Communication with and from the municipality made it clear that none of their staff were involved nor were the signs in violation of any bylaw or regulation. The OPP (Constable Steinberg) were informed and were very helpful acknowledging the act was one of theft or vandalism. The actions of both agencies was reassuring and effective. My compliments to both!
It is not the first time signs have been taken down, especially during election campaigns but generally all political parties actively discourage such behaviour. Citizens have a right to express their views, as Constable Steinberg affirmed, whatever those views may be. This right is a fundamental one in our democracy and now it appears that this right is being abrogated by
these acts of vandalism. Sadly it is not the first loss of democratic right that has accompanied the advent of industrial wind turbines in the county and elsewhere in Ontario.
My hope is that proponents of wind energy such as WPD, Gilead and County Sustainability Group will join in condemning these unlawful acts. Whatever our differing views civility and the rule of law should not be abandoned.
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