We would say, yes.
Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire had his formal launch last evening and after saying that hydro bills were his number one issue (and the number one concern for citizens), Mr Maguire mentioned the proposed wind power project in North Gower. He said, I will stand with the citizens there and fight against this “not environmental, fiscally irresponsible” project.
He went on to say that the “monstrous” turbines would change the community forever, for no benefit.
Residents of North Gower and Richmond already sent a petition (as a form of referendum) to Ottawa City Hall last fall, stating that the community is Not A Willing Host; the petition was accepted by Council and a motion passed unanimously noting the community’s declaration, and demanding that the province return local land use planning powers to the municipalities.
It is looking like wind power is going to be a critical issue in this year’s municipal election, to be held October 27th.
There are currently 84 communities in Ontario that have passed a resolution at Council to declare they are an unwilling host or Not A Willing Host, out of a probable 100 or so that could be vulnerable to wind power generation projects.
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