Haldimand Council carries resolution for moratorium on wind turbines

By Donna Pitcher, The Dunnville Chronicle

The Haldimand County council chambers overflowed with residents at Monday night’s council meeting as people came out to support a vote on asking the Province for a moratorium on wind generators.

Vice President of the Haldimand-Norfolk NDP Riding Association Al Buswell was in attendance and fully supported Mayor Ken Hewitt’s moratorium on wind generators. Buswell said he would like to see jurisdiction put back into the County’s hands and stated that NDP leader Andrea Horwath and NDP’s energy critic Peter Tabuns also support this change.

Hewitt spoke to the residents and explained his stand by saying that he has met with the Minister of Energy Brad Duguid, Samsung, Capital Power and NextEra multiple times.

“I campaigned on the premise that I would ensure better, more effective, communications.” said Hewitt.

The Province set the standards and approves the locations. Hewitt said the process and the Act are clearly “flawed” in many aspects and puts council in a difficult position because the perception from the public is that they can stop this from happening.

“Let me be clear – the Act says we cannot” stated Hewitt.

“We are playing a bad hand of poker, we cannot fold, and we do not have many chips to play with. The motion I am putting forward is intended to be clear on why we are asking for a moratorium and the assurances we need to address the local public interest.”

Councillor Leroy Bartlett asked for a clarification on the meaning of “moratorium”, Hewitt responded by saying that he wanted to slow the process down, take a “pause” to allow council and staff to participate in the process.

Currently there are proposals for 176 wind turbines, about 980 acres of solar panels and a significant new transmission and distribution line slated for Haldimand County.

After a lengthy debate by members of council, a recorded vote was taken. The resolution was carried with a 5-2 vote. Councillor Craig Grice and Councillor Lorne Boyko voted against the motion of a moratorium.

Afterwards, Peter Grosvenor, president of Haldimand Wind Concerns, spoke about council’s decision.

“The motion the Mayor put on the floor was exactly what we were going to do… More scientific studies need to be done because we don’t want people to get sick.”

He said he’s frustrated with the McGuinty Government, saying a “democratic structure has not been taken.”

“[They’ve] taken democracy right out of the picture. We want to help council and other communities get democracy back because it’s gone.”

9 thoughts on “Haldimand Council carries resolution for moratorium on wind turbines

  1. “Currently there are proposals for 176 wind turbines, about 980 acres of solar panels and a significant new transmission and distribution line slated for Haldimand County”
    Sounds like a horror show.

    “the perception from the public is that they can stop this from happening.”
    This is more than just perception. Ontario citizens have put up with a lot, but this blatant disregard to the living conditions of landowners is a cruel slap in the face. Dalton McGuinty wants to hear nothing but yes men for his agenda. We are citizens of Ontario and Canada and we expect livable conditions for our citizens.

    A moratorium needs to be implemented because the McGuinty Liberals failed to acknowledge health issues that are present with Industrial Wind Turbines. His guidelines are inadequate and need to be reexamined.

    It would be nice to have two systems for electricity. One for those who’d like reliable, manageable flow electricity; and another rate for those who’d like to have lights on when the wind blows. We could charge double if they’d like to have lights on when the wind didn’t’ blow.
    This would be a lot more fair than paying exorbitant rates for crap power that is nothing but a nuisance.

  2. You need to read the article in The Chronicle quoting Josie Hernanddes, Sr. Media Relations Specialist of Next Era as saying that communities across North America are “embracing wind power.””We’re seeing the resistance here while some communities benefit.” Economic benefit to who? I wonder who she is talking about. Real Estate values have already gone down, just with the proposals of wind turbines. Our health concerns are not being met. Our tourism plans are ruined. Hmm economic development to cash for life land owners who buy into this garbage and industries like the one she is flogging. I’m not buying one bit of it. We can only hope that the communities asking for a moratorium are heard and respected.

  3. To whom it may concern ! I’m surprised it hasn’t been posted from the Windsor star today. Amazing how they put an article from Suncors ppl but not from the appeal committee. I don’t know how to put a link here so I hope someone else can.
    Disgusting how the media is so biased. Should we boycott the mis representation or would an opinion article suffice????

  4. Josie Hernanddes, Sr. Media Relations Specialist of Next Era as saying that communities across North America are “embracing wind power.”

    Yes. Everyone loves a hug.

    Maybe Josie would show us how to hug a wind turbine. Oh goodie!

  5. This little gem from the American Gas Association, at about 25 seconds

  6. There is a town council meeting on the 28th for the delegation to present the moratorium and hopefully get it passed. I screwed up on the time in the Haldimand Press the correct time is at 1pm.. that Peter is speaking.
    There is also a bunch of us that are in the process of planning a rally for Cayuga. We will put the date, time etc as soon as we know it. I am hoping that all of you will support us and pass the word along. I would love to see a great turnout. I am hopeful that if we support the other munipalities rally’s, hopefully they to will come and support us.. we need to stand united in these endeavours
    please show your support for the moratorium on March 28 at 1 pm at the Haldimand County Council meeting in Cayuga

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