South Bruce Peninsula backing Arran-Elderslie wind turbine bylaw

South Bruce Peninsula Council

The Owen Sound Sun Times

South Bruce Peninsula is backing Arran-Elderslie’s wind turbine bylaw.

Council members approved without comment Tuesday a recommendation to “support and endorse the resolution and bylaw passed” by that the municipality in a bid to regain some local say over wind farms.

A letter to council from A.P. Crawford, Arran-Elderslie’s chief administrative officer and clerk, said copies of the bylaw are being sent “to all municipalities in Ontario” seeking support.

That step was taken after the Association of Municipalities of Ontario “declined to circulate it for policy reasons,” Crawford said last month at a meeting in Chesley where representatives from Arran-Elderslie, Grey Highlands, West Grey, Georgian Bluffs, Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Chatsworth councils discussed wind energy projects.

The Arran-Elderslie letter says council there “is not opposed to green energy projects per se, however we wish to promote their use in a responsible manner to benefit, or at least, to do no harm to any individual by such use.”

The bylaw uses Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects life, liberty and security of the person, in a bid to regain some municipal control over wind farms which was stripped away by the province’s Green Energy Act. It says Health Canada and three provincial ministries must 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.