Bruce County council backs call for turbine study

Dr. Hazel Lynn

By Don Crosby, Owen Sound Sun Times

Bruce County council is throwing its support behind a request from Huron-Kinloss that the Grey Bruce Health Unit study the health effects of wind turbines close to homes.

“I have a lot of people in my community that have been sick since the turbines [have been] up and working. We hope if we pass this resolution around to other municipalities we’ll gain some support. Take this to the health board and hopefully Dr. [Hazel] Lynn will see fit to take it to the next level, whether that’s a health study or whether it’s getting other health units in other counties involved in this process,” Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan said after Thursday’s meeting of the county’s agriculture, tourism and planning committee.”I think it’s very important that no further turbines are erected until some sort of health study is done.” Continue reading

Off-shore turbines considered off of Bruce coastline

Posted By Troy Patterson   Kincardine News

The public has less than a week to comment on the first phase of a government document that could lay the framework to introduce off-shore wind power development off of Point Clark, Kincardine, Port Elgin and up the west coast of the Bruce Peninsula and east coast of Georgian Bay.

The Policy Proposal Notice, entitled ‘Renewable Energy Approval Requirements for Off-shore Wind Facilities -An Overview of the Proposed Approach’ began its ‘public review’ process June 25, with comments from the public to be submitted by Aug. 24. Continue reading

Bruce County Council backs wind bylaw

Owen Sun Times, owensoundsuntimes.com

Bruce County threw its support behind an Arran-Elderslie bylaw that uses a section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to exert some local control over approval of wind energy projects.

Arran-Elderslie Mayor Ron Oswald was the only county councillor to speak in support of the bylaw, which went before county council on Thursday.

He said his municipality wasn’t against green energy, but there were health concerns that his council wanted addressed before wind turbines receive approval.

He was grateful for the support by the county.

He acknowledged the growing support for Arran-Elderslie’s bylaw and referred to some of the municipalities — including one in Huron County and one in Simcoe County — that have supported it.

He said there’s another meeting next Thursday in Chesley with the half-dozen municipalities from Bruce and Grey counties involved in developing the bylaw. Many of them have already supported the bylaw.

Bruce Municipal Councils to Fight Back

Mark Davis

By Mary Golem, Owen Sound Sun Times

“We can either stand up and be counted or sit back and pay the price,” Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis told members of Arran-Elderslie council Monday as he urged his fellow councillors “to do something” to stop wind energy projects in the municipality.

Although chief building official Stephen Walmsley said no applications have been made for building permits for turbine projects in Arran-Elderslie, Davis produced several pages of projects in the municipality either pending approval or already approved.

“What’s happening around us is not good,” Davis said, demanding Arran-Elderslie call another meeting of its neighbouring municipalities to discuss the issue further. Arran-Elderslie, West Grey, Grey Highlands, Brockton and Georgian Bluffs met once late last year to discuss the issue but no further meetings have been held. Continue reading