Mayor and anti-wind groups considering their next steps

suncor_jpg_1327041cl-8By Brent Boles, Sarnia Observer 
A Suncor plan to build 46 wind turbines in and around the Town of Plympton-Wyoming has been given the green light by provincial officials. A decision posted on the Ontario environmental registry Friday shows that the Cedar Point Wind project has been given renewable energy approval.

“We were expecting it. It’s highly disappointing,” said Ingrid Willemsen of the group We’re Against Industrial Turbines Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW). “All the wind turbine projects seem to get a rubber stamp no matter how many arguments are in place against them.” Other turbines are slated to go up in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

While it wasn’t immediately clear when work on the turbines will break ground, Willemsen said she believes the decision means crews could begin building as early as this fall. One of the conditions of approval says that the project must be finished being built within the next three years. When the province reached out for public consultation at the end of 2013, they received more than 1600 comments in return. Read article

53 thoughts on “Mayor and anti-wind groups considering their next steps

    • For those who are reluctant to click on a link without knowing what it’s referring to, the corruption trial in the above link is directly related to industrial wind turbines.

      • Yes, followed this link the first time it was posted! Politics as usual in Mass.

        Mass. now is not what the founders intended back in 1620. They came to get away from European corruption as well as religious freedom.

    • ‘[excerpt] Historic Corruption Trial Massachusetts

      All three defendants in the Massachusetts Probation Corruption Trial have been found guilty. The three people were found guilty of federal racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and mail fraud.
      Public corruption is bribery, embezzlement, racketeering, kickbacks, and extortion. It takes place all over Massachusetts . It can also include groups like semi quasi state agencies.
      The second trial will feature convicted ex speaker of the House of Representatives & author of the Green Communities Act Sal DiMasi. Sal DiMasi is half way through an eight year federal conviction on corruption charges.
      The specific federal charges relate to kickbacks, racketeering, as well as mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax fraud.’

    • And in Canada:

      ‘[excerpt] One of our members got a quick response from her MP in answer to her email on the policy points regarding wind power in Ontario, and the 2015 election. Her MP told her that the federal government is doing a health study, and that is that: any other contact should be through the province of Ontario.’

    • Data base or rent-a-mob?

      Maybe these data bases contain quite a few MLAs at QP? Ready for action!

  1. “Hey Diane!”

    Look at!
    all the airtime available
    to talk about things OTHER THAN
    the recklessly negligent industrial wind energy facilities
    (funded and otherwise supported by the FEDERAL government)
    in Hon. Doug Finley & Hon. Diane Finley’s HOME constituency,
    Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada.

    Senate Debate, March 6, 2012, Handard Record on Foreign Foundations Involvement in Canadian Affairs.

    On the Order:
    Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Eaton calling the attention of the Senate to the interference of foreign foundations in Canada’s domestic affairs and their abuse of Canada’s existing Revenue Canada Charitable status.

    Hon. Doug Finley: Honourable senators, I rise today to hopefully add further context to the inquiry opened by Senator Eaton and expanded by Senator Wallace last week regarding the infiltration of foreign influence under the guise of Canadian charitable foundations.

    Why are foreign foundations spending so much money in Canada instead of in their own or in needy Third World countries? It is important that Canadians are aware that American interests are behind many of the so-called “grassroots movements” taking place in Canada today. Shady foreign money is being used to influence Canadian domestic and commercial policy in an obscure fashion. U.S. charitable foundations, which may perhaps have their own economic and market-driven agendas, are contributing major dollars to pseudo and radical environmental groups in Canada.
    There is nothing wrong with groups advocating for environmental conservation. However, there is a problem when their unstated intent is to undermine Canadian industries and do irreparable damage to Canada’s economy. The environmental movement has been benignly trusted in Canada for far too long without being called into question. It is high time they were held to some account.
    Reference was made by Senator Eaton regarding assertions that United States-based charitable foundations do not necessarily serve Canadian interests. We should ask ourselves why U.S. charities are concentrating so much of their funding activity in Canada. If the genuine concern was purely environmental, surely Canada would not be the only country under such considerable foreign intervention, especially when Canadian oil producers are already held to among the highest environmental regulations and standards in the world.

    Does Saudi Arabia or Iran even have environmental standards? Technically, we do not know because they are dictatorship regimes that will not tell us. We can freely speculate, however.

    Canadians deserve more information about the significant sums of cash flowing across the border. This money is being deployed to damage support for projects that stand to generate considerable economic activity and jobs in Canada.
    To provide comparison, the Tides Foundation funded a rape intervention project in Sub-Saharan Africa with a charitable sum of US$9,000; a generous donation of US$9,998 was granted to a project to support people with HIV in Indonesia; and a program in Tanzania received an impressive US$5,802 for an AIDS prevention initiative. I am not criticizing anyone for providing relief to the Third World, but I ask honourable senators where they would place Tides’ priorities. It certainly would not appear to be in Sub-Saharan Africa or in Indonesia.

    It would seem that Tides is spending significantly more in Canada, one of the most environmentally secure and economically thriving countries in the world, with campaigns discouraging tourism and destroying industries than they are in developing countries.

    In what fashion do these campaigns provide any beneficial or charitable purpose to the Canadian public? It would look as if the only purpose they have served is influencing our national debate by making misleading and exaggerated charges. It should never be considered a charitable act to attack Canada’s oil sands.
    I fail to recognize where foreign-funded, radical, economically motivated environmentalists fall into any of these categories. Rather, these campaigns claim environmental concern, masquerade as “grassroots” movements, and undermine the credibility of Canadian industries.
    Since 2003, the Hewlett Foundation, based in California, has granted a total of $25.7 million for various projects to “address” the energy sector in Canada.

    The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, based in California, has granted at least $80 million to environmental organizations working in Canada.

    Another organization, the Lazar Foundation, from Portland, Oregon, has furnished funds in a particularly targeted fashion on drafting reports targeting Canadian natural resources.
    Let me tell you a story. Back in the early 2000s, British Columbia had a lucrative salmon farming industry, whereas Alaska’s salmon ranching industry was very much in decline. According to a 2011 National Post article, since 2000, the Packard Foundation, an American group based in San Francisco, has paid some $83 million for various projects that have diverted market share away from B.C. farmed salmon toward Alaskan ranched salmon. B.C. salmon farming has been demonized by various organizations, all paid for by Packard, while the value of Alaskan ranched salmon has tripled in price.

    Let us be clear: These are not campaigns opposing aquaculture organizations since they do not discourage buying Alaskan ranched salmon. These are campaigns motivated deliberately by American interests under the guise of erroneous public health concerns.
    Honourable senators, the issue here is about accountability. In both the U.S. and Canada, a large number of groups that campaign against Canadian industries are funded by these billion-dollar foreign foundations. Their political interference significantly and sinisterly slants the debate in Canada and is likely to be geared in favour of foreign interests.
    It has been estimated that since 2000, U.S. foundations have funneled well over a quarter of a billion dollars to various organizations and campaigns in Canada. However, Canadians are blind to this suspiciously duplicitous use of foreign money because they do not know it is happening.
    As Senator Wallace eloquently highlighted, regrettably our rules are few.
    Canadians need to march with their phones and computers to tell Carol Larson of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Melissa Bradley of the Tides Foundation and Peter Robinson of the David Suzuki Foundation that they will not stand for this.’

  2. Wikipedia, Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., John & Ross Keating

    This company had these wind projects in their portfolio of companies when Canadian Hydro Developers was acquired by TransAlta in 2009

    Cowley North, Pincher Creek , Alberta, 15 turbines, 2001
    Cowley Ridge, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 57 turbines, 2000
    Sinnott Wind Farm, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 5 turbines, 2001

    Keating brothers are now into BluEarth Renewables, Inc., Calgary

  3. Morningstar

    Algonquin Power & Utilities ownership:

    Emera Inc., owns 50,126,766 shares
    RBC Global Asset Management Inc., owns 11,812,287 shares
    TD Asset Management Inc., owns 3,412,838 shares
    BMO Asset Management Inc., owns 2,173,874 shares

    TD Asset Management Inc.owns 1,081,454 shares of Stantec Inc. and also owns over 3 million shares of Algonquin Power & Utilities. Stantec did the approvals on Amherst Island?

      • Conflict? Are you kidding! Look at the connections among these companies. These are government contracts and not private dealings among companies.


    ‘[excerpt] Potential bias in the enforcement and prosecution of bird deaths has piqued the interest of the House Natural Resources Committee, which in March subpoenaed the case files for all Obama-administration investigations conducted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

    But to date, the Fish and Wildlife Service has not provided all of the records, says the committee’s press rep, Michael Tadeo.

    “Our subpoena has not been fully complied with,” Tadeo says. “The documents we have received have been heavily redacted, and the administration continues to stonewall us on this issue.”’

    ‘[excerpt] Dominic Dominici, another former investigator with the agency, confirms that the federal government is “prepared to turn a blind eye” to negative aspects of so-called green energy projects. Not only does the government fail to prosecute wind or solar companies that kill birds, they are now even granting those companies permits allowing them to kill protected bird species with no consequences. Anyone else doing so could face felony prosecution.’

  5. “Journalists are betraying the public’s trust.
    When the Media Makes You Weep”

    Donna L –
    a Victim of Industrial Wind Turbines – you know

    ‘[excerpt] We are witnessing a tidal wave of impaired judgment. What media organizations consider newsworthy and what barely makes it onto their radar frequently leaves me gasping.’

    ‘[excerpt] It’s because the BBC – one of the most venerable news brands on the planet – now thinks it’s acceptable to re-write history. It thinks it’s OK to substantially alter the direction and meaning of a news story without advising its audience that it has done so. This is a fundamental betrayal of the public’s trust.

    The proper thing for the BBC to do was to post a brand new news story on its website incorporating the latest information. Instead, it chose to rewrite the original one, altering its headline in a manner that gives no indication of the role the BBC itself played in spreading this unsubstantiated rumour.’

    ‘[excerpt] As a result, the thousands of people who, like me, linked to the earlier version of the BBC story on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere appear to suffer from reading comprehension difficulties. The remarks we made at the time don’t accord with what the BBC’s website actually says. But this isn’t because we misunderstood – or because we jumped to conclusions or indulged in exaggeration.’

    ‘[excerpt] It’s fair to say that I, personally, have been experiencing an existential crisis these past few months. The state of journalism has never depressed me more. Like Senator Barasso, I don’t think global warming is the most important thing happening out there. Far from it.

    Which has made blogging about the climate debate nearly impossible lately.’

  6. UPDATE: Invenergy

    CNW July 10,2014, Quebec City

    “La Caisse acquires a 24.7% stake in U.S.-based Invenergy”

    In early 2013, La Caisse acquired a minority stake in Invenergy comprised of 11 wind projects in the U.S. and 2 in Canada.

    Deal in the works for past two years.–based-invenergy-wind


    Caisse De Depot Et placement Du Quebec

    Ownership list includes:
    Enbridge Inc., 31,900,00 shares
    Toronto Dominion Bank, 18,229,182 shares
    Suncor Energy Inc., 18,558,980 shares

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