Bruce Municipal Councils to Fight Back

Mark Davis

By Mary Golem, Owen Sound Sun Times

“We can either stand up and be counted or sit back and pay the price,” Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis told members of Arran-Elderslie council Monday as he urged his fellow councillors “to do something” to stop wind energy projects in the municipality.

Although chief building official Stephen Walmsley said no applications have been made for building permits for turbine projects in Arran-Elderslie, Davis produced several pages of projects in the municipality either pending approval or already approved.

“What’s happening around us is not good,” Davis said, demanding Arran-Elderslie call another meeting of its neighbouring municipalities to discuss the issue further. Arran-Elderslie, West Grey, Grey Highlands, Brockton and Georgian Bluffs met once late last year to discuss the issue but no further meetings have been held.

“That really frustrates me,” Davis said, adding “rural Ontario as we know it will be destroyed forever if we sit back and do nothing.”

 Four of the five municipalities have agreed to attend a meeting in the Arran-Elderslie council chambers on April 22 at 7 p.m. to further discuss the issue.

 Meanwhile, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch sent out a news release in which he said he is throwing his support behind a private member’s bill introduced at Queen’s Park Monday intended to give municipalities back Planning Act powers to deal with renewable energy projects.

The bill, introduced by Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, is the PC party’s latest response to the Liberals’ Green Energy Act.

“The Green Energy Act was one of the worst pieces of legislation to come out of Queen’s Park because it removed all rights from constituents and their locally elected representatives,” Murdoch said. “Municipalities need planning oversight, and I support any efforts to restore those powers.”

Murdoch introduced a motion at Queen’s Park last October that called on the government to bring in a moratorium and undertake a health study to determine the potential impacts of wind turbines on people’s health. It was defeated.

4 thoughts on “Bruce Municipal Councils to Fight Back

  1. Good for them! It’s nice to see politicians who will stand up for their constituents.

  2. Thank You Bill Murdoch, You have !.5 million people and counting behind you! Put the pedal to the metal and hold steady! Justice and common sense just might prevail. Please tell the Legislative assembly about the mega marches in Europe. Belgium! It looks like the sleeping dog has awakened and he is very nasty!!!

  3. Our local politicians need to grow a pair…Screw the Ontario Government….Tell them to go to hell….Take back our rights..

    They are going to be gone next election anyway…Our local politicians will be gone if they done support us against this Government Tyranny…

    The FAKE Green Energy Act is unjust, corrupt and unfair…

    We need to draw a line in the sand….and don’t give in…REFUSE TO LOSE….

  4. My sign will say:
    “OUST McGuinty NOW!”

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