It wasn’t that Lambton Shore’s mayor doesn’t support the challenge of the Huron County farm families, he does, but after five candidates meeting where fiscal responsibility was the theme, he voted against the local support. A high-profile Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge over the Ontario government’s wind farm approval process has received some significant local support.
Lambton County council has authorized staff to apply for intervenor status on behalf of the county in the Charter challenge spearheaded by three Huron County farm families. This Charter challenge, to be heard in divisional court in London, is believed to be the first of its kind to be argued at this high of a level in the justice system, county solicitor David Cribbs told council Wednesday. County staff have up to $60,000 to apply on behalf of the county to become an intervenor, and if successful, raise local landowners’ concerns over the provincial approval process as part of the Charter challenge.
“I believe this money is going to be well-invested for Lambton County taxpayers,” Deputy Warden Bev MacDougall told fellow councillors Wednesday. Lambton Shores mayor Bill Weber disagreed. He told the Lakeshore Advance when the original support of $20,000 came to the county council table he agreed. But, when it rose to $60,000 he just could not warrant spending Lambton Shores dollars, especially when he had heard loud and clear for the past few weeks at candidate meetings, “This council must be wiser with their spending practices.” Deputy mayor Elizabeth Davis-Dagg was absent from the county council meeting. Read article