By GREG McMILLAN
A couple of examples come to mind this week. First, we see that the Globe and Mail has written a story about Ontario’s review of its two-year-old feed-in-tariff (FIT) program. But the ramifications of that probe hit home even more, as the article drew attention to The Green Hub by leading off with the difficulties that Ken Burns, the Green Party candidate for Brant in the recent provincial election, is experiencing with his solar-installation business, Solar Team.
Burns is quoted in the article as saying the next few months are make-or-break for his business, caused by the uncertainty surrounding the province’s green energy plans.
He’s not alone, of course, as others in The Green Hub, in the same businesses, are sitting on tenterhooks waiting to see what will happen next.
Also this week, we were contacted by Chris Fossenier from the Saskatoon Wind Turbine Project, who’s heading a coalition trying to put the brakes on a municipal plan at a landfill site. The group is not against green power, or wind turbines in particular, but they are trying to show that this particular project is neither safe, nor smart.
Fossenier was aware about the ongoing controversy over wind turbine installations in The Green Hub, and southern Ontario, and was seeking some input from us.
So the word is definitely spreading about The Green Hub.
Elsewhere around The Green Hub: Why alcohol in convenience stores in The Green Hub is a tough sell … Why developmentally-challenged volunteer was called ‘ReStore Cliff’ … How a girl, 7, is cleaning up Paris one step at a time … Why $32-million is a speck of coal dust to Ontario Power Corporation … How to keep endangered species out of danger on farms in The Green Hub … How Dutch company wants Brantford to pony up for soil-remediation pilot project … Why a contaminated garage mess in Norfolk may be on the move … How amended Norfolk burn bylaw may have farmers smiling … Why there’s a plan to expand well system in Paris …
Last but not least: There’s a U.S. report just published that has a definite Canadian hook. It’s about how green building will continue to rebound globally in 2012. The report’s author talked with green building industry leaders in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia during the past year. Of particular note to us, was the finding that the focus of the green building industry will continue its switch from new building design and construction to greening existing buildings. That hit home in a big way as we continue with our green reno in The Green Hub with the This Really Old House Goes Green project.
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