Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Opinion: Residents urged to attend hydro meeting
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 2 Jun 2006, p. 6

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The 401-407 Gateway Business Park has long been touted by Town officials as the long-term saviour for the Town of Halton Hills for its potential to bring in much-needed light industry and its accompanying tax dollars. The stretch of land that primarily traverses along Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road, and is more commonly known as the 401 Corridor, has been, if nothing else, a work in progress. Last month the Corridor was dealt a blow when Mold-Masters Ltd., which was expected to open its new head office in 2007, opted to delay that move for as long as two years due to higher-than-anticipated construction costs and the soaring Canadian dollar. Town efforts to attract other potential businesses for the Corridor have continued with limited success. This past week it was announced that the Corridor is being considered as the possible site for a hydro generating station that would help ease the electricity crisis for the western part of the Greater Toronto Area. Six firms are vying for the right to build the new station which will be located either in Milton or Halton Hills and all six will have to hold public meetings this summer to gauge public opinion. Wednesday, June 7 a public meeting has been set for Pineview Public School from 4:30-8:30 p.m. for TransCanada Energy Ltd.-- the first of the six firms-- to outline its plans. While the Town would have site plan control of such a facility, the reality is the Province carries the hammer in determining where hydro stations will be located. A 680 mega-watt station, such as the one proposed for the Corridor, would be located on 10-15 acres with at least two 150-foot towers and would have to follow stringent provincial government emission requirements. Halton Hills residents have been invited to have their say regarding this proposal. They should grab the opportunity with both hands and turn out in droves Wednesday.

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Opinion: Residents urged to attend hydro meeting