The second and final public meetings that Algonquin is required to have occurred earlier this week. I didn’t bother attending – there’s nothing to learn there, and nothing of importance will be discussed. Algonquin knows that the Province will use its powers to roll over the locals, so there’s no reason to waste any more time with them than is necessary to check off the regulatory steps.
There was an article in the Kingston Whig with not-so-veiled threats to slow down the truck traffic going through the island’s only town, Stella. I’m betting that the OPP will become a constant presence on the island during construction. I’d ask my readers to think through what that potential says about this project, and what it says about how the Ontario government regards its rural residents.
A second article indicated that Randy Hillier, the MPP for the riding that includes Amherst Island, would support this type of civil disobedience.