Bay Street or Main Street?

Wellington Advertiser

As of March 18, NextEra Energy Resources hired the Bay Street law firm Cassels, Brock and Blackwell to lobby the McGuinty government on their behalf.  The Ministry of the Environment, led by Liberal MPP John Wilkinson, was one of the ministries listed on the lobbyist registry.

Curiously, former Liberal Premier David Peterson serves as senior partner and chairman of Cassels, Brock and Blackwell and heads up its government relations group. It is well known that David Peterson is a good friend and mentor to Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Peterson continues to be a big supporter of the Ontario Liberal Party. Peterson also sits on the Board of Directors of various businesses, two of which are wind energy companies (Ventus Energy Inc. and Ventus Energy West Cape Windpower LP).

There is an interesting story behind Ventus Energy Inc. It was founded in 2003 with $21,000 in capital and in 2007 100% shares were sold for $124-million to GDF Suez Energy North America. In its short history as a privately owned company, Ventus quickly developed one of the largest portfolios of potential wind farms in Canada and had obtained exclusive rights for this development on over 17 million acres of land.

Interestingly, Mr. Noble C. Chummar, a member of “The Government Relations” group, was listed as a registered lobbyist on behalf of NextEra Energy Resources at the office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario.

Noble C. Chummar is a skilled lobbyist. For example it was reported in the Toronto Star (Jan.28/11) that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) engaged Peterson and Cassels Brock in 2009 to help lobby the Ontario Government to sanction mixed martial arts in the province. The McGuinty Government had been cool to the idea but in August 2010 announced the MMA would be coming to Ontario.

Thousands of Ontarians have requested that John Wilkinson, as Minister of the Environment, and the McGuinty Liberal’s place a moratorium on further industrial wind energy installations until a proper health study is done to determine what, if any health effects are caused by wind turbines.

Our Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, works for Health Minister Deb Matthews, who happens to be Peterson’s sister-in-law. Her studies involving wind energy should include real people living close to real wind turbines not literature reviews and computer modelling as supplied by the powerful wind energy industry lobbyists.

Current opinions on health impacts are simply not good enough. We need hard science to back up those claims so that we can be 100% certain that industrializing our township in this manner does not harm the people who live and work here.

If the McGuinty and Wilkinson Liberals are not listening to the people of Wellington County about the NextEra industrial wind project proposed in Mapleton, who are they listening to: Bay Street or Main Street?

Jonathan Wagner, ALMA

20 thoughts on “Bay Street or Main Street?

  1. FROM THE WELLINGTON ADVISOR

    Group starts green energy campaign
    TORONTO –

    Doctors, nurses, and leading health charities are launching an advertising campaign to support renewable power and the speedy phase-out of coal-fired electricity.

    It is the first time in Ontario health professionals have undertaken such an initiative. Under the heading, Doctors and Nurses Support Green Energy, the campaign says last year the province’s coal plants caused over 150,000 illnesses and over 300 deaths.

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), the Asthma Society of Canada, and the Ontario Lung Association supported the ads.

    CAPE executive director Gideon Forman, said, “If decision-makers ignore this message, they’ll have a lot of unhappy health professionals on their hands.”

    The ads are running in 17 Ontario newspapers (including The Advertiser) .

    Vol 44 Issue 20

    • CAPE executive director Gideon Forman, said, “If decision-makers ignore this message, they’ll have a lot of unhappy health professionals on their hands.”

      If this statement is to be believed –
      then these unhappy health professionals
      should seek employment with the United Nations.

  2. In theory, we should all be dead here in Haldimand County, since this is the area that is by far the worst affected by the Ontario coal plants. New grave yards should be being commissioned to handle the onslaught of death; the hospitals should be overflowing, but they’re not. People move here because the air is so clean.

    In practice, wind turbines are causing misery to the point that people are walking away from their homes, because they’re so sick.

    Now we know it’s just a scam to put money into somebody’s pocket–recycled politicians and their friends.

    • So together lets put an end to it
      Lets begin to rile people. show Ontarians why they are going to foodbanks. Why they can’t save.
      Show them how much money the ECO industry gets to brainwash us….wake them up

  3. OOOOOh. Now I get it. I hope T. Boone Pickens reads this article.
    Over half of the projects that are to hook into the Bruce to Milton line are NextEra projects- that’s 468 MW out of 747 MW. Pickens didn’t ‘lobby’ our government, so the transmission line will take a right angle turn and go 140km South to pick up the NextEra ones instead. Liberals feeding Liberals. I’d like to believe this isn’t how such major decisions are being made…

  4. In reality, within our grid system, IWTs are expensive pieces of junk designed to increase the costs of electricity. A few good days or hours which IWTs appear to be productive are not worth the effort or money spent. Reports on hourly production rates hide the fact IWTs do not provide a steady rate of power during any hour. Since grids must have a specific amount of electricity on line uncontrollable production from IWTs increases the cost to keep the grid stable.
    So in addition to the money wasted building IWTs is the wasted money to support IWT on the grid. There are increased costs associated building and maintaining additional transmission capacity as well as securing reliable power that can meet IWT demands. A company with a secured source of reliable power will cost more when matching power surges and drops from IWT production. This continues even when there is excess power to be sold at a loss. Having IWT power on the grid creates a far greater loss when selling at a loss since additional reliable power has to be produced for no other purpose than to stabilize the input from IWTs.

    As much as IWTs are an environmental disaster they are by far a greater economic disaster.

  5. While many of Tim’s ideas scare me, at this point I’d still like him to force Dalton to tap out. (For more civilized readers, that’s a UFC/MMA term.)

  6. I’m wondering whether any of the enquiring minds that frequent this site have looked into exactly how all of these contracts were issued. What rationale was used to put each individual project into the hands of each developer? Was there a bidding process? Was it first come first served? If Ventus Energy (mentioned in the article) was started with $21,000 of seed money and then sold four years later for $124 million, how was this value created? Was Ventus simply given contracts which are so valuable they were flipped to a new purchaser for a $124 million profit? If so, this sounds like Russia, where state assets worth billions of dollars were handed over to the oligarchs (a small faction friendly to the government) at virtually no cost. Have Ontarians been ripped off in a similar fashion?

    • BOB:

      The FIT contracts are like “Standard offers to Purchase” — at a fixed price. If you can put together an offer to supply — you are in the game.

      So you can hold a barbecue, pass the hat to raise money to offer to lease farmland — sign some people up and away you go. Whatever mechanism works for you.

      Or if you own a farm and can get a deal on some wind turbines — then organize a company, register it and away you go.

      Or if you can find an ex-president of an arm of a political party to front your deal — so much the better. Then you can just line up a sympathetic Banker — Like say the chairman of The Royal Bank of Scotland… and there you have it… a ready made foreign sell-out!

    • Indeed this was a handsome rate of return/ROI from a small investment. Does smack of Russia dosen’t it ?

      • It’s becoming clearer and clearer –
        the fog is rising – and we can see the
        depth of the obsession with the climate.

        – these people –
        need a mental health
        professional – they should not be around children.
        Complete insanity!

        Start your engines!
        Wow! Tony Blair – on the world stage –
        to save the planet.

  7. I can start an article pretty quickly – others can fill in the details and are welcome to finish it off.
    Fit to be Tried
    When news of Pickens’ NAFTA challenge came out, I had a look through the December FIT rankings and the July 4th contract offers, and following up some comments from another poster on the Globe site, noted 5 of the “Bruce” area contracts awarded were projects that were also in the “West of London” area in December – 4 of which seem to belong to shell companies of Nextera (formerly FLP, as you noted) … the other is Suncor, currently fighting alongside the government at a hearing.

    Added up, 77% of the FIT contracted volume went to only 3 applicants: Suncor, IPC, and Nextera.

    So we know Suncor’s tribunal bond, and IPC’s Liberal connection, but the big winner was Nextera, and this article was the missing piece that ties the whole thing together.

    I’ve got a mental image of Pickens hysterically riding a ballistic GE wind turbine into a Liberal hurricane.

  8. I`ve always thought McGuinty & associates were very much corrupt, but I didn`t even imagine it was this bad! Every bit as bad as Russia!
    The biggest problem I see, is how do we spread the word, and spread it quickly? On time for people to digest before the election?
    Like Energy Numbers Guy says, some things Tim Hudac says, are a bit scarey, I think overall, they are pretty mild, compared to McGuintys` corruption. I think Tim will listen. And I think he is honest.
    As long as you don`t plan on going to jail, or becomeing a criminal, you should be ok.
    Now McGuinty & associates in crime, might have something to worry about! They`d look good in jail!

    • Those who have facilitated “green” energy have created a new class of millionaries and billionaries and made fine lifestyles for themselves. More and more is being revealed almost everyday. The word will get out to the ordinary people who pay for all of this.

      • I look at it this way………..

        There’s one fault to the entire scheme:
        Too bad this cabal hasn’t found a way –
        to live forever.

        They’re just ordinary.

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