Masse Hosting Town Hall Meeting on Ojibway Shores Future


A Town Hall meeting later this month will be the focus to call for the Ojibway Shores property to become the heart of a National Urban Park.

Windsor West New Democrat MP Brian Masse is hosting the event at the South Windsor Arena (Capri Pizza Complex) on August 27, 2019.

He has invited members of the Caldwell First Nation, the Wildlands League, Friends of the Rouge Watershed and GLIER Professor John Hartig to participate in the meeting.

The goal is to have the 33-acre greenspace merged with adjoining properties like the Ojibway Prairie Complex to form a parkland of nearly 900-acres.

Masse says the property is currently owned by the federal government, but being managed by the Windsor Port Authority.

"To this day the Ojibway Shores is listed on their website for lease for 60 years. " explains Masse "So it's not a done deal by any means, a closed door in what can happen down there.  So we need to resolve that and in the meantime as well we have several ownership properties that hopefully we can start to build a master plan."

He says residents in his riding have been notified of the meeting but this explains what's happening.

"Now we have some more details that we today can give to people." says Masse "So they know that the meeting is going to be more than just a regular public meeting about the local experts here, but we've been able to also bring in some additional supporting components."

Masse says a recent cataloguing of the wildlife within the Ojibway Shores has made a difference.

"Amazing work that's been done down there by the community groups." says Masse "To inventory the endangered species was a significant point.  So we all had our ideas and suspicions over the importance of Ojibway Shores but then to get them in there and when they got in there and inventoried the scientific equation really gave us some more lift than ever before. And they deserve a lot of credit."

Masse was asked about the expected candidacy of former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello in Windsor West during his news conference on Thursday.

He said he's ready for an election and happy to run against whoever is selected as an opponent.

Pupatello has called a news conference for 4 p.m. Friday at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

The 56-year-old was the Liberal MPP in the riding from 1995 until 2011, when she did not seek re-election. She held several cabinet positions, and ran for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership in 2013, but lost to Kathleen Wynne.

Melinda Munro and Hsiao D'ailly are also seeking the Liberal nomination in Windsor West.

If Pupatello wins the nomination, she would be up against Masse as well as Henry Lau of the Conservatives, and Darryl Burrell of the People’s Party of Canada.