McGuinty’s Green Energy Act betrays rights of rural Ontario

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Mark Davis

Mark Davis

An Arran-Elderslie councillor wants his council to enforce its rights under the Ontario Municipal Act and impose a moratorium on wind energy projects.

Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis said last week the municipality can impose moratorium legislation for one year, with the opportunity to extend it for another year, “if we feel an issue needs further study. These wind energy projects certainly fall under that category,” said Davis, who has always been an outspoken critic of wind turbines.

“Council should consider implementing a moratorium to put a hold on these things until we know more about them, their impact and until the province gets its Green Energy Act in place,” Davis added.

Meanwhile, Arran-Elderslie is joining forces with other Ontario municipalities in a letter-writing campaign to Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting further study into the impacts of industrial wind complexes and other renewable installations.

“Bill 150 essentially excludes Ontarians from any say in the establishment and location of industrial wind turbine plants,” the letter states.

“It provides a glaring example of the Liberal government’s systematic indifference to the rights and interests of rural Ontarians and an inexcusable disregard for public health concerns.”

The letter asks for an independent third-party study “surrounding the rapid and improper installation of industrial wind projects throughout Ontario.”

4 thoughts on “McGuinty’s Green Energy Act betrays rights of rural Ontario

  1. Congratulations to you Mark! Keep up this important work. Wind Turbines are a political initiative driven by industrialists. While everyone wants jobs and a greener energy future…wind is not the solution. It is especially sad when SOLAR POWER that can employ hundreds more workers and works at the INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD LEVEL is being ignored. Canada and Ontario should be putting more research and development into solar as part of the economic stimulus….not the polluting and rural landscape desecrating wind farms!!!

  2. Thank you Mark. I am sure I speak for many others when I say I appreciate your courage to speak publicly about the issues here. This is quite an agenda that rural landowners have had forced on them. I’ve never seen anything so undemocratic in my lifetime in this great country. Something has gone horribly wrong in our government.

  3. Does anyone know about zoning by-laws?
    Does designated farm-land get re-zoned to mixed industrial after wind turbines are installed on one’s farm property? Won’t property taxes be increased as a result?

  4. and mpac has been told by the gov’t to value them at $40,000 per MW. So a 2 million dollar 1.5 MW turbine is valued at $60,000 which is less than most vacant lots .Municipalities have no control, get very little tax money and the residents get all the grief

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