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New year, new appeal for Bow Lake

Friday, January 03, 2014   by: Staff

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) December 16, 2013 approval of the Bow Lake Wind Farm project will be appealed.

In a statement issued Friday, Save Ontario’s Algoma Region (SOAR) spokesperson Gillan Richards and Lake Superior Action Research Conservation (LSARC) Co-Chair George Browne indicated James Fata and 2401339 Ontario Ltd. (a corporation resident in Ontario) will request the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) revoke MOE approval of the Bow Lake Wind Farm.

The Bow Lake Wind Farm project is a partnership between Nodin Kitagan of Batchewana First Nation (BFN) and Calgary’s BluEarth Renewables.

Bow Lake, a plan for 36 wind turbines, is to be located on traditional BFN land approximately 80 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie. 

Groups such as SOAR and LSARC have long been steadfastly opposed to wind farm development in the Sault and Algoma region, insisting wind turbines are hazardous to human health and wildlife, an environmental disruption, and an unnatural eyesore on the ruggedly beautiful Algoma landscape.

SOAR and LSARC say Fata will challenge MOE’s approval of Bow Lake on constitutional grounds, questioning whether the project’s approval has violated his right to security of the person as granted under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The outcome of another SOAR and LSARC-supported appeal of a separate project, the Goulais Wind Farm, is expected by April.


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scottstewy123 1/3/2014 1:17:21 PM Report

NOT IN MY BACKYARD. FN you have sold your souls and sold out your heritage Shame on you all. all for the big $$$$$
Dreamer 1/3/2014 2:10:56 PM Report

We haven't sold anything that you's already took away.
mattdoubleU 1/3/2014 2:49:43 PM Report


You's isn't a word, you would know this if you had an edumacation. Secondly, your comment doesn't make sense. Go back, get your grade 12 and let us (the taxpayer) pay your way through post secondary school (college/university)

Also, we do not need more power that we don't need. Enough is enough, liberals should be shot for all the money they wasted.

Paddlenut 1/3/2014 3:17:20 PM Report

Whether you agree or disagree with this project, BFN has as much right to pursue this venture as anyone else, so keep your prejudices out of this.

I'd MUCH rather have windmills above the ground than entertain the potential for northern Ontario to be a nuclear waste dumping ground. But let's not be arrogant, we all contribute to this problem with our excessive and endless energy consumption.

I do not believe your rights to security of the person as granted under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, insofar as case law has interpreted that section, have been violated Mr. Fata. So good luck with that.
steelworker 1/3/2014 7:56:52 PM Report

I predict that within 10 years this project will fall apart and the taxpayers will be on the hook to clean it up.
DINOBOY 1/3/2014 8:52:41 PM Report

matdublewe...what a big ot...mayb u shood b shawt...
RocknRoll 1/3/2014 9:10:17 PM Report

Think about it, More free money for BFN, this is the new welfare of the future where the tax payers will be subsidizing hydro by seeing a 42% increase in hydro rate
mattdoubleU 1/4/2014 6:22:34 AM Report


As long as you hunt with a bow an arrow like the "real" respectable natives, I will take my chances. I sincerely hope your awful grammar was a joke too, if not Canada is in some serious trouble.
DINOBOY 1/4/2014 8:26:32 AM Report

matdublewe...its a bo AND ero...duhhhh
mattdoubleU 1/4/2014 8:36:19 AM Report

Hahah thanks for the laugh dinoboy
DoubleHs 1/4/2014 8:23:36 PM Report

Where is Waldo the Sault MPP and Minister of Natural Resources for the Province of Ontario on this issue. The MNR (Manage No Resources)once had a mandate to protect wildlife and wild places, Surely Davie there must be a camera that you can put your smug mug in front of as is the case of every other unrelated news announcement to your portfolio.
Where is Algoma/Manitoulin MPP Mantha on saving Superior Shores, oh right he spent the week before Christmas at town hall meetings in safe territory where there are no jobs but lots of NDP supporters.
Both local MPP are so afraid of losing their line at the feed trough that they dare not upset any special interest group especially Natives.
Where is Algoma/Kinnawabi Tourist Assoc. and the Motel Assoc. Maybe if CN pulls the plug on the tour train and the millions of dollars in spin offs such as rooms and meals being spent in the Soo dries up then maybe, just maybe the great minds might open their eyes.
For curiosity sake how many BFN members have any idea where the hell Bow Lake is as long as the promised payments per member keep coming, who cares right.I would bet that other than those BFN who reside in Batchawana(The Point),Goulais (The Mission)or Gros Cap that there are very few that could tell you how their ancestors got inland to what has now become Traditional Land for them to exploit.If Dean Sayers has set foot on any of the proposed sites it would be only because he was on the scent of automatic deposit slips being carried by the Calgary(Guelph)based wind developer.
Another point of interest to all BFN members and our weak kneed Politicians is for them to read Chief Nebenaigoching and His Band, a Brief History (2008). Chapter Six, Land Issues tells of the Original Lands being protected by the law of the Crown in 1854 from Bahwating to Michipicoten as far as thirty miles inland from the shores of Superior. This vast tract of Land was surrendered to RG Pennefather in 1859 with the exception of fishing villages at Bahwating and since that time all lands were sold off except for 19 parcels, lake beds, river beds and some stretches of shoreline with Obadjiwan 15E being the most westerly.This leads to the question what modern day politician or Queen's Park wanna-be decided that the land from Montreal River to Bow, Negick and Trim Lake again belongs to BFN as Traditional Lands. So Pipes, Pancake , Carp, 37, Wiley, Brandt, Jockos, Gimlets and Maimanse next on the repo list.
Whether the lands are in Fisherville, Dunnville, Niagara, Algoma or Manitoulin the only way to stop these is to pay more cash to not develop, here Dean take this 2 million a year for twenty years and divvy it up with your Crane Clan without doing a thing, now that's Green.
There is a positive side to this though as how long has it been since Herb Lash or Tony Bergamin sold eighty pairs or winter and summer work boots, Marks Work Ware House sold eighty pairs of insulated coveralls, WallMart eighty alarm clocks and lunch buckets and all the lunch meats and buns to be bought from Pino's for those commuting from Rankin to 92 Road.
Sad part is work has been and is planned to continue on this project as an appeal to MOE is worthless as those puppets from St. Clair Ave. will do what their Minister tells them to, don't rock the Dalton/Kathleen agenda,God forbid you actually do what the MOE is supposed to do, protect the Environment.
There are mega Hydro Electric dams in the works from Hearst to Timmins that create real jobs and generate affordable power that can be consumed in the North where it is produced even though there is a glut on electricity as we speak.
One last question for Waldo, the Sault is a Liberal riding so why did you not take at least one gas plant. Base line or Black Road are right on the gas corridor. Real jobs for electricians,riggers, millwrights, pipe fitters, stationary engineers, brick layers, carpenters, boilermakers, dry wallers, painters and flooring mechanics plus full time spin off opportunities. Produce power on demand within site of the Strand Board, Steel Plant and Tube Mill, hmm where were you Waldo, sleeping at the pin or would it have been in opposition to the Green Plan. Doubt if Steve's Solar Fields have produced enough electricity in the last month to power a flickering night light in the main floor shitter.

DINOBOY 1/5/2014 8:26:13 AM Report

dublhs...anuthr big ot spuin...
Mike Barnard 1/8/2014 10:48:20 PM Report

Wind farms don�t harm human health, anti-wind campaigners do. 19 reviews world wide of all of the available research and complaints by credible, independent groups have cleared wind farms of health impacts. Meanwhile, studies in the UK, Australia and New Zealand point the finger at anti-wind lobbyists spreading health fears and jacking up stress.

Wind farms are the best source of utility-scale energy for wildlife including birds: global warming and air pollution are the big threats. Studies tell us that wind farms in the USA kill about one in 86,000 birds annually. Cats and lit windows on the other hand kill up to one in ten.

Wind farms aren�t ugly: coal plants, coal mines, diseased lungs and smog are ugly.
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