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Friday, September 23, 2011

Huge fire completely destroys local home by Chris Daponte MAPLETON TWP. - There was little firefighters could do with a large fire that completely destroyed a home near Drayton last weekend. “It was fully involved when we got there,” Fire Chief Rick Richardson said of the blaze on Concession 12, northwest of Drayton and southeast of Rothsay. Firefighters responded to the home - an older stone house with a large addition that was under renovations - shortly after 3:40pm on Sept. 17. Smoke, and even flames, were clearly visible from Drayton at the time, indicating the size and severity of the fire. Twenty-nine firefighters from the Mapleton department responded to the scene, as well

as two water trucks and four firefighters from the Minto Fire Department’s Palmerston station. Richardson said no one was inside at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured at the scene, despite the explosion of a couple of propane tanks. However, there wasn’t much left of the house by the time firefighters left the scene at 7:30pm. “It’s totally gone,” Richardson said. “Everything’s in the basement.” The owner’s insurance company is investigating and the damage is sure to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Richardson added. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined by fire officials.

Area students fared well in annual EQAO assessments by Chris Daponte MAPLETON TWP. - The latest EQAO assessments show most local students are keeping pace with or exceeding the reading, writing and mathematics skills of their peers within the school board and across the province. Every year the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assesses the reading, writing and math test results for students in grades 3 and 6, and also the math results for grade 9 students. There is always debate as to how much weight parents, teachers and education officials should place on the scores, though some agree the results are a helpful way of gauging the success of students and of comparing the progress of different schools. “To be successful, all organizations need reliable, objec-

tive performance data,” said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO’s Chief Executive Officer. “Students, parents, educators, policy makers and the public benefit from data that can be used to make reasonable judgments about how well schools are performing and to determine what changes need to be made to make schools better for all students.” Jackson added the data “allow parents, schools and school boards to celebrate their success in helping students master the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy and, where necessary, to pinpoint areas for improvement.” Recently the 2010-11 assessments were released for every school in Ontario. Grade 3 results About 64% of students across the Upper Grand District Continued on page 3

Razed - A firefighter surveys the huge blaze that completely destroyed this home on Concession 12, northwest of Drayton on Sept. 17. Over 30 firefighters from both the Mapleton and Minto fire departments responded to the scene, but the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, but luckily no one was injured. Additional photo on page 6.

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Councillors defer purchase of laptops by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - The electronic and wireless age is supposed to help people communicate better and faster, but councillors here are approaching it slowly. Council has $10,000 in its budget this year for laptop computers, but after receiving a report from finance director Mike Givens on Sept. 13, councillors decided to put off any purchase for now. However, they are going to consider wiring the desks at the council horseshoe so they can plug in laptops if they decide to buy them. Givens told council in his report the province did a request for proposals for laptops and obtained a vendor of

record, so the cost will be reasonable. “The price applies to all public services bodies,” he said. “It’s a very good price. We’re lucky to be a part of that.” The cost for six people would run at $6,065, and Givens said there would be some training costs to come, but he noted he could probably help with that. Givens added, “I know some councillors are hesitant.” Councillor Neil Driscoll is one of them. “I just don’t think at this time we should put money into laptops,” Driscoll said. “[Other] projects are going over budget. I just don’t see a laptop making me a better

councillor.” Councillor Andy Knetsch said, “The long and short of it is I’m not going to support this motion.” Councillor Jim Curry said he can support getting rid of stacks of paper that councillors must currently deal with, but he noted, “I have a laptop. How many have one? I’m willing to use my own and save some tax dollars.” He said councillors need to have a power source at each council desk but, “I don’t think all of us need laptops.” Mayor Bruce Whale noted the previous council had talked about getting laptops but he added, “I’m not very laptop friendly when it comes to communication - typing with one

finger.” Whale noted that as a member of county council, he has a laptop computer there and, “I haven’t printed a page since I started at the county. I just find it so handy. Everything is with you.” He added when it comes to toting around paper, it is “kind of a nightmare.” The mayor said he does not think it would take much savings in paper and staff time to recover the cost of buying laptops. Curry said paper costs are a small part, and such things as toner for the printer and staff time copying are higher costs. Whale said it might also allow councillors to receive information faster. Continued on page 2

Perth-Wellington candidates address agricultural issues at debate by Mike Robinson ARTHUR - Agriculture was a focus here at one of the first Perth-Wellington all candidate debates. Traditionally, the Arthur meeting is hosted by agricultural groups, but it was called off because of a Wind Concerns Ontario protest rally. The details were published in last week’s Wellington Advertiser. The meeting was re-booked, this time by Wind Concerns Ontario, the group that held the rally. Of the six candidates Irma DeVries, Family Coalition Party; Chris Desjardins, Green Party; Ellen Papenburg, New

Democratic Party; Randy Pettapiece, Progressive Conservative Party; and Robby Smink, Freedom Party, attended. Only incumbent Liberal Party representative John Wilkinson was absent. Prior to the meeting, he sent a news release to various media outlets saying he was more than willing to attend all non-partisan debates, but he declined an invitation from Wind Concerns Ontario. “This is my fourth election. I have never missed a debate organized by non-partisan organizations serving to inform voters in my riding,” said Wilkinson.

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“I have never accepted an invitation to attend an event organized by any group that has endorsed just one candidate. “Free, fair and open debates are a hallmark of our democracy. It’s important for the organizers of debates to be nonpartisan. I think WCO should be straight with people tonight and remind people they have taken a partisan position.” Prior to the meeting a protest rally was held against wind turbine policies, the Green Energy Act and the current provincial government. Inside the hall was a different story, as protestors were asked to leave their signs out-

side the building or in vehicles. Estimates of attendance ranged between 140 to 200 and a good third or more of that number appeared to be the same people involved in the protest rally. Local businessman Wayne Baker stated “an unfortunate situation” caused the Wellington Federation of Agriculture, the National Farmers Union and the Wellington Christian Farmers to cancel the meeting. WCO president John Laforet thanked Baker and Rob Unsworth, president of the Wellington County chapter of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, for their participation.

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Unsworth said “Agriculture is an integral part of this community.” Laforet stressed the WCO would use the same rules developed for the original meeting. Questions had to be written and were selected by a panel to avoid duplication. Laforet asked the audience keep the spirit of the original meeting. The questions Will your party work in a consultative manner with farmers when regulating species at risk and their habitats? DeVries said as a farmer she understands the species at risk legislation. “There is some great con-

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cern with that Act because some species are infringing on our right to farm and we are not getting compensation for some of that.” She is willing to work with agencies to come up with good plans so farmers are compensated. Desjardins said the Green Party believes in rewarding farmers for stewardship that provides environmental and community benefits. Papenburg said the NDP is in favour of consultation with farmers. However she added that being originally from Holland, where much of the Continued on page 5

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banquet and annual general meeting in November. Becky Koeslag is enrolled at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus studying horticulture. She achieved honour roll status for all four years of high school and was award ed the Ryan Giddy Memorial Award for citizenship. Among many other activities, she is an active member of Alma United Church and a 4-H

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its youth group. She currently works for Equine Guelph as a summer student and is assisting with developing an on-line 4-H horse club. She is planning to pursue a career in agriculture, in equine work, as a therapeutic riding coach. Trevor Koeslag loves farming and is working towards a diploma in agriculture at the University of Guelph’s

FROM PAGE ONE Curry agreed. Clerk Patty Sinnamon said the agenda packages would still be available on early Friday afternoon if emailed.

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Whale wondered if there is a hybrid system. Givens said the county information comes as a PDF (portable document format) and when the township has its new website, it will be able to place more documents there, too, because, “It’s in that format already.” Givens said training would be “hit and miss. I don’t think it’s that challenging.” And he said laptops could be used for more than just reading council agendas. “I could probably walk you through that,” said Givens. Whale said the county uses a system that has computer “sticky notes” so councillors can paste a note to themselves on the electronic agenda and ask questions when the issue arises. He also wondered if the

new website in the township will help councillors. Givens said the new site will help everybody. Curry asked, “What will it take to get power at the [council] desk stations. We can’t run cords.” Sinnamon said she could have an electrician decide that. Curry said he would rather spend some of the $10,000 in the budget to get council ready to use laptops when it decides to buy them. Whale said, “Those of us who want to try - we can still offer a hard copy.” Knetsch quipped, “I’ll rent you my generator.” Whale responded with a smile, “I’ll bring a solar panel and hang it out the window.” Council then deferred a decision on the purchase.

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Council hears from wind turbine proponent, offers argument

by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Council here gave a polite listen and some disagreement to a presentation from the Sierra Club about the good that can come from wind turbines. John Bennett, from the Ottawa area, is the executive director of the Sierra Club, which he said is the largest environmental club in Canada. He told council the club had learned Mapleton Township is questioning parts of the provincial Green Energy Act and wind power. He said he is advocating for renewable energy because climate change has already started. He cited record temperature changes and major storms around North America as a demonstration of that. He said such things as tornados “will get worse and worse” and the Ontario Green Energy Act is the only legislation in Canada to address

climate change. He said if other areas do not use such measures that will hasten climate change. He added in Germany there are 300,000 workers in the wind energy business. He said it is “one of the only growing industries left in Europe.” He cited solar, wind and biogas as renewable energy sources. Bennett said the Sierra Club has looked into the renewable energy sector and wind turbines and done studies over the last 20 years on it. “There’s nothing in the science” he said, that indicates there will be health problems “provided there are proper setbacks and they are run and operated properly.” He urged council to “look at the facts before we make up our minds.” Bennett said cars and buildings kill more birds than wind turbines do, and he agreed “there are some places where wind turbines are not appropriate.”

He urged council to “do it in a way that respects people’s rights,” and said he has concerns for the world his grandson will have to live in. Bennett said he once lived in a place that offered a beautiful view that included a hill. That hill turned out to be a drumlin, and a gravel company began mining it. “No municipality has called for a moratorium on gravel pits,” he noted. Councillors were interested in why the Sierra Club was coming to the township. Councillor Andy Knetsch asked if the Sierra Club receives grants or financial support from governments or big businesses. Bennett said the club does get “the occasional grant” from government, but there was “no funding from any source to support our decision” to support wind energy. Knetsch also asked about wind turbines and low fre-

Students fared well in EQAO assessments FROM PAGE ONE School Board (UGDSB) were at level three and four reading, while the provincial average was 65%. In writing, the results are 73% for both the UGDSB and the province. While in mathematics the board average is 67% and the provincial average is 69%. The individual results for each Mapleton Township school are as follows: - Alma Public School, 45% are at level three and four in reading, 45% in writing and 50% in math (down dramatically from 76%, 68% and 68% respectively from 2009-10); - Centre Peel Public School, did not have any results in reading, while 36% of students reached the provincial standard in writing and 18% in math (the school’s 2009-10 results were 37 and 34% respectively); - Drayton Heights Public School, 70% in reading, 78% in writing and 85% in math (a significant improvement over the 2009-10 results of 70, 43 and 70% respectively); and - Maryborough Public School, 61% in reading, 89% in writing and 67% in math (those figures are similar to 2009-10, when the results were 71, 88 and 71% respectively). Grade 6 results In general, 73% of UGDSB students were at or above the provincial standard for reading, while the provincial average is 74%. In writing, the board and provincial results were 68 and 73% respectively. And in mathematics, the board result was 53% and the provincial average was 58%. The individual results for each school are as follows: - Alma Public School, 95% in reading, 90% in writing and 90% in math (a dramatic improvement over the 2009-10 results: 76, 86 and 62% respectively); - Centre Peel Public School, 43% in reading, 26% in writing and 23% in math (previous results: 37, 37 and 34%); - Drayton Heights Public School, 81% in reading, 73% in writing and 73% in math (a significant increase over the previous results of 70, 43 and 70% respectively); - Maryborough Public School, no results. Grade 9 math results At the two high schools attended by most Mapleton grade 9 students - Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus and Norwell

District Secondary School in Palmerston - 38% of students in the applied program were at or above the provincial standard for math, while the figure for academic students was 82%. Interestingly, the applied figure is up slightly from he previous year’s figure of 36%, while the academic figure is down from 89%. The 2010-11 province-wide result for applied students was 42%, while the UGDSB result was 52%. For students in the academic program, the results were 83% and 85% respectively. Results for each high school in the county were: - Centre Wellington, 37% in the applied program and 83% in the academic program;

- Erin District High School, 40% and 78% respectively; Norwell District Secondary School, 40% and 81%; and - Wellington Heights Secondary School in Mount Forest, 48% and 76%. More details For more information, including the complete results for all 27 elementary schools in Wellington County and historical records for all county schools, visit the EQAO website at eqao.com. At 72 schools in the UGDSB’s jurisdiction, 2,113 grade 3 students, 2,297 grade 6 students and over 800 grade 9 students wrote the tests last school year. For more information visit www.eqao.com.

quency emissions. Bennett said there is no science that “shows low frequency is a big problem. It depends on the location.” He added Ontario setbacks of 550 metres are “among the biggest in the world” and he said of European wind farms, “They’ve got many more years of experience.” Councillor Jim Curry said he recently returned from Holland, where there are many wind turbines. But, he said, all of them are located away from populated areas. “There are no complaints, probably because of setbacks,” which he said are 1.5 km. Curry added New Zealand has also put a moratorium on wind turbines “because of health effects.” Curry told Bennett, “I do agree green energy is great. But putting them close to residences is not the proper place.” Bennett said there is “no science there to back” Curry’s assertions about health problems.

“Lots of people complain, but we don’t have any evidence,” said Bennett. Curry argued the township is dealing with a turbine proposal by NextEra Energy, and when he asked its proponents if they ever had to shut down because of noise, they said they had. Bennett replied, “You heard if there was a problem with the turbine, it should be shut down.” Curry said, “She said it was a problem. We need to get the setbacks at world standards.

Unfortunately, the Green Energy Act does not do that.” Councillor Neil Driscoll asked if the club has any members from the area. Bennett said it has 1,500 in western Ontario. Driscoll said he knows nothing about Bennett’s home area in Ottawa, and “neither do you know anything about this area.” Bennett said he once lived in Seymore, Ontario, and it is similar to Mapleton. Council took no action on his presentation and did not discuss it afterwards.

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It was instructive to listen to the Mapleton Township council debate last week about whether or not to purchase laptop computers for councillors. After all, we do live in a technological world. Plus, and we admit this fully, paper costs money and putting together a number of agendas each week takes staff time that is more costly. Then, of course, that bugaboo of all modern offices, the printer, has to be working - and we know that is not always the case. We have seen councillors switch from paper agendas to laptops. Outside of the occasional request for tech support at county council, there has been little difficulty. The calibre of debate on issues of the day is neither better nor worse. It might be marginally quieter because there is less paper shuffling. Having started our career on a beat-up manual typewriter that had shrapnel scars from the (we think) Korean War, we have learned a thing or two about technology. Our small newsroom at a weekly paper many years ago was among the first to adopt the new technology. Surprisingly, our editor stated after a few weeks all reporters had become better writers. The technology helped. Instead of line after line of X’d out copy, reporters could easily eliminate the wrong stuff and clean it up. They could move paragraphs and sentences around much quicker with the computer cut and paste function than they ever could using scissors and glue. And yes, Virginia, that’s exactly how it was done in the old days. We can also state with a certainty it did not reduce our workload in the slightest. We can understand the reluctance of some councillors to spend over $6,000 and it is not fear of change or the technology that causes that feeling. Neil Driscoll hit the nail on the head firmly, twice, in a couple of sentences. First, he noted several township projects have already gone over budget and spending the money now did not sit right with him. Secondly, he did not see how a laptop would make him a better councillor. Councillor Andy Knetsch did not elaborate, but simply said he could not support the purchase. Fair enough. And lest anyone think Driscoll and Knetsch are living in the dark ages, we suggest that in their careers, they have used plenty of high tech and modern equipment and are definitely not Luddites. They are looking strictly at the money. So was councillor Jim Curry, who offered a sensible alternative to buying laptop computers for everybody. He suggested simply getting ready to use them some time in the future by having the council chamber properly wired so when councillors do buy laptops, they have a place to plug them in. Meanwhile, Curry said he is willing to use his own. We know another place where some councillors, with the benefit of plug-ins at their desks, use their own laptops while other councillors continue with paper. That has worked well for all. Mapleton Mayor Bruce Whale already has a laptop because several years back, county council decided to go electronic and purchase the machines for each person. It has worked fairly well there, particularly since an agenda can reach 400 pages. We recall the debate at the county, where there was a fear councillors would email each other about votes. It never has happened there to our knowledge, mainly because discussions are quickly paced and we doubt any councillor would succumb to such blandishments in any case. We do find it interesting though, that the councillor who worried about such things has been the only one to suddenly find and announce information he had just picked up on the Internet. So why was he surfing, we had to wonder. Perhaps the debate had become boring. That is the only incident we recall over several years. Mapleton will eventually buy laptops or computer notebooks. It is inevitable and will not be a big deal. But for now, council seems content to not spend the money and that is fair, too. David Meyer

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COUNCIL DATES Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting of Council Monday, October 10, 2011 OFFICE CLOSED – Thanksgiving Day Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting of Council


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Perth-Wellington candidates address issues

of the mind set that we need 50 Ontario residents would sup- best. He believes more studies kids per teacher. We need to port a government that allowed go back to the way kids were the debt to increase exponen- should be done for humans first of all, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look at taught when I was younger, tially in the past several years. She supports paying off that the livestock after.â&#x20AC;? where there were 15 to 20 kids He said most turbines are debt like a mortgage, and to per teacher.â&#x20AC;? He does not believe a school try to privatize as many agen- too big and should be smaller. Papenburg said some of her needs to be at capacity to be cies as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to pay down the debt as soon as customers have noted that their functioning. cattle are actually doing better If the effect of the Green possible.â&#x20AC;? Desjardins said the Green close to the turbines, while othEnergy Act is any indication, rural Ontario is becoming an Party would introduce a car- ers are not doing so well. To her, the issue is about insignificant participant in the bon tax and direct that money political process. What will you towards the debt. He said com- eliminating corporate turbines. She is concerned about do allow the rural community panies and businesses that have to thrive to protect the rural been getting incentives would what happens when the turbe asked to put some of that bines reach the end of their life countryside? expectancy. Pettapiece said â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want money back. Pettapiece said livestock Papenburg said there would to give local municipalities the right to plan these proj- be a cap on corporate tax give- health effects were not included ects. This was taken away as a aways, which could help reduce in the PC policies; however he result of the Green Energy Act. the deficit in a number of years. said comments such as this are The NDP advocates bal- important and he is willing to People in their own communities through their local councils anced budgets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course bring those concerns forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we would prefer to get should have the right to do that. when you inherit a debt, it the human health studies done would take some time.â&#x20AC;? We will restore those rights.â&#x20AC;? She stressed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can do first.â&#x20AC;? He advocated a full moratoSmink believes there could rium in order to study the health it without sacrificing valuable be as many detrimental effects programs.â&#x20AC;? effects. Pettapiece said â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are to animals as there are to Smink said his party thinks the Green Energy Act â&#x20AC;&#x153;is way going to look at government humans. But he considers the wind out of line. It is just another agencies and review them. If symptom of big government, of they are working, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine, turbine business a scam to make Daddy McGuinty telling us how but if they need fixing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the government look like it is going to get them fixed. But if doing something about energy to live our lives.â&#x20AC;? He said green energy is they cannot justify their exis- problems that do not exist. DeVries supported health too expensive, especially since tence, then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone.â&#x20AC;? He advocated using two studies for humans, and added there is tons of cheap energy available from Quebec and cents of every government dol- â&#x20AC;&#x153;the animals are just as imporlar to be used towards debt tant to our farmers.â&#x20AC;? Manitoba. She said if there are effects, The other issue, he said, is reduction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also going to get rid they need to be taken into conthat Ontario has a surplus of energy because of the downturn of the [Local Health Integration sideration. Mainly agriculture Networks] which has cost over in the economy. On the content of the meetDeVries said the Family $300 million since its inceping, Unsworth stated 47% of Coalition Party supports private tion.â&#x20AC;? Smink believes a lot of the questions were agriculture property rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see that government waste needs to be related while 23% were related enshrined in the constitution. eliminated. He said balanced to wind energy and the Green We need to have power given budgets should be law. He Energy Act, another 23% of back to municipalities so that advocated reductions to levels the questions were considered general in nature, and almost they can decide where wind tur- of government by 10 per cent. But he also stated a plan 6% were defined as rural. bines can go, or decide not to.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;So this definitely was a DeVries supported addition- is needed to pay off the debt rural meeting,â&#x20AC;? Unsworth said. within 20 to 30 years. al studies. Baker said he did not want He considers the carbon Desjardins said the Green Party believes there is a surplus tax another rip-off and said it to make a political statement â&#x20AC;&#x153;but if it was not for [Laforet] would only increase taxes. of energy as well. Smink said government and the Ontario wind coalition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need all this [additional] energy. We could should get out of health care this event would not have happened, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bottom line.â&#x20AC;? achieve the same things through and education. Laforet thanked the audiAlluding to health effects to efficiency and conservation.â&#x20AC;? However, he said energy livestock caused by industrial ence and the candidates in should be produced closer to wind turbines, candidates were attendance. While the circumstances the point of use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The urban asked if they endorsed studies areas should really be looking as part of the approval process. were difficult, Laforet said, Desjardins said his intent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been truly remarkable and after their own energy.â&#x20AC;? Papenburg agreed with would be to put the matter I hope you are more informed before the community to deter- about your choices for the fall Desjardins. 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Gone - A large fire completely destroyed a home on Concession 12, northwest of Drayton on Sept. 17. Over 30 firefighters from both the Mapleton and Minto fire departments responded to the scene, but the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. photo by Dave Taylor

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PAGE EIGHT The Community News, Friday, September 23, 2011

Project Name: Conestogo Wind Energy Centre Project Location: The project location is situated entirely within Mapleton Township and is bounded in the north by Highway 6, in the east by Sideroad 18, in the south by Fourteenth Line and in the west by Sideroad 16, as shown in the map below. Refer to Figure 1. As noted in the legend, a solid black line indicates the project location. In addition, Figure 2 illustrates the project location at the point of interconnection. The project location ends at P1 at which point the remaining infrastructure is owned by Hydro One Networks, Inc. (HONI). Dated at Mapleton Township, this the 21 day of September, 2011 Conestogo Wind, LP (a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Canada, ULC) is planning to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of which the issuance of a renewable energy approval is required. The proposal to engage in the project and the project itself is subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation). This notice is being distributed at the request of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). The MOE has screened the submission according to the requirements set out in the Regulation and the application has been deemed complete. The MOE has requested that NextEra Energy Canada provide an update to the public in order to describe recent changes to the project. Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which this project is to be engaged in, is a Class 4 Wind Facility. If approved, this facility would consist of nine (9) 2.3-megawatt wind turbines and one (1) 2.22-megawatt wind turbine with a total maximum name plate capacity of 22.92-megawatts.

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