Planner: Ontario citizens absolutely need a voice on wind power plants

Turbines: major impact on surrounding land use

In today’s Ottawa Citizen, subsequent to the motion by Ottawa City Council this week, to ask Ontario for  more substantive role in siting wind power generation plants, is this letter from a  professional planner.

Cities should have a say

The city’s motion regarding windmill projects is to the point: it is only logical that municipalities and residents should be involved in the decision-making process relating to the location of wind power projects.
   Windmills are significant structures that have a major impact on surrounding land uses. From a planning perspective, municipalities should have the authority to include the development of windmill projects in their Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw in order to minimize negative impacts and optimize the livability and sustainability of communities within the municipality. If it were any other type of development of a similar magnitude, there would be no question of this need.
   Municipal governments and citizens absolutely need a voice on this issue.
May Gabbour, Ottawa
Registered professional planner
Ontario Professional Planners Institute



If anyone wants to be taken seriously any more when talking about this green debacle, they should start off by NOT calling them “windmills”!!!!!…………………..GEEZ!

Bob Lyman


This is one of those issues that are both infuriating and frustrating. It is infuriating because schools should teaching thinking skills, not green ideology, and their teachings show how captured they are by the environmentalist lobby groups. It is frustrating because any attempt to challenge these teachings would be treated as that most terrible of sins, political incorrectness. Further, A genuine challenge to these practices would stand very little chance of success. I applaud you for exposing it and providing evidence that should make people more aware.


Heck….why bother with minor details, like….democracy?


Right on, biggreenlie.
WE are SURROUNDED by an 84 Industrial Wind Turbine ZONE!



For those interested in further examination of this reality, see


Ugly little detail being ignored is that long distance transmission of electricity is not a loss-less process. Depending upon who one wants to believe and the sampling points they use, losses are somewhere between 9% and 30%. So if conservation were actually of interest, power plants would be geographically distributed relative to need (like the famous gas plant in Mississauga) rather than where political pushback was weak. So the factors to be considered in deploying power generation facilities goes far beyond asking if residents of a particular area were prepared to take one for the team. But the whole process defies rationality regardless of what the pols call it — so why start now?

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