Merry Christmas CanWEA, and Happy Holidays to our Premier, Dalton McGuinty

London Free Press

How nice that CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association), a registered lobby group for the wind industry, has the money to spend on large colourful ads to promote the wind industry in Ontario. And where does the Ontario Power Authority get their money to run like ads? I think it could only be from the taxpayers.

Every business deserves the opportunity to succeed and prosper, but never at the expense of human, animal and environmental health. Unfortunately, the very people that industrial wind turbines are hurting do not have the funds for large display ads to warn people about the truth of the harm and the deceit of the provincial government’s renewable energy policy. I am in contact with many people in this province adversely affected by wind turbines. My husband and I had to permanently move from our home. We certainly were not the first and sadly will not be the last. In the past 2 weeks I have been informed by more than one family that they are at the door of bankruptcy. They have lost everything, have moved and in some cases had to split up their families and pets, and are owners of a house they can no longer live in. There are families who are renting a safe house at great personal expense, paying duplicate utilities and rent while also paying the mortgage on their own empty unliveable house. They cannot recoup their loss because they cannot sell a toxic home. These are not people who fell on hard times or are going through a rough patch. These families were fine before having their lives and homes ripped out from under them by their own government. This government is supposed to be in place to protect us but instead they are crafting legislation in favour of wind proponents.

Imagine the wonderful Christmas these families face. While the rest of the province is enjoying feast and good cheer, these people are suffering the worst kind of injustice. Never have I seen anyone suffering as these people are without some sort of effort by the government to intervene. This is criminal.

At last count there were at least 26 families in Ontario that I know of who have spoken publicly about the adverse health symptoms they are experiencing. Sleep deprivation, heart palpitations, chest pressure, headaches, tinnitus, stomach aches, cognitive problems, and the list goes on. This is the tip of the iceberg. There is international documented evidence that these wind turbines are emitting loud cyclical noise, inaudible infrasound that bombards the body making people sick and dirty electricity, new since the installation of the wind turbines and substations. Early pioneers who discovered infrasound found the harm to the human body it caused and the US government has tools to use infrasound as a weapon. The problem is that infrasound carries far and wide. It is not directional so the use of the weapon would hurt many not just a single target. This is the same type of infrasound being emitted from these turbines. Is it anyone wonder why this issue is so complex? It is new science to most people and hard to grasp.

Big problems are evident when once healthy adults must rely on sleeping pills to try to get through the night, and children who are wakened with earaches, some vomiting, must be removed from the house to live with other family members. Imagine trying to get through their day at school.

When people are told to “get a lawyer” by people working directly in the industry before an investigation into their problem has even begun, you know there is something up. And, in fact that is what ultimately happens. There is no help from the government, only complete denial. Affected people are exhausted and powerless. They cannot turn off the machines, Hydro One cannot fix their electrical problems, the developer wins every time and finally the family abandons.

Merry Christmas CanWEA, and Happy Holidays to our Premier, Dalton McGuinty. May you have a peaceful and joyful holiday surrounded by family and loved ones, content in the knowledge that you are winning.

Barbara Ashbee

19 thoughts on “Merry Christmas CanWEA, and Happy Holidays to our Premier, Dalton McGuinty

  1. This may be of interest to you all.

    I received this via email from the ministry:


    You are receiving this email because you have shown an interest in Ontario’s green energy program. The purpose of this email is to inform you of the Regulation Decision Notice: Proposed Amendments to O.Reg. 359/09 (Renewable Energy Approvals), which can be found here:

    As a key pillar in supporting the development of Ontario’s green economy, the Ontario government established O. Reg. 359/09 (Renewable Energy Approvals) under the Environmental Protection Act, on September 24, 2009. The regulation governs the approach to regulating renewable energy generation facilities based on transparency and clear, up-front provincial rules, while ensuring that the environment and human health are protected. Since the regulation came into force, certain provisions of the regulation have been identified as needing further clarity or detail to bring them in line with the original intent of the regulation. The Ministry has made amendments to the regulation to strengthen and clarify those provisions. The amending regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations as Ontario Regulation (O.Reg. 521/10) on December 20, 2010. The regulatory amendments come into force on January 1, 2011.

    Marcia Wallace

    Director, Modernization of Approvals Project

    Environmental Programs Division, Ministry of the Environment

    135 St. Clair Ave. W., 4th Floor Toronto, ON M4V 1P5

    I strongly recommend you all go to the link provided and read the amendments before passing judgment…

    The impression I got was that very few of the submission received were supportive of the GEA, however, I have not yet had the time to view them.


  2. I though this was the key section….

    “In addition to the concerns described above, the Ministry received a large number of submissions through the Environmental Registry that were not specifically related to the proposed amendments, but related to the Government’s position on green energy. The most common themes were related to general opposition to the Government’s green energy agenda and wind energy project development in particular. Some specific comments were related to perceived health impacts, setbacks, property values and loss of municipal decision-making authority.

    The MOE Statement of Environmental Values was considered in the development of these regulatory amendments. The regulation takes an ecosystem approach and supports the principle of pollution prevention by facilitating the development of renewable energy generation which is a cleaner, less polluting source of electricity than fossil fuel-based generation. These amendments encourage increased transparency and enhanced public engagement. Amendments are in keeping with the principle of continuous improvement, as changes will strengthen and improve existing requirements. ”

    It’s basically a “Dear John Letter” for those with health concerns…

  3. Yeah, this is some democracy we have…

    The overwhelming majority of submissions received were against the governments program but hey we’re just the people right?

    Obviously the government doesn’t work for us!

    I believe this is called DICTATORSHIP!!!

    I submit yet again; anarchy has certain advantages in this regard!


  4. Yes…

    And I was previously chided on this very blog for simply stating the obvious…

    Where goes democracy when the government makes victims of the people?

    Chided no longer…


  5. Just heard the “announcement” on CP 24 TV from Hazel Lynn that she wants to do a “Health Study on the Effects of Wind Turbines on People” but she isn’t sure who could do it yet. She said she wants an outside opinion on this and “probably” should be done by a University.

    Bet it’s York University!

    After all, York wrote the GEA and is turning out Baby Greenies by the truckload!

    Don’t expect ANY help from any “appointed or elected official”

    We are ON OUR OWN people and have to take back our land and Democracy ourselves. HOW?……………….start using your imagination, ……………if there is any left!

  6. Quixote: That’s the spirit! Don’t lose it. There is imagination and more coming on board. Incorporate penalties for all power producers that put power on-line when no power is needed. Companies should be responsible to pay for any losses caused by their company’s inability to curtail outputs that cost money to get rid of. First rights should mean first to pay.

  7. While I am very sympathetic with the people who have been displaced and financially hobbled, I continue to contest to all of you that if wind = coal, or wind = natural gas, or wind = nuclear, then the collateral damage represented in this post is minimal.

    Certainly restitution must be made, but that restitution will be paid from the rewards of replacing the mining, drilling, transporting, burning, waste disposal, etc. of the current technologies. We will all benefit so much from wind replacing the other sources of dependable electricity capacity, that it a huge net gain to society will be the result. Now THAT would be a Merry Christmas indeed!

    So…does wind really = coal, gas or nuclear?

    If the answer is no, then the greater public must be convinced. If the answer is yes, then we should all support wind deployment, fighting only for property rights issues for the few unfortunate neighbors of the technology as it colonizes across our lands.

  8. Tom.

    What planet are you living on?

    Coal and Nuclear only produce wastes because we want them to. There is no scientifically valid reason for it. Emissions from coal can be easily mitigated using Fluidized Bed Combustion and Fischer Tropsch Synthesis to convert the CO2 into even more fuel, essentially a reusable hydro-carbon. Spent nuclear fuel still contains over 98% of its original energy and can be reprocessed and reused essentially forever.

    Sadly, for reasons I can neither ascertain nor comprehend, humanity continues to ignore these far simpler, more cost effective and environmentally benign technologies which were perfected many decades ago. Similarly, there is no science supporting the existence of landfills either by still we insist on these instead of waste processing with waste-to-energy.

    Wind cannot compete on any level environmental or otherwise with benefits of what I have just mentioned. Even more sad is the fact that all of this information is freely available in the public domain!

    No Tom, humanity abandoned wind energy over a century ago for good reason. Industrial wind energy is just not viable!


  9. The ENGOs and climate scientists will seek to keep the multi-billion dollar gravy train running by any means necessary.

    The falsehoods spread about alternative “green”energy as a viable source of electricity must be exposed to the general public.

    Once the public finds out how much “green” energy will cost them in their Hydro bills the tide will turn. No one can afford energy poverty.

  10. Wind can never equal nuclear or coal as it is a non-capacity source of erratic power. If it was possible for wind to replace coal Denmark and Germany would be shutting down coal plants and not building them. There is proof, just a lot of money involved in dodging the realities by moving the target around from the environment, health, economy and jobs. Wind is not golden power egg some want to believe. With a little honesty in the media that would be known to all. Lucky there are sites like this to help out with the honesty part.

  11. From the man who would shut down coal burning power plants…

    The words of James Hansen

    “Therefore, it is foolish to demand that policy makers reduce CO2 to 280 ppm. Indeed, if, with a magic wand, we reduced CO2 from today’s 389 ppm to 280 ppm that change would increase Earth’s heat radiation to space by almost 2 watts (per square meter). The planet would rapidly move toward a colder climate, probably colder than the Little Ice Age. Whoever wielded the magic wand might receive a Middle Ages punishment, such as being drawn and quartered.”


    Climate Astrologist and keeper of the NASA temperature records…

  12. The REAL Night Before Christmas!



    T’was the night before Christmas and all through the place
    People were getting on each other’s case.

    The stockings were hung in numbers so great
    We feared that the walls would collapse with the weight.

    The children like cattle were packed off to bed
    We took a quick count, there were 300 head!

    Not to mention those uncountable dozens
    Of nieces and nephews and twice removed cousins!

    With Ma in her teddy and me in some chaps
    We readied for action with a strong shot of Schnapps!

    When all of a sudden there arose such a din
    I tried to look out but the mob held me in.

    Fighting to the window progressed like snails
    To open the shutter I had to pull nails!

    The moon on the crest of the soot covered snow
    Had to shine thru the smog. There was nothing below

    Then what to my blood-shot eyes should appear
    But a soot covered sleigh and eight gasping reindeer.

    With a moth-eaten driver who wasn’t so quick
    I guessed thru the smoke that it must be St Nick!

    He called to his team but I don’t think they heard
    for his voice was panicked when he yelled out these words:

    Look out for wind turbines that hideous scenario
    That’s how we lost Rudolf over Southern Ontario!

    “Don’t hit the outhouse! Get over that wall!
    Now break away, break away or else we’ll all fall!

    So up on the rooftop the reindeer they crashed
    With a sleigh full of gifts now busted and smashed

    As I covered my head and plugged up my ears
    The roof, it fell in from the weight of the deers

    And there was old Nicky, gifts and all
    Staggering around from the force of the fall.

    His clothes were all greasy and he had a huge tummy
    He scared me so much that I yelled for my mummy!

    He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
    Only filled half the stockings the mindless old jerk

    Downing a shooter, to his team gave a holler
    And away they took off like a drunken old sailor

    But I heard him exclaim as he fought for some height


  13. The vast majority of “green” jobs only exist because of government hand-outs. Once the government money runs out so will the jobs.

  14. T3,

    Do hope that the coming year will bring us to the final victory over all things that have been imposed on the people by the “green” energy agenda.

  15. Happy uhh uhh whatever eh?

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

    I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada great.

    This is not to imply that Canada is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only country in the World.

    Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

  16. Such emoting from a science guy!! You brung a tear to my eye, David.

    You know, it is these moments, such as you have sculpted here in prose, that make this time of year so special (not to suggest in any way that it is more special than any other time of year).

    Who said creativity is dead? These are the kinds of sentiments that can change a world!!!

    Thanks for your special thoughts and words.

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