Grey Highlands Council votes to protect their citizens against the health and financial impacts of IWTs

In a recorded vote yesterday, the Grey Highlands Council voted 4 to 3 to oppose the Road Use Agreement with Plateau Wind and to oppose the withdraw of MGH’s appeal of  the Ontario Energy Board’s decision to Divisional Court. After an emotionally charged discussion, Lynn Silverton, Paul Allen, Stewart Halliday and Deputy Mayor Paul McQueen voted with their conscience and in spite of PWI”s threats  and the GEA  to continue the struggle to protect their citizens against the health and financial impacts of IWTs in close proximity to people.
 
Plateau Wind Inc. faces three court actions in their attempt to develop the Plateau Wind Project; the Municipality of Grey Highlands regarding  the right of PWI to the road use as a distributor, an application to order the landowners of turbine 1 to execute a lease and deliver their possession of their property to PWI and to execute an authorization of Agent requested by the MGH. Preserve Grey Highlands Citizen’s Alliance Inc. case regarding a review of the Director of the MOE to issue the Certificate of Approval for the Plateau Wind Project.
 
An update will follow.

13 thoughts on “Grey Highlands Council votes to protect their citizens against the health and financial impacts of IWTs

  1. Vote: 4 voted with their conscience –
    the other 3 should never
    serve on council again.
    Now – the threats will start!
    Hold tight!
    ……and don’t back down.
    McGuinty Liberals will be forced to rule by ‘regulation’ –
    if the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) wants this project.

    So – then we have a Liberal ‘dictatorship’ on display.

    One thing is for sure – this will be interesting!
    I hope the ‘threats’ are not to severe.
    ………….and, I hope the 4 don’t back down!

  2. Thank you for your willingness to stand up to big business and a government that is not listening. You are not only standing up for your community but for all of Ontario. It is easy to go the bath of least resistance but you have chosen the road less travelled and it will not be easy. Just know that many are standing with you.I hope your fellow council members will also stand with you.

  3. You know the real sad thing with all these IWTS.?
    Technology is almost at the point where we can all be energy self reliant.
    Solar and geothermal for people that own homes and businesses will soon be at the point where we don’t need to buy power or very little.
    Rather than put all this money into wind which may very well be redundant in the next few years , imagine the jobs and the economy boom from millions of homes and business with grants , subsisides provided with the 28 Billion the Liberals are wasting. Wind will likley be the Beta to the VHS.
    Still can’t understand why people haven’t woken up.
    Why do you want to pay for power at rates of 4 to 12 times the rate?
    Especially when your tax dollars could go to you to save you money not having to buy power and not business to sell you power. Every now and then I see people who get it like this council. The pressure must be enormous.

    • Huge amounts of money are being invested in “antique” IWT technology some of which could be used for research into new future means of generating electricity.

  4. Ernest Horvath says:
    07/26/2011 at 10:00

    You know the real sad thing with all these IWTS.?
    Technology is almost at the point where we can all be energy self reliant.
    Solar and geothermal for people that own homes and businesses will soon be at the point where we don’t need to buy power or very little.

    Ernest, that is not even close to the truth. You may want to believe hat — but don’t it isn’t true. I think there are a lot of electrical engineers would tell you that it is possible to to live only with renewable energy supply — but, at best, it will be a greatly reduced lifestyle. At worst it will be a dangerous lifestyle as your winter may be spent with little or no electrical power. While this would not be a great inconvenience for a rural dweller with a large woodlot, and wood fuel heating — for most it would be a disaster.

    Not even combined wind, solar and battery… If you remained grid connected, I predict that 80% of your heating, cooling and electrical power would come from conventional fuel sources. It’s a cold climate!

  5. They are pretty cose with some really good storage systems , and geothermal is amazing.
    If I was young enough and was buying or building a house I would cetainly go that root , another that isn’t too bad is radiant heat but no A/C.
    The entire direction of all this from all I understand is producing power without using as much coal…not debating the fools argument LOL!…but that is the “reason”.
    With a decent roof and some space solar can do a reasonable job with storage ability…will NOT get totally off grid but can really take the bite out of you power bill.
    These guys are going to try and spend this money……why are we not demanding it be spent on us?
    Isn’t the entire direction to lower demand and find a “less” polluting power source?…..That is the sales pitch right?……
    So either they fund us with our own money or they use our money to subsidize business….
    If they choose to subsidize business then leopard shows it’s spots
    We have to have an answer and an alternative …people are SOLD on what they believe is renewable , clean energy….. It doesn’t mean they want to pay for it.

  6. I am so impressed by this Grey Highlands council! They obviously care about the health of their constituents, care about property values and care about protecting the beauty of rural Ontario. And, they’re not about to be pushed around by a bullying government that supports the interests of power companies while ignoring the concerns of it’s rural citizens. Good for you 4! You demonstrate courage, care and common sense. I’d be proud to have elected officials like you represent my interests. You all deserve a medal.

    • I can`t say it better D. McEwan!
      These 4 councilors are awesome! The other 3 who voted against, are gutless, or don`t really give a dam, about anything but their unearned paycheques.They`d make good McGuinty-style Liberals.
      We need more like the good 4, in municipal politics! They deserve re-election, when the time comes…… And a medal.

  7. Bully for Grey Highlands. Our Mayor in Meaford says that they will not spend any time or money to try and stop the Minniehill IWT project. This project is to have its second public meeting on Oct 5 and it is a project proposed by a Markham developer that will build 1-3 turbines in our area to offset the cost of electricity for a condo project in Milton. Does the term sWINDle have any relatsionhip with the term FIT?

    • You have a council.
      The mayor is not a King.
      He is part of the council.

      Who’s running the show here?

      What about the rest of this council?
      Are they also – not listening –
      or too busy being important citizens?
      …….you should be asking more questions.

      I read the wonderful deputation presented to
      council – Feb 2011.
      Brilliant deputation.
      I guess ‘something’ – must have happened in the
      interim.
      How odd.

      It just leaves one wondering.

      • I’m asking plenty of questions but getting no responses…. the deputation to council fell on deaf ears.

      • Good Grief!
        …….no responses?
        That’s really ignorant.

        Oh, Wow! These are your elected officials.
        Mmm – Mmm – Mmm
        It would be interesting to know –
        who the town lawyer is……and from what firm.

        They at least owe you a
        “thanks for calling, we’ll make a note” reply –
        of sorts. But, nothing?

        This is not at all respectful, and shouldn’t be accepted.

        p.s. …….and they shouldn’t be telling anyone to ‘buzz off’ –
        but, it appears – their silence has done just that.

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