North Middlesex All-Candidates Debate

Concerned about the Bornish Wind Development? Be sure to attend the municipal candidate’s debate to ask questions and make an informed decision on who to vote for in the upcoming municipal election. 

North Middlesex All-Candidates Debate
Date: October 7th
Time: 7:00PM
Place: Ailsa Craig Community Centre 

Mayor: 

Ian Brebner, Cheryl Norman, Don Shipway  

Deputy Mayor:  

 Brad Harness, Lucy Hendrikx, Gary Keays, Chuck Hall   

 Ward One:  

 Doreen McLinchey, Ron Wilcox, Marysia Coutts  

 Ward Two  

 Brian Ropp, Ken Johnston  

 Ward Three:  

 Merv Carter, Jim Mitchell, Robert Kloss, Gord Moir,  

 Ward Four:  

 Lawrence McLachlan, Andrew Hemming  

 Ward Five:  

 Adrian Cornelissen, Randy Lockhart   

 Click here to read candidates responses to our Questionairre 

Gord Moir  (Ward 3) 

1. What are your views on the proposed, large-scale, industrial wind turbine projects to be situated in Adelaide-Metcalfe township?
2. On Dec. 22nd, 2009 Adelaide-Metcalfe council supported a resolution, forwarded by the Township of Manvers and Grey County, asking for a moratorium on wind turbine construction until proper health, economic impact, environmental and property studies are completed. Would you support this resolution as well? 
 
 

In regards to your first two questions  to be fair to all I would  need to research both questions further . But I will say that I would always put the public health first . 

3. Other municipalities in Ontario have a 10-30 minute open question/comment period available at each council meeting for any member of the public not on the agenda to speak to council. Is this an initiative you would support having available to help your constituent’s concerns be heard?  

I would not support  a open forum question period … a person should get put on the meeting agenda 

4. Would you support having an agenda available, before a council meeting, that includes digital copies of correspondence/background reports/pertinent links so the public can access this information before it is discussed and voted on? 

I see no problem having the agenda available on line … however we do run into other issues with reports and correspondence from other sources ..  

Don Shipway (Mayor) 

1. What are your views on the proposed, large-scale, industrial wind turbine projects to be situated in Adelaide-Metcalfe township? 

If people can prove to me and show me that there isn’t a health hazard, I would not have a problem with wind turbines, if rate payers wanted them. 

2. On Dec. 22nd, 2009 Adelaide-Metcalfe council supported a resolution, forwarded by the Township of Manvers and Grey County, asking for a moratorium on wind turbine construction until proper health, economic impact, environmental and property studies are completed. Would you support this resolution as well?   

Yes as mayor I  support a resolution till studies are completed for health reason. 

3. Other municipalities in Ontario have a 10-30 minute open question/comment period available at each council meeting for any member of the public not on the agenda to speak to council. Is this an initiative you would support having available to help your constituent’s concerns be heard?  

 no/ you can get on agenda by calling clerk,a nd speaking about the issue. 

4. Would you support having an agenda available, before a council meeting, that includes digital copies of correspondence/background reports/pertinent links so the public can access this information before it is discussed and voted on? 

 yes/ by posting on the internet. 

Other comments:  We have a house in Lambton Shores at 1985 Ipperwash Rd. my son lives there, have many problems with noise, vibrations, and not sleeping. Plus power surges. Also everybody blows v.c.rs. we gone through 11 vcrs.

Brad Harness (Deputy Mayor)

1. What are your views on the proposed, large-scale, industrial wind turbine projects to be situated in Adelaide-Metcalfe township?

If elected to North Middlesex council, I will represent the majority view on all subjects, including wind turbine farms, solar farms, etc.  After canvassing about half of the homes in North Middlesex I have only had 1 individual speak against wind turbines.

2. On Dec. 22nd, 2009 Adelaide-Metcalfe council supported a resolution, forwarded by the Township of Manvers and Grey County, asking for a moratorium on wind turbine construction until proper health, economic impact, environmental and property studies are completed. Would you support this resolution as well?

As for a moratorium on further wind farm construction, there is evidence on both sides of the issue of human health effects.  The majority evidence shows no scientific data to support claims of negative health effects on humans.  Should sufficient serious ad genuine scientific evidence come forward during council’s debate on such a wind project, yes, that would certainly be taken into account.  At this point, the slight concern appears to be mitigated if the turbines are located as follows:  a) More than 1km from a home  b) Not grouped such that several turbines are in the vicinity of a single home.

3. Other municipalities in Ontario have a 10-30 minute open question/comment period available at each council meeting for any member of the public not on the agenda to speak to council. Is this an initiative you would support having available to help your constituent’s concerns be heard? 

The manner in which North Middlesex Council conducts its meetings is a local matter requiring local solutions.  Whether a 10-30 minute unscheduled Q&A session for the public at the star of all meetings is desired is a matter for the next council to decide.  My concern with this is that while questions can be asked of council & staff, without advance knowledge of the subject under discussion, little accurate discussion can happen that same evening, as council and staff often need to gather facts in order to discuss and decide upon any course of action.  I believe there is no problem with any ratepayer requesting time on the regular agenda, and this is the best route to take, lest the public wanting to air a concern will go away empty handed and disappointed that evening, having a worse opinion of council and staff than when he arrived.

4. Would you support having an agenda available, before a council meeting, that includes digital copies of correspondence/background reports/pertinent links so the public can access this information before it is discussed and voted on?

Yes, all council information could easily be made available in PDF form on the municipal website, and with agendae posted 1 week in advance, the public should be able – if they read their local newspapers – to follow issues before council and request time at council, and be fully aware of all details (if they read them).

Other comments: I would like to say that I favour green energy projects, however, I would prefer to see them in a different form, powering local electricity grids rather than the provincial grid.  I would also like to see wind turbines spread out more rather than be concentrated, and to see them located at the back of farms rather than close to the roads and homes.  Finally, I would like to see such projects be contingent upon using local manpower and hardware (at least based I Ontario) as much as possible.

 

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