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Here in North Gower-Richmond, we have the support of MPP Lisa MacLeod, who is not only going to vote FOR the private member’s bill being presented by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson next week, she is going to rise in the Legislature to speak to it.

What can you do? Add your name to an online petition asking for Ontario to stop expensive wind projects that are crippling our economy, wrecking property values and making people ill. Go here to add your name:

http://www.ontariopc.com/petitions/support-wind-turbine-moratorium/

Thank you.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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In ads in The Ottawa Citizen and in this week’s Manotick Messenger, the City has invited people in Ottawa’s rural villages to participate in its rural review process and attend workshops. Meetings are planned for: Ashton, Munster and Fallowfield; Kars and Burritt’s Rapids; Manotick; Greely; Osgoode; Metcalfe; and, Vernon, Kenmore and Marionville.

North Gower is not on the list. Why? Because a Community Design Plan was already developed, with plenty of input from the community, and it was approved by Ottawa City Council in January 2008. The plan may be found on the City’s website at:

http://www.ottawa.ca/city_hall/ottawa2020/official_plan/vol_2c/north_gower/index_en.html

The problem: a few months after that, Germany-based Prowind Canada appears with a proposal for industrial wind turbines for the North Gower area. Although the explanation is that the turbines (626-foot/190-meter tall structures to generate power from wind energy) will be far away from the actual village, the truth in subsequent years is a bit different: in fact, several of the turbines will be not far from the village boundary, and quite close to many homes in a North Gower subdivision. (What is “quite close”? Since many jurisdictions in Europe are now using a 2-km setback, the turbines will be within 2 km of many homes in North Gower and Richmond.)

Pegged at $20 million, and with industrial structures that will be seen–and experienced– at a distance, this is easily the largest development project ever for North Gower/south Richmond. And yet, it’s not in the Community Design Plan. Industrialization of the area was anticipated and planned for, to be located near the 416 and Roger Stevens.

So, the Community Design Plan is not to be revisited until 2013, but today we have a curious situation: a $20-million industrial power generation project is proposed for the area, but not even contemplated in the current design plan. Is that appropriate? Especially with reports of health effects, reduced property values and abandoned homes in areas where they already have industrial wind turbines?

Questions? Comments? The City is asking for feedback: “Get ready to talk about your village at the workshop.” According to the City’s notices, the telephone number is 613-580-2424 extensions 23463 or 43011, or you may send a fax to 613-580-2459, or email the Planning and Growth Management Department at the City of Ottawa, at plan@ottawa.ca

(Of course, the Green Energy Act supercedes 21 pieces of legislation in this province and has removed the ability of municipalities to plan for renewable energy projects, but that hasn’t stopped more than SEVENTY Ontario municipalities from taking steps to protect their residents: they’re asking for a moratorium on industrial wind development and they are taking what steps they can such as withholding building permits, establishing their own setbacks from turbines, and promising to enforce local noise bylaws.)

“Time to talk about your village”? Indeed it is.

northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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A U.K. proposed industrial wind turbine project has been rejected by the community as being too big, having too much potential for impact on the people living there, and because it would “spoil” the countryside.

Wind developer Prowind, based in Germany, has proposed a 12-turbine installation near Cottam and South Leverton. “The residents do not want it,” said local councillor Jeff Rickell. “It would provide no local employment.”

Prowind is appealing, however; a final decision will be made by a planning committee. Residents are concerned and want their views about the project known to the committee.

The turbines planned for Cottam are 145 meters or just over 425 feet tall; the industrial wind turbines planned for North Gower-Richmond will be 626 feet tall.

The public comment period for the U.K. project is 6 weeks; in Ontario, communities have 30 days to comment, and then only 15 days to file an appeal.

Link to the news story here: http://www.thisisretford.co.uk/news/Rejection-faces-written-test/article-3261557-detail/article.html

northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

For more news around Ontario and reports of community groups and their meetings, please go to http://www.windconcernsontario.org

There are more than 60 community groups opposing the industrialization of Ontario’s rural communites, and more than 70 municipalities have passed a motion or bylaw concerning wind development.

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Now that the corporate wind lobbyists, the corporate wind developers and the urban media are focusing on the Ontario government’s moratorium on offshore wind development, these groups are also calling into question who is really funding the dozens of seemingly grass roots community groups across Ontario—and around the world. In Ontario, they claim it’s the nuclear power folks, or maybe Big Oil.

The truth will surprise them. And here it is:

Yup. All the work we do is with donations, small and large, from people in our communities.

That plus a LOT of volunteer hours donated by hard-working people who truly want to protect their communities, the health of their families, friends and neighbours, and who have spent time doing their own reading and learning to discover the truth.

Wind doesn’t work.

It will never replace coal as a power source.

It will not result in reduced CO2 emissions.

It will not create thousands upon thousands of jobs.

It will not “save” the family farm in Ontario.

It will, however, result in higher electricity bills for people; it will create profits–from taxpayer and ratepayer money–for huge corporate wind developers; and, it will mean more natural gas for Ontario to serve as the necessary fossil-fuel back up for industrial-scale wind turbines. And, it’s causing health problems for the people who have to live near them, who have had no choice in the matter.

Ontario’s rural communities are speaking out.

For news stories through the day, go to http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

To contact us, northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and follow us on Twitter at northgowerwind

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Corporate wind developer Prowind claims it didn’t get an invitation to the recent public session sponsored by three local wind action community groups, which attracted more than 125 residents concerned about proposed industrial wind turbine projects. The company’s manager of operations Cathy Weston told a reporter for The Advance that “I didn’t get an invitation.”

Well, here’s the thing: No one got an “invitation.”

But plenty of people knew about the meeting: more than a thousand flyers were delivered by Canada Post to homes in Richmond, North Gower, Kars, and South Branch, and advertisements were paid for and appeared in the EMC from Carleton Place through to Winchester, in the Manotick Messenger, and in The Ottawa Citizen. As well, news stories were carried on the CBC and CFRA prior to the event.

Hardly a secret event!

northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Someone has suggested a story for TVO’s “The Agenda”, on how Ontario municipalities are fighting back against the removal of democratic rights via the Green Energy Act. Now, if “renewable” energy projects such as industrial scale wind or solar are proposed by corporate developers, municipalities and citizens have absolutely NO SAY in the development plans. Even if there is a threat to health or the environment. Or property values, or the enjoyment of one’s own property and home.

This would be an important story, but you have to vote for it so the producers will see that the viewing audience is interested.

If you agree this would be a good story, please go to the Agenda website now, look at the third column on the right, and find the story suggestions on wind turbines (numbers 8 and 31).

Thank you!!!

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

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From today’s Ottawa Sun:

http://www.ottawasun.com/news/ottawa/2010/05/22/14049111.html

We say again, it’s this simple: wind turbines—>noise/vibration—>lack of sleep—>health problems.

It’s not hard to understand.

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In the May edition of The AgriNews: “Prowind is also involved in a project planned for the North Gower area that is meeting with determined opposition from local residents, some of whom are concerned over what they maintain are health hazards posed by the giant turbines.”

“Determined opposition”? Yes, indeed.

And we don’t “maintain” there are health hazards, we know from the experience of other people in this province, in New York State, and in Europe that there ARE health hazards associated with sleep deprivation.

In the article, Prowind’s Bart Geleynse says the company (which has headquarters in Germany) is looking for local people to invest in the Brinston project, a 30 megawatt wind turbine installation. He said it “represents a much lower risk than regular development financing.” That is only because the province is paying such outrageous rates for the power; the minute the subsidies disappear, so does any reason for building wind turbine projects.

In her April 10 column in The Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente wrote: Welcome to the wacky world of green power, where misguided governments have sparked a massive corporate feeding frenzy (at taxpayers’ expense) to achieve little or nothing of any social benefit. …The heart of [the] strategy is to pay massive subsidies to wind, solar and other renewable energy producers–many of them large multinational corporations–for the next 20 years.”

She goes on to quote Britain’s George Monbiot who says, “The feed-in tariffs…are extortionate, useless and deeply regressive. The technologies the scheme will reward are comically inefficient.”

“Determined opposition”? Yes. For so many reasons.

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

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The Ottawa Sun, Sun Media, The Financial Post and individual newspapers throughout the province such as The Welland Tribune, The Guelph Mercury, The Owen Sound Sun-Times, to name a few—all have come out with statements/editorials on the wind development industry in this province, to wit it is an inefficient and unreliable source of energy, not likely to contribute a great deal to Ontario’s power supply, and will do NOTHING to reduce Ontario’s reliance on coal or natural gas, but which has everything to do with reducing the quality of life in rural Ontario and potentially cause negative health effects, and reduced property values.

Now, The Globe and Mail has weighed in with a review of the situation. From today’s edition, we reprint the following.

Editorial

From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail Published on Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010 12:00AM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010 3:32AM EDT

TURBINE TURBULENCE

Wind power is already an important component of Canada’s energy mix, and it will become a more significant source of electricity in the years to come as the pressure builds to shift to clean, renewable power. But wind is not simply benign, and the potential impacts of wind turbines on the environment, the landscape and people’s health need more attention.

There is no question that wind turbines have many positive attributes. They generate electricity without producing greenhouse-gas emissions and they consume no costly fuel. And they can be assembled quickly and inexpensively compared with many other energy sources such as nuclear plants or hydroelectric dams. But they are also industrial facilities, and most often are installed in rural areas that do not have other large mechanical objects on the horizon.

As a result, there is controversy when wind farms are first proposed. In some cases the debate over wind power has split rural communities and caused intensely bad feelings among neighbours. The lines are drawn between those who will collect rental payments for leasing their land to wind developers, and those who will get nothing but must look at the looming turbines day after day. Municipalities are having a tough time keeping some control. In Alberta, a wind developer threatened a legal challenge when the Pincher Creek municipal district council tried to put some limits on wind farms in the area. In Ontario, the province’s new Green Energy Act makes it easier, and faster, to build wind farms with little input from municipal governments.

There are many legitimate concerns about the impact of turbines on the environment. Some opponents claim the landscape is spoiled, others say property values are reduced, and some are concerned about the impact on birds and bats. Prince Edward Island was wise to tighten up its environmental impact guidelines recently, to make sure that the public is properly notified of wind projects and that transmission lines leading to them get sufficient study.

A further divisive issue is whether there are negative health impacts from living near turbines. The wind industry vehemently rejects claims that turbines can cause health problems. A recent survey, sponsored by wind energy associations in Canada and the United States, found there is no proven direct correlation between the sounds made by turbines and adverse health effects. But the study did no original research of its own, and it did acknowledge that turbines can be annoying, and that annoyance can lead to stress and disturbed sleep.

This is an area that needs far more study. There are hundreds of people around the world who report severe health problems that they relate directly to the presence of nearby turbines. It is not good enough to reject them all as cranks, and ignore their concerns.

Serious research into the health concerns surrounding wind turbines, and proper environmental assessment, are needed before the machinery now dotting the landscape in many provinces becomes even more ubiquitous.

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“It is not good enough to dismiss them as cranks” … “serious research”.

At last, and hear, hear.

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