By Jon Radojkovic, Owen Sound Sun Times
Most of Chatsworth’s councillors will be ready to walk out over the wind turbine issue when Premier Dalton McGuinty gives his keynote speech at the upcoming Ontario Good Roads Association meeting in Toronto. Council passed a motion Wednesday supporting a resolution from Arran-Elderslie for the province to place a moratorium on all wind turbine construction until concerns about them are addressed. Arran-Elderslie’s motion was partly based on an Ontario Federation of Agriculture call for a one-year moratorium beginning Feb. 20. Arran- Elderslie has also asked all municipal representatives to walk out of the good roads meeting when McGuinty gives his speech Feb. 27 if a moratorium isn’t in place.
Mayor Bob Pringle cautioned councillors that leaving while the premier is speaking may damage their relationship with the province, but he said he is ready to walk out “as long as all the other municipalities did so and we were unified.
“The government is just not listening,” Pringle said.
The OFA’s position is that the province is not listening to rural Ontario’s concerns over wind turbines, which include health related issues, the cost of wind power, setbacks and the lack of municipal input.
Coun. Cornelius Vlielander was the lone voice opposing the walkout.
“They (wind towers) work very well in Holland,” he said.