Loch Ness wind farm branded “insane”

Decision on wind farm above Loch Ness is branded shameful

Written by Laurence Ford, Highland News, June 6, 2014

A DECISION to give the go-ahead for a 67-turbine wind farm near Fort Augustus has been branded insane and shameful and a sad day for Scotland.

This was the reaction of anti-wind farm campaigner Lyndsey Ward who blasted the decision to give the farm at Stronelarig, near Glendoe, the green light in the face of stiff opposition.

She said: “This is a sad sad day for Scotland. An appalling decision for an appalling wind farm. The jobs promised will be short lived and not all local that’s for sure. As for the ‘benefits’ – a tiny percentage of what the owners of this monstrosity will rake in – paid for by even the poorest in our society.

“What a legacy this government is leaving – the destruction of our most precious asset – our landscape. This is a truly insane and shameful decision. I hope those who passed this are proud of themselves because those that care about deeply about Scotland, the environment, the wildlife and local people’s livelihoods are certainly not.”

SNP energy minmister Fergus Ewing announced today that Stronelarig, which is claimed will power the equivalet of up to 114,000 homes in the area and generate up to £30 million of benefits to the Highlands, has been granted planning consent.

The proposed  wind farm, which will be developed by SSE Renewables on the Garrogie Estate, will have a maximum generating capacity of around 242MW.

The highly contentious scheme was opposed by the John Muir Trust, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage among others.

Conservationist group JMT claimed it “would destroy the character” of an area of wild land and sought a judicial review in the Court of Session to look into Highland Council’s decision to approve the application, but it later withdrew the action.

The developers claim Stronelarig  will bring up to £15 million of benefits to the local community over the 25-year lifetime of the development with an additional £15 million to go to the Highland-wide Sustainable Development Fund, energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced.

Read the full story here.

Public in the dark on Kawartha Lakes appeal

Industry and the Ministry of the Environment not telling appellants or Tribunal what they’re up to.

Wind farm appeal on hold until August

Kawartha Lakes councillor Heather Stauble says appellants aren’t sure when hearing will move forward

Kawartha Lakes This Week, June 5, 2014

(KAWARTHA LAKES) Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble says it is disturbing that the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) hearing the appeal of a wind energy project in Manvers Township is not getting information from the developer and the Province.

Last December, the Province granted wpd Canada approval for its Sumac Ridge wind energy project, which would see the installation of five large turbines near Bethany.

READ MORE: Councillor Explains Rationale Behind Wind Turbine Fight

Manvers Wind Concerns, Cransley Home Farm Limited and the Cham Shan Temple are appealing. The Cham Shan Temple is an initiative of the Buddhist Association of Canada that will mirror the four great Temples in China. One is almost completed and three more are planned for the City of Kawartha Lakes, a total investment of about $100 million.

On Wednesday (June 4), Coun. Stauble noted the hearing was originally scheduled for three months, ending in June. But, after several date changes, she says it has been postponed until Aug. 13. “We don’t know when this will move forward.”

Coun. Stauble said there has been ongoing correspondence between wpd Canada and the Ministry of Environment, but the appellants and the ERT panel have not been privy to that information.

Asked why not, Coun. Stauble said, “That’s a great question. Something has changed and we don’t know what it is.”

Read the full story here.

CBC poll on Ontario power system: city vs country

The CBC conducted a poll on what was important to Ontario voters with regard to the Ontario electricity system—what type of generation is important to whom, and more.

Read the full report on the CBC poll here.

Read Bill Palmer’s analysis of the results here: AnalysisCBC Compass Energy

Be sure to read through to the end, where Mr Palmer shows the results for the question, should Ontario build more wind power plants.


Turbine woes affect party allegiances in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex


PC candidate earns Liberal endorsements in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex 22

By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

Thursday, June 5, 2014 2:28:11 EDT PM

Well-known Liberals in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex have been coming out publicly in support of Monte McNaughton, the rural southwestern Ontario riding’s Progressive Conservative candidate in the June 12 provincial election.

They include Dr. Thomas Wolder, a family doctor and former mayor in Strathroy, who said his support for the Liberal Party is a mixed bag these days.

“Federally, probably, but certainly not provincially,” he said.

“I’m certainly upset with the way they’ve run things.”

Wolder was campaign manager for former Liberal MP Rose-Marie Ur through four elections but said he’s not supporting the party provincially this time for reasons that include the ORNGE air ambulance scandal, gas plant scandals, climbing electricity costs, Ontario’s growing debt and wind turbines rising in his community.

“My wife certainly doesn’t want these towers near our farm,” Wolder said. “She’s quite upset about it.”

Wolder said he believes many “high-profile Liberals” aren’t supporting the party this election, and added, “I see lots of Liberals down my street that have Conservative signs.”

Wolder said he considers McNaughton “a good man, and I think he’s cabinet material,” but added his support runs more to the candidate than it does to the PC leader, Tim Hudak.

“I don’t think some of the things Hudak’s coming out with make sense, like firing 100,000 people right off the bat,” Wolder said.

McNaughton, a Newbury businessman who took the riding from the Liberals in the 2011 election, said Liberals coming into his camp tell him they’re looking to change a government they believe has forgotten rural Ontario.

“Whether it’s factories closing, or the wind turbines being constructed, or rural hospital cutbacks, I just think this government is seen to be more of a downtown Toronto government, than anything,” McNaughton said.

Rex Crawford, a Wallaceburg area resident who served as a Liberal MP in the 1980s and 1990s, supported McNaughton in 2011 and is again this election.

“I feel Monte’s a real gentleman and working for his constituents,” Crawford said, “and what I’ve seen happening in Toronto is sickening.”

Jeff Wesley, another Wallaceburg politician with strong Liberal ties, said he’s supporting McNaughton, “because he has earned my vote.”

Read the full news story here.

MP: interventionist policies have harmed Ontario


Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, rose in the House of Commons yesterday to speak to a bill on Canada’s economic action plan, and in specific to refer to the situation in Ontario, where high rates for electricity are harming the business environment.

Here are some excerpts from her speech (which was initially objected to by the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May).

Ms. Cheryl Gallant: Residents of Ontario, who are suffering from paying the highest electricity rates in North America, will recognize the name Gerald Butts as one of the authors of the so-called Green Energy Act—

Ms. Elizabeth May:

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I hate to interrupt my hon. colleague, but I wonder if the Speaker has any views as to relevance. I do not see Mr. Butts’ name in Bill C-31 anywhere.

The Deputy Speaker:

That is not a point of order. Certainly the relevancy issue, it seems to me, is quite clear on the point that the member for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke is making.

Continue, please.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant:

Mr. Speaker, I mention the name of the individual, who the Ottawa media have labelled “the puppeteer” because of his Rasputin-like control over the Liberal leader, to give a sense of the type of ruinous policies that would be implemented in Ottawa if Liberal Party insiders like Gerald Butts or Mike Crawley ever had their way.

The only green in that Ontario Liberal policy is the green that it put in the pockets of Liberal Party insiders like party president Mike Crawley, who received a $475-million contract to build industrial wind turbines nobody wants at prices nobody can afford. Worst of all, electricity from these wind turbines is then dumped, at a loss, to our economic competitors, costing Ontario taxpayers over $1 billion last year and countless lost jobs. Ontario’s poor economic performance is dragging down Canada’s economy.

Those are the findings in a recent study co-authored by economics professor Livio Di Matteo of Lakehead University. The study, “Can Canada Prosper Without a Prosperous Ontario?”, examines Ontario’s shift from the economic engine of Canada to a have-not province that received $3.2 billion in equalization payments—handouts—from Canadian taxpayers in 2013-14. “Ontario’s poor record on GDP growth, employment and business investment reflects a damaged provincial economy that’s dragging down the national economy…”, Professor Di Matteo comments.

If Ontario adopts smarter policies focused on competitiveness and economic growth rather than interventionist government, it could unleash its private sector and improve Ontario’s economy for the benefit of taxpayers in Ontario and across Canada. In other words, follow the lead of the federal government.

He goes on to say that Ontario’s economic struggles over the last decade, which led to becoming a have-not province, receiving federal transfers instead of serving as a foundation for the national economy, has implications beyond its borders. Ontario is facing an $11.7 billion deficit in the current fiscal year as well as a manufacturing industry hobbled by high electricity rates.

Professor Di Matteo blames an incomplete transition to a more competitive world economy aggravated by high energy costs and interventionist government policies.

Read the entire Hansard transcript here: 41st PARLIAMENT Bill C-31 Report Stage June 5th, 2014


Study shows association between turbine noise and distress

The review paper prepared by physicians Hazel Lynn and Ian Arra, and associates, is now available. The paper documents a review of previously published, peer-reviewed studies of turbine noise and human health, and concludes that there is “reasonable evidence (Levels Four and Five)  supporting the existence of an association between wind turbines and distress in humans.”

The paper may be read here:Arra-LynnStudyMay2014


NextEra threatens Lambton Cty over road use


County of Lambton successfully argued case for party status in ERT hearing, county solicitor confirms

By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer

Lambton County councillors continued to take a stand against local industrial wind farm development Wednesday, refusing to sign a road use agreement with a large wind developer.

NextEra Energy officials tried to appeal to county councillors at their Wednesday meeting, urging them to sign an agreement outlining the use of local roadways to deliver electricity to the grid from the company’s planned 92-turbine Jericho Wind project.

“As you are aware, a road use agreement is not mandatory,” said NextEra official Derek Dudek, noting the company will have “no alternative” but to continue to proceed with its application before the Ontario Energy Board if the county refused to sign the agreement.

The board recently approved the wind developer’s plans to build a substation and more than 15 kilometres of transmission lines for the Jericho project.

While nearby landowners have expressed several concerns about the installation of the infrastruction, Dudek said the current draft road use agreement “addressed all questions raised.”

NextEra Energy has also brought forward several benefits for the county in the road use agreement, he told council. Some of these benefits include the company’s commitment to moving infrastructure with the eventual widening of Thomson Line, compensation to the tune of between $800,000 and $1.2 million, and up to $50,000 for the county’s phragmite reduction program.

Local anti-wind activist Audrey Broer, who was in attendance, described the company’s presentation as “a threat-slash-bribery.”

She said she remains “very proud” of council for standing their ground on the road use agreement.

County councillors recently voted in favour of joining an appeal of a recent Ministry of the Environment decision involving the Jericho Wind Project.

Parties are expected to argue that the planned wind farm will cause “serious harm” to the health of humans and animals.

Lambton County was recently successful in becoming a party in the case, county solicitor David Cribbs reported to council Wednesday.

Middlesex resident Bob Lewis launched the appeal, but members of We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW) and another individual have come on as a participant and a presenter respectively.

“We’re very proud that the county has backed its status as an unwilling host…

Read the full story and comments here.

Prince Edward Cty businesses threaten legal action against province

June 5, 2014

Prince Edward County business owners notified the Premier of Ontario, and the Ministers of Energy and the Environment yesterday, that if two proposed wind power generation projects proceed in the County, they will take action against the provincial government for lost property value and business income.

The claims for compensation from the government could amount to millions.

In the letter, Garth Manning, director of the community group County Coalition for Safe Appropriate Green Energy/CCSAGE-Naturally Green, said that “the probability of serious adverse effects on the County’s broadly based tourism and hospitality industries and on property values is real and a matter of serious local concern.”

The business owners blame the Ontario government’s support and enabling of the wind power industry. Local land-use planning powers were removed under the Green Energy Act in Ontario, so municipalities are unable to have any input to wind power projects, unlike other forms of infrastructure.

More than 400 Prince Edward County business owners intend to file for compensation with the Ontario Municipal Board, Manning said, based on the principle of “injurious affection.” Property owners’ rights and those of business owners are in the Ontario Expropriations Act, and upheld in the Antrim Truck Centre v. Ontario case before the Supreme Court in 2013.

This type of claim could result in hundreds more claims and millions of dollars paid in compensation, Manning, a retired lawyer, said, including business and property owners in other parts of Ontario already affected by wind power generation projects.

The letter to the Premier ANTRIM letters to premier et.al



Wind power documentary reveals victim suffering

The documentary film Down Wind airs tonight at 8 PM EDT on the Sun News network.

Here is a column from journalist Jerry Agar on the film.



It is heart wrenching to see and feel the pain of fellow Ontarians breaking down in tears as they explain how the Liberal government drove them from their homes.

But to understand how cold and callous our current political leadership is in this province, you need to experience it.

Rebecca Thompson’s documentary, Down Wind: How Ontario’s Green Dream Turned into a Nightmare (Surge Media Productions), airs on Sun News Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

It is a story of reckless, agenda-driven politics resulting in shattered lives.

The Ontario Liberal government’s Green Energy Act isn’t just an economic failure; it is an act of brutal indifference to the human cost of politics.

A cost ignored by people living far from the thump of the giant wind turbines, secure in their downtown Toronto homes and politically correct theories; a safe distance from places like Ripley, Clear Creek and Lucknow, Ontario.

Many may not care – worshiping as they do at the altar of so-called green energy – that the jobs promised by the Liberals through their Green Energy Act were never delivered, while the cost of hydro skyrocketed.

But the human cost should matter to us all.

Giant wind turbines, as high as 50 storeys, with blades the size of a 747, were foisted on communities in rural Ontario with no consultation or agreement from the residents, their municipal governments having been stripped of their planning powers by the Green Energy Act.

Unlike politicians who pay lip service to “serving others” while stomping all over people’s lives and looking after themselves, Norma Schmidt spent her life in Underwood, Ontario in the actual service of others as a nurse and instructor of future nurses.

She and her husband spent their lives in the home they lovingly restored over the years; a place they had hoped to share with their grandchildren.

But Norma has been forced out of her home by severe migraines and depression, brought on by the relentless noise and vibration from the industrial wind turbines erected practically in her back yard.

She left both the job and the home she loved, escaping to a room in her daughter’s house.

It is not the life she worked all these years to achieve, and it is not what she deserves.

Do Norma’s tears, and those of others similarly affected, fall to no effect at the feet of Premier Kathleen Wynne?

Norma’s story is one among many, some of them told in Down Wind.

This is the same Dalton McGuinty/Wynne Liberal government that used public money to reward violent aboriginal protesters who seized private property and terrorized people in Caledonia.

That “occupation” continues today and the government, knowing that their voting base in Toronto couldn’t care less about some rubes in the country, keeps the issue quiet by caving into thugs, rather than protecting law-abiding citizens.

Would the government be as forgiving to people across rural Ontario if some were to blow up a few of the industrial wind turbines that have made their lives hell? Of course not.

There are no turbines thumping the night away in Don Valley West or Toronto-Centre.

It remains to be seen whether the people in such ridings, who overwhelmingly voted Liberal in 2011, will care more for their fellow citizens in rural Ontario this time around.

There are any number of political parties to support other than the Liberals.