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March 8th, 2012

Ms. Lisa MacLeod: It’s my absolute pleasure today to stand in this House to support my colleague from Huron–Bruce, Lisa Thompson, in her call for this McGuinty Liberal government to place a moratorium on further wind developments until appropriate studies have been in place and completed.
Because, Mr. Speaker, I can tell you, representing a large suburban rural riding that is on its way to being assaulted by this McGuinty Liberal government, that we expect in our rural communities to have locally-based decision-making restored to our communities. We expect that that subsidy for the FIT program is going to be ripped up so that our seniors and our small businesses don’t have to continue to subsidize their crazy experiments with energy.
We know that there have been lots of complaints from our community all our communities right across Ontario that there may be health and environmental effects because of this energy scheme of Dalton McGuinty’s. That’s why the Ontario PC caucus will stand firmly behind the member from Huron–Bruce, and we’re challenging other members from rural communities in this chamber to do the right thing. If you don’t vote for this motion today, you’ll be opposed to rural Ontario. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

UPDATE: the vote was lost 45-28. Liberals and NDP opposed. Lisa Thompson MPP looked across the House and said, You’re all from cities, this will never happen to YOU!

Thanks from the people of North Gower-Richmond-Kars to Lisa MacLeod for standing up for us today.

NEW DATES: March 22 Queen’s Park, Tim Hudak’s bill to end the FIT program; March 23rd and March 24th in Ottawa; April 3rd Toronto, rally at the FIT conference

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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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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A report from the London Free Press on a meeting held in Goderich last Saturday. What the economics professor didn’t mention is the potential for legal action from “involuntary” neighbours of industrial wind projects who find they are experiencing health effects and that their property value has dropped. This was predicted by Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie.

See the Free Press story here.

Land owners could face huge turbine costs | London | News | London Free Press.

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Here is a news release from the Ontario Liberal Party, released yesterday. Some of it is news, but we submit that calling the Leader of the Opposition a “dodo” is not. Here is the news release, comment below.

Mike Harris Latest Senior PC to join Ontario’s Clean Energy Economy

TORONTO, July 4, 2011 /CNW/ – Former PC Premier Mike Harris is the latest high profile Conservative to break ranks with Tim Hudak and join the parade that is growing behind the birth of a clean renewable energy economy in Ontario.

Harris is the Chairman of Magna International, and a member of the board of the Aurora based company since 2003. In that time, he has helped shape the company into a leading manufacturer of both solar and wind systems.

In what is a major blow to Hudak, Harris, his political mentor and someone he worships, has positioned Magna as a player in Ontario’s clean energy revolution through the Feed-in-Tariff program:

“Solar Income Fund has entered into an agreement with Magna Closures, a division of Magna International, to purchase 14 dual-axis trackers for a series of solar energy installations under the Ontario FIT Program.” (April 4, 2011)

Harris’ support for clean energy also extends directly to the Samsung Agreement as Magna is leasing a facility to Siemens in Tillsonburg to produce wind blades for Samsung, a facility that will create 700 good local jobs.

Unlike Harris and Magna, Tim Hudak has failed to understand the days of dirty coal-fired electricity generation have gone the way of the dodo bird, and has promised to kill 50,000 jobs by scrapping Ontario Feed-in-Tariff program, Samsung’s $7 billion investment in Ontario jobs, and all the gains Ontario manufacturers have made in this forward-looking growth sector.

Mike Harris isn’t the only senior PC who sees the advantages of Dalton McGuinty’s plan to build Ontario’s clean energy economy:

  • ·                  Veteran MPP Frank Klees sits on the board of Tribute Resources – a company proposing to build a huge wind farm on the Bruce Peninsula – and holds stock options in the company
  • ·                  Senior PC MPP, Ernie Hardeman is scrambling to save jobs – and directly contradicting Hudak – by saying a Samsung agreement could stay under a PC government. (St. Thomas Times-Journal, May 11, 2011)
  • ·                  PC MPP Toby Barrett has warned local landowners with wind and solar projects to finalize their contracts as soon as possible – because he’s worried Hudak would kill them. (Simcoe Reformer, May 16, 2011).

While Tim Hudak is only in it for himself and his election, his pledge to kill clean energy jobs and take us back to the dark days of dirty coal will hurt Ontario’s economy and our environment.

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina
fkaderdina@liberal.ola.org
416-325-9138

Mike Harris’ apparent “defection” from PC principles and particularly, from support of Tim Hudak is surprising—or is it? Look at the list of people like Harris and Klees who are supporting the FIT program for wind and solar power: they are all in it for the money. Nothing else. They don’t care about the environment or air pollution; their interest is simply in the bottom line. And whose money is that? YOURS.

Fact: the estimates of jobs being created are vastly overstated. Most jobs will be short-term, and once the government subsidies are eaten up as projects are finished, the employers will simply move on to the next government offering such subsidies (though none is as rich as what Ontario has offered). Fact: each job is subsidized by the taxpayer to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars for each job. This is not realistic and cannot continue. As for Hudak being a “dodo” we’ll see about that when we deal with the aftermath of a wind and solar power industry that cannot meet its promises, cannot produce reliable power, and will never make a difference to air quality, jobs, the economy or anything else.

Once again, there is no mention of the effect of declining property values throughout the province, among properties adjacent to industrial wind turbine power generation projects.

This is going to be a very very unpleasant election campaign, especially with the Liberals doing anything, saying anything, to try for re-election.

Contact us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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We’ve been receiving calls and emails asking if Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s announcement that he will cancel the Feed-in Tarriff or FiT program means the end of proposed industrial wind turbine projects, specifically the one planned for North Gower-south Richmond.

It doesn’t.

What Mr. Hudak said was, if elected, he would end the program which pays exorbitant prices to power generators (13.5 cents per kilowatt hour or kWh for wind, up to 80 cents for solar, at a time when power costs about six cents per kWh in Ontario); any existing contracts would be honoured but no new ones signed.

To the best of our knowledge, the North Gower project is awaiting a test for transmission capacity; once that is complete, it may get a FiT contract, after which the corporate wind developer will follow the process prescribed in the Green Energy and Green Economy Act.

A lot can happen in in the four and a half months leading up to the provincial election.

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Tim Hudak announced today that if elected, he will cancel the Samsung contract and end feed-in tariff contracts for industrial wind power generation. See the story here: http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110510/110510_Green_Energy/20110510/?hub=CP24Home

Our response:

 

NEWS RELEASE

May 10, 2011

North Gower-Richmond citizens laud Hudak’s  plan to cancel wind contracts

Residents of a rural Ottawa community applaud Ontario Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak’s pledge today to cancel the feed-in tariff program for industrial wind power generation projects. A $20-million industrial wind project is proposed for North Gower and Richmond which, citizens say, would have transformed the quiet community into a power factory.

“This was never about the environment or jobs or stability of the power system,” says Jane Wilson, chair of the North Gower Wind Action Group, which represents several hundred local families. “These contracts for industrial wind power generation were about profits for the developer, nothing more. We know from other communities in Ontario that property values decrease by as much as 50 per cent for homes within two kilometers of a wind power project. For North Gower and Richmond, that would have meant a sacrifice of more than $45 million for our young families and senior citizens.”

Ontario’s feed-in tariff program rewards industrial wind developers with a subsidized payment rate for the power they produce, which is adding to Ontario’s climbing electricity bills. “Take the higher power bills and add the property value decline throughout Ontario,” Wilson says, “and you have a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer ripoff. We’re glad someone sees it for what it is.”

The North Gower Wind Action Group Inc. is a community group concerned about the potential for reduced property values and negative health effects from a proposed industrial power generation project that would be located close to hundreds of homes. The group is a corporate member of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of more than 50 Ontario communities.

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Finally, Tim Hudak of the PCs is saying something direct about the Green Energy Act, and what he’ll do about it. From today’s Welland Tribune:

Hudak promises change on wind

Posted 5 hours ago

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says he’ll change the province’s Green Energy Act to give local councils the option to decide the location of commercial wind turbines in their municipalities.

“That’s the way it’s always been traditionally in our province, but Dalton McGuinty has stripped that away and is trying to make all of the decisions from Queen’s Park. That’s wrong and as premier I would restore the decision-making ability of local municipalities to have their say on these projects,” Hudak said during a brief stop at Grey-Bruce Farmers’ Week in Elmwood.

Hudak said he’s concerned about the impact some of the McGuinty government’s energy policies are having on the long-term cost of electricity, in particular an agreement to heavily subsidize South Korea-based technology giant Samsung Corporation to build components for the wind and solar energy industry in Ontario and for export.

“Dalton McGuinty signed some pie in the sky scheme for multimillion subsidies to Samsung Corporation — a foreign based corporation to build wind/solar farms at exorbitant rates,” Hudak said during and interview in Elmwood.

“Any kid knows you can’t run a lemonade stand by paying 84 cents for lemons and try to sell the lemonade for a nickel. It doesn’t add up, but that’s what Dalton McGuinty is doing with our hydro policy and its driving up bills,” he added.

Bill Walker, the PC candidate chosen to replace Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch in next year’s provincial election, echoed some of the views of his party leader.

“Where wind farms are located should be up to local councils. That I will fight very strongly for . . . I’ve heard people complain all over the place. They say their hydro bills are climbing every time you turn around. The government has lost touch with the local people,” Walker said.

“I want to do my part to turn that around and get Ontario to again become the economic engine that it can be.”

On the question of removing the HST from some products and services, Hudak said his party has set up a website, http://www.haveyoursayOntario.ca, that is seeking suggestions from Ontario residents about where a Conservative government could adjust or remove the sales tax.

Hudak said he’s open to suggestions for how to mitigate the effects of the tax, whether it’s removing it from certain goods and services or lowering it by one or two percentage points.

“Basically all options are on the table. We want to hear from people what’s going to help them the most, to spend on their priorities and not Dalton McGuinty’s,” he said.

The opposition leader told a few dozen farmers gathered at tThursday’s event that his government would implement farm subsidy programs for the agricultural industry in Ontario.

“It is the backbone of so many ridings in Ontario, including my own, where agriculture is the Number 1 industry. That’s why I said that among my priorities are to support supply management 100% for the commodities that have it and for those that don’t let’s move forward with a business risk management program that is going to encourage long-term investment and help pass the family farm on to the next generation in good shape,” Hudak said.

Hudak promised to promote a grown-in-Ontario food policy if the Conservatives form the next government.

“Public institutions buy a lot of food, whether it’s our schools, long-term care homes, hospitals, even our prisons. If we supported local products and our agricultural sector we would make a difference and set a good example for the major chains to follow by supporting our locally produced food products,” he said.

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More news: this ship is sinking fast. Note Duguid’s comments about the 50,000 jobs being created by “green energy”—none of that is true, and the jobs that are being created come at a price tag–according to Randall Denley of The Citizen, and the experience of other countries like Germany and Spain–of over $300,000 PER JOB.

A new wind action group was born in Ontario this week, too. The citizens of Whittington Ontario are fighting for democracy.

October 14, 2010

Green power driving up prices: Hudak
By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QMI Agency
 

TORONTO — Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak said he won’t rip up signed energy contracts, but the days of attracting solar and wind power to the province with pledges of highly lucrative rates would end under a PC government.

A Hudak government would also seek out “willing hosts” for energy projects and allow people to opt back to flat electricity rates, he said.

“Energy policy is about economics and stop treating it like a social program,” Hudak said in breakfast speech Thursday hosted by the Ontario Energy Association. “Quite frankly, we cannot continue to pursue green energy policies that unnecessarily drive up the cost for consumers and have punitive impacts on our broader economy.”

With the provincial election less than a year away, and the Ontario Liberals taking heat on rising hydro rates, many players in the power sector were interested to hear Hudak’s vision for energy.

The PC leader said he would hit the green light on new nuclear and water power.

Hudak said he would also put a consumer advocate into the Ontario Energy Board — the body that regulates the province’s electricity and natural gas sectors in the public interest.

While he isn’t dismissing renewable energy, Hudak said wind and solar power can’t continue to be purchased at guaranteed prices well above the market rate for electricity.

The Liberal policy on green energy is driving up hydro prices, he said.

Hudak said one of the measures most needed in electricity is consistency and long-range planning, criticizing both the Liberals who just pulled the plug on a natural gas Oakville power plant after inking a deal, and on his own government under former Conservative Premier Ernie Eves who pulled a “180” when it abruptly abandoned its own plans for the electricity sector.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid said Hudak’s vision is backward-looking and would return the province to a time when it was forced to rely on dirty sources of energy.

It’s the Liberal government’s commitment to finding additional cleaner sources of energy that has given the system the option of nixing the Oakville plant, which is no longer needed to meet electricity demand, he said.

“With (Hudak’s) policies, there’s no question there would have to be a gas plant in Oakville because we wouldn’t have the flexibility to consider any other options,” Duguid said, predicting the Tory leader’s views on hydro would kill many of the 50,000 jobs that the Liberal’s Green Energy Act is creating.

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

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In the Globe and Mail today, there is an article about how Canadians feel apathetic about their government. In North Gower, the apathy seems connected to the faith that government WILL do something. Response to the issue of the wind turbines is either “They’ll never let that go through,” or, “If the government approves, it must be OK.”

Here are the facts about government involvement in industrial wind turbines:

-the City of Ottawa COULD join the dozens of other municipalities that have woken up to the fact that the Green Energy Act has removed their ability to plan their communities and protect their citizens, and are now asking for turbine developments to stop until health studies are done. But it won’t. City Council has already voted down a motion on that, saying it’s up to the province. It is, but that doesn’t mean you give up. What you can do: ask your councillor to re-submit the motion, and let the other councillors know how you feel.

-the City’s Medical Officer of Health was asked to look into the health effects of industrial wind turbines and report back to Council in January 2010. His report: he said he is going to follow the Province’s lead.

-the Province said it would appoint a Research Chair to look into health effects from “renewable energy technology”. The person the Council of Ontario Universities recommended is a professor of electrical engineering at Waterloo; he has zero experience in health research. What you can do: demand the Ontario government do independent, real health research (i.e., they actually have to examine and talk to people). Write the premier and let your MPP LisaMacLeod know your thoughts. PC leader Tim Hudak should be aware, too.

-the Province has allowed $1.5 million for five years for the research project. That might sound like a lot of money, but in research terms, it isn’t. It is very likely that nothing substantive will result. (One Ontario doctors has said, however, that a simple sleep study would cost only about $100,000.)

-the Province wants these wind developments to go through very badly; they see them as the great hope for Ontario jobs, and they say it is also our hope for clean, green, renewable energy. It isn’t: wind energy is expensive and unreliable, and the jobs it creates are in the initial stage of manufacturing and installation. Very few jobs result. According to the study of Denmark done by CEPOS there was NO net job creation from almost 20 years of wind development.

-Ontario and Quebec, at a minimum, have a dream of selling power to the U.S. That’s funny, because the U.S. wind developments have the same dream–selling power to Canada. What you can do: keep reading about the business and investment aspects of wind development. And check out your own investments to see whether you are investing in wind development yourself. You might be surprised.

-the federal government has no national standards for development of wind turbines, no health standards, no national strategy. When asked about it, they say it’s a provincial jurisdiction. And the province has taken care of that through the Green Energy Act: no one has any say in anything. What you can do: ask your MP to ask the government to develop national standards and an energy strategy.

If you are concerned about the effect of industrial wind turbines in North Gower-south Richmond because of constant noise and vibration, plus the potential effects on the environment, it’s up to you to let all levels of government know how you feel. Because right now, they’re not doing anything to help the people of Ontario who are living with industrial wind turbines.

Be sure to visit http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com for daily news.

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