Municipality Grey Highlands and IPC meeting

**Update**

Today at Grey Highlands Committee of the Whole meeting, AIM/IPC came to tell Grey Highlands that they had the right to utilize the Road Allowances as a distributor of electricity pursuant to the Electricity Act. (Reference: International Power Canada, Incorporated – Plateau Wind Project)
 
They came expecting our council people to approve a By-law authorizing the Mayor and Municipal Clerk so they could enter into a Road Agreement between the Municipality and International Power. 
 
They were questioned extensively as all found a gaping hole in the information put forward.
 
My elected representatives, and I’m so proud to call them MY elected representatives, refused to approve any such thing and shelved it. 
 
Then they proceeded to unanimously agree to get the Charter of Rights bylaw moving along so they could put it forward for first reading at this Friday’s council meeting stating that time was of the essence.  When that goes through, there can be no building permit issued for a turbine until that challenge is addressed.  Everyone in the room was stunned and ecstatic all at once! 
 
This one was for Dawn Nichols.

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Monday MAY 17, 2010
Grey Highland Municipal Offices
Grey Gables South Drive 206 Toronto Street South Unit 1 Markdale

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AGENDA
9. PLANNING (Fawcett)
Canada, Incorporated in order to utilize the Road Allowances as a distributor of electricity pursuant to the Electricity Act. (Reference: International Power Canada, Incorporated – Plateau Wind Project)
9.5 CAO.10.09 Arran Elderslie By-law to Amend the Municipal Code (Health Provisions Respecting Locating and Erecting Wind Generation Facilities)
RESOLVE That the Committee of the Whole receive Report CAO.10.09 Arran Elderslie By-law to Amend the Municipal Code (Health Provisions Respecting Locating and Erecting Wind Generation Facilities) ; and that the Committee forward to Council with the recommendation to support the actions of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie with respect to wind generation
facilities;
AND Further that staff be directed to prepare a similar by-law to be presented to Council for consideration.

6 thoughts on “Municipality Grey Highlands and IPC meeting

  1. I was present at the meeting. The council has obviously done it’s homework. Good for them and I sure hope other councils do the research that they have. Kudos to Grey Highlands representatives!

  2. Lesson for McGuinty…. Canadians don’t like being bullied!!! I do not believe McGuinty will fight this very hard as he knows his time is over and this type of action can take years to settle!!! All the way to the Supreme court I hope. We will support this and see it through to the end! It is all up to how the Canadian Charter is interpreted. Watch the big lawyers step in now with offers of pro bono to get more famous. I raise a glass and toast the Counties that dare to protect us under the Canadian Charter of rights and Freedoms. Geez, the USA haven’t even had the gonads to go this route! But they sure will follow our lead now. Think I will raise a few more glasses because Damn this has been a long haul !

  3. Grey Highlands has done their homework and are informed. Knowledge gives confidence to do right. Anyone who knows the elected representatives please congratulate them on investigating the subject. The impact of a company with rights above landowners and homeowners jeopardizes all our safety. What Grey Highlands is doing is not just for their community rights but will provide direction for everyone in the province. Thank you Grey Highlands.

  4. As I’ve learned in Essex, this company is not upfront with councils. The GEA gives them power to say they can use the roads, BUT our councils still have the right to demand a road security and right of way payments. Grey-Highlands residents are fortunate to have such a good council. Unfortunately Essex is not so lucky, they got taken and for 40 yrs.

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