We have a bit of news on the proposed redevelopment of the Minaki Lodge site. After a year’s review, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has approved the application of Bob Banman and Bob Schinkel to amend again the permit to operate the old Minaki Lodge sewage treatment plant.
While there is not a basis for opposing all use of the old plant, the disappointing thing about the MECP decision is that the Ministry ignored comments from the Alex Rheault group of year-round residents, from the Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation at the Dalles, and from the The Conservancy, and again failed to bring important aspects of the permit up to current standards. Specifically, MECP’s approval allows the effluent discharge still to flow directly from the plant into the Winnipeg River without additional treatment on land or in the plant, and allows reliance on required water quality baseline studies that are now over thirty years old.
The approved amendment to the permit does change the permitted use on the site from condominiums to a trailer park, in line with developers’ apparent plans for the site.