Scott disappointed by failed bill

By Jenn Watt, Halburton County Echo
Local MPP Laurie Scott gained some traction with her support of a private members’ bill to give municipalities authority over green energy projects. Introduced by MPP Todd Smith of Prince Edward Hastings, the bill tackled the Green Energy Act, which is blamed for allowing controversial wind turbines to be erected without enough public consultation. Continue reading

Ontario PC Bill Will Restore Local Decision Making on Industrial Wind Farms

Picture 0 for Ontario PC Bill Will Restore Local Decision Making on Industrial Wind FarmsWritten 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

Tory MPP to Introduce Bill to Restore Local Control

Todd Smith, MPP

Queen’s Park – (November 25, 2011) Laurie Scott, the MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock is pleased to support a private member’s bill being introduced on December 1, 2011 by fellow PC Member, Todd Smith, from Prince Edward Hastings. Mr. Smith’s bill, The Local Municipality Democracy Act, 2011, is aimed at restoring the municipal power to draft and enforce by-laws to protect their interests with regard to green energy projects, such as wind turbines.  When the Green Energy Act was introduced in 2009, it ran roughshod over the traditional rights and responsibilities of municipalities to pass by-laws, by stating that municipal by-law restrictions did not apply to renewable energy projects, sources or test projects. Continue reading

McGuinty never understood what rural Ontario needed

By Connie Woodcock, Sudbury Star
After a few decades of elections, you get used to it. You sit down in front of the television on election night, knowing you’ll never hear your riding mentioned all evening and that you’ll have to wait until the next day to find out what happened. So imagine my surprise on Oct. 6 to hear my obscure, little, provincial riding mentioned repeatedly on all the broadcasts, right to the end of the evening. Continue reading