Letters to the Toronto Star

Toronto Star

Re:  Ontario goes on green job spree, Dec. 1

More propaganda from the “Sussex Strategy Group” campaign outline to “confuse” the issue in the political/public/media away from just price to include key value attributes such as jobs, clean air, farm income, etc.

Other than stating where the plants will be located, most of this is simply a re-hash of items included in previous announcements.

According to the article, only 17 per cent of the 1,726 jobs will be permanent, full-time jobs, and what guarantee do we have that all of the affiliated construction and “indirect or spin-off” jobs will be “green”?

I am not fooled.

Debbie Lynch, Norwood

“The scientific evidence available to date does not demonstrate a link between wind turbine noise and diverse health effects,” notes Dr. Arlene King.

The point here is that the “evidence available” does not include any studies on the effects of the subsonic pulsing from these giant turbines, pulsing that bombards the human body even below the conscious level of awareness. This is the root of the distress experienced by those living near these turbines.

In time, the human body might be able to adapt to this relentless pulsing from one turbine. Some rural residents are encircled by up to a dozen turbines. When these are moving at different cycles each pounding the air at the ground, the pulses bounce up in different directions.

The result is disturbing to the body and very detrimental to health. I have been a proponent of wind power for fifty years. Small windmills are benign. But please, let us have health studies before any more industrial turbines.

Sheila Burr, Kincardine

The Star deserves kudos for this excellent article on the cost to the consumers and taxpayers of the government’s environmental programs. The article points out that the financial projections of the impact of these initiatives provided by Dalton McGuinty’s Deputy Premier George Smitherman a little over a year ago were “wildly optimistic.” One might rephrase this by saying that they were grotesquely wrong.

Pav Penna, Georgetown
Things seem so easy until politicians get involved. Remember when we were asked to do our backyard composting? Bins were bought in bulk and subsidized by municipalities. Want to upgrade your house and save energy? Tax rebates were the answer. The response to these programs were very positive and by and large the taxpayer bought in to the government initiatives.

After seeing this article most of us should be wondering how our elected officials at Queen’s Park have gone so far adrift; all this money being spent by Ministry of Energy on seemingly ridiculous initiatives.

Wouldn’t most of us gladly put a solar panel on our roof if the ministry negotiated a deal with a single supplier to give us, the taxpayers, a decent price and the opportunity to reduce our cost. In the process it might even cut out some of the backroom deals and craziness this ministry has embarked upon.

Larry Willman, Port Perry

And just for a good belly laugh….

Thanks to Dr. Foreman for an excellent summary of the reasons why wind power will beat coal, hands down. Canadians now need to know that their fervent wish to be done with nuclear power is also realistic. This is more good news that the Star itself has missed.

Premier McGuinty has also apparently not noticed that one more year’s worth of proposals to build wind turbines, in the same number and size that this past year provided, means that all of the current nuclear output can be replaced! (This takes account of the fact that winds blow only about one third of the time.)

Of course, the Premier would have to allow most of them to be built, and he would have to demand that the transmission lines that are currently being held under used for nuclear power alone be freed up to allow clean energy to run through them.

The Star must now ask any of our excellent environmental organizations — Ontario Clean Air Alliance, The Pembina Institute, Greenpeace — to provide an outline of how this can be done. It seems to me that the steadfast opposition to nuclear power by the NDP and the Green Party is going to save us much suffering.

William L. Shore, Sutton

2 thoughts on “Letters to the Toronto Star

  1. Just a reminder to everyone that: Gideon Foreman IS NOT A DOCTOR .


    However he did take a creative writing course and is clearly able to practice his craft freely in the Toronto Star — without repercussion.


    “Mr. Forman holds a Master’s degree in philosophy from McGill University. He interned at The Nation – America’s oldest weekly journal – and *** studied creative writing at the Banff Centre for the Arts ***. From 1997-2004, he was Vice President of Strategic Communications Inc., a firm that provides political consulting and fundraising advice to the non-profit sector. In 1999, Strategic Communications was named to The Profit 100 as one of Canada’s fastest growing firms.

    In 2004, he became Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Under his leadership, CAPE won a gold medal at the 2006 Canadian Environment Awards. In 2007, he was the co-winner of a Virtuoso Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (London, England). He is currently a Judge for the Green Toronto Awards. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Forum, and The Toronto Star, among other publications.”

    Mr. Foreman is clearly a specialist in advocacy through the use of creative writing and and science fantasy.

    Foreman needs to resign!

  2. Here is one that should have been there..


    “Alan Skeoch was paying $477 a month for electricity used at his farm near Erin, Ont., using direct debits from his bank account.

    On Dec. 1, Hydro One withdrew $11,907 from his account without notice, wiping out all his savings.

    He had fallen behind on his payments because the electricity meter at his second property hadn’t been read since 2008. ”



    CAUTION! Twits may be accessing your bank accounts!

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