Save Georgian Bay Events
A Year In Review
Save Georgian Bay Association – Founding member Tom Buck…. THANK YOU TOM for all your support, hard work and leadership as we stand against TC Energy and their proposed pumped storage plant on the shores of Georgian Bay.
At our Civic Weekend Rally Tom said “You should ALL be proud of your accomplishments”. YES, we are proud! It’s been an amazing and busy year! Here are the highlights….
- Over a dozen community information sessions in Meaford, Thornbury, Leith and Collingwood
- Organized hundred of volunteers to share information about the project – 4,500 tri-fold brochures circulated
- Developed savegeorgianbay.ca website, Facebook group (2,300+ members) and Facebook Page (900 followers)
- 4 House of common petitions (2,282), Change.org petition (43K supporters) started a door to door paper petition campaign (currently 239 pages with almost 3400 signatures presented to MP Alex Ruff and MPP Bill Walker)
- Meetings with local elected officials and staff in various jurisdictions through Simcoe-Grey counties as well as provincial and federal representatives
- Prepared a research document sharing concerns about the impacts of the project on the environment, community, ecosystems, wild-life, water and land which included standards and expectations should this project proceed. This report was included in the TC Energy Report prepared by the Municipality of Meaford’s CAO Robert Armstrong which was delivered to the DND.
- Members participated in many Council deputations and public question periods across the region
- Collaborated with many environmentally conscious organizations including, Georgian Bay Association, Georgian Bay Forever, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Kiowana & Sunnyside Beach Associations, All Nations Water Protectors Project to name a few
- Engaged with surrounding communities/committees, businesses and indigenous leaders to spread the word
- 11 peaceful community demonstrations and Civic Holiday Land & Water Rally
- 512 “SAY NO” Lawn Sign distributed – more ordered!
- 115 “SAY NO” face masks
- Sponsored Saving Georgian Bay Youth Film Contest Children and teenagers were asked to create a short film addressing, and possibly impacting, this significant decision! (films are posted on Savegeorgianbay.ca)
- “For the Love of Georgian Bay (virtual) Drama Camp” brought together young people from across the region. Through storytelling, puppet making, and theatre training, the camp brought together theatre and environmental activism to say NO to TCE.
- Completed the Save Georgian Bay Strategic Environmental Assessment-TCE Pumped Storage Plant which you can download from the “Files” section. This document has been circulated to all elected officials, The Municipality of Meaford staff, Mayor and Council as well the DND to mark their end of public engagement period.
We have made our voices very clear… “WE SAY NO TO TC ENERGY’S PROPOSED PUMPED STORAGE PLANT ON THE SHORES OF GEORGIAN BAY AND THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT”
DND… “Say No, Now!!”
Friday July 31 and August 1, 2020
Puppet Making Camp
NOTE: This FREE camp, held virtually Monday to Friday 10 am – 12 pm, is designed for youth ages 10-16 but younger (and older) participants are permitted (they may require assistance from an adult for puppet making purposes).
‘For the Love of Georgian Bay Drama Camp’ brings together young people from across the region to creatively react to and oppose the proposed TC Energy pumped storage plant. Through storytelling, puppet making, and theatre training, the camp brings together theatre and environmental activism to say NO to TCE.
For the first hour of the camp, the youth will learn theatre and performance techniques from a group of local and International artists. Shannon Hughes (Brock/York Universities), will be the primary facilitator but will be joined by various artists who will teach voice, acting, and puppetry skills.
The second hour of the camp will be reserved for puppet making and be led by Shannon and guest artists from Vermont’s Bread and Puppet. In this hour youth will learn about important local flora and fauna and endangered species placed at greater risk by TC Energy’s proposed pumped storage plant.
Following a week of Puppet making, puppets will be led around town in a celebration of the Bay and as a theatrical protest against the proposed plant. The ‘sidewalk’ parade will adhere to all COVID19 related social distancing protocols and the route/logistics will be determined with health and safety as the primary concern.
This parade will take place on Saturday July 18th (tentative 11 am – 12 pm) in Meaford, Ontario (the planned location of the plant).
If you or your child is interested in joining the parade but cannot attend the puppet making sessions, puppet designs will be provided online FREE of charge and the community is welcome to join in at any time (these designs will be available by July 10th).
For more information or to volunteer to help with puppet designs or musical additions please email email@example.com or comment below.
This camp will be held online and a link will be provided to all who confirm as ‘attending’. If the camp has less than 5 participants it will be cancelled. Though this camp is designed with Meaford residents in mind, youth from across Southern Georgian Bay and encouraged to attend. Schedule:
Monday, 13 July 2020.
10:00–11:00 (17 July) Acting Training
11:00–12:00 (17 July) Puppet Making
Saturday, 18 July 2020.
11:00 Puppet Procession
We are happy to announce the 1st prize winners of the Saving Georgian Bay Youth Film Contest
Save Georgian Bay group has organized and sponsored Saving Georgian Bay Youth Film Contest devoted to the efforts to save Georgian Bay from the construction of a massive hydro plant proposed by TCE on the Department of National Defence property. Children and teenagers were asked to create a short film addressing, and possibly impacting, this significant decision!
Congratulations to Darius Koczij, Emma Lefebvre, Jack Lefebvre and Abram Koczij!
Here is their film:
Thank you to all who took part in this contest. You worked during the difficult times of COVID-19 closures and self isolation. We at Save Georgian Bay appreciate your efforts and think that you all did a fantastic job!
This Saving Georgian Bay Youth Film Contest is organized by Save Georgian Bay.