Wynne’s green energy putting Ontario in red

wynneLondon Free Press, Jim Merriam
It’s to be hoped the Fraser Institute didn’t spend much money on its recent study of the fiscal performance of Canada’s premiers. Every resident of Ontario able to sit up and take nourishment — probably including Wiarton Willie last week — has known the study’s conclusion for a long time: Premier Kathleen Wynne is doing a lousy job of managing Ontario’s economy.

Wynne, with the help of her predecessor Dalton McGuinty, has reduced Ontario from a powerhouse to an empty house. On almost every file Wynne’s government is found wanting if not severely under water, to borrow a phrase from the mortgage industry.

The worst is energy. The cost of power in the province has forced industries to close and some families to choose between heat and groceries. A columnist in a Toronto newspaper recently suggested the heat-vs.-food statement is an exaggeration. He should spend a few minutes listening to clients at food banks in rural areas. But I digress. Much of the high cost of power is associated with renewable energy production.

A new study from the University of Ottawa confirms what we’ve been saying all along: Ontario brought in wind energy with a “top-down” style that brushed off the worries of communities where the massive turbines now stand. Stewart Fast, who headed the study, said, “It was a gold rush, basically.” Since those involved kept details secret to avoid giving their competitors an edge, residents didn’t know what their neighbours were planning. “That is really the worst way to go about something that you know is going to have a big impact on landscape and people,” he said. Read article

Huron East farmers hit with $32 million liens by wind turbine construction contractors

Veresen, St. Columban Wind. Money troubles. Maybe this explains why they went after my dad for ‘costs’ in the Environmental Review Tribunal, being short on cash. They were denied costs in a decision by the ERT, and thankfully future Appellants haven’t had to face this threat when trying to voice their concerns in the only way that is provided to them.

But $32 million in liens? Did they EVER have the money to build this wind project? 

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Parcel Register for Property Identifier

LOCAL FARMERS NAMED IN LIENS WORTH over $32 MILLION
Huron Perth Landowners Association (HPLA) Press Release — October 8, 2015

Over $32 million in construction liens have been placed against St. Columban area farms. In many cases, it seems, they were applied without the farmers’ knowledge.

Six liens, valued at over $32 million, have been applied to local properties by wind turbine construction contractors, according to the Service Canada registry.  From documents obtained four of the six liens have been applied since June 2015.

In addition, three Superior Court Certificates indicate that legal action has been initiated and, according to court records obtained Oct. 5, 2015, this continues to be an ongoing issue.

Information from one local farmer (leaseholder), who has construction liens placed against his property, shows that the liens are more than double the income he hopes to receive over the twenty-year life of his leases. He was told by contacts associated with the wind turbine company that the liens would be removed, and yet no such action has been taken. He was unaware of the more recent construction liens, which also impact his farm. Continue reading

NextEra still doing the “eat, drink & sign wind lease” meetings

Eat, drink and sign your property away! NextEra serves a buffet to people with land in Hardy Creek Wind Project area (Middlesex/Lambton).

Notice that a public meeting hasn’t happened yet for this project. NextEra needs to get all the land signed up first, then they’ll tell the rest of you about it (maybe). This invite was sent to some landowners, but not all. Those with a few acres are still left out of the loop on what is happening in this project.

Can you see how this way of ‘doing business’ DESTROYS communities?

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Wind Leaseholders May Be On The Hook For Billions

global-landgrabA recent visit by members of the Ontario Landowners Association to the Land Registry Office in Goderich (Service Ontario) has revealed the registration of a one billion dollar mortgage by K2 Wind Ontario Inc. on 100 wind leaseholder properties in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW), home of the 140 turbine K2 Wind Project. They were looking for the original deed for a property and stumbled on K2 Wind’s charge. Certified public records indicate that some properties may be encumbered at twenty times their farm land value, or more.

“We don’t know the full ramifications of what we have discovered this week”, stated Dave Hemingway, President of the Huron Perth Landowners Association. “We know that K2 Wind is not the only wind company following this practice but we don’t know at this point just how many others are involved.” Mr. Hemingway went on to say, “This raises some serious questions. Have the wind developers been smooth talkers and have rural leaseholders been too naïve and trusting? This might very well impact leaseholders’ ability to borrow money for their farming operations.”
Mr. Hemingway states that this discovery could have a profound effect on a leaseholders’ ability to borrow money, sell the farm or otherwise do what he/she sees fit with their own land.

The Ontario Landowners Association has been promoting the concept of property rights for landowners and has been encouraging them to make application for their Crown Land Patent. As part of this program the association encourages property owners to get a copy of the original deed for when the property was transferred from the Crown to private ownership. In the Huron Perth area, this happened from around 1830. The Crown sold the land to the Canada Company which then sold parcels to the local landowners of the time. The Huron Perth Landowners Association has published a Crown Letters Patent booklet to explain what a Crown Letters Patent is and how to get one for your own property. The association also recommends getting the original deed for one’s property which sets out the terms under which the first individual landowner received the property rights which have subsequently becomes the current owner’s property rights.
For further information, contact Dave Hemingway at 519-482-7005 or davehemingway@gmail.com.

Ontario wind turbine leaseholders vent about dealings with NextEra Energy

screwed2There is always a silence that falls over a community when the turbines are being built. Always. Some of it’s shock. Some residents start to question whether they can live with these machines or not – and wonder what they will do next. Then there are those who are hit the worst with sleeplessness, tinnitus, vertigo, massive migraines. People start to quietly pack up and leave. But what about those leaseholders? Where are they in all this mess? Below is a report sent in from a meeting held the other week in Adelaide-Metcalfe. (I have to warn you, there is no apology to the neighbours they affected, yet). 


DSCF4811I went to a meeting tonight at the Kerwood Hall. It was packed, not even enough chairs. It’s a new group that had a panel of 6 people who talked to the crowd about getting a feel if the community wants turbines or not and doing ballots and forming an email group (same old same old). They even had a few NextEra leaseholders from the Adelaide and Bornish projects show up and give a few opinions about the company.

DSC_0641An Adelaide NextEra leasholder spoke (for almost an hour) of all the issues he has been having with NextEra and the turbines on his land. He touched on the fact he has not signed off with NextEra yet, and he wont until they fix his tile which they apparently really messed up, and really changed the lay of his land. He said he never got to deal with the same person in the company – he had a stack of business cards. He didn’t like the way they took over the land and where they put the lane, leaving unworkable spots that his equipment wouldn’t reach, and the fact that they built up the area around the concrete to the point where its a big slope around it which makes pools of water in his field.

DSC_0833He said the property had a few natural ponds… which were just filled in one day. The stripped topsoil is missing, and he was concerned about the soil being completely compacted now. He described the access lanes being so poorly made, layers of crap, and they never cared if they drove around his field anywhere they pleased. He said they had all the rights, and he had none. One day two cranes came in, side by side, not one behind the other. Continue reading

Tom Adams on OFA: Turkeys Voting for Thanksgiving

mccabeTom Adams Energy
Yesterday, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture membership elected Don McCabe as president. Mr. McCabe was one of the architects of Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act, the main driver of the rampant price increases now hitting Ontario electricity consumers, including farmers.

In 2011, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association awarded its Rural Community Power Leader Award to Mr. McCabe. The award recognized McCabe for the role he played in the Ontario Green Energy Act Alliance, the organizing body of the lobbyist campaign behind the creation of the Green Energy Act.

Here is an example of Mr. McCabe endorsing the Green Energy Act.

Here is an example of Mr. McCabe getting an earful from farmers and other rural folks who think McCabe’s advocacy for the Ontario Liberal government’s energy energy policies was a mistake. Read article

K2 Wind Company threatens to sue farmer for spreading manure

bullshit1Barb McKay, Kincardine Independent
A Lucknow farmer has received what he calls a threatening letter from legal counsel for K2 Wind, advising him that he must stop spreading manure on his fields or face a lawsuit.

George Alton owns a farming operation, which includes 300 acres of cash crop and 2,000 head of beef cattle, within the K2 Wind project in Ashfield-Colbourne-Wawanosh Township. He has been corresponding with the wind energy development company since the summer over concerns about potential impacts to his farming operation during construction and once the project is operational, including shadow flicker from turbines.

Alton shared a letter he received in September from Davies, Ward, Phillips and Vineberg, attorneys for K2 Wind, with The Independent accusing him of deliberately interfering with construction of the project by parking his tractor on a public road allowance entrance to the field where construction is taking place. The firm also informed him that spreading manure on his fields “presents a health risk to workers in the area and is a substantial impediment to construction.” Read article

K2 Wind Developer Threatens Farmer Over Spreading Manure

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A Lucknow farmer is looking for answers, and compensation.
In a letter addressed to Jay Shukin of K-2 Wind, George Alton describes a threatening document received from the power company. In the letter from K-2, it is suggested the spreading of manure on his farm constitutes a health hazard to construction workers, and an impediment to construction.

Alton goes on to describe the necessity for manure, and the work needed to ensure it is used efficiently. The farmer goes on to cite several issues with the turbine construction, including ditch reconstruction, open pits, harvest delays, loss of farmable land, and trespassing. Read article

Flying Low, Dodging Wind Towers


NY Times, Brent McDonald and KC McGinnis
Crop-duster pilots working around wind farms are encountering a new and proliferating hazard camouflaged among the fields, one that has already led to several deaths.


also… Pictures from crop dusting in the Adelaide NextEra wind project this August, before the turbines were spinning. Next year will more of a challenge/risk for everyone.

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Ag Plane Crash Leads to $6.7 Million Wrongful Death Verdict

FlyingMag, Stephen Pope
When Steve Allen, a highly respected Northern California ag pilot with 26,000 accident free hours, crashed his Rockwell S-2R into a whisper-thin, barely visible galvanized steel wind observation tower on January 11, 2011, a dark and sickening secret about personal greed and avarice was exposed for all the world to see.

The $6.7 million wrongful death settlement the aviator’s family was awarded this month will hopefully help ensure other similar tragedies won’t happen in the future.

The tower, measuring just inches under 200 feet, was hastily erected in 2009 by wind energy interests “prospecting” for the perfect site for a new wind farm in Contra Costa County east of San Francisco. The odd height of the tower is central to the case — any tower under 200 feet doesn’t need to be lighted or reported to the FAA. But because these towers can pop up almost anywhere and are nearly impossible to see in flight, they pose a special danger to aerial application aircraft. Read article

Wind power losing Wynne rural friends, opposition says

WynneKissToronto Sun, By Antonella Artuso
THORNTON, ONT. – While Premier Kathleen Wynne insists she represents “one Ontario,” opposition leaders say her stand on wind power has made her few friends outside of urban centres. Wynne acknowledged that not all the people lining the parade route at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo on Tuesday were cheering for her as the Ontario Liberal float passed by spectators.

But the premier rejected the idea that she’s unwelcome in rural parts of the province after gaining a majority government largely on urban and suburban votes. “I can choose any street in Ontario and there will be people who love us and people who don’t love us,” Wynne said.

Interim PC Leader Jim Wilson accused Wynne of being “disingenuous when she fails to acknowledge that Liberals are at odds with rural residents. “They place their wind turbines in communities where they’re not wanted at prices Ontario families can’t afford,” he said, noting the government will allow eight, 150-metre turbines at Collingwood Airport despite local concerns. Read article

Farmers not sold on wind turbines, survey says

prime-farm-landFarmers Forum, Brandy Harrison
OTTAWA — While farmers are among the few who can directly benefit financially from hosting wind turbines, Eastern Ontario farmers are more likely to oppose than support them, a Farmers Forum survey shows.

In a random survey of 100 farmers at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show from March 11 to 13, nearly half — 48 per cent — disapproved of wind turbines. Another 29 per cent approved and the remaining 23 per cent said they were neutral. But positions on the issue weren’t always clear cut. Even when farmers threw their lot in with one side of the debate or the other, their reasoning was peppered with pros and cons.

It’s in stark contrast to a Farmers Forum survey of 50 Western Ontario farmers at the London Farm Show in early March, where 58 per cent were strongly opposed to wind turbines. Farmers opposed outnumbered those who approved by nearly three-to-one.

The number of turbines reveal the difference: Of the 67 wind projects representing more than 1,200 turbines province-wide, almost all the turbines dot the landscape of Western Ontario. Only two projects are in Eastern Ontario, an 86-turbine project on Wolfe Island, south of Kingston, and another 10 turbines near Brinston, south of Winchester, which were completed in January. Read article

Farmers object to wind turbines, survey says

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LONDON — The debate over wind turbines in Western Ontario is generating some lively opinions among farmers with a clear majority strongly opposed, a Farmers Forum survey suggests. A random survey of 50 farmers at the London Farm Show on March 5, found that 58 % disapproved of wind turbines.

Just 20 % of survey respondents approved and 22 % were neutral on the issue. Among those who had an opinion, farmers opposed to turbines outnumbered those who approved by almost three-to-one. Almost 80 % of those who disapprove believe the wind turbines are too costly and are an inefficient source of electricity.

“The capital cost of erecting the wind turbine in the first place is far in excess of what I would think a reasonable return on the investment would be in terms of the energy that is generated by one of those,” said Harold Jackson, a cash crop farmer from Middlesex County. “I don’t believe the economics are there; this is a money grab,” said a Brant County cash crop farmer who noted that he has worked near wind turbines. “I believe there are health issues. I don’t care what the experts say. Read article

Wynne’s message to Rural Ontario at the Farm Show yesterday

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Farmers face off over wind turbines

animal wind farmFarmers Forum, Tom Collins
PETERBOROUGH — As 10 new wind turbines were to start spinning at Brinston — about an hour south of urban Ottawa — the tide of public opinion about wind farms is changing, pitting farmers against one another. The Brinston wind farm has been controversial, so much so that South Dundas council has since passed a resolution that it will not support further turbines until it sees a need for it. Some wind power supporters have seen communities turn on them.

When M.K. Ince and Associates Ltd. decided to build five wind turbines in Cavan Monaghan Township near Peterborough, Don Winslow immediately jumped on board. In spring of 2013, he signed with the wind company to allow them to build a wind turbine on his 500-acre cash crop farm. Three months later, after immense public pressure and hostility, he told the company he couldn’t do it anymore.

“It relieved our stress tremendously (to cancel the contract),” said 70-year-old Winslow, who estimated that less than five per cent of the community is in favour of wind turbines. “We don’t have to sneak around the neighbours hoping to not run into them. Read article

23 Texas wind turbine hosts sue over noise, nuisance

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In what may be an unprecedented move, 23 Texans who host wind turbines on their property have filed suit against two different wind farm developers, claiming that companies “carelessly and negligently failed to adequately disclose the true nature and effects that the wind turbines would have on the community, including the plaintiffs’ homes.”

The plaintiffs host hundreds of turbines on projects developed by Duke Energy and E.ON, and as a Duke spokesman noted, they did consent to the placement of the turbines.  However, the lawsuit stresses that the companies told residents the turbines “would not be noisy, would not adversely impact neighboring houses and there would not be any potential health risk.”   Read article

OFA calls for halt of expansion of wind turbine plans

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GUELPH—Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines has prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected.

The OFA unveiled its strong stance in a new position statement on industrial wind turbines that will be presented to government later this month.

Since 2007, when the development of industrial wind turbines began in Ontario, the OFA has worked with government on regulations, cautioned farmer members on the pitfalls of wind leases and expressed concerns about pricing. Many of these issues have not been addressed, the OFA states in a release, causing tremendous tension among rural residents and community neighbours.

“We are hearing very clearly from our members that the wind turbine situation is coming to a head, seriously dividing rural communities and even jeopardizing farm succession planning,” said OFA President Mark Wales. “The onus is on our provincial government to ensure the interests of rural Ontarians are protected. OFA is speaking up to clearly outline the issues that must be addressed right now.” Read article

Greenhouse operator concerned about location of wind turbines

platinum produceChatham Daily News
BLENHEIM – Tim Verbeek, co-owner of a large greenhouse operation near here, is accusing developers of the South Kent Wind Project of snubbing the environmental review process. He contacted The Chatham Daily News concerning the construction of a turbine proceeding near Platinum Produce on Communications Road, south of Highway 401, despite the fact the greenhouse currently has an appeal about the location before the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).

Verbeek said one turbine in question was originally going to be constructed 503 metres from the bunkhouse used by migrant workers employed by Platinum Produce, which violates the minimum 550-metre setback.

Pattern Energy and Samsung Renewable Energy, developers of the South Kent Wind Project, moved the turbine back 50 metres, but Verbeek said it is still 240 metres from a section of the greenhouse. Another turbine, which is part of the ERT, is also close by the greenhouse. Read article

Emu farmers blame birds’ deaths on wind farms

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Two emu farmers in southwestern Nova Scotia say they can’t keep raising their birds because nearby wind farms are killing their flock. Debi Van Tassel, of Ocean Breeze Emu Farm in Digby, said she and her husband Davey are spending this week selling and harvesting the last of their emus, often farmed for their oil and meat.

“When we watched the birds in here die, when we started with 27 and ended up with seven, when we had to watch them die every day, I said to Davey, ‘We can’t do it anymore,'” said Van Tassel. “We know we are doing the best because we know they’re going to go somewhere they’re not going to be abused by turbines.”

Nova Scotia Power, the province’s electric utility, built a wind turbine farm behind the couple’s home almost three years ago. The 20 turbines can power more than 10,000 homes, but Van Tassel said the turbines are noisy and have distressed her birds. The Van Tassels said since then, their emus have gotten thinner and haven’t been yielding as many eggs. They said the eggs that do arrive, don’t survive — in 2010, 30 of their 38 emus died. Read article

A letter to send to your neighbouring wind turbine lease holder

no to wind leases————

First Last
Address
City
Postal Code

Re: Information Regarding Industrial Wind Turbine Lease

Dear Sir/Madam

As a lease holder for Industrial Wind Turbines you will likely have signed a contract with a wind developer that may include language similar to the following:

“Lessor grants to lessee a non-exclusive license for audio, visual, view, light, flicker, noise, shadow, vibration, air turbulence, wake, electromagnetic, electrical and radio frequency interference, and any other effects attributable to the wind power facilities or activity located on the leased lands or on adjacent properties.”

Having signed said lease(s) with this or similar language included in your lease for Industrial Wind Turbines, you are fully aware that any or all the above mentioned effects may occur on your own or on ‘adjacent properties’.

In the event I or any member of my family suffers from any or all of the above mentioned effects after Industrial Wind Turbines are installed on your property, I will be exploring further legal options.

Regards
Your Name

Kathryn Minten – Stray current (Adelaide ERT)

organic dairyOctober 30 Adelaide ERT. Stephana has finished her presentation and now it is Kathryn Minten’s turn. She was supposed to speak the previous week but the lawyers spent so much time trying to disqualify her that there wasn’t time for her to give her presentation. In one respect, that was just as well. It was very difficult to hear, let alone listen attentively in the echoing basketball court where she was to testify.

Kathryn had originally asked to be a party and bring in 5 witnesses. The witnesses were disallowed. She asked for 4 hours and was given two hours of which only 40 minutes were for her testimony – the rest for cross-examination. This is after they have spent over 3 hours trying to reduce or disqualify her before she has even started. Their efforts to suppress her suggest that what she has to say is important.

The tribunal chair sets the tone, telling her she has only 40 minutes so she should maybe just touch the high points – they have her witness statement so she doesn’t have to read it all out.

Certain parts of her witness statement have been disallowed. Nextera’s Arlen Sternberg wants those parts physically removed. And he’d like it done NOW! Continue reading

Ben Lansink – clauses in lease agreements prove human habitat destruction

Ben Lansink will be a witness at the Adelaide ERT Appeal (Nexterror & MOE v Wrightman & MLWAG Inc), along with fellow Chicago real estate appraiser Mike McCann f (tentatively on Oct 16 in London at the Middlesex County council office).

See McCann-Lansink Human Species Habitat Sep 30-13

Family changes direction on wind turbine

1297467837284_ORIGINALthe Peterborough Examiner
So much fear and stress racked the neighbours of a proposed wind farm near Bethany that a family that was going to build a wind turbine on its property has scrapped the plan. Norm Lamothe is a son-in-law to the Winslow family. Developers have been planning to build a five-turbine wind farm on land near Devil’s Elbow Ski Area.

One of the five turbines would have been on the Winslows’ land. Two other property owners are also involved: two more turbines are proposed for land next to the Winslows’ and another two across the road. The deal might have been lucrative for the Winslows: Lamothe said rental of their one acre of land, for the one turbine, would have brought in $20,000 a year. But there were so many “impassioned pleas” among neighbours who have been fearful about the health implications of a wind farm, he said — not to mention the possibility of their property values plummeting – that the family decided it couldn’t go on with its plan.

“We are truly sorry that our actions have caused such fear and stress within the neighbourhood,” Lamothe told a crowd of about 45 wind farm opponents Monday. Opponents were gathered outside the Cavan Monaghan Township municipal building, in Millbrook, to hear the public announcement. “In light of these concerns, we as a family have decided that we will not be erecting a wind turbine on our property, at this time.” “Oh thank you!” one woman screamed, as people hugged and punched the air. Read article

Dairy farmer hopes there’s still time to pull the plug

Darryl DegrootPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Darryl De Groot says it’s gotten to the point that farmers have stopped waving to each other on Northville Road. And that’s just one impact the dairy farmer sees that Ontario’s Green Energy Act, and Nextera’s proposed Jericho wind energy project, is having on rural Lambton Shores. “Country life out here, it’s not like it once was,” De Groot said.

Florida-based Nextera is planning to build a 92-turbine wind farm in Lambton Shores and neighbouring Warwick Township, and the community has divided between farmers who signed leases, allowing the wind companies to build turbines on their land, and those who didn’t, De Groot said. When the land agents came around in 2008, he and his father took a look at what they were offering, and turned them down. “Dad said, ‘You know what, anything to do with the government that is 50 pages long, don’t sign it.'”

But other farmers did, including some of De Groot’s neighbours. Nextera received a contract to sell power to Ontario, and is in the final stages of securing provincial environmental approval to move ahead with its project.  “Farmers aren’t waving at each other on the roads any more,” De Groot said. “It’s sad . . . it should have been done a different way. It shouldn’t have been pushed on us.”

De Groot grew up on the farm near the small community of Arkona, went to agricultural college, married and has a one-year-old child he still hopes will be the fourth generation of the family to farm on Northville Road. Read article

Lack of info a way out of wind leases?

no to wind leasesPetrolia Topic
An environmental lawyer says there’s hope for landowners who want out of wind turbine leases. Eric Gillespie, who currently is working for Plympton-Wyoming in its court battle with Suncor Energy over wind turbine bylaws, gets “dozens” of calls from landowners who signed leases long before anyone realized the potential problems associated with the industrial turbines.

Gillespie, slated to speak at a meeting organized by Conservation Of Rural Enniskillen, says some of those landowners are successfully getting out of what many people had believed are ironclad leases. “We’re aware of at least three situations where it appears we have been successful,” says Gillespie.

“One of the elements that factually they all have in common is the apparent lack of information provided by the wind company at the time the agreement was signed,” he says. “Quite consistently there appears to be a lack of disclosure around potential health issues. Read article

Reluctant activists say they’re not ready to give up

Marcelle MikeSarina Observer
Marcelle Brooks and Mike Mahood’s dream of a quiet, rural life in Lambton County quickly turned into a life-changing fight against wind energy companies and the Ontario government. She grew up in Port Franks and works in an office, and he grew up in rural northern Alberta and works construction.

“We wanted to get back to the farm,” Mahood said. When 102 acres on Ridge Road in Lambton Shores went up for auction five years ago, it was just what they were looking for. About one-third of the land is woodlot and Mud Creek flows through the farm that sits on the quiet, tree-lined unpaved road.

“We love being here,” Brooks said. They converted the farm to an organic operation where they grow mixed grains. “It was a struggle for the first few years,” Mahood said. “The land basically has to be taught how to grow again.” They also began growing garlic for themselves, and planted more to sell to others. Growing, drying and processing a half acre or so of organic garlic is a lot of work, and most of it’s manual labour. Read article

Lack of information on health could be the way out of wind leases: Gillespie

no to wind leasesSarnia Lambton Independent
An environmental lawyer says there is hope for landowners who want out of wind turbine leases. Eric Gillespie, who currently is working for Plympton Wyoming in its court battle with Suncor Energy over wind turbine bylaws, gets “dozens” of calls from landowners who signed leases long before anyone realized the potential problems associated with the industrial turbines. Gillespie, who was slated to speak at a meeting organized by Conservation Of Rural Enniskillen Saturday, says some of those landowners are successfully getting out of what many people had believed are ironclad leases.

“We’re aware of at least three situations where it appears we have been successful,” says Gillespie. “One of the elements that factually they all have in common is the apparent lack of information provided by the wind company at the time the agreement was signed,” he says. “Quite consistently there appears to be a lack of disclosure around potential health issues.

“Experts around the world have been saying for many years that industrial wind turbines cause certain effects on certain people; that is part of the reason why there is a mandatory setback in just about every country that has a high or a significant number of wind turbines. If you could place people safely in very close proximity, there would be no need for a setback. The problem is that while governments around the world acknowledge the health risks, participants, people who signed up in Ontario, don’t get any setback protection,” says Gillespie. Read article

C-K council helping keep turbines away from leaseholder homes

Read Planning Services Report from Storey Samways Planning Ltd.

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Wind Turbines Can Harm Animals

Brindley calf swollen jointsHealth Canada submission_wind turbines and effects on animals
On November 21, 2012, I provided a submission to Health Canada, on request, and on behalf of the Brindley family who left their farm in Ontario and now farm in Saskatchewan. Documentation regarding that submission had been verified by the family. The file name of the submission was: “Brindley_Health Canada Submission Nov 21 2012 FINAL”.

The Brindley submission documented harm to their cattle and included photos of deformities entitled section “3.2 Swollen joints and deformities.” The purpose of this submission is to inform Health Canada that documentation regarding deformities to horses is available. I declare no conflicts and have received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this submission.

Indications are that industrial wind energy facilities may cause harm to cattle and horses. It is possible this risk could extend to other animals. There is an opportunity for Health Canada to invoke the precautionary principle and to consider the risk to animal life. Reports of risks to humans including children have been provided in previous submissions and through submission of peer reviewed articles and other information. Health Canada should ensure that appropriate research determines guidelines that avoid risk of harm to humans and animal life. This research should be conducted before continuing to support industrial wind energy development.

Respectfully submitted,
Carmen Krogh, BScPharm
Ontario, Canada

Turbines not welcome in unique community, farmer says

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LISTOWEL – North Perth council was encouraged to maintain a strong opposition to a proposed wind turbine project at their meeting on Monday, hearing from a local dairy farmer. Farmer Steve Dolson delivered a presentation to council on May 6, outlining a scenario for the community if a wind turbine project from Invenergy Canada moves ahead.

In a case study of a wind turbine project from the Ripley area, Dolson showed that many residents left their homes and have put them up for sale, leaving empty barns across the community. “This is what can happen in a community when the turbines come in,” Dolson said. “When the livestock leave and the people leave, the community will suffer a great deal.” Dolson expects the situation in North Perth would be even more devastating, due to a higher concentration of livestock operations. “Compared to North Perth, there were hardly any livestock operations,” he said. “When you intensify that with livestock operations, it’s a scary thought.”

Dolson stated that farmers won’t be the only ones impacted if turbines are constructed across North Perth. Dolson listed feed dealerships, large animal veterinarians and sales barns as just some of the support businesses that could be endangered by the wind turbine project. Read article

Insurance industry wary of covering farms with turbines after Collingwood court ruling

Heather Wright/This Week Greg Cameron of Cameron Insurance in Oil SpringsHeather Wright, Sarnia Lambton Independent
A local insurance broker says a recent decision to allow neighbours of wind farms to sue for lost property value may make it harder for farms with wind turbines to get liability insurance. Greg Cameron of Cameron Insurance was one of the speakers at yesterday’s meeting held by CORE – Conserve Our Rural Enniskillen. CORE organized after three wind companies began moving throughout the area asking farmers to host wind turbines on their property. Up to 51 turbines are planned in the three projects

But Cameron is warning farmers they need to be careful about signing lease agreements because it may affect their insurance coverage. Cameron says a recent Ontario Court decision in which a judge ruled property owners around a proposed development in Collingwood could go to court to look for damages to cover the devaluation of their property once the project was built.

Cameron says the insurance industry, which does not have uniform policies on liability insurance for farms with industrial turbines, is closely watching the situation. “As more and more turbines go up and more and more liability suits are presented, you will be able to tell the appetite of the insurance companies, whether they will cover farms (with turbines),” says Cameron. Read article