C-K will raise turbine concerns – but won’t walk out

By Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News
Chatham-Kent will raise its concerns over the Green Energy Act, but won’t walk out of an upcoming conference, says a municipal councillor. Chatham Coun. Michael Bondy will be the lone council representative to attend the Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto next week.

The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie, located in Bruce County, is asking for a moratorium on wind turbine projects. It circulated a resolution earlier this year expressing its disappointment with the “total mishandling” of the Green Energy Act, and asked municipalities to show solidarity.

With rumblings over the possibility of a walkout during Premier Dalton McGuinty’s speech, Bondy questioned what impact that would have.

He called it showmanship and didn’t believe it was the right approach.

“I wouldn’t walk out,” he said on Thursday. “I don’t see any point in that.

“You don’t learn anything in the hallway … Then there’s very little negotiation and I don’t believe that’s a proper way to resolve any sort of disagreement or dispute.”

Bondy said wind projects have benefited Chatham-Kent through assessment. However, he admitted he wonders about the bigger picture, citing Europe as an example.

“It’s green energy and it’s a nice idea, but are we oversubsidizing?” he said.

Also attending the conference will be general manager of infrastructure and engineering Leo Denys.

Bondy said learning more about infrastructure efficiencies is a significant priority for Chatham-Kent.

While he expects municipalities will request funding, he said the province’s tight finances mean that alternate measures to save money will be needed.

“We’ve got some serious road, infrastructure problems,” he said. “And that’s not because we’ve been neglectful … with 800 bridges and thousands and thousands of kilometres of roadways, we’re not typical.

“This is a huge budgetary concern for us.”

The conference runs from Sunday until Wednesday.

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14 Responses to C-K will raise turbine concerns – but won’t walk out

  1. p says:

    Raise concerns? That’s already been done. RAISE YOUR VOICE AND WALK OUT!!!

  2. Good luck……………..he won’t even be able to raise his hand!!!!

  3. Free Thinker says:

    Oh those [intentionally left blank] ‘mind cramps’ -
    Re: ‘significant priority’
    Well – Chatham-Kent has demonstrated they’ve over extended themselves with
    ‘green cabal dreams’ – now it’s off – to learn,
    more ‘leadership’ skills.
    Ugh! Ha! Ha! Ha!
    Ugh!

    ‘[excerpt] Bondy said wind projects have benefited Chatham-Kent through assessment. However, he admitted he wonders about the bigger picture, citing Europe as an example.

    “It’s green energy and it’s a nice idea, but are we oversubsidizing?” he said.

    Also attending the conference will be general manager of infrastructure and engineering Leo Denys.

    Bondy said learning more about infrastructure efficiencies is a significant priority for Chatham-Kent.

    While he expects municipalities will request funding, he said the province’s tight finances mean that alternate measures to save money will be needed.

    “We’ve got some serious road, infrastructure problems,” he said. “And that’s not because we’ve been neglectful … with 800 bridges and thousands and thousands of kilometres of roadways, we’re not typical.

    “This is a huge budgetary concern for us.”

    The conference runs from Sunday until Wednesday.’

    p.s. Party away boy’s!

  4. concernedresident says:

    Bondy is a coward and doesn’t have the balls to stand up and walk out for the people who have been affected badly with these damn Turbines. He talks about money, infrastructure, well the damn roads can
    hold there own like they always have. WALK OUT and let McGuinty do what he wants to you because you will be there for the people and they won’t forget when the next election comes around. Same for all
    the councillors all fo you WALK OUT and just see what McGuinty will do , fire you all? well you will be back and McGuinty won’t, maybe he’ll even be gone this year if you all just walk the hell out. dammit do it.

  5. Gears says:

    Seems Michael Bondy is a real living example of someone who was apparently…born yesterday.

  6. Tom inglis says:

    Mr Bondy likes to sit on the fence, I hope he falls off. Tom Inglis Kendal On.

    • petra says:

      “It’s green energy and it’s a nice idea, but are we oversubsidizing?” he said. (Bondy said)
      Well, duh, do ya think?
      And he will be the lone councillor representing C-K at the meeting. Wow, must make
      C-K citizens feel confident that their message(s) will get passed on, and I am not just referring to IWT concerns.

  7. Melodie Burkett says:

    All it takes for evil to exist is for a few good men to do nothing.
    Shame on Mr. ( Bye Bye ) Bondy.

    Says you don’t learn anything in the hallway…does he think after McGuinty is finnished his propaganda and exits the hall that the info stops??? Reams of it will be on handouts!

  8. Sparky says:

    It’s obvious to me that the money that Mr. Bondy spent getting an education was totally wasted.. ‘ Nuff said…..

  9. Andrew Hoag says:

    Well the council in Chatham-Kent might be cowards, but the council of City of Kawartha Lakes have stated they will walk out. Let’s hope other councils will have the guts to do the same.

  10. Anyone who sits through McGuinty’s Green and Dreamy diatribe at ROMA either is up to their neck in the Green Corruption, is utterly brain dead and close to being a “mouth breather, or is actually not a Municipal rep and is in the wrong meeting room!

    • Frances says:

      Are you suggesting the might stack the audience??

      • I would suggest that there is a 50/50 chance at this point that he won’t even show up…………..couldn’t have any bad press while he’s in Question Period at the Pink Palace!!!

  11. me says:

    C-K council doesn’t even realize McGuinty cut their balls off. The only concern they have raised recently is that they want the red lights on the turbines (aka Mayor Hope’s red light district ((the biggest one north of Texas)) “to not blink”.

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