Deborah Van Brenk, London Free Press
If the minority Liberal government can’t pass its budget next month, Ontario will be plunged into a widely expected spring election. Deb Van Brenk tested the early voter mood in the 10-riding London region, driving its Hwy. 401 backbone. Once almost solidly Liberal, the region now has only one Grit left standing. High power bills, the gas plants scandal, wind turbines — voters are chafing at many issues.
Where: Hwy 401 at Kent Bridge Rd. (Chatham-Kent-Essex riding)
Who: Farmer Glen Ure
From just this overpass, between the West Lorne and Chatham exits, 76 wind turbines are visible in the near and far horizon. Some sprout just beyond the borders of Glen Ure’s farm, where he’s lived all his life and where his parents farmed before him.
Elsewhere in the region, others battle turbines out of health concerns but Ure rejected offers to be a wind landlord because he wasn’t satisfied with the wind companies’ answers to his many questions. Governments and energy companies control enough of his life and he’s not about to let them control his land, too. Read article