Writing letters and taking names (and vice versa)

What a stir that last blog post caused! 

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

 

I thought it would be helpful if I provided a few ways we can TAKE ACTION beyond festering and fuming behind our computers. If you are so inclined to help make a difference on the Enerdu issue, here's what you can do. For now.

 

1. Get informed by reading here.

My Cole's notes take on the issue are the following:

a) Enerdu is proposing to expand the power generating station (out the back of the old Flour Mill) so that it will generate more power and take up more space (approximately 1/3 of the waterway between the mill and the Barley Mow patio).

b) To feed water into the generator, they will be building a weir (or dam like structure) upstream that will direct water to the left of the river and dry up the water that currently runs along the Riverwalk.

c) The generating station will be made of cement and be covered in warning labels that will (in my opinion) do nothing to deter kids from jumping into the water (because kids don't read warning labels) and do everything to annoy those who love the current aesthetic of the waterway.

d) To build the station, crews will have to blast the underwater shale and propose highly potential flood risk to both the pub and the downtown (which is located below the water level as it is).

Just for you, I stitched up a little diagram...

 

2. Sign the petition at almonte.com/petition

  

3. Write a letter to any or all of the following people BEFORE JUNE 18th! (that's when the heritage impact review closes).

I've added a copy of one of the letters I sent out below as an example. You need not be quite so long winded.

Just say what you need to say and end it.

 

 

Mr. John Levi (The Mayor of Mississippi Mills)

Box 779
2210 Concession 6D
Almonte, ON
K0A 1A0

jlevi@mississippimills.ca

 

Ms. Muriel Kim
BluMetric Environmental Inc.
3108 Carp Road, P.O. Box 430
Carp, ON, K0A 1L0
T: (613) 839-3053, ext. 261
mkim@blumetric.ca

 

Ms. Julie Harris
Contentworks Inc.
120 Sunnyside Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1S 0R1
T: (613) 730-4059
jharris@contentworks.ca

 

4. If you want to get really serious, send me a short video with your "impact statement" so I can share the shit out of it online. How awesome would it be to start a collection of videos from those who really care!? (Talk about an appropriate use of social media.)

 

It's crazy to think that something like this could happen in our town.

And it's crazy to think that we can't make a difference

Because we can.

 

Em

 

Please send videos or anything you'd like to share to shop@hello-yellow.ca.


Emily Arbour
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9 Comments

Elena
Elena

June 04, 2014

What frustrates the hell out of me, beyond the beauty of Almonte being trashed forever is the simple fact that Ontario produces TOO MUCH ENERGY ALREADY. Why is this change even being considered when we can’t use what we create now? Sure, it’s clean/green energy, but if we have to sell off our excess at a deficit, how does that benefit Ontarians as a whole, not just ruining Almonte’s existing beauty and charm.

Victoria Miller
Victoria Miller

June 04, 2014

Thank you, Emily. I have sent letters to all three, made a video to prptest this and shared this video the The Almonte Riverwatchers, Youtube, Tumblr, Google, Twitter and Facebook. I hope the word gets out quickly!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

June 04, 2014

Nice work getting the word out! I’ve sent off my three letters just now—I don’t live in Almonte; but I grew up in the area and went to ADHS. I certainly have spent a large amount of my hard-earned money visiting the area over the past few years. What a beautiful place it has become. Opposing Enerdu is not just about aesthetics and the environment. It’s about securing long-term jobs and continued growth for the town. Why chop Almonte off at the knees when it’s really just starting to stand? It makes no sense.

Emily
Emily

June 03, 2014

These are all great questions (and points…thank you Scott), but there has been a real lack of straight answers and many are working hard to dig through the junk. All I can tell you at this point is there is no new benefit to the community except speculation that many individuals have been buttered up by the company offering discounted rates on jobs and materials. Cavanagh is an important job provider in town. They have done, and continue to provide many wonderful things for our community, but this is project is a big miss. I encourage you to visit www.riverwatchers.ca and like them on Facebook for the most updated info https://www.facebook.com/MississippiRiverWatchers

Jules Besseling
Jules Besseling

June 03, 2014

Hello;
I am totally against this waste of effort! I also can not seem top find any info on the project. Such as, # and size and type of turbine and country of origin, gross or net output in KWH at what flow in GPM or CMPM (gallons per minute or cubic meters per minute). What the head is, How much higher the mill pond will be nominally and at high spring run-off.
Finally, where is the economic analysis of alternatives?
What is the net benefit for the community vs the owner of the powerhouse?
Thank you.

Susie challen
Susie challen

June 03, 2014

Em…not sure if you know who I am…Katie’s mum and live in the finger lakes in ny…love your shop, your town and the ambitious shopkeepers in town…you need to let us see his proposals and find out what his drawings are like…and is he giving anything back to your community for what he takes? Is he only about increasing the size of his pocket book? Where does he live? Is he in anyway affected by what he proposes? Your plea is emotional and that’s fantastic but can we get some facts out there?show he and your nasty commentor some real come back stuff?

Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith

June 03, 2014

Sent! (… To all 3!)

Magdalyn Wattie-Local coffee pusher/Almonte enthusiast
Magdalyn Wattie-Local coffee pusher/Almonte enthusiast

June 03, 2014

Totally inspiring Emily; expect an onslaught of letters/videos from me and mine. This is our home, thank you for standing up for it.

Scott
Scott

June 03, 2014

I can’t stress enough the importance of letter/email writing to local and provincial authorities. Online petitions are nice, but they aren’t forced to respond to them. Even the answer to the most basic appeal to locals – the one of “what’s in it for US?” is astoundingly short-sighted. No long term job creation. No kickback or profit sharing to local organizations, like, say, for setting up a BIA or perhaps some social enterprise, NPO support. There is absolutely no benefit to Almonte citizens except for a quick few bucks of construction work and what appears to be long term gain for Cavanagh as they reap the rewards from the Provincial government, because as we all know, they will be making BIG bucks selling this hydro back (right people, you do know this?). You know, it would be really great if Cavanagh would address the public and maybe start thinking through the lens of a philanthropist – if you develop within the community, at the very least, help the community develop around that.Unfortunate, short sighted, missed opportunity. A project of this magnitude with a lasting, significant effect should at the very least give back equally, in similar magnitude to the community of Almonte. Otherwise, what’s the point?

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