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The North Gower Wind Action Group supports the Private Member’s Bill being presented in the Ontario Legislature tomorrow, March 22.

The bill calls for an immediate cancellation of the Feed In Tariff or FIT program, a return of local land-use planning controls,  and a moratorium on all industrial wind projects.

Note that once again, taxpayer-supported environmental groups like Environmental Defence are framing this as “anti-environment” and urging MPPs to vote against it.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

 

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Important Protest against wind power subsidy by Ontario Citizens

April 3

The Ontario Feed In Tariff or FIT program has been responsible for unbridled industrial wind power development throughout Ontario. The results? Huge profits for wind power developers. And unreliable, inefficient and expensive wind power that Ontario doesn’t need, despoiled rural communities, dropping property values, diminished tourism potential and worst of all, serious health effects for some people in Ontario.

 

Now, the Wind Industry Barons are blowing into Toronto for the Ontario Feed In Tariff Forum April 3 & 4th  at the Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West.

 

ONTARIO CITIZENS WILL BE ON THE STREET TO TELL THEM FIT IS A “BAD FIT”
FOR ONTARIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Protest Date Tuesday, April 3rd

Time – gather at 11:30

Speakers – 12:00

Protest March 12:30

Place – Simcoe Park on Front Street, beside CBC building and opposite Metro Toronto Convention Centre

 

It is time to stand up for Ontario!

 People are coming from all parts of the province. Bring signs to identify where you are from. 

 

Arrange a bus or use public transit, subways, GO trains to Union Station.  See you there.

Directions: From the main lobby of Union Station (look for signs to railway and GOTrain station to get to main lobby), exit at Front Street, go west (left) on Front St. past York St. and Lower Simcoe St.  Simcoe Park is about 300 meters further west right next to the CBC building on the north side of Front St. 

For more details, check the Wind Concerns Ontario website at http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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Paul Mahon, editor of Ontario Farmer, has covered the issues in the current edition of the paper.

“There are many flaws in logical thinking in the ongoing discussions about wind energy,” he writes. [Editor: he means wind power; wind energy is the actual wind, which can be used to create power. But we digress.] “Without logical thinking we cannot come out with the best outcome.

“There is too much dependence on the all or nothing argument that wind is either all good or all bad, presumably because it is a singular issue. It is not a singular issue, it is at least three separate issues.

“The first issue is, is it a health risk? Are people in proximity to turbines suffering direct health problems? If it is found that turbines do cause health problems, then adequate safeguards need to be built in so that turbines do not have the chance to affect health. If existing turbines are affecting health, remedial measures need to be taken.”

First of all, it’s already been proven that the environmental noise and vibration (infrasound) produced by industrial-scale wind turbines do cause harm to human health (Decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal, July 2011). The health effects from environmental noise have been documented for other types of noise (traffic, airports, etc.) and the effects of infrasound too have been studied. For some reason, when it comes to wind turbines–and we’re talking big ones, not the little toys that exist in some places, and certainly not the iconic but useless turbine at Toronto’s Exhibition Place–these threats to health go away, courtesy the lobbying efforts of the global wind industry.

Editor Mahon uses the word “direct” and we’re not sure whether he understands what he has done. A “direct” health effect from a wind turbine would be if one of them fell on you, or if ice thrown from one of the rotor blades hits you (and that can happen). Rather it is an indirect pathway that has the effect. In other words, the noise causes you to lose sleep and in turn sleep deprivation causes health effects such as headache, raised blood pressure, and more. Similarly, the infrasound or vibration causes changes in the air pressure which in turn cause problems in the inner ear and affect people’s balance.

Thamesville resident Lisa Michaud, a Cornwall native who recently travelled back from Thamesville to speak to an audience in Brinston (Prowind’s South branch 30 MW project), told us that her otherwise healthy 20-year-old son can no longer work as a roofer as the vibration has severly affected his balance. Lisa posted in Facebook today about her drive home from a public meeting: “The drive home from Essex was excruciating! Sudden severe head and ear pain and pressure from the moment I hit highway 8… Had to stop at the Comber Timmy’s for a moment as I felt like vomiting & passing out… So weird it subsided somewhere between Chatham & Ridgetown but kicked me the moment I entered my house!”

Next issue, Paul Mahon says is property values. Unfortunately, he has fallen for the wind developer lobby group propaganda which is that it’s not that there is a serious problem with the turbines, it’s whether people like seeing them or not. Which is part of the problem, with the flashing red lights and all, but certainly not the whole problem. “It affects the ambience,” he writes. Well, yes. Having your formerly quiet rural community suddenly changed to an industrial wind power generation facility certainly affects the ambience just a tad. There are by now dozens of studies that show property values in the proximity of industrial wind turbine projects decline, by as much as 50% … with some properties losing all value.

Mr. Mahon makes the point that just because something worked well elsewhere doesn’t mean it will work here, and he refers to Germany. Now, it must be said that in Germany they have not dumped turbines right on top of people as Ontario has, and to say that there is no opposition to wind turbines in Germany would be completely inaccurate. In fact, the worldwide march against turbines in 2010 began in Berlin.

He concludes with this excellent advice: “Some of these logical questions might have been better researched BEFORE the turbines were built. Because, the truth is, we are years into it already and we still do not know.”

Indeed.

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Marlborough 1 project status: awaiting ECT.

FIT program review announcement possibly next week from the Ontario government.

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News through the day at Wind Concerns Ontario http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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Power Hungry author Robert Bryce has remarked in the past that, besides being inefficient, expensive and unreliable, industrial-scale wind power was a waste of resources because it takes up so much land that could otherwise be used for food. “Wind power is energy sprawl,” he told the audience when he was a luncheon speaker at the International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry in Picton, Ontario, in 2010.

Now Bryce has expanded his thoughts on that issue and added some very interesting statistics, in this excellent article in City Journal. http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_1_environmentalism.html

Not included in this article but a fact in Ontario, when wind power developers counter the claims that property values are going down near wind power projects by saying that farm prices are going up, they’re not quite telling the truth (Mr Segal of Prowind, you’re included). The rise in some farm property values is because of the price of corn.

The developers’ claims that only an acre or two is taken out of agricultural production due to wind turbines is also not quite true: land is taken for access roads, transformers and other equipment.

News daily at http://www.windconcernsontario.ca and regularly here.

PC Energy Critic Vic Fedeli, former mayor of North Bay, is beginning his energy tour of Ontario and is in Strathroy tonight; he’ll be in Ottawa March 22nd for a pub night at the Swan on the Rideau, and doing a news conference with the North Gower Wind Action Group and Wind Concerns Ontario March 23rd. Details to follow.

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March 8th, 2012

Ms. Lisa MacLeod: It’s my absolute pleasure today to stand in this House to support my colleague from Huron–Bruce, Lisa Thompson, in her call for this McGuinty Liberal government to place a moratorium on further wind developments until appropriate studies have been in place and completed.
Because, Mr. Speaker, I can tell you, representing a large suburban rural riding that is on its way to being assaulted by this McGuinty Liberal government, that we expect in our rural communities to have locally-based decision-making restored to our communities. We expect that that subsidy for the FIT program is going to be ripped up so that our seniors and our small businesses don’t have to continue to subsidize their crazy experiments with energy.
We know that there have been lots of complaints from our community all our communities right across Ontario that there may be health and environmental effects because of this energy scheme of Dalton McGuinty’s. That’s why the Ontario PC caucus will stand firmly behind the member from Huron–Bruce, and we’re challenging other members from rural communities in this chamber to do the right thing. If you don’t vote for this motion today, you’ll be opposed to rural Ontario. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

UPDATE: the vote was lost 45-28. Liberals and NDP opposed. Lisa Thompson MPP looked across the House and said, You’re all from cities, this will never happen to YOU!

Thanks from the people of North Gower-Richmond-Kars to Lisa MacLeod for standing up for us today.

NEW DATES: March 22 Queen’s Park, Tim Hudak’s bill to end the FIT program; March 23rd and March 24th in Ottawa; April 3rd Toronto, rally at the FIT conference

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After 1 today  at Queen’s Park Lisa MacLeod and many others address andd support MPP Lisa Thompson’s Private Member’s Bill on wind power generation. View at http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/go2.jsp?Page=/webcast/webcast_main&locale=en&menuItem=dandp_webcast

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Here in North Gower-Richmond, we have the support of MPP Lisa MacLeod, who is not only going to vote FOR the private member’s bill being presented by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson next week, she is going to rise in the Legislature to speak to it.

What can you do? Add your name to an online petition asking for Ontario to stop expensive wind projects that are crippling our economy, wrecking property values and making people ill. Go here to add your name:

http://www.ontariopc.com/petitions/support-wind-turbine-moratorium/

Thank you.

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The Premier kept talking as 75 municipal representatives walked out of his keynote speech at the ROMA event yesterday, but maybe he shouldn’t have bothered: we’ve heard it all before.

He promises more consultation about wind power facilities in future and to do a “better job” of incorporating the “local perspective” on the industrial power projects. We’re listening, he said.

But, he didn’t say he is going to give local land use planning control back to municipalities where renewable energy projects are proposed, and that is really what the communities are asking for. He didn’t say he is going to get rid of the Green Energy Act, which supercedes 21 pieces of legislation passed in the Ontario Legislature over decades to protect Ontario’s people and beauty, like the Conservation Act, the Heritage Act, and the Environmental Protection Act.

He didn’t say he was listening to the people of the north shore of Lake Erie, or Prince Edward County where proposed wind power projects will certainly kill thousands of migratory birds and alter the eco-system of North America.

In North Gower-Richmond, the 20-megawatt project will be far too close to homes and our school.

Property value studies are showing decreases in value up to THREE MILES in the U.S., and certainly within 2 km.

There are so many reports of health effects now, that some commentators (like Carl V. Phillips) say it isn’t necessary to do more studies: we know there is a problem.

And on top of it all, the province says this is all to replace “dirty coal” when in fact closing Ontario’s coal plants will make such a small difference as to be impossible to measure, says the executive director of the Climate Science Coalition (Ottawa Citizen, February 27), and no fossil-fuel power plant has ever closed anywhere in the world because of wind power. Nowhere.

We revisit a paper written in 2008 by University of Toronto professor of law and economics Michael Trebilcock (who actually helped an earlier government with its energy policy). He had five objections to the then proposed Green Energy Act. They were: industrial wind turbines have minimal impact on carbon emissions;industrial wind turbines are uneconomic; industrial wind turbines cause insufficiently researched health effects;industrial wind turbines have adverse effects on adjacent property values; and, the decision-making process in Ontario is undemocratic and will undermine efficient regulation.

Nothing has changed.

Why not write to Mr  McGuinty and tell him how you feel. And Energy Minister Bentley while you’re at it. (Write to them separately and be sure to include your mailing address–otherwise, they don’t have to respond.)

dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.org
 

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and check news stories through the day at

http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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Well, we never stopped, really.

Premier Dalton McGuinty will be facing angry rural municipal councillors at the Ontario Good Roads conference beginning this weekend.

Organized by the  Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group–which is headed by Mark Davis, Deputy Mayor of Arran-Elderslie–the event will be a Walk Out on Dalton as the Premier stands up for his speech to open the conference. (In Ottawa we don’t have much hope of any representatives standing up for us, as the vice-president of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association or ROMA is Doug Thompson…he won’t likely abandon his position to act for us in North Gower and Richmond. But we can hope.)

The organizers acknowledge that such an action will be a first at a conference that is known for its bonhomie but they also say it’s about time. At last year’s conference, Mayor of Amaranth Don McIver met with then Environment Minister John Wilkinson to talk about what’s happened to Amaranth since the turbines started spinning in his community in 2006 (people are sick, property worthless, homes abandoned) and followed up with a letter. It was never answered. He sent another. No answer. Wilkinson of course was roundly defeated in the October election, but for his department to ignore a sitting Mayor is appalling.

Now, says Davis, it’s time to act. “Why not?” says Davis. “McGuinty has walked out on us.”

Here is a story from QMI today. http://www.lfpress.com/comment/2012/02/24/19422056.html

Rural Ontario set to blow up at McGuinty

By Jim Merriam, Special to QMI Agency

Last Updated: February 25, 2012 12:00am 

It won’t be the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral but next week’s meeting between Premier Dalton McGuinty and rural municipal leaders is shaping up to be a major confrontation.

The issue involves shunning Premier Dad at the Good Roads convention in Toronto.

One organizing group is urging delegates by letter to greet the premier with respect.

However, the Multi-Municipal Working Group on Wind Turbines isn’t backing down on plans to walk out on McGuinty’s speech if a one-year moratorium on installation of wind turbines isn’t announced before the meeting.

The Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), which sponsors “Good Roads” in partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, suggests such a walkout would be shortsighted.

“We invited the premier to our conference, we appreciate his decision to come, and we will respectfully listen to what he has to say,” says the ROMA letter, hoping for the final word on the subject.

The working group’s chair will have none of it. In his written response, Mark Davis, deputy mayor of Arran Elderslie said, “There are times you must stand up and be counted. You must do things that you believe are right for the people you represent. I firmly believe this is one of those times.” ROMA’s letter looks back at its successful history to discourage a walkout by the folks concerned about the way wind power has been forced down the throats of rural residents.

“As a group, Ontario municipalities have worked very hard over many years to build a relationship with the Government of Ontario that is based on open doors and frank discussion. The mature and respectful relationship that makes these exchanges possible provides us with our greatest opportunity to achieve meaningful progress.” But members of the six-county wind turbine working group are more interested in what ROMA has done for them lately?

“ROMA must be aware of the depth of these (wind turbine) concerns and we hope to hear at the conference the steps that ROMA, like the other organizations representing rural Ontario, has taken to represent concerns of its members on this issue.” ROMA goes on to list the issues it is discussing with the province including the global recession, economic development, funding for roads and bridges, the costs of emergency services and the Drummond report.

In response the anti-turbine group has a list of its own, pointing out those who have serious doubts about the “green energy program and wind turbines.” This includes the Ontario Auditor General who said the turbines are not replacing coal-fired plants nor cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“They (turbines) require additional fossil-fuel gas generation back-up because their production is unpredictable, intermittent and cannot be stored.” This means consumers pay twice for wind energy, adding skyrocketing electricity costs that are a real threat to jobs.

Also joining the anti-turbine movement is the Ontario Federation of Agriculture that represents 38,000 farm families.

In addition 79 municipalities have called for a moratorium on wind turbine installations.

The working group also points out that the province responded within hours to a light rail transit motion by Toronto council, but there has been no meaningful response to rural concerns about wind turbines.

In summing up the fighting words ROMA attempts to speak for all Ontarians: “Ontario residents are counting on us to work co-operatively and productively.” The conclusion from the working group is quite different: “There are many reasons to walk and very few not to.”

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An alert listener to CBC’s daily Ontario Today program called in last week when Rita Celli had as her guest Don Drummond, the former Federal Associate Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada, who recently was tapped by Dalton McGuinty to diagnose a fix for Ontario’s financial ills. The question: with Ontario poised to spend probably $100 billion on renewable energy schemes, mostly wind, why didn’t you mention this in your report?

It didn’t occur to me, Drummond said. He and his team never even looked at wind power.

We don’t usually go out on a limb and make bold political statements here but today we will: WHAT?!?!?! Billions are being spent, the resulting property value loss and damaged tourism will affect Ontario’s economy, lower productivity as people become ill … and you didn’t even think of it?

That’s because Mr Drummond’s team just acted on what the McGuinty government told them to look at and never questioned the assumptions given to them.

Shabby. Pointless. And a grave disappointment to those who thought a financial professional could shed some light on this issue and maybe make the government change its mind.

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