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July 12

MPP Pierre Poilievre and MP Lisa MacLeod of Nepean-Carleton announced their demand for a moratorium on the proposed Marlborough wind project, planned for the North Gower-Richmond area of the City of Ottawa, at a joint news conference held in North Gower this morning.

In a quiet cul-de-sac in the Meadowbrook neighbourhood MacLeod and Poilievre noted that the power project is completely incompatible with the community.

Poilievre cited statistics on the noise that could be produced by the gigantic and powerful turbines and told the dozens of community members who gathered on the hot weekday morning that the recently announced Health Canada study on health effects and wind turbine noise will provide valuable information to help people from becoming ill due to the environmental noise produced by the machines.

Lisa MacLeod spoke of how she has supported the community in its opposition to the project for years and called on the Ontario government to halt development of wind power facilities until proper regulations for safety can be established.

Both the MP and MPP are among the first elected representatives to call for the moratorium.

North Gower Wind Action Group Chair and Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson said that the fact that Health Canada has recognized and acknowledge the health problems associated with large-scale wind turbines means that the federal government at least is listening to the concerns of citizens. She too called on the Ontario government to stop issuing approvals for wind projects and to help the people already affected. “This is not our Ontario, when people are not being heard.”

email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

or Wind Concerns Ontario at windconcerns@gmail.com

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Health Canada announced a study into the possible links between the noise and infrasound (the wind industry has denied that there are any links, and that infrasound even exists) and health effects, saying there is a “knowledge gap” and a lack of scientific evidence to drive policy.

And, in other news, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre announced an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, asking for a moratorium on the North Gower-Richmond wind power project, due to concerns about health and property values.

This is a good forward step, and encouraging that the federal government has recognized the existence of the complaints from people already living with turbines, recognized the role of both environmental noise and infrasound, and recognized that there is a lack of solid clinical research. (The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario report was simply a literature review, and it too, said there was a need for more research, particularly related to the issue of noise.)

Comments are invited over the next 60 days at

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2012/wind_turbine-eoliennes/index-eng.php

The study design will be key: WHERE will the studies be conducted (the turbines in Alberta are not the same as what has been shoehorned into Ontario) and WHEN (some periods of the year are windier and therefore less noisy than others. Other questions exist too, but we are not epidemiologists.
Nepean-Carleton residents may wish to send a comment to Mr Poilievre as he offers support to local residents, concerned about the potential effects on our community.

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An interview with Premier Dalton McGuinty was published in The Belleville Intelligencer. In it, the premier states that he doesn’t want “the headaches” associated with wind power generation projects going into communities that don’t want them.

The article is here: http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3533375

This represents a substantial change from the Premier’s words in 2009 when he said one of the purposes of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act was to prevent “NIMBY” communities and citizens from blocking wonderful green energy projects.

Hmm.

Could it be that the Premier is looking for a way out of this disastrous policy, that even Ontario’s own Auditor general has said was embarked upon without proper study or cost-benefit analysis? That analyst after analyst is saying will bankrupt the province? And maybe, with the contracts in place or in process, he’s pretty close to his goal anyway?

It’s not like communities across Ontario haven’t spoken up with their objection to being steamrolled by big wind companies and the provincial government. Dozens have passed bylaws and motions and resolutions, they’ve written to the Premier, held demonstrations and more…it all fell on deaf ears.

Let’s hope the Premier is genuine and that now, what communities want–what the PEOPLE want–will really count for something.

In the meantime, e-mail your elected municipal representative and tell him/her what your wishes are. In North Gower/Richmond that is Mr Scott Moffatt, at scott.moffatt@ottawa.ca

E-mail 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

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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It’s been a breezy weekend in Ontario…which means, more money flying out of Ontario taxpayer and ratepayer pockets. According to energy analyst Scott Luft, record amounts of wind power were produced…but we didn’t need it. Parker Gallant estimates that Ontario sold off the excess power to other jursidictions at a huge cost: “So yesterday we paid the wind turbine operators $4,229,280 ($135 per MWh) to produce their record 31,328 MWh and exported it at an average price of $21 per MWh generating about $650,000 in revenue for a net cost of approximately $3.6 million. We also paid Bruce $931,000 ($65 per MWH) for steaming off (using your comparative drop from same day last year) the 14,325 MWh of nuclear so the net cost to produce the 31,328 MWh from wind fully costed was $4.5 million or $143 per MWh for power we didn’t even use! That $4.5 million will be added to the Global Adjustment and will push up the TOU & RPP rates.”

Wind is first to the grid so even if we don’t need it, the producers get paid the exorbitant FIT rates.

Seen on a sign held by demonstrators in Devon, England in the film “Wind Wars” (Part 2 airs tonight on TVOntario at 8 p.m. in the program “Blown Apart”):
WE PAY
THEY PROFIT

The North Gower Wind Action Group is a group of concerned citizens who believe that a proposed industrial wind power generation project with 10, 190-meter wind turbines right beside hundreds of homes in the North Gower and south Richmond areas of the City of Ottawa is NOT  an appropriate development. Evidence is showing that setbacks of less than 1.5 km are not safe for human health due to exposure to the environmental noise and vibration produced by these huge structures.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Many people believe that because there is a multi-step approval process for wind power projects in Ontario, there must be plenty of authoritative oversight along the way.

No.

First of all, let’s be clear: we are talking about industrial-scale wind power generation here, not the little iconic wind “mills” you used to see on farms in Ontario and which are still used to create power for limited use, like a water pump. That’s as far from the current industrial wind power projects as you can get.

Under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act  or the GEA in Ontario, wind power developers create a proposal for a project, then apply for a Feed In Tariff contract. If they get that (and that process is a whole other story) then they can proceed to preparing a Renewable Energy Application (REA) for submission to the Ministry of the Environment. Their draft REA is reviewed by certain “stakeholders” and then eventually shown to the public for comment. The company is required to hold two information sessions for the public; these are typically merely Open Houses. There is no formal presentation, no question and answer period, and no sign that comments from the public are recorded in any form.

After that, the company submits the REA, gets a Certificate of Approval (the MoE is currently promising a one-month turnaround in the interest of speedy development) after which time the public has 15 days to appeal. As we saw from the Kent Breeze appeal in which a single citizen spent upwards of $150,000 to appeal the Suncor project in Chatham-Kent, the project proceeded even while under appeal, and by the time the decision was handed down in July 2011, was completed. (That project is now the subject of a $1.5 million lawsuit by a family who rapidly became ill after the project started.)

So the process is this:

-the companies do their own environmental screening according to the list of topics required in the regulations. They use private consultants (many of whom are members of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, a lobby group for the corporate wind industry) and do not seem to be required to provide information on those consultants’ credentials.

-the public has a limited time and frankly, limited ability to review and assess the assessments

-the environmental screening reports done by the corporate developers go to the Ministry of the Environment for review and approval. We have no idea the depth of the review process.

-There is no third-party, independent, professional review. Requests for “elevation” i.e., for a formal, full environmental assessment to be done by the Ministry of the Environment have been refused: not ONE has been granted since this began in 2006.

In short, the Ontario government believes so strongly that wind power is “good” and “green” it doesn’t really require a proper environmental assessment.

Worse: if environmental effects are experienced such as the bird kills at Wolfe Island (the developer TransAlta forecast 2 per year per turbine and has been surprised to find the rate exceeds 13 per turbine), the Ministry of the Environment simply RAISED the acceptable number of birds that could be killed.

Worse still: there is NO accepted methodology to measure environmental noise from industrial wind turbines—the MoE staff admit this! (See http://www.windyleaks.com )

That’s not acceptable to us.

Doesn’t sound very “environmental” either.

Wind power: it’s not what you think.

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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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