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Speaking out on wind turbines  

Credit:  By Kristine Jean, Mitchell Advocate | Thursday, October 24, 2013 | www.mitchelladvocate.com ~~

If you have an opinion on wind turbines in southwestern Ontario, there’s now opportunity to express it.

Perth-Wellington NDP provincial candidate Romayne Smith Fullerton announced last Thursday, Oct. 17 in Drayton plans for a Citizen’s Advisory Committee on industrial wind turbines.

Speaking at the first of a series of town hall meetings planned for the riding, Smith Fullerton noted the re-occurring issue of industrial wind turbines.

“It is an issue that was badly mishandled by the Liberals,” said Smith Fullerton, in a press release. “They disenfranchised rural communities, caused division among neighbours, and quite frankly is one of those hot button issues where there is little consensus between urban and rural areas. Nonetheless, we have to try and resolve this issue.”

Smith pointed to concerns by residents in the riding over the process being used to site wind turbines and said she would prefer a process that respects the principles of the Planning Act and underscores the role of local government and citizens in the process.

The Citizens’s Advisory Committee will work with Smith Fullerton and members of her campaign team to create solutions for the wind turbine issue and consider other alternative energy sources, such as biomass fuels.

“First, a fundamental principle of New Democrats is to ensure that economic development and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand,” she said. “That means we support the use of alternative energy sources as a means to wean us off dependence upon a hydro carbon based economy.

“Second, I know the Conservatives are advocating either a moratorium or complete cancellation of industrial wind turbines, depending on who you listen to, which has played well for them politically in rural Ontario,” said Smith Fullerton.

She noted the importance of looking at the implications of all available alternatives.

“I don’t believe the people of this riding and across Ontario will accept another mega hit to their pocket books because of political expediency,” she added.

Citizens in the riding of Perth-Wellington interested in serving on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee can contact Smith Fullerton’s campaign manager, Rick Huband at (519) 271-4466 or via email at rshuband@rogers.com.

Source:  By Kristine Jean, Mitchell Advocate | Thursday, October 24, 2013 | www.mitchelladvocate.com

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