On the Ontario government’s website, they state, “4.5 million people in Ontario live in a rural community. The Ontario government has made a long-term commitment to improve their quality of life.”
They go on to say “We care about the people who live and work in rural Ontario.”
Well! Who are they trying to kid? Their actions prove otherwise. They are preparing to sacrifice the village of Zurich and just look the other way.
The $1-billion wind-farm deal is all well and good for some – the government coffers, big American business and a few farmers – who will benefit, but not those of us in the village of Zurich who will be surrounded by these farms.
There will be constant noise, an unsightly view and vibrations.
At the same time, we are expected to sit on top of a proposed natural gas storage project.
We will be directly impacted by all of the safety and health issues associated with both initiatives.
And we will see property values plummet to zero.
This is devastating.
Where are the studies that show the effects of these wind farms, in particular the resulting constant land vibration on an underground gas storage and the effects on our municipal deep well water system?
Providing cheaper energy for urban Canada and our American neighbours at our expense is sickening.
Add to all of this the recent announcement that the government will also close our public school where our children walk to school each day for a first-class education. It’s just more than our village can tolerate in order to survive.
The government’s promise to ensure and enhance our quality of life is a lie. We’ve invested in homes and businesses here. Now these investments are being taken away with no regard for any of us.
The government’s agenda to abolish our town should at least include compensation for relocation.
Heather Redick is a Zurich resident.