Tilting at Windmills: Wind Power in Ontario and Local Community Response

By Lydia Anita Miljan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In Canada the provincial government is responsible for the energy needs of the province. The current Ontario government has committed itself to "the development of new renewable sources of electricity generation. The government has set a goal of five per cent of all generating capacity in the province to come from renewable sources by 2007 and 10 per cent by 2010." Part of that commitment includes subsidizing and encouraging the use of wind turbines as a source of renewable energy. This paper examines one such proposal for 115 turbines to be situated in Lake Erie. Local public opinion is analyzed through coverage of the news and letters to the editor in the local paper. In particular, a discourse analysis approach is used to discuss the rhetorical devices used to promote the environment and what role public views
on environmental protection has had on the issue.

Keywords: Democratic Pragmatisim, Renewable Energy, Public Policy Formation

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.99-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1001.137KB).

Dr. Lydia Anita Miljan

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Professor Miljan teaches in the areas of Canadian public policy, research methodology and politics and the media. Her main research interests include how journalist’s personal views are reflected in news content, and public opinion formation. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor in the Department of Political Science. She has published two books, the forthcoming fifth edition of Public Policy in Canada, and Hidden Agendas: How Journalists Influence the News, with Barry Cooper. Hidden Agendas was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book in public policy 2003/04. Previously, she was the Director of the National Media Archive at the Fraser Institute, where she conducted over 80 content analysis of public policy issues ranging from free trade to women’s issues. She remains a Senior Research Fellow of the Fraser Institute.

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