It’s official: Prince Edward County is NOT a willing host for wind turbines

April 26, 2013 admin Latest Posts

posted originally on CSAGE website April 24 2013

On little more than six hours’ notice, CCSAGE supporters filled the public gallery at Shire Hall not-a-willing-hostin support of Councillor Quaiff’s initiative to have PEC declared NOT a willing host to wind turbines.

When I arrived at 6:10 for the 7:00 meeting, the gallery was almost full, and I had to wedge myself in the back left corner.  When Councillor Quaiff entered the Council Chamber, well in advance of the start time, he was greeted with a sustained round of applause.

As more people arrived, they were directed to an adjacent meeting room, hall and even down the stairs.  In total, about 100 of our supporters came out, while few pro-wind supporters were seen.

CCSAGE had decided against making deputations, but Steve Campbell got up and made an impassioned plea for taking a stand against wind turbines in the County, receiving several rounds of applause.  Someone from the other side also spoke, but not effectively.

Robert Quaiff introduced three agenda items on wind turbines, the first two relating to support for the Wainfleet initiative (many municipalities have banded together).  All three motions passed easily.

The third was the most important –  .. “that the Ministry of the Environment be now advised that the County of Prince Edward is not a “willing host” for IWT’s..”.  When this motion passed by a vote of 11 to 5, there was another sustained round of applause – in fact, Council got a standing ovation.

Those voting against the motion were Councillors Jamie Forrester (Athol), Kevin Gale (Sophiasburgh), Keith MacDonald (Hallowell), Brian Marisett (Picton) and Barb Proctor (South Marysburgh!)

Thanks so much to those who came out on very short notice.  We demonstrated that CCSAGE is a force in the County.

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