Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to provide information on the potential impact of industrial-scale wind power generation on the economy, human health, and the natural environment.
Dear Town of Plympton-Wyoming Supporters, As you are probably aware, Suncor is challenging the Town of Plympton-Wyoming’s By-laws in Court on Wednesday. Council implemented these by-laws to protect US! They are designed to protect us financially and designed to protect our health. PLEASE, PLEASE, SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION of Council’s actions on Wednesday with your attendance. Where: Sarnia Court House – 700 Christina N, Sarnia, ON N7V 3C2 Map Parking: on-site When:8:30-9:30 a.m. Demonstration of Support – Bring Your Signs! Main Entrance, Not on Court House Property 9:30-10:00 a.m.Place signs in vehicles and proceed through security to Court Room. Prepare to empty purses and don’t carry anything that won’t allow you through security. 10:00 a.m. Court case begins – remember we are a professional group and will demonstrate respect for the judge and the court system. Sign Suggestions (Please be creative!): OUR HEROES – PLYMPTON-WYOMING COUNCIL DEMOCRACY AND Plympton-Wyoming COUNCIL VS SUNCOR & GEA SUNCOR – WE ARE BEGGING YOU, DO THE RIGHT THING, CANCEL! SUNCOR – SHOW LEADERSHIP IN ONTARIO – CANCEL THIS PROJECT! SUNCOR – OUR COUNCIL SPEAKS FOR US – NOT TORONTO SUNCOR – PLEASE DONT HURT US! WE ARE BEGGING YOU! SUNCOR – SHOW LEADERSHIP – RESPECT THE LITTLE GUY/OUR COUNTY Please LIKE US on Facebook Page www.WAIT-PW.ca
Ontario citizens want wildlife protected from wind power plants
Monday, Feb 24, 2014
TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ – Ontario citizens expect government to protect wildlife, according to a recent poll. Results of an online public poll hosted by Wind Concerns Ontario showed that 97.38 percent of the more than 1,300 people responding said they did not support the killing of birds and animals for wind power development.
“We think Ontario citizens are unaware of the government’s policy on wildlife, even endangered species, and wind power,” said Jane Wilson, president, Wind Concerns Ontario. “They don’t know that wind power developers are allowed to show that the ‘overall benefit’ of their projects trumps the need to protect birds and animals.”
At the Ostrander Point wind power project to be built on Crown land, the developer proposed to build a “compensation area” for endangered Blanding’s turtles, Wilson said. “We’re not sure how the turtles were going to get the message about that,” Wilson said. “The real message is, this government supports wind power developers, no matter what the cost.”
“one of the worst possible places to construct a wind farm” (Ontario Nature)
Press Release – February 24, 2014
Round 2 goes to the Turbines
PICTON Ontario. On January 21-23, 2014, lawyers assembled in Osgoode Hall to hear the arguments of the Ministry of the Environment and Gilead Power against the ERT ruling that revoked the Minister’s approval of the wind turbine project at Ostrander Point. The decision of the Divisional Court was received on Thursday February 20. Justice Nordheimer reached the decision that the Tribunal erred in its ruling. Unless appealed, this decision will result in the industrial development of Ostrander Point Crown Land Block on the South Shore of Prince Edward County (PEC). Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are disappointed with the ruling of the Divisional Court and do not agree that the Environmental Review Tribunal was wrong. The group will be seeking leave to appeal the Divisional Court ruling to the Court of Appeal of Ontario. Ostrander Point is in the middle of the PEC South Shore Important Bird Area. It is the home of the endangered Blanding’s Turtle and many other species at risk. Millions of birds fly through and stage for migration from the south shore of PEC in the spring and fall. The Crown Land Block is adjacent to the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area designated as an international Monarch butterfly reserve. Ostrander Point includes significant areas of globally imperilled alvar habitat. Gilead’s wind turbines project will expose migrating birds to lethal turbine blades at a time when they are most vulnerable. At nearby Wolfe Island the turbines kill more birds than any other installation in Ontario because the eastern end of Lake Ontario is such an important migratory pathway. The turbine pads and access roads will damage vast swaths of the Crown Land Block – and expose Blanding’s turtles to high road mortality and nest predation while destroying their habitat. The south Shore of Prince Edward County is the last undeveloped natural habitat along the north shore of Lake Ontario. For these reasons the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists opposed the development plans from the beginning. Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, Environment Canada, the Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, Bird Life International and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds agree that Ostrander Point is the worst place for wind turbines. The cost of the ERT appeal and subsequent defence of the ERT decision has been very expensive. PECFN is a small club of mostly retired people. People all through Ontario and in several other provinces have donated about $130,000 to the cost of this legal battle. This amount is at least $100,000 short of the estimated final legal bill. Fund raising continues through events and activities in the County and beyond. The small group is “girding their loins” and arming their slingshots to continue this David and Goliath struggle.
The community of Southgate appears to be responding to Mayor Brian Milne‘s open-arm approach to wind power developments. Recently, council declared itself a “willing” host to wind power, and then the Mayor claimed that he was in talks with Samsung for a 50-turbine project.
Mayor Milne might be taking a step or two back; a meeting scheduled for last week on the topic was cancelled suddenly and letters to the editor are appearing in local papers, noting the cost to Ontarians of wind power, the effect on property values, potential harm to human health, and more.
One Southgate resident has posted a sign at the end of his driveway for months now, marking a countdown to the municipal election October 27th, and others have started posting signs on their property.
A Southgate community group opposed to the huge wind power project may be in the works; if you are interested, email us at email@example.com and we will pass your name along to the leaders.
Turtles and birds: factors in the coming election?
When is animal cruelty OK? When it’s for wind power
On the same day that a 19-year old in Toronto was charged with cruelty to animals for shooting a cat with a pellet gun, the Ontario Divisional Court actually blessed the killing of many other animals.That includes the endangered Blanding’s Turtle and numerous birds and bats, at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County, where a wind power developer now seemingly has the green light to build on a fragile environment that is home to many forms of wildlife.
The cruelty to a cat should not be taken lightly, of course, but neither should the granting of licence to kill turtles, birds, and bats or to damage rare plant life to erect industrial wind turbines on Crown land.The licence granted to the developer, Gilead Power was simply because this Liberal provincial government has decided they “know best”!
The Ontario Divisional Court ruling released last Thursday upset the onlysuccessful Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decision in Ontario that ruled against a developer and against the government’s approval of its project.It is now apparent that the Green Energy Act is supreme in its ability to set the rules on the skills of bureaucrats to issue licences to “kill, harm and harass” any species in Ontario, even though designated as being at-risk or even endangered.The GEA was obviously a well crafted act that cannot be found in error; the lawyers who crafted it must be proud.
It must also make the current Liberal Government happy that they have set the bar* so low that no matter what evidence is presented to the ERT or the Ontario courts, they are able to stand up and proclaim that the GEA is an act without equal.
Maybe when Premier Wynne is running on roads in the tranquil Ontario countryside, depicted in the turbine-free ads for the Liberal Party, she will see a magnificent eagle, or a red-tailed hawk, or if she is lucky, a Blanding’s turtle and she will consider the fate of her own at-risk species: a government no longer acting in the best interests of its people.
*Editor’s note: the Green Energy Act has made the grounds on which Ontario citizens can appeal a renewable power project approval extremely narrow: serious harm to human health, and serious and irreversible harm to the environment. As the lawyer for the industry lobby group, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, stated at the appeal of the Ostrander Point ERT decision, no one was ever supposed to be successful at stopping an approval.
We shall see about that.
A sampling of other projects where wildlife and the environment are endangered by wind power projects:
Algoma: Bow Lake and Goulais Bay McLean’s Mountain, Manitoulin “Great Spirit” Island
Cheryl Gallant Presents Carmen Krogh With Diamond Jubilee Medal
February 11, 2014
Killaloe, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, M.P. for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, was pleased to present Carmen Krogh of Killaloe with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Carmen Krogh is a retired pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience as a health professional. Her career includes holding senior positions at a major teaching hospital, a drug information specialist, a professional association, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) at Health Canada. She was the former Director of Publications and Editor-in-chief of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian book used by physicians, nurses, and health professionals for prescribing information on prescription medication in Canada. Carmen Krogh is recognized in Ontario, Canada and internationally for her research, peer-reviewed articles, educational activities regarding adverse health effects and industrial wind turbines (IWTs). Her research is grounded in the real-life experiences of people who live amongst IWTs in Ontario and other jurisdictions. Her goal is evidence-based siting of IWTs that protects human health. Her research and educational efforts are self-funded. “Carmen has dedicated her life to improving and protecting the health and safety of Canadians, and is a very worthy recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,” stated MP Gallant.
An aura of desperation is emanating from the power suites in Queen’s Park. It’s been that way for some time, but has been getting stronger since the trouncing the Liberals took in last week’s voting. They were the seventh and eighth byelections held in Ontario since 2011. Perhaps Premier Kathleen Wynne thinks she can avoid a general election if she eventually covers the province with byelections. Wynne and her cabal have a lot to lose when her party is turfed in the next election. Among the losses will be whatever slim chance she had left of distancing herself from the Dalton McGuinty legacy of mismanagement and loss of any semblance of financial stability for the province. Since she held down one of the big chairs at McGuinty’s table, Wynne is carrying the can for much of what went wrong. And rightly so. Add to that the fact Wynne hasn’t really tried to right any wrongs. So the premier and her party are facing disaster when they finally realize the people of Ontario deserve the right to voice an opinion on the Liberal decade of disasters. Any administration facing an electorate either troubled or disgusted has reason for fear and trepidation. The power and perks of high office are strong magnets. Few want to hasten the loss of that heady stuff by calling an election they are likely to lose. However, it’s worse for the Liberals because they have much more than just the trappings of office to protect. For example, this government is the keeper of secrets about all the gory details of the deal made with giant offshore corporations on covering Ontario with wind turbines. What incentive could have been attractive enough that the Liberals would sign away the rights of property owners and residents of rural Ontario for a power strategy that won’t work? Wynne’s culpability continues daily. Huge wind projects are still being approved and developed in spite of our surplus of power. This government is so committed to the aforementioned agreement and to the myth of reliable energy from wind, that it is approving major developments, which are likely to be paid not to produce. The people of Ontario currently pay turbine owners not to produce power when the province doesn’t need it. Nice work if you can get it from the point of view of the turbine owners. After all it takes a far smaller work force, and payroll, to carry government cheques to the bank than it would to operate forests of giant turbines. In addition to paying for non-production, Ontario continues to export power at huge losses. Wind Concerns Ontario tells us that… Read the full story here.
The decision from the appeal of the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal to rescind approval of the wind power project at Ostrander Point is in. Gue$$ who won?
Court favours wind turbines over Blanding’s turtle
An Ontario court has ruled that an environmental tribunal erred when it rejected a proposed wind farm that threatens the habitat of Blanding’s turtles
An Ontario court has cleared the way for a wind farm that an environmental tribunal says will threaten the Blanding’s turtle’s habitat.TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO
By:John SpearsBusiness reporter, Published on Thu Feb 20 2014
Blanding’s turtle is in trouble again: An Ontario court has cleared the way for a wind farm that an environmental tribunal says will threaten the turtle’s habitat.
The modest reptile had stood in the way of a wind farm at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County.
But a divisional court panel ruled Thursday that the environmental tribunal made six errors of law in reaching its conclusion that the wind farm would cause “serious and irreversible harm” to the turtle.
The court restored the decision by provincial officials, allowing Gilead Power to proceed with the project, which would erect nine big wind turbines on the site.
It was a bitter blow to local nature and conservation groups. They had argued the wind farm – and the increased traffic associated with it – would harm not just the turtles, but also birds, bats and the rare “alvar” ecosystem at Ostrander Point.
The court sided with Gilead.
“That’s very disappointing,” was all Cheryl Anderson of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists Club could say on hearing the news.