Wainfleet: Wynne Urged to Honour Commitment to Consultation in Advance of Wind Development

IMG_1783Wainfleet Press Release
Approximately 50 elected leaders from municipalities across Ontario met this weekend in Wainfleet, ON at a strategic conference about the future of wind development in the province, with the hope that the new Premier will listen to their concerns. The group was brought together by ongoing concerns with the Green Energy Act and the impact renewable energy approvals are having on municipalities and residents.

The delegation decided to develop an organized group of municipal leaders, comprised of elected officials, to monitor information on the impact of wind development and act as an advisory committee to work with the province to address existing regulations.

Mayor April Jeffs of Wainfleet, who hosted the conference, feels optimistic that the new Premier will be open to consultation:
“We have sent a letter to the Premier expressing the need for collaborative decision-making on wind projects near municipalities. We believe there is an opportunity for municipalities and the provincial government to work together to develop an approval process that works for all involved. After years of community division and demonstrated problems with the Green Energy Act, we simply cannot stand by and let this continue” said Mayor Jeffs.

The conference involved presentations from legal experts, municipal leaders, a renowned and highly published health expert, and a Government Relations consultant who discussed at length the implications of wind development in close proximity to municipalities and residents.

Before the meeting commenced at 9am on Friday, the group was greeted by several dozen concerned citizens that demonstrated their interest in the work the municipal leaders were undertaking.
The municipal leaders who met this past Friday are continuing to organize and develop a unified position on wind projects. The province can expect increasing pressure to address their concerns in the weeks to come.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mayor April Jeffs, Township of Wainfleet, 905-899-3463 ext. 227 or email to ajeffs@wainfleet.ca.

21 thoughts on “Wainfleet: Wynne Urged to Honour Commitment to Consultation in Advance of Wind Development

  1. Surely Mayor Jeffs or any of the others is not so naive and gullible to think that Ms Wynne is going to do anything that will help our cause – reality is we are screwed unless we get rid this government.

    • At least she is doing something, Tony.
      Most municipalities are playing tiddly winks while rural Ontario is decimated. I have heard Mayor Jeff’s speak before, she does not strike me as naive or gullible. She is someone who cares about the predicament her constituents find themselves in.

    • Neither Tony! Mayor April and her Councilors have been fighting tirelessly for nearly two years now. They have listened to their own residents, both pro and anti, given the wind energy companies every opportunity to attend meetings and give their side. They have had threats made against them by the wind energy companies both publicly and behind closed doors. They have had to fight their staff, some of whom have told them they can’t oppose the GEA. They are now facing a lawsuit from a local wind energy company who were recently granted $400,000 of our tax dollars, by the M of Energy, to assist them in their application process. This is the first lawsuit by a private for profit wind corporation against a democratically elected municipal council in Ontario.
      Wainfleet Council are neither naive nor gullible, just the first Council in Ontario to believe, unanimously, that the best interests of their communities are their first priority.
      I wish a few more had shown such ‘naivite’ and ‘gullibility’ by now………… 🙂
      Unfortunately it is not our elected politicians who are to blame for playing the politically correct game when dealing with day to day situations. It is an electorate who demand that the likes of Wynne and her cabinet be given the ‘entitlement’ to a ‘fair hearing’ as a new government instead of being prosecuted for what they have done.
      Personally I would far prefer to hear Mayor April stand up and express the sort of opinions we express on these pages, regarding this corrupt and crooked parliament.
      But even if she did agreed with us I do understand the stupidity of our current politically correct process that gives her little option but to play the ‘political’ and ‘media’ game.
      You had better embrace Wainfleet Council being ‘..naive and gullible..’,Tony! They are the only elected body in Ontario at this time who have been so consistent in fighting for the wishes of most of us who read these pages.
      Like you I would love to see this government fall tomorrow. Unlike you I’m not sure that at this time we have an alternative that will do any better.
      In the meantime I will continue to applaud and encourage the only elected politicians in Ontario who have truly embraced the oaths of office they took and who continue to represent their constituents with such political courage! Look around Ontario at this time and tell me how many more you can count, locally, regionally, provincially and federally.
      Andrew Watts

      • Segue C. I’m obviously far too focused on my local township!!! Sorry! 🙁
        If I had read of the Petaway Council motion I would have applauded it all the way!
        Having said that is Pettaway still ITW free and can it be shown that it was the Council’s actions that made that so?
        Has any IWT company taken out a lawsuit against that Council and its residents?
        In the meantime, you are quite right:
        WAINFLEET ROCKS! 🙂
        Andrew Watts
        PS. Wainfleet haven’t tried to profit by the FIT program with a solar peoject???

      • Petawawa Council was against the Green Energy Act in general, for all the reasons stated in the link.

        The only project on the books, as far as I recall, was a hydro electric generating facility on the Petawawa River right next to the military base (CFB Petawawa).

        There are no IWT developments pending for Petawawa, to the best of my knowledge, probably because the municipality is located in the lowlands of the Ottawa River valley.

      • Thanks ScepticalGord, I do appreciate that! As a relatively new Canadian from the UK I still can’t get my head around the sheer size of my new province, never mind country! After 10 years I can still get lost even before I leave Wainfleet…………….
        Did Petawawa also request a moratorium in IWTs? Are they one of the 91?
        They could be a great asset to us if they have realized the basic stupidity of the Green Energy Act in spite of not being threatened by any industrial wind energy projects?
        Andrew Watts

  2. Message to Ontario ‘Green Mayors’ – stop pretending!!!

    ‘[excerpt] Mayor April Jeffs of Wainfleet, who hosted the conference, feels optimistic that the new Premier will be open to consultation:
    “We have sent a letter to the Premier expressing the need for collaborative decision-making on wind projects near municipalities. We believe there is an opportunity for municipalities and the provincial government to work together to develop an approval process that works for all involved. After years of community division and demonstrated problems with the Green Energy Act, we simply cannot stand by and let this continue” said Mayor Jeffs.’

    Hey Ontario!
    What’s your mayor and council up to? ——Hiding the truth – maybe.

    Support Wainfleet Mayor – April Jeffs, and council.

  3. Mayor Jeffs has great intentions, and that’s great !! However, I have to agree with Tony…McWynnety has already said she will stay the course with the GEA, and was apart of the process that brought it in in the first place…I rest my case….

    • Hey Sparky,
      This has nothing to do with – what Wynne wants………..
      – this has everything to do with – ‘a mayor and council’ –
      doing their job. A job they were elected to do.
      Job description: Any guesses?

      In the case of Wainflleet –
      mayor Jeffs, and council – are doing an excellent job.

  4. At least the public can see that Mayor Jeffs is attempting to negotiate with the present government to correct the situation, and if, as we all expect, it is not successful, the next step is an election, and the turbine fiasco needs to be a MAJOR election issue. The NDP are also pleading ignorance, (which means they are complicit in this scam), the Conservatives are the only party to see the devastation and unbelievable financial burden that the GEA and FIT programs have caused. None of the parties are perfect….but there is one party that is promising to help, when the others only promise more of the same old crap.

    • …if by “help” you mean, “make informed decisions that faithfully represent public interests”…

  5. I think it might be good to have a list of the Municipal Officials who attended the meeting. Any chance we can see who is doing their job representing us?

  6. The Weather Network conducts a daily survey.
    Today’s survey asks how many homes in Canada are powered by wind turbines.
    AT THE END, however, people can comment on the survey question.
    I urge you to do so!
    Just Google “Weather Network”, it should take you to the site.

  7. Hi Petra! I did go in and found I had to complete the survey before I could comment?
    This survey is based on incomplete and unsupported facts by someone at Weather Network who appears to be having a ‘slow weather day’?
    It’s a bit like the Health Canada and Uni of Waterloo ‘health study’ survey that has been mentioned!
    The answers will be used to support Ontario’s wind energy agenda. It is most unlikely any results would even begin to address our concerns in any way.
    At 5:00pm today, IESO claim that wind energy could supply a city the size of Brampton(using 2.5 persons per household?) that gave just over 200,000 homes! One day last week during the cold spell IESO stated wind energy(around 0.2% I think?) could supply energy enough for 600,000 laptops! How many laptops = 1 home? No clue and neither does the wind energy industry.
    It is all ‘smoke and mirrors’ I’m afraid in order to keep this stupidity going for as long as they can.
    If the poll had included an option for checking ‘0’ homes I just might have been persuaded!
    But don’t stop checking and looking for these things. Every bit more we know of what we are up against the more we know of what to expect………. 🙂
    Andrew Watts

    • The Weather Network apparently has skin in the IWT game.

      They keep promoting these things every chance they get.

      • The polls seem to be run by the Canadian government? Their logo appears on the side.

  8. Andrew, I could not get one member of my Council in Wellington North to go to Wainfleet. I especially pushed my rural members. Mapleton or Centre Wellington had no representation either despite being encouraged to go. Someone told me that day in Wainfleet that if they took monies from the vibrancy fund that they could not be vocal against the wind companies. Do you know if that is true? Many of us really appreciate what Wainfleet is doing and I know it certainly has to be difficult even when your staff is fighting you. Too many of our Councils are run by the CAO and paid staff and that has to change.Several also have Councilors with non-declared conflicts. The people of Mapleton fought hard with little to no help from their Council.The ERTs are a farce, it drains you emotionally physically and monitarily. Then the IWT are approved anyway, then you get sick as in the case of many including those in Mapleton. To top it off people say horrible things about the people who are suffering, yes, sometimes even your own Council.
    The school boards have been very quiet on this issue also, infact, I have been told the school is to stay out of it. My grandchildren will have several IWT near their Gainsborough School.I know that if they are approved they will no longer attend. It is sad because it is a good school.
    Keep on keeping on Wainfleet. THANK YOU!

    • Hi Carol!
      If the implication behind that particular comment:
      ‘..Someone told me that day in Wainfleet that if they took monies from the vibrancy fund that they could not be vocal against the wind companies..’ is true, then what those ‘democratically(?) elected(?) Councilors’ are saying is that part of the deal behind these ‘Vibrancy Funds’ is
      either:
      1. They agreed to accept ‘gag orders’ from the wind energy companies to support them and their projects without criticism,
      or:
      2. They freely accepted, by voting for a ‘Vibrancy Fund’ deal ,that the best interests of the wind energy companies supercedes their oath of office to act in the best interests of all those who elected them.
      We just have to keep fighting!
      I think it is appalling, and criminal, that parents are only being left with the choice of taking their children out of neighbourhood schools where they are happy, in order to guarantee private corporate profits for wind energy companies who can offer no benefit, only harm, to our rural communities.
      Andrew Watts

  9. Andrew Watts says in his latest comment: “…………wind energy companies who can offer no benefit, only harm, to our rural communities.” No benefit is correct, as these turbines are assessed at only a pittance $40,000 per nameplate Mw. That means a 2 Mw Turbine, worth at least ! million, is assesses at $80,000. You will have a hard time finding a home assessed at or below that figure. MPAC has been corrupted by the political pressure from McGuinty!
    Peter.

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