Smith gains ERB extension on Gilead wind project

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It’s an issue that has monopolized his first three months in office but Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith has managed to move the needle on the Gilead Project scheduled for the south shore of Prince Edward County. The public consultation deadline scheduled for Jan. 29 has been extended three weeks to Feb. 19. Read article

7 thoughts on “Smith gains ERB extension on Gilead wind project

  1. I am happy that Prince Edward County has a little more time, however, as things stand they will just get their blah, blah, blah, letters to their comments back a little later. Keep fighting!

  2. We live in the country. We like it here. We bought this house before I retired, knowing the benefits of peace and quiet, dark nights, sounds of nature, and a way of life that rural people understand. As a kid, I spent summers on my grandfather’s farm. That didn’t make me a farmer, but it gave me an appreciation, and a love of the countryside. I don’t like raccoons coming close to the house, but I put out bird feeders year round, and love to see the migratory birds arrive in the spring. We see a few deer now and again, and I’ll admit that the coyote howls in the night don’t tempt me to wander outdoors after dark. I remember walking through cut corn fields going to elementary school, scaring up pheasants, or maybe I should say they scared me. It was fun looking for tadpoles, and mouse nests. There’s an endearing durability in this countryside, but also a certain fragility. We’re mostly corn, wheat and soybeans in this area, so forest fires aren’t much of a threat. I guess I’m a bit of a conservationist, and thinking green means not polluting, or poisoning, or wrecking what nature took so long to forge. Yes people cleared the land years ago, and began farming, but they weren’t recklessly destructive.

    Now, I have the prospect of wind turbines being “planted” immediately to the east of my retirement heaven. I think wind energy is a smart idea. I was interested in it in the 1970’s, and would have liked to experiment with the idea. Anyone remember Harrowsmith magazine? It represented so much of the potential that rural living offers. One ideal that Harrowsmith promoted, was a higher degree of self sufficiency, including using wind power in a beneficial way. But the industrial size turbines being erected now, don’t fit here. They don’t belong here. If the big turbines and wind farms had even one positive quality to them, maybe I could ease up on my condemnation, but they don’t.

    Here’s my challenge. Can you name one beneficial result from erecting turbines? Making profits for their owners doesn’t count. Neither do lease payments to land owners. Turbines don’t make chickens lay more eggs, or cows give more milk. Turbines don’t make people feel good, and they don’t improve the market value assessment, or marketablility of homes. They don’t enhance the sounds of nature, or endear the area to wild life. They don’t improve the crops around me, or make the landscape more picturesque. Turbines don’t reduce taxes, or decrease dependance on fossil fuels. Turbines don’t lower the overall pollution, and they don’t reduce the greenhouse effect. If you have done your homework, and understand the total scope of wind power promotion in Ontario, can you find even one benefit to erecting all the turbines the Liberals have enabled the wind developers to undertake.

    Maybe I’ve missed something. Maybe I’ve become prejudiced to the point where I can’t see the benefits. I’ll keep an eye out for any replies that can enlighten me. For now, all I can see is a white elephant, trampling anything that gets in it’s way.

    • I forgot to add that I share the same fear and frustration that Prince Edward County, Wolf Island, and every other municipality in Ontario, and world wide is or has experienced. But keep fighting. Support your neighbours, and don’t give up. That’s what the Ontario Liberals fear most.

  3. Hear Hear Dave Barlett! You spoke for rural Ontario. We applaud you. My story is similar to yours except that I have bottle fed orphaned raccoons. But that is another story. ( Just glad I read the true story by Sterling North titled ‘Rascal’ ). My Katie came back 4 times after she left us, just to let me know how she was doing and to show me her babies. … Our boys childhood was made so rich living in the country and now they just laugh at the memories of Katie sitting at the table in their old high chair , stealing bacon from their plate to put in her “Bunny-kins’ dish! She loved to nap cuddled up to our black lab. Anyway, thanks for painting such a beautiful picture of the country life we all love and will continue to fight to save. You are so right. Industrial utility scale wind turbines do not do anything to warrant sacrificing our health, our wildlife, our blessed dark nights and quiet rural lifestyle. I would take my chances walking after dark beside wild coyote rather than having a wind turbine desecrate our home.

    We must never give up …more and more city people are beginning to see the truth about the destruction of rural Ontario and rural areas around the world. The greed of the wind industry is now being exposed. The ineptness of wind turbines is now becoming public knowledge. We must raise our voices loud and clear and keep the momentum going. McGuinty is a dictator and urban and rural folks must join forces to stop this madman.

  4. Thanks, Melodie, for sharing your experience in rural Ontario wonderland. You understand, too! I also sympathize with Michael Johanson in Labrador. He has different memories and painted this picture of what development has done to his world in http://www.thetelegram.com/Opinion/Columns/2011-10-22/article-2784191/The-silence-of-the-land/1 and for what–financial profit.

    I shake my head………….and appreciate his loss, everyone’s loss in their area. It’s not Ontario, but the losses transcend provincial boundaries.

  5. A lesson in critical thinking!

    Attention: Teachers and Students!

    The government is asking – for the public to submit comments:

    ‘[excerpt] Gilead Power Corporation has applied for a permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) to kill,

    harm and harass Blanding’s Turtle and Whip-poor-will as well as damage and destroy the habitat of Whip-poor-will

    for the purpose of the development and operation of Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park in the Township of South Marysburgh.

    The proposed Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park would consist of 9 wind turbines,

    up to 22.5 MW installed capacity, and is expected to produce enough electricity for approximately 6,000 homes.

    The project is proposed on 324 hectares of Crown land, along the shores of Lake Ontario, in Prince Edward County.’

    The public consultation deadline scheduled for Jan. 29 has been extended three weeks to Feb. 19.

    Read More:
    http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=20957

    Take action:
    http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/environment/en/ezone/index.htm

    p.s. One cheer for reality!

  6. When I think of the Green Energy Act, Dalton McGuinty, and his attitude toward wind turbines at all cost, I’m reminded of Nikita Khrushchev in the early ’60’s, referring to American President Kennedy at the United Nations, when he said, “He points at the moon but sees only his finger”.

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