Citizens to protest at wind industry forum

TORONTO, April 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Citizens from across Ontario will gather in downtown Toronto Tuesday to protest the Ontario government's Feed In Tariff or "FIT" program which rewards wind power developers with generous subsidies from Ontario taxpayers.

The result of FIT, organizers say, has been unbridled and unnecessary development of industrial wind power projects throughout the province, which is altering rural communities, causing power bills to rise dramatically, and even causing some people to become ill from exposure to the environmental noise.

"This province is in trouble financially, says Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, one of the groups participating. "So why do we continue to reward these developers with rich, multi-million-dollar contracts, for expensive and unreliable power that we don't need? People are really very angry."

The protest day begins with a news conference at Queen's Park, then presentations at noon at Simcoe Park, and a march to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the Feed In Tariff Forum trade conference is being held.

More than 40 groups participating including: Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association, Toronto Wind Action, Central Huron Against Turbines, Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action, North Gower Wind Action Group, Preserve Mapleton, Clearview WAIT, Association for the Protection of Amherst Island, Wolfe Island Residents for the Environment,  and Nor'Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee.

For further information:

WIND CONCERNS ONTARIO windconcerns@gmail.com

Jane Wilson, president Wind Concerns Ontario: 613-725-7120

Sherri Lange CEO North American Platform Against Wind 416-567-5115

http://www.windconcernsontario.ca