Right on cue as land owners are being approached by wind developers in the Elmwood area, the industry has taken out Ad space in the local media. I would like to comment on one particular CanWea (Canadian Wind Energy Association) ad appearing in the February 10 edition of the Post.
The ad goes on to quote Angela Morin, owner of The Island Grill on Wolfe Island. “The wind farm project managers came to us and said we want to be part of the community, and they really lived up to that. The extra business allowed us to stay open during the winter, when we’re normally closed. The wind facility has also brought in some tourists who are curious to see what it’s all about.”
She has a big bright smile in her photo.
I was curious because it seemed odd to me that this woman was so welcoming after the “number” done on her once beautiful community. I wondered if she’d still be smiling when the construction workers are gone, for sale signs are up, and the community is broke and divided? So I proceeded to get in touch with a resident of Wolfe Island, Gail Kenney, who had this to say, “Yes I’m from Wolfe Island. This ladies’ [Angela Morin’s] restaurant has been closed up for the winter since before Christmas and it is for sale along with the island’s only Hotel and only Bakery and 2 Bed and Breakfasts and a Boat building business all situated in the tiny village of Marysville.”
I called the restaurant, and they are indeed closed for the season. You’d think too that with all the tourism the wind mills have allegedly attracted, the only hotel and “bed and breakfast” would not be up for sale.
So, do we really want to welcome an industry, seemingly lacking basic integrity, into our community? Can they even be trusted? Keep this in mind if you’re about to sign.
On another note, you may be aware of the escalating uncertainty and political mudslinging around the Ontario FIT subsidy program. For instance, the cutbacks in solar rates, ban on off-shore development, subsidies being trimmed across Europe, and Liberal backpedaling, etc. With that in mind, I ask the question to every landowner out there, “when the subsidies dry up, they will, and the industry packs up and leaves, who will be the one stuck with those turbines? Who will take them down? How much will it cost? What will your property be worth? Could you even sell it?
Ask these questions. You probably won’t get a straight answer. If you do, validate it. But most importantly, don’t be left holding the bag!
And to Nextera, CanWea, and the industry alike “save face and leave, now”.
No wind. For our community!
RR1 Neustadt, ON