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Beginning of the End

Well, it has begun—sort of! It is March 31, 2010, 10:30 a.m., I am sitting in the King Township Council Chambers. The Ontario Municipal Board hearing is about to get under way with respect to the site plan for the York Energy Centre. A 393MW (but licensed for 435MW) natural gas-fired peaker power plant to…

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Added by Avia Eek on April 14, 2010 at 8:21am — No Comments

Pulling the Plug...

Part II—You Can’t Eat Energy!!



Monday, January 18, 2010, was a night for small victories for the Farmers of the Holland Marsh, the citizens of King Township, and the people of Ontario!



This was the night our Township Council voted, unanimously, in favour of an interim control by-law. Basically, if upheld by the OMB, it halts the building of the power plant slated to be imposed in the Greenbelt, on agricultural land in the Holland Marsh. This will allow Township staff the… Continue

Added by Avia Eek on January 31, 2010 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

Democracy lives in King Township

Last night was a tremendous night for the Farmers of the Holland Marsh, and the citizens of King Township. We are fortunate to have so many astute individuals willing to take up this cause, and do battle with the Ontario government! As one Councillor put it "I never would have thought we would ever have to deal with the building of a power plant in the Holland Marsh"--yah, no kidding! A hydrological study has been done, independently, which does not favour the peaker plant builder's position,… Continue

Added by Avia Eek on January 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

You Can't Eat Energy--Peaker Plant in the Holland Marsh

PEAKER PLANT IN THE HOLLAND MARSH





My name is Avia Eek. My husband, Bill, and I farm in the Holland Marsh. My husband, and many of the farmers in the Holland Marsh are descendants of the first pioneers who broke this land in 1934. Although, it should be noted the first industry here was the harvesting of the marsh grass for mattresses. This business took place from 1880 to approx. 1915, when it peaked.



The soil in the Holland Marsh is organic based, the result of… Continue

Added by Avia Eek on December 19, 2009 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Governments Expand Support to Corn Farmers with Crops Impacted by Plant Disease

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have heard farmers’ concerns and are responding with new steps to improve the corn production insurance plan. A new tiered corn salvage benefit will be introduced in support of requests from farmers who dealt with deoxynivalenol (DON) in their corn crop last year due to wet weather.

Industry-leading initiative enables integrated precision ag in processing vegetable production

More data than ever is being collected in agriculture and the industry is challenged with how to best put it to use to support profitable and sustainable food production. To help Ontario’s processing vegetable industry put all of its collected data to use, vegetable processor, Bonduelle, has joined together with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and In-Green Valley Foods Cooperative to access project funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Standing Up for Ontario Farmers

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have heard farmers' concerns and are responding with new steps to improve the corn production insurance plan. A new tiered corn salvage benefit will be introduced in support of requests from farmers who dealt with deoxynivalenol (DON) in their corn crop last year due to wet weather.

Online Intake Opens for Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Ontario's Government is working for the people to make the province's roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier. The province has opened its 'one-window' online source for applicants of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program so that municipalities and Indigenous communities can easily nominate projects for funding under the program's first stream.

Government Saving the People of Ontario a Billion Dollars Annually

Ontario's Government is working for the people by making it easier and more efficient to deliver services and do business with the province. By finding savings for the taxpayer, the government is protecting education, health care and all the vital services the people of Ontario rely on.

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