The provincial issue of wind turbines about to return to Norfolk Council

by John Crawford, CD98.9 FM
There’s still simmering anger in Norfolk when it comes to wind-turbines and their potential health impact on residents.  And the subject is coming up again at Council tomorrow night.  A Port Ryerse woman plans to ask Council to do everything possible to stop four wind-turbines from going into her community, even though Mayor Dennis Travale says there’s nothing more Councillors can do.

The Norfolk Mayor says people need to understand Ontario’s Green Energy Act means local politicians have no jurisdiction.

Travale says “Council cannot do a thing for them”.

He says Council has already asked for a moratorium and health studies.

He again says that anyone concerned about potential health risks regarding wind turbines should contact MPP Toby Barrett, this being a provincial issue.

Trouble is, the Liberals and NDP last week voted down a Conservative bill that would have restored power over wind projects to Norfolk and other local governments.

Barrett says it’s unfortunate, since 200 turbines are projected for the area, adding “the only thing we can do now is have a change in government”.

6 thoughts on “The provincial issue of wind turbines about to return to Norfolk Council

  1. Anarchy is already here since industrial planning has been only up to Provincial powers, excluding the importance of farmed and natural lands. The Provincial plan is a faulty, patchwork plan that has created civil unrest.
    Mr. Bentley is now the bearer of all future responsibilities.

  2. Ontario now has a government that does the bidding of wind developers. The government has lost contol of this situation and the government can no longer stop IWTs even if they wanted to.
    A flood of law suits would be unleashed.

  3. [excerpt] The Norfolk Mayor says people need to understand Ontario’s Green Energy Act means local politicians have no jurisdiction.

    Travale says “Council cannot do a thing for them”.

    All that being said, the door swings both ways;
    would also have to mean Mr. Travale has made it perfectly clear
    to the ‘wind proponents’ – council will not be making a decision on whether or not to accept a
    ‘sustainability fund’ or ‘vibrancy fund’ – because, they can’t make that decision either.

    Or, am I mistaken, and the Green Energy Act allows for that type of behind closed door negotiation?

    Who’s kidding who Mr. Travale?

  4. Travale says he can’t do anything – well how about resigning for a start and let SOE who will at least try be Mayor – the people should demand nothing less.

  5. Thanks for your support, Tony.

    Norfolk’s Mayor Travale was NOT asked for his resignation and the two motions put before the Council for passage with a recorded vote were deferred.

    So, the struggle for the Wind Warriors continues; we can not “go away”; we have NO choice but to continue addressing our local political representatives until the harm being done by the IWTs is mitigated.

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