Community group fights back on wind farm court decision

A Prince Edward County community group seeking a Judicial Review of decisions made by government to push forward an unwanted and unneeded wind power project has had all motions dismissed by an Ottawa court. They’re not stopping …

Sign in Dutton Dunwich: a judge says opposition to huge wind power projects is not seen outside Prince Edward County in Ontario

February 13, 2018
The County Coalition for Safe Appropriate Green Energy (CCSAGE-Naturally Green Inc.) last year filed for a Judicial Review of decisions behind the White Pines power project in Prince Edward County, and on the relationship between government and wind power developers.
Here is the latest news, from John Hirsch, CCSAGE director.

Status of CCSAGE Judicial Review Application

As readers may recall, CCSAGE filed motions at the Superior Court in Ottawa last June 14 and 15 regarding their Judicial Review Application.  The motions sought to protect CCSAGE from costs, and to compel the government agencies to produce the records of their decisions regarding the approval of wpd White Pines and the transmission lines. A motion was filed by OEB regarding their removal from the case.

In his decision on these Motions, issued on January 9, 2018, Justice Labrosse essentially denied all of CCSAGE’s requests but did allow OEB to be removed from the case.

CCSAGE has studied Justice Labrosse’s decisions and found them to contain numerous errors and misunderstandings.

Consequently, CCSAGE is appealing all the negative decisions to the Divisional court. The appeal is in the form of a “Notice of Motion to Vary”.

CCSAGE believes their arguments are sound and that the Judicial Review application is more important than ever. 

Read the documents here:

Divisional Court decision 15-2162:

(Editor’s note: for some reason the decision posted on CanLii is truncated at paragraph 53. Read the whole document here:

“Motion to Vary” CCSAGE:

No ‘significant opposition’?

Of special interest to Wind Concerns Ontario members, Ontario’s rural residents, and rural communities is the statement by Mr. Justice Marc Labrosse that the motion to have the case proceed as a matter of “general interest” was denied because — you won’t believe this — “It appears that the GEA and REA process have taken their place in this province without significant opposition throughout rural Ontario. I am left to infer that this is a local issue in Prince Edward County and that it is not of general importance.”

A “local issue”? The facts are:

  • almost every single wind power project in Ontario since 2009 (and some before that) faced an appeal by members of the ‘host” community
  • 116 Ontario municipalities, or about one-quarter of the total, have passed resolutions at Council demanding a return of the local land-use planning powers that were stripped by the Green Energy Act
  • More than 90 Ontario municipalities have officially designated themselves “unwilling hosts” to wind power projects
  • Several municipalities have engaged in legal battles with the government and wind power developers to retain rights under the Municipal Act, in order to protect their citizens
  • Several academic articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals (Stewart Fast et al, 2016) have noted the Ontario government’s failure to respond to community concerns over wind power projects
  • Wind Concerns Ontario is a coalition with about 30 member community groups and hundreds of individual and family members, that has been active since 2009

This decision, and the various machinations of the parties involved, can be seen in no other way but an attempt to see that once again, justice is denied to Ontario’s rural citizens.

Wind Concerns Ontario

What's your reaction?


  • Mike Jankowski
    Posted February 13, 2018 10:33 am 0Likes

    Interesting that the “This is just Local Opposition” card was played. Municipalities who sign agreements to receive money from wind power corporations refused to support CCSAGE by signing the resolution that they agreed in principle with this request because they feared the wind power corporations would come after them, citing the conditions of the agreement they knowingly entered.
    This appears to have been a coordinated strategy used against CCSAGE. I think it is a pathetic argument and I would like to discuss this with that judge.

    • Wind Concerns Ontario
      Posted February 13, 2018 6:20 pm 0Likes

      This is in line with the current “You’re the only one complaining” strategy by the #MOECC when receiving reports of excessive wind turbine noise/vibration/shadow flicker. It is designed to demean and discourage.

  • Sommer
    Posted February 13, 2018 11:38 am 0Likes

    Mike, this is the level of clarity we need! Thank you!

  • Sommer
    Posted February 14, 2018 11:08 am 0Likes

    Someone just sent this:
    “The Hon. Peter D. Lauwers of the Ontario Court of Appeal provided a thoughtful and thought-provoking take on the new trend of courts appealing to “Charter values” rather than Charter rights at the recent Law & Freedom conference. Find out why this distinction is so important by watching this video of his keynote address!”
    It’s worth listening to.
    Is it possible that judges are rethinking their judgements on this issue?
    Is it possible that they’re realizing that even they have confirmation bias because they’ve been duped regarding the rationale that these turbines will mitigate catastrophic global warming/climate change, the false narrative that was created to cause submission to the idea that rural communities all over the world must become ‘sacrificial zones’ and rural residents ‘collateral damage’ forced to relocate to ‘human settlements’?

  • J.P. De Grandmont
    Posted February 16, 2018 8:16 am 0Likes

    you might consider a suitably worded petition against the questionable Ottawa Court decision. I’m sure you’ll obtain strong support from all Ontarians with the exception of the Provincial Government and the Wind Power Industry.

    • Wind Concerns Ontario
      Posted February 17, 2018 6:12 pm 0Likes

      A petition is not the format, we have been advised; the community group has already filed a “motion to vary.”

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