To Protect and Preserve Our Land, Our Water, Our Community
Save Georgian Bay is supported by residents of the Meaford community. Our objective is to inform the public about a Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project being proposed on the 4th Canadian Division Training Base in Meaford, Ontario by TransCanada Energy. This site contains information about the project itself and how you can voice your opinions and concerns.
Save The Bay Polar Dip is back!
International Polar Bear day is February 25, 2023, and this year brave swimmers from Meaford and South Georgian Bay will celebrate this day by dipping in the clear cold blue waters of Georgian Bay, our national treasure.
You will not be alone! Many swimmers in Canada and worldwide look forward to a cold plunge. They say “exhilarating: frigid Water clears the mind and boosts mood. For some, a cold-water swim feels like a meditation.” Others tout the mental sharpness they feel from a dip in frigid water.
Don’t miss this opportunity to plunge into Georgian Bay in winter. Register and begin training by following our seven steps for a polar dip.
Save Georgian Bay advocates successfully handed over 3000 signed petitions to an Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) representative January 27, mere days before the IESO report was due.
These petitions oppose the TCE’s proposed pumped storage project at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre on Department of National Defense (DND) lands in Meaford and request that this proposed project does not go forward.
Save Georgian Bay representatives had asked to meet with IESO leadership over two weeks prior, with a response that IESO would receive the petitions but “no meeting”. When arriving at the IESO offices in Toronto, the representatives were told that “you need an appointment” if you want to meet with someone.
Standing in the reception area, former Meaford city council candidate Eric Ennis patiently stayed on the phone with a remote receptionist -requesting a meeting, while Freda Ariella Muscovitch appealed to other staff present in the office to receive the petitions and hear the presentation to explain the key concerns. Meanwhile Tom Buck, out of town, emailed one IESO Stakeholder engagement manager “Where is your community engagement value if you don’t engage.” One might conclude that residents of Meaford and Save Georgian Bay supporters advocating to protect Georgian Bay are not among the stakeholders that IESO engages.
Thankfully, this three-pronged approach was successful in bringing one IESO staff member to receive the petitions and to listen to Mr. Ennis’ presentation. The staff member would not allow photos of the actual handover of petitions, but agreed to receive them on behalf of IESO.
Our Concern: The TCE Pumped Storage Project
TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Pipeline) is proposing to build an open loop 1000 megawatt Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Plant (PSP) on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Hear Us Out
The author of the Official Song of Municipality of Meaford “Meet me in Meaford” changes lyrics to reflect the proposition of PSP construction.