Stay the Course

The Owen Sound Sun Times, www.owensoundsuntimes.com

We find the recent debate about wind turbines very interesting and feel it should be syndicated so that other communities facing the same issues are not alone.

We would like to add our support to Arran-Elderslie and trust that they will “stay the course”.

It is fairly apparent that Leader Resources and other companies are really concerned about the bylaw, it must have teeth. Why else would they feel that they would have to go “all the way to the Supreme Court”, they are obviously concerned about the lower courts and the common sense that they might show.

Why will they not spend the money on (truly) independent studies pertaining to the health issues? None of the current companies in the game have agreed to this — do they know what the results would be?

Are the fees/rates that these companies will receive so high that “anything goes”. Solar comes to mind (at least there are no health concerns associated with them). When will the industrial wind turbines be clawed back to a more reasonable rate? Sure that would slow down there search for riches at the majority’s expense.

It is our fond hope that those 40 municipalities that have supported the motion come forward and show support financially to fight the appeal. As taxpayers in West Grey we would be very disappointed if our council didn’t anti up.

If the then Minister of Energy, Mr. Smitherman and the current government hadn’t been so cavalier and taken the rights away from local municipalities through The Green Energy Act we believe that a more conciliatory process would be in effect today. Heaven help Toronto.

To all those involved and those that should be involved “the fight must go on” there is too much at stake.

The O’Briens, Priceville

One thought on “Stay the Course

  1. If your council or municipality is only supporting an Arran-Elderslie’s by-law or other similar type of action, rather establishing exactly the same by-laws as their own in name, then what they have done or are doing means nothing. If councils or municipalities took exactly the same action as Arran-Elderslie, then serious consideration would have to be given to this issue. I am of the same belief as the O’Brien’s that Arran-Elderslie by-laws must have some teeth, however one has to be reminded Arran-Elderslie by-laws are not just saying “NO” they are simply asking for answers to their apprehensions before they say YES. The Big problem for Leader Resources is, in order to address Arran-Elderslie’s apprehensions the truth about IWT’s will become public. When the time comes to go to court, only one question has to be asked of the wind companies, if like they say, there are no ill health effects associated to wind turbines then the industry really shouldn’t have anything to worry about? If the wind industry did not have anything to worry about, health rerlated issues would have been resolved years ago.

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