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THE TIMING couldn’t be better for residents in The Green Hub – and specifically in Brantford – as Ontario PC Party Leader Tim Hudak will be in the Telephone City Friday for a lunch with Brant candidate Michael St. Amant.
They will be convening at 11:45 a.m. at the Sherwood Restaurant. And the sparks could be flying if the media is on top of things.
Hudak has been in the public eye this week more than ever before. He has vowed to kill the province’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program if he is elected premier in the October election and that has already raised the ire of opponents across Ontario. Those opponents have lauded reports that, for solar, Ontario is becoming known as the ‘California of Canada’ and to dismantle the FIT program – which pays high prices for electricity generated from renewable resources – would seriously disrupt the gains already made jobs-wise.
And manufacturers of renewable energy equipment that have set up shop in Ontario are worried that the industry could buckle if incentives disappear under a new provincial government.
In The Green Hub, momentum and buzz has been building to turn the area into a Canadian Silicon Valley or Canada’s Technology Triangle model. But Hudak certainly has allies, and there’s no better example than Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett.
Tough questions need to be asked. Scrapping the FIT program, and all that goes with it, should not be taken lightly.
Elsewhere around The Green Hub: How to fix the Sydenham-Pearl brownfield site in Brantford. Mary Ellen Kaye, Jan Vanderstelt, Larry Kings seek solutions from residents …. A special photography tour of Brantford’s Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield area … Why the City of Brantford could have to pay up to $3-million to fix a drainage problem … Rain, rain go away, but probably not until next month …
Last but not least: Great Lakes nuclear shipment delayed yet again as Bruce Power has withdrawn its request to U.S. authorities to transport 16 decommissioned nuclear steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden for recycling.