Green energy push needs local input: Ont. Liberal hopefuls

Ontario Wind Resistance

P1020402By Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates have a lot of ground to make up with the province’s small town and rural communities if they ever hope to lead a majority government again. The list of complaints is long — Local Health Integration Networks that closed down emergency rooms, the end of slot-revenue sharing with the horse-racing industry, the derailing of the Ontario Northland Railway, the perceived lack of support for the forestry industry and just general top-down Toronto decision-making.

One piece of legislation, though, stands out as particularly contentious: The Green Energy Act. Designed to clear the way for the development of wind and solar power in Ontario — in place of coal-generated power — it has caused a lot of trouble. As fast as turbines went up with no local input, neighbours turned on each other and Ontario’s anti-wind movement was born. It spawned the Feed-In…

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