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Pierre Poilievre, M.P.

Nepean-Carleton

News Release

July 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Poilievre, MacLeod call for a moratorium on North Gower industrial wind turbines

Calling for Premier McGuinty to put project on hold until Health Canada Study completed

 

North Gower, ON – In a residential area that sits next to an open farmer’s field, Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, and Jane Wilson, President of Wind Concerns Ontario joined together to call for a moratorium on the wind farm project proposed for the village of North Gower. This call follows an announcement from the Federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, that Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will be conducting a research study to determine the relationship between noise pollution from industrial wind turbines (IWTs) and the possible health implications for those living nearby.

 

“This research study will provide us with the information we need to keep our fellow citizens safe from harm,” said Poilievre. “Due to increasing reports of health problems, a lack of consensus on this issue, and the need for properly designed clinical research, I am calling for a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project in North Gower until conclusive evidence from Health Canada can definitively show that there are no adverse health risks associated with living in close proximity to industrial wind turbines.” Poilievre added that he has written an open letter to Premier McGuinty outlining his concerns and hopes that the Premier will act upon his request.

“By forcing industrial wind turbine developments on rural communities, the McGuinty Liberals have stripped away local decision making, driven up hydro costs, lowered private property values, and ignored possible health and environmental impacts,” added MacLeod. “I’m continuing my calls for a moratorium to be placed on further wind developments and I am pleased the federal government has announced a study to determine health effects”

 

Jane Wilson, resident of North Gower and President of Wind Concerns Ontario, said, “It is unacceptable for the Ontario government to continue to approve projects when government staff refuse to acknowledge the problem, are not able to measure the noise, and cannot ensure compliance with their own regulations, which are clearly inadequate.”

 

The Marlborough Wind Farm, initiated in 2008 by Prowind Canada, proposes 10 IWTs in close proximity to the village of North Gower. With a population of over 2,000 people, the majority of the village is within three kilometers from one or more IWT. What is even more concerning is that, according to a map outlining the proposed industrial wind turbine locations, there are more than 30 families living within 800 meters. There is currently no start date for construction of these IWTs; Prowind is currently waiting for approval from the Ontario government before proceeding with the project.

The Health Canada study is slated to be complete in 2014.

[photo attached]

“Poilievre, MacLeod, Wilson & residents of North Gower unite to call for a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project proposed for the village.”

For further information, please contact:

Austin Jean
Office Manager

Pierre Poilievre, M.P. Nepean-Carleton
T: 613.990.4301 | F: 613.990.4333 | E: poilip1@parl.gc.ca

North Gower-Richmond residents join Lisa MacLeod and Pierre Poilievre for announcement

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Cards on the table, results of the editorial board meeting with the candidates from Nepean-Carleton, in today’s Ottawa Citizen.

Here is the link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Nepean+Carleton+Tory+candidate+opposes+North+Gower+wind+farm+project/5372716/story.html

Here is the story:

OTTAWA — The Tory candidate in Nepean-Carleton wants a controversial wind farm project slated to be placed in North Gower killed.

Lisa MacLeod, who was until the election was formally the MPP for the riding, told the Citizen editorial board that her stand is not only because of her constituents’ adamant opposition to the project, but stems also from a fundamental objection to the Liberal clean energy plan, which she claims is contributing to high hydro rates in the province.

“The community doesn’t want it and as their representative, I am not comfortable with it. I opposed it in the legislature and I continue to oppose it,” MacLeod said.

Provincial Liberals have made clean energy a key part of their platform, saying renewables like and solar and wind power are key to Ontario’s future. They’ve made significant investments in the area, and one of the projects the McGuinty government has thrown its weight behind is a proposal by a company called Prowind Canada for an eight-to-10 turbine project near North Gower.

Many people in the community bitterly oppose the project. And MacLeod, the senior provincial Tory in Ottawa, says the lack of local control over the project is unacceptable, and it will be stopped if the party wins on Oct. 6.

MacLeod and three challengers for her seat — Liberal Don Dransfield, New Democrat Ric Dagenais and Green party candidate Gordon Kubanek, were befoire the editorial board to answer questions and articulate their visions.

In particular, they clashed over the future of clean energy.

MacLeod said her opposition to the North Gower project is not an indictment of clean energy but of the cost of the Liberal plan.

“What’s happening is that hydro bills are going up as a result of these massive subsidies,” she claimed.

“By no means do we not support renewable energy. That’s not what this is about. This is about putting it at an affordable rate.”

Dransfield said the reality is that MacLeod and her party oppose clean energy, and said the hydro debt charges the Tories are now complaining about were incurred by them years ago when they bungled the issue as part of their effort to privatize delivery of power. He acknowledged that the Liberal green energy plan is costing money, but said that’s what happens whenever a new business is being established. Front-end costs are often high but in the end, things even out. “We have to embrace new technology and to do that we have to build new infrastructure. New infrastructure costs money,” he said.

Kubanek said the Greens also oppose the North Gower project only because they don’t believe in corporate involvement in clean energy production. They believe that wind farm and other renewable energy projects should be undertaken by community groups, not corporations. Kubanek dismissed MacLeod’s claim that the green plan is contributing to high hydro rates, saying the impact is negligible. He said Ontario’s future lies with green energy but wants the government strategy changed to put community groups at its heart. He said costs that are being incurred today are necessary for the future.

“We are convinced that for the next 20, 30, 40 years, we are going to need to have wind and solar energy. The Liberal plan is a great idea, totally flawed execution,” he said.

Dagenais said the NDP is also concerned that enough hasn’t been done to understand the full implications of windmills, but overall prefers them to nuclear energy.

“I would rather have a windmill than a nuclear plant,” he said.

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Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Nepean+Carleton+Tory+candidate+opposes+North+Gower+wind+farm+project/5372716/story.html#ixzz1XTjcAjur

 

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

 

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Local MPP Lisa MacLeod held a press conference to counter Premier Dalton McGuinty’s claims that his “green” energy agenda is creating jobs. In fact, it will destroy jobs and negatively affect the economic outlook.

Here is the story, from today’s London Free Press (thanks to one of our members for passing it along):

Tory says green deal costly

The McGuinty government has blown the chance to scrap a bad green energy deal with Samsung and consumers will pay, an Opposition critic warns.

Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod said McGuinty’s Liberal government “is sticking it to Ontario families who pay the price for his expensive energy experiments.”

Her comments came at a news conference Monday in London with other Conservative candidates in the Oct. 6 election, as Premier Dalton McGuinty visited a Tillsonburg plant — hooked to the government’s Samsung deal — that will build turbine blades.

Standing in front of a transformer station, flanked by Tory candidates Nancy Branscombe, Cheryl Miller and Ali Chahbar, MacLeod said the government could’ve walked away from the “untendered sweetheart” deal at no cost when Samsung fell behind schedule in implementing it.

The deal was renegotiated with some company concessions.

MacLeod repeated vows the Tories would scrap the Samsung deal if they win the election.

She said provincial taxpayers would pay a huge price for the 900 jobs — including 300 in Tillsonburg — that the Samsung deal is supposed to create.

“It’s not a good deal for taxpayers. When you’re paying 80 cents per kw/hour for something that cost five cents, there’s only one group of people paying for that — the Ontario taxpayer.”

MacLeod said the Tories would remove HST and debt-retirement charges now applied to power bills, recouping lost revenue through spending cuts.

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/08/08/18527401.html

What’s not calculated here is the economic cost of the lack of productivity as a result of the environmental illness due to exposure to industrial wind turbine noise and vibration; more than 130 people are very ill, or have been made ill enough to move, and 30 some families have been forced from their homes—those are only the deals we know about, as the wind developers make homeowners who have settled sign non-disclosure or “gag” agreements. Also not calculated is the economic loss due to the loss of property value, which can be as much as 40 % … if not 100%. And, what is the cost of the “sterilization” due to the industrialization of rural communities forced to have industrial wind power plants in their midst? No new housing developments. And the wind business thinks all that is just fine: Prowind’s managing director Cathy Weston claimed that wind power generation projects are “protecting” rural communities from urbanization. You bet they are.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and please check http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com for news through the day, and to donate to the wind power awareness campaign ongoing this summer.

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From a Conservative Party of Ontario news release today:

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Lisa MacLeod, PC MPP for Nepean-Carleton, revealed that, as part of a pattern of trying to cover up their dismal record on the economy, the bloated debt and skyrocketing hydro bills, Liberal cabinet ministers are playing fast and loose with the facts, hoping to pull the wool over the eyes of Ontario families.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid continues to say that Ontario is moving past coal-generated electricity toward cleaner sources of energy, yet coal use rose by 28 per cent last year. In January, the National Post published a letter by Dwight Duncan where he wrote that Ontario’s deficit has been reduced by 25 percent over the last year – when the real number is in fact three percent.

In January, in a CFRA interview, Bob Chiarelli stated that his government was freezing public sector wages and was then forced to admit he was wrong. He was later forced to admit that, when he said on air that tens of thousands of green jobs had already been created, he was wrong.

Quotes

“Increasingly desperate to paper over their shameful record of mismanagement, the Liberals aren’t going to let something as small as the facts get in their way. When it comes to the current Ontario government, credibility is cheap.”

– Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean-Carleton, critic for Government Accountability

“Given their record of hiking taxes and doubling the debt through costly scandals and failed energy experiments, it’s no wonder the McGuinty Liberals will say anything they can to avoid having to defend their dismal record.”

– Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean-Carleton, critic for Government Accountability

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..to say nothing of the fact that wind-generated power can never replace coal, and even a multi-billionaire businessman like Boone Pickens says, the only thing it runs on is public money. And, that Chiarelli says turning off coal plants is like taking millions of cars off the road, when the products of coal-fired generation (what there is of it) are totally different from car exhaust.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and remember our “It’s time for the truth about wind” event, co-hosted with the South Branch Wind Opposition Group and the Beckwith Responsible Wind Action Group, January 23rd, North Gower community centre, 2 p.m.

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As you may know, the motion for a moratorium on wind turbine developments and to return planning powers to Ontario municipalities was defeated in the Legislature April 28th by 40-17 …but it didn’t go down with out a fight, or drama including a standing ovation (from both sides of the House) for an outburst from a Wind Concerns Ontario member.

 Many MPPs made fine speeches including Elizabeth Witmer (“The Green Energy Act has eroded the democratic rights of the people in this province”); Julia Munro (“People expect a government that provides safe communities…the people have a sense of abandonment”); and Jim Wilson (“The Green Energy Act should have been called the Power Grab Act”).

Here is the transcript from Hansard of the speech made by Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod:

Ms. Lisa MacLeod: I’m pleased to be able to speak to the PC caucus motion, on behalf of Tim Hudak and the PC caucus, which is calling for a moratorium on wind farms until health and environmental impacts are studied and until local planning authority is restored to municipalities.

I’d like to recognize [the residents] who have travelled across the province, making a five-hour trip from my constituency in Nepean-Carleton just to be here today. They did this to bring their views to this Ontario Legislature because this Liberal government has taken away their voice with a made-in-Toronto plan for our small community. The proposed development of 10 very large wind turbines—and, as I learned today, it could be as many as 28 wind turbines—is contentious with residents, raising many legitimate and valid concerns.

This debate is not about wind power as an important component of Ontario’s energy planning. There’s no argument that Ontario must continue to diversify and investigate ways of shifting to clean and renewable power, because we know we need to act to protect the environment and, yes, we need to act to reduce our energy consumption and find greener ways to produce power. This debate is about forcing rural communities across Ontario to accept made-in-Toronto solutions to problems in our bigger cities.

The Globe and Mail of April 7 agrees, because they suggested that wind power is “not simply benign, and the potential impact of wind turbines on the environment, the landscape and people’s health need more attention.”

That is what this motion is calling for: to ensure that we’re paying attention to the people who are here today, and the people who couldn’t come here today, who have concerns with the Green Energy Act.

The Green Energy Act forces communities like mine, like the member from Dufferin-Caledon’s, the member from Wellington-Halton Hills’s, the member from Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound’s—I could go on. It forces our communities and our municipalities to accept made-in-Toronto planning solutions by removing local planning authority from them. Wind turbines and other green energy initiatives are able to bypass the consent of local citizens and their councils.

Let me put that into perspective. Municipalities have a say on what gets built in their communities, and that is whether it is a housing development, whether it’s a shopping centre, whether it’s a road or whether it’s a transitway. But in this case, when it comes to wind turbines, local voices are shut out of the debate.

The residents in Nepean-Carleton have been left with little opportunity to have their say on a wind farm that this Liberal government is forcing on our small community of North Gower. It’s yet another example of how this government consults with few while implementing legislation which could have such a far-reaching impact on the health and well-being of our citizens. It’s yet another example of how, after six years in power, the McGuinty Liberals are so focused on subsidizing their green energy schemes and giving away sweetheart deals that they’ve forgotten about protecting the views of democratically elected local governments.

It’s time to hit the rethink button, just like you did last week on another issue, and it’s time that he supports my colleague from Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke’s motion calling for a moratorium on wind farms until the studies are in and the municipal authority is restored.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the opportunity to debate today.

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More on the other speakers later. This is not over.

Email us at northgowerwindturbines@yahoo.ca

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Just a note of correction to the Ottawa Citizen story about the April 13th meeting in North Gower, Councillor Glenn Brooks was at the meeting, just not in his reserved seat. MPP Lisa MacLeod was represented by her Consituency Assistant Alicia Noonan; MP Pierre Poilievre did not attend.

Mayoralty hopeful Mike Maguire was at the meeting, as was Scott Moffatt, running for Councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn. Another candidate, Bruce Chrustie had planned to come but his father passed away suddenly and he couldn’t attend. (Our sincere condolences.)

Osgoode councillor Doug Thompson was away on city business and unable to attend; mayoralty candidate Jim Watson had two engagements that evening and couldn’t attend, and neither could Alex Cullen, Georges Bedard or Jan Harder. They have asked for a summary of the meeting.

All city councillors were invited but only those listed above responded to our invitation.

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