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From this past Saturday’s Toronto Star, the column by National Affairs editor Thomas Walkom. Amazing.

Walkom: How McGuinty’s windmill dreams became a nightmare

Published On Sat Jan 15 2011

Dr. Robert McMurtry heads up the Society for Wind Vigilance, a new international body investigating wind power. Dr. Robert McMurtry heads up the Society for Wind Vigilance, a new international body investigating wind power.

LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist

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if (jQuery('.ts-main_article2_image').width()When Dalton McGuinty embraced wind power four years ago, it seemed he couldn’t lose.

Politically, his support for this infinitely renewable form of energy put the Ontario premier firmly on the side of the environmental angels.

Even more important, McGuinty’s Liberals pitched their commitment to wind as part of a comprehensive, green industrial strategy.

The government would not merely use wind turbines to generate electricity. It would also subsidize firms to build the giant machines for export.

In effect, windmills would be to the new Ontario what autos were to the old — the province’s economic driver.

Critics of the premier’s ambitious schemes were dismissed as cranks and nutters infected with a not-in-my-backyard syndrome.

To ensure that these self-seekers and know-nothings didn’t interfere with the government’s bold plans, Queen’s Park stripped municipal councils of their power to regulate wind turbines.

On paper, the plan seemed a sure winner.

But that was before Dr. Bob McMurtry.

McMurtry is neither a crank nor a nutter. An orthopedic surgeon and former dean of medicine at London’s University of Western Ontario, he is part of the country’s medical and political establishment.

He’s acted as a health advisor to the former federal Liberal government. In the early 2000s, he was a key advisor to Roy Romanow’s royal commission into Medicare.

McMurtry’s brother, Roy — a Red Tory and former attorney general — was Ontario’s chief justice for 11 years.

Bob McMurtry began as a strong advocate of wind power, keen to have a turbine built on the 16-hectare Eastern Ontario farm he bought four years ago for retirement.

As he explained in a telephone interview this week, he hoped to generate his own power and sell the rest to Ontario’s electricity network.

But being a scientific sort of chap, McMurtry began by researching the issue.

What he discovered alarmed him. In particular, he ran into evidence — re-enforced by personal encounters later — that low-frequency humming associated with wind turbines may lead to chronic sleeplessness, stress and even hypertension causing heart disease for anyone living within two kilometres of a machine.

What alarmed him more was that the provincial government did not even monitor this low-frequency noise. As well, under Ontario rules, giant windmills need be no more than 550 metres from any residence.

So in 2009, he made the not terribly radical suggestion that Queen’s Park conduct a proper, arms-length study on the health effects of industrial wind turbines before authorizing any more.

Failing that, he said, it should insist that new turbines be set at least two kilometres away from any dwelling.

The wind industry was outraged. Fearful of being enmeshed in red tape, wind power firms argued strongly against such a study. Their case was bolstered last May after provincial medical officer of health Dr. Arlene King issued a report saying no scientific evidence exists to show that wind turbines harm human health.

McMurtry countered that this is because no one has ever conducted a proper study — which is why he wants one.

Those interested in the dueling scientific arguments can find King’s report on the Ontario government website and McMurtry’s response at www.windvigilance.com.

But regardless of who wins the substantive debate, McGuinty’s windmill dreams have already become political nightmares.

Dozens of rural municipal councils, angered by the province’s decision to take away their regulatory authority, have passed motions of complaint.

Even the Ontario Federation of Agriculture — which represents farmers who rent their land to wind firms — has called for a moratorium on new turbines until a serious health study can be done.

The opposition Conservatives smell blood.

Trotting around through all of this is the unassuming Bob McMurtry.

He heads up a new international body of doctors and scientists investigating wind power called the Society for Wind Vigilance. Throughout small-town Ontario, he is in great demand as a speaker.

“There’s a real level of anger there,” he told me. “Rural Ontario is on fire.”

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Someone has suggested a story for TVO’s “The Agenda”, on how Ontario municipalities are fighting back against the removal of democratic rights via the Green Energy Act. Now, if “renewable” energy projects such as industrial scale wind or solar are proposed by corporate developers, municipalities and citizens have absolutely NO SAY in the development plans. Even if there is a threat to health or the environment. Or property values, or the enjoyment of one’s own property and home.

This would be an important story, but you have to vote for it so the producers will see that the viewing audience is interested.

If you agree this would be a good story, please go to the Agenda website now, look at the third column on the right, and find the story suggestions on wind turbines (numbers 8 and 31).

Thank you!!!

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Grey Highlands council passed its version of what is now known as “the Arran-Elderslie bylaw” which demands that planning capabilities connected to wind energy developments, which were erased by the Green Energy Act, be restored on the basis of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

We will be forwarding this bylaw to City Council in Ottawa, and will need your support in asking them to consider the bylaw. This is in the interest of every citizen of Ottawa, to oppose the removal of democratic rights, and to oppose high-impact industrial developments which are and incompatible and  inharmonious use of the land near homes and schools.

Here is the Arran-Elderslie motion. For others (including Lanark) go to http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

THE CORPORATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ARRAN-ELDERSLIE
A By-law to Amend the Municipal Code (Health Provisions Respecting Locating Erecting Wind Generation Facilities)
WHEREAS it is deemed advisable to amend the Municipal Code to incorporate certain health and safety provisions with respect to the locating and erecting of wind generation facilities within the Municipality;
NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CORPORATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ARRAN-ELDERSLIE HEREBY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
1.         That “Schedule B Protection to Persons & Property, Building Inspection: Health & Safety Provisions Respecting Locating & Erecting Wind Generation Facilities” is hereby added by the addition of Schedule A to this by-law.
2.         That Schedule A attached to this by-law shall form part of this by-law.
3.         This by-law shall take effect with final passing.

SCHEDULE A TO BY-LAW NO. 14-10
SCHEDULE B PROTECTION TO PERSONS & PROPERTY
BUILDING INSPECTION:  HEALTH & SAFETY PROVISIONS RESPECTING LOCATING & ERECTING WIND GENERATION FACILITIES
BEING A BY-LAW TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN HEALTH & SAFETY PROVISIONS FOR THE LOCATING & ERECTION OF WIND GENERATION FACILITIES

WHEREAS the fundamental role and duty of all three levels of government in Canada—Federal, Provincial & Municipal—to take all steps necessary to protect the health, safety and well being of their residents is hereby acknowledged;
AND WHEREAS Section 7 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, Being Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982 provides that:

“Legal Rights
LIFE, LIBERTY AND SECURITY OF PERSON.

7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”;
AND WHEREAS the said Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a constitutional provision that protects an individual’s autonomy and personal legal rights from actions of the government in Canada with three types of protection within the section, namely the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. 
AND WHEREAS the said Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provision provides both substantive and procedural rights afforded to anyone facing an adjudicative process or procedure that affects fundamental rights and freedoms, and certain substantive standards related to the rule of law that regulate the actions of the state (e.g., the rule against unclear or vague laws) such as the locating and erection of wind generation facilities as vaguely provided for in the Planning Act of the Province of Ontario with no locating criteria legislated;
AND WHEREAS no legal principle has been demonstrated by the Province of Ontario about which there is sufficient societal consensus that it is fundamental to the way in which the legal system should fairly operate that there be no locating criteria based on the health, safety and well being of the residents of Ontario, with respect to wind generation facilities, that would identify with sufficient precision to yield a manageable standard against which to measure deprivations of life, liberty or security of the person (R. v. Malmo-Levine, 2003);
AND WHEREAS The “Principles of Fundamental Justice” require that means used to achieve a societal purpose or objective must be reasonably necessary and this principle is violated when the government, in pursuing a “legitimate objective”, uses “means” that unnecessarily and disproportionately interfere with an individual’s rights (R. v. Heywood) as is the case with removing the locating of wind turbines from local planning processes thereby  interfering with normal individual rights respecting local land use planning;
AND WHEREAS the said Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can also be violated by the conduct of a party other than a Canadian government body (e.g. wind generation companies) with the government needing only to be a participant or complicit in the conduct threatening the right, when the violation of the security of the person with respect to the person’s health, safety and well being would be a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the government, or other body’s, actions;
AND WHEREAS the Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms right to security of the person, consists of rights to privacy of the body and its health and of the right protecting the “psychological integrity” of an individual, that is, the right protects against significant government-inflicted harm (stress) to the mental state of the individual. (Blencoe v. B.C. (Human Rights Commission), 2000);
AND WHEREAS Section 92 of the Constitution Act, 1982 provides further that the “Exclusive Powers of Provincial Legislatures” include: 

“7. The Establishment, Maintenance, and Management of Hospitals, Asylums, Charities, and Eleemosynary Institutions in and for the Province, other than Marine Hospitals. “(responsibility for the health of its residents)

“8. Municipal Institutions in the Province”                     (including local planning limitations)

“13. Property and Civil Rights in the Province. “  (with a responsibility to protect same)

“14. The Administration of Justice in the Province, including the Constitution, Maintenance, and Organization of Provincial Courts, both of Civil and of Criminal Jurisdiction, and including Procedure in Civil Matters in those Courts”

(including upholding Part 1 being the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms);
AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has established HEALTH CANADA, an Agency whose mandate is to “protect the Canadian public by researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of the health risks and safety hazards associated with the many consumer products that Canadians use everyday” and works with “all levels of Governmental agencies and programmes: Industry, National, regional, and international groups and the Canadian Public”, in pursuit of reducing or eliminating said risks and hazards;
AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has established The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure which is responsible for promoting the development of an affordable, safe, reliable, secure and environmentally sustainable energy supply;
AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has established The Ministry of the Environment which is responsible for protecting, restoring and enhancing the environment to ensure public health and environmental quality;
AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has established The Ministry of Natural Resources to sustainably manage the province’s natural resources to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario;
AND WHEREAS on February 20, 2004, Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty stated that: “The health of Ontarians is our province’s most precious resource. We share a responsibility to protect it from harm, and care for it in times of need”;
AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario, through Section 11, of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, has mandated broad authority that lower-tier municipalities may provide “any service or thing that the municipality considers necessary or desirable for the public, as follows:

By-laws
      (2)  A lower-tier municipality and an upper-tier municipality may pass by-laws, subject to the rules set out in subsection (4), respecting the following matters:…

           1.    Governance structure of the municipality and its local boards.
           2.    Accountability and transparency of the municipality and its operations and of its local boards and their operations.
           3.    Financial management of the municipality and its local boards.
           4.    Public assets of the municipality acquired for the purpose of exercising its authority under this or any other Act.
           5.    Economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality.
           6.    Health, safety and well-being of persons.
           7.    Services and things that the municipality is authorized to provide under subsection (1).
           8.    Protection of persons and property, including consumer protection.  

thereby recognizing the lower-tier municipality’s need and responsibility to provide for the health, safety and well-being of is residents;
AND WHEREAS The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie’s confidence in the safety of the locating criteria of WIND GENERATION FACILITIES, as legislated by the Province of Ontario, is based on the premise that, having done their due diligence with respect to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of their citizens under The Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, both the federal and provincial governments are prepared to certify the said facilities for location within the Municipality;
AND WHEREAS there is no intention by The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie to prevent or restrict the “use” of wind generation facilities as a source of renewable energy but rather to promote their “use” in a responsible manner to benefit, or at least, do no harm to any individual by such “use”;
AND WHEREAS it is deemed advisable to ensure the continued good health, safety and well-being of all persons living and/or owning lands within the Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie in a responsible manner;

NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CORPORATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ARRAN-ELDERSLIE HEREBY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:

1.         That, the Chief Building Official, at his/her discretion, may issue a building permit, in accordance with the provisions of the Ontario Building Code, for the construction of any wind generation facility, when the said application is accompanied by all of the following:
a)      a certificate issued by Health Canada confirming that the proposed type of wind generation facility will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being of any resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
b)      a certificate issued by the Ontario Ministry of energy & infrastructure confirming that the proposed type of wind generation facility will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being of any resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
c)      a certificate issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment confirming that the proposed type of wind generation facility will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being of any resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
d)      a certificate issued by the Ontario Ministry of natural resources confirming that the proposed type of wind generation facility will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being of any resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
e)      a certificate issued by the ONTARIO MINISTRY OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS confirming that the proponents of the proposed type of wind generation facility and the Crown have carried out satisfactory, meaningful consultation with all the affected aboriginal groups that is respectful and accommodates their rights as recognized and affirmed by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;”
f)        certificates issued by either or both the Saugeen First Nations and Chippewas of Nawash, as applicable, confirming that the proponents of the proposed type of wind generation facility have carried out satisfactory, meaningful consultation with them with respect to the proposed facility.
2.         That before the certificates identified in Section 1 above are issued, the stated Ministries must provide original documentation to the satisfaction of the Council of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie that the necessary full and complete non-partisan third party, independent health studies on humans are presented to determine safe setbacks and noise limits.
3.         That this by-law shall take effect with final passing.

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To email the North Gower Wind Action Group, northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Arran-Elderslie this week passed the following bylaw, and invite other municipalities in Ontario to follow suit. Here it is:

THE CORPORATION OF THE
MUNICIPALITY OF ARRAN-ELDERSLIE

BY-LAW NO.  14 – 10

A By-law to Amend the Municipal Code
(Health Provisions Respecting Locating and
Erecting Wind Generation Facilities)

WHEREAS it is deemed advisable to amend the Municipal Code to
incorporate certain health and safety provisions with respect to the
locating and erecting of wind generation facilities within the
Municipality;

NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CORPORATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
ARRAN-ELDERSLIE HEREBY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:

1. That “Schedule B Protection to Persons & Property, Building
Inspection: Health & Safety Provisions Respecting Locating & Erecting
Wind Generation Facilities” is hereby added by the addition of
Schedule A to this by-law.

2. That Schedule A attached to this by-law shall form part of this by-
law.

3. This by-law shall take effect with final passing.

READ A FIRST AND SECOND TIME THIS 26TH DAY OF APRIL, 2010.

“Ron L. Oswald”

MAYOR

“A.P. Crawford”

CLERK

READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED THIS 10TH DAY OF MAY, 2010.

“Ron L. Oswald”

MAYOR

“A.P. Crawford”

CLERK

SCHEDULE A TO
BY-LAW NO. 14-10

SCHEDULE B PROTECTION TO PERSONS & PROPERTY
BUILDING INSPECTION:  HEALTH & SAFETY PROVISIONS RESPECTING LOCATING &
ERECTING WIND GENERATION FACILITIES

BEING A BY-LAW TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN HEALTH & SAFETY PROVISIONS FOR THE
LOCATING & ERECTION OF WIND GENERATION FACILITIES

WHEREAS the fundamental role and duty of all three levels of
government in Canada—Federal, Provincial & Municipal—to take all steps
necessary to protect the health, safety and well being of their
residents is hereby acknowledged;

AND WHEREAS Section 7 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS,
Being Part I of the CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982 provides that:

“LEGAL RIGHTS

LIFE, LIBERTY AND SECURITY OF PERSON.

7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person
and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the
principles of fundamental justice.”;

AND WHEREAS the said Section 7 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND
FREEDOMS is a constitutional provision that protects an individual’s
autonomy and personal legal rights from actions of the government in
Canada with three types of protection within the section, namely the
right to life, liberty, and security of the person.

AND WHEREAS the said Section 7 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND
FREEDOMS provision provides both substantive and procedural rights
afforded to anyone facing an adjudicative process or procedure that
affects fundamental rights and freedoms, and certain substantive
standards related to the rule of law that regulate the actions of the
state (e.g., the rule against unclear or vague laws) such as the
locating and erection of wind generation facilities as vaguely
provided for in the Planning Act of the Province of Ontario with no
locating criteria legislated;

AND WHEREAS no legal principle has been demonstrated by the Province
of Ontario about which there is sufficient societal consensus that it
is fundamental to the way in which the legal system should fairly
operate that there be no locating criteria based on the health, safety
and well being of the residents of Ontario, with respect to wind
generation facilities, that would identify with sufficient precision
to yield a manageable standard against which to measure deprivations
of life, liberty or security of the person (R. v. Malmo-Levine, 2003);

AND WHEREAS The “Principles of Fundamental Justice” require that means
used to achieve a societal purpose or objective must be reasonably
necessary and this principle is violated when the government, in
pursuing a “legitimate objective”, uses “means” that unnecessarily and
disproportionately interfere with an individual’s rights (R. v.
Heywood) as is the case with removing the locating of wind turbines
from local planning processes thereby  interfering with normal
individual rights respecting local land use planning;

AND WHEREAS the said Section 7 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND
FREEDOMS can also be violated by the conduct of a party other than a
Canadian government body (e.g. wind generation companies) with the
government needing only to be a participant or complicit in the
conduct threatening the right, when the violation of the security of
the person with respect to the person’s health, safety and well being
would be a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the government, or
other body’s, actions;

AND WHEREAS the Section 7 of the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND
FREEDOMS right to security of the person, consists of rights to
privacy of the body and its health and of the right protecting the
“psychological integrity” of an individual, that is, the right
protects against significant government-inflicted harm (stress) to the
mental state of the individual. (Blencoe v. B.C. (Human Rights
Commission), 2000);

AND WHEREAS Section 92 of the Constitution Act, 1982 provides further
that the “Exclusive Powers of Provincial Legislatures” include:

“7. The Establishment, Maintenance, and Management of Hospitals,
Asylums, Charities, and Eleemosynary Institutions in and for the
Province, other than Marine Hospitals. “

(responsibility for the health of its residents)

“8. Municipal Institutions in the Province” (including local planning
limitations)

“13. Property and Civil Rights in the Province. “  (with a
responsibility to protect same)

“14. The Administration of Justice in the Province, including the
Constitution, Maintenance, and Organization of Provincial Courts, both
of Civil and of Criminal Jurisdiction, and including Procedure in
Civil Matters in those Courts”

(including upholding Part 1 being the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND
FREEDOMS);

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has established HEALTH CANADA, an
Agency whose mandate is to “protect the Canadian public by
researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of the
health risks and safety hazards associated with the many consumer
products that Canadians use everyday” and works with “all levels of
Governmental agencies and programmes: Industry, National, regional,
and international groups and the Canadian Public”, in pursuit of
reducing or eliminating said risks and hazards;

AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has established THE MINISTRY OF
ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE which is responsible for promoting the
development of an affordable, safe, reliable, secure and
environmentally sustainable energy supply;

AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has established THE MINISTRY OF
THE ENVIRONMENT which is responsible for protecting, restoring and
enhancing the environment to ensure public health and environmental
quality;

AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has established THE MINISTRY OF
NATURAL RESOURCES to sustainably manage the province’s natural
resources to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-
being of the people of Ontario;

AND WHEREAS on February 20, 2004, Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty
stated that: “The health of Ontarians is our province’s most precious
resource. We share a responsibility to protect it from harm, and care
for it in times of need”;

AND WHEREAS the Province of Ontario, through Section 11, of the
Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, has mandated broad authority that
lower-tier municipalities may provide “any service or thing that the
municipality considers necessary or desirable for the public, as
follows:

By-laws
      (2)  A lower-tier municipality and an upper-tier municipality
may pass by-laws, subject to the rules set out in subsection (4),
respecting the following matters:…
           1.    Governance structure of the municipality and its
local boards.
           2.    Accountability and transparency of the municipality
and its operations and of its local boards and their operations.
           3.    Financial management of the municipality and its
local boards.
           4.    Public assets of the municipality acquired for the
purpose of exercising its authority under this or any other Act.
           5.    Economic, social and environmental well-being of the
municipality.
           6.    Health, safety and well-being of persons.
           7.    Services and things that the municipality is
authorized to provide under subsection (1).
           8.    Protection of persons and property, including
consumer protection.

thereby recognizing the lower-tier municipality’s need and
responsibility to provide for the health, safety and well-being of is
residents;

AND WHEREAS The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie’s
confidence in the safety of the locating criteria of WIND GENERATION
FACILITIES, as legislated by the Province of Ontario, is based on the
premise that, having done their due diligence with respect to ensuring
the health, safety and well-being of their citizens under The
Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, both the federal
and provincial governments are prepared to certify the said facilities
for location within the Municipality;

AND WHEREAS there is no intention by The Corporation of the
Municipality of Arran-Elderslie to prevent or restrict the “use” of
wind generation facilities as a source of renewable energy but rather
to promote their “use” in a responsible manner to benefit, or at
least, do no harm to any individual by such “use”;

AND WHEREAS it is deemed advisable to ensure the continued good
health, safety and well-being of all persons living and/or owning
lands within the Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie in
a responsible manner;

NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CORPORATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
ARRAN-ELDERSLIE HEREBY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:

1. That, the Chief Building Official, at his/her discretion, may issue
a building permit, in accordance with the provisions of the Ontario
Building Code, for the construction of any wind generation facility,
when the said application is accompanied by all of the following:

a) a certificate issued by HEALTH CANADA confirming that the proposed
type of wind generation facility will benefit, or will not harm, the
health, safety and well-being of any resident of The Corporation of
the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
b) a certificate issued by the ONTARIO MINISTRY OF ENERGY &
INFRASTRUCTURE confirming that the proposed type of wind generation
facility will benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-
being of any resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-
Elderslie;
c) a certificate issued by the ONTARIO MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
confirming that the proposed type of wind generation facility will
benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being of any
resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
d) a certificate issued by the ONTARIO MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
confirming that the proposed type of wind generation facility will
benefit, or will not harm, the health, safety and well-being of any
resident of The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie;
e) a certificate issued by the ONTARIO MINISTRY OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
confirming that the proponents of the proposed type of wind generation
facility and the Crown have carried out satisfactory, meaningful
consultation with all the affected aboriginal groups that is
respectful and accommodates their rights as recognized and affirmed by
Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;”
f) certificates issued by either or both the Saugeen First Nations and
Chippewas of Nawash, as applicable, confirming that the proponents of
the proposed type of wind generation facility have carried out
satisfactory, meaningful consultation with them with respect to the
proposed facility.
2. That before the certificates identified in Section 1 above are
issued, the stated Ministries must provide original documentation to
the satisfaction of the Council of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
that the necessary full and complete non-partisan third party,
independent health studies on humans are presented to determine safe
setbacks and noise limits.

3. That this by-law shall take effect with final passing.

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You know things are getting VERY serious when Ontario municipalities are looking at ways—ANY way — to block unwanted turbine deveopments. As you know, the Green Energy Act effectively removed Ontario communities’ right to have any say in planning these developments, no matter what the impact.

Now, Arran-Elderslie is saying it will invoke the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in order to halt turbine development. And, several other communities are joining in.

At a special meeting last week, Arran-Elderslie council accepted a draft bylaw calling for protection of life, liberty and security under the Charter. Next step, they say,  is to circulate the bylaw to ALL Ontario communities.

The full story is here:

http://www.markdalestandard.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2548690

Here’s hoping City of Ottawa councillors take notice. It would be a shame if Ontario’s second largest city and the capital of Canada failed to at least participate in getting democracy back in this province.

Email North Gower Wind Action Group at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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