Tom Adams has an extensive post today reviewing the situation there in laying the groundwork for a ceremony featuring David Suzuki and Minister Bentley, and the environmentalist protesters noted in the quoted section below
Renewable Energy vs. Responsible Aboriginal Government Part Three: M’Chigeeng vs. Wikwemikong Blowing in Opposite Directions | Tom Adams Energy - ideas for a smarter grid:
(Statement issued by Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives, June 14, 2012)
MCSEA and Wikwemikong Elders, Community Members and Youth — groups well known for their opposition to Industrial Wind Turbine Projects on Manitoulin Island — will be protesting the opening of the M’Chigeeng industrial wind power project on June 15.
M’Chigeeng community members who have concerns with the project but also have concerns about possible repercussions from M’Chigeeng Band Council should the opponents be seen protesting have specifically requested MCSEA and Wikwemikong citizens raise awareness, circulate information to the public, and conduct a peaceful protest.
The Wikwemikong group has restored democracy in their community and repeatedly halted industrial wind turbines by successfully petitioning their council. The democratic success of the Wikwemikong citizens contrast starkly the lack of democratic rights of other rural residents of Ontario who have had their right stripped away under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act.
The concerns of many M’Chigeeng citizens include the potential for additional turbines to be added in future, the loss of traditional hunting grounds, forest loss, the siting of the turbines in key habitat, loss of reserve lands for productive use due to the minimum 550 meter provincial danger zone setback from each turbine, and the concern that even this exclusion distance is totally inadequate to mitigate impacts.Read the entire article at the Tom Adams Energy website: