The voice of our communities and concerned Ontarians should not be shut down

Orangeville.com

If the Progressive Conservatives are returned to power following next year’s provincial election, party leader Tim Hudak pledges to restore municipal planning powers for renewable energy projects.

“Any government I lead will empower local decision making,” he said at an Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Windsor on Tuesday (Aug. 17). “You voters put their faith in you to make the best decisions for your local communities.”

The Green Energy Act, which came into force last year, removed all municipal planning authority regarding renewable energy projects, funneling all approvals through the province. Municipalities remain a commenting agency on project proposals.

Town and township councils throughout the province have decried the loss of planning authority, particularly in the face of concerns about the effect of wind turbines on human health. Provincial and industry officials contend there is no scientific basis for such concerns, but calls persist for a moratorium on projects until a thorough study is completed.

During the AMO conference, Hudak announced his support for a private member’s bill introduced by fellow PC Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones back in April. Like Hudak’s pledge, the bill seeks to return planning authority for renewable energy projects to municipalities.

“Municipalities know what works best for them,” Jones said in a news release issued yesterday (Aug. 18). “The planning process is not new. Municipal planning has worked well in the past, and if given the opportunity, can work well in the future.

“The voice of our communities and concerned Ontarians should not be shut down.”

11 thoughts on “The voice of our communities and concerned Ontarians should not be shut down

  1. Not an adequate response. The more rural the municipality the more likely that the elected board will be composed of landowners offered leases by the turbine corporation.
    That is what happened on Wolfe Island. Across the Lake at Cape Vincent, a local board is being investigated by NY State Attorney for taking payoffs from 2 corporations, including BP(!) for giving them permission to build.
    What is needed is a Province wide demand on Government (no matter what party is in power) to stop this juggernaut until we can all make informed decisions on where turbines should be sited, as well as large solar arrays, etc.
    Perhaps redirecting public investment to smaller renewable energy technology, affordable by all, is the better solution – it might actually allow us to lower our emissions.
    What a concept!

  2. Here is Dalton McGuinty’s speech to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario on August 16/2010 (just the part about his Green Dreams”)….notice our water is up for sale to the World………read it and try not to gag!

    “In our “Open Ontario” Plan, we’re also building strong, “clean technology” industries.

    I’m talking about clean energy technologies like wind turbines and solar panels …

    And clean water technologies that clean up polluted water and conserve clean water.

    Let me give you an example.

    There’s this great Etobicoke business called Echologics.

    They locate underground pipe leaks using acoustic technology.

    Ottawa used it last year and they found a big leak in a water pipe.

    They fixed it and now they’re saving $100,000 a year.

    That’s just one great idea at work.

    There are lots more.

    Ontario has quickly and quietly become a hotbed of innovation in water saving and purifying technologies.

    We have over 1,000 companies hard at work marketing their products here at home and around the world.

    And then there’s the whole “energy from renewables” business.

    That’s energy from the wind, the sun and biomass.

    We’re the fastest growing renewable energy industry in North America, with literally thousands of entrepreneurs, big and small.

    Just last week, we announced Ontario’s first wind turbine manufacturing plant and another solar module plant.

    With more to come.

    Our target is 50,000 jobs in the green energy sector.

    You know what I love about “clean tech”?

    It gives us moral purpose.

    It’s about something more than jobs and growth — as important as those are.

    When we sell clean energy technology to the world … we’re doing good for our planet and for people everywhere.

    When we sell clean water technology to the world … we’re doing good for our planet and for people everywhere.

    Clean tech is about a win, win.

    And that’s the sweet spot.

    By working together, through our Green Energy Act, and our Water Opportunities Act,….

    We are creating a whole new generation of clean jobs for Ontarians.

    There’s a lot more to our “Open Ontario” Plan but you get the idea.

    We’re going to grow stronger.

    Because we have to.

    Ontarians know this intuitively …

    They understand that places like China …

    And India …

    And our good friends just across the river from here …

    They’re not content to just be swept along by global economic currents …

    They’re out there, charting a course and steering hard towards success.

    And so must we.

  3. I threw up. I’m sending you the bill for my keyboard. 🙁

    Let the communities talk. May the politicians be quiet — in particular the “leaders”.

  4. After I posted this I threw up also…………..now my keyboard won’t work every time I type M-c-G-u-i-n-t-y

    Also it is making a real loud screaming sound at me!

    One other thing …..my screensaver keeps showing one huge word over and over: “LIAR….LIAR…. LIAR

    Should never have even read this let alone post it!

  5. Feeling a bit sick but seen worse. There needs to be tighter control on what our money can be spent on or who. No larger scoped protect the planet moral issue here, just an illusion. Making money destroying lives and providing nothing much in return seems to be the mantra. It is ideal as there is no need to justify what is or is not produced to benefit consumers or the environment. Just promise or publish questionable production figures and that is good enough. Anyone who wants to make money and doesn’t care who or what gets hurt or who pays need to apply to be a CEO for a wind company.

  6. “You know what I love about “clean tech”?
    It gives us moral purpose.
    It’s about something more than jobs and growth as important as those are.”
    When we sell clean energy technology to the world … we’re doing good for our planet and for people everywhere. ”
    With each passing day McGuinty sounds more like a televangelist and less like the leader of Canada’s largest province.

  7. Apparently, here in Windsor, when McGuinty walked into Caesars to give his speech, a line of trumpets sounded to honor our emperor. How quaint.

  8. “when McGuinty walked into Caesars to give his speech, a line of trumpets sounded to honor our emperor.”

    How ironic…

    Julius Caesar, Roman Dictator
    Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Dictator

    And we all know how it ended for Caesar.
    “People of Rome, we are once again free!”

  9. Lets get back to Hudak. This is the best thing that I have heard from a politician in six months and I fully realized that most politicians are like diapers and usually are full of S__T. This coming from the Conservative party leader is pretty dam comforting considering what we all have been going through. Our job now is to take advantage of this political maneuver or we can keeping on complaining and raging on about this and that while reading each others posts while nothing gets done.

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