On Aug. 5, I was surprised when my wife and I attended a display at the Lakehead Labour Centre sponsored by Horizon Wind developers.
We were directed through an emergency exit to the display room. There is a normal entrance from the front of the building where the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee had an excellent display which includes up-to-date information obtained by extensive investigations. It negates much of the information supplied by Horizon Wind.
Also at the entrance there were armed city police officers and several security guards.
We were required to register at the door and to wear a name tag. We were also informed that we would have to agree to be photographed (video cameras were set up).
The only reason I could see for changing the entrance was to avoid the protection committee’s display adjacent to the Horizon Wind meeting room.
I do not understand the need for armed guards. Are they afraid for their own safety or are they trying to intimidate the visitors? I was not intimidated and it is likely no one else was.
There are countless suitable locations in this area where turbines will not interfere with a large residential region and present no damage to the beautiful Nor’Wester escarpment.
Hopefully, city council will end this confrontation by scrapping the agreement with Horizon Wind.
Dr. Hugh McIntyre, THUNDER BAY