Amherst Island court appeal begins January 31

January 30, 2017

Ten species of owls on Amherst Island

Tomorrow, January 31, the Association to Protect Amherst Island heads to Ontario Divisional Court to appeal the decision by the Environmental Review Tribunal to allow the approval of the Windlectric wind power project on the island to stand, despite concerns for the natural environment and human health.

Despite the legal actions, Windlectric, owned by Algonquin Power, is proceeding with work on the power project — even without proper permits, From the APAI website:

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, 50-storey turbines, has commenced dock construction on Amherst Island. The Company has not submitted a Marine Safety and Logistics Plan required by MOECC nor has it submitted an Operations Plan acceptable to Loyalist Township. No acceptable Emergency Response and Communications Plan is in place. No Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington has been approved.  In its first weeks of work the company blatantly disregarded commitments to only use the Island ferry for dock construction, to not disrupt the ferry schedule, to give notice of traffic disruptions and to consult with Amherst Island Public School staff and parents concerning road safety by the school. Not a good beginning!

On the eve of the court case beginning, Parker Gallant has published an overview of the situation on Amherst Island, and included the power situation in Ontario generally, here. An excerpt:

So, Ontario has a “robust supply” of electricity, wind turbines will harm the 34 endangered species, and we are exporting surplus generation at pennies on the dollar while curtailing wind, spilling hydro and steaming off nuclear energy.   Ontario doesn’t need the intermittent power from the turbines on Amherst Island. We don’t need them in Prince Edward County either (White Pines) or Dutton-Dunwich, or La Nation, or North Stormont. The Minister should demonstrate that he means what he said recently in North Bay:  “There are some families in this province that are struggling to meet their energy bills. It’s why I’ve recognized and the premier has recognized that we need to do more …That is why we’re making sure we can find ways to reduce bills. Everything is on the table within reason.”

The Minister has an opportunity to save ratepayers $1 billion dollars in future rate increases by simply canceling the Amherst Island Windlectric project and the Prince Edward County White Pines project, to name two.

He should take it.

The Amherst Island appeal begins at 10 a.m. at Osgoode Hall, in Toronto.

To contribute toward APAI’s legal fund, go to their website.

Comments

Notinduttondunwich
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Good luck to our DD councillors headed to Toranta today to meet with Energy Minister Glenn Thibeau….. optimistic that with 1822 individually signed letters of protest and an 84% opposition to the Strong Breeze Wind Project targeted for Dutton Dunwich will bring some understanding to the Energy Minister of how the people of Dutton Dunwich really feel about a Industrialized Wind Project being forced on them…

Sommer
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Yes, I hope the DD councillors will get through to him. Someone needs to meet with our Premier as well and talk with her at length about all of the facets of this miserable situation she has caused, including the alarmist rationale of mitigating climate change. She has refused/is refusing to listen and make the necessary changes on information that has steadily been coming out. Just think of the number of letters/emails that have been sent to her by now. Has anyone ever received a response from her office beyond the robotic reply that comes within a minute or so of emails sent? Has anyone ever received a hard copy letter that is not just a formatted repetition of the policy being used which we know is not working?
The key asset to a good leader is being able to assess an ongoing situation and direct her relevant ministers to protect everyone along the way. Changing direction is absolutely necessary at times. This is one of them. How long will this take?

Barbara
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Sustainability provides the excuse for using demand side management and demand side management is a tool used to control people.

Barbara
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The present Amherst Island situation shows who’s running the present Ontario government.

There’s little chance that change will take place any time soon.

The present PC leader also proposed a carbon tax. So business can’t turn to the PC party for help on carbon tax issues and neither can the citizens.

Gord Schneider
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My best wishes to the councillors as well. The left, in its blind stampede to save the planet, has doubled down and will destroy that which it wants to save. Who are they going to blame when that happens? never themselves. Now that’s irony.

Pat Cusack
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We should all realize that subsidising the hydro bills of some will mean extra staff to do this work and that cost as well as the subsidy amount will have to come from tax dollars. Bernie

Barbara
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Some of the “benefits” from compounding mistakes !

Notinduttondunwich
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It’s been said before that the bad actors of Ontario have become an enemy of the state….
I’ve said it before I’ll say it again…. (and it will probably be removed again!!)
The only way to stop this insanity is to fight back… block roads… set a few tire fires like they did in Caledonia…. that will get their attention…. have some people stand up to these bullies and show them who lives here…. shut down Toronto downtown!!! All through history the people have stood up to oppression and won… be ready to sacrifice though….. we must all stand together as one!!!

Barbara
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How can the PC party mount effective opposition to present government policies and actions when their leader promotes such measures as a carbon tax?

IWTs are promoted as beneficial in reducing carbon/CO2 emissions and carbon taxes are promoted as another way to reduce carbon/CO2 emissions.

NDP is on the carbon tax band wagon across Canada as well.

Notinduttondunwich
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DDOWT presented to MPP Jeff Yurek 1800 + individually signed signatures of protest to the Strong Breeze Wind Project
He in turn before Christmas Break presented them to premier Wynne….
anyone in DD get a response .
I didn’t….

Notinduttondunwich
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Any word on how the appeal is going anyone….

wgulden
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Sadly, it was dismissed before the proponents even had to present anything. But they still don’t have the permit for the mainland dock. So we’re not abandoning all hope yet.

Barbara
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FYI

Environmental Finance
Market Insights

‘Hedging, whatever the weather’, Oct 20,2016

“As renewable energy becomes increasingly part of the grid, the volatility it creates is generating demand for weather hedging products.”

Read at:
http://www.environmental-finance.com/content/market-insight

Another means of making money from renewable energy projects.

Barbara
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CEC/Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Montreal

Eric Dannenmaier, Chair. of Environmental Joint Policy Advisory for 2017.

http://www.cec.org

Barbara
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McGill Reporter, May 30, 2002

“Creating a dynamic new law centre”

‘The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law’

Article includes history & sources of original funding.

http://www.mcgill.ca/reporter/34/17/segger

More information online: CISDL + NAFTA, search.

Sommer
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For anyone who is still unaware of how this ‘sustainability’ development law came about , check out this excellent interview on Agenda 21/30 and pay close attention to what Rosa has to say about the forced relocation of rural people.
Rural people cannot continue to let this happen.

Barbara

CEC/ Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Montreal

CEC is a NAFTA side agreement

Canada: Council members

Hon. Catherine McKenna, represents Canada on the Commission.
Louise Metiver
Helena Olivas

http://www.cec.org/about-us/council-members/honorable-catherine-mckenna

There are three representatives on the Council. One from each NAFTA country which includes Canada, U.S. and Mexico.

Sommer

Here’s the link to the interview:

Richard Mann
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By the way, what is the status of the Huron County health investigation? They had a meeting on Dec 9th. They were supposed to begin a “survey” of some sort in the new year. Has anyone heard anything???

Richard Mann
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Re: It Huron County investigation.

Dear WCO? Do you have additional information from Huron?

I just sent an Email to Erica Clark today.
She replied that they are working on something (a survey of some sort?) and it will be submitted to University of Waterloo for Ethics approval on March 2.

Wind Concerns Ontario
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No additional information. We are not connected in any way to the public health investigation.

Barbara
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The delay-game is being played here as well?

Tracy
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NDD, I agree.

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