A review of many aspects of the WITRI story over the last few months are to be found in this article by Marc Thibodeau from La Presse Plus.
James Morgan, journalist for The Review newspaper, was in attendance at Wentworth’s General Council Meeting and his report of the meeting made their front page!
Read more here.
Dear Lake Louisa and Wentworth Residents,
The LLPOA recently received a document that is circulating in our community. It was created by Wentworth Integrated Tourism Resorts Inc.(WITRI), for their commercial purposes.
We are sharing only one page of this document. This page is of crucial interest and importance to the residents of Wentworth as it involves the mayor of Wentworth, officials from both Wentworth and the MRC d’Argenteuil, and the developer. The LLPOA is not releasing any commercial aspects detailed in this document.
In the photo, Mayor Jason Morrison is seen sitting next to the developer, Mr. Oliver Tham, and other individuals. On the conference table are several copies of the same working document (which appear to show Lake Louisa and other bodies of water in the WITRI land).
The LLPOA has reliably confirmed that this photo was taken BEFORE early August, 2018 (probably at some time in late spring or early summer 2018) and therefore, BEFORE September 4th, 2018 which is the date when Wentworth Council passed into law an unprecedented assembly of new zoning by-laws which now allow for the extensive commercialization of our municipality. With this photo, the residents of Wentworth can verify that Mayor Jason Morrison was acquainted with the developer, Mr. Oliver Tham, before these by-laws were passed.
Finally, Wentworth residents want to know why the Council, with financial help from the MRC, has committed $32,500 of our tax dollars to hire a public-relations/lobbying firm that is clearly not working on our behalf. Residents ask: Why does Wentworth need an expensive lobbying firm when it should be very clear by now to the entire Council that most Lake Louisa and Wentworth residents do not want a large scale development built in the fragile water-shed of their lake? Why is Council still not listening to its residents?
We have alerted the Minister of the Environment, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, about this situation in Wentworth.
If you would like learn more and get answers, please attend the upcoming Wentworth Monthly Council meeting at 7PM, Monday September 9th, at the Wentworth Community Centre (86 Chemin Louisa, Wentworth).
The topics which will be discussed are of vital importance to all Wentworth residents. Please tell your neighbours and friends of this important meeting. Please support the LLPOA!
Respectfully, The LLPOA team
The days are a little cooler but it’s still warm enough to wear a T-shirt when the sun comes out. We even have T-shirts for small people.
Send us an email or get in touch with one of the directors. They are 20$ each and proceeds go to the Action Group. We’d love it if you send us a photo of yourselves wearing them for our gallery.
Kieran and Noah were our student canvassers this summer. They traveled around the lake visiting residents handing out printed information promoting lake health and raising awareness of the LLPOA. They did a great job.
In the previous news post, I shared a letter sent to the Municipality of Wentworth. It explains the Lake Louisa Property Owners Association’s concerns and objections to the Summary Report on Wentworth residents responses to the WITRI concept prepared by Ryan Affaires Publique. There is an issue with the sentence in bold:
The two obvious omissions refer to the LLPOA/APLL and the Dunany Community Association (DCA), and these community organizations represent the views of the largest Wentworth community groups, as well as the views of the majority of Wentworth community. These organizations have conservatively held over 100 meetings in 2019, and consistently communicated opposition to golf and the large scale development envisioned by WITRD for zone RU6.
The wording should have been more clear. I did not intend to create the impression that the LLPOA has had more than 100 meetings with the Dunany Community Association on this topic. What I meant is that the directors and the executive of the LLPOA have had over 100 meetings on various aspects of this topic since February 24th, 2019. In addition to the AGM and other large meetings at the town hall, these include smaller meetings and conference calls with:
a) other community organizations (of which the DCA has been one), b) our lawyers, c) meetings with councilors and administrators in Wentworth, d) meetings with concerned members of our community, e) the WITRI Opposition executive team have meetings most weekends, and several conference call meetings per week.
There have been two meetings of the DCA in which members of the LLPOA were present. There have been information meetings of the LLPOA which some members of the DCA have attended. These are the only ones I know about where members of the two groups have been present together.
I apologize for any misunderstanding my letter may have caused. Keeping the lines of communication open between the two groups is very important.
Mary-Anne Armstrong, LLPOA
Thank you to all our members for attending our annual AGM. The LLPOA Board and many members sported this years signature Red T-shirts as a show of support for the community we all love and are committed to protecting.
The LLPOA is seeking a volunteer with WordPress experience to help us get the most out of our website. We need someone that could:
- Help us create pages and posts
- Keep the site up to date
- Maximize the effectiveness of our site
This would not be a time consuming task, but would help us greatly! If you are interested, drop us a line through the Contact section of our website or in person, via any director.
All proceeds go towards the Action Fund to protect the lake from the WITR development. Orders can be made through the Contact Us section or by getting in touch with one of our directors. Adult and youth sizes available.
For those of you that had difficulty accessing PayPal on our website, the problem has now been corrected. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
This meeting was very well attended by the residents of Wentworth. It began at 5:00 PM instead of the usual starting time of 7:00 PM, to allow for two power-point presentations: one on the promoter?s agreement by-law project (2019-005) and the other was about the review process for any large scale property development. It was announced that the municipality is taking steps to elevate the protection status of the heronry to the provincial level. Due to the large volume of questions posed by residents, mostly regarding the WITRI development, the meeting ran on past 9:30 PM.