In the past, we have documented how the proponent has lied to the public, click on each of these for examples:
- Proponent’s big lie #1: Building height
- Proponent’s big lie #2: Building footprint
- Proponent’s big lie #3: On-water recreation could continue safely
- Proponent’s big lie #4: “Saving” Margaret Burgess Park
- Proponent’s big lie #5: No adverse effects to heritage landscapes
- Proponent’s big lie #6: “They weren’t supposed to be swimming in there”
- Proponent’s big lie #7: “Deceitful renderings”
Now the proponent is providing incorrect information to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as well. My dictionary defines a lie as: “A statement that deviates from or perverts the truth”. The proponent is providing incorrect information in their application to the MOECC for approval for the settling tanks needed for the construction of their proposed hydro-electric generating station at the Bala falls. As detailed in this letter, the proponent has:
- Stated they could locate settling tanks in the Portage Landing / Don’s Bakery parking lot, but they could not.
- Stated the type of cofferdam they would install, but they would install a different type. This is significant as it affects the quantity and capacity of settling tanks required, so these may be inadequate.
- Not informed the MOECC that the MNRF requires that this cofferdam be removable on 24 hours notice.
- Somehow indicated to the MOECC that the nearest residence is almost a kilometre away, when in fact there are residences within 70 m of the proposed construction site.
- Not informed the MOECC, or the public, that they would install a tower crane above the Moon River, and this could drip lubricating oil and other deleterious substances directly into the Moon River. Such negative impacts, and their mitigation, are to be disclosed as part of an environmental assessment, but were not.
Remarkably, the MOECC has replied that they can make decisions based on incorrect information received from the proponent. This is not right. We again request that the MOECC require the proponent to provide the correct information, as part of an Addendum to their environmental assessment.