Wind turbine issue in the Ontario legislature

Ted Arnott

Ted Arnott – Monday, April 11

The Minister of the Environment continues to make inconsistent statements and comments regarding industrial wind farms, fueling confusion and anger on the part of communities across Ontario, including those in his own riding, who believe, with good reason, that he just isn’t listening to their concerns. In contrast, my position has been this: First, there should be a
moratorium on new wind farm developments until a comprehensive health study is completed. Second, we must restore the municipal planning authority stripped by this government’s Green Energy Act.

Toby Barrett – Tuesday, April 12

“We remain the only provincial party to pledge the return of municipal decision-making power on wind towers. We will also eliminate the practice of paying out inappropriately expensive subsidies under the Green Energy Act, the FIT program. Again, since the passage of this government’s flawed Green Energy Act, we’ve watched in my area, indeed right across Ontario, as wind towers pit neighbour against neighbour. There’s little doubt in my mind that
we do need municipal oversight, oversight that has been ripped away from our municipally elected representatives by this draconian attempt to usurp power and implement a “green at all costs” agenda, again through the Liberals’ Green Energy Act. We’ve made very clear our demand for a moratorium on wind power until we see the return of this municipal decision-making. I have about 200 wind towers coming just to the southern part of Haldimand county.”

3 petitions read on Monday:

Mr. John O’Toole: This is another series of petitions from my riding of Durham which reads as follows:

“Whereas industrial wind turbine developments have raised concerns among citizens over health, safety and property values;

“Whereas the Green Energy Act”-Bill 150-“allows wind turbine developments to bypass meaningful public input and municipal approvals;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:”

“That the Minister of the Environment” and Minister of Energy “revise the Green Energy Act to allow full public input and municipal approvals on all industrial wind farm developments and that a moratorium on wind development be declared until an independent, epidemiological study is completed into the health and environmental impacts of industrial wind turbines” in my riding of Durham.

I’m pleased to sign it and support it and send it with one of the pages here at Queen’s Park.

Mr. Ernie Hardeman: I have a petition signed by a great number of constituents in Oxford and other ridings around it. It is to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

“Whereas multiple industrial wind farm projects are being considered by the government of Ontario in the absence of independent, scientific studies on the long-term effects on the health of residents living near industrial wind farms;

“Therefore, we, the undersigned, respectfully petition the government of Ontario to put a moratorium on any renewable energy approvals for the construction of industrial wind farms in the province of Ontario until such time as it can be demonstrated that all reasonable concerns regarding the long-term effects on the health of residents living near industrial wind
farms have been fully studied and addressed.”

Thank you very much for allowing me to present this petition on their behalf.

Mr. Ted Arnott: I have another petition to the Legislature of Ontario, and it reads as follows:

“Whereas multiple industrial wind farm projects are being considered by the government of Ontario in the absence of independent, scientific studies on the long-term effects on the health of residents living near industrial wind farms;

“Therefore, we, the undersigned, respectfully petition the government of Ontario to put a moratorium on any renewable energy approvals for the construction of industrial wind farms in the province of Ontario until such time as it can be demonstrated that all reasonable concerns regarding the long-term effects on the health of residents living near industrial wind
farms have been fully studied and addressed.”

11 thoughts on “Wind turbine issue in the Ontario legislature

  1. Thanks to all who wrote and signed petitions and thanks to the politicians willing to stand by their citizens and not let the McGuinty Liberals ignore the assault on Ontario by Industrial Wind Turbines.

  2. Doesn’t matter. What’s done is done. We live with it for 20 years and by then federal governments will endorse / enforce. If more government income means a smaller setback then so be it. It will happen. I wish we were communist cause we are not far from it sad to say

  3. While I applaud the Conservatives for stating a moratorium until the Municipalities have input, what will that accomplish? What municipality willl be prepared to deal with the issue? Until we have a commitment from them moritorium until studies are conducted we don’t really gain anything. It is shifing the problem from the province to county, to city/town level. We need to keep pushing folks……

  4. People keep forgetting that it was the municipalities who complained they were ill prepared to handle this and forced the issue of setbacks with the province. The result was the GEA. Presently there are several municipalities who are not complaining who have turbines, what are residents to do in these cases with the suggestions above, wait 5 years to be the guinea pigs for the epi. study. The scope is too narrow. We all know that wind and many other renewables represent high cost for low value. We need to push for an investigation by the auditor general asking for the evidence which shows that taxpayer dollars have not been wasted. Wind turbines don’t make sense, plain and simple.

  5. wb said “We need to keep pushing folks……”,which I`d end with “…by educating our friends/relatives/anyone who`ll listen,on the real facts about totally useless, Industrial wind turbines, climate science &/or lack thereof. It`s a huge undertaking,in a very short time frame. But Canada is worth it! Ontario is worth it! We`re the best country in the world!!!
    Let`s keep it that way folks!! Stop The Turbines Now!!!

  6. I certainly would have put it in a respectful manner.

    Lets keep at their ridings and ensure they lose their seats…

  7. No Ontario resident should have to endure harm from wind turbines, no matter who dysfunctional/deluded their municipal council is.

  8. To Windaction

    How about CORRUPT as in accepting money from an IWT developer for their POLITICAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN?

    To Doug Moran

    Since it’s ALL ABOUT the MONEY, let’s take Rural Grubby’s advice and ask ALL our accounting family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and customers to petition the Auditor General of Ontario to investigate this mismanagement of our tax monies which are lining the pockets of the political cronies of the present govt while robbing tax payers of needed services.

    And even if we aren’t accountants, let’s FLOOD the office of the Auditor General to ask for investigation of all the programmes FIT……………which are NOT GIVING Ontarians VALUE for expenditures!

  9. AND, during the coming Provincial election, ask every party leader and your riding candidate whether s/he will demand an investigation by the Auditor General of Ontario into the value for money being shovelled into the IWT developers’ pockets!

  10. Here are the words out of our Liberal MPP VanBommel’s mouth at the protest a couple weeks ago (which of course may contain no truth…you decide):

    “The municipalities asked us to do this (GEA)”
    &
    “AMO requested this (GEA)”.

  11. This could be more confuse the issue or MPP Van Bommel does not even know how the Green Energy Act was passed.

    Again, Windaction the history and the parties involved in the passage of the Green Energy Act has been presented in numerous postings here over the past few weeks.

    Written published information was used in this presentation.

Comments are closed.