Although the day did not begin well – the Ontario government posted the Ostrander Point project to the Environmental Registry – it has ended on a much happier note with the Canadian Senate backing a motion by Senator Bob Runciman for the province of Ontario to institute a moratorium on wind farm development along eastern Lake Ontario until the impact on birds and bats can be studied. The Senate backed Senator Runciman’s motion unanimously.
SSC thanks all of the people who worked hard behind the scenes to make this happen, some of whom are SSC members themselves. Special mention must be made of one of SSC’s board members, Beth Harrington.
As APPEC Chair Henri Garand has pointed out, although the motion is not binding on the Ontario government, it legitimizes the concerns expressed by APPEC, South Shore Conservancy, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, Ontario Nature, and Nature Canada, as well as scores of Ontario citizens. For the first time a government body has validated our concerns, which have only continued to mount in the face of mindless proliferation of wind turbines in our province.
The Senate’s overwhelming show of support could not have come at a better time
As we go into this comment period we will continue to draw strength from events such as those that occurred today and of course from each other.
The posting allows for a 60 day comment period that will end January 29, 2012.