In a small town your business is truly everyone’s business. What was to have been a dinner to build community ended up being nothing of the sort.
On August 16th 2012, at the local community centre in Fisherville neighbours at different ends of the wind debate met. Baseball and soccer games were in play on the fields outside and the parking lot full as people gathered to enjoy a typical summer evening in small town Canada. A social hub used by many. Dinner protested peacefully by over 50 people who greeted the invited guests of Samsung and its partners. Neighbours protesting against provincial government ignorance and self-serving agendas, industrial giants and those neighbours who bought into the “Green Energy” fairy tale, (or who just don’t care) and took the money.
Inside a local cater was preparing dinner sponsored by Samsung Renewable Energy project for the local land owners involved in the Wind and Solar projects proposed for the Haldimand and Norfolk region. Officially called- the Grand Renewable Energy Solar and Wind Projects. Details of these massive projects are available on the web at http://www.samsungrenewableenergy.ca/haldimand
What these documents do not show or discuss is the very real hurt, or the harm that is caused by this type of industrial installations. People are suffering without relief or respite. Asked those who have abandoned their homes due to Industrial wind projects, or talk to those who haven’t been able to leave. This is the real community impact for rural Ontario.
Approvals are currently under appeal at the Environmental Review Tribunal with the initial hearing date set for September 10th 2012, in Cayuga. Hear first-hand the “evidence”.
The split is real. The community divide has occurred. The harm is and has happened. Tears are genuine. People are the evidence listen to their testimonies. This is not good for anyone’s community.
Linda J Rogers