Anti-wind rally this week­end in Pic­ton

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PRINCE ED­WARD COUNTY — Op­po­nents of wpd Canada’s White Pines Wind Pro­ject and the Green En­ergy Act are hop­ing for a large turnout at a pub­lic rally on Sun­day (Oct. 15) in Pic­ton.

Les Stan­field, lo­gis­tics co­or­di­na­tor for the rally, said he is hope­ful County res­i­dents will rally to­gether to voice their op­po­si­tion to wpd Canada’s White Pines Wind Pro­ject that in­volves erect­ing nine 150 me­tre tall (500 feet) in­dus­trial wind tur­bines in and around the ham­let of Mil­ford in the ward of South Marys­burgh.

“Our hope is that this rally will mo­ti­vate the gov­ern­ment to can­cel this pro­ject once and for all”, said Stan­field. “We want peo­ple to be cre­ative in pre­par­ing for the march through floats, ban­ners and plac­ards that per­son­al­ize their mes­sage to wpd and Queen’s Park.”

Stan­field points out the County has de­clared it­self an un­will­ing host to in­dus­trial wind tur­bine projects that dis­rupt the lives and liveli­hoods of County res­i­dents and de­stroy the County’s his­toric land­scapes while caus­ing ir­repara­ble harm to the County’s wildlife and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. The rally will con­sist of a march cou­pled with an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at The Re­gent Theatre in Pic­ton.

Those want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the march can gather at the end of Cold Stor­age Road by 12:30 p.m. for de­par­ture at 1 p.m., or join the march at any point on the route along Main Street to The Re­gent Theatre. At 2 p.m. peo­ple can par­tic­i­pate in an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at the Re­gent. County res­i­dents, lo­cal politi­cians, busi­ness peo­ple and ex­perts will pro­vide im­pact state­ments, up­dates and an­swer ques­tions about an­tic­i­pated per­sonal im­pacts; loss of land owner and mu­nic­i­pal rights be­cause of the Green En­ergy Act; hu­man health ef­fects; de­struc­tion of her­itage, tourism and en­dan­gered species; and other con­cerns.

Speak­ers will in­clude Mayor Robert Quaiff; MPP Todd Smith; wine­maker Nor­man Hardie; Wind Con­cerns On­tario pres­i­dent Jane Wil­son; Dr. Robert McMurtry OC; and the event will be mod­er­ated by South Marys­burgh Coun. Steve Fer­gu­son.

Fer­gu­son said the rally isn’t just for res­i­dents of the south­ern ward, but any­one with con­cerns about wind en­ergy in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We hope ev­ery sin­gle per­son who has ex­pressed con­cern about this wind en­ergy pro­ject will come out and not only show sup­port for the res­i­dents of South Marys­burgh who will be di­rectly af­fected by the White Pines pro­ject, but also to ex­press their strong op­po­si­tion to the gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion that al­lowed the pro­ject to hap­pen in the first place,” he said. “All res­i­dents of Prince Ed­ward County need to fully un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of the White Pines pro­ject.”

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Les Stan­field at 613-4765363 or visit the Face­book page: ( https://www.face­book.com/Prince-Ed­ward-County-Field­Nat­u­ral­ists-271617866218688/

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There will be a pub­lic anti-wind rally in Pic­ton on Sun­day af­ter­noon, sim­i­lar to one held in Clin­ton, ON ear­lier this year. The rally will be fol­lowed by an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at the Re­gent Theatre.

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