As it rises from the ground it reminds me of something designed by a committee, where everyone’s input has to be considered. I am sure that someone thought it would be great symbolism to paint it green. Yes, it will be a 30 story striped green tower with a red flashing light. That should blend nicely into a surrounding neighbourhood of trees and 1 to 2 storey residences. Why, you’ll barely notice it! Too bad they did not truly consider the neighbourhood. One might surmise that a good neighbour would have had an information meeting more recently than August 2005. Can you imagine the moral indignation from the CAW if a corporation were to use 6 year old data when discussing Health and Safety during a contract negotiation or if the government was to make changes to the labour laws and not consult the CAW!
In a response from Ken Lewenza on the CAW website, Ken suggests that Ben Lobb MPP has “misconstrued many of the facts related to our windmill project”, this is interesting, given the CAW’s use of the George Canning Report on property valuation, and its refusal to respond to a request to do a comprehensive study in our area and to include the properties bought out by wind developers. Furthermore, they have ignored the growing evidence of health and safety problems related to Wind Turbines and instead rely on the use of “there is no direct causal relationship”. Granted, not everyone is affected, but like the people on a boat, not everyone is going to get sea sick, and you cannot always predict who will. Finally, Ken discusses their complete disclosure, and I understand that there was information on various government websites, but I truly doubt many people spend time scanning government websites to ensure that their neighbours are not planning on building Industrial Wind Turbines inside city limits! Ken points out that the Union has been a positive member of the community for over 40 years however he has laid waste to that tradition in just one act, and has succeeded in dividing a community and has attracted calls for boycotts of CAW products and the Family Education Centre.
I call it the “green monster”, but I am sure the CAW media department is busy working on a Grand Opening when they will unveil to the public their new Residential Industrial Wind Turbine, specially painted green, symbolizing their commitment to “green” energy. Maybe we will be able to hear some “feel good” stories about it being easy to be green, and maybe some stories about how many good “green” jobs this project is going to attract to Ontario, and in case the visitors missed the 100’s of turbines on their drive from Windsor, they will be able to stand under one in the parking lot, but only from May to October. That is, according to the signage posted at the local Enbridge installation that states, “stay back from November to April inclusive, due to potential ice shed”.
Nevertheless, I hope that the CAW Media Department advertises this nationally (less signage of course) to show the world what CAW Corporate Greed is all about.
The Elector-Motive issue is not settled, and in a press release from the OFL, Ken Lewenza is quoted as saying, “that he is taking a stand against the worst kind of state-sponsored corporate greed,” “Prime Minister Harper is spending billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize tax cuts for corporations who are taking our cash … and our jobs. It is like having our own money used against us.” However, if one were to substitute Prime Minister Harper for Premier McGuinty in the above statement, you could easily be talking about the Green Energy Act and the FIT program, where corporations, including the CAW, are taking advantage of billions of dollars of subsidies, and according to the Auditor General’s report and my letter last week, are costing jobs. Yes, they are using our own money against us! I did not realize that there are various degrees of “state sponsored corporate greed”, but apparently the CAW is a part of it as well.
One final note, I have a 2009 Ford Flex for sale. It was assembled in the Oakville plant, low mileage, has a glove-box full of Ford Service Department receipts for recalls, TSBs, and warranty claims. This past week it spent 4 out of 5 days in the shop for warranty work. I am thinking another Toyota or Honda will better suit my needs.
P.S. If my children, or anyone else’s children get sick, because of the affects of the CAW Wind Turbine, how do I explain to them that they won’t be able to spend time at their beloved beach?
David Shemilt Port Elgin