Large turnout for Windfall Documentary in Manvers

by Lisa Gervais, Lindsay Post
MANVERS TWP. -A young girl took to the microphone at the Manvers Arena Thursday night and asked why developers want to build 400-foot-high industrial wind turbines in her town, instead of wind mills, when no one seems to have a problem with them.  “That’s a good question,” City of Kawartha Lakes Ward 16 Coun. Heather Stauble told Jazlyn Kooger who could barely reach the microphone in front of about 150 people at a town hall information meeting in which the documentary Windfall was shown

The town is facing the prospect of 15 industrial wind turbines if the Ministry of the Environment approves them and the PC government doesn’t unseat the provincial Liberals at the Oct. 6 polls. The PCs have said they would place a moratorium on unapproved projects pending independent health studies.

But it wasn’t just City of Kawartha Lakes residents who attended the screening of the documentary -on how the small town of Meredith in upper state New York were divided by the wind issue. People came from Peterborough County, and the area of Millbrook and Clarington which are also facing the contentious issue.

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock Liberal MPP Rick Johnson, a Pontypool-area resident, did not attend. PC candidate Laurie Scott and NDP candidate Don Abel did. Neither company proposing the Manvers wind projects, wpd Canada and Energy Farming Ontario, were on hand.

During a question and answer session after the documentary, one woman said it was ” eerie” how close the film was to what is happening in Manvers and across Ontario.

Bill Clark asked about health studies, saying he had friends in the Ripley area who “are telling me horror stories all the time. People are leaving houses.”

After a number of people asked about concerns ranging from setbacks, to effects on farm animals, to municipalities stripped of rights, to effects on property values, to health studies and to taking the province to court, one man got up to say he thought it was supposed to be an information meeting, not something with a “pre agenda. Let me make an informed decision,” he said.

“I understand why the other side isn’t here.”

Stauble said proponents had been invited a month earlier and chose not to attend. She said that made it hard to have “informed discussion.”

Stauble encouraged residents to continue to fight the big wind companies and another woman said “there is a lesson to be learned in reduction.”

5 thoughts on “Large turnout for Windfall Documentary in Manvers

  1. Rick “No Show” Johnson must have been busy trimming his toenails …

  2. Thank You Heather Stauble, for bringing us the Windfall documentary.
    It was very good and eerily similar to our own area and situation.
    The documentary gave equal time to all involved partys,so I don`t think the fella who complained about a pre-agenda for the ‘info meeting’,had a leg to stand on, so to speak.
    There is simply nothing good to say, in defence of IWTs, which is why wind proponents refuse to debate the issues. They were invited, they didn`t show. They never do.
    I`m thinking the fella was actually, a wind proponent in disguise.

  3. Heads Up!
    City of Kawartha Lakes!
    Subject: The mayor will see you now!

    What this does is make the mayor the de facto CAO, since the power for every decision rests in his hands. He’s ensured that by noting in the organizational chart that even council reports to him, whereas other cities don’t separate the mayor from elected councillors in their layouts.–our-opinion-how-to-kneecap-a-cao

  4. Hard to believe!

    City of Kawartha Lakes seeks and finds –
    part – time lawyer!

    He added he will be reviewing legal files, including outstanding lawsuits, and helping to determine if the city can use “less outside counsel” in legal matters. But, he noted some, such as drainage, are very complex and require legal specialists. He said he would also offer a “second opinion” on decisions that have already been made to determine if the city was on the right track.

    Mr. Sutcliffe said he is not sure if the job will turn into a full-time position. Mr. Paterson said that would be determined after the 90-day period expires.

    Council has considered hiring an in-house lawyer in the past, but no resolution ever came forward after the city’s original solicitor left for another job. Mr. Paterson said that during his time at City Hall, he’s been asked a lot of questions about legal matters, and it “made sense” to talk to Mr. Sutcliffe.

    “I’m no lawyer,” he said.–city-hires-part-time-lawyer

    Important to note: a while ago – all the small towns and villages – had councils of there own – But, ‘amalgamated’ to form:
    The City of Kawartha Lakes – ‘one council’ representing the entire area.

    Question: How ya do’n?

  5. It is interesting that the young girl asked about wind mills and wind turbines. It infuriates me when people use the two terms interchangeably. Wind mills are NOTHING like wind turbines. Trust me. I have seen both. I have even seen 10 or 12 wind mills in a row (Kinderdijk, The Netherlands). But I guess “wind mills” sounds less ominous and less industrial than “wind turbines”. Yes, I know it is semantics, but often our choice of words speaks volumes.

    Wind mills are not upto 550 ft tall. A few storeys in height would be the max. In the olden days some millers and their families would actually live in the windmill. There would be the part where the milling of grain took place, for example, and then the living quarters. Others lived very close to the windmill, as that was the miller’s way to make a living. Windmills blended into the landscape and did not harm people, wildlife, depreciate property values, upset neighbours, etc.

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