By Sarah Deeth, Peterborough Examiner
Wind farm opponents are cautiously heralding the news that the Stoneboat Community Wind Farm was cancelled. The company announced late Thursday that it was scrapping its plans to place five wind turbines on privately owned property between Stewart Line and Sharpe’s Line on the east and west sides of Dranoel Rd., north of Hwy. 7A.
The turbines would have overlooked the Devil’s Elbow ski resort and put plans to build a multi-million dollar Buddhist retreat in the immediate area in jeopardy. Scott McFadden, deputy mayor of Cavan Monaghan, said the project fell off the rails when two of the three private landowners pulled out of the project.
But there’s one big question that’s stopping McFadden from celebrating. He didn’t know if the company’s FIT contract with the Ontario Power Authority was cancelled. “That’s the billion-dollar question,” he said. If it’s not, he said, it could mean that the project could just be moved somewhere else in the Township.
City of Kawartha Lakes councillor Heather Stauble said she had been in contact with the company behind the Stoneboat Wind Farm, and was told that the Stoneboat project was cancelled and, to the best of their knowledge, the FIT contract hasn’t been transferred somewhere else. “Which doesn’t mean no,” she said. Read article
By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
A court motion filed by opponents of a wind energy development on Amherst Island is meant to challenge the approval process for such projects as much as it is meant to stop the Amherst Island project itself. The Association to Protect Amherst Island filed an application for a judicial review of a decision by the Ministry of Environment that allowed the Amherst Island project to move ahead, a decision the group argued was based on incomplete information.
A request for a judicial appeal was always going to be part of APAI’s strategy in it’s fight against the turbines, said association president Peter Large. “This is not a bunch of people who don’t want turbines in their backyard,”Large said. “This is about a group of people who are very concerned about the health of people who live here, about the wildlife, about the heritage and the history, which the government, in its rather casual approval of these incomplete reports, doesn’t seem to care much about.”
On Thursday, APAI filed a application 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. Read article
By Todd McEwen, Orangeville Banner
Dufferin County council is ready for the next stage of the Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) saga. A special meeting was held on Thursday (March 6) after council agreed to hold off on signing the $1.4 million agreement that would permit the wind farm developer an easement to run a 230-kV transmission line along about 32 kilometres of the rail corridor.
In a recorded 14-13 vote, council approved sending a revised agreement back into DWP’s hands. Orangeville Mayor Rob Adams, Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock and East Garafraxa Mayor Allen Taylor all voted in favour. The remainder of council and Warden Bill Hill all voted against the agreement, instead, wanting to face the looming expropriation.
“We’re sending back their agreement with some changes, if they agree to the changes I guess we just agreed to sign it,” Melancthon Deputy Mayor Darren White said. “If Dufferin Wind agrees to the changes … they have the authority to sign the agreement. I hope Dufferin Wind doesn’t agree to it.” Read article
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By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
OHSWEKEN – Six Nations council is still working on the implementation of two wind farm projects as it goes deeper into the green energy field. Council has been working for about four years on the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm, on privately owned agricultural land in Norwich Township; and the Port Ryerse Wind Project just outside the hamlet on the shores of Lake Erie.
Lonny Bomberry, director of lands and resources, says the two projects are too good an investment for Six Nations to pass up, even if a negative political environment still pervades wind power projects. “There’s no question wind power green energy is still a good deal,” he said. “The projects have a fixed rate of return that can generate good revenue. It’s a good way for First Nations to become involved in the energy field.”
The Gunn’s Hill project is farther along and close to implementation. Although “there isn’t a final determination yet,” Bomberry said prospects of implementation are still rated as good. The project will be owned and operated by Gunn’s Hill Windfarm Inc. Prowind Canada is proposing to develop it on privately owned, agricultural land as well as Norwich Township municipal easements for electrical lines. Read article
Don Crosby, The Sun Times
DURHAM – Frustration ran high during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal into an appeal of the Ministry of Environment’s approval of the East Durham wind project. “We matter. We have the right to speak. Why are you bulldozing through . . .” said Glenelg Township resident Orah Randall in an impassioned plea to Robert Wright, vice-chair of the ERT, who conducted Tuesday’s hearing.
She urged Wright to exercise his discretion and give people who were turned down by the Ministry of the Environment status at the upcoming ERT hearing, set to begin next month. Randall was visibly frustrated that members of the community were being refused standing at the hearing because what they wanted to say didn’t fit into the narrow scope of the appeal launched by Leonard Van Den Bosch on Jan. 29, just days after the MOE approved the 23-megawatt East Durham wind project near Priceville.
In his appeal, Van Den Bosch claims that toxic chemicals contained in the concrete bases of three turbines next to his property will leach into the soil and contaminate groundwater that feeds the nearby Saugeen River. He’s asking for mitigating measures to protect the environment and the health of people who take their drinking water from the river. Read article
LONDON — The debate over wind turbines in Western Ontario is generating some lively opinions among farmers with a clear majority strongly opposed, a Farmers Forum survey suggests. A random survey of 50 farmers at the London Farm Show on March 5, found that 58 % disapproved of wind turbines.
Just 20 % of survey respondents approved and 22 % were neutral on the issue. Among those who had an opinion, farmers opposed to turbines outnumbered those who approved by almost three-to-one. Almost 80 % of those who disapprove believe the wind turbines are too costly and are an inefficient source of electricity.
“The capital cost of erecting the wind turbine in the first place is far in excess of what I would think a reasonable return on the investment would be in terms of the energy that is generated by one of those,” said Harold Jackson, a cash crop farmer from Middlesex County. “I don’t believe the economics are there; this is a money grab,” said a Brant County cash crop farmer who noted that he has worked near wind turbines. “I believe there are health issues. I don’t care what the experts say. Read article
by Andrew Sheppherd News Talk 980
A proposed wind farm project near McLean, east of Regina, has been blown away before it started. After listening to concerns from the public at a meeting last week, the RM of South Qu’Appelle passed a motion Tuesday morning to allow neither wind farms nor meteorological test towers in the area. ”
(Council) looked at everything and that’s what we’ve decided,” said Reeve Jeannie Desrocher after the motion was passed six-to-one. Desrocher explained that Council would have had to amend the bylaw to allow the project, but it decided not to. The developer, Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES), proposed a 50-turbine project in two of the RM’s wards that would have taken at least five years to get up and running. But first they needed to erect a meteorological test tower to analyze the wind in the area.
“Everybody in the area knows that McLean is one of the highest points east of Regina. There’s a large ridge that rises along there,” said Development Manager Lucas Reindler before the vote was held. The majority of the residents that showed up to the public meeting were opposed to the project. Many cited the controversial concerns of potential health effects that have been reported in other areas of the country from people living near wind turbines. The other concern was lowered property values. Read article
Canadian Raptor Conservancy Facebook
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
South Kent Wind Samsung Pattern Chatham Kent Harwich Road
Wind Victims Ontario
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
South Kent Wind turbine Project – Samsung Pattern – Chatham Kent
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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