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Arran-Elderslie tries to block wind turbine development

Arran-Elderslie has given first and second readings to a draft bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development within the municipality. ..."We owe it to our people to maintain their health and well-being," Davis said calling the wind turbine landscape in nearby Bruce Township "disgraceful and disgusting."

Arran-Elderslie has given first and second readings to a draft bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development within the municipality.

The unanimous support of council to the draft bylaw delighted longtime wind energy opponents Keith Stelling and Jean Cechovsky of RR 1 Southampton. Both applauded council's decision at a meeting in Chesley Monday.

"You've come a long way in taking a stand (against the turbines)," Stelling said, referring back to meetings he attended almost two years ago, "and council seemed to knew nothing about what was going on. I have to say I am pleased and proud with your decision . . . proud to see that you are taking a stand."

Elderslie ward Councillor Mark Davis circulated the bylaw at a special meeting of area councillors last week. It calls for "the protection of life, liberty and security of person" under Section 7 of the Charter, claiming wind turbines cause serious health effects and "an eyesore on the rural landscape of Ontario."

Davis was quick to give credit to Arran-Elderslie's now retired former clerk-administrator Joan Albright whom he contacted "for... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Arran-Elderslie has given first and second readings to a draft bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development within the municipality.

The unanimous support of council to the draft bylaw delighted longtime wind energy opponents Keith Stelling and Jean Cechovsky of RR 1 Southampton. Both applauded council's decision at a meeting in Chesley Monday.

"You've come a long way in taking a stand (against the turbines)," Stelling said, referring back to meetings he attended almost two years ago, "and council seemed to knew nothing about what was going on. I have to say I am pleased and proud with your decision . . . proud to see that you are taking a stand."

Elderslie ward Councillor Mark Davis circulated the bylaw at a special meeting of area councillors last week. It calls for "the protection of life, liberty and security of person" under Section 7 of the Charter, claiming wind turbines cause serious health effects and "an eyesore on the rural landscape of Ontario."

Davis was quick to give credit to Arran-Elderslie's now retired former clerk-administrator Joan Albright whom he contacted "for her expertise" in drawing up the bylaw, which he admitted "will be tweaked and changed as we move forward."

"We owe it to our people to maintain their health and well-being," Davis said calling the wind turbine landscape in nearby Bruce Township "disgraceful and disgusting."

In a recorded vote at Monday's meeting, council voted unanimously to support the draft bylaw, but stopped short of giving it third and final reading.

The municipality and its neighbouring municipalities -Chatsworth, West Grey, Grey Highlands, Georgian Bluffs, Saugeen Shores and South Bruce -have agreed to seek legal advice "from Bay Street lawyers" and Tara ward councillor Paul Eagleson said Monday he wants to ensure any proposed changes could be included before final reading is given to the bylaw. That is expected to happen at council's next meeting on May 10 at which time Arran-Elderslie would then circulate the bylaw to all municipalities in Ontario for support.

The charter challenge is just part of the strategy planned by Arran-Elderslie to discourage and delay wind energy developers from pushing forward with their plans.

The bylaw also requests that developers provide certificates issued by Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources confirming that the proposed wind generation facility being applied for does not cause ill health effects.

Davis urged Mayor Ron Oswald to seek Bruce County Council's support from its "rainy day account" to set aside money should it be needed to legally defend the bylaw.

"We might need $100,000 from both Bruce and Grey counties to defend this, if it ever gets that far," Davis said. "We will not give up the fight."

Davis told council he plans to attend a rally at Queen's Park on Wednesday in support of a private member's bill by Conservative MPP Sylvia Jones calling on the government to give municipalities back their Planning Act power for renewable energy projects. A bus was to leave Chatsworth at 7:30 am Wednesday morning.


Source: http://www.thepost.on.ca/Ar...

APR 30 2010
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