PORT ELGIN, ON, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - The CAW welcomes the recent
Ontario Municipal Board decision to allow the union to go ahead with
the construction of a small wind turbine on its property at the union's
Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.
"This project is an exciting educational opportunity to understand
renewable energy resources that will help reduce our carbon footprint,
while meeting our energy needs," said CAW National President Ken
Lewenza. "It's an also an important chance to support local procurement
policies that will ensure good jobs in an emerging green economy."
The union recognizes though that there are some within the community
that are troubled by the project and the CAW has been working to allay
concerns and meet with community representatives to create an more open
dialogue around the wind turbine.
CAW national representative Kim Yardy will be available for interview
today in her office at the Family Education Centre during the public
CAW representatives met on November 15 with Deputy Mayor Luke
Charbonneau and John Kyles, President of the Port Elgin & Saugeen
Township Beachers' Organization to discuss the previous Ontario
Municipal Board ruling which stated that, the "single use, 800 kilowatt
100 metre turbine wouldn't have a significant impact on the surrounding
residents or area."
At a meeting this week of the national executive board of the union, the
CAW reaffirmed the importance of the wind turbine project.
"This project began seven years ago as an initiative by our
environmental activists within the union," said Lewenza. "It represents
our commitment to environmental sustainability and a desire to move to
clean energy sources."
While the technical and legal issues of this project have long been
resolved, the CAW has committed to do the following going forward:
coordinate the formation of a committee comprised of CAW officials,
municipal officials and community representatives to share information
set up an email address that people can send questions to at: email@example.com
develop safe operating policies and procedures that will be strictly
adhered to and available for staff and public review.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW Communications Angelo DiCaro (cell) 416-606-6311 or CAW National Representative Kim Yardy (office) 519-389-3209 or (cell) 416-670-2776