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Kate Harries – Blog

In Blog
Dec 19th, 2017
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You-know-who with fund-raising t-shirt This started off as a review of three important books that I thought would be good gifts for activists – then it morphed into a Christmas wish list from all of us to all of us. These are the books: -Boiling Point – Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and ...
Dec 11th, 2017
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The anger was palpable. It came from residents of Oro-Medonte, Adjala-Tosoronto and Tiny. They were among 40 people from around the county who attended a workshop at the Oro Station community hall last week. The event was organized by Environmental Defence to get feedback on the “responsible aggregat...
In Blog
Jan 10th, 2017
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I’ve spent some time thinking about the Freele Tract recently, as I considered a response to the questionnaire the Rainforest Alliance is asking community members and stakeholders to answer. This is part of the process of evaluating  the County of Simcoe’s decision to locate its organics ...
In Blog
Nov 27th, 2016
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Here’s an ancient idea: trees are sentient, social beings that communicate, recognize family members, learn and remember, adjust their behaviour and support each other through hard times. It’s an idea that speaks to the mystical within us, an idea we once learned, through myth, fable or aboriginal sp...
May 3rd, 2016
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As the county councillors with the most intimate understanding of the implications of the bonus population allocations being sought by Midhurst developers, you would expect Springwater Mayor Bill French and Deputy Mayor Don Allen to play an important role at the county’s upcoming hearing into the app...
Mar 1st, 2016
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Our bees – both the domesticated honey bee and the 400 species of wild ones that are native to Eastern Canada – are in serious trouble and the Ontario Beekeepers Association’s response to Ontario’s Pollinator Action Plan is a wake-up call. It emphasizes that the need for actio...
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Jan 17th, 2016
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The news, revealed by Martin Regg Cohn in the Toronto Star last week – that provincial cabinet ministers are assigned fundraising quotas, and are in trouble if they don’t rake in enough money for the Ontario Liberal Party – was very shocking. It showed how much the representative system of democracy ...
In Blog
Nov 30th, 2015
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Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall kicked off Tuesday’s debate about recovering $5,000 in legal costs from AWARE Simcoe with a rant. Here it is: Marshall: Council of Canadians references administration attempts to sue, I guess, and lawsuits being perceived or pursued. My understanding, my investigat...
Mar 7th, 2015
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You’re buying a forest? That’s wonderful! What a privilege, to own a natural space where you can withdraw from the stresses of modern life and enjoy something that’s becoming increasingly rare. You want to get value from the forest? You’re so wise. I’m sure you will buil...
Feb 20th, 2015
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In October, 2012, the Conservative government brought forward an Omnibus Bill that changed dozens of laws, including the ancient Navigable Waters Protection Act. Under the new Navigation Protection Act, federal protection of citizens’ right to navigate our country’s waterways was withdrawn from all b...