As Denis Langlois writes in the Owen Sound Times, some 80 Ontario municipal politicians walked out of an Ontario Good Roads Conference in Toronto yesterday to get Premier Dalton McGuinty’s attention.
The reason they needed McGuinty’s attention was to impress upon him the importance of putting a moratorium on all wind development in Ontario until more is known about the potential health and environmental consequences of wind turbines.
Plus, the municipal politicians also wanted to bring back democracy to Ontario by having the Premier make amendments to the Ontario Green Energy Act to give municipal councils a role in where wind turbines and wind farms are located.
Yet, take a look at these Google search pages. What you will notice are primarily advocacy blogs, as well as regional and local media in the communities adversely affected by the wind farms.
For example, I actually had to go directly to the Toronto Star website to find Rob Ferguson’s report on the walk-out. First of all, the Star’s title is very misleading. It states that: “Ontario Liberals promise municipalities more say on wind-turbine project locations.”
When, in fact, what Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley actually said was:
“We’re not giving every municipality the right to set their own rules, but we are taking a look at the approach….We are looking for ways to make sure that voices, (who) may not feel they have been heard in the way they would like to have been heard, can be heard in a stronger and better way in the future“
Taking a look for a better way is hardly a promise.
Moreover, Ferguson’s number of municipal delegates who walked out was wrong in two places. In one place, he writes that “a handful of delegates” walked out, while in another he says half a dozen. Well, sorry, but 80 are a lot more than a handful. Talk about minimizing the protest!
And, the reason I mention that is because the Toronto Star is reflecting how many people in Toronto and other large cities react to the notion of renewable energy — all warm and fuzzy! When in actual fact, as this National Post editorial shows, if it hasn’t worked in Europe, why would it work in Ontario? Yet, billions of dollars are being spent on an Alice in Wonderland ideology.
Which brings me to my final thought and something Ontario Liberal MPP’s might think about. Wikipedia defines a dictatorship as: “a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed.” Well, so far municipalities and Ontario citizens do not have any avenue for their voices to be heard when it comes to wind turbine development. So, if the shoe fits, wear it.
Meaning, as things now stand with the Ontario Green Energy Act, the provincial government is no better than a green dictatorship. Thus making Premier Dalton McGuinty the “Green Dictator.”