St. Catherines Standard
WAINFLEET – The township is facing another lawsuit in its ongoing opposition of wind turbine projects planned for the community. And this time, Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. is hoping to nullify the township’s Dec. 10 decision to pay the $40,000 legal bill for Skydive Burnaby, the local business leading the fight against a nearby wind turbine project. Wainfleet Wind Energy represented law firm Aird & Berlis LLP, launched the lawsuit Dec. 31.
Besides being one of the developers who are working to build the wind turbine project, wind turbine developer Tom Rankin said he’s also a Wainfleet property-owner who’s concerned about how his tax contributions are being used. “We just think it’s wrong to start subsidizing a small sector of the economy. We just think it’s wrong,” he said. “I’d like to think I’m representing taxpayers that are pretty upset about that whole shenanigan of giving someone $40,000 to fight an appeal. That’s my take on it. I’m a taxpayer out there myself. I own property there, and some of our employees own property there and I’ve talked to a number of other people and they’re pretty upset.
“You don’t just start giving out grants to people in the community like that. That’s nonsense,” Rankin said. “Not a lot of thought went into it, I can tell you that much.” Rankin said the company’s lawyers are currently busy dealing with other matters, but the lawsuit will be before the courts “sooner rather than later.” A hearing is scheduled for March 6 at 10 a.m. in a St. Catharines courtroom. Read article