Concerned residents protest in Drayton

CTV Southwestern Ontario

Concerned residents gathered in Drayton Tuesday night to show their opposition to a proposed wind farm in Mapleton Township, southwest of Arthur. Dozens gathered outside the Drayton Arena, essentially taking over what was supposed to be a public information session on the development.  Residents, including many local farmers, are reportedly concerned about potential health issues for their families and farm animals.

Nextera Energy Canada is working to bring ten turbines, which will generate 22.9 megawatts of power, to the area.

The company says those concerns have not been scientifically proven, and this type of green energy will bring massive environmental benefits for Canada.

Nicole Geneau of Nextera Energy Canada says “We think there’s a lot of discussion on both sides, and we can only answer in what we know, which is that we operate 9,000 wind turbines across North America and we’ve never had a proven claim related to health issues for any of our wind turbines.”

But protestors say there are people who can show that they’ve been impacted by wind turbines.

Protestor John Krul says “They need to get their head out of the sand, because there are people that have actually moved out of these areas where there are these turbines, they’ve moved out of their house because they can’t stand to live there.”

Police and security were on hand to help handle the situation.

13 thoughts on “Concerned residents protest in Drayton

  1. “…they’ve moved out of their house because they can’t stand to live there.”

    Someone leaving their property financially benefits the developer, does it not?

  2. Look at CTV headline “DOZENS gather to protest planned wind turbines”.

    DOZENS???? Were there 2 Drayton protests?? I went to the one where there were HUNDREDS… perhaps pushing a thousand!!!

    Main stream media (CTV, CBC, Global) knows that their advertising revenues are based on city folks.

    Lets be clear folks…. nobody…no organization from urban Canada is going to swoop in and help us. We need to stick together….support each other….and fight this on our own.

  3. They (CBC, CTV etc.) always drastically underestimate the numbers at wind protests. I’m beginning to just multiply their guesstimate by 10 and that’s more accurate….

  4. Please visit my post today in the thread: “Appeal launched against GEA approval”

    The GEA has NOT entirely made municipalities powerless!

    All that is needed is a small bit of intelligence with a generous smattering of will on the part of local councils. What is even better, is the fact that the province won’t likely challenge their own law!

    We MUST NOT tolerate the usual, feeble arguments from our local councils when they wrongfully allege they are powerless to act against the GEA. Those that would speak such falsehoods clearly have not read the act nor its attendant regulations.



  5. So who would make the decision to under-report the numbers?

  6. I was at the Protest in Drayton last nite…There was a counter at the door due to fire regulations…..We were already at 410 when I entered the room….and there was still a line-up behind me..

  7. This KILLS me!

    …”enough to power 6600 homes”!

    OH YEAH!? And how many of these homes will have power when the wind doesn’t blow, which it doesn’t MOST OF THE TIME!



  8. Now I’ve heard everything
    Nicole Garneau of Nextera Energy said wind energy is “free as a fuel” Did I hear that right?

  9. how about the effect this is going to have on property values around the wind turbines. they claim that the health effects aren’t proven but decreased values of properties is very clearly real! the only reason everybody doesn’t move away from the wind turbines when the health effects sink in is because they literally can’t give there homes away!

  10. The water that flows over dams is free too! It’s what it costs for the wind turbines that counts and then get next to nothing in the way of electric generation.

  11. From Dreams to Nightmares, the last three years can now be viewed upon, as being Rural Ontario’s Apocalypse Now;

    “Rural communities are strong and vibrant communities. They are key to Ontario’s success — and critical to our great quality of life. Building opportunity for rural ontarians is an important part of our plan to move Ontario forward.

    Our rural communities face unique challenges, but they also have great potential.

    That is why we have been working so hard to help rural communities take a leading role in ontario’s innovative, new economy.

    With the world looking for innovative ways to develop clean, green, and renewable energy sources, some place is going to secure thousands of jobs by researching and developing new solutions.

    I want that place to be ontario. And I want rural ontario to help lead the way.

    I want to see rural communities flourish and grow. When rural communities succeed, we all succeed.

    If we continue to work together, that Ontario can be within our grasp.

    Dalton Mcguinty
    Leader of the ontario Liberal Party

    “Dalton McGuinty” THE ONTARIO LIBERAL PLAN, 2007 for Improving Quality of Life in Rual Ontario, 2007

  12. I suppose now, if you look back, there was a very STRONG MESSAGE being conveyed, that Dalton was sending to the tax payers of Ontario by virtue of these MOVING FORWARD, TOGETHER documents, as Ontarians, you are either with me, or you are against me, as follows;

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