Rural-urban divide blowing in the wind

wynne sarniaPeter Epp, London Free Press
Several factors contributed to Ontario’s rural-urban divide, but perhaps the greatest has been the Ontario Green Energy Act of 2009, which continues to exclusively target rural properties for wind turbines and, to a lesser extent, solar farms.

Since the legislation was rolled out five years ago, parts of rural Ontario have had its landscape altered and changed, probably for decades to come.

Yet what has contributed mostly to the ongoing rural-urban divide is people who live with wind turbines have had little to say about their development. They are almost all rural residents; those who live within urban centres have yet to be asked to be a neighbour to the towers. Read article

10 thoughts on “Rural-urban divide blowing in the wind

  1. Oh yes- Peter Epp – London Free Press – Sun Media – what a combination. At the tail end of this article he writes – with absolutely nothing to back it up – so I must assume it’s just, you know, common knowledge?…

    “MacLeod is incorrect on one point. She calls the Green Energy Act a disaster. It’s not; it’s been the single most successful program issued by the former government of Dalton McGuinty”
    Hold that thought. In another LFP article, Peter Epp (and I’m assuming this is the same Peter Epp) writes about Ontario Hydro’s hints for saving money…

    ” in October the provincial government paid $1 billion more for electricity than market value.

    “Of course, someone has to pay for that billion-dollar misadventure. According to energy analyst Scott Luft, it could mean an extra charge on November utility bills equaling about $30.

    “The charge is described by the government as a Global Adjustment, “to cover the cost of building new electricity infrastructure.” In plain speak, it’s to cover the cost of Ontario’s Green Energy program — and right now, the program is financially not sustainable.”

    • Agendas are set according to where any political party can get the most votes.

      This is not new and goes back to the beginning of political parties.

      And you need more than one political party to keep the others in check. One party rule for too long can become a dictatorship and can produce plenty of corruption.

      Ontario has a unicameral government and has no “upper-house” to check the present OLA. A bicameral government (two elected bodies) can help the situation but is more expensive to run.

      • Hey Barbara,

        Do you have any ideas or thoughts that can make my blog better? I would really also know what your thoughts are on my blog in general?

        Thanks for all your help,

      • Tye, Like your blog and see if you can attract more young people to your blog where they can have discussions about the present situation.

        Often young people don’t speak out because they don’t want to run the risk of being put down. A blog like yours is a place to learn and discuss issues.

    • When issues arise that unite citizens form all parties such as the opposition to IWTs in rural Ontario then you know there is a serious problem.

      This kind of opposition does not occur very often so you are looking at history here.

    • Tye, nice work. Using what you learn and applying it to real world issues which in turn helps people to better understand issues.

      When you read an annual report start with the auditor’s statement on the financial condition of the company. If bad auditor’s report then be wary as this company may not be a going concern

      Then read the footnotes as often this is where the good “stuff” is.

      Annual reports in general are puff pieces used to make companies look good but a good place to start.

      More detailed financial information and other company information will be found in SEDAR filings if it is a public company.

      For U.S. companies use U.S. Securities (SEC) and Exchange reports. If a company does business in both Canada and the U.S. then look for financial filings in both countries.

      These documents often have other information on the companies. You can skip the numbers and read the narratives. Depends on what you are looking for.

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