Turbine construction to start soon in Grey Highlands

by Don Crosby, Owen Sound Sun Times

Excerpt:  Lorrie Gillis, a spokesperson for the more that 75 opponents who turned out for Monday’s meeting, praised the efforts of council for procedural delays to the wind energy project for the past couple of years.

“Our council members have worked diligently to look our for our best interests. My feeling is that today they felt under the gun; they felt threatened with legal action if they didn’t make a decision today and I think they felt they might be individually prosecuted or there was a chance of that if they didn’t bend to the will of this wind company,” said Gillis. Read article here

9 thoughts on “Turbine construction to start soon in Grey Highlands

  1. After reading this – I had to pause, and read it again –
    Excerpt: “My feeling is that today they felt under the gun; they felt threatened with legal action if they didn’t make a decision today and I think they felt they might be individually prosecuted or there was a chance of that if they didn’t bend to the will of this wind company,” said Gillis.

    I am of the feeling, if you talked to 5 lawyers – you would possibly get 5 different opinions.
    Many feel – the law is an “ass”, and therefore, the law profession exists in the first place.

    I for one, very strongly believe, the council – could have, and should have – represented the will of the people. Period.

    A very sad day for another community – of law abiding citizens.

    I certainly hope these councillors take a look in the mirror tonight.

    I am very disappointed, and it absolutely horrifies me to think that we are now ruled by private corporate thugs.
    And,…..and….McGuinty Liberals allowed it to happen.

  2. Just like Thunder Bay! Another public relations disaster for wind developers.

  3. ‘Under the gun’ is when you can’t live in your house any more and no one will believe you, you try to find a place to rent, a place to move your family, someone to take your pets, all while you are still expected to go to work everyday with a bloody smile and not talk about the turbines that are destroying your life because you will be labelled a complainer.
    THAT is why we need OUR MUNICIPAL LEADERS STOP THE DEVELOPMENTS!!
    I would surely take a lawsuit that I can fight with the reams of evidence available over what more families are going to be going through if these get built. How can these things continue when they are running illegally in the first place?
    BULLY is not a strong enough word. These companies and this government are in collusion and they are taking everything and everyone down.

  4. Timm said the company had provided council with all of the information requested and had met all of the conditions over the past couple of years and that the approval of the building permit fees and entrance permit fee schedules was overdue.

    ‘met all of the conditions”-
    Who has the records of the public consultation and how they addressed the concerns of the residents?

    • It would appear, your council, apparently under extreme duress, forgot why they were there in the first place on Monday.

      It would be nice to have full disclosure to be able to judge, and understand fully, what actually happened behind closed doors.
      Now citizens can only speculate. Wow!

  5. “One potential obstacle still remains” I believe they meant Lorrie and her group!!

  6. “We’re very happy. It’s been a long process working back and forth to get to where we are with those agreements. We’re happy to move forward,” said David Timm, Vice President of strategic planning with International Power Canada.

    Wow, what a cold-hearted blankety, blank, blank this guy is. He’s HAPPY and therefore it is all a good thing. Too bad for the poor folks who have to live near the IWT’s and are NOT HAPPY. But hey, as long as Davey Timms is HAPPY THAT is all that matters!

    “…working back and forth…”, making it sound like everyone was on a level playing field. HELLO! The Green Energy Act skewed this whole process SO much, the municipality and all of us are losers before we even start.

    Is it Oct. 6 yet? I cannot remember longing for a day as much as perhaps when I was about 7 years old and knew I was going to get a new set of cross country skis for Christmas.

  7. Was this council not a signatory to the moratorium on IWTs,until such time as they are proven safe for humans/wildlife/the environment etc.?
    If so,they had every right to refuse a building permit,& in fact were obligated to do so,to protect their constituents.To hell with lawsuits! Any decent honest judge would through them out of his court,after Tim wins the election on Oct.6/11.
    Even if they`re shut down Oct.7,they`ll have tons of concrete installed & mega unreversable environmental damage done.
    This council has failed its people.
    We know for a fact, that IWTs are extremely harmfull & totally useless.There`s no excuse,period.

    • Why aren’t you on council?
      I am sure council did the best job they could .

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