Revised info on plebiscite
South Marysburgh turned out in droves at Milford town hall on Saturday,
> July 14 to vote in a plebiscite on wind turbines, organized by the S.M.
> Mirror. They delivered a clear message to be passed on to Premier
> McGuinty: NO turbines wanted in South Marysburgh.
> The question was straight foward: Do you want industrial wind turbines
> installed in South Marysburgh like the ones proposed by wpd Canada and
> Gilead Power for their projects near Milford and on the south shore?
> The results of 542 ballots cast: 489 = 90.2% said NO to wind
> turbines, while 51 = 9.4% said YES, with 2 spoiled ballots.
> Based on 1117 eligible voters in the 2010 municipal election, the
> plebiscite turnout was 48.5%, as compared to the election turnout of
> 53.4%. [Revised from original post.]
> The plebiscite was restricted to residents (full- or part-time) and
> property owners of South Marysburgh, with proof of eligibility being
> required. Voting was in person or by proxy.
> This was the first opportunity for any community in Ontario to vote in a
> plebiscite on wind turbines, restricted to those who would be impacted
> directly by wind energy development.
> The results constitute a strong message to wind developers, County
> Council and the McGuinty government: NO turbines wanted in South
> Thanks to Steve Ferguson, editor and publisher of the South Marysburgh
> Mirror, for this initiative. See the Mirror’s web page with vote
> results here .