In August of this year the Oshawa Port Authority, whose members are appointed by the Canadian federal government, gave approval to build an ethanol plant on the Oshawa waterfront. Ethanol is not a 'green' fuel source and the production of ethanol drives up food prices by turning food and feed grain into fuel. The United Nations recently urged the United States to suspend ethanol production to help stave off a global food shortage.
Locally, the ethanol plant would be located adjacent to Oshawa's largest park and public swimming area. Approval for the plant was given despite the opposition of the residents of Oshawa and Oshawa's city council. It was also done without a complete environmental assessment or public consultation. The board that made the decision includes a number of Conservative party insiders, including Tim O’Connor, brother of the president of the company that was given approval to build the plant