Orangeville Banner The following is part of a series of correspondence between the president of the OSEA and the mayors of Melancthon and Amaranth.
Dear Mr. Stevens: I corrected you once when you tried to mislead the public by suggesting that municipalities had the decision-making power over wind farms and I am glad to see that you now agree by stating, “You are right to note there is no veto.” However, you now recommend we read your Municipal Guide “so hopefully this will help you and your staff get up to speed.”
As a result of this statement, I have received a number of calls from residents, who live, eat and sleep in Dufferin County amongst the largest wind farm in Ontario.
They were totally insulted by your article and wonder why you are inferring we are dumb and stupid and only by reading your guide will we “get up to speed.”
For your information, our municipality has been taken to the Ontario Municipal Board on an appeal for non-decision because the wind company would not complete nor provide the reports and information necessary for the municipality to make a proper decision.
More importantly, we need to recognize from your article that (Ontario Sustainable Energy Association) is an extremely strong lobby group that clearly advises and reviews information for the provincial government and its ministries.
If your article is the measure of your advice to the premier and his ministers, it is indeed a sad day for residents in this province.
Municipalities and residents want their decision-making powers returned to them under the Planning Act! Surely, that message is clear.
Mayor of Amaranth
Dear Mr. Stevens,
RE: Letter to the Editor titled Municipal Powers Explained Feb. 9.
Your original letter wound up in my “junk” email file, presumably because you are not using a secure server.
I was insulted by your comment suggesting that our council and staff were not up to speed. You should be aware that we are (like it or not) the home to the largest commercial wind farm in the province of Ontario.
Our involvement has included: negotiated deals, a project through the (Ontario Municipal Board) and a recently negotiated small project under the Green Energy and Economy Act. We are, sir, up to speed.
You have requested my participation in a forum sometime in March or April. I would consider sitting on that panel on three conditions:
1. You apologize to our council and staff.
2. You get out of Toronto and talk to people where the rubber meets the road.
3. You provide complete details of the agenda and content of your forum.
Mayor or Melancthon