Turbine-fighting municipalities form committee

Posted By Mary Golem   Markdale Standard

Arran-Elderslie council is continuing efforts to control wind turbines in the municipality.

Council and representatives of neighbouring municipalities agreed at a meeting Thursday night to create a working committee to pool resources if there’s a legal battle over the issue.

The committee will consist of two representatives from each of the local municipalities who have joined Arran-Elderslie in its fight — Saugeen Shores, Huron-Kinloss, West Grey, Chatsworth, Georgian Bluffs, South Bruce and Grey Highlands, along with both Bruce and Grey county councils.

Just over 20 municipalities provincewide have either supported or endorsed a bylaw Arran-Elderslie passed in April.

The bylaw invokes Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — which deals with “the protection of life, liberty and security of person” in an attempt to control wind turbine development within the municipality. The bylaw requires certification that wind turbines do not cause health effects. Continue reading

Grey County ponders charter of rights challenge


Grey County council is considering the possibility of using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to challenge the McGuinty government’s Green Energy Act.

In municipal circles, the Green Energy Act is widely reviled, because it removed all planning authority local municipalities have over alternative energy projects such as wind farms.

Several local Grey and Bruce municipalities have launched an investigation into the possibility of using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to challenge the provincial law. County council agreed at its regular meeting on May 4 to get involved. Continue reading