Tuesday night an optimistic Vic Fedeli hosted what he intended to be a non-partisan Town Hall. He simply quoted two Auditors General and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers to back up the community of North Bay’s rejection of Industrial Wind development.
Chief Davie Joanisse, who recently gave Invernex an eviction notice in Mattawan, was in attendance as guest speakers WCO’s Warren Howard and MCSEA’s Ray Beaudry added to the litany of ills generated by wind development in their respective areas.
Howard dealt with the “myths” marketed by wind developers, such as their blithe assurance that birds learn to avoid IWT… he joked it always make him think of the Monty Python skit about the dead parrot… its hard to teach a dead bird anything!
Beaudry used his experience with McLean’s Mountain, to point out the unfairness of a process in which the very tests appellants must meet are ill defined.
Vic Fedeli had bilingual flyers “WIND What it Costs You” and a petition against the development available at a sign-in table for the capacity crowd who had questions and comments for all the speakers.
LSARC distributed a big-picture handout which invites outreach to other groups and a collaborative approach to protest.
A good time was had by all but the wind developers present, whom Vic thanked for honouring the assertion that they would not proceed without community support. He encouraged the community to organize and rally behind a “Champion” who could work in liaison with more established groups.
Video clips to follow…