South Dundas Mayor sticks his head firmly in the sand

Mayor Byvelds

Byvelds unmoved – Morrisburg Leader
SOUTH DUNDAS —  On January 20th, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) released a statement titled “OFA calls on government to suspend wind turbine development in Ontario.”  On January 31st, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds revealed that OFA’s new stance will not change South Dundas council’s position toward Prowind’s South Branch Wind Farm project or their refusal to meet any of the South Branch Wind Opposition Group’s requests for help in stopping the project.

“The OFA release came after our Council decision.  I don’t see how it will change our position,” said Byvelds.

“I think if you investigate prior OFA positions on the Green Energy Act you may find some contradictory statements,” he added.

According to OFA’s release, “since 2007, when the development of industrial wind turbines began in Ontario, the OFA has worked with government on regulations, cautioned farmer members on the pitfalls of wind leases and expressed concerns about pricing. Many of these issues have not been addressed, causing tremendous tension among rural residents and community neighbours.”

Further to that, OFA President Mark Wales was quoted saying, “we are hearing very clearly from our members that the wind turbine situation is coming to a head – seriously dividing rural communities and even jeopardizing farm succession planning.”

5 thoughts on “South Dundas Mayor sticks his head firmly in the sand

  1. This council has to realize now that they are recklessly and needlessly putting the health and safety of residents at risk. The council has an obligation to inform the public of these risks. There’s no excuse for not knowing about the potential harm these turbines can inflict.

  2. There are some contradictory statement?! Maybe the self-serving ones from the pro-wind lobby, all based on shoddy science and bogus promises. Maybe the Mayor has deluded himself into thinking the municipality is going to reap a harvest in fees? Talk to other mayors, Mayor; the sums are paltry.

  3. It’s up to the people of South Dundas to fire their mayor and any other councilor that does not act in the best interests of the residents. Get together and demand he / they resign. They work for you -you pay their wages etc- you don’t work for them . It can be done, I was a member of a group of residents that did this a few years back to our council that thought otherwise.Fill the council chambers at every opportunity -take over the meeting – it is your council chambers in your municipality – lets see some real democracy for a change.

  4. Does anyone out there know how to fire a mayor? Just wondering in Haldimand. Seems to be a waiting game here. 3 more years. Yikes!

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