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At the meeting in South Branch last evening, Prowind’s new president made his first appearance, at least in Eastern Ontario, and for Prowind. Jeffrey Segal was formerly vice-president of development and construction with Gengrowth. He is a resident of downtown Toronto, and lives within a kilometer of the iconic (and useless) wind turbine at Exhibition Place. (750kW compared to 2 MW or more; 299 feet, compared to 626 for the proposed South Branch and North Gower turbines)

Although the community in South Branch had requested an open Question and Answer format for this, the second-last public meeting for the 30-MW project, the day before, Prowind demanded that all questions be submitted in writing (e-mail accepted) by noon the day of the meeting. As it happened, questions were accepted from the floor, but no discussion or rebuttal of Prowind’s answers was permitted. A limited form of “community engagement” to be sure.

Some of Prowind’s answers to the questions.

-Health effects: there won’t be any because Ontario’s regulations are safe. (Environmental Review Tribunal found otherwise and recommended more research, and examination of Ontario’s regulations.)

-Property values: no effect. (Incorrect.)

-“annoyance” is personal. (Incorrect. The medical definition of “annoyance” is stress that can range to the severe, causing indirect health problems.)

-setbacks in other jurisdictions “political” (Incorrect. Australia moved to 2 km after a Senate inquiry into health effects)

The new president has had experience with wind power generation projects in the Chatham-Kent and Essex areas of Ontario, and claimed that people there “love them.” Interesting then that the Environmental Review Tribunal took place in Chatham-Kent, that another legal action is taking place by a family who say they have been made ill by Suncor’s Kent Breeze project there. And that there is a citizens’ group protesting wind power projects http://maynardrehab.com/ckwag.org/

The real problem in all this is that our provincial government is allowing this to continue apace. At the same time as it is crowing about the safety afforded by its new regulations under the Green Energy Act, a project in Grand Valley was allowed to proceed under the old rules, in 2011!

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and check out http://www.windconcernsontario.net for ongoing news stories and authoritative papers and presentations.

Donations to our efforts welcome.

 

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IT’S TIME FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT WIND

Public meeting January 23, 2 PM, North Gower, Alfred Taylor Community Centre, 2300 Community Way

The Ontario government says industrial-scale wind power is needed for a “clean” “green” future. What’s really happening in Ontario? Higher electricity bills, HEALTH PROBLEMS, declining property values, the industrialization of rural communities, and NOISE—all for a technology that will never replace coal or fossil fuel power generation.

TURBINES ARE PROPOSED FOR THE OTTAWA AREA. Your community. Come hear the TRUTH about what could happen to your community if industrial wind turbines are built. It’s time to hear what provincial government and the wind developers aren’t telling you.

Speakers

IAN HANNAH: Prince Edward County resident Ian went from being supportive of wind turbines to learning what they are really all about. He now spearheads the legal challenge to Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA). This is the eve of his court case in Toronto.

JANET WHITE: Mother and Wolfe Island resident will tell us what it’s like living in the middle of an “industrial wind plant”, with noise and vibration.

 JOHN LAFORET: Wind Concerns Ontario president, speaks on the politics of energy in Ontario, how the GEA has affected democracy in Ontario, and on the need for health studies and science-based setbacks to protect Ontario’s rural citizens.

It’s not politically correct to tell the truth about wind farms…but truth is remarkable in that it can’t be covered up forever.” Mark Duchamp, European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW)

Wind turbine noise is not masked by background noise. This is a LIE promoted by the wind turbine business.” Dr Christopher Hanning, U.K.

 “The courts are where truth has the best chance.” Ian Gillespie, lawyer for Ian Hannah challenge.

This public information meeting is sponsored by:

 • North Gower Wind Action Group northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

https://northgowerwindactiongroup.wordpress.com

 • South Branch Wind Opposition Group

 • Beckwith Responsible Wind Action Group

http://sites.google.com/site/beckwithresponsiblewindaction/

We are members of Wind Concerns Ontario

http://www.windconcernsontario.org

email: northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca 

Wind turbines don’t make good neighbours!!!!

 

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