Grey County staff study wind options


Lance Thurston, CAO

By Paul Jansowski, Owen Sound Sun Times Staff

Grey County staffers are still investigating drawing up a bylaw that would protect residents from health effects of wind turbines.

“We’re doing our homework and polling what’s out there,” Lance Thurston, Grey’s chief administrative officer, told county council on Tuesday.

County staff was directed last month to investigate using Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — which states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice” — as a way to protect county residents from any adverse impact on their health as a result of “proximity to wind turbines.”

The move followed the introduction of a bylaw, since passed, by Arran-Elderslie. It uses Section 7 to require Health Canada and three provincial ministries to provide certificates confirming that any wind generation facility built there “will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being” of residents before a building permit for a turbine is issued.

“We’ve looked at the bylaw . . . we talked at the western Ontario’s wardens’ caucus CAO meeting what other municipalities or counties are doing,” Thurston said when Kevin Eccles asked about the staff’s progress. “We’re not at a point where we’re ready to make any recommendations to council or committee.”

The Arran-Elderslie bylaw aims to trump Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which stripped municipalities of any control over where wind farm sites could be built. It states, however, that its intent is not to “prevent or restrict” wind generation, but rather to promote their use “in a responsible manner.”

3 thoughts on “Grey County staff study wind options

  1. What happens when they discover there is no way of promoting wind energy “in a responsible manner”. After 3 years of researching wind energy, it never ceases to amaze me how so many continue to overlook that Industrial wind development has caused residents to abandon their homes, cannot prove that it can lower harmful emissions, reduce the mining and burning of coal, lower or stabilize electricity rates, wean us from foreign oil, nor provide a timely and reliable product needed in a modern society.

    Instead we let ourselves to be misled by the Wind industry into thinking that the noise is no louder than a refrigerator, or that erecting IWT’s will provide a new green economy and jobs. These turbines will do nothing other than provide a superficial feel-good gesture, political move for the McGuinty gov’t to appear environmentally conscious and an opportunity for developers to make a lot of money off the taxpayer’s back. Renewables, especially Industrial Wind, are not proven effective nor efficient.

  2. VERY WELL SAID ruralgrubby! To the point and very accurate. Have you thought to try the obvious and send your exact comment to Dalton McGuinty by registered Mail with cc to The Toronto Star, National Post, Globe & Mail and the SUN??? This might be effective as your message is not a rant but clearly states the facts that other non researchers can quickly grasp and begin to question.. Registered mail marked PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL seems to get more attention and respect. My Lawyer once told me to always mark important letters to important people PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL because that insures that no underling opens it and throws it out! GOOD to know.

  3. Gee Ruralgrubby…You make it seem like The FAKE Green Energy Act is a political BOONDOGGLE by a fascist Ontario Liberal Government/Premier ?

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