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Very graphic (apologies) but MUST be seen. This is a wild adult Red Tailed Hawk from Haldimand County Ontario that was struck yesterday by a wind turbine. People that say that birds of prey will avoid wind turbines….here is conclusive evidence that it is not true. This Red Tailed Hawk has a crushed skull and both wings are broken. It was brought into our rehab unit when people found it on a walk directly below a turbine. It has gravel stuck in its feathers from where it was slammed to the ground at the turbine base. The unfortunate part about this aside from the obvious loss of life is that this is an adult male that is most likely over 6 years old and would be the local breeding male to the area. The pair would be in courtship right now. The wind turbines are put up to protect the environment but they seem to have the opposite effect. I wonder how many raptor species get killed and go undetected. I think we should be asking for 3rd party monitoring of these machines so we can see what is actually going on. It seems that the studies done before they go up are very misleading. If you find a bird injured or killed by a turbine – please document and then report.
The Whig, by Elliot Ferguson
AMHERST ISLAND – The group opposed to a wind energy development on Amherst Island is going to court to challenge a recent government ruling that permitted the project to move ahead.
In an application filed Thursday with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) asked for a judicial review of the Jan. 2 decision by the Ministry of the Environment to declare complete the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) submitted by Windlectric Inc., the company seeking to build the Amherst Island wind project.
Windlectric plans to build a 75-megawatt wind energy project on the 70-square-kilometre Amherst Island, involving up to 36 turbines. The January ruling meant the project was entering the technical review stage, during which the different reports filed by the company in support of the development are reviewed. An REA deemed complete also allowed the project to proceed into 65 days of public comment, a phase set to conclude March 8. Read article
Kawartha Lakes This Week, Mary Riley
(KAWARTHA LAKES) Stoneboat Community Wind Farm LP has withdrawn its proposal to engage in a renewable energy project, reducing the number of proposed wind turbine projects in the Bethany and Pontypool areas to four.
The company posted the notice of project cancellation on its site Wednesday (March 5), adding all further project development work has been cancelled. The facility was proposed to be built on privately-owned agricultural land. Like other wind turbine projects, Stoneboat has faced opposition by those wishing to see more investigation into the health concerns associated with the structures.
An added concern was raised by those involved with the development of the Cham Shan Temple that has been in the planning stage for two decades. Built using ancient techniques, the facility would serve as a bridge between Canada and China, the four sites mimicking the four great Buddhist temples of China; one in Cavan-Monaghan Township and the remaining three in Manvers Township. Read article
Grimsby Lincoln News, By Amanda Moore
WEST LINCOLN —Zlata Zoretic can see three wind turbines from her bedroom window. Her Twenty Road home is surrounded by the HAF wind energy project. The turbine closest to her home is a mere 640 metres away — just shy of 100 metres over the provincial setback of 550 metres. And thanks in part to the efforts of a local citizens group, Zoretic recently learned two of the turbines are even closer to her property than provincial regulations allow.
The West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group used a range finder to determine the distances of the five turbines from the property lines after a property owner raised concerns that one of the five turbines appeared closer than 95 metres from her property line. The Ministry of Environment has confirmed the group’s allegations that four of the five turbines infract the property line setback regulation stipulated in the Green Energy Act. Under the legislation, turbines must be the height of the tower, from base to hub from the property line — which in the case of the HAF project is 95 metres. Read article
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Correspondence between Chatham Kent Public Health Unit and Mr. David Libby
To: Ms. Brown (CEO) / Chatham Kent Health Unit,
I have a health complaint that I have sent in for 3 years now. Why hasn’t my complaint been investigated? David Libby
Mr. Libby, your complaint has been received. The position of the Public Health Unit has not changed since its review in 2008 and is consistent with the report of the Chief Medical Officer of Health in 2010. Lucy Brown
To: Ms. Brown,
Does the Chatham Kent Public Health Unit intend to follow the laws that it is regulated by?
Health Protection and Promotion Act Section 11
Complaint re health hazard related to occupational or environmental health
“Where a complaint is made to a board of health or a medical officer of health that a health hazard related to occupational or environmental health exists… , the medical officer of health shall investigate the complaint”
Several months and several ‘reviewed in 2008 responses’ later:
Good morning Mr. Libby. As indicated in previous correspondence the C-K Public Health Unit has not changed its position since its’ investigation and review in 2008 and this position has been communicated to you. L Brown Read article
Campbell Cork, Blackburn News
A Southgate councillor is disappointed that she could not convince her council to take more time to consider a mega wind and solar energy proposal.
Councillor Kim Peeters urged council to form a community task force to investigate both sides of proposal by Samsung Renewable Energy for 40 or more wind turbines in the east half of the township and a 700-acre solar farm in the northwest. Peeters says Southgate council is not listening to a large group of people who are desperately opposed to the wind proposal.
On a tie vote, Southgate council decided against forming the task force. Meanwhile, Southgate mayor Brian Milne says he’s OK with getting a written agreement before council decides on the proposed mega project by Samsung Renewable Energy. But Milne says it’s not in the township’s power to approve the proposal, it can only indicate if it is a willing host.
A much-anticipated meeting last week between members of West Elgin council and a representative of the Ontario cabinet over wind turbines left local politicians disappointed. For weeks, West Elgin councillors waited for a chance to raise the question of what exactly their declaration to be a non-willing host meant at the provincial level.
West Elgin used the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference as a chance to meet face-to-face with either the provincial minister of energy or a representative to get clarification on what weight its declaration to be a non willing host for turbines carried. Coun. Norm Miller, who posed the questions and lead West Elgin’s delegation through the 20-minute meeting, said the province, was vague in responding to the issue. West Elgin spoke to the parliamentary assistant to the minister of energy on the issue.
“It was pretty vague,” Miller said describing the response. “He beat around the bush. I guess we’re no further ahead than when we started. We were hoping they would give us a clear answer.” However Miller said West Elgin was promised an answer in writing on the issue which will hopefully expand the government’s point of view. Read article
Shelburne Free Press
As a physician, I also share with Mayor MacIver of Amaranth concerns regarding health issues not only associated with industrial wind turbines but the 230 kv line that DWPI wishes to install. Actually many of these concerns were expressed in my brief to the Ministry of Environment last winter and subsequently to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) last fall regarding the DWPI project.
It defies reason that the provincial authorities have approved this project (and others) while there is an ongoing federal health study regarding possible adverse health affects of industrial wind turbines. As Mayor MacIver points out, there is ample evidence on the adverse health effects from the electromagnetic fields associated with high voltage lines.
Much of my presentation to the ERT last fall focused on the precautionary principle alluded to by Mayor MacIver. In Canada, we unfortunately have many examples of where the precautionary principle has been ignored. Last July, we witnessed an example with catastrophic consequences – Lac Magantic. The railway company involved allegedly made a special application to have only 1 person managing their freight trains (as a precaution, a minimum of 2 apparently had been legislated). It apparently was argued by the company lawyers that railway accidents are relatively rare and there was no scientific proof that reducing the size of the crew to one (1) would increase the probability of an accident. The guidelines respecting staffing levels of freight trains carrying hazardous materials have already been changed.
Yes, DWPI is storming ahead with construction. Yes, these turbines are being erected in a rural environment but it is a populated rural environment. Already there are other jurisdictions that have enacted residential setbacks that are multiples of what is legislated in Ontario as a result of appreciated concerns. The precautionary principle – is it not logical to have a moratorium on the installation of wind farms in Ontario until we have the results of the federal health study? Are we going to witness yet another example where harm will occur because the precautionary principle was ignored.
William S. Crysdale M.D.
Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Suncor Energy has asked the Ontario Energy Board for permission to build 15 km of high voltage transmission lines in Lambton Shores to deliver power from the company’s proposed Cedar Point Wind Energy Project to the province’s electricity grid.
The company is planning to build 46 wind turbines in Lambton Shores, Plympton-Wyoming and Warwick Township and the transmission lines are proposed to run from a substation near Cedar Point Line and Fuller Road near Forest, to a substation off Thomson Line expected to be built as part of NextEra Energy’s Jericho Wind Project.
The Ontario Energy Board, a public agency that regulates the province’s electricity and natural gas industries, is accepting submissions from the public on Suncor’s application until March 13. That’s also the deadline for individuals and organizations to submit a request to be intervenors at the hearing, with the ability to provide evidence, argue their position and submit questions to Suncor. Read article
By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
NORFOLK – A movement is afoot that could ultimately force wind turbine companies to shut down some units after dark. North Perth Coun. Warren Howard is touring Ontario building support for a common bylaw that would silence turbines after dark if they produce noise that is audible to residents nearby.
“The legal advice we have is we can enforce a `quiet night’ provision,” Howard told Norfolk council Tuesday. “Yes, we’ll be challenged. But the legal advice we have is we can win.” The Liberals’ Green Energy Act stripped municipalities of planning authority in the area of renewable energy projects several years ago.
In a recent ruling, a court said that Wainfleet Township had over-stepped its authority by trying to establish a large setback for wind turbines. However, the judge also said municipalities have the right to pass bylaws on nuisance issues that affect residents’ quality of life. The Ministry of the Environment’s allowable noise range in rural areas is 51 decibels. Howard and his allies believe this is too high. Ambient noise in rural areas after dark is in the range of 20 to 25 decibels. The proposed bylaw would cap allowable noise from wind turbines at 30 decibels. Read article
Hearings begin this week on the environmental impact of a wind farm proposed for the shores of Lake Superior — but what won’t be discussed in those hearings is the dispute between two First Nations as to whose territory the wind is blowing through.
The turbines are to be built near Lake Superior, in between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie. It’s also between the Michipicoten and Batchewana First Nations, but the energy company has only partnered with Batchewana. Joe Buckell, the chief of Michipicoten, said he thought the boundary between the two First Nations was clear until now. He said territories across the north are being exaggerated these days.
“It all started out when revenue sharing started. People started claiming these vast territories, because they were there at one time,” Bucknell said. Batchewana chief Dean Sayers said the proposed wind farm is in his First Nation’s territory. Read article
John Spears, Toronto Star
Ontario Liberals, bruised by their decision to cancel contracts for two gas-fired power plants, say the Conservatives propose to do exactly the same thing with renewable power projects. Ontario energy minister Bob Chiarelli says that clauses in the Million Jobs Act proposed by Conservative leader Tim Hudak would put hundreds of renewable energy contracts at risk of cancellation.
“There is embedded in that statute the delegation to the minister of energy the right to cancel existing FIT renewable contracts,” he said in an interview. That, he said is “irresponsible, it’s illegal.” But the Conservatives say the measures they propose do nothing of the sort. They argue the cancellation option they propose already exists within the terms of the contracts. Hudak’s proposed Million Jobs Act, contains a section on energy policy.
Schedule 2 of the Act deals with large-scale renewable energy projects that have already contracts with the Ontario Power Authority under the feed-in tariff program (FIT), which guarantees set rates. If a project has not yet been connected to the power grid, the schedule says, it can’t be connected until the energy minister consults with the local municipality. Read article
Wind Victims Ontario
Credit: By Sherri Lange, CEO, North American Platform Against Wind Power (NA-PAW) – OGRA, Ontario Good Roads Association, Milestones Volume 14 No.1, Conference 2014 ogra.uberflip.com ~~ and National Wind Watch
Wind turbines now proliferate in rural Ontario, with more projects announced nearly weekly as December 2013 closed. “Merry Christmas, Ontario.” The speed with which a rural transformation has occurred has left communities reaching deep into pockets for legal fees, creative measures to self-protect, and engaging in, even helping to refocus a shifting political landscape. Not easy, given the block of City voters with little knowledge of the rural demise.
What city dwellers may not yet appreciate, but increasing are coming to know, is that the heartland of Ontario, the vibrant foodland and historic muscle of the province, Northern communities with impressive tourism and natural beauty, have been mercilessly shredded of democratic rights, rights to have a say about massive industrial energy facilities, and split from basic rights to protect home, property, community, and property values. In a few short years, the Green Energy and Economy. Read article
Darren Taylor, Soo Today
The main hearing for an appeal against the Bow Lake Wind Farm project has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014 at The Days Inn at 332 Bay Street in Sault Ste. Marie. Members of the public are invited to attend.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) approved the Bow Lake Wind Farm project December 16, 2013. The Bow Lake Wind Farm project is a partnership between Nodin Kitagan of Batchewana First Nation (BFN) and Calgary’s BluEarth Renewables.
The Bow Lake Wind Farm project, a plan for 36 wind turbines, is to be located on traditional BFN land approximately 80 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie. In early January, Save Ontario’s Algoma Region (SOAR) spokesperson Gillan Richards and Lake Superior Action Research Conservation (LSARC) Co-Chair George Browne announced by email that James Fata and 2401339 Ontario Ltd. (a corporation resident in Ontario) will request the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) revoke MOE approval of the Bow Lake Wind Farm. Read article
On Friday we (the 3 sisters, yes them) just wanted to Tweet you a #FF (but for your company that translates to: “F@#$ you Friday”). I suppose it was a regular “Follow Friday” too, as we followed your destruction around our neighbourhood, or more like ran into it on every damn road we drove up.
In the Adelaide project we admired what big teeth you have. “All the better to eat you with,” you replied.
We travelled, like good women, down our country roads, with a crane in front and behind our vehicle. And then you blocked the road with your pickup truck (no flag men). Hm. Well. If you are going to make us stop, we will make you stop.
Oh no not again. Every damn road your trucks are telling us to move over, let you through. Ladies first, dammit! Your towers can back up, and your gravel truck can get on the right side of the road, please and thank you. Continue reading
By Greg Furminger, The Tribune
If two wind turbines are constructed nearby Skydive Burnaby, it will only be a matter of time before someone from the parachuting club is killed, says a lawyer representing the business in its battle with Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. But the legal team representing turbine stakeholders said Friday that’s sheer speculation, and, as an environmental review tribunal hearing wrapped up at the township’s firefighters memorial hall after three weeks of testimony, that Skydive Burnaby has failed to prove a tragedy will happen.
Lawyer Scott Stoll, representing Tom Rankin-owned Wainfleet Wind Energy and its partner the Loeffen family, said, as an appellant to the project approved by the Environment Ministry, the onus is on Skydive Burnaby to demonstrate the turbines will have a negative impact — not may. During the hearings’ closing arguments Friday, he also said any risk to skydivers would be “abnormal,” basing his statement on appellant testimony that at times referred to turbines being a navigation risk subsequent to a parachute failure.
A turbine cannot be a cause of a collision — it’s a point of impact, he said. Calling Skydive Burnaby an “Internet business” that operates only a few months of the year during daylight hours, and whose members sign waivers acknowledging risks, Stoll said the club can change its flight plans — not unlike for wind conditions — if it deems turbines a risk to its members. Read article
Amanda Moore, Grimsby Lincoln News
WEST LINCOLN — Tim Hudak has renewed the call for a province-wide moratorium on new industrial wind turbine projects. Last week, in an open letter to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, Hudak requested the Liberals implement an immediate moratorium on future projects in light of “the recent chaos” in West Lincoln.
The chaos the Ontario PC Leader is referring to is the revelation that four of the five HAF Wind Energy turbines do not meet setback requirements established by the ministry. Hudak said the ministry’s response is “unacceptable.” Since The News reported on the issue, it has come to light that four of the turbines infract on the minimum property line setback distance, rather than three as initially reported.
“The notion that the government is forgiving turbines that are breaking the law is just wrong,” Hudak told The News. “What they should do is stop them. Put in a moratorium. And secondly, enforce the law. If the turbines don’t sit with the law, take them out.” Read article
Manvers Wind Concerns
UPDATE: Sumac Ridge from COKL Councillor Heather Stauble
I am attaching a copy of the Order that was issued yesterday regarding the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Sumac Ridge Wind Project adjourning the Hearing until at least April 8th, 2014.
At the beginning of this process, the Director at the Ministry of the Environment came forward acknowledging that a noise receptor had been identified that was within the 550m setback established under the Green Energy Act regulations (O. Reg 359-09).
The Tribunal has now cancelled all Hearing Dates and called an Adjournment until April 8, 2014 at which time the Tribunal will re-assess the status of the proceedings. The Director at the Ministry of the Environment must now bring forward his decision to revoke, amend or take no action in writing. Read article
By Neil Bowen, Sarnia Observer
A judge’s ruling on the validity of Plympton-Wyoming’s wind turbine bylaws won’t come quickly. Following Wednesday’s submissions in Sarnia Superior Court Justice Marc Garson said the public wants careful review of the case and issuing a decision in two weeks would be like a Christmas wish list.
Garson also told approximately 50 spectators in the court the decision would not be a universal remedy for wind-power issues. Suncor Energy challenged the bylaw stating the requirement for turbines to be two kilometres from any other property prohibits construction of any wind turbines in the town.
Suncor is planning to build 47 wind turbines in Lambton County capable of producing 100 megawatts of power. That power would be less than half a percent of Ontario’s peak power demand. While the decision is awaited, Suncor and town officials discuss a possible resolution of the conflict. Midway through the day Garson requested discussions between the two parties based on the Town’s acknowledgment the bylaws may need modification. Read article
The Post, Patrick Bales
WEST GREY - A West Grey man is appealing to the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) to overturn approval for a wind turbine project near Priceville. Leonard Van Den Bosch of the former Glenelg Township has appealed the MOE decision to the Environmental Review Tribunal.
In January, the ministry gave the go ahead to the 14-turbine East Durham Project, developed by NextEra Canada. Van Den Bosch, who was not available for comment, owns property in the direct vicinity of where the turbines are proposed to be erected. He currently does not live on the property full time, but it has been part of his family for a number of years and his plan is to retire there.
That’s what Joan Rawski and her husband did. The Rawskis moved from Kitchener to get away from city life. Soon after they settled on their hobby farm, they discovered they were living approximately 1km from the closest turbine proposed for the East Durham Project. Read article
Wellington Times, Rick Conroy
The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are wrong. Ontario Nature. Nature Canada. Both wrong. Dr. Robert McMurtry is wrong. The South Shore Conservancy is wrong. So too is the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. Alvar, bird, butterfly, turtle and bat experts are all wrong. The municipality of Prince Edward is wrong. As are the majority of County residents who believed Crown Land at Ostrander Point should be preserved—rather than industrialized for the profit of one corporation.
And now we have learned that Ontario’s own Environmental Review Tribunal is wrong. A Toronto court has said so. This ought to keep Premier Kathleen Wynne up at night.
The Tribunal’s Robert Wright and Heather Gibbs spent more than 40 days hearing evidence, challenging testimony and witnesses and weighing competing claims. They began their task in a snowstorm in February; and delivered their decision on a hot July day last summer. Wright and Gibbs visited Ostrander Point. They walked around. They saw, with their own eyes, what was at stake. Read article
John Miner, London Free Press
Giant turbines now under construction at wind farms in Middlesex County should be generating electricity by the end of June, according to a project manager with NextEra Energy Canada. ”It has been an incredible winter. It has had an impact but we are working through it,” said Nicole Geneau of NextEra.
NextEra Energy Canada is a subsidiary of U.S. energy giant NextEra, the largest generator of wind and solar power in United States with a portfolio that also includes nuclear energy and natural gas. NextEra Energy has five wind farms in the London region, three with the necessary provincial approvals in place for construction – Adelaide, Bornish and Bluewater.
Two others, Goshen in Huron County and Jericho in Lambton and Middlesex Counties are still awaiting their final approvals under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act. Read article
Sarnia Observer, Barbara Simpson
Jutting a thumbs-up out the window of a black SUV, Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper arrived at the Sarnia courthouse to a hero’s welcome Wednesday morning. About 30 demonstrators cheered and waved signs of support as the mayor rolled into the courthouse for the first day of the hearing into Suncor’s lawsuit against the Town of Plympton-Wyoming.
Sporting a sign listing the names of town councillors deemed ‘our heroes,’ Plympton-Wyoming resident Audrey Chapman said she applauded town council’s resolve to refuse to back down against the wind developer. “They decided to take the big corporation on,” she said. “It’s a David and Goliath situation.”
Suncor is suing the town over a series of bylaws meant to protect the interests of Plympton-Wyoming residents when it comes to wind energy projects. These include turbines being built at least two kilometres from neighbours – up from the 550-metre setback currently required by the province – and wind companies paying a $200,000 deposit per turbine to ensure each one is taken down at the end of its lifespan. Read article
Wellington Times, Rick Conroy
It’s a simple plan. But it may be just the thing to slow down the epidemic of industrial wind turbines spreading across rural Ontario. Warren Howard is a councillor in the municipality of North Perth and lives in Listowel. He is a retired banker and understands bureaucratic processes better than most. He thinks he has come up with a way to thwart the provinces heavy handed Green Energy Act (GEA).
Howard’s plan is to create a bulletproof municipal bylaw that prohibits industrial noise in a rural area at night. That’s it. It sounds simple—and it is—but Howard has done his homework.
He has been working with municipal lawyer Kristi Ross. Together they have discovered that while the Green Energy Act took away virtually all the municipality’s tools to manage, control and oversee the construction of these massive structures in its community—it left intact provisions municipalities use to govern nuisance noise. Read article
Saugeen Times, by Liz Dadson
Over a month after wrapping up testimony in the appeal against the Armow Wind Class 4 wind turbine development, the Environmental Review Tribunal was back in Kincardine Friday morning (Feb. 21), to hear closing statements by the parties and the participants. Held at the Kincardine municipal administrative centre, the hearing opened with statements by Asha James, counsel for the appellants, Ken and Sharon Kropelin of Kincardine Township.
She argued that the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal do not need proof of causation, with a medical professional. An inference can be made, without a diagnosis, she said. The symptoms experienced by the post-turbine witnesses indicate that but for the turbines, they would not have suffered any adverse health effects.
With regard to the charter test, James said there is a probability that turbines cause harm to human health, which is why the Canadian government is spending money to research how turbines affect people’s health. Read article
Wellington Times, Rick Conroy
A divisional court has ruled in favour of an industrial wind energy developer clearing the path to construct nine industrial wind turbines on Crown Land at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County. The decision is here.
Last year an Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the permit awarded to Gilead Power Corporation to proceed with its project at Ostrander Point. It concluded that the threat posed by the development to Blanding’s turtle was likely to cause serious and irreversible harm to the an endangered species, Further they felt the developers proposed mitigation measures were untested and the consequences too grave.
The developer appealled to the Ontario Superior Court arguing, in part, that the issue of its right to “harm, harass and kill” the endangered species had been settled as part of the Ministry of Natural Resources Endangered Species Act assessment. They argued that the Tribunal didn’t have the authority to review it. Read article
By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
KINGSTON - Opponents of a proposed wind energy development on Amherst Island have a new ally in their fight. Canadian author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood voiced her opposition to the proposal in a letter to the Premier Kathleen Wynne, the leaders of both Opposition parties, senior MPPs and Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller.
“I was horrified to hear of the proposal to blanket Amherst Island with wind turbines,” Atwood wrote, who also tweeted her opposition to her 472,000 followers on Twitter. “Amherst is very well known as a hugely important natural site. If it is destroyed, Ontario will attract world-wide negative attention. Is this what Ontario wants to be known for?”
Windlectric Inc. is proposing to build a 36-turbine, 75-megawatt wind energy project on Amherst Island. Last month, Windlectric’s Amherst Island Renewable Energy Approval application was deemed complete by the provincial environment ministry, despite opposition from community and environmental groups that say the project is not complete. Read article