i would like to see the unimin lands in midland, ontario, be restored as a natural area.
this presents a fantastic, rare win-win-win opportunity.
- for starters, a natural area presents a multiuse, multigenerational capability like little lake park, barrie’s waterfront, or couchiching in orillia, for us now and for future generations.
- it would attract visitors and enhances the beauty of the town; it’s not an industrial eyesore at the bottom of our main street.
- it ties in with the rotary and tay shore trails.
- a natural area is good for flora and fauna (and what’s good for flora and fauna is generally good for people)
- it creates land and marine habitat
- it adds breathable oxygen to the air while reducing greenhouse gases
- it fosters a healthier population–there might even be awards/certification/funding.
- it requires no dredging, and as such, entails low maintenance
- water levels can rise and fall without catastrophic impact
- we are removed from global manufacturing woes and labour
- there is no need for major sewers, electricity, or other infrastructure, and consequently no ongoing and future costs
- there are no roofs to fix nor basements to keep dry
- we can host small, intimate wedding receptions or large music festivals and everything in between