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The Independent October 17, 2013 : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 7 Final MOH approval expected in a matter of days Heather Wright The Independent Building for health team could start in November mayor says. McCharles says the health plaza will likely cost between $4 and $5 million to build. “We have the blessing of Lambton County and the (St. Clair Region) conservation authority and now we’re waiting on the Ministry of Health,” says McCharles. John McCharles While the ministry won’t provide direct funding for the building’s construction, it will be paying rent and needs to approve the plans. McCharles says that approval could come by the end of the month. “We hope to get started this year,” says McCharles adding it will likely be late summer before the building is complete. “It is a specialty building for doctors and that takes extra time and special materials. After a number of years of planning, McCharles adds “It will certainly be nice to get that going.” Thursday, October 17, 2013 Activists plan Saturday 402 protest; We’re not going to give up Anti wind groups municipalities to block Forest exit Heather Wright The Independent As the wind turbines roll into southwestern Ontario ready for construction, reality is starting to sink in. Ingrid Willemsen of the anti-industrial wind turbine group WAIT in Plympton-Wyoming says that is one of the reasons for Saturday’s planned blockade of Highway 402. The Middlesex Lambton Wind Concerns group has organized the 10 am protest, calling on residents to bring their tractors, trucks and vehicles decked out in signs to highlight Ontario is not a willing host to the wind energy projects which are being approved by the provincial government. “Only through solidarity to fight the loss of our democratic rights can we begin to regain our liberties,” writes Muriel Blair of MLWC in an email to supporters. “Please unite in this fight and show that our numbers are strong and our voices will not be quieted until our rights are restored.” Willemsen says the protest is what many people see as the last resort for many of the projects which are slated to begin this year. “The blades are rolling down the street and the components are going into the ground,” says Willemsen. “There can’t be any political action that can help anymore…There can’t be any wind company action that can help anymore in terms of contracts. “I would say it is the last resort as things are now visually happening and people can finally can see what they should have been able to envision.” Willemsen says at this point there seems to be no other way. “I think it gets to this point only because other avenues have been exhausted…I think civil disobedience is sometimes necessary to get the attention people are screaming for…It’s not just a few activists, it’s hundreds and thousands of people. “With the Green Energy Act and what it allowed, the political approach, the rational legal approach, is all difficult and may be too late…Civil disobedience may get us there quicker.” Petrolia Mayor John McCharles disagrees saying politicians Heather Wright Photo Marianne Terpstra had a very scary customer in front of her Marthaville Road hair salon. Terpstra entered and won the Petrolia Volunter Business Group’s scarecrow contest for her scary customer and hair dresser. Second place went to Marlene Ramsley of 4025 Joe Street and third place went to Lily Johnson, 7, who fashioned a Scottish warrior queen. Construction on the new building for the Central Lambton Family Health team could begin this fall. The team of seven family doctors and nine health professionals currently works out of Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital but the team and its board has been planning a new facility to be built at Englehart Park on Glenview Drive for over a year. Petrolia Mayor John McCharles, who is the treasurer for the team’s board, says the plans are now complete and a builder – Southwest Construction from London – has been chosen. Southside Construction will own and build the 20,000 square-foot building which will house the Central Lambton Family Health Team and some commercial businesses such as a drug store, dentist and a chiropractor. Some of the professionals will move from other locations in town and others will be new businesses to the community, the should be going nose-to-nose with the provincial government to regain control of planning for the projects. But he understands their frustration. “Sometime protests are the only way to get the government’s attention,” he says adding he would like to see a combined effort of all Lambton County municipalities to make an impact with the province. “If we’re going to have a voice, it should be a combined voice. To put a few tractors on the 402 is going to get a few residents and some Americans upset.” See Civil Page 2 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia 519-882-1090 1-855-864-4962

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