Rural municipalities unite against turbines

Jeffs Schenk DekkerBy Allan Benner, The Tribune
WAINFLEET – About 50 representatives from small towns across Ontario gathered in Wainfleet Friday to discuss what they view as a common problem — wind turbines. As more than 100 people concerned about the development of wind turbine projects in their communities showed their support, elected officials and municipal staff from 20 rural communities spent the day at Jericho House on Rathfon Rd. to hear from experts on the issue. Discussion was related to putting forth unified plans to regain some control over Green Energy Act projects.

Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said just bringing the representatives of rural communities together was an achievement in itself. “It’s amazing,” she said.

Ron Shenk, a councillor from Plympton-Wyoming, a town of about 8,000 people near Sarnia, said the conference marked “the beginning of co-operation among rural municipalities.”

“We’re coming together with one voice.”Like Wainfleet, Plympton-Wyoming has also implemented a two-kilometre setback for wind turbine developments, contravening the Green Energy Act. “When the provincial government takes away your planning rights, what’s next?” said Shenk. Read article

13 thoughts on “Rural municipalities unite against turbines

  1. A council member emailed that he found it very heartening to see all the support from wind warriors outside in the snowy parking lot. Good job all!

  2. People getting together in a common cause to take back their Democracy is the worse thing a politician who isn’t working “for the people” can witness!
    It scares them and makes them very nervous…………….our Council up this way since our mssive march on chambers in January are literally “running scared”………they know what’s coming this summer!!!……….a huge political meeting that we have demanded Council host so WE can ask them serious questions face to face!
    The townspeople are very excited to know THEY HAVE POWER!!!

    • It is an awesome sight to see the communities gathering together to fight these corrupt politicians and industries “en mass”. It is the beginning of something wonderful!!! The miscreants should be nervous, they have plenty of reasons to be!

  3. What a fabulous day and I am grateful to have been a part of it.
    It was only a 5 minute walk for me.
    To know that so many traveled so far, both ‘supportesters’ and elected Councilors from all over Ontario was both humbling and awesome.
    Small beginnings and we ain’t there yet but what a great ‘beginnings’ to be a part of.
    We all know this crooked scam will eventually fail, let’s hope today, in this tiny and insignificant dot on the map called Wainfleet today might bring that inevitable collapse sooner rather than later.
    Thanks to all of you,
    Andrew Watts

  4. Does anyone have a list of the municipalities that cared enough for their residents to attend this awesome meeting????

  5. The following municipalities were represented at Wainfleet’s Symposium yesterday:
    Central Huron
    Perth East
    West Elgin
    NorthPerth
    Grey Highlands
    South Bruce
    Prince Edward County
    Kincardine, Municipality of ( Bruce County )
    Bluewater
    North Middlesex
    Ashfield- Colborne- Wawanosh
    Plympton- Wyoming
    Warwick
    Kawartha Lakes
    East Zorra – Tavistock
    Tiny
    West Lincoln
    Saugeen Shores
    It was great to see them all make the effort.
    I understand that there were others who wanted to attend but had other commitments.
    Some of them were going to ROMA next week and couldn’t commit to travelling to two such separate venues within such a short time span. Some agreed they would be seeking out Mayor April out at ROMA to learn about the Symposium.
    As a result, Wainfleet Township have arranged a meeting room during the conference where any municipalities interested in hearing about the Symposium are welcome to talk to Mayor April.
    Again, it is up to you guys! Whether or not they were on the above list keep bugging your Councilors to attend that meeting at ROMA and become involved in fighting for their communities best interests. There are still 71 ‘moratorium’ councils totally unaccounted for…………. 🙁
    Let’s keep this momentum going and get your ‘silent’ Council’s involved!
    Best of Luck
    Andrew Watts

    • Hey Andrew,
      Thanks for keeping us informed.

      This sounds perfect:
      ‘[excerpt] Some agreed they would be seeking out Mayor April out at ROMA to learn about the Symposium.
      As a result, Wainfleet Township have arranged a meeting room during the conference where any municipalities interested in hearing about the Symposium are welcome to talk to Mayor April.’

      Go Wainfleet!

  6. Andrew” I understand that there were others who wanted to attend but had other commitments.
    Some of them were going to ROMA next week and couldn’t commit to travelling to two such separate venues within such a short time span.” At a risk of sounding negative, I think they get paid pretty well to do our business but of course how can Wainfleet compare with a couple of nights paid in Toronto and all the booze you can drink? Yes, I am ticked because I am sure Wellington North, Mapleton and Center Wellington will all have representatives at the Good Roads /Roma but could not send someone to Wainfleet. Let me say in some of these municipalities they did not even respond to repeated requests for someone to attend. I thank those that did attend inside and out.It was energizing to be with such inspiring people. A Huge Thank You!The coffee was good too!!

    • Let’s see the list of municipalities that did not bother to respond and refused outright not to come.

      It would be nice to know what municipalities deserve my vacation business and what areas I may want to boycott or bring some pressure to bear.

      There’s no reason why this information should not be public knowledge.

    • Hi Carol! So sorry there wasn’t more time to just chat on Friday! 🙁
      It was such a good day my follow up with the list of attendee municipalities was deliberately upbeat…………. 🙂
      I’ve already been shot down in flames for not giving public health and university researchers a ‘break’ for agreeing that more research( perhaps taking another 5 years) needs to be done, because it means they are ‘supporting’ us!
      I guess I’ll try for another ‘shoot down’! I don’t actually believe any rural municipality that was one of the 91 requesting a moratorium should have even questioned attending. Regardless of their individual interests and views they are supposed to be representing all. By not making the effort to travel to Wainfleet, having already voted for a moratorium, all they are demonstrating is they don’t really believe IWTs will harm their communities, and share the views of the wind energy industry and the McGuinty/Wynne government!
      Let’s hope some of those who didn’t come last week will actually demonstrate their support at ROMA!
      Andrew Watts

  7. Thanks Andrew I certainly will not shoot you down because I agree 110 %. It took me a while to even write something that was printable before. It is intolerable in my opinion what is happening within many municipal councils from total contempt toward their constituents to blatant huge conflicts of interest while doing nothing regarding the IWT swallowing up Rural Ontario.Many think their only obligation is to say they support a moratorium or support Wainfleet but that’s the extent. We are lucky enough not to have IWT to close to us but my husband and I keep fighting for our neighbours and our grandchildren, two of which go to Gainsborough School in West Lincoln where several IWT are proposed. When asked what their Teachers are doing I was informed the Teachers will not say a word because they have been told to stay out of it!! Nice Eh!! It unfortunately is not only IWT that effect us but other things such as the busing issue and Horse Racing/slot fiasco. It just keeps on coming for Rural Ontario.

    • I’m so sorry to hear that your grandchildren are going to be exposed to wind turbines. Personally, there’s no way in hell I’d let my grandchildren go to that school. That’s just me. I base that on my personal experience.

      I accept that under today’s laws however, parents get to choose whether they’re willing to expose their children to these threats.

      “You can either agree with me, or else you’re a child molester.”

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