Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blowing in The Wind With Green Energy

The southern Georgian Bay area has seen its fair share of community uprisings over the years stemming from quarry expansions, unwanted developments and more.  Perhaps the most contentious of late has been the fight against wind farms, those massive turbines erected in the rural countryside.  Touted by the provincial Liberals via their Green Energy Act as being an integral part of Ontario's future energy, wind farms have ignited a civic protest through many parts of the province.
  South of us outside Shelbune, the landscape is dotted with dozens of wind turbines.  Last December while returning from a meeting in Stratford, I drove through that area late at night. In the dark you can't see them and you can't hear them but with their blinking red lights to fend off low flying aircraft, you know they are there! It was kind of spooky. 
  Another area where turbines are present in large numbers is along the Lake Huron shoreline to the west of us with further turbine installations slated to come.  A Goderich, Ontario couple have recently launched an injunction against the province to halt what is known as the Kingbridge 2 wind farm in that area.  As you recall Goderich was hit with a different wind problem last August in the form of a major tornado.  The latest ill wind to blow is residents looking to delay the project until such time as Health Canada completes a two year study to determine what if any health issues arise from living too close to these power generating behemoths.  Read more at CBC News.
  Closer to home, residents in the Township of Clearview are in their own fight against a wind farm project on the north side of County Road 91 west of Stayner by WPD Canada Corporation. Notwithstanding the unknown health implications the WPD wind farm allegedly impacts the flight path to the Collingwood airport.  Clearview Council has rejected the project on the same basis as the Goderich couples assertion that future projects should be put on hold until the Health Canada study is complete.
  In my next post I will discuss how the wind farms issue may impact a real estate transaction and what you need to do to protect yourself. 

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.