforts (and expense) by individuals concerned about the impact of these and other turbines on “cultural resources and protected properties”. The REA includes two large transformer substations. The 29 kilometre line connecting everything to the Hydro One system north of Picton was approved by the Ontario Energy Board in 2014. (Question: why would the transmission line be approved, apparently in a vacuum well in advance of the REA, unless the Ontario Energy Board was certain that the REA would be issued? Yet another indication that the entire procedure is a mockery of democratic norms).

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PEC Cultural Heritage: Worth protecting?

Mount Tabor

PEC Cultural heritage: worth protecting?

We think so – but does the government? Can regulations protect us?

County resident Liz Driver is not asking for new laws, regulations or policies – only that the existing ones are enforced to protect the cultural heritage buildings and landscapes in South Marysburgh from industrial wind turbines.

At a Queen’s University workshop “Social and Community Aspects of Wind Power in Ontario”, Liz presented both the Ontario Government’s public position and regulations, and  her contrary, real life experience regarding the assessment of effects of The White Pines Wind Project on South Marysburgh cultural heritage landscapes (February 15, 2015).

 

This presentation is well worth reading. 

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PECFN — Dinner and a movie at the Drake, Dec. 2

1-Drake-Devonshire-For-Save-Ostrander-Site3-001-966x1024Prince Edward County Field Naturalists will be at the Appeal Court of Ontario on Dec 8-9 defending the Environmental Review Tribunal ruling that overturned the Ministry of the Environment’s approval of the Gilead wind turbine project at Ostrander Point.  This is a precedent setting case that impacts the validity of the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Act.  Funds are still needed to defend the Tribunal ruling.

Fund Raising Dinner – Fish and the Fishery, Tuesday Dec 2, 6 pm, Drake Devonshire Hotel, Wellington.

This event will be held on December 2 at the Drake Devonshire hotel in Wellington.  Continuing with the theme of the Culture and History of the South Shore introduced at the Regent Theatre event on November 27, this evening celebrates the fish and fishery of Prince Edward County.

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Vanishing Legacies — film and entertainment on Nov. 27 at the Regent Theatre

Vanishing-Legacies-Save-OstPECFN will be at the Appeal Court of Ontario on Dec 8-9 defending the Environmental Review Tribunal ruling that overturned the Ministry of the Environment’s approval of the Gilead wind turbine project at Ostrander Point.  This is a precedent setting case that impacts the validity of the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Act.  Funds are still needed to defend the Tribunal ruling.

We are pleased to announce two fund raising events that celebrate the impressive history and culture of Prince Edward County’s south shore. Both will take place before the Appeal Court date. The first event is a film and entertainment night at the Regent Theatre in Picton.  Watch for information about our second event – Dec 2, Fish Dinner at the Drake!

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Two appealing events — Amherst Island on Sep 27 and the County on Oct 7

Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 4 pm — Amherst Island Heritage Tour

Take a tranquil ferry ride to visit old stone houses, restored farms and quaint village cottages, and enjoy a homemade farm lunch at the Lodge on Amherst Island  The self-drive tour runs from 10 am to 4 pm and costs $40.00 (lunch included).  The starting point and information centre is at the Lodge, minutes from the the Island ferry dock, which will be open throughout the day.

From Picton, it’s a 90 minute drive, following the scenic route:  Travel east on Loyalist Pkwy / Hwy 33 to the Glenora Ferry (free, every 15 minutes).  Follow Loyalist Pkwy / Hwy 33 through the historic village of Bath, to Millhaven, where you will see the Amherst Island ferry on your right ($9 round trip, leaving Millhaven on the half hour).

This is a fundraiser for Amherst Island’s fight against Windlectric’s plan to install 36 industrial wind turbine on the island.  More information can be found at www.protectamherstisland.ca .

Tuesday, October 7 — 9 am to 4 pm — County History, Colours and Critters Tour with Terry Sprague

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Add your name (by May 7) to an open letter to protect heritage views of Mount Tabor and the village of Milford

As an alternative to writing comments on heritage views to the EBR as mentioned in a previous blog post, you may add your name to an open letter that will be sent to the EBR and copied to Premier Wynne and Minister Chan.

This is a new initiative to express collective community concern for Mount Tabor and the village of Milford.

Bruce Dowdell and Liz Driver hope to gather as many names as possible by next Wed, May 7, for submission to the EBR on Thurs, May 8.

If you are happy to have your name added to the letter, please send an email asap to Liz Driver at liz.driver@sympatico.ca  with the following information:

Name + how you would like to be represented, e.g., name and address and/or local business or affiliation with local community organization

Help to protect Mount Tabor and the panoramic view of Milford from White Pines turbines 1 to 6

[Here is an article on wpd and heritage views by South Marysburgh resident Liz Driver, including her request to County residents to submit comments to the MOE on this topic.   Liz and husband Edwin Rowse, a heritage architect, have done a huge amount of work, and incurred considerable legal expenses, in their efforts to protect heritage views.  They have definitely gotten the attention of the province, but need reinforcement by our community.Comments to MOE must be received by May 10, 2014.]

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Mount Tabor and its steeple are the focal point of the panoramic view that greets every resident and visitor as they approach the Village of Milford from the Old Milford Road. This iconic view of church and village is at risk from the White Pines Wind Project.

Almost 30 years ago, on 28 January 1986, Warden J.H. Walmsley signed By-law No. 1677 to protect the following special qualities of Milford’s Mount Tabor United Church:

“Highly picturesque on its height above the Mill Pond, and a reminder of the importance of the church in the Township, Mount Tabor’s steeple is the emblem and focal point of Milford. This building incorporates elements of gothic, classical, and Italianate styles in an admirably well-proportioned design. It remains virtually unspoiled since its construction in 1865, the very model of a community meeting hall.”

Six proposed turbines will be directly in the views of Mount Tabor and from Mount Tabor’s grounds. For up to 40 years, Turbines 1 to 6 will cause long-term harm to Milford’s picturesque landmark and community gathering place. The public has until May 10 to send comments to the Environmental Registry. This is your opportunity to explain why the protection of Mount Tabor is important to you, your family, the village and County visitors.

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