By Anita Thornton
WLWAG Year in Review This year has presented many difficulties and at times disappointments for wind action groups around Ontario but Wednesday night was definitely a bright moment for the West Lincoln Wind Action Group.
Speakers, community members and WLWAG came to together at the Wellandport Community Hall to be updated on the status of the battle against the NRWC and the IPC projects. Neil Schwitzer, chairperson of the event gave an informative overview of the status. Updates were also provided by the leaders of sub-committees and wind actions (health, environment, legal actions, appeals, communications, finances, fundraising etc.) as well as an update from our allied friends at “STOP” and “Mothers Against Turbines.” A special thanks to Tricia Vaughn for who recognised a need for this information update for the community and Deb Murphy who encouraged us all to spread the information.
Ed and Ann Fairfield relayed to the audience their own battle with the IPC and what their next step would be. As always finances would be an issue and requested help with this. They reminded us that this was really a community battle.
Coming all the way from Goderich, Shawn Drennan was the special speaker for the event. He updated us on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms battle against the GEA and its legislation and urged us all to “Unite the Fight”. He stressed that we really needed to pool our resources and focus and that if he and his lawyer Julian Falconer were successful with their court case then it would have wide ranging implications for all wind projects and its victims across Ontario.