In the past several weeks my office has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails regarding the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) wind turbine at the Family Education Centre. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with members of Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy (S.T.O.P.) and the Director of the CAW to ensure I was fully informed on this issue.
The provincial government has not adequately addressed the health concerns surrounding industrial wind turbines near residential homes. The CAW is ignoring the wishes of the community by building an industrial wind turbine as close as 150m to residential property.
Although this issue falls under the jurisdiction of the provincial government I am calling on the CAW to be good neighbours, listen and compromise with the
community of Saugeen Shores.
First and foremost, the CAW needs to hold an open public meeting to honour the community consultation process outlined in the Green Energy Act, a step that has not been taken or offered to the community to date.
Secondly, the CAW should be willing to compromise with the community and find a mutually agreeable solution.
There are a number of alternatives the CAW could purpose including installing solar panels, striving to adopt LEED certification for their buildings or
relocate the wind turbine to an alternate location away from residential areas.
Saugeen Shores is a beautiful place to live. This issue has already had a negative impact on people in the community. It would be unfortunate if this turbine was to negatively affect people’s way of life and their health.
I am urging the CAW to be a good neighbour and work with the residents and council in Saugeen Shores to find a mutually agreeable solution.
Ben Lobb, MP