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Big hole in Plan

Editor’s note: Mr. Richards also sent this letter to Kincardine council.

As an observer at the special Wind Turbine meeting at Kincardine town council chambers on Tuesday, April 5, I was astounded at the content of the Leader Resources Services Corp. presentation.  They would have us believe that “decommissioning is good business” and that after expenses there would be a net profit from each turbine of $8,938.  Exactly how naïve do they think we are?   A quote from their presentation:


• Material in turbines is valuable


• More than 250 tonnes steel per turbine


• Copper, aluminum, gearboxes, transformers, etc.

Main concern is students

We are very concerned about the possible closure of Elgin Market Public School (EMPS). First off, the school was not built in 1981 as stated in the info – more like 1977! No wonder there are several things that need attention. The maintenance should have been done and kept up through the years.


Transition is good for children – contrary to statements made at the meeting. We moved and the transition was not difficult for our two sons. Actually, it’s not much different than to move to high school, college or university. One’s whole life is change and transition.


The presentations made at the meeting at Huron Heights Public School (HHPS) on Wednesday evening were very well done; too many to list individually but well thought out and presented.


Common sense?

Why can’t Canadians vote for their leader?


Why can’t we have a referendum on issues important to Canadians with only a yes or no answer? The last referendum I remember had so many possible answers there was no possible way of getting a definitive answer.


Common sense seems to be a very rare commodity anymore.


M.E. MacLeod, Ripley

Residents near turbines


On March 16, Kincardine council heard from a delegation of residents living in the municipality who are suffering losses of health, safety and well-being since 2009. The presentation included impact statements from 10 families living between 450m and 1.5 km away from wind turbine projects north and south of Tiverton, owned by Enbridge Ontario Wind Power. Council heard that each of these families is experiencing similar distressing symptoms since the turbines started, which relate to sound impact from wind turbines.


Looking for a Messiah

One of the girls in the office wondered if I would write something every week. Now as I am retired and this would more or less be a job, I would have to make a commitment that I’m not prepared to do.


I’m surprised at the people who are complaining about the highway being closed and the weather. If you don’t like it, leave. I like to grumble about the windy weather, windmills and high prices for hydro and gas.


Rights and freedoms

Municipalities all over Ontario have been standing up to the Provincial Government over the Green Energy Act, by introducing bylaws against Wind Turbine developments. Even close to home in Huron-Kinloss.


The municipalities have used various means including the powers of the Municipal Act, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. They have used these acts to protect the "health and safety" of people.


The Green Energy Act in itself is a terrible abuse of power by the Provincial Government to remove the

rights and powers from local control and over ride the rights of local people to decide on the type of community that they want to live in.


Chantry Chinook alive and well

Recent articles in regards to the problems with the 2011 Kincardine Fishing Derby allude that the reason all local derbies are having problems is due to the decline in this sport. Those of us who organize and run the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby totally disagree and our experience has shown a rapid three-year growth in attendance and financial strength. The 2011 Chinook Classic Salmon Derby will be our 28th annual event.


The demise of any local event is due to lack of qualified persons to take up the mantle. Most organizations suffer from burn-out of key people. This is the case for Kincardine.


Beans, maybe

I enjoyed your article about Paul Henderson and the man saying he was born in Kincardine. I can add, for what it’s worth, some facts as told to me and my mother, as she worked for Dr. A.E.H. Couch and I serviced his car after the Greg brothers quit.


Doc Couch told me that Mr. Henderson was born on a sleigh at approximately the old CNR crossing on Highway 21, south of the town. He told me that he never paid any attention as to which side of the tracks the great event happened.


Dr. Couch was quite a guy – a great conversationalist, but a terrible driver. I only test drove with him once with him operating the car; you couldn’t get a ride like that in any amusement park in the world.


Get active

Where are all the kids? Not outside, that’s for sure. Today (Thursday) was a PD day and I didn’t see any kids outside. We just got the best dumping of snow and the sun was shining bright all day long. The banks were so high on my way to work I was pumped to see snow forts and snowmen lining my neighbourhood or a road hockey game in the street I could join in on. I was disappointed to see one kid outside - and he was riding a snowmobile. Is that what it takes to get kids outside, an expensive motorized machine?

On a day like today we used to GT snow race, toboggan, build forts off the deck and do snowboard jumps at Wildfang. The only reason we would come in the house from 3-Bump was to get dry mitts. Our road hockey games were so amazing, they are still talked about.

Enhancing local communications about wind energy

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) believes strongly in the principal of effective community relations and the long-term benefits of community support, loyalty, and good will that come from meaningful dialogue between project developers and residents of the communities in which they operate.


To support this commitment, CanWEA recently released new guidelines to help member companies enhance the effectiveness of local communications about wind energy developments. CanWEA’s Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation represent an important step in our continued effort to improve and strengthen industry practices as the wind energy industry grows across Canada