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Friday, June 17, 2011

Small Crowd for Wind Meeting

Lion's Head | by John Divinski  

Wind Concerns Ontario President speaks to about 60 people in Lion's Head.

It was a small but attentive crowd that wondered about the future of Northern Bruce Peninsula and the wind turbine industry.

Wind Concerns Ontario President John Laforet continued his "Truth about Turbines" tour, stopping in Lion's Head to speak to about 60 people on Thursday night.

Laforet says the future of the area could be compromised if wind turbines come to the region.

He says the citizens of Northern Bruce Peninsula must continue to push to protect their area from the development of wind turbine farms.

Laforet says the effect on tourism would be devastating.

He pointed to the provincial government's willingness to give turbine developers access to crown land for their wind farms.

Maryanne Devries of Miller Lake agrees with that assessment.

She says they have to fight back since the Green Energy Act has taken away the powers of municipal governments when it comes to wind turbine development.

Meanwhile, Larry Forbes of Mar was not sold on the meeting.

Forbes who is leaning towards turbine development says the information presented was more political than informative.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound PC candidate in the provincial election Bill Walker, who spoke at the meeting, makes no apology if it sounded political.

He says PC Leader Tim Hudak wants to give the power back to municipalities -- something Dalton McGuinty doesn't want to do and it may very well come down to a political decision.


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