French company wants to build wind farm at Juno beach, asks Canadians' opinions
Canadian veterans make their way along Juno Beach after a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of D-Day in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2004. (Tom Hanson / The Canadian Press)
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:37AM EDT
TORONTO -- A French commission is holding public consultations on a plan to build wind farms off the D-Day beaches of Normandy, and it wants to hear what Canadians think about it.
A company plans to erect 75 turbines about 10 kilometres off the shore of Juno Beach, where 359 Canadians died during the D-Day invasion on June 6th, 1944.
Canadians -- along with Britons and Americans -- can write in their opinions and register for updates on the debate being held over the project.
At least one Canadian who fought at Juno Beach says he's very much against the proposal.
Roy E. Eddy, now 88, call the turbine plan off the coast of Courseulles-sur-mer "very disrespectful."
Historian Rudyard Griffiths argues Juno Beach is a significant site to Canadians but a lack of awareness about the project could be why a strong Canuck voice currently seems missing from the conversation.
The federal government, well aware that some Canadians disagree with the French plan, says it is tracking the progress of the proposed wind farm.