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EnerduEnerdu lawyer calls heritage bylaw "contemptuous"

Enerdu lawyer calls heritage bylaw “contemptuous”

Figure 2: Enerdu building circa 1915.
Enerdu building circa 1915.

The following letter from the Ottawa law firm representing Enerdu Power Systems was included in the package of materials sent to local Councillors in advance of their September 16 meeting.

The Millstone finds this letter puzzling, to say the least. Minister Bradley did indeed order a Heritage Impact Assessment, but said nothing about excluding the Enerdu facility from any future heritage designation. We will leave readers to draw their own conclusions about the intent and relevance of Mr. Kelly’s letter.

Soloway Wright LIP
900 – 427 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1R 7Y2

Douglas B. Kelly Partner

FILE NO:22636-1084

September 2, 2014

Town of Mississippi Mills 3131 Old Perth Rd
PO Box 400,
Almonte ON

Dear Mayor Levi and Members of Council

Re: Enerdu Power Systems

I am legal Counsel for Enerdu Power Systems.

I have reviewed a staff report prepared for September 2, 2014 on the matter of the Heritage Conservation District Study by-law. I note that staff recommended that a by-law be enacted pursuant to section 40.1 of the Heritage Act. A draft by-law was part of the Report however the area for which the by-law would apply was not shown. Therefore it is unclear what the study area includes.

I am aware between January 27th, 2013 and 215‘, 2013 the Minister of the Environment received 16 Part 2 Order requests for the environment assessment prepared for Enerdu Power System Inc. (Enerdu) for the proposed Enerdu Generation Station Expansion and Redevelopment Project.

I understand that the Town of Mississippi Mills was part of the 16 requests. The Minister by letter dated November 18th, 2013 advised Enerdu System Inc. that individual environment assessment or mediation was not required.

The Minister under the authority by of 16.3 of the Environment Assessment imposed conditions on the project as a result of the concerns raised in the Part 2 Order requests.

One of the conditions required a Heritage Impact Assessment and that assessment be reviewed by the Ministry of Tourism, Cultural, and Sport.

A Heritage Impact Assessment was prepared and reviewed with the Ministry. On August 28th, 2014 the Ministry of Tourism, Cultural, and Sport by letter accepted the recommendations of the Heritage Impact Assessment which include a requirement in Appendix 5 that a process be followed with the Town of Mississippi Mills for the design of the Powerhouse.

On the basis of above Orders, Approvals and Requirements by the various Ministries of the Government of Ontario Enerdu Power Inc. requests that this Project including the lands required for the Project not be included in the Heritage Conservation Study District as the Town of Mississippi Mills decided to raise the Heritage issue through a Part 2 Order request. The Minister of the Environment responded by imposing conditions on the Project to protect any heritage impacts.

Making this project part of a Heritage Conservation Study District appears to be contemptuous of the Minister’s conditions.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours very truly,

Douglas B. Kelly

Original letter





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