By Sarah Sacheli, The Windsor Star
KINGSVILLE, Ont. — For 35 years, Henry Armstrong and his older brother have farmed 98 acres at Inman Sideroad and North Talbot Road in Kingsville. Now a wind turbine erected on a neighbouring farm across the road has changed the face of their land forever.
“I’ve lost my rights, no consultation, no compensation,” Armstrong said, standing where soybeans are just about to push through the earth. Back in 2010, the brothers decided to split the farm down the middle, putting each half in one of their names. They still farm it jointly but, getting on in years, they thought a severance was prudent for estate planning purposes.
“We thought we should divide it in case something happens to one of us,” Armstrong, 64, said. They filled out the necessary severance paperwork with the town. Months later, on the eve of their application being approved, the town’s planner discovered the footings of a wind turbine going up across the road. She insisted that Armstrong, for his half of the farm that falls within 550 metres of the turbine, would have to get the property rezoned to never allow a home to be built on much of it. Read article