Wind developer hosts English-only meeting in francophone village

WespeakfrenchsignCarolyn Thompson Goddard, AgriNews
CRYSLER — A day after Finch & District Lions Club hosted a Wind Power Information Night in Finch, EDP Renewables Canada provided North Stormont residents with a community information evening in the Crysler Community Centre on May 7.  But the English-only documentation and presentations by the American developer in francophone Crysler came off as a cultural faux pas by some observers at the event.

Director of Development for EDP Canada Tom LoTurco explained that the evening was planned “to get the information on the project we are proposing out to the general public” and Ken Little, EDP Renewables Project Manager, commented that it was a coincidence that the Crysler meeting was held the day after the Finch event as the Crysler Community Centre had been reserved in early to mid-April for this meeting by his company.

Around 70 local residents listened as representatives of EDP Renewables explained the process whereby their company will submit a proposal to the Independent Electrical System Operator in Ontario regarding the planned construction of 20-40 turbine wind farm in this predominately agricultural township. Read article

18 thoughts on “Wind developer hosts English-only meeting in francophone village

  1. Rob, I agree on that one. The story kept changing in our county. The big push was how many jobs it would provide people. Every time it was a different story.

  2. EDF – comments
    – noticed the municipality – is strapped for cash

    Download the file here:
    Agenda and Package – June 9th, 2015
    http://northstormont.ca/townhall/council-agendas-2/

    – and they are not the only wind company setting up shop – in the area.

    Also mentioned:
    Finch & District Lions Club hosted a Wind Power Information Night in Finch
    – and the guest list.

    Unbelievable!

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but has the budget for all rural municipalities in Ontario been cut significantly so that they’re all struggling to try to figure out how to manage and maintain their infrastructure expenses, which keep on rising because of higher wages?
      Would this not make any Municipal Council feel desperate for money?

      • Squeeze the rural communities and use the extra money for urban purposes where the votes are.

        Ever increasing rural municipal employee expenses will have to end as there is not sufficient funding to support ever increasing wage packages.

        If employees are not satisfied with what communities can pay them, they will have to find employment elsewhere.

        Hard times are upon Ontario !

      • Liberal Ontario – and the ‘Quid-Pro Quo’ – financial system;
        tit for tat,….[well you get it]
        http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/quid+pro+quo
        p.s. good idea to read 1st – while chewing gum!

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        96 Municipalities Get a Share of Ontario’s Gas Tax. One Tory MPP Thinks That Should Change
        http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/96-municipalities-get-share-ontarios-gas-tax-one-tory-mpp-thinks-should-change

        A total joke!
        To date no one’s been charged – volunteerism works!

      • “Thank you for being a friend!”

        ‘[excerpt] This Thursday saw an outpouring of tributes and condolences over social media for actress Rue McClanahan. Facebook and Twitter were flooded with “We will miss you” and “RIP” messages for the actress, best known for playing Blanche Devereaux in hit TV show The Golden Girls.

        The only problem? McClanahan died five years ago. As CBS News pointed out, many people did not actually bother to check the date on the obituary from June 3, 2010, before sharing it widely and prompting an unexpected spike in traffic on the story.

        What is even stranger is that this is not the first time McClanahan’s passing has gone viral years after it took place. The same thing happened, inexplicably, on June 10 last year.

        As is customary across social media, there were more that a few users who didn’t fall for it gleefully making fun of those who did.’

      • Election Year Canada
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

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        Russian style central planning – as described by
        Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau……..
        – and the overhaul – overhaul?
        Oh yeah! – Relationships!

        [you can read about Justin and relationships – ‘freely and successfully’;
        – obviously life in Russia – is rich and diverse [hahahahaha];
        Russian billionaires and farming – very community]

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        Gird your loins!

        Liberals offer real plan for partnership with Dufferin-Caledon

        New Title:
        Justin Trudeau’s Russian Joke!

        Central planning;
        Agenda 21 aka Smart Growth aka Sustainable Development
        aka Paris COP21….and a new KYOTO;
        all rejected by Stephen Harper!

        June 11, 2015

        More than 2,000 Canadian municipal leaders gathered this past weekend in Vancouver for the annual convention of Canadian municipalities.

        Speaking at the conference, federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau called on cities to help form the next Liberal agenda and echoed their demand for an overhaul of the relationship between federal and municipal governments.

        Trudeau recognized that Canada’s municipalities “still don’t have the resources they need to deliver the services the citizens expect and our economy is suffering because of that fact.”

        Municipalities currently deliver 60 per cent of government services and do so while receiving just eight cents of every tax dollar.

        Local Liberal candidate Ed Crewson believes that “the failure of the Harper Conservative government to be an active and constructive partner with Canada’s municipalities is an abdication of responsibility that severely undermines both our economy and the ability of Canadians to live their lives freely and successfully.”

        He added Ottawa has too often had a minimal response to the challenges facing municipalities, and that current Conservative MP David Tilson’s inability to deliver federal support to the pressing needs in Dufferin-Caledon in areas such as transportation, housing, aging infrastructure and the real costs created by a changing climate is compromising the quality of life in the riding.

        Specifically concerning to Crewson are Conservative MP and Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel’s remarks, wherein she admitted that none of the new money for transit announced in the 2015 budget would flow to small or medium sized municipalities, meaning that this federal government will continue to ignore needed transportation improvements in Dufferin-Caledon.

        Crewson, himself a former mayor, says that strong, predictable annual funding is needed in municipalities across the country.

        Canada remains the only G7 country without a national transportation strategy, a failure that affects all Canadians, including those in Dufferin-Caledon who find commuting times and livability increasingly under pressure from an inadequate response to area growth.

        “The Liberal plan calls for a dedicated revenue stream as we cannot sustain the current tax model and need new ideas to find relief for the residents of Dufferin-Caledon,” Crewson added.

        “The residents are ready for a strong partnership, strong leadership and stronger communities to live and work within.”
        http://caledoncitizen.com/?p=13241

        Life with Justin Trudeau!……..
        – sidewalks and bicycle lanes –
        and billionaires!
        Ugh!
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        Election Year Canada!
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Go Stephen Harper!

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        p.s. Caledon councilors walk out – where?

      • Election Year Canada!
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

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        Trudeau’s travels: Liberal leader intensely focused on GTA and Montreal

        The road to victory for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in the upcoming federal election goes through ridings in and around Toronto and Montreal, judging by his travels over the past six months.

        Trudeau, a Montreal MP, also made multiple stops and participated in several events in the Vancouver area and southwestern Ontario, other regions with a lot of seats expected to be in play for the federal election scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.

        A review of Trudeau’s travels since the beginning of September, up to March 9, shows that more than 80 per cent of his stops over the past half year were in Ontario and Quebec — with a huge focus on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), along with Montreal and its suburbs.
        http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/trudeaus-travels-liberal-leader-intensely-focused-on-gta-and-montreal

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        What’s the difference between Kathleen Wynne (Liberal)
        and Justin Trudeau (Liberal) –
        Premier Social Justice
        Prime Minister Social Justice

        Where did I go wrong?
        Oh yeah – should’ve said – similarities;
        and so into….
        – diversity!

        Refresh your thinking!
        hahahahahahaha……

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        Election Year Canada!
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Go Stephen Harper!

      • Election Year Canada
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Go Stephen Harper!

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        Caledon councillors walk out of Peel Region meeting
        Caledon councillors walked out of a regional council meeting Thursday, killing a vote that could have stripped them of their own planning authority.

        A dramatic power struggle more like a Roman Senate sacking than a typical Peel Region council meeting played out Thursday as all five Caledon councillors walked out, rather than face a vote being pushed on them by their powerful neighbours to the south, Brampton and Mississauga.

        “This could be the end of regional government, as we know it,” declared Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, before walking out with his town council colleagues, right before scuttling a vote that would have stripped Caledon of authority over its own planning.

        The vote seemed stacked against Caledon with its two bigger regional partners holding four times the number of seats.

        But in a twist, the motion on the floor died. Council in Canada’s third-largest municipal government lost quorum and no vote could be taken. Under a bylaw, Region of Peel council meetings cannot take place unless one representative from each of its three municipalities is present. The region’s clerk said it was a very rare move, but it had happened before.

        At stake was the future of how growth would be managed in Caledon, geographically the largest municipality in the GTA — even bigger than Toronto — where hundreds of thousands of people will likely be settling as the current collection of rural hamlets is turned into a massive urban centre.

        With Brampton and Mississauga taxpayers on the hook for the lion’s share of legal costs at the Ontario Municipal Board, where Caledon has faced a growing list of appeals over its controversial planning policies, some councillors feel it’s unfair for the rest of Peel region to pay for Caledon’s questionable planning approach, which many say is out of line with provincial growth legislation.

        The motion called for Ontario’s development facilitator to step in, and for regional staff to take over consultation on how to fix Caledon’s ongoing planning problems.

        http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/06/11/caledon-councillors-walk-out-of-peel-region-meeting.html

        Go Caledon!
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        Election Year Canada
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Go Stephen Harper!

      • If Wynne can succeed in taking seats from rural Ontario and placing them in the GTA, rural Ontario is finished as far as representation is concerned.

        Her next move !

      • Take a lesson!

        ‘[excerpt] The vote seemed stacked against Caledon with its two bigger regional partners holding four times the number of seats.

        But in a twist, the motion on the floor died. Council in Canada’s third-largest municipal government lost quorum and no vote could be taken. Under a bylaw, Region of Peel council meetings cannot take place unless one representative from each of its three municipalities is present. The region’s clerk said it was a very rare move, but it had happened before.’

        Re: Smaller municipalities – have the power
        What’s their excuse?

        Springwater mayor is great too!

      • Wynne calls a meeting in Toronto and all municipalities go there.

        If she wants to meet with rural Ontario, she can go to rural Ontario instead.

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        First you get political power then you consolidate that power.

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        GreenPAC, Toronto

        Handing out money and other support to selected candidates.

        http://www.greenpac.ca

      • I’m just nuts about………..the dealio!
        Ya know – all politics are local politics
        and Premier Social Justice
        knows it!
        …..without local municipal support – there’s not much she can do.

        p.s. the Star article kinda sucked –
        so here’s another – juicier one

        Caledon’s councillors walk out of meeting before vote on facilitation

        When faced with the imminent loss of authority of land use planning near Bolton, Caledon’s representatives on Peel Regional council did about the only thing they could do Thursday — They walked out.

        Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish put forth a motion calling on the Town to pick up all costs related to land use matters going to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), as well as costs for infrastructure related to the Bolton Residential Expansion Study (BRES) and that Regional staff and solicitors take part in facilitation.

        The preamble of the motion stated Caledon was refusing to take part in facilitation, and that anticipated OMB hearings could cost the Region hundreds of thousands of dollars.

        Town council late last month voted not to take part in Provincial facilitation regarding the Bolton employment land expansion. They cited concerns that the facilitation process would not be open and transparent.

        Regional council in April passed a motion supporting facilitation, with some conditions. One of them was that the Town agree to participate.

        Thursday’s motion also stated the Town had refused to comply with the April motion.

        Thursday’s discussion got heated and passionate, with Mayor Allan Thompson symbolically tearing up a copy of Parrish’s motion.

        Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called for the vote on the motion to be taken, and that’s when the Caledon contingent walked from the room.

        Procedures at Regional council state there must be at least one representative from each of the three municipalities present for there to be quorum. With the five Caledon reps walking out, quorum was lost.

        Regional Chair Frank Dale called a 30-minute recess, but none of the Caledon councillors returned, so he had to adjourn the meeting.
        http://caledoncitizen.com/?p=13270

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        Election Year Canada
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Go Stephen Harper!

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        Premier Social Justice knows your rights to a healthy environment.
        Vote Conservative!

      • The point is that Wynne beckons and people answer her call.

        If no one answered then this would diminish her power and stature.

  3. If that meeting was held in a Quebec community near the Ontario/Quebec border it would have been in French only. There is no catering to Quebecers from me.

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