MCA board member Lyle Norrie has been leading some information-gathering on flowering rush — the non-native aquatic reed that is increasingly taking over places on the Winnipeg River in Minaki. The result is a 4-page report, available by clicking the link below. Here’s a summary: there is so far no good way to deal with this plant. Efforts at control will require a lot of work. The MCA will stay on this topic, providing information and seeking feedback from people as they try to manage it.
The prehearing conference with the Ontario Municipal Board regarding the proposed redevelopment of Minaki Lodge is scheduled for September 22, at 10:00 am at the Community Centre.
This conference is the first official step on the way to the actual OMB hearing, likely in early summer, 2017. That hearing will decide year-round residents’ and the MCA’s appeals of the initial provincial approval of Banman and Schinkel’s plans for 138 seasonal condominium units on the site and for the use of the old Lodge sewage treatment plant.
A member of the Municipal Board will lead the conference. The conference’s purpose is to confirm parties and other participants, to start to identify issues and witnesses, and to estimate hearing length and potential timing. The MCA’s and year-round residents’ joint legal counsel from Toronto will attend. The conference is open to the public.