West Elgin residents tell Council in special town hall meeting that they are not willing to risk the health and economic effects from hosting wind power projects
With several councils meeting over the next few days, who will be number 70 on the list of Not a Willing Host communities???
For a map of Not a Willing Host communities, go to: ontario-unwilling-hosts.org
A local pilot photographed the activity from the air, and we bring you a photo of what a turbine construction site looks like from above. This is just ONE turbine and actual construction on it has not really begun.
What’s interesting about Brinston is that the wind power project, which was opposed by local residents, represented by WCO member South Branch Wind Opposition Group, will be up and running next spring, just months before Ontario’s municipal election in October, 2014.
By then, residents will be experiencing the brunt of what it’s like to live near 500-foot, 3-megawatt turbines.
We’re sure that experience will help them make decisions as to whom to vote for on the South Dundas Council. Despite numerous well-researched presentations by local resident, many councillors just threw up their hands and said, there is nothing we can do. Or worse, they actively supported the power project, citing the wind industry claims of job creation and benefits to the community.
Time will tell.
Billings Township (on Manitoulin Island) passed a resolution on September 16 to the effect it will not accept the installation of any industrial wind turbines.The council said it required assurance that the power generators were “benign.”
This is the most recent municipality to declare its non-acceptance of huge wind power projects since the Premier first stated earlier this year that her government would only put wind power projects in communities that were willing. It is important to note that these 69 communities are members of the 90 or so Ontario communities that could be involved in wind power.
NextEra has announced it is “refining” its Jericho wind power project and plans to hold a series of public meetings to document the changes. The meetings are:
October 21 5-8 PM Centennial Hall Watford
October 22 5-8 PM Legacy Recreation Centre Thedford
October 23 5-8 PM Ailsa Craig Community Centre
The London Free Press has a story on the changes and the company spokesperson comments here
Niagara Wind execs depart Wainfleet Council Meeting after failing to get road use agreements, or a “vibrancy fund” until Wainfleet is forced to do so when a Renewable Energy Approval is granted.
Wainfleet is Not a Willing Host to wind power.
Join the Oppose Belwood Wind Farm group on Tuesday, October 8th for an important meeting about legal strategy.
Here from leader Janet Vallery:
Over the past several years many rural communities have been investigating their legal options in the fight against wind industrialization. Recently there has been a development that could be beneficial to all communities led by Barrister Julian Falconer. The case is based on the merits of a Charter Challenge of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” The Appeal states the right to security of a person and principles of fundamental justice have been violated.
Julian will be joining us in Belwood by teleconference to provide details on the case and the progress made to date.
This is an opportunity to get first hand information on the status of the case as well as to discuss how we can work together to raise the necessary funds to support it. The Belwood group is organizing this meeting because they believe the claim is a viable legal option. After the presentation, their community will vote to determine financial support. Other communities at risk from wind turbines are welcome to participate as the legal action has the potential to benefit all of us in rural Ontario.
Place: Pine Meadows Retirement Community (Grand Hall)
Address: 8473 Wellington County Road 19 (between Fergus and Belwood on the north side of Lake Belwood)
Date: Tuesday October 8th
If you plan on attending please contact Janet Vallery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelburne mayor says wind power expensive, devastating, asks for province to halt wind power development immediately
Liberal politicians meet Not a Willing Host community representatives today at the International Plowing Match
Story from New York Magazine about how some people react badly to the noise and sound pressure from wind turbines, and the sleep deprivation affects their health