West Grey says no to wind turbines

By Laura MacDuff, The Post, Hanover
WEST GREY – West Grey Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s meeting that they hope will stop the construction of NextEra’s wind energy farm and any other wind turbines that could be constructed within the municipality.
The resolution said that West Grey will not be a willing host to any further developments of wind turbines within West Grey. Two turbines, hooked up to the power grid and also providing energy for residences, have already been constructed within West Grey. The resolution demonstrated that council is concerned with the health issues, economic prosperity and quality of life for the residents of the municipality.
A group of those who are not in favour of the turbines, neighbours and residents, attended the meeting to hear the verdict that council would pass.
Before the motion was passed, councillor Don Marshall said future should hold some type of change to the way people are living with energy. He said that those who “sit back and just look at land values” are shortsighted. He said something needs to be done for the children of today and the future generations.
“I think throwing (this motion) into the gears and slowing green energy down will affect the kids,” he said.
Councillor Rob Thompson commented on Marshall’s statement saying that “Maybe it’s good in some places but not here for the quality of life within West Grey.”
Councillor Carol Lawrence asked for a recorded vote. In the end, council voted unanimously to pass the motion.
Following the passing, the audience members breathed a sight of relief and clapped in celebration of the motion.
“I said before how proud I am of our council and I am even more so right now at this moment in time,” said Martina Heyward, a neighbour to a proposed three turbines. “It’s fantastic. This is democracy. Finally.” Read article

16 thoughts on “West Grey says no to wind turbines

  1. Wish Mayor Hewitt and his Council, here in Haldimand, had the “nads” to do the same instead of doing commercials for Samsung, lobbying for more of those elusive wind energy “jobs” (a la Lorne Boyko and Niagara Region Wind Corp.)(Sachem & Gazette Oct. 11/2012), signing their, so-called, “Community Vibrancy Agreement”, and giving “Renewable Energy Applications a Boost” (See Sachem & Gazette Oct. 18/2012).
    Ms. Heyward…. Glad to hear you’re seeing some semblance of “democracy” in West Grey. We’ve yet to see our own Council take a stand in support of the people! So much for the “moratorium” on Renewable Energy installations here, which our Council passed, and now is actively engaged in a campaign of “welcome to all comers” including Samsung, Nextera, Capital Power, and NRWC. Next Municipal Election??? We WILL remember!!

    • Maybe the Mayor and the Halidmand councils don’t know or don’t care who owns NRWC?
      Same applies to the IWT developers in C-K?

    • Councillor, Don Marshall – a lunatic in the neighbourhood

      ‘[excerpt] Before the motion was passed, councillor Don Marshall said future should hold some type of change to the way people are living with energy. He said that those who “sit back and just look at land values” are shortsighted. He said something needs to be done for the children of today and the future generations.
      “I think throwing (this motion) into the gears and slowing green energy down will affect the kids,” he said.’

      Is he kidding?
      If not – ouch!

      • Okay –
        since Mr. Marshall brought up – ‘land value’ – first……….
        ……………..How is HIS – ‘land value’ – doing?
        I trust he cares about his children’s and grand-children’s – future.

        Or maybe – he doesn’t care about himself – or his family’s future.

        Traditional values?

      • Mr. Marshall is still under the false impression that wind turbines will replace fossil fuels.
        Not surprising coming from a guy who also thinks composting toilets can replace septic systems. Also, not surprising, this coming from a guy who’s a member of the local Transition group. Ignornant to reality as he refuses to put down the bottle of green Kool-aid.

      • +It definitely will affect the kids. They won’t have to grow up in a totally industrialized province with energy that is only for the rich. But slowing them down is not good enough. They need to put the turbines far away from residences, except for the turbine employees and supporters, and the executives could get front row. We’ll study them and give them our results after 10 years or so.

  2. In Europe in places like Germany the wind & solar industries are or will shortly be mature industries with a saturated markets for IWTS and solar projects. At maturity for these products all that is left to supply are replacements and with IWTs lasting ~20-25 yrs there is no room for growth. So growth has to come from exports to other countries. Now IWT makers are now looking at Latin america for growth as U.S. utilities are at or nearing their mandated requirements from renewable energy like IWTs which will either slow down or stop the need for IWTs in the U.S.
    When IWTs are not in demand then the jobs in the IWT industry either decline or end.
    There is now so much production over-capacity in the world solar panel market,which now belongs to Asai anyway, that there will be few jobs if any elsewhere in the world.
    So there won’t be jobs in Ontatio working in these industries but it’s easy to fool the general public about the jobs issue. There won’t be any export markets for IWTs or solar panels from Canada. These can be made cheaper elsewhere in the world anyway.

    • Those who will benefit are those who can get the lucrative FIT contracts because it dosen’t matter to them where the IWTs and solar panels are made. The money from the contracts is what counts!

  3. West Grey Council has the dubious honour of having a mayor, Kevin Eccles, who ran for the Liberals in Grey/Bruce and Don Marshall, whatever his status is (councilor or dep mayor or whatever) who ran for the NDP, both in the last election. It took a lot of work for the people of West Grey to get this resolution through! Good job folks!
    By the way, my own thoughts are that both council members, either who would have dumped their municipal duties in a day if they could have moved into provincial politics, should have to resign.

  4. There should be a way to fire them if they aren’t doing their job properly, like in most other jobs. It’s too easy for them to do whatever they please and hope people forget before voting day.

  5. Ooops, wrong party for Marshall. He ran for the Green Party. Eccles and Marshall should both resign since either would have left the municipality if they had been elected provincially. Eccles still walks around like a little parrot for the provincial Liberals. Instead of taking the time to listen to the people who are sick from turbines in his neighbouring municipality, people who made arrangements well in advance and who travelled a long distance to report to the Public Health Committee, Eccles decided to run over to Chesley to a factory opening to talk about all the jobs the liberals are giving us with it. By the by, the factory is owned by the Chinese.

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