SW Ontario lagging behind in job creation, income growth, warns economist

city_scope_logo-cmykA sobering report released this week that brings into perspective the impact manufacturing’s decline has had on southwestern Ontario’s median household income through 2015 (the last year of available census data).
The report’s author Ben Eisen, a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, notes Windsor falls from 10th highest median household income to 25th while London falls from 15th to 27th (out of 36 Canadian metropolitan centres).
St. Thomas is included in the London Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and so the report has important local relevance.
Eisen’s work covers the period between 2005 and 2015 and so it is a look back in time and the next census in 2021 may give a clearer picture of where we are today.

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Heavy subsidies sustain Spain’s wind power

Erie Shores Wind Farm

Erie Shores Wind Farm

March 2009

Posted by Ian:
An extensive wind farm dominates the landscape in East Elgin. Wind power is a key component of Dalton McGuinty’s Green Energy Act for Ontario. Are they sustainable without heavy government subsidies?

By Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd
Troy Media Corporation

Spain has a great many wind farms. In fact, by 2010, Spain will have 20,000 megawatts of installed capacity. At the peak of the winds this past February, it was able to generate 11,800 megawatts, or 29% of its energy requirements on a particular day (meaning that the turbines were working at 69% of their capacity).

Spain ranks third in the world for wind power, behind only Germany, at nearly 24,000 megawatts of capacity, and the United States, at No. 1, with over 25,000 megawatts.

But there’s a cost. Wind power has grown in Spain only because of the size of the subsidies involved. The case is the same for solar power.
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