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“Big Wind” explores the conflict over the controversial development of industrial wind turbines in Ontario. It is a divisive issue that at times pits neighbour against neighbour, residents against corporations, and the people against their government.

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Wynne says “interests of a few current litigants” reason for changes to anti-SLAPP bill

Have a read through this. Wynne needs to protect the “people”, you know, like Florida corporations, wind companies… that’s her kinda “people”.

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TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne says her libel case against two Progressive Conservatives is not the reason her government is making changes to a bill on so-called SLAPPs — strategic lawsuits against public participation.

Wynne filed a $2-million lawsuit last spring against then-PC leader Tim Hudak and energy critic Lisa MacLeod over comments that Wynne “oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents” related to the $1.1-billion cancellation of two gas plants prior to the 2011 election. Media website Canadaland noted Tuesday that a reintroduced Liberal government bill to crack down on SLAPPs, which use the threat lawsuits to intimidate opponents, no longer contains a provision applying it to lawsuits already before the court.

Wynne’s office says the only reasons the change was made was for procedural fairness to people with cases in progress and because debate on the first version of the bill “became clouded by the interests of a few current litigants.” Read article

Who, pray tell Kathleen, are these “few current litigants”? And why are they so damned as to not receive anti-SLAPP suit protection because YOU say so? A tad dictatorial, don’t ya think?

On Canadaland they report that former AG Gerretson replied to the change with:

“Obviously the bill is weaker than the one we originally introduced and, presumably, it won’t do anything to protect people who have made expressions in the public interest in the past… I have no specific comment as to why the retroactive protection is gone except for it probably shouldn’t be gone.”


Coincidentally (?) I received this letter from the Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur today, in response to my question to legislature a month ago:

The government changed the application provision from the predecessor legislation (Bill 83) on the principle that it was fair to people who started litigation to have recourse to the rules in force at the time the lawsuit was initiated, rather than have the rules change after that time.

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C-K Mayor Hope: “[Wind companies] Don’t Give a Shit. They Don’t Have To Pay You”

CANWEA-Municipal-World-2011by Harvey Wrightman
The recent Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association(OGRA/ROMA) conference chose it’s presenters for something other than insight. Listening to the self-absorbed mayor of Chatham/Kent, Randy Hope, I had the sudden feeling of wanting to flee the room. Here’s a taste of him for starters:

“I’ve dealt with the people who claim the wind turbine has created obesity. I’ve created the issue about the birds and the bees and the bats. And, trust me, we’ve dealt with every health standard – even the Federal government’s ploy to divert the attention around the pipeline and put the health study on the wind turbines. Done, completed and no issue. And even recently I had somebody complain about my wind turbines too close to my airport. And which I found was pretty ridiculous and it was politically motivated. But you know at the end of the day, Transport Canada, my pilots, and NAVCAN all agreed there is no unsafe condition that is applied to my airport in my community.                   

Phew! That’s a lot of first person ego to deal with at one sitting.  It’s a bit hard to decipher exactly where he’s headed but I’ll bet you can guess already.

“I’m not trying to convince you to support wind, that’s your personal choice. But I hear, “Why am I providing power to Toronto…  There’s a “community benefit program” we put in place based on the size of the project, so we have it going into a community foundation fund… (which) has specific areas in which that money needs to be utilized for – which follows the lines which the community is trying to do???”

Ahhh! – It’s the Money!!! Hang on.

 So we have the community strategic fund which the monies go into. We also have the tax revenues which are associated to it. We probably get about $3500 for industrial tax base which comes from each turbine based on the size of megawatts that are there…and currently we are looking at from a municipal point of view is to actually invest in it. Payback in return over the investment years that are there. We have some companies that we still have areas that we’re probably dealing. I probably have availability for another 120 turbines in Chatham/Kent, and we’re looking at ownership in one of those and there’s ways to formulate that it doesn’t cost me nothing but I get revenues from. So those are formulas in which we’re utilizing. 

I must say though from our perspective and because of my relationship and council’s relationship with our developers, they know we mean business, we’ve meant business since day one. They’ve come with great community programs and supported a lot of community stuff that local, federal and provincial government haven’t been able to support. And they’ve been there. They’ve been participating in the community and been good corporate citizens. 

But let me tell you – and I don’t know when to do this but everybody says, “I’m a no wind zone, and council’s not going to pass a resolution.”  Do you know under the new system they don’t really  give a shit. Sorry. They don’t give a shit whether you’ve got a resolution or not.  Continue reading

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OFA’s response to those affected by wind turbines: “Cough on him”

coughby Harvey Wrightman
The speaker leaned into the mike and in a voice heavy with authority said, “So every time you hear somebody  complain about the health effects of a wind tower – cough at him.”  It was easy to imagine the smirk on his face as he said it.  In this day of information saturation and overload, most stuff just floats on by. But comments that are all smart-ass smugness have a way of pulling me out of my chair. And that’s how it was while listening to the podcast of a workshop held at the recent conference of Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association (OGRA/ROMA).  The speaker was Ted Cowan, “policy researcher” for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). He has a PhD in Economics and speaks in a folksy old geezer, full of himself style.

With large swaths of SW Ontario now looking like an over-sized pin cushion, a rural resident would have to be brain dead not to have some apprehension for the future. No one talks about the grace and beauty of windmills and how it will bring in tourists anymore.  Rural Ontario is now a brave new world of industrial fantasy.

So hated is this program and so sullen and fearful are residents, that there’s only 2 ways for government and the wind industry  to force the program forward – money and/or the whip if you aren’t on board.  That was essentially the message delivered by two of the three panelists at the ROMA/OGRA workshop. Ted Cowan and Randy Hope (mayor of Chatham/Kent) were the 2 bullies tagged for the operation.             Continue reading

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How ’bout wind turbines around… Algonquin Park? okay then, Temagami??

Well your government knows best and this is what they have lined up for your (once) beautiful province:

 

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ANOTHER wind development for Chatham-Kent

Proposed project map (click for full size)Sydenham Current
A two-phase wind farm project is being proposed for North Kent. The project by Samsung and Pattern Energy could lead to an additional 90 wind turbines being constructed in the former Dover and Chatham Townships. Chatham-Kent staff is recommending that both phases of the project be approved by council.

After completing the South Kent Wind project last March, Samsung and Pattern informed Chatham-Kent staff they were moving forward with the North Kent Wind project. A staff report indicates that phase one of the project will be approximately 100 megawatts and consist of approximately 40 to 50 turbines. The turbines would be constructed on private land, and the design, specifications and layout are still under development.

The project will be subject to the Renewable Energy Approval process, a permitting process which evaluates projects for environmental, social and archaeological impacts, a staff report says. The second phase is dependent upon an award by the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO.) If it proceeds, it will also be of a size between 50 to 100 megawatts and between 20 and 40 turbines.

Staff says Samsung and Pattern have offered the Municipality the option to purchase a “15% equity interest” in the North Kent Wind Projects, as an additional community benefit. Read article

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Opponents of wind turbine project file a Ministerial Appeal

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MANVERS TWP – A group that was one of the appellants opposing a controversial wind turbine project near Pontypool has filed a Ministerial Appeal after the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) ruled against them in February. In an email on Wednesday (March 18) Manvers Wind Concerns said the cost of the first option, a judicial review, was so high that while the legal team “did in fact find potential grounds” for such an appeal, “the financial realities are daunting.”

The cost of a judicial review would be about $75,000, but if the appellants lost, an award against them for costs incurred by wpd Canada could easily push that figure to $150,000, the group says.

Manvers Wind Concerns, along with Cransley Home Farms Ltd and the Buddhist Cham Shan Temple launched an appeal in December of 2013 after the province approved wpd Canada’s Sumac Ridge wind energy project. Much of 2014 was taken up with legal wrangling between the appellants and lawyers for wpd Canada and the Ministry of Environment. Read article

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WAIT-PW – Social, Dance, Live/Silent Auction

pwwaitWAIT-PW Dance Auction

Date: Saturday, March 28 –
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Camlachie Community Centre, 6767 Camlachie Road,  Plympton- Wyoming

Tickets $15.00 single or $25 couple.
For tickets or more information, please call Audrey @ 519-381-4251 or Louyse at 519-542-6846

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Farmers asked to unite to deal with wind companies

DSCF4669The Independent
Roger Buurma says it is time for farmers to work together when the wind energy companies come to town. The Watford area farmer was one of about two-dozen people who crammed the Brooke-Alvinston Council Chambers when NextEra came to explain what it is planning for the Hardy Creek Wind Energy Center (see story on page 3).

After the meeting, a group of landowners and neighbours huddled on the front steps of the council chambers with Buurma to figure out they can do in the face of another multi-turbine project. Buurma is concerned wind companies are using a divide and conquer approach to convince landowners to sign wind leases. “All the farmers I’ve talked to, even if they are opposed to wind turbines, say ‘if we have to look at it I might as well sign up.’ It’s all negative; they’re not in favour saying ‘I like it’ but rather they’re signing because of what I’ll call fear and greed.”

And Buurma says the wind companies play into that, telling farmers their neighbours have signed so they might as well get in on the action. “They are signing up hoping they will be one of the lucky ones saying ‘hopefully it will be on my property not his.’” Read article

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NextEra comes to Bancroft – 150 wind turbines proposed

BancroftThe Whig, Elliot Ferguson
As many as 50 wind turbines could be erected in North Frontenac Township as part of a large wind energy project. NextEra Energy Canada is proposing to build a wind energy installation across two townships east of Bancroft. NextEra Energy Canada is among 42 companies approved to bid for an upcoming large renewable energy contract from the Ontario government.

The company is proposing to build about 150 turbines, with about two-thirds to be built in Addington Highlands Township in Lennox and Addington County and the rest to be constructed in North Frontenac Township, in the former townships of Claredon and Miller. The project is in its initial stages and the company is in the wind resource analysis stage, transmission connection evaluation and landowner discussions and agreements, said company spokesperson Ben Falella.

NextEra Energy is a large United States-based energy company, with retail and wholesale operations. Read article

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North Bay town hall meeting on Wind Turbines

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“This is a bad, bad, bad idea…This affects the whole community”

Nextera sucksThe Independant
NextEra Energy officials say they want to work with the people of Brooke-Alvinston as they bid for a 50-turbine wind project. But it seems at least some people don’t like that idea.

NextEra Director of Development Nicole Geneau and Community Relations Officer Derek Dudek spoke with Brooke-Alvinston Council recently to outline their preliminary plans for the Hardy Creek project. Geneau says NextEra was one of 42 companies approved to bid for up to 300 megawatts of renewable energy. From that, Geneau expects there will be two or three wind projects.

NextEra hopes to build between 30 and 50 industrial turbines in the northeast corner of Brooke-Alvinston, into Warwick and Adelaide-Metcalfe Townships. The companies have until Sept. 1 to submit bids for the projects. If NextEra did win one of the contract, construction likely wouldn’t start until at least late 2018 or even 2019. Read article

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Watch “Big Wind” on TVO: March 25, 29 & 31

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March 25, 9:00pm & 12:00am
March 29, 31 9:00pm

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“Big Wind” explores the conflict over the controversial development of industrial wind turbines that threaten to irreversibly transform the landscape of Ontario. It is a divisive issue pitting neighbour against neighbour, residents against corporations, and the people against their government. Ordinary citizens have become part of a growing revolution of people in rural communities across Ontario fighting ‘Big Wind’ to defend their homes, their way of life and the environment. Continue reading

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Mattawa wind project dead

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Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and its partner the Algonquins of the Pikwàkanagàn First Nation announced in a news release today, that they are stopping further development of the Nodinosi prospective wind project located near Mattawa.

“We strongly believe in a collaborative approach to project development, because social acceptability is essential to a successful project. The many concerns expressed by residents and local authorities have demonstrated that we do not have social acceptability for the Nodinosi project, nor the context to develop such a collaborative approach” said François Morin, Senior Advisor at Innergex.

“We will not pursue a project without the appropriate level of support of the community.” Read article

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Bats mortality around wind turbines a concern to researchers

bat-killed-by-wind-turbine-bladesPrairie Post, by Stephanie Labbe
It has been estimated thousands of bats have been killed due to wind farms each year in southern Alberta alone.  Dr. Robert M.R Barclay, a professor and department head of the department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, says bats are mainly being killed when they get hit by the turbine blades that are moving.

“Those blades are moving fast (about 200 km per hour at the tips). Some bats are killed when they get close to the blades and fly through a zone of low air pressure. This causes the air in their lungs to expand rapidly causing internal damage, much in the way that a scuba diver who comes up too fast experiences problems,” says Dr. Barclay in an e-mail interview.

“At another level, we don’t really know yet why the bats are so close to the turbines. Most of the bats killed are migrating south for the winter and we see all across North America, a large peak in fatalities in late summer and early fall. In Alberta, this involves two main species, the silver-haired bat and the hoary bat. These spend their days in trees. So some scientists hypothesize that the bats see wind turbines as giant trees that may provide suitable roosts for the day, and the bats thus approach them. Others suggest that insects are attracted to the turbines and bats, which in Canada eat nothing but insects, are attracted to the swarms of insects. Yet another suggestion is that the migrating bats mate during their southward migration and to find each other, males and females congregate at tall trees.” Read article

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Must Watch: Cape Bridgewater report that has the wind industry in a spin

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It’s being hailed a world first by some… The study into the Cape Bridgewater wind farm in Victoria’s south west could have far reaching implications for South Australia’s wind energy industry…. A breakthrough that may hold the key to solving a mystery… others however, have labelled it an atrocious piece of research.
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Turbine company hears opposition loud, clear

GO AWAY1North Bay Nipissing News, Rob Learn
MATTAWA – It was a message loud enough and clear enough that the proponent of a controversial wind energy project couldn’t ignore or deny on Friday night at a community meeting in Mattawa.

François Morin, senior development manager with Innergex, said the company needs to re-examine its proposal to install 50 to 60 wind turbines north of the Mattawa River and address community concerns the $350 million investment is raising.

“If we can’t gather enough support that will be the end of the project,” said Morin. “But I am going to continue to speak with the people here and listen and hopefully work with them.” Read article

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Wind Turbine Torture

wind-energy-medieval-tortureBy Curt Devlin
It is easy to forget just how essential sleep is to health and happiness; until of course, you yourself have been deprived of it for a night or two. Firsthand experience of sleep deprivation, even for a few days, is a powerful reminder of how mentally and physically debilitating it is. Even the ongoing disruption or restriction of sleep for a relatively short period of time can have devastating health consequences. Medical research has clearly shown that sleep is essential to human health and wellbeing. Prolonged sleep deprivation has been linked to memory loss, hallucination, weakened resistance to pain, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, impaired immune response, extreme anxiety, stress, clinical depression, and suicide. In the most extreme cases, animal experimentation suggests that lack of sleep can kill you.

Sleep deprivation has long been recognized as torture by the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT), and the United States War Crimes Act. Depriving someone of proper sleep is torture, regardless of whether it is perpetrated by the CIA against suspected terrorists, OR by reckless planning authorities who permit the wind industry to site industrial-scale wind turbines in residential neighborhoods, or by noise pollution regulatory authorities and health authorities who ignore consistent reports of sleep deprivation from neighboring residents. When authorities deem developments “compliant” with regulations, or wind developers effect specious mitigations; they are inflicting torture. They are violating fundamental human rights.

Recently, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released what has come to be known as the Torture Report. It reveals that sleep deprivation was one of the frequently used CIA “enhanced interrogation” tactics. The use of prolonged sleep deprivation led Committee Chairman, Diane Feinstein to conclude “…that, under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured.” She goes on to say “…that the conditions of confinement and the use of authorized and unauthorized interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman, and degrading.” The same can be said of the practice of siting industrial turbines too close to homes. Failure to take action to stop excessive noise pollution, or to enforce existing legal limits on “noise nuisance” whenever noise-induced sleep disturbance or deprivation is reported by wind turbine neighbors, hosts, or their families is full complicity with torture. Continue reading

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NextEra planning another 50-60 turbines for Middlesex-Lambton

2013 MLWAG mapSarnia Observer, Paul Morden
NextEra Energy is signing up landowners for a possible new wind energy project in eastern Lambton County and neighbouring Middlesex County. The company that built the 92-turbine Jericho project in Lambton, as well as projects in Middlesex, Huron and other Ontario counties, is developing plans for its Hardy Creek Wind Energy Centre in Warwick, Brooke-Alvinston and Adelaide-Metcalfe townships.

“We’ve got a base of landowners signed up,” said Ben Greenhouse, director of development for NextEra Canada. “We’re interested in signing more.”

The company has also approached municipal governments in the three communities as it prepares to bid under the Large Renewable Procurement process expected to award contracts for up to 300 MW of new wind energy generation in Ontario. “There is still a major hurdle for the project to overcome, which is getting a contract to sell power,” Greenhouse said. “The project is really in its infancy right now.”

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator released final details for a request for proposals Tuesday, with a submission deadline of Sept. 1. NextEra is one of 42 companies that qualified earlier to submit proposals under the new procurement program. Greenhouse said NextEra is considering a 100-MW to 120-MW proposal for the Hardy Creek project, with a maximum of 50 to 60 turbines. Read article

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Can wind companies fake community engagement?

imagesby Harvey Wrightman
The buzz-words nowadays are “Community Engagement” or “Social license”  – when you hear those words from the policy mandarins of the provincial government, the people who know what is best for us, be ready for something that is quite the opposite.  Unhappy with the widespread opposition to wind projects, our mandarins have been scheming to show there is no opposition. To get the sentiment of a community to a project, ordinary people like myself would simply canvass/petition/survey the affected  area.  Not so with the mandarins, who seeing the problems of direct democracy, prefer to add layers of insensitivity to the process – ask those who will not be affected – and offer them some money.  That will get desired results. It’s called, diluting the pool.

The IESO (Independent Electricity system Operator) has released the new Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) (click on LRP I RFP and go to  Sec. 3.3, pg. 47), which means more large wind projects.  For this round of contracts, companies need only conduct ONE public meeting (see, we did have an effect at those open houses); but, the companies must obtain a measure of local support.

So looking at the chart: “Community Engagement”  rates 80 points,  and “Aboriginal Participation”  rates 20 points.  The aim for the wind company is to get as much consent to their project as possible. Not so easy these days as people have become aware of the adverse impacts of wind turbines. The higher the point score, the higher the project is in the queue, supposedly. Let’s see how they might do it. Continue reading

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Wind Turbines in Greece. Watch: ‘Windbag of Aeolus’

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Northern Ontario town sees ambitious green energy plans fall apart

00001_550_412Roy MacGregor, The Globe and Mail
Perhaps Neil Young could put on a benefit concert. Blind River, after all, is where the famous Canadian rock star blew the transmission out of “Mort,” his 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse back in the Sixties. That experience inspired Long May You Run – the haunting song Mr. Young performed at the closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Games.

The singer is also an environmental activist, all for the same green energy that has put this pretty little Northern Ontario community in a situation that has its 3,549 citizens wondering how their $18-million ended up in a garbage dump more than 600 kilometres out of town.

It is a story that begins, as so many such tales do, as something that seemed like a good idea at the time…

In 2010, encouraged by a provincial initiative to encourage green energy, Blind River arranged to borrow $49.5-million from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. CMHC was offering low-interest loans for infrastructure projects as part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan. The town already had its own small hydro dam and a wind turbine. This loan would allow Blind River to build a massive solar farm that would create jobs – much needed in the area – and give its people low-cost, renewable and clean energy. All very admirable. Read article

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Suncor and NextEra now bedfellows for Cedar Point wind project

Suncor Bullynext.JPGThe Independant
Suncor Energy is teaming up with wind energy giant NextEra to build its Cedar Point project in Plympton-Wyoming and Lambton Shores. Jason Vaillant says the companies have formed a limited 50-50 partnership with the “skilled and experienced operator.” Suncor has been working on the Cedar Point project for years. The company has received approval from the Ministry of the Environment for 43 turbines in the region. That approval was challenged by local residents at an Environmental Review Tribunal hearing recently. A decision is expected in a matter of days.

NextEra has several wind projects in the area, including the massive 92-turbine Jericho project. The two projects are next to each other and that means they can share resources, according to Vaillant. “The transmission lines combined into one single line instead of two,” he says. “That will minimize the overhead lines…We’ll be taking advantage of the infrastructure that is already there…We don’t have to do any construction on the second line.” He adds that will be “less intrusive” on the landscape. Read article


 Appeal Rejected

The Independent
Suncor Energy and NextEra can move ahead with the Cedar Point Wind Centre in Plympton-Wyoming and Lambton Shores.

The Environmental Review Tribunal released its decision on the appeal of the 46- turbine project near Camlachie and it has rejected all the arguments against the project.

The County of Lambton appeal arguing some of the utility poles on Thompson Line in Lambton Shores were too close to the road and could lead to death if there were an accident. The tribunal found while an accident could happen, the traffic along the roadway is very low and dismissed the county’s argument. Read article

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First Nations Information Rally Against Nodinosi Wind Turbine Proposal

Say NO and ProtestTHE MATTAWA/NORTH BAY ALGONQUIN FIRST NATION  and  THE ANTOINE FIRST NATION NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

When: Friday, March 6, 2015
 Time: 7:00 p.m.
 Where: 2nd Floor Meeting Room of the Mike Rodden Arena  & Community Centre,  450 Hurdman Street,  Mattawa, ON

Who: The Members of both First Nations will be in attendance, as well  as Members of the Lake Talon Conservation Association, our MPP,  Local Municipal Government Mayors and Reeves and Citizens of the  area.

Why: The Innergex-­‐sponsored meeting of February 23rd regarding  the Nodinosi 150 Megawatt Wind Farm did not allow a full and proper  participation by our First Nations Representatives and Members,  and other parties such as the Lake Talon Conservation Association

The Mattawa/North Bay and Antoine First Nations Chiefs will speak  in opposition to this project and set out the reasons why and what we  intend to do to oppose the project and ensure the Province of Ontario  and Innergex are listening.

The floor will be open to other groups and individuals opposing the  project, including the Lake Talon Conservation Association. Local  Municipal Government Representatives are also invited to speak.
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli has accepted our invitation to speak.

Contacts:
Chief Clifford Bastien Jr. 705-­‐744-­‐3360  Chief Davie Joannise 705-­‐744-­‐5695

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Julian Falconer : wind companies “blood-sucking, intimidating bullies. It’s not just a bar to justice, it’s actually a terror tactic”

SHAWN DRENNANColin Perkel, Globe and Mail 
A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say. In asking the courts to set the legal bill aside, the citizens say the award would cripple them financially and undermine access to justice, even in important public-interest cases.

Court documents show the companies – K2 Wind, Armow, and St. Columban – are seeking $340,000 in costs from the Drennans, Ryans, Dixons and Kroeplins, who lost their bid to scuttle three wind-farm projects.

The families, who worry wind turbines near their homes could harm their health, had challenged the constitutionality of Ontario’s approvals process before Divisional Court. They are now hoping the province’s top court will hear the case, potentially adding more litigation costs. Shawn Drennan said his $240,000 bill was excessive given that he was only looking to protect his rights. Read article

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NextEra Energy CEO Jim Robo made $12.2M in 2014

wind-money330South Florida Business Journal, Duane Shimogawa
Jim Robo, chairman, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Inc., which is buying Hawaiian Electric Co. for $4.3 billion, received about $12.2 million in total compensation in 2014, up from about $10.4 million the previous year, according to a public filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Florida-based company’s other top executives, including Chief Financial Officer Moray Dewhurst, Chief Nuclear Officer Manoochehr Nazar and NextEra Energy subsidiary NextEra Energy ResourcesPresident and CEO Armando Pimentel Jr., also saw their total compensation also increase during the same time period, according to the company’s proxy statement filed with the SEC.

Charles Sieving, who became a named officer at NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) as its general counsel in 2014, received about $2.9 million in total compensation in 2014. Read article

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Suncor wants much of Plympton-Wyoming’s noise bylaw axed

turbine-noiseThe Independant
A Suncor Energy representative calls Plympton-Wyoming’s noise bylaw “a novel approach” but wants much of the bylaw changed. Suncor Energy is planning a 43-industrial turbine project around Camlachie. It’s the subject of an Environmental Review Tribunal Hearing. But the town has written and passed a noise bylaw to make sure residents aren’t bothered but low-level sound – called infrasound. While the bylaw was passed, under the Municipal Act, people can ask for changes for up to a year.

Chris Scott was at Plympton-Wyoming Council recently to outline the company’s concerns with the bylaw which Suncor says “are concepts that are not well defined and not accepted by the general consensus of (acoustical) industry standards.” While the noise bylaw wouldn’t stop Suncor from building the project, Scott says operating it would be another thing. The bylaw, he says, amounts to an “outright ban on infrasound” and “the testing methods are vague and inadequately defined.”

Scott says everything, including people, emit infrasound, making it impossible to turn on the turbines. And he suggested it would be difficult to measure low-level noise. Scott says there are instruments to measure the lower limits of infrasound as Plympton-Wyoming’s bylaw suggests, but “they are not typically available…and should be struck from the bylaw.” Read article

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Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines

MannVanderkooyGraham Lloyd, The Australian
[excerpt] Mr Cooper has received further support for his work at Cape Bridgewater from computer scientists in Canada who have been working to record sub-audible noise or infrasound from wind turbines since 2013.

Richard Mann, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said scientists there had arrived at a similar position to Mr Cooper despite working in a different way.

“Our results show that wind turbines emit a characteristic pulsation (change in barometric pressure) that repeats with every blade passage,” Professor Mann said.“This is consistent with the infra sound ‘signature’ you have reported.”

The Waterloo University research did not consider health effects from wind turbine infrasound. But Professor Mann said: “I join the many scientists and experts worldwide requesting a thorough investigation of wind turbine noise.” Read article

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Kettle & Stony Point FN looking to hear from residents effected by wind turbines

kettle stony pointWind Turbine Info. Gathering Session

CKSPFN needs to hear from our members if you and/or any of your family members are experience negative effects from the wind turbines. The First nation will take this into consideration to determine if they will pursue legal action on behalf of their members. Please join us on this date, to share your story and concerns with us or arrange for a private home visit if that is more acceptable to you. For further information, please contact Suzanne Bressette at the Administration Office (519-786-2125).
When
Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:30pm – 5pm
Where
KSP Health Centre (Vernon Room) (map)
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Chief promises protests, blockades on Mattawa wind project

1297667730349_ORIGINALBy PJ Wilson, The Nugget
MATTAWA – The Antoine First Nation “will use every means available” to stop a proposed wind turbine development near this community, including protests and blockades. That was the message Chief Davie Joanisse delivered Monday night at an open house concerning the proposed industrial wind turbine farm on Crown land west of Mattawa and north of the Mattawa River.

“We firmly oppose this project, the company involved and the Algonquin group,” Joanisse said, pointing at the Pikwaknagan First Nation, which has allied with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. on the project. “We will use every means available to stop this project. That includes protests and blockades.”

The proposal – still in its early stages – would see up to 60 wind turbines producing 150 megawatts of electrical power near Talon Lake. An overflow crowd crammed into the Mattawa Golden Age Club to get information on the project – one of at least three in the region – and to let representatives of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. know where they stand on the idea. Read article

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