Tourism Industry of Ontario Urges Setbacks from Tourist Destinations

Letter to Minister Brad Duguid from the TIAO 

. . . . We ask that due consideration be given to the potential negative impacts on tourism businesses when locating proposed wind farms. We strongly recommend establishing minimum distance guidelines for sighting of wind turbines near tourism destinations particularly for those areas that rely on maintaining an unblemished viewscape for visitors.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario represents the diverse organizations and businesses that generate in excess of $22 Billion annually from tourism activity.  The industry employs over 300,000 people in direct and indirect jobs.

March 15, 2010

The Honourable Brad Duguid
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
900 Bay Street, 4th Floor
Hearst Block
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2E1

Dear Minister:

Subject: Impact of Wind Farms on Tourism Destinations

We recognize the Ontario government has developed a clear policy to replace fossil fuel electricity generation with “green” energy alternatives. Under Bill 150, The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, a number of amendments were made to the Planning Act which allows certain approval process exemptions for green energy projects. These amendments have reduced the opportunity for the public and businesses to raise concerns with negative impacts that could arise from these projects.

A case in point relates to the sighting of wind turbines in tourism regions. Ontario is known for its natural beauty and pristine countryside. Many destinations throughout the province highlight this splendor in their marketing campaigns. This is particularly true when marketing internationally in Europe and Asia. Our association is very concerned that locating wind turbines within certain tourism regions will have a detrimental impact on the natural appeal of that area.

Currently there are numerous wind farms proposed for significant tourism destinations such as Prince Edward County, Ontario’s South Coast, Ontario’s West Coast, Kingston & the Islands and Muskoka to name a few. The lead tourism products in these areas are based on nature and the outdoors with their sandy beaches, numerous lakes and spectacular vistas.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario supports the move of the Province to a more environmentally sustainable energy strategy. However, we do not support a strategy that will unduly disadvantage tourism areas and businesses. We ask that due consideration be give to the potential negative impacts on tourism businesses when locating proposed wind farms. We strongly recommend establishing minimum distance guidelines for sighting of wind turbines near tourism destinations particularly for those areas that rely on maintaining an unblemished viewscape for visitors.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario represents the diverse organizations and businesses that generate in excess of $22 Billion annually from tourism activity.  The industry employs over 300,000 people in direct and indirect jobs.

Thank you for considering our concerns.

Regards,
Bill Allen, President
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

cc. The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture
Drew Fagan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture

9 thoughts on “Tourism Industry of Ontario Urges Setbacks from Tourist Destinations

  1. Woudln’t it be nice if the government gave a $#!+? about anything besides the profits of their Liberal cronies in the wind industry!

  2. First off this Bill Allen thanks our Provincial Government for “considering our concerns”!

    WRONG!……..no concerns from anyone will be considered and this can be stated as a truth as not one letter has ever been “considered” by this Government from anyone who has “reservations” about the siting of Wind Turbines!

    Hope Brad Duguid and his fellow “honourable” ministers decide to go on a summer holiday in Ontario this year and they can see for themselves what destruction they have personally caused to this once great Land!

    As if they would even care………………

  3. Our Honorable Politicians would
    be dumbfounded by this statement
    from TIAO as the wind industry
    would have them convinced that IWT
    farms are tourist attractions. Hopefully
    letters like this will start to serve as a
    bit of a reality check for these morons.

  4. Destroy a real, well-established industry in order to promote a fake industry built on subsidies, lies and fairy tales.

  5. Tourism is an industry that brings new money into a community and industrial wind sucks the money out of a community.

  6. What does tourism matter, McGuinty considers everyone to be a NIMBY 🙂 He says that everyone should have one in their back yard, just not his!

  7. And if tourists don’t want to visit an area that will be covered in wind turbines, I’m sure nobody would like to buy and live in a home near WT’s either.

  8. Basically our little Town depends almost 100% exclusively on Tourism for it’s income. Tourist come here to see a “pristine” environment that has never been industrialized. One could say when you arrive here your driving back in time to the days of the first settlers!

    SkyPower leased lands right inside our beautiful area and wanted to erect 6 wind turbines so that no matter where you looked the main feature of our landscape would be huge 400 foot+ monsters looking down at you.

    If this destructive agenda is ever carried out here it would mean literally the “death” of our whole community. Not a drawback, a glitch, a setback……..complete destruction of our homes and Town!

    Yet McGuinty calls us “Nimby’s”!

  9. This is beyond terrible. I picture your little town overwhelmed by the beasts and red flashing lights at night what a sad sad time in Ontario. Our ancestors must be rolling in their graves.

    Is your town Zephyr by any chance ? That is where I am from and your words made me think of it.

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