ASPHODEL-NORWOOD – What had been a relatively quiet public meeting Thursday night in the Millennium Room of the Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre quickly turned into a shouting match as residents opposed to wind farm projects demanded answers. It all started when Manvers Township resident Daryl Irwin, called for Collie Hill Wind Farm project manager Bill York “to stand up and answer some questions“ about three 1.8-megawatt wind turbines Wind Farms Collie Hill LP plans to construct on property west of Hastings.
Residents opposed to the proliferation of wind farm projects across the province converged on York to demand answers to their many questions about the impact of wind turbines on health, the environment and property values. “You’ve got to answer the questions of this community, because they’ve been bamboozled,” said Irwin, who has been involved in opposing similar wind turbine projects southwest of Peterborough. “This is the final meeting, and they want answers to their questions,” he said.
Asphodel-Norwood resident Debbie Lynch, who earlier had tried to remove maps displayed around the room, claiming they contained inaccuracies, blew a whistle in York’s ear to get his attention and demanded to know why the information had not been posted on the company website and made publicly available 60 days before the final meeting as required by provincial legislation. “If you lie to me I’m blowing the whistle, I’m blowing the whistle on lies,” said Lynch. Read article