By 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