Owen Sound Sun Times
An Arran-Elderslie councillor wants his council to enforce its rights under the Ontario Municipal Act and impose a moratorium on wind energy projects.
Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis said last week the municipality can impose moratorium legislation for one year, with the opportunity to extend it for another year, “if we feel an issue needs further study. These wind energy projects certainly fall under that category,” said Davis, who has always been an outspoken critic of wind turbines.
“Council should consider implementing a moratorium to put a hold on these things until we know more about them, their impact and until the province gets its Green Energy Act in place,” Davis added.
Meanwhile, Arran-Elderslie is joining forces with other Ontario municipalities in a letter-writing campaign to Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting further study into the impacts of industrial wind complexes and other renewable installations.
“Bill 150 essentially excludes Ontarians from any say in the establishment and location of industrial wind turbine plants,” the letter states.
“It provides a glaring example of the Liberal government’s systematic indifference to the rights and interests of rural Ontarians and an inexcusable disregard for public health concerns.”
The letter asks for an independent third-party study “surrounding the rapid and improper installation of industrial wind projects throughout Ontario.”
Letter from Basil L. Stewart, president of Federation of Canadian Municipalities to Prime Minister Stephen Harper re: downloading wastewater treatment costs on to local municipalities and ratepayers.
FCM supports the proposed new federal regulations for the treatment
of wastewater. However, we are deeply concerned that the costs of
implementing these regulations will be offloaded on to local property
tax payers. We are calling on your government to commit to a national,
cost-shared plan to implement the regulations and help municipalities
protect Canada’s water resources.
By the federal government’s own estimates, upgrading wastewater
facilities across the country to meet the new regulations will cost at
least $12 billion over the next 20 years. Municipalities who receive just
eight cents of every tax dollar collected in Canada cannot absorb these
expenses on their own.
Workers at the booming CAMI auto assembly plant in Ingersoll have accepted a new contract that will freeze wages for almost four years and pensions for eight years but assure production until late into the next decade.
Meanwhile, the CAW and Ford Motor Co. of Canada are still trying to negotiate revisions to lower labour costs in an existing contract that would match earlier concession deals at struggling GM and Chrysler.
The union wants to save a sputtering Ford assembly plant in St. Thomas that has no production schedule beyond 2011 and gain more work at engine operations in Windsor.