The Independent October 24, 2013 : Page 1
Municipalities wait, worry over OPP deals Vol. 1, Issue 8 Heather Wright The Independent Dawn-Euphemia is getting anxious about the cost of policing and they’re not alone. Recently, Ontario’s Auditor General told the Ontario Provincial Police it needed a funding model which was clearer and more transparent. The OPP has now finished their work and is inviting municipalities to find out how they will be paying for services at a Nov. 15 meeting in London. Dawn-Euphemia Deputy Mayor Leslie Williams plans to attend and says she’s worried about what is coming. Before the November meeting, Dawn-Euphemia has invited local OPP representatives to talk to them about the cost of policing. But the facts are clear; the cost of policing keeps rising in the rural municipality as its ability to pay shrinks. Thursday, October 24, 2013 Dawn Euphemia’s OPP bill started at $229,400 in 1998, says Williams. But even with the population declining, the cost has risen dramatically to an estimated $410,140 this year. “This is a very, very serious concern,” says Williams, noting the cost will continue to climb since the OPP Association has already negotiated an eight percent pay increase for its members in 2014. “This is just crippling municipalities,” says Williams. “Theses costs put the long-term sustainability of the municipality in question.” The rising cost of policing comes at a time the province is reducing its funding to municipalities. Williams says small municipalities, like Dawn-Euphemia, have depended on the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. See FUNDING Pg. 3 Heather Wright Photo Scary for Charity : If you’re looking for a Halloween scare The Legion of Doom, also known as the Petrolia Legion, might be the place to look. A group of friends has set up a haunted house in the basement to raise money for Christmas for Everyone. For more details see the story on page 13. Wind activists urged to take the fight to Toronto Heather Wright The Independent The mayors of Enniskillen and Plympton-Wyoming are urging anti-wind activists to take their convoy of protest to Queen’s Park. About 200 vehicles – cars, pickup, trucks with trailers, tractors, honey wagons and manure spreaders – clogged up the 402 Saturday morning, traveling at 20 km per hour from the Forest Road to Strathroy to protest the crop of wind turbines sprouting up in the region. The OPP blocked off the eastbound lane for the duration of the two-hour protest, leaving the convoy on its own on the highway, greeted only by protestors on the top of overpasses along the way. Once they arrived in Strathroy, four local Tory MPP’s and the two mayors greeted the protestors and took a few minutes to tell them they stood behind them in their fight against the Liberal’s policies. Tory Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod told the crowd if the Conservatives were elected, they would end the program which allows the mega projects and give municipalities the power to plan the projects – a power the Liberals took away under the Green Energy Act. Enniskillen Mayor Kevin Marriott, whose municipality took a strong strand against wind turbines which lead three companies to find other areas to locate, says standing up for the people has been worth it. “I’ve only had one call that says we’re wrong,” says Marriott. The mayor commended the protestors adding, “I strongly believe this rally should be in Queens Park,” he said to the cheers of the drenched crowd. “I don’t think it would be hard for everyone to go back and get 10 people each and bring (the protest) to Queen’s Park.” Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper agrees saying it is a good sign the fight against industrial wind turbines has been “taken to the street.” “We have got to get (the protestors) into the city to tell them what’s happening in rural Ontario.” For their part, the anti-wind activists don’t seem ready to give in either. “Rain or snow or shine we’re going to continue to show Heather Wright photo The line in the sand; anti industrial wind turbine protestors line Michigan Road near the Forest exit of the 402 Saturday for a rolling protest down the highway. 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