Jim Merriam, QMI Agency
Last week’s musings about the potential loss of 60,000 jobs in rural Ontario due to the removal of slots from racetracks in the province brought a question from a reader. He wondered how I could conclude the provincial government “couldn’t care less about the small towns and rural areas of the province,” based solely on the fact that moving the slots threatens the rural-based race industry.
Let me count the ways. Rural abattoirs have been forced to close across the province because of onerous regulations from Queen’s Park. Fifteen years ago, Ontario had more than 900 businesses to process meat and poultry. Today, there might be 130.
The regulations, by the way, were nothing more than meddling; there hadn’t been problems. Meanwhile, they’ve seriously interrupted the local food chain and helped to make a joke out of the same government’s promotion of eating food produced locally.
Wind factories are being forced down the throats of rural Ontarians to feed the hunger for power in the Golden Horseshoe and beyond. Local governments have no say over such developments, nor do neighbours and other landowners. The province continues to ignore all the issues being presented by wind factory opponents.
Maybe some of the unbending bureaucrats will begin to get the message when they see how their Bruce Peninsula playground will be ruined by dozens of wind turbines planned for that area. Read article