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It wasn’t enough that the Government of Ontario, by encouraging and supporting development of high-impact wind power generation projects in rural Ontario destroyed small-town and rural communities, now its “green energy” policy has set First Nations against each other.
In a proposal for a 150-megawatt wind “farm” in the Mattawa area, near North Bay, Quebec-based Innergex and Ontario has not only placed a power development in a scenic area valued for tourism and wildlife preservation, it is also endangering North Bay’s airport operation and attendant economic growth—part of which just happens to be a NORAD base. (Transport Canada? Will THIS wind power project get a rise out of you?)
Ontario’s new Large Renewable Procurement process is expected to encourage power development on Crown land and in partnerships with First Nations. When it comes to Mattawa, however, the First Nation participating for profits doesn’t even live anywhere near there.
A news conference will be held tomorrow by the First Nations who do, and who have been involved in negotiations with the government over rights for years. Should be very interesting.
Here’s the story from North Bay-Nipissing.