By Jennifer Vo, The Sachem
Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) was the main topic of discussion at the Year in Review open house in Fisherville. Residents filled the Fisherville Community Centre for the last open house that took place on November 29.
Haldimand County clearly saved the big one for last, as Mayor Ken Hewitt and Councillor Fred Morison were met with angry residents in Fisherville – many of them, it appeared, had been gearing up for the open house with IWT protesting signs on hand and speeches to the mayor prepared. The construction of NextEra’s Grand Renewable Energy Park just added more fuel to the fire with residents using the open house as one last plea to the mayor and council to stop the turbines.
“We want to say that we’re disappointed. We are asking for your help and that’s why we’re here,” said a resident, pleading that if Haldimand County can find a loop hole, they should take advantage of it. Not only was the meeting a desperate plea to council, but in a sense, it was a warning to the mayor and councillor about what they should expect in the coming months. A couple of residents stood up and said they planned to appeal their property assessments to MPAC believing that the turbines will significantly decrease the value of their homes. Others warned they only planned to pay what they thought was fair on their property taxes and nothing more.
Hewitt responded by saying that no one knows yet how these turbines would affect property values – not even MPAC. “I find it hard to believe that you don’t know. If you don’t know, then all of this should be stopped,” said a resident. Those at the open house still felt betrayed about the Samsung commercial, which Hewitt admitted had been a mistake. Residents also felt the Community Vibrancy Fund (CVF) agreement made between the county and the proponents was a stab in the back to the community and made the county appear as though it fully supported the projects. Read article
The Wind Turbine Developers are about to change our environment by placing turbines all over the country side, from East of Dunnville up to the turbines near Clear Creek to the west.
Thirty-one turbines are proposed East of Dunnville, 170 to the west in Haldimand County, in Norfolk County 13 turbines just east of Port Dover, four around Port Ryerse and more planned between there and Clear Creek. Mostly along the lakeshore. This travesty is being appealed by Haldimand Wind Concerns as well as citizens. The first day of the Tribunal Hearing will be Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Kinsmen Community Centre, Cayuga. Continue reading →
by Jennifer Vo, Regional News This Week
A lot of criticism was aimed at Haldimand County councillors and the mayor last Tuesday from Dunnville residents attending the Haldimand Year in Review open house. “Why do you think you’re going to lose? You guys aren’t willing to fight for anything,” said one resident. The Dunnville resident was responding to Mayor Ken Hewitt’s comments about the industrial wind turbines being a losing battle for Haldimand County. Continue reading →
Written by: Ontario PC Party
Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus took action this week to give planning authority back to local governments to give them and local residents a say in what happens in their own neighbourhoods. In 2009, Dalton McGuinty stripped those powers away, which cleared the way for the installation of massive industrial wind turbines like those planned for West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand County. Continue reading →
By Stephanie Dearing and Susannah Schmidt, Turtle Island News
It’s a red light for Samsung’s Green Renewable Energy Park after the Haudenosaunee Development Institute issued a cease and desist letter to Samsung and partners on November 2. HDI representatives personally delivered the letter Friday to a Haldimand County archaeological assessment area on Sutor Rd. south of Nelle’s corner south of the reserve, HDI lawyer Aaron Detlor said in an interview. Assessors left the site with equipment, he said. Read article
Mayor Ken Hewitt will introduce a motion March 21 that would, if passed by county council, call on the province to “recognize a moratorium on the development of industrial wind turbine and solar projects” in Haldimand County.
In the written notice of motion drafted Monday, Hewitt said the moratorium should be in place “until further assurances can be provided to address the concerns of the people and that the province commits to the conversion of the Nanticoke Generating Station to a combination gas and biomass generation facility.” Continue reading →
HALDIMAND – Haldimand County may well be the epicentre of the green energy debate. And yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is a debate about where our energy will come from in the future.
In one corner, there is the Ontario government under Premier Dalton McGuinty. A government that is determined to replace energy produced by the coal-burning Nanticoke Generating Station with green energy by 2014. Continue reading →
With several companies proposing to build wind farms in Haldimand County, wind turbines and their benefits and drawbacks are a hot topic.
The community could see up to 100 wind turbines along the lakeshore between Port Dover and Nanticoke.
Another project, proposed by South Korean Company Samsung, which is a combined solar/wind power farm that is considered the largest in the world, will be moving ahead in the South Cayuga area. Continue reading →