Provinces Legal Arguments Pathetic

Perhaps McGuinty received some advice from Mubarak?


by Adam Shirley London Free Press
There are two cases going on right now in which municipalities or private citizens are trying to challenge the placement of wind turbines in Ontario. Both centre around health issues potentially caused by turbines, safe setback distances, and so on. In both cases, there are studies put forward that seem to suggest it is possible to be harmed by being too close to a wind turbine over a period of time. This is apart from the reams of anecdotal evidence from across Ontario suggesting the same thing.

What has the response been from the province? Firstly, they tried to make it impossible to challenge any turbine placement or the Green Energy Act, suggesting it was simply outside the jurisdiction of any individual or court. Perhaps McGuinty received some advice from Mubarak about how to “legally” ignore popular discontent.

Secondly, when faced with expert testimony, lawyers from the Ministry of the Environment and Suncor (aren’t those very strange bedfellows) tried to argue that experts were too biased to testify. In one case, this was because the expert was on the board of directors of a group that monitors wind turbine operations and questions whether they are safe. If a scientist finds that a particular technology is potentially unsafe and therefore joins a group dedicated to making sure it is only used in a safe fashion, I call that taking action based on the facts. If only more scientists did the same.

Those two arguments by the Ministry and Suncor completely ignore any possible health impacts of windmills . These efforts to stifle opposing viewpoints are typical of the McGuinty government, but they have no place in a democratic society.

POSTED BY: Adam Shirley, London

6 thoughts on “Provinces Legal Arguments Pathetic

  1. That’s DISGUSTING!………..what the hell is wrong with this Government?…………….McGuinty is an INSULT to Mabarauk!

  2. “What has the response been from the province? Firstly, they tried to make it impossible to challenge any turbine placement or the Green Energy Act, suggesting it was simply outside the jurisdiction of any individual or court. Perhaps McGuinty received some advice from Mubarak about how to “legally” ignore popular discontent.”

    Come October 6th, we will see how the people of Ontario “challenge” our current provincial government.

    Using our “power” at the ballot box is the ultimate manner in which democratic citizens can voice our “popular discontent”.

    I currently reside in a Liberal-held provincial riding. I will certainly let my current MPP know exactly why I will not be voting for him on October 6.

  3. If the lawyers from the M.O.E. and Suncor tried to argue that experts were too bias to testify then does it not follow that experts on behalf of the pro-turbine group are also bias? Geeze…
    Debbie…I am sorry to hear you live in a Liberal-held riding…I can’t wait to get rid of these Bozos come Oct. 6. 🙂

  4. The present government more likey got it’s energy advice from the European Union.

    It’s the European Union that is imposing wind turbines onto the rural people of the U.K. The EU supersedes U.K. laws so the people have no right of appeal.

    This same energy policy was brought to Ontario and imposed on Ontarians via the Green Energy Act. No rights for Ontarians to appeal!!!

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