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Honourable Kathleen Wynne’s Transition Team – FRDA to Wynne

RR 2 Site 10 Comp 4
Alban, Ontario P0M 1A0

February 5, 2013

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Premier Designate
Room 281, Main Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
E-mail – KWynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Dear Ms. Wynne

Re: Your transition team

Firstly, the French River Delta Association wishes to congratulate you on winning the Liberal leadership contest and becoming our Premier-designate. We look forward to your term of office.

About us

The French River Delta Association consists of the cottagers and local business owners who depend on the French River ecosystem. We are committed to ensuring that this ecosystem is sustained for future generations.

Our concerns about your transition team – Mr. Arnold Chan

French River Delta Association members had fervently hoped that the transition from Mr. McGuinty’s governance to yours would create a clean slate and lead to a model of governance that includes fairness, transparency and verifiable legitimate decisions.

However, we are concerned that, with the inclusion of Mr. Arnold Chan on your transition team, it is possible that politically connected corporations could unfairly influence decisions of policy-makers and regulatory agencies in Ontario, especially concerning the critical area of energy generation.

It is our position that Mr., Chan, as Vice President, Aboriginal Affairs and General Counsel of Xeneca Power Development Inc., represents the interests of that highly controversial, heavily subsidized corporation, which is proposing a hydro electric project in our area – the Allen & Struthers Wanapitei River Hydro Electric Generating Station. While hydro electric dams may be seen as green in Toronto, we in the North know that they are not feasible in all areas. Continue reading

EBR 011-7696 – Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act – FRDA to MNR

857 Hartley Bay Road
RR 2 Site 10 Comp 4
Alban, Ontario P0M 1A0

January 18, 2013

Krista Adams
Senior Permits & Agreements Specialist
Ministry of Natural Resources, Policy Division
Species at Risk Branch
Permits and Agreements Section
300 Water Street, Floor 2
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 8M5

Dear Ms. Adams:

Re: EBR Registry Number: 011-7696, Proposed approaches to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act which could include regulatory amendments to authorize activities to occur subject to conditions set out in regulation consistent with MNR’s Modernization of Approvals

The proposed regulatory changes contained in EBR 011-7696 are vague and will not meet MNR’s responsibility to endangered species and their habitat maintenance and protection.
While the ambiguity of this MNR and provincial cabinet’s proposal will serve MNR’s and cabinet’s partners in the mining, energy, forestry, and aggregate industries, it will not meet the primary purpose of the Endangered Species Act which is to protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats required for survival.

It is intriguing to note that the spring 2012 budget proposed amendments to the Endangered Species Act. These proposed exemptions – circumvention of permitting requirements, and removal of deadlines for recovery planning – faced serious public opposition and the budget amendments to the ESA were dropped. To now reposition the budget amendments as regulatory changes, which require only cabinet approval, is irresponsible, misleading and shows the continuing disrespect that cabinet and the MNR have towards the public, and as importantly, endangered species and their habitats. Continue reading