Kingsway Entertainment District Issue
Minnow Lake is in the Ramsey Lake Watershed and as a registered charity with environmental concerns responded to the perceived threat of stormwater runoff off into Lake Ramsey, source of drinking water for up to 50,000 residents and a major recreational area. This page contains information with respect to a formal LPAT appeal which unfortunately was not allowed to proceed to a hearing due to a motion to deny by the developer, Gateway Casinos and the City of Greater as described below; However a new appeal has been undertaken in 2021 with detail here.
The Minnow Lake Restoration Group had filed an appeal against development of the Kingsway Entertainment District due to the large 3,500+ parking spaces that would be required and the subsequent amount of salt runoff into the watershed .. initial submission which was declared valid here. As a result we submitted our complete appeal with attachments and expert opinion here. However after a Motion by the developer (Zulich) and supported by the city and Gateway Casinos our appeal was rejected and in our opinion justice denied as well as our day in court.
Of particular concern was also the rejection by the Tribunal of any new evidence especially in the form of a provincial funded Subwatershed study which raised some concerns with respect to the location of the KED as being in a "Significant Groundwater Recharge Area" for the lake. The report can be accessed Ramsey Lake Subwatershed Study.pdf Take particular note of the illustration Kingsway and Ramsey Recharge Area.jpg. The Minnow Lake Restoration Group has submitted comments to the Study and can be accessed here
Latest scientific date indicates that holding ponds recommended as mitigation measures to prevent salt from entering the environment do not "work" see this report here.
Dr. John Gunn of Laurentian University Living with Lakes Centre responds to recent report from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario about rising salt levels in Lake Ramsey and the threat to the environment. https://youtu.be/RERkpUwVtGQThe Minnow Lake Restoration Group held a special public meeting to consider threats to the Ramsey Lake Watershed. Special guests were Brad Bowman and Thomas Price. For additional information on Minnow Lake Restoration activities click here
A meeting was held by the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance to discuss the matter and a report on the meeting is available here and additional comments by clicking on this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Xa-AIC0DD5g
Also further related information on salt levels here.
Review of past Minnow Lake Activity and update here
For other ecological information click here
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