By Mary Golem
June 1st, 2010
Arran Elderslie and representatives of its neighbouring municipalities “will wait and see” what level of support there is from municipalities across Ontario before proceeding with any further opposition to wind energy projects.
Arran Elderslie recently passed a bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development within the municipality. However, when Arran Elderslie attempted to circulate the bylaw to all Ontario municipalities through AMO (the Association of Municipalities of Ontario) “we encountered a roadblock,” Arran-Elderslie chief administrative officer (CAO) -clerk A.P. Crawford told a special council meeting in Chesley Thursday night. “AMO declined to circulate it for policy reasons,” Crawford told members of Arran-Elderslie council, as well as representatives of Grey Highlands, West Grey, Georgian Bluffs, Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Chatsworth councils who were invited to the meeting to discuss their opposition to wind energy projects.
“That’s pretty interesting,” Chatsworth mayor Howard Greig and West Grey mayor Kevin Eccles responded, both saying they had never heard of such a refusal.
Instead of AMO circulating the bylaw, Crawford was instead offered the mailing list at a reduced cost and had to do it herself, a tedious process that took considerable time and as a result, the bylaw did not get sent to all Ontario municipalities until last Friday.