Big Wind bought Ontario: WCO president

Letter to the Editor, Ontario Farmer, November 10, 2015
Perhaps a better question for Editor Paul Mahon to have asked in his “Who owns wind?” editorial (October 27) is: Who owns Ontario? The people, or the wind power corporations?
Right now, the SOLD sign on Ontario has Big Wind’s name on it.
Mahon says four parties “agree” to every wind power project. False: the Green Energy Act (designed by the wind power lobby, for wind power corporations) removed local land use planning powers (and overrode 20 other laws designed to protect Ontario including the Heritage Act and the Clean Water Act). The result is that communities can’t say “no” even though the power projects industrialize formerly quiet communities. And, while Ontario citizens are allowed to appeal under the law, the legal test set is almost impossible to meet. Ontario’s interests? Sold to wind power corporations.
Other serious concerns about wind include the fact that, as two Auditors General have said, there was never a cost-benefit analysis done for Ontario’s wind power program. We know the power these projects generate is produced out-of-phase with demand; that means, expensive wind power shows up when it’s not needed, and Ontario sells it off at a loss on the power market. At the same time, Ontario’s electricity customers pay for the difference, while also paying for “spilled” hydro, steamed off nuclear power, and idling gas plants, because Big Wind gets first rights to the grid. Ontario’s interests? Sold to wind power corporations.
Landowners are caught between the archaic “do what you want on your own land” policy espoused by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and the clear need to consider neighbours and communities at large in decisions to allow installation of huge, noisy wind turbines on their property. Landowners often fail to consulting lawyers before signing the complex lease agreements, and are thus unaware of financial repercussions and the loss of property rights.
But the biggest concern is what wind power development is doing to the environment. We’re told it’s necessary to “save” the environment, at the same time as power projects are being located in important bird areas and fragile environments like the Oak Ridges Moraine or the South Shore of Prince Edward County, and killing bats (crucial for agriculture) by the hundreds of thousands. Worse, because wind power is intermittent, it must be backed up by a traditional power source, which in Ontario is natural gas—thereby adding to greenhouse gas emissions, not reducing them. Again, Ontario has been sold to Big Wind.
Mahon says we may never know whether wind power was a good idea.  I think we do right now: with $40 billion and counting invested in it, while health care budgets are cut and electricity bills rise dramatically, utility-scale wind power has not helped the environment, or the people of Ontario.
Who owns the wind? Who owns Ontario? Not us: the province has been sold to wind power corporations.
Jane Wilson
Wind Concerns Ontario

What's your reaction?


  • Andre Lauzon
    Posted November 12, 2015 9:16 pm 0Likes

    Some Liberals may now be very rich??????????????

  • Gord Schneider
    Posted November 13, 2015 8:54 am 0Likes

    Amen to that.

  • Marc Raymond
    Posted November 13, 2015 9:21 am 0Likes

    Jane is entirely correct.
    Why can’t all intelligent people accept the facts

  • Sommer
    Posted November 13, 2015 9:43 am 0Likes

    This is frightening to consider and even more so, to consider that Canada’s sovereignty is at stake.
    How on earth can this be turned around?
    Why did our land use planners, Municipal Councillors not protect us? Were they just hired/elected to usher in this incursion?
    Are we so deeply in debt in Ontario that our ‘leaders’ are obliged to sign away our future?
    Thank you Jane for such clarity.

  • Greg Latiak
    Posted November 13, 2015 10:56 am 0Likes

    We look down on some other countries because their governments are most conspicuously in the pockets of business and their politicians are shamelessly diverting wealth that should go to improving the state of their citizens into their own offshore bank accounts. How different is Ontario, really? And when all of this is exposed, over and over again, why to we keep voting them back in? Are we idiots? Or are these real votes? Or what?

  • Pat Cusack
    Posted November 13, 2015 11:23 am 0Likes

    When Mz Wynne was given a majority it tells her her policies are right. Stances taken by Mr Hudak encouraged voting for her. Obviously the cost information is not getting to most of the city dwelling electorate. They are also the people most affected by job losses . Thje wind bad news needs to get to those people.

    • Barbara
      Posted November 13, 2015 3:31 pm 0Likes

      As WCO has pointed out before, it takes plenty of money to get news information into public circulation. News circulation is not free.

  • Bert Zegers
    Posted November 13, 2015 6:32 pm 0Likes

    Over 60% did NOT vote Liberal. In a REAL democracy a government recognizes this and reigns accordingly. Kathleen Wynne acts like she had 100% of the votes. The GEA (green energy act) and the ERT
    (environmental review tribunal) are proof that Ontario is becoming less of a democracy.

    • Johana
      Posted November 16, 2015 4:54 pm 0Likes

      Our ELECTORAL SYSTEM is out of sync with the times!
      We NEED a proportional system to prevent the kind of FALSE power which the Liberals have.
      Please, please, all WCO members, encourage your communities to advocate and change our Election Act so that the # of members of each party [provincially or federally] is PROPORTIONAL TO THE % OF VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR EACH OF THE PARTIES.
      FALSE majorities need to be relegated to an unenlightened past.

  • Lynda
    Posted November 14, 2015 9:36 am 0Likes

    What is democracy…or rather what was democracy?
    “Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.”…I’ve searched rural Ontario and can’t find it anywhere. I think Wynned has blown it away.

  • R. Tomlinson
    Posted November 14, 2015 3:47 pm 0Likes

    I believe Ms. Wynn should study what rememberance day is all about. I am sure she has forgotten what her past relatives died for.

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