By David Judd, Port Dover Maple Leaf
The fight against wind turbines proposed near Port Ryerse has become more public and more personal.
Forty protesters waved signs and handed out information sheets last Wednesday on normally quiet Gilbert Road. The road dead ends at the home of Anne and Wally Faulkner, a short distance from Lake Erie, west of Port Dover.
The unlikely occasion for the protest was the summer picnic of the Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society. Society president Anne Faulkner hosted the picnic in her gardens. The protesters had no bone to pick with the horticultural society. In fact, one prominent sign thanked the society for beautifying Port Dover and Woodhouse. But the protesters, mostly from the Port Ryerse area backed by contingents from Haldimand and West Lincoln, strongly objected to the Faulkners and their neighbours — the Smiths, the Steinhoffs and the Woolleys — leasing land for four industrial wind turbines planned for the Port Ryerse Wind Farm.
One sign read: “Smith, Steinhoff, Woolley and Faulkner, cancel the turbines. You and (developer) Boralex are going to damage all that is good here.” The protest was for the most part a quiet, low-key affair.
About 45 horticultural society members passed by the protesters’ signs on their way to the picnic.
Many picnic-goers stopped to accept anti-wind information sheets and some gave the protesters a thumb’s up. One driver honked her horn and drove by. Read article