New government, same old decisions

Citizen efforts to protect the environment rebuffed in favour of big business: shouldn’t it be the other way around, writer asks. [Photo: Dorothea Larsen]
March10, 2019
The Ontario government under Premier Doug Ford is beginning to “wear” the repercussions from decisions on development by the Environmental Review Tribunal, says a writer with Ontario Farmer.
In his “Eastern Limits” column in the weekly farm publication, writer Tom Van Dusen says “For the second time is only a few weeks, an Eastern Ontario community action group has been rebuffed by the provincial Environmental Review Tribunal in its efforts to preserve pristine farmland and a rural quality of life.”
Van Dusen refers to the recent decision to allow approval of a major landfill site that has been inactive since its first approval 20 years ago, and to the decision to dismiss the appeal of the Nation Rise wind power project, despite multiple environmental concerns.
“It’s enough to make you think that the Tribunal designated under the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks tends to favour big business over preservation of natural landscape.
“Shouldn’t it be the other way around?”
Van Dusen cites the fact that the approval for Nation Rise, a 100-megawatt wind power project in North Stormont, came days before the writ period in the last election, and more crucial, the final clearance was granted by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)  June 13, a week after the election which saw the LIberals turfed out of government. While this decision came during the “caretaker” period and should probably not have been made, it was the critical factor that made the Nation Rise contract with government “iron clad” — the Ford government now claims it cannot get out of the contract.
That date, by the way, was only obtained by citizens under a Freedom of Information request — the IESO would not release the information voluntarily.
“That seems completely unethical,” Raymond Grady of North Stormont told writer Van Dusen, who concludes, “ethics in politics tend to be loosely and conveniently interpreted.”

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  • Sommer
    Posted March 10, 2019 9:09 pm 0Likes

    To my knowledge, none of the recipients of the letter below have responded. Several people have sent this information to this government, since early October and to my knowledge have not received a response.
    Encl: Excerpt from letter of October 7, 2018
    Subject: cardiac instability caused by infrasound radiation from industrial wind turbines…
    Date: October 7, 2018 at 1:38:43 PM EDT
    In the past two weeks, four people in Ontario have offered to provide their medical investigation records which rule out typical causative factors for traumatic cardiac instability episodes which they have been experiencing in their homes.
    All four of these peoples’ homes have been surrounded by industrial wind turbines and in two of these cases, substations have been sited too close to their homes.
    This situation is an emergency as well as a provable human rights violation.
    It confirms the cumulative harm that Dr. Mariana Alves -Pereira has been studying for decades. She has recently presented her work in Slovenia to a group of professionals.
    In this presentation and also in her most recent interview in Finland, she speaks about LFN and infrasound radiation and the damage to the nervous system as well as the heart. In the interview in Finland she states that, knowing what she knows, she would not live within 20 km of a wind turbine.
    Can you imagine how rural residents in Ontario who did not consent to having their homes surrounded by wind turbines feel as their pleas for protection have not resulted in effective measures being taken by their government?
    The four people who are willing to have their relevant health investigations used, to show that they are now experiencing the cumulative harm from infrasound radiation, are all people who experienced harm and tried to report it to the Liberal government agents within the MOECC and the MOH. No timely or effective protection was achieved under their leadership and now these peoples’ lives are in peril because the turbines that are too close to their homes are still running as I type this letter.
    These are four people who have confided in me and are now willing to let you see their medical evidence. How many others are there in rural Ontario who are experiencing harm at various stages of the neurological and cardiac damage that Dr. Mariana Alves-Pereira says is irreversible. How many people, because of the lack of properly delivered information, still have not connected the dots between their symptoms and the turbines near their homes?
    With lives of innocent people being threatened in this way and cumulative harm occurring for all who live within 20 km of turbines- harm which cannot be reversed- your government must make this horrible reality a very high priority.
    The turbines that are close to or surrounding peoples’ homes need to be turned off now.
    With respect and gratitude for your willingness to make tough ethical decisions on behalf of the people of Ontario….

  • Stan Thayer
    Posted March 17, 2019 1:56 am 0Likes

    Yup, can’t beat politics for contraversy!
    Now I know nobody gives a damn about an older electrician buuut!
    Yesterday, Friday, March 15th 2019, the warm weather and overnight rain plus the spring frechette was overloading the dam at Ottawa and the spillway logs needed to be lifted immediately or the Mill Steel Brew Pub and parts of the War Museum not to mention the hydro power stations, which were just spilling water anyway, might be going down stream.
    No big deal under normal circumstances.
    Being Ottawa on a Friday all the people in charge left at noon if they showed up at all.
    The decades old 600 volt DC log lifter crane refused to budge and noone knew who could fix it.
    Things got tense. Renovation had been done to the building to improve its look for the tourists.
    Noone thought to upgraded the log lifters.
    Multiple, well educated, new age, electrical contractors were called in and in self preservation, modern day business style they all skulked away scared.
    So what has this got to do with politics and windmills?
    Politicians need money to get votes.
    International Consortium Windmill money can get votes.
    No politician or money broker or banker gives a damn about who gets hurt or who pays the costs when their windmills make money and 2 small hydro dams providing cheap, reliable electricity to our nations capital are threatened with destruction.
    Our essential services should be taken out of the care of politicians. They use our needs as a political leverage to get or receive money.
    Shame you unethical power perverts!
    How many people have no idea what it takes to keep the lights on?
    1:53 AM just got in!
    Sweet dreams everyone!
    Stan the power man

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