Support for turbine control law grows

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By Mary Golem,  Owen Sun Times Correspondent

Support is growing for Arran- Elderslie’s bylaw to control industrial windfarm development using a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, based on health and safety concerns. Continue reading

Davis calls others to turbine fight

Mark Davis

by Denis Langlois    Owen Sound Sun Times

Coun. Mark Davis says he hopes other municipalities will follow Arran-Elderslie’s lead by passing bylaws aimed at reclaiming municipal control over wind farm developments.

He also hopes to amass a “war chest” to fight the province in court, if necessary.

“There’s strength in numbers,” the outspoken wind turbine critic said Friday.

Davis’s wind turbine control bylaw passed final reading this week at Arran-Elderslie council.

It argues that Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — the protection of life, liberty and security — trumps Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which controls wind farm development. Wind farm opponents say massive turbines cause serious health effects. Continue reading

Consumers Council of Canada Attacks Constitutionality of Ontario’s Green Energy Taxation

Tom Adams Energy

Today the Consumers Council of Canada filed a motion before the Ontario Energy Board challenging the authority of the Ontario Energy Board to levy the Green Energy Act taxes imposed under Ontario Regulation 66/10. On April 23rd, the OEB wrote to electricity distributors ordering them to initiate accounting procedures required to collect the tax.   Continue reading

Arran-Elderslie Council unanimously supports new bylaw

By Mary Golem, Owen Sound Sun Times
 
Arran-Elderslie has given first and second readings to a draft bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development. Continue reading

Arran-Elderslie may invoke the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Owen Sound Sun Times

Arran-Elderslie may invoke the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its latest attempt to block unwanted wind turbine development.

At a special meeting of council Thursday, Coun. Mark Davis circulated a draft bylaw calling for protection of life, liberty and security of the person under section 7 of the charter, claiming wind turbines cause serious health effects and are a blight on the rural landscape.

“We owe it to our people to maintain their health and well-being . . . We don’t want Arran-Elderslie to look like Bruce Township,” with all of its wind turbines, said Davis. “It’s disgraceful and disgusting.” Continue reading