The view from here on our MPP’s ‘too bad, so sad’ message to North Stormont

Courtesy photo by Raymond Grady.

The Editor:

I have sent this letter to our local MPP.

Hello Jim McDonell,

Here is our new sunset view from our living room window courtesy of our neighbour and your and your government’s incompetence on this file.

The turbine once erected will tower over the crane by another 80 to 100 metres.  Sadly, this is not the end of the craziness in that the same neighbour will be putting up a second turbine (at approximately 650 feet) and a wind measurement (met) tower (at approximately 400 feet), which promises to be a spectacular strobe and light show in the evenings and at night.

Sadly the craziness does end here in that your government is in the process of planting a total of six turbines within our three kilometres  of our home and 23 others across the western part of North Stormont Township.

Your recent Letter to the Editor conveyed a very simple message — too bad, so sad people of North Stormont, but we can’t do anything because the contract is signed.

This just reinforced to me your complete lack of understanding of the negative impacts of wind turbines to the birds, bats, water wells, people, the natural environment and sky-high electricity costs across Ontario.

I am still waiting to hear back from you to explain the expected benefits to the residents of North Stormont who are now forced to live within the confines of an industrial electrical generation facility for the next 20 to 40 years.

If you cannot muster the effort to respond to your own constituents then I think it’s about time that you resign your seat so that we can get someone in there with the work ethic and conviction to stand up for what’s right in their own riding.

By the way, I checked the wind turbine contribution to Ontario’s power grid on Sept. 27; it was 2.2 percent, and yet even with this meagre contribution, Ontario was exporting surplus power to its neighbours at significant financial cost, so I am not getting why your government feels that 29 more wind turbines in North Stormont is the right way to go.

Raymond Grady

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