Community involvement is Pam’s passion. Here are some examples of the work she continues to do on your behalf, as your Councillor…
Source Water Protection Board
The Source Water Protection Board covers the Kawartha-Haliburton Source Protection Area. It operates under the Source Protection Act for Clean Water. The Board oversees the Ontario water shed from north of Red Stone Lake to South of Port Perry. This water shed includes our lakes and rivers through Minden Ward 2.
Pam joined the Board of Directors after concerns came to Minden Hills Council. A local reputable rural septage service provider came into conflict with the public regarding the location of the Ministry of Environment’s approved treatment site. This conflict could have been avoided with better planning and communication. Pam worked to bring better communication between business, Council and the Ministry of Environment on approvals.
However, Pam does not believe that the Provincial Planning Act and Source Water Protection Act covers rural septage issues adequately. The Source Water Protection Act is a result of the Walkerton disaster. Pam has worked on this Board raising issues for better communication between the Provincial Department of Environment and Municipalities to inform when and where septage may be dispersed for further treatment in rural areas. Her efforts resulted in the Provincial authorities reporting back on internal changes they have made to improve communications and reduce our local community conflicts.
Some concerns that septage treatment is not part of the Planning Act linger. People are not informed of where waste fields may go, nor are they informed of how waste is cycled back into our environment in a healthy way.
What is in the waste (which is not septage) is a concern for everyone as well. This can include cigarette butts, condoms and other items flushed down toilets. In addition, the use of pharmaceuticals is not being monitored as it may affect groundwater wells, lakes and streams for years to come. This is a concern for people and wildlife.
As your Councillor, Pam plans to continue working with policymakers, administrators, and researchers to maintain and improve our source water for generations to come. She is committed to finding solutions that identify the uniqueness of rural settlements.
Minden White Water Preserve
Pam Sayne worked tirelessly with residents and members of the White Water Preserve to protect the World-Class Minden White-Water Preserve used in the Pan Am Games. This attracts thousands of visitors to our area and is the location of many wedding photos and reunions. This is one of Pam’s favourite places to meditate. Spending time here, Pam has discovered that this is a memorable place for many people from many countries and regions.
Moore Falls Portage
Pam goes beyond her role as Councillor to support her community’s concerns. With area residents, she continues to fight for the historical Moore Falls Portage closed by Parks Canada. This portage has a history embedded in water transportation before settlers. It has a rich history as a fur trade route. Today it is a route advertised in tourism materials. It is a generationally used water trail for people along the Gull River, Black Lake and Moore Lake to travel upstream to Minden’s commercial area. It was a destination for Kilcoo Campers who must now leave the region for their camping experience. We need to reinstate this historical portage.
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park
Pam continues to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the community to maintain the integrity of Queen Elizabeth II Park. She has researched and prepared deputations presented to the Provincial Minister of Environment raising concerns about firearm activities that destroy trees and wetland habitats. She worked with community groups to address illegal and limited parking issues and more. She continues to work on making this new Provincial Park, also part of First Nations territory, accessible, safe, and well maintained for local residents and visitors alike.