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
“We’ll do whatever it takes to stop WPD Canada from putting the wind turbines in this vicinity,” said [said PCPO candidate Jim] Wilson. “It is in process, and it may end up in a lawsuit, but we just can’t allow it.”
It seems to me that you can’t effectively argue that the OLP was wrong . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: PCPO Candidate For Simcoe-Grey Is Ready To Break Contracts
From PCPO MPP Todd Smith:
Prince Edward County, ON — Responding to a request for clarification by CCSAGE Naturally Green regarding the PC Party’s position on wind projects currently “in the pipeline”, local MPP Todd Smith has confirmed by letter that, under a PC government, such projects will not be allowed to proceed if there . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gas Plants Redux…But With Torys And Wind Farms
South Shore of Ostrander Point (Image from CountyLive.com)
Seven months after learning a contentious wind project at Ostrander Point had been halted by the Environmental Review Tribunal, an Ontario divisional court overturned that decision Thursday, paving the way for development to begin later this year.
In July 2013, the Tribunal agreed with . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario Court backs Gilead Power at Ostrander Point
Ontario’s Superior Court court has overturned the provincial Environmental Review Tribunal’s decision to kill a proposed wind-farm at Ostrander Point. The court doc can be found here. I’ve written about that earlier decision in a number of places, primarily here.
Below is a quick summary of the superior court’s justification:
I’ll just touch . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point ERT Decision Overturned!
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?
Gilead Power Corporation’s Ostrander Point Wind Project was the first one to be rejected on appeal by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). This was not due to human health issues, or worries about the effects of nine proposed turbines on migratory birds, though the project is located near an Important Bird Area (IBA). No. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point Update
There are bits of it I don’t agree with. For instance, any fair reading of Ontario history would show that the province’s dalliance with gas power predates the Green Energy Act, and wasn’t a conspiracy to cover-up (or “backstop”) the poor performance of its wind farms.
But most of it (meaning over half) is . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tom Adams In Sun: Mostly Sane
That is all (in more ways than one. Bah hah!)
…for free speech reasons. Essentially they’re worried that wind companies like Nextera might sue them for defamation/trade-mark infringement, and think that having their content out of country will somehow prevent this from happening.
If the move sounds familiar, that’s because it is:Conn Esq Web Design was originally intended to be a corporation offering internet design and . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Blast From The Past? Ontario Wind Resistance Moves Content To Icelandic Servers
From the comments at Ontario Wind Resistance: I remember reading of the complainant who claimed they could only sleep when the turbines were off — but could not get the days correct when the turbines operated — nobody checked — and the information is available — free — on IESO. The judge did notice and . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: What Anti-Wind Activists Talk About When They’re Alone
There are three of them, which you can read about through the link. The one that most concerns me is:
The appeal by MOE could not likely have occurred without approval from the Ontario government of which it is a part, specifically of the Cabinet which includes the Premier. It is unlikely that any Ministry . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Appeals Of The Ostrander Point Windfarm Decision
Of the company behind this, The Star writes:
A little-known renewable energy company claims to be working on a wind project at the base of the spit.
Sunwincor has little public profile. Its website lists Jafray Hinsen as the only contact. Hinsen has an email address, but the firm lists no phone number or . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Company Behind Leslie Spit Turbine Project Pretty Low Profile
Sunwincor International and our partners are actively engaged in planning and developing an exciting and ecologically balanced wind farm. The Leslie Wind Farm will be located on the Outer Harbour East Headland at the base of Leslie Street adjacent to Toronto, Ontario
With the help of the government of Ontario and as directed by the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Turbines For T.O.
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!!!!
Ducks don’t particularly like nesting around them:
One nesting site had a 56-percent lower breeding pair density than a similar site with no wind turbines. Overall, the number of breeding ducks using wetlands near the wind farms was 20 percent lower than in wetlands with no wind development nearby.
But on the other hand, they . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Farms And Waterfowl…Not Much Effect
Lisa Thompson, Tory MPP for Huron-Bruce, introduced the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. Its a private member’s bill, but everything Thompson has said about it, for example her comments here, suggest that it is now the PCPO’s de facto position on the matter. From the assembly records:
The short title . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hudak Tories In Wind Waffle
By: Canadian Auto Workers Union | Press Release PORT ELGIN, ON – A CAW owned and operated wind turbine started operating today generating clean wind energy to the electrical grid in Port Elgin, Ontario. “This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an environmental milestone for our union […]
The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: CAW Owned and Operated Wind Turbine Begins Operation in Port Elgin, ON
I count at least two:
KINGSTON – If Amherst Island residents opposed to a planned wind project resort to trying to slow down construction by obstruction, their provincial representative says he will be there to support them.“(Non-violent) civil disobedience is an acceptable means in the right situations,” said Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington.“Should . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Randy Hillier On Wind: Hypocritical In How Many Ways?
Well, maybe not quite a reign, but Tory MPP Ernie Hardeman also got that letter threatening vandalism to harvesting equipment on any farm hosting wind turbines.
From here. So far, none of the Anti-wind groups I know have condemned this action. I will email around later so see if I can get a response.
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Will Anti-Wind Activists Reign Of Terror be Stopped?
An anonymous letter sent to The London Free Press threatening every farmer who works on land with wind turbines is sparking alarm on both sides of the debate and prompted an OPP investigation.
With the heading, “Notice to all Farmers and Custom Farming Operators,” the single-page letter reads: “Any field that has an industrial wind . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: More Threats From The Anti-Wind Camp
Didn’t like this bit:Kathleen Wynne is uneasy about the quality of information fuelling the renewable energy debate.
“Where is the evidence and science in making these decisions?” asks Wynne. “I’m not sure there are conclusive arguments on either side of these issues—whether it’s health issues or environmental issues. I want to make sure we are . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: OLP Candidates On Wind Tubines
Green Ones, too:
Niagara Region Wind Corporation is on a recruitment drive as it gears up for one of the largest wind turbine projects in Canada.
It estimates it and its suppliers will require about 770 workers until the construction phase is complete by 2014.
After that, it’s expected to employ about 110 to maintain . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs That Tim Hudak Would Kill
From Today’s London Free Press:
As Conservative Senator Bob Runciman pointed out in a news release, that approval [for a complex at Ostrander Point], like so many others, was granted against local wishes. The project also “threatens migratory birds and bats and it makes no sense from an energy standpoint,” the senator said.
Runciman points . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: More On Birds, Turtles, And Wind Farms
So the Nissenbaum , Aramini, and Hanning paper, that purported to show a connection between proximity to wind turbines and a decline in sleep quality, has been given a working working over by a number of experts in a short report commissioned by (… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Full Nissenbaum