How solar-energy dreams became a nightmare for the small Ontario town of Blind River

By Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen, December 2, 2017

BLIND RIVER, Ont. — Sitting on the northern shores of Lake Huron is a small, sun-soaked town called Blind River.

There isn’t anything particularly remarkable about the town. It was mentioned in Neil Young’s Long May You Run, after the singer’s car died while passing through in 1966. But the mention didn’t do much for its fortunes.

Its long sandy shoreline looks like dozens of others found in communities across the province. It has a gas station, a hospital and a grocery store. There’s a marina where you can tie up your boat, a handful of run-down motels and an old bar that still has separate entrances marked for men and women, though they aren’t used anymore.

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