PoV: Democracy thrives . . . at the local level

By Peter Epp, Chatham Daily News – Wednesday July 17, 2013

Byelections are to be held on Aug. 1, in which the votes of residents in five different ridings will be tabulated, but it’s not likely their outcome will have a great bearing on the next government, which right now is being propped up by the New Democrats. Yet if Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals do poorly, it will be a stunning slap against her government and its policies.

Oddly enough, votes have also been taken across rural Ontario over the past six months and, as with the Aug. 1 byelection, their outcome has had little impact on the governing Liberals.

Dozens of municipalities have been declaring themselves to be non-willing hosts to wind turbine development, in a desperate bid to become heard in Queen’s Park.

The latest declaration comes from Dawn-Euphemia Township. On Monday, the township council voted to become a non-willing host. Although there are no turbines in Dawn-Euphemia, two companies have proposals to erect a total of approximately 70 towers.

There are now over 60 municipalities in Ontario that are non-willing hosts. Several are in Lambton County, including Plympton-Wyoming and, more recently, Enniskillen Townshp. Continue Reading at http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2013/07/17/pov-democracy-thrives—-at-the-local-level

 

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