GBA Update Fall 2017

Vol. 27 No. 3, Fall 2017 2017 Lake Huron Lakewide Action and Management Plan: Good but Could be Better....................................8 GBA and NGOs Call for Government Action on Toxins in the Great Lakes.............................11 GBA Challenges Further Hydro One Rate Increases ..............14 GBA Concerns with Undetonated Military Flares.....................................3 Good News on Dock Permits ...........7 MPAC Adjusts Assessments on Unbuildable Islands.........................15 President’s Message .........................10 Upcoming Events...............................15 News and I nformat i on f rom the Georg i an Bay Assoc i at i on INS IDE : GBLT’s Protected Wilderness Lands Keep Growing! ED Notebook PAGE 4 PAGE 12 PM # 40038178 GBA U P D A T E Your Voice On The Bay Continues on page 2 GBA Seeks Changes to Environmental Study on Land Claim By John McMullen, Past President, GBA photo by Rolfe Jones M y task was to write a brief update of the Wiikwemkoong land claim, but given the complex and ever-evolving nature of this claim, brevity is a challenge. For background details and further information, please see www.georgianbayassociation.com/wiikwemkoongislandsboundaryclaim/ To start, we must reiterate that the GBA supports the need for a settlement of the subject claim that is fair and equitable to all. We also maintain that it is essential that we continue to develop a constructive dialogue and an enduring relationship with the Wiikwemkoong that is based on mutual respect. Some feel that we are being too accommodating in our approach to the proposed settlement. Others feel that we are being heavy-handed and raising the spectra of adverse consequences if the claim goes through. Let me assure you that the NGBA and GBA have weighed each decision and action very carefully. Agreement with Property Owners The NGBA and GBA met with Chief Duke Peltier and band representatives several times as we strive to reach an agreement in principle with Wiikwemkoong that addresses NGBA members’ concerns and proposed solutions on preserving access to recreational lands and other matters. By early summer, we were close to a final agreement and although not finalized, it was presented to NGBA members at their August AGM in Killarney. There was not unanimous agreement on all points, so the agreement will likely undergo more tweaking. Ultimately, it will need to be ratified by the Wiiky, NGBA members and the GBA Board before it becomes binding. The important point in this process is that the stakeholders impacted, most notably property owners in the NGBA association area, have been left to their own devices to negotiate with the Wiiky, with little or no support from the Province. Province’s Draft ESR GBA’s main objective is to preserve the pristine condition and freedom of access to lands that NGBA members and many other stakeholders have enjoyed for over 100 years. With that in mind, we are disappointed with the way that the Environmental Assessment (EA) process has been carried out and with the

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