Nextera Hired Goons: Holding a Sign? That’s Jail Time!

…The ‘cops for hire wearing West Grey Police Force uniforms’ pounced.   They told me I could not bring signs into that room. I was taken aback by this and said ” You are kidding, right?”

“NO”, they said, “YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOSE HERE. YOU HAVE TO LEAVE.” Startled, I backed up, held the signs up and told a friend that ‘they told me I can’t even have these signs here!’   (Another in attendance noted that the signs were not on sticks being waved about; that I was not threatening anyone with them, just in case you are wondering…..)

In a flash the two cops possibly weighing a combined 580 lbs., each had one of my arms so that I couldn’t move at all, were forcibly ripping the signs from my hands and telling me that if I resisted I would be put in jail. They repeated that I would be put in jail if I resisted. Some advice from the sixties floated into mind….go limp….go limp, so I did!

I don’t have time to be in jail for holding four ‘Health Studies BEFORE Wind Turbines’ signs in a Nextera wind company Open House!  Christmas is coming!  I’m not ready yet!

In an extremely surreal moment, there I was, 5’1″, 52 year-old woman; a Mom who homeschooled one child, ran another to piano and flute lessons weekly, dedicated county nursing home employee for over a decade, advocate for health and safety re industrial wind turbines for rural families, being dragged out of the Durham Community Center by two towering ‘strongarms’ because I had four signs in my hand.    My shoulders still hurt today.

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Nextera wind company had another public open house meeting in Durham on Monday, Dec. 7th so they could consult with us some more. Since they were not willing to write down information they were adamantly giving out verbally at last week’s meeting.   I took my little recorder along to save the trouble of even asking them to write it down.

There was no more talk about a 40 dBA as the noise limit.  One of the very clever West Grey councilors noted that on Nextera’s own handouts there is a chart that shows turbines sitting at the 45 dBA noise level.

People at the meeting were commenting on how they were sent from rep to rep in the vain hope that one of them would have an answer to their questions. I was having the same difficulty, although some of the wind reps did say how nice it was to see me again.

My questions were:

  • Why isn’t Daniel D’Entremont able to live in his home situated next to the turbines you own? Oh, I seem to have more information on this situation than you do?
  • Are you still saying, as you did last week in Moorefield, that the noise level of the turbines you plan to build will never exceed 40 dBA at point of reception?  You’re asking why I’m recording this and what I’m planning to do with this?  What’s that, maybe we should talk to the environmental people?  We should write down our questions? You’re from Florida and you’re not an expert?
  • What studies done by health professionals on human beings do you use to show that the turbines are safe to site within 2km of people?
  • Can you tell me what mitigation you offer if there are health issues after turbines start up?
  • What are people supposed to do if turbines are over the 40 dBA (or as the chart indicates, 45 dBA) level?  Yes, I’m recording this.  You won’t answer anything when I’m recording your answer? Why?
  • If we write our questions down on the survey you’ve provided, will you answer those questions personally?  As long as we provide contact information?  Yes, that’s fine.  (This is the only question I got a direct answer to.  Unfortunately, I was unable to hand in the neatly filled out form I had completed.  I can only hope they found it on the table at cleanup time….)

One fellow asked if anyone was interested in having a more ‘public’ forum so that all could hear answers to questions people were asking.  Apparently, that was not possible because the wind company wanted to ‘present the information in a way that people could ask questions and get answers’.  (huh?)

After that exchange, one of the WAG group members asked if they could have the ‘Health Studies BEFORE Wind Turbines’ signs they had asked me to bring.  I was very happy to accommodate this request,  I brought the signs into the lobby, counted off 25 for them and had 4 signs left over. 

Do you know that, rather than traipse across the parking lot on a cold winter’s night to return those 4 signs to my car,  I had the utter GALL to go into the Nextera public open house in the local community center with the leftover signs? 

I walked into the room with 4 cardboard 1 x 3′ yellow ‘Health Studies BEFORE Wind Turbines’ signs stacked together intending to sit at one of the tables near the entrance to wait for friends to finish making their rounds. 

The ‘cops for hire wearing West Grey Police Force uniforms’ pounced.  They told me I could not bring those signs into that room.  I was taken aback by this and said ” You are kidding, right?”  

“NO”, they said, “YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOSE HERE.  YOU HAVE TO LEAVE.”  Startled, I backed up, held the signs up and told a friend that ‘they told me I can’t even have these signs here!’ (Another in attendance noted that the signs were not on sticks being waved about; that I was not threatening anyone with them, just in case you are wondering…..)

In a flash the two cops possibly weighing a combined 580 lbs., each had one of my arms so that I couldn’t move at all, were forcibly ripping the signs from my hands and telling me that if I resisted I would be put in jail. They repeated that I would be put in jail if I resisted

Some advice from the sixties floated into mind….go limp….go limp, so I did! 

I don’t have time to be in jail for holding 4 ‘Health Studies BEFORE Wind Turbines’ sign in a Nextera wind company open house! Christmas is coming! I’m not ready yet!

In an extremely surreal moment, there I was, 5’1″, 52 years old, a mom who homeschooled one child, ran another to piano and flute lessons weekly, dedicated county nursing home employee for over a decade, advocate for health and safety re industrial wind turbines for rural families, being dragged out of the Durham Community Center by two towering ‘strongarms’ because I had 4 ‘Health Studies, BEFORE Wind Turbines’, in my hand.  They said I was “disturbing the public peace”.

 My shoulders still hurt today.

Talk to Mayor MacIver in Amaranth.  He’ll tell you all about ‘public peace’ in his municipality since industrial wind turbines were installed there.

More about this meeting in the Owen Sound Sun Times

Note:  Nextera is owned by the Florida Light and Power (FLP) who boast annual revenues of over $16 Billion.

15 thoughts on “Nextera Hired Goons: Holding a Sign? That’s Jail Time!

  1. In Prince Edward County the ones leasing the land to Skypower had very nice signs.. and they were featured in our local paper.. The ones that are put in our mail boxes and are full of advertisment..

    The sixties.. and fighting the establishment.. bring it on..

  2. Imagine that, they’re starting to gag people by force before the turbines go up. Next thing you know, the cops for hire will be tasering people who dare show the wind companies in a bad light… ie: inform the public, display a sign or dare ask questions. I gather they feel those opposed are a huge threat and must be silenced by force.

  3. I wonder what would have happened if there were any pro-wind signs there. Would they have thrown them out too? I think not.

    Welcome to Ontario’s green fascist regime.

  4. Those police officers should be charged. You should take legal action. We are not a communist country!!

    Stay strong and don’t give up your fight!

    We are working hard out in City of Kawartha Lakes as well to stop the turbines from being installed in our little community.

    What makes it worse.. they plan to surround our two local schools with these massive structures.

  5. Each day on Highway 115 to 35 -2 police escorts are taking the turbines to who knows where? Rumours are to Chatam?

  6. I AM OUTRAGED This story is surreal and Bazaar!
    Did anyone get the rent a cop police badge numbers? The Mayor should have these men on the carpet for this! The wind company Nextera invited the public to a meeting in a public building then had a lady from the public manhandled! You have many witnesses that clearly saw that you were a non violent, non aggressive lady and you got manhandled for carrying some cardboard signs!

    This violates your right to peaceable demonstration. You are protected under the Bill of Rights within our Canadian Charter!

    Your lawyer should demand an apology from Nextera wind power company and the police or face an assault charge… Hmmm …next era…
    policed state….

    Melodie Burkett
    Severn Township
    Simcoe County
    .

  7. Was anyone able to show you the law that prohibits a person from bringing a sign into the centre? If there is no such law on the books, those police officers should be charged with assault and harassment. This incident should not be allowed to pass unchallenged.

  8. I agree- I suggest you file a report with the local police department. Members in the audience may have photographs? Don’t let them discourage you. It is clearly harrassment and is illegal.

  9. Maybe video recorders should considered a necessary piece of equipment to be taken to open houses. Posting this type of event for all to see has an impact that does not require a court case. These type of actions should not be tolerated by either side of this argument. We do not live in a military state. If we are heading that way everyone should be worried. Freedom of speach is something we should all value.

  10. Good idea Zen. All public meetings should be videotaped from now on.

  11. So now the McGuinty Government’s foul and money grubbing “pet” Wind Industry is using force to shut up taxpayers and people who are literally losing their homes and health due to these disgusting useless contraptions!

    Doesn’t get much clearer than this folks that we are in a serious battle here for our very existence as a Democratic Society.

    These “thugs” must be dragged out into the open light of Truth and displayed for the rest of Ontario to see how far down the “rabbit hole” we’ve been dragged.

    And just for the “Nob” that is voting thumbs down on all these posts…………publish something so we know who you are….oh wait..we do!

  12. Talk is cheap..we need action. We must march in mass! Read Calvin Luther Martin: How to fight the big wind onslaught… Enough is enough, no one is listening. Martin Luther King , Gandhi , Rosa Parks got results through creating tension, peacefully.
    We owe it to future generations to protect them from this kind of blatant disregard for democracy.
    Ontario..it is time to rise up and be counted. Complacency is how we got into this mess. We have a truth to tell and we must tell it from the mountain top. Our farm stands for everything that is good about Canada and I’m not going to let them mess with it!

  13. Lorrie is a real trooper. The question I have is, why didn’t the others attending the meeting come to her aid?

    20-40 people telling the cops to back off would have ended the situation quickly with no harm to Lorrie.

    The govt. and industry were the winners in this but they didn’t have to be.

    Also interesting – out of all the responses, surprisingly only 12, the only one calling for “real action” is the one that received no ratings.

    Rural Ont. is being overrun by an illegitimate industry with govt. help – the same as it’s always been done in all third world countries.

    Stand up or Stand Down
    Tyranny or Freedom

    Make your choice and act accordingly.

    http://www.windfarms.wordpress.com

  14. Lorrie,

    That you were assaulted by police officers is terrible. The officers should at a minimum be reprimanded for even touching you, much less grabbing you forcibly. Hope you are ok.

    Each turbine costs taxpayers at least $300k per year, much of which is retained by the operators. When there is that much money involved, I guess they figure they can break the law.

  15. http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/environment/copenhagensummit/article/737915–layton-blown-away-by-copenhagen

    According to this article in the Toronto Star.. Toronto would not accept wind turbines..

    Quote from newspaper article..

    “But when a city cooperative, Windshare, came up with the proposal to erect wind turbines in Toronto, then convinced Toronto Hydro to support the plan and pay half of the $1.2 million cost, they found no one willing to have it in their backyards.

    A marina just west of the Leslie St. Spit turned out to be directly in the flight path of migrating birds, putting a significant number at risk of striking the spinning blades. A site on the Toronto Islands would have interfered with planes landing at the airport. Then the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club tried to block the 20-storey turbines from going up behind a nearby sewage treatment plant, protesting the risk of death, injury or damage if a blade were to come lose and tumble to the ground. There were also worries about the noisy swoosh of the giant rotors cutting through the wind.”

    Funny old world..
    Those turbine lovers stopped trying to get them in Toronto and headed for communities that did not have the people power that Toronto has..

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