By Ernest Horvath, Owen Sound Sun Times
According to Kristopher Stevens Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association regarding communities , local councils have control over IWT development. Well I can tell you this many municipalities are trying everything they can to prevent them from coming into their communities. Some are facing threats of lawsuits.
Yes there are some few areas where municipalities can make their area more unattractive to IWT development such as requiring higher development fees , fire and safety insurance , and setting high bonds to ensure the protection of the ratepayer when the times comes for these Turbines to be decommissioned.
But many of these areas are being challenged in court. And for small municipalities that is huge financial burden to deal with.
But what is fact is that at the end of the day , the power has been taken away from the people that have built these communities. I don’t know anyone that lives in the country that would have bought a home there if the home sat near an Industrial Wasteland.
This industry never stops it’s spin , aided in part by the Ontario Liberal government and millions of our tax dollars used for this spin every year. Why ? The profits are enormous in this business because of the prices Dalton McGuinty signed Ontarians on to pay for electricity from this industry.
3 times for wind , 15 times for solar what we buy conventional power for.
Kristopher Stevens wants us all to believe that the Liberals and the NDP under Andrea Horwarth who voted against returning our rightful say in a democratic country did nothing wrong and that we have enough say.
We needed that bill to restore our rights to have a say in what happens in our own communities passed.
The Ontario Liberal party has betrayed us.
As has the NDP under Andrea Horwarth who talks about the little people but votes against them in what is the most important issue we face today in our communities .
The Liberals and NDP have paved the way for any area to look like Shelburne , Ontario.
They both ignore the impact it has had on the lives of the people they claim to care about.
When connectivity is finished these developments will begin making our area and others an Industrial Wasteland like the communities that have already had the misfortune of having councils betray their trust.
So Mr. Stevens, sell your nonsense elsewhere.