Wind farm developers to decide whether endangered species need protection in Ontario

Who protects endangered species in Ontario? Power developers? Government? Or ordinary citizens.
Who protects endangered species in Ontario? Power developers? Government? Or ordinary citizens.

Ontario government abdicates role as protector of endangered species

The fox is in charge of the hen house, says community group

NEWS RELEASE

March 18, 2015, Toronto—

Tomorrow Ontario’s Divisional Court will hear arguments on the role of government in protecting endangered species. Previously, if a project could harm a species or its habitat, government officials normally reviewed the proposal. Now it appears the Wynne government may be saying developers will decide what, if any, protection is necessary.

“To us, it looks like the government has decided to put the foxes in charge of the hen house,” said Maria De Melo of Durham Area Citizens for Endangered Species, who are challenging this unprecedented approach.

For information contact 416-436-7473.

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The hearing will take place at the Brampton Courthouse at 10 a.m., March 19th, at 7755 Hurontario Street, Brampton.

Appearing for the appellants, the community group Durham Area Citizens for Endangered Species, will be the law firm of Eric K. Gillespie.

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Floyd
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the stupidity of this government is unbelievable. No need for intermittent power sources, big environmental impact from fossil fired standby generators, terribly expensive electrical costs, industry has left and the worst thing of all, the decimation of rural communities.
Liberals will be gone and it cannot be too soon. This party is so out of touch with constituents, it is criminal.
EM chia- believe me—-I have been in the Electrical Power Production business for 30 years plus an you and your policy advisors are not worth the cost of “one Timmys per week.

Barbara
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ON NATURE, 2009

“A Fish in the City”

All of Canada’s Redside dace live in southwestern Ontario with more than 80% of them in the Golden Horseshoe area.

Development with its muddy storm-water runoff is an important factor as these fish require cool clear water to survive.

Their life span is about 4 years.

Developers want to be accommodated when it comes to fish species.

http://www.onnaturemagazine.com/redside-dace.html

Greg Latiak
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All it seems that they have done is drop the pretence that the rest of the natural world is treated any differently that the people affected by these projects. As long as the ‘right’ people are making money, who cares what kind of wreckage is left behind. After all, nobody is being inconvenienced by these projects, just the protests against them. At least nobody ‘worth’ speaking about… (Our children’s children will curse us…)

Johana
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It would be an interesting piece of research to quantify the # of all the worthless people who are being damaged by IWTs which have been erected around their houses which are no longer homes, just more or less expensive storage units.

As one of the Victims of IWTs, I’m not able to undertake this project but would be most grateful to a Statistician or other professional who is capable and has the time to do this.

OR, have I completely missed such a study already included in some scientific journal?

Wind Concerns Ontario
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That would have been the cost-benefit analysis or impact studies that countless Ontario municipalities asked for before the Green Energy Act, and that two Auditors General have said needed to be done. To this day, there has never been a proper analysis of Ontario’s renewable power program (they don’t want one)–instead, we have taxpayer-funded MPAC funding worthless studies that show there is no impact on property values, when everyone knows, there is.
It’s not a complicated matter to estimate property value loss at 10-48% (Lansink, McCann, Luxemburger, and others) for homes within 1 km of turbines. What is critical in studies, and is, may we say, studiously being avoided, the houses that are listed for sale, and never sell.

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