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MPP Todd Smith Challenges Wind Development

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Todd Smith MPP for Prince Edward Hastings challenges Minister of Environment and Climate Change  to abandon further spending of tax dollars in support of wind development at Ostrander Point and the south shore of the county. See the video below.

http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=52403#.VT11CSbbwOg.mailto

Link to CKWS News video interview with MPP Todd Smith

Enjoy this informative video as Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith discusses the Private Members Bill  he introduced – the Local Municipality Democracy Act – http://www.ckwstv.com/index.cfm?page=news&id=6041 and what it means for the south shore.

MPP Todd Smith’s challenge to industrial wind turbine zoning

Next week Todd Smith will present a private member’s bill on the restoration of municipal control over the zoning of industrial wind development.  Since this bill reflects one of the planks in the Progressive Conservatives’ recent election campaign, it has been developed with the assistance of the PC caucus and has full backing.  The return of municipal control would ensure that councils can consider a whole range of local impacts and approve only developments with real benefits for everyone.

The New Democratic Party has also opposed large-scale, private wind projects, preferring direct development by either communities or Ontario Power Generation. It will be interesting to see how the NDP responds to Todd’s bill.

If you would like to thank Todd for this useful initiative, please email his office: todd.smithco@pc.ola.org.

(Excerpted from  APPEC newsletter by Chair Henri Garand)

MPP Todd Smith’s letter to Natural Resources Minister

Press release from the office of Todd Smith, MPP:

The new Member of Provincial Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings has started his legislative work by writing Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle with regard to the proposed Industrial Wind Farm at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County.

 During the campaign, the proposed Industrial Wind Farm was a major issue in Prince Edward County and was the focus of many campaign events including a press conference by a former Queen’s Counsel outlining the position of the South Shore Conservancy.

 “Since my office has opened, the number one topic of correspondence with constituents in the riding has been the proposed Wind Farm inPrinceEdwardCounty.” Smith stated. “The people of Prince Edward County feel like their right to have their voice heard is being taken away. They want Queen’s Park to know that they object to having these wind turbines forced on them without the approval of their local government.” 

 In the letter, Smith congratulated Minister Gravelle on his new portfolio and added that he hoped to have the chance to express the feelings of his constituents in Prince Edward County on this issue.

Contact Todd Smith by email or phone:

Todd Smith, MPP ~ Phone: 613-962-1144 ~ Email:  toddsmithco@pc.ola.org  Twitter @ToddSmithPC

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