Why the guards?

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

On Aug. 5, I was surprised when my wife and I attended a display at the Lakehead Labour Centre sponsored by Horizon Wind developers.

We were directed through an emergency exit to the display room. There is a normal entrance from the front of the building where the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee had an excellent display which includes up-to-date information obtained by extensive investigations. It negates much of the information supplied by Horizon Wind.

Also at the entrance there were armed city police officers and several security guards.
We were required to register at the door and to wear a name tag. We were also informed that we would have to agree to be photographed (video cameras were set up).

The only reason I could see for changing the entrance was to avoid the protection committee’s display adjacent to the Horizon Wind meeting room.

I do not understand the need for armed guards. Are they afraid for their own safety or are they trying to intimidate the visitors? I was not intimidated and it is likely no one else was.

There are countless suitable locations in this area where turbines will not interfere with a large residential region and present no damage to the beautiful Nor’Wester escarpment.

Hopefully, city council will end this confrontation by scrapping the agreement with Horizon Wind.

Dr. Hugh McIntyre,  THUNDER BAY

5 thoughts on “Why the guards?

  1. Did you allow them to take your photos? Did you wear the name tag? Did you sit quietly and not ask embarrassing questions?

    “I do not understand the need for armed guards. Are they afraid for their own safety or are they trying to intimidate the visitors? I was not intimidated and it is likely no one else was.”

    How can city council scrap an agreement over which it has no control? They can however charge large fees for roads, permits, and so on.

  2. WHOA……hold on just a minute there Captain Dave…

    According to MPP Bill Mauro – an authoritative voice on the matter, if there ever was one –

    “when push comes to shove, it’s the city’s decision whether or not to let the project go ahead”

    “The Liberal MPP, who represents Thunder Bay-Atikokan, on Thursday said he thinks the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee are aware that the only role the province has in the decision is co-ordinating the environmental assessment process and nothing more.”

    So, I agree with Dr. McIntyre – accept the clear offer given by your local MPP and SHUT HER DOWN!

  3. Sounds good to me!

    🙂

    When was an MPP ever wrong?

  4. “When was an MPP ever wrong?”

    OK Doctor – you’ve got me there! But let’s remember that this particular MPP was a member of the Standing Committee on General Government who undertook to review all of the “special” aspects of the Green Energy Act.

    If any MPP should be believed by Dr. McIntyre – methinks Mauro may be the one.

  5. Armed guards, identity photos, name tags?
    The only thing they missed was issuing yellow arm bands. I expect to learn of large piles of burning anti-turbine literature.
    The security was there because these turbine companies know the devastation they are promoting and feel threatened by decent peace-loving citizens.
    AND
    FARMS=tilling of the soil and the raising of livestock.

    I refuse to refer to these industrial projects as “farms”.

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