Community anger is the latest reason proponent NextEra can’t find a place for its public presentation
By DEBORA VAN BRENK, The London Free Press
Amy Chan has owned a restaurant around Strathroy for 24 years, but it wasn’t until now that she felt compelled to cancel a booking for fear of protests. Chan has never seen an issue rock rural Ontario like the coming of industrial wind turbines. So when her staff took a booking for her banquet hall at Amy’s from the continent’s largest wind company, NextEra Energy, to presents its plan on July 12, she phoned them back to cancel.
“People protesting — it wouldn’t be good,” Chan told The Free Press Friday. Bookings have been light so far in Chan’s new hall in Adelaide Metcalfe Township, but Chan is focused on keeping in the good graces of neighbours. “This is a very small town. People are happy — we hardly have any issues, but this time it seems they are very angry.”
That anger has boiled up often. Mayor David Bolton twice calling police to stop citizens from videotaping council meetings — an issue resolved in the favour of citizens. And the Liberals lost many rural seats in last October’s Ontario election. Read article