MPP calls for action on Amaranth transformer station

Neighbouring families claim negative health impacts from electricity

By Richard Vivian, Orangeville Banner

For years now, two Amaranth families have endured a long list of ailments they claim are caused by “electrical pollution” from the neighbouring transformer station.

With no solution in sight, MPP Sylvia Jones is calling on Minster of the Environment John Wilkinson to step in and help them out. Continue reading

Opposition Day puts wind turbines front and centre

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Debate over the future of industrial wind power projects is expected to rage at Queen’s Park this week, when the Progressive Conservative party moves it to the top of the agenda.

Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and her blue colleagues will bring forward a resolution calling for a moratorium on new turbines pending the outcome of studies on human health. Continue reading

Turbine control belongs with municipalities: Sylvia Jones

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If Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones gets her way, the province will hand planning control of wind turbines back to municipalities.  

The local Progressive Conservative introduced a private member’s bill on Monday (April 12) aimed at amending the Green Energy Act (GEA) to do just that.

“I think it’s critically important that local councils, municipal councils have the right to control and influence what happens within their communities,” Jones said.

“We do not have a cookie-cutter society in Ontario and we shouldn’t. Our communities are unique and if municipal councils and municipal elected officials see the need for influencing planning controls, then that’s what should be allowed.” Continue reading

Jones Introduces Bill to Ensure Local Say in Wind Energy Projects

Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon

(Queen’s Park) –“Today I introduced a bill at the Legislature to give Ontario municipalities and local residents a voice in the planning of wind energy projects,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP (Dufferin-Caledon). 
Under the Liberal’s Green Energy Act, 2009, new wind projects will be built with no municipal planning control and limited public input. Jones wants to restore the traditional municipal planning oversight role with her Planning Amendment Act (Renewable Energy Undertakings), 2010.
“The Progressive Conservative Party and I raised concerns about the Green Energy Act from the very beginning,” said Jones. “My private members bill will return the power for planning renewable energy projects to municipalities who can be responsive to the needs of the community.” Continue reading

Picking winners and losers is not the role of government

By DAN PELTON  Orangeville Citizen

Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones says the Ontario government’s recent $7 billion deal with a South Korean consortium to bolster the province’s green technology industry will have dire consequences for electricity consumers.

Premier Dalton McGuinty signed an agreement with Samsung C and T and the Korea Electric Power Corporation that will see $7 billion invested in Ontario to create 16,000 new jobs over six years. Continue reading