Here is the problem that is going on in Bala, Muskoka:
The picturesque town of Bala, Ontario is under threat as a private developer intends to destroy the environmentally significant Bala Falls – the iconic tourist attraction located in the heart of their community, and an essential link from all the lakes in the region to the ocean.
For the past 10 years, the town has been fighting the construction of this power plant. The problem is they are a small community of less than 600 permanent residents and their concerns are not being recognized by the government.
This small tourist town has been battling the proposed power plant that will destroy natural fish habitats, obliterate heritage lands and wipe out the local businesses dependent upon visitors to the falls. Despite overwhelming public resistance and without the mandatory consultation with First Nations people whose water levels and flows will be affected, the developer keeps moving forward.
All the water going through the Bala Falls, the link between all the lakes in the Muskoka and Algonquin watersheds to the rest of the world and eventually the ocean, could be reduced to a trickle for a for-profit, oversized, unnecessary and destructive power station - funded by taxpayers through a $100 million dollar off-market subsidy - forced upon an unwilling host. Public lands should remain for public use – not solely for the benefit of a private developer.