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CCRA President                                                      
Jeff Forsyth

Posted Sept. 2010

 

Presidentís Report

Welcome home to all of you who managed to get away for some or all of the summer.  We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable time.

In June I attended the official opening of the western entrance to the Waterfront Trail as it enters Pickering.  The opening was attended by the Mayor and some members of Pickering Council as well as the Chair and some of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority staff.  In mid June I attended the quarterly meeting of the Port Union Waterfront Trail Committee.  I am pleased to report that work on the trail is on schedule. A short section of the trail at Rouge Beach was opened for the summer on a temporary basis to allow people to use a longer stretch of Rouge Beach for the summer.  This section will be closed in the fall to allow work to continue on completing the trail.

Other summer events included Heritage Day in June and the Summer Concert Series in July.   I hope your family was able to take in some of these community events that were co-sponsored by CCRA.

In June the provincial government issued proposed guidelines for the installation of wind turbines off shore with a deadline of August 24th for comments.  The province is suggesting a minimum distance of 5 km from shore.   We submitted our comments to this proposal suggesting the minimum distance should be 10 km.   As you know all 3 levels of government have contributed to the construction of the waterfront trail in our community.  To have to view these turbines in the lake will spoil the pristine view of the lake and could impact the shoreline with the infrastructure need to connect the turbine output to the electrical grid.  Concern  and objections have been expressed by a number of associations and other interest groups  whose communities border Lake Ontario and would be impacted by the possible construction of  off shore  wind farms.

On Monday September 13th there will be an All Candidates meeting held at St. Dunstanís Church Hall on Lawson Road.  The meeting, co-sponsored by CCRA, Highland Creek Community Assoc. and West Rouge Community Assoc.,will start at 7:30 p.m. with all candidates for Councillor in Ward 44,  Public school trustees for Ward 22 and Catholic school trustees for Ward 8 invited.   October 25th is election day.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Port Union Rec. Centre on Thurs. October 21st.  Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend.

Jeff Forsyth

President