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New South Wales in Australia is being blanketed by industrial wind turbines, in spite of health concerns, rising electricity costs and even a full Senate inquiry into wind power generation.

The effects have been devastating. Here is an interview with sheep farmer Anne Gardner, whose home is a shocking 90 meters from a wind turbine and whose farms is near a wind power generation project, on what has happened to her. She farms sheep for wool and had produced a quality of wool among the best in the world.

The disgust and anger is apparent in the interviewer’s voice as he concludes, we hope that the people will win out eventually.

Our view: legal action is the only resort left to us, when we are fighting the combination of big business and our own government.

Take a few moments to listen to the radio broadcast here: http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=12922#.T8Q_ITCNCMQ.facebook

If you have a few more minutes, check out this TV news interview, also from Australia: every single point to be made about wind power generation and its effects is in this interview. http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/?page=Story&StoryID=1394

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and follow us on Twitter at northgowerwind

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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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Our congratulations to Rideau-Goulbourn’s new councillor, Scott Moffatt.

This is a huge ward, Rideau-Goulbourn,and there are issues of concern to every community. For us in North Gower and south Richmond, the proposed industrial wind turbine project is a highly charged political issue: WHY is the Ontario government chasing industrial wind turbines and wind energy development when it has already proven to be not as advertised in German, Spain and Denmark? And WHY, of all places, North Gower where there is limited wind potential and the proposed gigantic towers will be so close to so many people?

And if wind energy was so full of promise for both the environment and energy production, then why did Ontario have to invoke the Green Energy Act, which removed local land using planning powers and which supercedes 21 pieces of legislation including The Heritage Act?

Loss of local planning powers, the potential for negative economic impact and the possibility of health effects due to the noise produced by industrial wind turbines, these are all reasons why now, 66 municipalities in Ontario have passed resolutions asking the province to change things.

It is our hope that the new City of Ottawa Council will be open to learning about these issues, and that they will stand up for North Gower-south Richmond residents should we need them.

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

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Scheduled for Toronto April 28 at Queen’s Park a citizens’ protest against Ontario’s rush to allow wind developers to erect hundreds of industrial wind turbines WITHOUT objective health studies and WITHOUT proper environmental assessment and WITHOUT proper noise guidelines that are based on scientific data. 11:00 a.m., Queen’s Park.

[If you are in the North Gower-Richmond area, the Group may be able to find you a ride: email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca ]

Also that day, MPP for Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke John Yakabuski will enter a motion in the Ontario Legislature asking for a halt to wind turbine developments until health studies are done.

And, a first: a GLOBAL protest against industrial wind turbines on May 15th, 2010! This was orchestrated by German citizens opposed to the damage turbines have done in that country to people’s health, to the countryside, to the economy, to the jobs outlook, property values, and more. (You must know about all that, Prowind, from your headquarters in Germany…) The kickoff is in Berlin with speeches from wind turbine opponents around the world.

Here is a picture from a member of one of the German groups, taken near the North Sea.

Photo from Germany near the North Sea

For more information, email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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The North Gower Wind Action Group recently sent out a news release to announce that we had hired an environmental law firm to advise on how to protect local residents regarding the Marlborough wind turbine development. Chair Gary Chandler was quoted as saying, “It’s a shame that Ontario citizens now have to hire lawyers to find out what’s going on in the wind energy development process, and to protect people’s health and property values.”

Why was this necessary? Because the process in Ontario leaves out municipalities, and citizens…we have virtually no say in the process and the approval process is completely focused on getting these developments up and running. The wind developers do their own environmental assessments and, although citizens have the opportunity to review and comment, and request that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment do its own assessment, not one project in Ontario has ever seen that happen.

It is true that Prowind is following the process, but if it was so great, why are more than 50 municipalities/towns protesting?

And we’ve seen the results across Ontario: noise injected into the environment, worst at night; vibration and “infrasound”; bird kills; and more.

Prowind responded with a letter to the editor of the newspaper in Arnprior, Ontario.  You can read it here:

http://www.emcarnprior.ca/20100326/editorials/Wind+farm+developer+responds+to+concerns

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Prowind has a development proposed for the Brinston area (Shanly, Spencerville). Yes, neighbours, you are welcome to come to the North Gower Wind Action Group public information night, April 13, 6:30 p.m. at Alfred Taylor Centre. The issues of noise, health effects and property values will be discussed, and questions answered.

Contact us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca for more information.

For a map:

http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=107049149515968914390.000475fefa2a440bdbf6e&ll=45.168968,-75.694084&spn=0.108438,0.219383&z=12

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In just three short weeks, is our important public information session, to be held at the Alfred Taylor Centre in North Gower at 6:30 p.m., April 13th. We are very fortunate to have such stellar speakers, who are volunteering their valuable time to share the message with the people of North Gower and south Richmond.

This will also be an opportunity to ask questions, view maps and pick up more information. AND to sign the petition asking for health studies before industrial wind turbines are installed so close to homes, farms and the local school.

To receive updates, email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

and we’ll add your name to our growing list!

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