Tuesday, April 17, 2012
BIOFUEL PROTEST A ROARING SUCESS
Many people can and should take credit for last evening's demonstration of solidarity and democracy. CTV news (CKCO-TV) at 11:30 last night said that 85 people were involved in the protest. That sounds about right because I had done a headcount earlier in the evening and counted 78 adults. The children being shorter and in the crowd were harder to spot. Including them in the count is appropriate because as speakers suggested the increased truck traffic and diesel fumes will negatively affect everyones' health including and especially childrens'. So with kudos to 85 people I'm also going to mention Michael Purves-Smith, Vivienne Delaney and Dan Holt. Michael and Vivienne spoke to the crowd marching and protesting at the front of the Woolwich Township building on Church St. and Dan was there as well as speaking to numerous individuals at the start of the protest behind the Township building.
Many stawarts of the BioFuel Citizens Committee (BFCC) made it to the protest and stood up to be counted as did numerous other Elmira citizens in support. The basic message was one of protest against the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. As per a large banner (mine) first hung at the back and later out front "Min. of Environment Public Consultation Is A Joke". The M.O.E. are experts at pretend consultation. Woolwich Council and mayor have spent countless hours finding a better alternate location in Woolwich, they were encouraged to do so and then the M.O.E. totally ignored this option and approved the Martin's Lane location. This was a betrayal of the first order by the M.O.E. and sadly typical of their behaviour.
Further kudos go to Councillor Poffenroth who came outside and spoke with us prior to the Council meeting. His presence and moral support was appreciated. Inside Vivienne and Michael spoke to Council about health issues, traffic issues and democratic issues. They received a round of applause from the dozens of supporters who followed them into Council chambers. Last night's message also was one of perspective. As is too often the case, this entire proposal is simply about a small group milking the system at the expense of the many. The Ontario government's rules around renewable energy need a lot of improvement. Taxpayer subsidized, allegedly "green " energy at the expense of both the health and quality of life of many, for the financial benefit of a few investers is just plain wrong.