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Friday, May 18, 2012

Court tosses appeal of anti-turbine group; assigns costs to PMI by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Preserve Mapleton Incorporated (PMI) has lost its judicial appeal of NextEra Energy’s 10-turbine wind farm southwest of Arthur. Further, the Superior Court of Justice has suggested an award of costs of $5,000 to the province and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) director who issued the decision, and another $30,000 to NextEra Energy. PMI has received three weeks to formally argue against those suggested costs and the appellants have ten days after that submission to argue against it. Rebekah Church, an associate with PMI’s lawyer Eric Gillespie, said the firm will be opposing those awards. The next step will be to fight the NextEra proposal at the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) and dates for that hearing have not been set. Church said they might get started in July. PMI president Tyler Struyk said in an interview on Monday the group plans to continue

its work to oppose the turbine proposal at the ERT. Struyk said it was difficult going up against NextEra and the provincial government because the courts could have a “bias� in favour of them. He noted when it comes to a First Nations challenge at the ERT, he believes that group is “pulling out� to continue its arguments at the federal level. That will leave PMI alone to fight the turbines at the tribunal. “I believe we’re going to continue and we’re going to need financial assistance,� said Struyk, whose group has been seeking donations. He added the group is very grateful for the donations it has already received and those who donate will have complete anonymity. The PMI complaint was heard by J.J. Swinton, J. Douglas Cunningham, and J. Crane in Toronto in early April. In December NextEra received permission from the MOE to install, operate, use and retire the Conestogo Wind Energy Project - a Class 4 wind facility of ten wind turbines, Continued on page 5

Park planting - Representatives from the Kinsmen Club and the Grand River Conservation Authority came together on May 10 to plant trees at Kinsmen Park in Drayton. The group planted 15 white spruces and 15 maples at the park (an additional five maples were planted at the nearby Rotary Park). From left are: Kinsmen Club president John Klaassen, life member Wayne Mick, Kinsmen and Trees for Mapleton member Gary Van Ankum, GRCA forestry specialist Nathan Munn, GRCA student volunteer Melissa Meneghetti, Kinsmen life member Glenn Dobben and volunteer Jake MacDonald. Officials would like to thank MacDonald and Chad Bridge for their help planting, and also Jim Grose for providing the layout, stakes and mulch, as well as assistance throughout the project. photo by Wilma Mol

Council approves 2012 budget; township taxes to rise by 7.2 per cent by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Council here has completed its budget deliberations and increased the township portion of the property tax levy by 7.2%. Combined with the county levy, the total tax impact is an overall increase of 2.4%. That means that an average home assessed at $266,000 in Mapleton Township will pay a total of $3,285 in taxes. That means $66 more on the township tax levy and another increase of $12 for Wellington County. There was no school board levy increase. Councillor Mike Downey said a smaller increase from the county this year gave lower tier municipalities an opportunity to raise more funds. Downey said the mayors of the lower tiers convinced the county to hold off this year so they could find cash for many much-needed projects. “We tried to go through everything as diligently as possible,� Downey said, adding, “Nobody likes an increase ... It just takes that many dollars.� He explained the township is going to have to start building its reserve funds and did so

this year. He noted if a bridge costs $1 million, reserves of $100,000 a year still take ten years to pay for a bridge. “We’re trying to be diligent,� he said. Downey added council hopes to get its budget finished much earlier next year. He said it has already set some dates so other work will have to be worked around budget talks, instead of the other way around. The budget report of May 8 also included the impact on the 725 farmhouse properties in the township. There, the average assessment is $158,000 and the increase is $34 (3.3%) for the township and $28 (1.4%) for the county levy. The average cost to those homeowners is $1,960 in total taxes. The total budget for 2012 is just under $7.93 million, with almost $4.32 million in capital expenditures and an operating budget of $3.61 million. The budget included a number of capital and operating expenses under each department. Operating costs include staff salaries, heat, hydro, supplies and materials. Capital costs are such things as new roads, bridges and equipment.

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Under administration, the new costs are: - $97,800 for new debt payments; - $25,000 for industrial park signs; $10,000 for service replacement and software upgrades; and - $5,000 for a facilities energy plan mandated by the Green Energy Act. For the fire department, the costs are: - $9,000 for six sets of bunker gear; - $10,000 for a self contained breathing apparatus display and air cylinders; - $50,000 to expand the Drayton fire hall for the ambulance service use; and - $1,000 for use of a fitness club; and - $20,000 for other expenses. The building department will need $3,200 for software enhancement. The township will also spend $29,500 for a generator under emergency measures for the Alma community hall. It will cost $15,500 for a provincially mandated bridge review. The township also spent on

its public works fleet: - $70,000 for a quad cab 4x4 truck; - $15,000 for a water tank with baffles; - $35,000 for a 4x4 pick-up truck; - $5,000 for a tandem axel trailer (an addition to the fleet rather than a replacement); and - $10,450 for a rubber tire static compaction unit. Construction work The township has a number of road projects for this year: - $150,000 for reconstruction, ditches and culverts for Sideroad 21, from 16th Line to Highway 6; - $270,000 to pave Concession 4, from County Road 10 to 2.7km west; - $120,000 to pave Concession 8, from Sideroad 12 to the Moorefield village limits; - $56,000 to pave Sideroad 12, from Concession 12 to 700 meters west; - $100,000 to pave the Drayton municipal parking lot, with engineering fees included; - $110,000 to pave the Nichol Peel Townline Road, shared with Centre Wellington Township; and - $65,000 for guard rail

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replacement at Concession 5, for 575 metres, plus treatment in three locations. The township is also spending money on its sewage and water systems. Those costs are borne by only those who use the system. The work includes; - $50,000 for mag meter replacement; - $91,350 for an infiltration study; - $1.2 million for the sewage lagoon cell 4 expansion; - $1 million for water standpipe for growth for the Drayton system; - $500,600 for the Drayton metering project; - $125,000 for the Moorefield metering project; and - $12,000 to assess and clean the reservoir. The fence for the Hollen cemetery has already been erected, at a cost of $12,000. At the PMD Arena there is $10,000 for a barrier-free access to the auditorium and another $50,000 for the replacement of the auditorium floor. There are a number of parks projects: - $12,000 for improvements at the Moorefield parks;

- $60,000 for parks rehabilitation at the Kinsmen playground in Drayton and the Moorefield park; and - $9,400 for a scoreboard, screen and overhang at the Moorefield ball diamond. There is another $6,000 for the Alma Serenity Gardens, $3,000 for a PMD Arena trophy case and $1,500 for the Glen Allan park swing. It is estimated $10,000 is needed for the physically challenged washroom at the Maryborough community centre and a further $35,000 for roof repairs over the section of that building known as the lower hall. In economic development, the township will spend $33,840 on the completion of the downtown revitalization in Drayton and another $25,325 to pay for an economic development officer for the final six months of this year. The latter is a proposed permanent staff member. The township also budgeted $88,500 for the Tinholt drain in Maryborough. Finally, Mapleton placed $452,400 into its reserves. The vote on the budget was unanimous.

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Tanis Cowan knew a great MYC’s interactive system music opportunity when she motivates and engages parents nurturing family sawDRAYTON it five years -ago,Heavy after andInchildren, past years the activities and delivering valuable being to aitsunique were held in a school gym, Hittersintroduced is set to start sixth bonds while program called Music26 for but thanks toexperiences extra funding the season here on May at co-learning developing a firm, fundamental Young Children (MYC). activities were taken outdoors. 10:30am. of music. Having taught privateHitters piano understanding Last year athletes enjoyed Last year Heavy A unique aspect of MYC is lessons 15 years, Ms. go-carting, music and athletesfor were excited theTanis, pro- fishing, parent learns along with the as herwas students call thanks her, was bowling. gram expanded to the they program are so looking expand her teaching Thisbecause year the funding.to The league, which child includes a In visit to aMs. fire Tanis hall, runs untiland August, playsstudio, T-ball involved. fact, horizons her music glow inthethe dark ofT-ball, a one found Saturday morning success the proand it through MYC.and credits visit to from a championship then different activity the gram the parents of her stuMs.a Tanis recognized arm wrestler who has cerebral next Saturday morning. program’s potential since it had dents. “I am the teacher once a never been offered in Drayton, it was fun for students, parents week; they are the at-home and teacher, and it offered a ‘coach’ several days a week,” piano-keyboard program for she said. An initial goal for each of children as young as 3½ in a Ms. Tanis’ students is to develgroup setting. “I loved the idea of group op the happy habit of practicencourages her stulessons, since it’s always more ing. She H;DEL7J?EDI RENOVATIONS fun to explore and learn in a dents to practice by giving a !7::?J?EDI “super duper” sticker group, regardless of the topic,” special+ ADDITIONS each week. explained Ms. Tanis. +'/$,).$+(*( 519.638.5242 “Practicing does not need to She 9 : Halso > < Cliked 7 Jthat > A 9it was a +'/$-'&$)&/519.710.3097 10 to 15 minutes a day program that was tested, tried be long; and true, being taught by more to start,” she said. Ms. Tanis’ creativity shines than 800 teachers to over 24,000 students on three differ- through by offering several ent continents and touting extra practice incentives throughout the year to ensure Canadian origins, beingand found- APPLIANCES T.V.’S students attain their musical ed in 1980. sales  andgoals. service Once students have colMYC’s mission statement is to “provide the best quality lected enough stickers on their music education to young chil- “happy practice thermome40byMcGivern dren blending the pleasure ters,” they have a party. This to celebrate the 2010 andMoorefield the joy of music making year, (519) 638-3017 with sound instruction.” Olympics, students earned

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This must touch the plate for the music and movement program is a playful and creative music player to be safe. that teaches music concepts and movement class for parents This program is free for through singing, rhythm and with children ages newborn to local families and parents games. This program is for age 4. Children are introduced take turns each Saturday to children ages 2 to 4 and devel- to a wide variety of musical bring juice foratthe Festivesnacks fun -and Students Music for Young Children enjoy a ops listening awareness, fine scales, tonal and rhythm patkids. Players look forward Christmas concert every year. submitted photo motor skills, social interaction, terns and instruments that help to the award ceremony at the confidence and attention span. to stimulate musical growth. end of mittens the yearfor alongside the spring. Of course, special holi- Children can easily attend with Each child participates at his or paper five happy Drayton Moorefield practices.andThe mittens Ball were days are incorporated into Ms. a grandparent or caregiver, plus her own level. To find out more Association. (all can players born 1996) home champions from class the about Pups and to view siblings attend theinclass as came Tanis’ MYCchamps classes,- The such96asWarriors placed on the studio wall in the Tournament Officials to one day recent Canlan Music TournamentWeek, in Toronto. 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Starlight Gala crystal sponsor – Larry Grummett Insurance, in partnership with Peel Mutual Insurance Company, recently presented their $5,000 crystal sponsor cheque to Starlight Gala co-chair Lisa Leslie and Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation development officer Dale Franklin. On hand from Larry Grummett Insurance were Randy and Trish Ruetz, and from Peel Mutual Insurance, Brian Bessey. This presentation raises the total sponsorship for the gala to $78,500.

Firefighters support hospital - Dave Huntley, past president of the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, and Starlight Gala co-chair Jackie Ziegler recently accepted a $1,000 cheque from the Palmerston Volunteer Firefighters’ Association in support of the Starlight Gala on May 26 in Harriston. This represents part of the proceeds of the firefighters’ breakfast. submitted photos

Plans well underway for Canada Day celebrations across Mapleton MAPLETON TWP. The Mapleton Communities Canada Day Celebration 2012 Committee is encouraging everyone to mark July 1 on their calendars and plan to take in the festivities throughout the township. “So many people commented on the fun they had at Mapleton’s 10th anniversary celebrations on July 1 a few years back, that it was decided to initiate plans for a fun day this year,” said Jim Curry, a Mapleton councillor, and Drayton Rotarian. “Our committee has been busy coming up with events that will be enjoyable for all ages. This year July 1 falls on a Sunday so we wanted to work around the times that churches tend to have their worship time.” The Moorefield Optimist Club will start off the day by hosting a breakfast at the Moorefield Community Centre from 7 to 11am. Next the Alma Optimists will host a motor-less parade at the Wallace Cumming Park in Alma at 1pm. The scene then switches to the Drayton Fairgrounds for a 2pm start with several events throughout the day. This includes a professional horseshoe tournament, featuring many of the best pitchers in Ontario as well as the U.S. Dan Gallina of Drayton is

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organizing this event and it is generously sponsored by Peter Egger, owner of the Drayton Chop House restaurant. The Mapleton Fire Department is organizing a waterball competition so groups are invited to make up a team and register with John Hahn Jr. on Canada Day. This can be a fun sport, especially on a warm day. The firemen are also planning to have the safety smoke house on site during the day. An annual event is the beach volleyball tournament hosted by the Drayton Rotary Club. It is organized by Rotarian Bob Bignell and to enter a threeplayer team call 519-741-7595 or email bignell@veritechmfg. com. Jeff Oosterveld is coordinating an arm wrestling tournament featuring Mapleton’s own Tyler Robinson. Those with a strong arm and wanting to join can contact Oosterveld at the event. Maryborough Public School parent committee member Barb Driscoll is working with her team to organize carnival games, which are expected to be a big hit, especially with youths. The MAX committee is working on an interactive Mighty Machines exhibit for youths that will be set up in the parking area at the fairgrounds. A Geocaching event is also being organized by Curry, who will teach the fundamentals of the sport. Then a Canada Day geocaching challenge will be open to all interested. All that’s

needed is a handheld GPS and a basic knowledge of how to use it. The MAX committee will be selling advance tickets to a chicken barbecue from 5 to 7pm. Rotary will be serving hot dogs, beverages and possibly ice cream. The Drayton Kinsmen will be having a beer garden as well. A community church service organized by the Mapleton Ministerial with music lead by the Derek and Maggie Moore family is also being planned, as well as a time of singing after the service. Additional details on the July 1 event will be published closer to the date. Organizations interested in participating, with proceeds going to their charity project, can call Jim Curry at 519-6383363). Please note: the committee is avoiding duplication of events and food offerings.

Important talk - On May 3 the Moorefield Optimist Club held a “Respect For Law” night. OPP officer Mark Grasman spoke to 28 kids about bike safety leading up to the May 5 Bike Rodeo. He also talked about bullying and general safety. The kids later ate macaroni, hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream. submitted photo

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GUELPH - The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is now standing with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) in its call to restart the spring bear hunt, following news that the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has discontinued services provided under the province’s Bear Wise program.

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When a press released arrived from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture last week, we were unsure whether to chortle or turn white with indignation. Crying would have been easy, too. The OFA has decided it supports the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ call to restart the spring bear hunt. Why would such a call cause us to laugh or cuss? We said it in 1999 and it is something that, excuse the pun, bears repeating. We need to be spared from people who decide their morals and ethics are better than ours, and we especially need to be saved from politicians who bow to pressure from those Absolute Moralist bullies. Most are familiar with them. They are folks who have no lives, so they specialize in telling everyone else how to live. They are ones terrified someone will get hurt, so they insist everyone lives under more stringent safety rules. Give them enough time and we’ll all be wearing full body armour just to go shopping. Then there are those who think animals and nature in general are just too cute for words and they insist those of us who use it in a practical manner are a bunch of rural louts with the sensitivity of a kumquat. Not only will they not eat meat, they want everyone else to stop eating it, too. One idiot recently wrote to a Toronto newspaper that flying over the countryside he could see field after field of crops that were being used to feed animals - and wasn’t it cruel that we were growing all those crops and wasting all that land in order to kill a whole bunch of animals for meat? (The writer seemed oblivious that we are losing good farmland all over for houses, but maybe those were for vegans.) When the famine comes, no bread for you, buddy. What will you do when you no longer have your granola available? It was idiots like that who destroyed the spring bear hunt. Somebody, somewhere, once saw a devastating sight of a bear cub and its deceased mother and decided the spring bear hunt was unspeakably cruel. He started a campaign to get rid of the hunt and targeted then-government-held ridings in Ontario. He was so forceful the premier and the Ministry of Natural Resources killed the spring bear hunt. Thus northern Ontario lost about $6 million in annual economic activity, but at the same time, the consciences of people from cities were salved. Boy, did they ever stop something cruel. The reality is somewhat different because, in truth, nature is not kind. It is, er, cruel. The enduring image in Canadian literature is blood on the snow, according to many letters of Northrop Frye. He is correct. Here is what happened when people stopped hunting bears in the spring. More bears lived and grew up - unafraid of people. Bears need a lot of territory. Cruel adult male bears chased young bears out of the best territories. Those bears started wandering close to so-called civilization and caused trouble. The MNR had to create an expensive, poorly working program to capture and relocate bears. But Ontario is broke and can no longer afford that, so somebody has to shoot them. Excuse us, but wasn’t that what the controlled spring bear hunt was all about in the first place? Only now it costs money to control those bears - instead of people reaping benefits from hosting hunters. Anyone who thinks about such things knows it was government insanity that caused the problem in the first place, spurred on by an Absolute Moralist who couldn’t keep his paws out of something about which he knew next to nothing, but who had “feelings.” So, we now spend time and money of busy groups like the OFA to bring back something that never should have left. Just following something as stupid as that action created by a lone Absolute Moralist goes a long way to demonstrating why governments are so little trusted these days. Even when governments do as they are told by some well meaning idiots, they manage to get everything wrong and backwards. Is it any wonder that so many of us are losing hope for this province and this country? David Meyer

hungry bears impose millions of dollars of loss on those same communities. “The spring bear hunt offers economic opportunities to northern communities in need, and it takes care of a real need to prevent damage, danger and expense to rural communities and Ontario farm families,” Wales said.

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the spring bear hunt to responsibly and effectively get the bear population under control.” The annual spring bear hunt in Ontario was cancelled in 1999 for reasons the MNR never clearly stated. According to the OFA, the hunt generated more than $6 million in economic activity annually across northern Ontario, while now

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Among the services no longer offered is the trap and relocation of problem bears. “It’s clear that the Bear Wise program was ineffective at managing the problem,” said OFA president Mark Wales. “The rising bear population is causing increasing damage to crops and putting human safety at risk. It’s time to bring back

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Advice to widows/widowers An article in a 1913 issue of the Drayton Advocate caught my eye the other day. It told the story of a woman, recently widowed, finding a letter of advice from her late husband on the top of a bundle of documents in his strong box. After telling her of his tender love and great affections for her, he gave her the following advice: “Don’t go to live with any of your married children. Don’t go to live with any of your relatives. No woman who

has been the mistress of her own house for half her lifetime can ever fit in anybody else’s and the experiment if she tries to do it always ends in disaster. “Have a place of your own where you rule supreme, even if it is nothing but a room in a hotel. From there you can visit your friends and relatives all you like. “Don’t trust anyone to transact business affairs for you. If you find you can’t manage your business put in control of a trust company, not an individual.

“Don’t speculate. Buy nothing but gilt edge bonds. Don’t be tempted to buy untried securities because they promise big interest. You can only get a low interest rate on absolutely safe investments. “Never lend money to a relative or a friend. Never go into a business deal with a relative or a friend. “Don’t give away your money, even to your children, while you are alive. Expectation of favours to come is a stronger staff to lean on than gratitude for benefits

received. “Remember that her pocketbook is an old woman’s best friend. Never forget that people do not want a poor old woman about them, and that the only way you can be sure of always being a welcome guest and made much of when you are old and feeble, is to have enough money to make it worth while for people to court you. “Don’t forget that all through life we have to pay as we go, and when we are old the price is doubled on us.”

While today many an independent widow or widower would chuckle at this advice, 99 years later it still has merit. There are many schemes for risky investments and other scams to relieve us of our money. News reports often carry police warnings about scams requesting money be wired to a supposed relative to help in their emergency. Anyone with an email address receives regular requests for help in moving money from some country on the other side of the world.

This is a blatant scheme to access your banking information so they can relieve you of any funds in your bank account. Most days there are telephone marketers wanting to fix your roof, replace your windows, clean the air ducts, sell you air and water purifiers. And wouldn’t you think it might be wise to check before they call people on municipal sewer service about that special deal to check and clean their septic tanks? submitted by Jean Campbell

Court tosses appeal of anti-turbine group; assigns costs to PMI

Members lauded - Leola Pritchard, Shirley McKay and Florence Fry received the Cora Bailey Award at a recent luncheon in Palmerston for the local branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario. The award is given to branch members who have contributed outstanding service. submitted photo

Retired Women Teachers group honours trio for outstanding service PALMERSTON “Trathnona maith duit,” an Irish greeting that means “good evening or good afternoon,” was heard many times on a recent trip to Ireland by two members of the Palmerston branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO). Lorraine Ballard and Colleen Robertson’s presentation to the RWTO/OERO on April 27 inspired many to want to travel to the Emerald Isle. The women gave a brief account of Ireland’s history as well as some of the highlights of their tour, which were brought to life through a slide show. In spite of the continuous rain while travelling, both women said they were in awe of the magnificent views, the ruins and the rolling fields they encountered. President Kathy Brown welcomed 53 ladies to the April meeting and thanked the decorating committee for the spring-like decor as a meal of ham and scalloped potatoes was enjoyed. The meeting was opened on a positive note, as three members were presented with the Cora Bailey Award, which is given to branch members who have contributed outstanding service. Leola Pritchard, Florence Fry and Shirley McKay seemed surprised as Brown recounted some of their contributions and presented each with a certificate and a potted plant. Each recipient will have their photo and story added to the book displayed at the convention in June. New member Sharon Chambers was welcomed and presented with a pin. The

treasurer’s report was given by Joanne Matthews and approved. A note was read by Matthews thanking the branch for the donation in memory of Iris Gray, a member for many years who passed away this winter. A thank you for numerous donations of baby items to Ramoth House in Mount Forest was also read. The donation received from Heaven Scent in Arthur, as a result of recent purchases, will be given to Donna McFarlane to support the “Me to We” project. Ballard reported the goodwill committee was busy over the winter, sending Christmas cards to members over the age of 80 and to shut-ins. Some of these members also received visits and a crystal snowflake sun catcher. Seven birthday cards were also sent. Lynn Morrison gave an update on travel opportunities for the group. On June 11 a trip to Uxbridge has been planned to tour the Lucy Maude Montgomery House, as well as other historic sites in

the area. The trip to New York in September has one coach full and a possibility of adding another one if there is enough interest. A trip to Stratford in October to see 42nd Street the musical is also available. Insurance convenor Mildred Francis gave an overview of the importance of having a health passport in which all medications, allergies, special food needs, etc are recorded and accessible for family and care givers. A passport can be obtained from sickkids.ca/myhealthpassport. Francis said it is very important to know what health insurance coverage provides. Some travelling tips were also given, including\speaking up for one’s needs but being polite and respectful. The lucky draw, donated by Marya Pinder, was won by Helen Grainger. Fines were collected from three members who forgot to wear their pins. The next meeting is on June 1 at the Presbyterian Church in Palmerston and will feature “laughter yoga” for members.

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FROM PAGE ONE generators, a transformer station, transmission lines and two meteorological towers - in the township. Mapleton council considered taking part in the court procedure, but on the advice of its solicitor, decided it could not spend taxpayers’ money in a battle it was unlikely to win. The Superior Court of Justice Divisional Court heard the appeal on April 2 and ruled on it late last month. Mapleton residents have been opposing the turbine proposal for several years. PMI argued the project owners had failed to hold the number of meetings required under provincial law and that NextEra did not give the required 30-day notice of the meeting. The ruling noted that after several meetings and several modifications to the project, the MOE reviewed the modifications and assessed them to be “minor, and therefore no further public meeting was required. However, the ministry required Conestogo to update its documentation and website, consult with other ministries, and provide notice to the public.” The court stated there were several legal issues arising with the application: - whether PMI has standing to bring this application; - if the decision of the director to approve the application was reasonable, despite the

failure to meet all the requirements of the regulation; and - whether the applicant was denied procedural fairness in the consultation process leading to the director’s decision. The court ruled a person may bring a legal proceeding to challenge the decision of a public or quasi-public body only if the person’s private rights are directly affected by the decision or the person is exceptionally prejudiced by the decision in a manner different from the general public. The court’s judgement stated, “PMI does not meet the test for personal standing, as it has not shown that it has suffered an injury as a result of the director’s decision distinguishable from that sustained by the average citizen. “For example, it has not shown that it was prevented from participating in the public consultation process or affected by the way in which the archeological assessment was carried out.” The court also ruled “PMI has not shown a genuine or long and continuing interest” in the application. The NextEra application came in 2007 and the group was formally formed only in 2011. The court noted, “There is no explanation in the record as to how it was formed or who its members are, and there is nothing in the record to suggest it existed throughout the

consultation process or that it has expertise or experience in the area of environmental approvals.” The justice noted Gillespie wrote the ministry in August of 2011 representing “Stop Mapleton Wind Farms, not PMI.” The former was the name of the group opposing the turbines at that time. The group later changed its name to PMI. The court ruled, “PMI has not met the requirement that it has a genuine interest in the issues raised in this application. “The fact that a favourable decision in this application may assist its appeal to the ERT is not sufficient to create a genuine interest in the issues.” The court also ruled there is another way to fight the proposal, and PMI is already doing that at the Environmental Review Tribunal. The ruling also stated, “It is obvious that the MOE staff knew of the failure to meet the requirement of the regulation and they took steps to address any problems in the public consultation process ... staff members were satisfied Conestogo demonstrated it had ‘sufficiently met the requirements of the regulation’.” The Community News attempted to obtain comments from other PMI members and also from NextEra, but phone calls were not returned before the press deadline.

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Acts of the Sinful Nature According to Galatians 5:1-26, Ephesians 4:1732, Colossians 3:1-17 and Romans 13:11-14, there are just some things that we need to be ready to admit, renounce and allow God to dispose of. First of all, there are motives and attitudes which hinder God’s activity in us and that we must acknowledge and let go. Consider the following: - greed: the desire to either have more or to have what another person has; - selfish ambition: the desire for an office, place or position that belongs to another; and - evil desires: craving that which is of a bad nature or is forbidden. Second, there are dispositions which hinder God’s activity in us and that we need to recognize and discard. Think about these: - hatred: the hostile manner in which we deal with people; - jealousy: envious and contentious rivalry, including all forms of indignant, puni-

tive zeal (the urge to punish); - lust: the affliction of the mind evidenced by depraved, vile passions; - anger: uncontrolled temper, agitation, impulse or desire, including any and all violent emotions; and - malice: ill-will, the desire to injure; impurity, physical and moral uncleanness; lustful, luxurious, immoral living. Third, there are activities which hinder God’s work in us and that we must address and shun. Some of these are: - debauchery: unrestrained lust or excess; - adultery: cohabitation or sexual intercourse outside marriage; - sexual immorality: illicit sexual intercourse or the practice of sexual activity outside the confines of marriage; - orgies: reveling, carousing, drinking parties; - drunkenness: intoxication; - idolatry: the worship of false gods. We may be guilty in the body of Christ of elevating Christian celebrities and “worship” over the real person and presence of Jesus. This is a subtle yet real form of idolatry; - witchcraft: the use of any means to manipulate, domi-

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nate or control others. We must be careful how we use music in this area, too; - discord: contention and strife; - fits of rage: passionate, angry outbursts; - dissensions: divisions; - factions: following your

self-made opinions or surrounding yourself only with those who agree with or flatter you; - slander: unwholesome talk, that which causes the person present to think less of the one absent; and speech that injuries another’s good

name; - filthy language: foul speaking, low and obscene speech; and - lying: communicating, via any means, a deliberate, conscious and intentional falsehood. While we need not con-

cern ourselves with removing these in our own strength, we do need to prepare ourselves to be rid of them; not by our striving and self-will, but by God’s power working in us. Rest assured, he will do it, we just need to be ready to let them go.

Game on - Over 50 children between the ages of 5 and 12 are participating in the eight-week Drayton Ball Hockey League - more than double the original number when Jason Jack started the league in 2010. This year the league runs Thursday nights from 7 to 8pm until May 31. Anyone interested in participating in the future can contact Jack at jason@hesselinkjack.ca. submitted photos

Armstrong stars in leading role of Drayton Entertainment’s production of The Sound of Music DRAYTON - Four years after winning national attention as a runner-up in the CBC hit reality television series, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Jayme Armstrong finally has the chance to “Climb Every Mountain.” The Vancouver native is starring in the coveted role of Maria Rainer in Drayton Entertainment’s production of The Sound of Music, which launched the Drayton Festival Theatre’s 2012 season on May 15. “I’m so thrilled to be performing on the Drayton stage,” said Armstrong. “Drayton Entertainment is so well known and respected in the theatre industry from coast to coast. I am excited to play this iconic role in such an iconic theatre.” Alex Mustakas, artis-

tic director of Drayton Entertainment, caught Armstrong’s performances on television along with the rest of the country, and immediately cast her in such smash productions as Country Legends, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the company’s North American tour of Camelot. Earlier this year Armstrong starred in a sold-out run of 9 To 5: The Musical at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. “Jayme is the real deal,” said Mustakas. “I audition hundreds of performers each year, and it is rare to find someone with such depth of talent. She is truly one of the elite leading ladies in Canadian theatre.” Beginning her acting career at the age of 6 as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, Armstrong

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Groves Hospital Foundation wins award for TV poster campaign

FERGUS - The Health Care Public Relations Association (HCPRA) has announced Groves Hospital Foundation won the first place Hygeia award in the special purpose communication - fundraising category. The foundation’s Get Real campaign featured physicians, nurses, staff and patients. The They Don’t Play Doctors on TV posters spoofed three medical TV show promotional

ads. House, Grey’s Anatomy and M*A*S*H were re-created with the support of local physicians, nurses and staff. The nurse’s poster highlighted the emergency room and operating room nurses during the fall 2011 campaign for equipment for those rooms. The Get Real patient’s posters featured Groves’ patients and are being used not only as posters but also as

patient tray liners. Amy Couling Photography and Mach One Communications donated their services fr the campaign. The support of those local businesses and the participation of local physicians, nurses, staff and patients made the project possible. The Hygeia awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in health care communications and to

honour outstanding pieces and accomplishments across Canada. The Hygeia award was recently presented to executive director Sherri Sutherland, and vice chairman of the board of directors of Groves Hospital Foundation Jayne MacKenzie at HCPRA’s annual conference in Calgary. For more information, visit www. grovesfoundation.com.

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OBITUARY Heemsbergen, Maas; of Kitchener and formerly of R.R.#3, Moorefield. Went home to be with his Lord peacefully on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Forest Heights Long Term Care in his 88th year. Beloved Husband of the late Geurtje (Kroesbergen) Heemsbergen (2006). Loving Father of Peter Heemsbergen, Ailsa Craig Rosemary and her late husband Garry Brydges of Listowel and Marianne Van Harten of Cambridge. Caring grandfather of Edward Brydges, Grace Brydges and Kimberly Brydges all of Listowel; Henk Van Harten, Brian Van Harten both of Kitchener and Devin

Van Harten and his wife Christy Van Harten of Cambridge. Great Grandfather of Lucas Van Harten son of Devin & Christy Van Harten and Damien Gary Brydges son of Edward Brydges. Maas was the last surviving member of the Heemsbergen siblings. Friends were received at the Heritage Funeral Home, Drayton on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Pastor Albert Dreise conducted the funeral service in the Christian Reformed Church, Drayton on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00am. Interment Bethesda Cemetery.


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Fun trip - The 1st Drayton Sparks recently visited the Fur and Feather Show in Mount Forest, where they were able to pet rabbits, baby chicks, donkeys and puppies.

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Sailing club to host open house

Dock crew - The Conestoga Sailing Club will host an open house on May 26 that will include the formal dedication of its new docks, which were built by members at a cost of about $20,000.

MAPLETON TWP. - The Conestoga Sailing Club is inviting the public to a formal dedication of its new docks and to the launch of four new catamaran sail boats for the sailing school. Special recognition will be given to the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF), the City of Waterloo and many other donors who made the replacement of the 40-year-old docks a reality. Members from local council and staff from local cities and from the KWCF will also be in attendance. The event will take place on May 26 on Conestogo Lake, starting with a welcome by the commodore at 11:30am. The rest of the event will include recognition of major donors for the dock, a greeting from dignitaries and donors,

ribbon cutting for the docks, the launch of the catamarans, a barbecue and sailing with club members throughout the afternoon. Background A fundraising campaign, centered around The Conestoga Sailing Club’s 50th anniversary, raised $17,500 through generous donations from the KWCF ($5,000), the city of Waterloo ($2,000), past and current members ($5,800), Kitchener Sports Association ($3,500), Linwood Home Hardware ($700 in discounts) and Conestoga Cottagers Association ($500). The new docks are wider, more stable and should serve the club for many years to come. Club members built the docks sections over three weekends at a total cost of

about $20,000. Catamarans The Conestoga Sailing club was selected by NACRA as one of the clubs to participate with the introduction of a new sail boat class. Generous discounts on these boats will enable sailing students and club members to sail on an expanded selection of boats, and will encourage the building of an expanded racing team. About the club The Conestoga Sailing Club, established in 1961, runs a sailing school for the youth and adults of the Waterloo region. The purpose of the school is to develop a lifelong appreciation for sailing, to support a competitive youth sailing team, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and learn a respect for water and nature.

Lyme disease-infected ticks dispersed across Canada by songbirds

FERGUS - At major centres across Canada, ticks carrying the Lyme disease bacterium have been collected from songbirds. Those locations include Montreal, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and Victoria. Fergus tick researcher John D. Scott, of the Lyme Disease Association of Ontario, and his colleagues have discovered that songbirds widely disperse millions of Lyme disease vector ticks across Canada. The blacklegged tick is the primary vector of Lyme disease east of the Rocky Mountains. Of the blacklegged ticks test-

ed from eastern and central Canada, researchers found that 36% of them were infected with B. burgdorferi. For the first time, Lymecarrying blacklegged ticks were discovered in Quebec, Saskatchewan, northern New Brunswick, and northern Ontario on songbirds. Millions of bird-transported ticks, which are infected with B. burgdorferi, are dispersed nationwide, especially during spring migration. On the west coast, these researchers have noted that four different tick species are involved in a web-like, four-

tick cycle at one locality on Vancouver Island. Songbirds and small mammals store and supply Lyme bacteria to and involve at least four different tick species and, subsequently, transmit them to other hosts, including people. Immature larval ticks, which were infected with B. burgdorferi, were detached from 9 different songbird species, and these collections show that certain songbirds act as competent reservoirs for Lyme disease infection. Since these baby larval ticks had not taken a blood meal previously, they would not have had a chance

to pick up the Lyme disease infection anywhere else. For example, songbirds, such as the American Robin, can harbour B. burgdorferi in their bodies, and later transmit Lyme bacteria to non-infect ticks. When bird-feeding ticks have taken a complete blood meal, they drop to the cool, moist leaf litter or grassy mulch, and undergo a 6-8 week molt (rest period) before they bite people or domestic animals. Songbirds that are heavily infested with B. burgdorferiinfected ticks have the poten-

tial to initiate new tick populations endemic for Lyme disease. Because songbirds carry the ticks, and distribute them across Canada, people do not have to frequent an endemic area to contract Lyme disease. In fact, Canadians can get Lyme disease in their own backyards. The peer-reviewed, scientific article was recently published in the Journal of Parasitology, a peerreviewed, world-renowned scientific journal. Co-authors include Dr. John F. Anderson, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New

Haven, Connecticut and Dr. Lance A. Durden, Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. For more information contact John D. Scott; email: jkscott@bserv.com. A PDF version of the article is available from the lead author. It is also listed on the Lyme Disease Association of Ontario website: www.lymeontario.org. As well, the revised brochure, Lyme Disease in Ontario, is listed on the website, and provides pictures of various Lyme rashes and symptoms of Lyme disease.

OPINION: Has government learned lessons of Green Power fiasco? by Gwyn Morgan Columnist Troy Media A recent study, conducted by respected energy economist Gerry Angevine for the Fraser Institute found that Ontario residents will pay an average of $285 million more for electricity each year for the next 20 years - as a result of subsidies to renewable energy companies. By the end of 2013, Ontario household power rates will, with exception of Prince Edward Island, be the highest in North America and will continue to accelerate while most other jurisdictions see rates level off. Even more alarming for the province’s economic competitiveness, businesses and industrial customers will be hit by almost $12 billion in additional costs over the same period. Such is the legacy of the provincial government’s 2009

decision to establish “feed-in” rates ranging from 80.2 to 44.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (Kwh) for solar power and 13.5 cents/ Kwh for wind power. Those solar feed-in rates average 11 times the 5.6 cents/Kwh paid for nuclear and 18 times the 3.5 cents/Kwh for hydro generated power. The wind power rates are more than twice as high as nuclear and four times those of hydro. Besides the enormous direct cost of these huge subsidies, there’s also a big hidden cost for expensive fossil-fueled standby facilities because the wind doesn’t always blow and the Ontario sun certainly doesn’t always shine. Faced with rising consumer reaction the provincial government recently announced modest feed-in rate reductions, but those do nothing to change the results of the Fraser study, since thousands of contracts

already approved have been guaranteed those higher rates for the next 20 years. Premier Dalton McGuinty predicted that the subsidies will propel Ontario to world leading position in green power technology, creating thousands of jobs. Sadly, the Fraser study shows quite the opposite as the province’s already beleaguered manufacturing heartland sees a former electricity cost advantage transformed into a competitive millstone. Ontario isn’t the only place where grand green power dreams have turned into a nightmare. Several European countries began doling out subsidies nearly a decade ago. Germany has given away $130 billion, mostly to solar power companies. Yet solar power makes up a minuscule 0.3 per cent of German power supply, while doing virtually nothing towards the original objective

of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Last February, Germany’s Minister of Economics and Technology announced a pullback from green power subsidies stating that the cost was “a threat to the economy.” Spain also poured cash into solar and wind power subsidies with little to show for it except a $25 billion increase in that financially crippled nation’s debt. Meanwhile, British consumers have grown increasingly outraged over paying some $700 million a year in wind farm subsidies that produce less than 0.5 per cent of power demand. In the United States, green power companies have received more than $4 billion (American) to build wind farms as part of the Barak Obama administration’s massive job stimulus program. A recent Wall Street Journal

investigation found that the projects created a total of 7,200 temporary construction jobs at cost of $600,000 per job, and 300 permanent jobs at a whopping $14 million per job. The U.S. administration also awarded grants and loan guarantees to solar power companies with pretty rickety business plans. Last September, California based Solyndra LLC sought bankruptcy protection after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees to build a new solar panel factory. And, earlier this month, Solar Trust filed for bankruptcy after failing to meet the terms a $2.1 billion federal loan guarantee to build what was to be the world’s largest solar power generation plant. It’s not only power consumers and taxpayers who have been hit by the green power mania. In a Feb. 24 article headlined “Perfect storm hits

green energy stocks,” the Globe and Mail reported that 10 wind and solar equipment makers in China, India, Europe and the U.S. have seen the price of their shares collapse by 86 to 98 per cent since 2008; as a combination of ineffectual environmental benefit, escalating power costs and debilitating government deficits drive a precipitous drop in the outlook for green power subsidies. The lessons of the green power debacle are clear: for governments, forcing consumers and taxpayers to subsidize any business almost always leads to economic damage and political unpopularity; for investors, companies living on government subsidies will die when they stop. Gwyn Morgan is a Canadian business leader and director of two global corporations.He is writing for www. troymedia.com.

Drayton Community News 051812  

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