Geranium Corporation debunks unfounded Environmental Defence allegations about Big Bay Point Resort



    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Geranium Corporation, proponents of an
environmentally-friendly resort development on Lake Simcoe, today debunked an
ill-considered and uninformed attack launched by a group of self-styled
environmentalists who waited nearly five years to say anything about the
proposed Big Bay Point Resort.
    The proposed resort, in the planning stages since 2002, has been the
subject of numerous studies, environmental and otherwise. It has been approved
by the Town of Innisfil, the County of Simcoe and has the support of the
largest local ratepayer groups in Innisfil, just south of Barrie.
    The resort plan has also been commented on by the Lake Simcoe Region
Conservation Authority, which said, Geranium's "willingness to undertake
additional remedial works to reduce the phosphorus loading to Lake Simcoe
should be used as an example to other developers within the watershed."
    (One of the spokespeople for Environmental Defence, lawyer David
Donnelly, is facing a complaint at the Law Society of Upper Canada, a
complaint launched by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, according
to recent reports in the Globe and Mail).
    The Big Bay Point Resort proposal has also been supported by the noted
Barrie-based environmental group, "Living Green", which said, "We hope this
development can be a powerful demonstration to local developers and planners
that innovative and environmentally-positive features can be incorporated into
our residential and recreational development."
    "We first proposed the Big Bay Point resort in 2002, and this is the
first time, nearly five years later, that we have heard from Environmental
Defence or any of its friends," notes Geranium Corporation President Earl
Rumm.
    "They haven't read the studies, they haven't taken part in the debate,
they haven't indicated any interest at all in our project until now. They are
very, very late to this party, and they have no credibility on the issue of
the effects this resort will have, because they simply don't know what they're
talking about," says Rumm.





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