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Friday, 30 September 2011

A blow to wind advocates

Hamilton City Council Joins Call For Moratorium on Industrial Wind Development HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ -

Wind Concerns Ontario is celebrating Hamilton City Council becoming the seventy-eighth and largest municipal government to date to successfully pass a motion of moratorium calling on the Government of Ontario to halt industrial wind development until proper health studies have been completed and local democracy is restored.

"Hamilton has joined a movement of municipal governments who recognize the deep flaws that plague Ontario's Green Energy Act and we're pleased to see a municipality with the size and clout of Hamilton join in this call for science and democracy to govern Ontario's energy future," said John Laforet, President of Wind Concerns Ontario.

Hamilton is home to NDP, Liberal and PC MPPs who are facing re-election six days from now. "PC Party Leader and Niagara West Glanbrook (which includes part of Hamilton) MPP Tim Hudak has been clear his party stands with Hamilton City Council and seventy seven other municipal councils who represent more than 2.5 million Ontarians, NDP Leader and Hamilton Centre MPP Andrea Horwath needs to be equally clear, as does Dalton McGuinty." Laforet added.

Wind Concerns Ontario has called on all parties to support a province-wide moratorium on further industrial wind development while independent health and environmental studies are completed to inform minimum setback regulations, for the restoration of local democratic planning authority, an end to the feed-in-tariff program and the cancellation of the Samsung deal.

Wind Concerns Ontario is a grassroots coalition of fifty eight community organizations in thirty five districts and counties in Ontario and has members residing in sixty-seven of Ontario's one-hundred and seven electoral districts. For further information: John Laforet President - Wind Concerns Ontario 647 724 0600

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