cour·age [kur-ij, kuhr-] noun 1.the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
The word ‘courage’ has become a distinct part of the vocabulary when talking about wind turbine projects. And isn’t that just crazy? Courage?
Never before in a time of peace in this country have families had to fight so hard to retain their health and their homes. The McGuinty Liberals are decimating rural Ontario by enacting their personal green agenda with industrial wind turbines, and it’s all about money and power as everyone now knows.
We watch the ‘courage’ of Stephana Johnston, just one of the senior citizens who have been forced from her home because of the adverse effects from the wind turbines surrounding her. She travels the province making sure people know what the McGuinty government has done to her life and warning people to stop them before it is too late.
We watched as Norma Schmidt ‘courageously’ stood up in the legislature weeping for the MPP’s to stop calling her a NIMBY, to stop hurting her family and to stop trouncing on her good character.
We watch as a young man named Aaron, innocence lost who is now labeled as a detractor from progress and a roadblock in the proliferation of green energy as he quietly and ‘courageously’ travels the province. He and his mother have been forced from their home and are renting a second. They should be seriously and openly angry and yet they are a most gracious family, trying very hard to get this hurtful situation corrected in a most democratic way.
There are families who fought for years but finally abandoned their homes and those who were silenced, tied to non-disclosures and are now being forced to listen to a pre-election McGuinty tell Ontarians how proud he is of his 900 wind turbines. I can assure you those families are screaming inside from the hurt inflicted on them and some of them have suffered in ways that can never be undone.
We have health professionals with outstanding credentials who chose to believe the folk at ground zero who were having problems. While the government continues to boldly lie by claiming the Chief Medical Officer of Health says all is fine, this group of ‘courageous’ people have been steadfastly working at government and legal levels to change the despicable pattern of harm that has unfolded.
We have professional engineers who remember that they must protect the public above all else who have been writing reports and contributing information with the determination that all they have worked for in their lives must have some merit in stopping this twisted policy.
And of course we have probably the most courageous set of people. Those in their communities that haven’t actually had a turbine built yet or the project approved but who are leading the way fighting this government. It is pretty hard to fight against something you haven’t actually experienced but these people are paying attention to what is happening and have the understanding that those affected or otherwise involved have no agenda or funding, they just want to stop the harm and protect their families and members of their community.
Included are those in the media who may be small in actual number but determined nevertheless. They have refused to follow in step with this government agenda and have been reporting on all of the far-out claims made by the McGuinty government including the ridiculous notion that wind turbines are even a viable source of energy to begin with.
This trail of courageous people leads me to a horrifying fallout of this scandal. A bullet through the mailbox of the Gillis residence. As shown in the attached photos you will see the bullet appears to be a well-placed message. The mailbox stands in front of the horse paddock. Lorrie and Peter have horses, dogs, cats and chickens that regularly have run of their farm. And now we have a bullet being fired.
Did it scare the Gillis family? Damn right it did but also full of ‘courage’ they both continue to fight for the health and well-being of Ontario families. The Gillis family will continue helping the victims, helping the action groups, informing council members and working 24/7 to stop this insanity. This will not keep them from meetings, rallys and protests or keep them from letter writing and from helping others.
We also know of the torching and burning of a large “Stop the Wind Turbines” billboard sign on private property in another township and of many episodes of spray painted and stolen signs. These signs are expensive and no one on the ground is getting Trillium funding or grants of any kind to help them protect their homes.
When the fight begins to be layered with vandalism and threats then you know this is a dirtier scandal than most people understand and when it comes to threatening verbally or by action then it’s time for this government to come clean.
Answer to this Dalton McGuinty! It is you who has created this serious conflict, so answer to it and tell the truth.
The people of Ontario are sick of your lies. They are sick of your negligence and of your continued denial. This is not a political issue. This is not about green. This is not about saving the planet and creating jobs. This is about Mr. McGuinty destroying the fabric of rural Ontario and putting people’s lives in danger.