by Bob Lewis
For several years now, courageous women and men have given time, energy and money to fight the blight of wind turbines.
A couple of years ago, I finally caught on and joined the movement. I’ve had an interesting life and done quite a few things that I’m proud of, but nothing has made me prouder than being associated with Muriel, Esther and Marcelle – the three sisters/founders/spirit of MLWAG.
In the following paragraphs, “We” refers to Wind Warriors Everywhere. Maybe I should write it as WWE?
We’ve held protests – locally and at Queen’s Park. We’ve put on information nights and we’ve convinced over 70 municipalities to declare themselves ‘Not a Willing Host’. A couple of brave councils have even enacted ‘illegal’ bylaws and gone to court.
We’ve done numerous appeals – both with lawyers and without.
We’ve slowed them down, we’ve cost them money, and we’ve educated a lot of people, but we haven’t stopped them.
The government is actively working against us – siding with the corporations, ignoring our anguish, our suffering citizens, our blighted landscape. The one appeal we did win – Ostrander Point – they are appealing.
And lately, they have stopped letting us even appeal. We were tricked out of appealing the Suncor project in Adelaide-Metcalfe ERT (Environmental Review Tribunal), and the OEB (Ontario Energy Board) denied us intervenor status in application for a power line by Suncor and Nextera.
I believe we now have about 3 options:
1 – we can give up and go home. Sorry – isn’t going to happen.
2 – sabotage and violence. There has been some sabotage – surprisingly little. Generally, we aren’t inclined to violence. This could change when enough people feel they have nothing left to lose. Let’s hope not.
3 – change the damned government. There’s an election coming. There are sub-sections to this option. We have a few people who think we should vote Progressive Conservative. I don’t think this is even worth discussing. Personally I think the PCs would be even worse than the Liberals or NDP.
So the other option is to elect a nuisance candidate – someone who is virulently anti-turbine, has no party affiliation and won’t back down. It’s the party affiliation that restrains even the most well-meaning candidate.
I think I have those qualities.
I’ve been called stubborn, opinionated, difficult, and hard to get along with. That was from my friends! I have been working on improving in those areas, but I think those ‘qualities’ might stand me in good stead as an anti-government candidate.
I’m not just anti-wind. I’m not interested in being a one-issue candidate. There are so many other issues that need to be addressed, but wind is number one! And it’s not just the Liberals. The NDP and the Progressive Conservatives and the Greens – they are all just political parties who will say and do anything to get into power and then will say and do anything to stay in power.
I believe I can offer voters something that no other candidate can – the option to vote against the whole government – not just the party in power.
For far too long, many voters have held their noses and voted for the least of evils, or for the party they think has the best chance of defeating the one they fear the most.
And far too many potential voters have stayed home because they just didn’t believe there was any point in voting.
I want to be Plan B – when you vote for me, you are saying ‘none of the above’. You are saying NO to party politics, and you are saying you are no longer willing to be ruled by politicians who pass laws so that corporations will give them well-paid seats on their boards after they retire with their fat government pensions.
This is going to be a very low budget, but fun campaign. I’m looking for volunteers – help to put up flyers, organize meetings, whatever.
(This was a statue of Lenin. Someone put a bomb under the coat. It gives new meaning to the phrase, “Blow it out your…”)
It’s a crazy idea. Let’s do it!
Let’s stop buying into the ‘Party Politics’ scam. It’s just a way for the corporations to control the government.
First step – no more men in suits…
Let’s try something completely different!
Let Queen’s Park deal with THIS!
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get.
I’m actively looking for the opportunity to talk to people. If you belong to an organization that would like a speaker, or if you’d just like me to come to your house and talk with you and a few neighbours… I’m flexible and I’m nearly free. You just have to ply me with coffee and cookies. I’m a cheap date.
Bob Lewis aka Sylvan Bob