The quality of the questions from ordinary people, their determination to gain back control over their own destiny and reinstitute democracy was very impressive.
DURHAM – It was an amazing meeting! There were around 400 people in attendance. The wind company was raked over the coals by everyone in the room! The speakers were great! The crowd was great!
Reporters and a few others were recording the proceedings from beginning to end. One of the reporters had done a story beforehand to let people know about the meeting. At least 7 municipalities, including Tiny township who said several more councils in Simcoe County would support a moratorium, and 3 counties were represented by one or more councilor and/or mayor.
Many of these people spoke in support of a moratorium on turbines and against the tyranny of the current provincial government, against the GEA, against the stripping of individual and municipal rights.
There were 5 counties represented in the audience: Grey, Bruce, Dufferin, Simcoe and Wellington counties. The crowd told the wind company over and over again to leave the community alone, challenged them to be a good corporate citizen and support them in demanding independent study by health professionals that includes the very real people who are suffering in the province.
When one lady started to ask some tough questions (you know, the same ones that are never answered or are skirted around over and over regardless of company or area), the NextEra spokesperson looked ever so sad and said “It’s very intimidating to be in front of this crowd.” The woman asking the question didn’t miss a beat! She replied clearly and sternly, (I’m paraphrasing): YOU are coming to my community to destroy my life, my health and my home. I’m not concerned about YOU being intimidated.
The windy lost the sad look and quit with the crowd-blaming bullying tactic. We had an enlarged and laminated picture of Daniel D’entrement and his wife sitting at the mall educating the public with a big anti-wind sign. The D’entrements have been tormented in their own home by wind turbines since 2007. A victim from this province held the picture of these victims from Nova Scotia and explained that this family was still not getting any help from the wind company, NEXTERA.
Later in the meeting as NextEra was explaining how they would mitigate noise problems with a control board with red, yellow and green lights down in Florida and a local person in the area, the victim quietly held the picture up AGAIN so the crowd was reminded of how much a wind company helps someone it puts into a bad situation. MPAC said they had no evidence “YET”, of property values decreasing in the vicinity of turbines. They were reminded of Paul Thompson’s hard earned victory with the lowering of his assessment.