I don’t think the survey is on-line yet–at least I couldn’t find it here–but WCO hasposted some of the highlights:
Farmers Forum surveyed a big chunk of Wolfe Island residents and found that 75 per cent approve of or are indifferent toward the 86 wind turbines they’ve been living with for five years.
There are . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: From The Farmers Forum Survey: Wind Farms On Wolfe Island
Wind Concerns Ontario has a statement on the election here. They blame “urban voters” for the loss, although oddly enough their contact address is still a ritzy address down in The Guild. The next step is to run, or at least support, candidates in this October’s municipal elections. So, basically, stick a fork in ’em; they’re . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Anti-Wind Battle Moves To Municipalities
I almost wasn’t going to write about Wind Concerns Ontario’s “refutation” of MPAC’s study re the effects of wind turbines on property values. However, the most interesting bit of it got rehashed in John Speer’s story on the study this morning:
[Jane Wilson, of Wind Concerns Ontario]… pointed to an appendix in the MPAC report containing . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: MPAC Turbines And Property Values Study Update
The OPP seems to think so.
And its worth noting this statement from Ontario Wind Resistance:
[Editors note: Before everyone jumps to the conclusion that it MUST have been an anti- wind protestor who did this, take a moment to remember other ‘incidents’ that may or may not have happened: fire in Haldimand, gun . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Anti-Wind Forces Vandalizing Property?
They can usually bring numbers in the low hundreds to their big protests, but the hard core appears to be much smaller. From a recent Environmental Review Tribunal hearing:
When asked, Palmer said he was a party to the appeal against the Enbridge Wind development in Kincardine in 2007.“I was an appellant,” said Palmer. “I was . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: How Many Anti-Wind Activists In Ontario?
From Parker Gallant; the last couple of sentences (which I have bolded) are the coolest bit: A letter dated August 8, 2013, which Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO) received from Elections Ontario, finally exonerated us from allegedly spending money in support of a political party during the provincial general election in 2011. A complaint was . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Elections Ontario VS. WCO
The Ostander Point Wind Project has been revoked because:
… the roads systems and construction [necessary for the project] would cause serious and irreversible harm to the Blanding’s Turtle and that the proposed mitigation plans were insufficient to protect the endangered species.
The full ruling is below. Its worth a read-through (which I’ve done!). Project . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Saved By The Shell! Ostrander Point Wind Project Cancelled Due To Presence Of Endangered Turtle!!!!
An interesting ad from the Scarborough Mirror:
I’ve sent them the stuff I did a couple years ago about possible connections between the group Wind Concerns Ontario and the Power Workers Union (PWU). In chronological order, this one, this one, and this one. There’s the email if anyone has more.
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Who Funds Ontario Anti-Wind Groups?
From Pierre Poilievre:Ms. Jane Wilson’s [diamond jubilee] medal recognized her work, both locally and across Ontario, in raising awareness of health and safety concerns for those living near industrial wind turbines. She has been a powerful advo… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: An Award For NIMBYISM
…launches a “strategy group”, pays for a poll. Once President of Wind Concerns Ontario, even further back LaForet was active in the Ontario Liberal Party, with whom he had a spectacular (and, frankly, rather bizarre) falling out.
The day after I noted that Wind Concerns Ontario had shut down their blog, citing a threat of legal action, John Spears did a short piece on the same topic in the T.O. Star. The most interesting bit:
But Jane Wilson, the president of Wind Concerns, says there are no imminent legal threats hanging over . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Whither Wind Concerns?
Due to a threat of legal action, this site will no longer be updated…
…is about all it says. No response yet from the “For more info” email given, the comments section has been closed, and no info on either the twitter feed or Facebook page.
For those wondering, Wind Concerns was the grassroots, or perhaps . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Concerns Ontario Shuts Down Blog
That is, a fake Blog used as a sales tool, in this case by the Ontario Power Workers Union to trash Dalton McGuinty’s Green Energy Act: A bold labour union offensive targeting the environmental policies of the Ontario government is being driven l… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Enviralment is a Flog For PWU (Power Workers Union)
According to Elections Ontario, if you want to spend over $500 getting word out on your issues during a provincial election, you have to register as a third party advertiser. We know that Wind Concerns Ontario, the anti-wind-energy group wit… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: More Dirty Business: Who Funds Wind Concerns Ontario, Part II
Dunno, really. There have been rumours that the PWU (Power Workers Union) is behind them, but nothing really solid, and its clear that however it raises funds, WCO’s core membership are local NIMBY’s. However, their new book, Dirt… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Dirty Business: Who Funds Wind Concerns Ontario?
I’m writing this from the front seat of our vehicle as the ‘Winds of Change Tour’ barrels down the highway from Stratford, en route to Searchmont for tomorrow’s rally with folks in Algoma-Manitoulin. It has been an amazing two days in Perth-Wellington! Seeing so many supporters of the local Wind Concerns Ontario groups come out […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Perth-Wellington Has a Message for John Wilkinson – Sayonara!
It was a blast to be back in Haldimand-Norfolk today as we held a BBQ, rally and march at Silver Lake with the help of the local Lions Club. Many thanks to the event organizers at Haldimand Wind Concerns, MPP Toby Barrett who came out, and the hundreds of people who joined us as well […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Great Rally and March in Port Dover Today!
Wind Concerns Ontario has successfully launched the latest province-wide organizing effort of 2011, this time with a strong election focus. Over the next forty or so days, Wind Concerns Ontario members in sixty seven ridings will be mobilized to actively work to defeat Liberal incumbents, and candidates in their respective ridings. I look forward to […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: “Wind Concerns Ontario’s Winds of Change Tour Launched in Owen Sound”
The Ontario Liberals sent a message to the future this week: it warned Conservative Premier Tim Hudak that if he wants to keep his absurd, long-standing promise to put a moratorium on all wind turbine farms in Ontario, that he would have to do it at the expense of taxpayer dollars and well-paying jobs in … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: The Politics of Wind Power: Liberals look to ‘John Tory’ Tim Hudak
What an amazing moment for Wind Concerns Ontario and me personally. It was an honour to stand behind the podium at the Empire Club of Canada and deliver an address to this influential body. To watch a video webcast of my address click here ‘Wind Generated Controversy: the financial, legal and political concequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act’ […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Video: John Laforet’s Address to the Empire Club of Canada – Wind Generated Controversy
As the Wind Concerns Ontario Truth about Turbines Tour kicked off in Thunder Bay last night, I began blogging at wcotour.ca It’s a site where myself and others will share their stories, photos, videos and audio from the province wide tour Wind Concerns Ontario is undertaking over the next six weeks. I encourage you to […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Thunder Bay Rally a Success!
Surprised to see coal and racism have anything to do with each other? Welcome to Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario. Disagree with him and you’re a coal loving, puppy kicking, candy stealing from a child, racist. You probably want to close hospitals and schools too. The wind industry and it’s political supporters (and donation recipients) at the […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Coal and Racism as Political Weapons in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario
I would be lying if I said I was surprised the Ontario Liberals and their paid for lackeys at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and Environmental Defense had conniption fits and went to the Twitter-verse to vent their spleens about how awful/ignorant/evil/cruel anyone who would dare get in the way of their access to our […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Wind Welfare Warriors Just Don’t Get It (But Thank God They’re Losing)
Welcome to Dalton McGuinty’s Industrial Green Ontario. That’s right. If you’re an industrial wind developer and want to ‘kill, harm or harass’ endangered species – all you have to do is ask the government nicely and give them some money. In exchange for $230,000 bucks, the Government of Ontario is prepared to lease Ministry of […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: On Dalton McGuinty’s Support for Killing, Harming, and Harassing Endangered Species
As always, I am looking forward to going back to Thunder Bay to stand with the folks who volunteer countless hours with the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee (NMEPC) as they oppose Horizon Wind’s plans to clear cut and blast watershed protection lands to install industrial wind turbines. These turbines would tower 1200 feet over the […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: The ‘Truth about Turbines Tour’ Begins Next Week in Thunder Bay