A Lot of Loose Info

by Harvey Wrightman
You can see the “effects” of the never-ending days of  the Environmental Review Tribunal appeals taking its toll on the Ministry of Environment and the Samsung lawyers. Yesterday in Cayuga, the MOE’s Frederika “Freddy” Rotter periodically lurches her whole body in a comic swing to gaze at the audience. At other times she fiddles with her Blackberry. She furtively chews her nails. It’s like watching a kid with stimulation overload.

Sarah Powell, Samsung counsel, will flip her glasses on and off, or her foot will almost enter orbit in a clonic spasm somewhere in the range of  200 Hz. On another occasion she was lifting one foot, then the other repeatedly in a trance-like movement.

(left) MOE Freddy & (right) Samsung Sarah

Why all the worry? There’s a lot riding on this project. No one has control of it. The traditional Onkwehonwe are highlighting some serious deficiencies in the consultation process – to the point that both the MOE and Samsung state clearly that this hearing can NOT make any decisions on the consultation process. So, was that bit of admonishment for the ERT panel’s benefit? Certainly the Onkwehonwe’s Bill Monture and Lester Green were having no part of that scolding as they blew holes in the project documents submitted by the company. A modicum of real consultation with locals, especially the Onkwehonwe who know the “natural features” of the area so well, would have produced more accurate reports. Of course, like the elite mutts that seem to run all these “so-called, green energy” enterprises, they assume that local people know nothing and are merely a “nuisance” to the greater plans of the government/wind company coalition. Continue reading

Wiky council drops wind turbine project from its renewable energy priority list

Manitoulin Expositor
WIKWEMIKONG—Last Tuesday, Wikwemikong chief and council voted to remove wind turbines from the community’s renewable energy work plan in response to substantial opposition to the project.

Wind power has been a top priority of Wikwemikong’s economic growth and sustainability plans for the past six years. ”We were even assured by the band office that we would be at the top of the agenda,” said Rosemary Wakegijig, a Wikwemikong elder and community member opposed to wind turbines on Manitoulin.

Ms. Wakegijig told The Expositor her group had asked to speak to the chief and council on the wind turbine issue and were surprised to see they had not been placed on the agenda when they arrived at the meeting.

The renewable energy work plan was on the council’s agenda, and as they began discussing the wind turbine portion, Wikwemikong elder Ida Embry interrupted and began to speak of the community’s, especially the elders, opposition to wind turbines. She read a letter which Wikwemikong First Nation elders had written, signed and submitted to The Expositor. In the letter she stated that, “the elders, community members, and youth of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve do not support the industrial wind development on our sacred traditional land of Mnidoo Mnising.” The letter went on to say that “the chief and council have not done their homework on an issue so grave with an element as powerful as the wind which is the breath of God.” The letter concluded with “shaming the council and chief for authorizing wind turbines without proper consultation with the band.” Read article

Ontario increases support for aboriginal energy projects

Ontario Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program

  • The $250 million Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program supports Aboriginal participation in renewable green energy infrastructure in Ontario like wind, solar and hydroelectric.
  • The program was announced in the 2009 Ontario budget and provides a guarantee for a loan to purchase up to 75 per cent of an Aboriginal corporation’s equity in an eligible project.
  • By participating in eligible renewable energy projects, First Nation and Métis communities can benefit from jobs and training as projects are developed and from dividends once projects come into service.
  • The program includes both energy generation and electricity transmission projects, and there is a maximum of $50 million in loan guarantees per eligible project.
  • The Ontario Financing Authority (OFA) administers the program. During the development of the program, the OFA discussed proposed criteria and sought input from Aboriginal communities and organizations, other ministries, electricity agencies and banks.

Disapproval expressed of wind turbines

The Manitoulin Expositor
To the Expositor:
I am writing this letter to express my disapproval of the construction of industrial wind turbines on Manitoulin Island. These turbines are and will continue to be in direct conflict with the aboriginal treaty rights concerning the traditional practice of hunting. Lands will be set apart and animals will be dispersed. This is an infringement on our traditional ways.

Secondly, we know that Manitoulin has always been an important area of burials.

Even today, many people choose to have their ashes spread on sacred Manitoulin.

We should not be disturbing ancestral burial grounds in anyway. When the two turbines were constructed in M’Chigeeng I heard that bones were discovered. Excavators continued their work without the concerns that should have been warranted. Archeologists should have been called to the site, but I don’t think that was the case.

Lastly, I wish to emphasize the long-term effect of these turbines from the point of view of First Nation traditional values. They symbolize a profound change to our ways when we, the elders, are trying to teach our children the importance of honoring Mother Earth. We are trying to teach them respect and gratitude, but instead they are being influenced by profits and models coming from large corporations.

Our council was not upfront and our community was not properly informed and consulted. These two turbines in M’Chigeeng were built while our community was sleeping. I certainly don’t wish to see more of these industrial structures encroaching on our sacred land and creating conflict between our people.

George Corbiere, elder
M’Chigeeng

Support Bill Monture on July 19 in Hagersville for Haldimand Appeal

Please join Haldimand Wind Concerns in support of Bill Monture on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Hagersville Community Centre, 62 Main Street South MAP  at 10:00 am. to hear final submissions. The Tribunal will make a decision on Bill Monture’s appeal by October 1, 2012.

Samsung, Confederacy sign agreement to talk on $1 billion energy park

By Donna Duric, Turtle Island News
The Confederacy Council has signed a historic negotiation agreement with Samsung executives to discuss the building of a $1 billion energy park on Six Nations lands. The Confederacy signing comes on the heels of the community learning Six Nations Band Council had signed an agreement with Samsung to stop Six Nations people from protesting. A section of the band agreement between the elected council and Samsung asks that the elected council take “all reasonable actions within its power and authority to ensure” that Six Nations people, including the Confederacy Council and HDI, do not engage in any action that could impede the project from going forward. For entire story, click here.

Editorial
Two Samsung agreements of course…it’s Six Nations

Six Nations appears to be a part owner in the massive $1 billion Green Energy power project slated for its unceded lands between Hagersville and Cayuga. Six Nations Band Council signed an agreement with the Korean giant Samsung that appears to give Six Nations a megre 10 per cent equity holding in a company band council’s negotiators told us will bring millions for Samsung. For entire story, click here.

Save Great Spirit Island

MCSEA Ad Sourcebook June272012
Northland Power and Mnidoo Mnising Power (created by the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising) have applied to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for permission to build a high voltage transmission line for their wind farm.

The line starts at a transformer station in the Green Bush enroute across the Niagara escarpment, along Morphet’s Sideroad, to the snowmobile trail south of Little Current, to Harbour View Road adjacent to arena parking lot and continuing across Hwy 6 before entering the North Channel where the exit point on Goat Island will be a large connection/switching station

Potential annual bird impacts for the 40 McLean’s Mountain Turbines is ;
–  14 birds/turbine /year or 560 birds/year
–  0.2 raptors/turbine /year or 8 birds/year
–  0.1 raptors/ turbine/ year (provincially tracked raptors) or 4 birds/year
–  Other impacts are habitat displacement and lower density areas.

The review process allowed public participation but, as amended by the Green Energy Act in 2009, the scope of the OEB’s review process has been extremely narrow and tilted in favour of wind development. Even though the application had flaws, the process did bring important new information to light. Although the application was only to provide transmission for a 24 turbine wind project, Northland Power revealed that it intends to add another 40 megawatts, or 16 turbines if the same type of turbines are used. Continue reading

Trepidation over Island wind turbines

By Ruth Farquhar, The Sudbury Star
Excerpt:
However, one First Nations woman asked Suzuki if the turbines would make them sick. He replied with a simple, “no.” She went on the say that she had been reading it many times, but according to Suzuki, the people who say that are, “the ones who don’t want turbines here.”

She asked if they would kill birds and bats. He replied, “yes, the turbines need to be placed and positioned in the right way so this doesn’t happen.” This was the first time I had heard that there is a way to position the industrial turbines to stop the killing birds. I wonder if the two in M’Chigeeng or the 33 planned for MacLean’s Mountain will be “positioned properly?”

As I spoke with Bentley about the concerns of Island residents and the protesters, he replied, “this isn’t the time to talk about that, this is a time to celebrate with the community this marvelous achievement.” As I watched a children’s drum group from Lake View School sing and drum the Eagle Honour Song, I knew what he was saying, but dismissing the views of many Islanders is not the way to go. This government insists on brushing the fears of their constituents away.

Watching Suzuki be treated like a rock star with children gathering around him and people trying to get close enough to talk to him and take pictures with family members, I thought of all the times and my family and I would watch him on The Nature of Things and of all the work he has done over the years to educate and lobby for a safe environment. That morning, I had read one of his columns taking the provincial government to task over Bill 55, which as he says, “will strike at the heart of the Ontario’s Endangered Species at Risk Act. These changes would reduce the level of protection and undermine public management of cherished forests, lakes, rivers and the immeasurable benefits they provide.” I asked him about his comments, given his support for the green energy act and being here with Bentley. Suzuki replied, “I am not here with Minister Bentley, I received a letter from the First Nation of M’Chigeeng asking if I would attend. Look, the premier has done some good for the province but this bill will be terrible and I will continue to criticize this government.” Read article

MCSEA and Wikwemikong protest: June 15

Protest:  June 15
Place: at a house across from Paul’s corner store in M’Chigeeng beside the Lafarge cement plant on Hwy 540.
Time: 10am
Bring your signs and placards if available should you wish to join us.
CSEA and Wikwemikong Elders, Community Members and Youth — groups well known for their opposition to Industrial Wind Turbine Projects on Manitoulin Island — will be protesting the opening of the M’Chigeeng industrial wind power project on June 15.

M’Chigeeng community members who have concerns with the project but also have concerns about possible repercussions from M’Chigeeng Band Council should the opponents be seen protesting have specifically requested MCSEA and Wikwemikong citizens raise awareness, circulate information to the public, and conduct a peaceful protest. Continue reading

NextEra’s Mock Scavenger Hunt

by Harvey Wrightman
As most of you already know, perception and reality are two different things in the land of wind development; and, Thursday’s ERT hearing was a perfect example. What’s so ironic in this case is that the conventionally dressed NextEra/Golder/MOE lawyers and functionaries are in contrast to the colorful attire of Bill, Dave, Bud and Lester. Societal conditioning tells you to ‘trust’ the men in suits. They have the education, the credential, and the groomed speech and manner. But sitting in the gallery and closing your eyes, pretending to be a blind person; listen to the questions and responses, and the contrast is even sharper than the visual, and, indeed, it is the opposite. Nothing is at it appears. It is Alice’s Wonderland.

Project manager for Summerhaven Wind, NextEra/FPL’s Ben Greenhouse, was led through a droning, painfully slow, bureaucratic exercise that decided what was going where and how the mandated reports would confirm confirm what was already planned for at the corporate level 5 year-plan level. When asked specific questions re: environmental or biological impacts, more often than not, his answers were repeatedly, “I don’t know”, or “…Mr. Trimble is better qualified to answer that.” Greenhouse’s job was easy, fob it off onto the Golder witness, who was next in-line. Perhaps that’s why he hasn’t been promoted in 5 years with FPL. He’s stuck in second gear. Continue reading

Barrett registers dissatisfaction with Samsung/Ontario/Six Nations land lease deal

Turtle Island News
QUEEN’S PARK — Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett will be back at it again to attempt to get answers to government’s involvement with a land lease deal that will see crown land lease payments in Haldimand County diverted to Six Nations.

Barrett demanded a late show debate following his questions in the Ontario Legislature this morning on the deal announced by Samsung and Six Nations last week. The agreement paves the way for wind and solar projects across Haldimand County with $55 million going to Six Nations allegedly to prevent future wind turbine protests.

“We know, whether it be militant confrontations or imposing wind turbines on unwilling communities, your knee-jerk reaction is to not only write a cheque but to give away the farm” Barrett began. “Think of Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, or handing over 300 acres of the Burtch correctional property to Six Nations, and now laundering land lease money from crown land at South Cayuga to Six Nations, all to buy peace for the Samsung deal in Haldimand county. Read article

Disaster written all over it

Six Nations reach energy deal with Samsung; Agreement part of 20-year deal with the province to develop 2,500 megawatts of wind power
Torstar News(excerpt) – Baranski said the companies still face some “challenges” in forging an understanding with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, the traditional council that doesn’t recognize the elected council.

The agreement with the elected council is sufficient to allow Samsung and Pattern to proceed, he said, but there are “ongoing issues” with the confederacy and the companies would like to come to an agreement.

Conservative Leader Tim Hudak criticized the agreement, speaking to reporters at Queen’s Park. “It sounds like something that is going to be very, very expensive to homeowners because we know that the Samsung deal has sweeteners beyond the already unaffordable subsidies that are driving up our hydro bills,” Hudak said.

“Secondly, it sounds like something that’s not been done in concert with local municipalities. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve opposed from the get-go this Samsung deal which is a rip-off for families that’s going to cause more disruptions.” Hudak said the development could also inflame land claims disputes in the Grand River valley.

“They’re falling right on this whole dispute around Caledonia and the (Haldimand) tract,” he said. “I think it has got disaster written all over it for our hydro bills and for more disputes in the area.” Read article

Protesters shut down Six Nations water plant construction

Turtle Island News
OHSWEKEN, SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER-Six Nations protesters shut down construction of a band water treatment plant Friday after the elected council threatened to call the OPP to arrest Six Nations people protesting Samsung CT Inc.,’s mega million dollar wind and solar farm going up on on unceded Six Nations lands west of Dunnville. The Samsung CT project was shut down Monday and Tuesday . The band council held an emergency meeting Tuesday and passed a motion to call in the OPP to stop Six Nations protesters. On Friday about 40 people in the driving rain shut down a Six Nations Band Council water treatment plant development in protest of the band council threatening to call in the OPP. The development remained closed Friday.

“We need to ask you (NextEra, MOE & ERT) about harm.”

by Harvey Wrightman
Bill Monture, the traditional Mohawk, is definitely not like the elected chief, Wm. Montour. Their views of wind development are polar opposite. I came into the Tuesday hearing just before noon, in the midst of a presentation by a team member of Bill Monture’s group – Mr. Slaman who culled out some interesting details from the Golder avian report, going so far as to obtain the field notes of the study. To whit:

  1. The studies were done not knowing the exact turbine locations (which seem to change innumerable times in every project). This is akin to driving without a map to an unknown destination.
  2. As a consequence of #1 above, a lot of observation was done from a car seat, a kind of drive-by reporting style.
  3. Only migratory routes were taken into consideration, completely ignoring the staging and foraging routes to nearby grain fields so important in the energy diet for waterfowl migration. Something that’s well-known and extensively studied by Long Point Waterfowl.
  4. Natural features that contribute to “funneling” of flight pathways are not considered.
  5. There is no mention of the further fragmentation of habitat which will affect feeding and reproduction.
  6. The energy cost of “avoidance strategy” is not discussed.
  7. Tundra swans are not considered at all, Golder stating, “…would not bother to count them.”
  8. The mortality reporting method is not systematic nor comprehensive. Carcass searches will be conducted only within the span of the blades (50m), though a bird strike could be hurled or fly off further.
  9.  If the ground vegetation is over 25 cm, no search is required. The wind way – lots of excuses to do nothing.
  10.  Records are only done for the first 3 years.

Pointedly he said the field notes do not agree with the final report written. Perhaps stating the truth was not supportive of the turbine locations – more on this later.

The next 3 presenters were all traditional Mohawks, Lester Green spoke first.

He explained their position as guardians of nature who knows they must assure a plentiful nature for future generations. He said to the panel and other counsel, “We are not paid.” Continue reading

Turtle Island Editorial: Band council move distasteful and dangerous

Six Nations people led by Cayuga Chief Blake Bombery flood onto Samsung’s wind site Monday returning Tuesday. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

Turtle Island News
Six Nations Band Council has made a number of missteps over the past two terms elected chief Bill Montour has been at the helm, but calling the OPP on their own people has to be the tops. Instead of shining in the glow of the media spotlight for signing a deal that will see Samsung making millions by constructing the world’s largest solar and wind farms, the council is finding itself in the dangerous position of putting community lives at stake.

Elected Chief Bill Montour, said if Six Nations people continue to protest Samsung’s development, Samsung and the property owners should call the OPP to enforce the law. Enforce the law. On Six Nations people. The same people the elected chief called “Land Protectors.” People he joined in protests. People whose protests helped him pressure Ontario or Canada to deal with the band council not the Confederacy. Instead of shining in the limelight of signing a green energy deal that could bring some money to their coffers, they find themselves drowning in bad press and lacking support for the community. Why? They signed a deal behind closed doors. They refuse to provide information on details of the deal and what Six Nations is getting in return for tying up its lands for 20 years. They continue to press Ontario and Canada to ignore the Confederacy, and by that, its people who make up a majority of the community no matter how you want to look at it. And they refuse to acknowledge that maybe, just maybe they are wrong. They refuse to work in collaboration with the Confederacy who is constantly telling them to return to the land rights table. Continue reading

Councillor “we got suckered into Samsung deal”

NOTE: William Monture who is a party at the ERT for the Summerhaven project is not “Bill Montour” Chief of the band council.

By Donna Duric Writer, Turtle Island News
At least one band councillor is charging band council may have been pressured into a questionable deal with Samsung C&T Corporation that will make millions for the company. Another says Six Nations made a “bad deal” getting “peanuts” for tying up its unceded lands for two decades. Six Nations Elected Council signed an agreement behind closed doors with Samsung C&T Corporation to build a 515-acre green energy park on Six Nations’ unceded lands last Friday. Council met with its negotiating and legal team who advised council to go forward with the project despite “due diligence” not being completed. Council voted 7-4 to sign the deal. Read article

Stone tools found, scientists blown away

The discoveries of native activity could affect massive energy projects in Southwestern Ontario
By JOHN MINER, The London Free Press

A massive Southwestern Ontario wind turbine project is uncovering ancient signs of the region’s first people, findings that could affect future projects.

Archeological studies required before wind turbines can be built have turned up evidence of First Nations’ activity just after the glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age.

In what’s considered a rare find, archeologists working on the K2 Wind Farm project north of Goderich found hand-fashioned stone tools and artifacts in Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh Township from the so-called Paleo-Indian period — 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, when the area had a harsh, tundra-like environment.

Other archeological work in preparation for wind farms has turned up later native artifacts and items from early European settlement.

“This speaks to the use of our homelands for thousands of years. It’s a piece of the historic record,” said Dean Jacobs, director of the Walpole Island First Nation Heritage Centre.

The archeological discoveries also build the knowledge base about First Nations people, how they survived, their economies and way of life, he said.

Under a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, the government is required to ensure First Nations are consulted on projects that affect their traditional territories and that measures are taken to reduce any effects. Read article

Samsung, Pattern Sign Final Agreement with Six Nations of the Grand River

By Karen Best, Communications Officer at Six Nations Administration,  Sachem

Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) today announced a historic partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River (Six Nations) to build one of the world’s largest wind and solar projects in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.

“Samsung, together with our development partner Pattern, welcomes the decision by the Elected Council of Six Nations to join with us in building a world-class wind and solar farm in Haldimand County. After almost two years of negotiations with Six Nations, we are proud to have reached an agreement for the first renewable energy partnership in Six Nations’ history,” said K.J. Kim, Vice President of Samsung Renewable Energy. Read article

Haldimand Wind Concerns has taken it’s fight with NextEra to the next level

By Aaron Gautreau, Haldimand County, NewsCentre
Haldimand Wind Concerns has started the appeal process with Next-Era’s plan to build 59 industrial wind turbines in Haldimand.

Yesterday was the first day of the Environmental Review Tribunal hearing and today Six Nations Chief Bill Monture will start presenting his case on why they should not allow the turbines. After Monture, Haldimand Wind Concerns will have it’s turn.

At the same time, local MPP Toby Barrett says the H-W-C is going to have a tough time reversing the courts decision. Read article

MOE’s Motion to Dismiss Denied (again)

The ERT sent notice that the motions to dismiss Haldminad Wind Concerns (HWC) appeal have been denied. A further motions day to discuss HWC motions is planned for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm. at 655 Bay St. Toronto. There will also be discussion with regards to the announcement about the motions to dismiss being denied.

The motions to dismiss Bill Monture’s appeal has been granted in part but allows Mr. Monture to continue his appeal with respect to grounds alleging serious harm to human health, or serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment. There will also be discussion May 9 at 1:00 pm at 655 Bay St. Toronto about Bill Monture’s being granted in part and denied in part.
All support received is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
HWC
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Hagersville Hearing – May 4th, Part 3: Bill Monture

by Harvey Wrightman
Bill Monture is a “traditional living” Mohawk from the 6 Nations First Nation. He along with his son Chuck and another young man, Lester. They sat at a table on the appellant’s side next to Eric Gillespie. They wore prominent, feather-adorned head-dresses which drew one’s attention – and Bill’s boots – a pair of traditional moccasin-style construction – comfortable and light.

There was a motion by the MOE, supported again by NextEra , to dismiss Bill’s appeal on the grounds that it was a copy of the appeal put forth by Haundeshuanee Development Institute – more commonly referred to as the HDI, and that appeal in Mapleton had been dismissed. Mario Faieta was the MOE counsel who carried the ball here.

In his reply, Bill bristled at the inference that he was a copy of HDI – in no way was he part of HDI and he wanted that “on the record.”

Bill’s arguments were that the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, states that indigenous peoples have the right to be included in the consultation process by way of their own institutions – sadly lacking in the typical wind industry “storyboard” community consultations. It matters not where you’re from in rural Ontario. Both the government and the industry want to sweep us aside as quickly as possible. First Nation status adds no benefit in their eyes. Continue reading

Hagersville Hearing- May 4th (Part 1)

By Harvey Wrightman
Driving down-country on the Norwich Road, I was reminded of the beauty of this part of Ontario which still retains a significant forest – very lovely and one could easily imagine a life here; but, then I had a vision of the parasitic wind reps who probably were on the same road, driving some generic white/black SUV with blacked-out windows. They are thick everywhere, and hadn’t I just heard that there were 30 of them bivouacked in the Forest Sands Hotel. The wind companies need a lot of these thugs.

I soon arrived in Hagersville, the site of the ERT appeal into the Summerhaven Wind project owned by FPL – sorry, they don’t like the name of the corporate sire (Florida Power and Light) – so it’s NextEra.  A name so much more contemporary and less “industrial”.

TCI, the Irish company (I wonder if ever they will actually build a project), signed all the leaseholders to the original contracts, then sold them out to NextEra. Irish BS goes further than anything the dour reps of NextEra with their pinched faces could ever manage.

The venue for the hearing is an older community centre, a smallish room with a parquet dance floor and simple, functional furniture. The mercury lights are right out of a hockey arena, casting a blue/green synthetic glow and humming so much that it was at times, difficult to hear. But we all made the best of it and a goodly number of locals were in attendance. I have some new friends now. Continue reading

MOE seeks dismissal of Haldimand wind farm appeals

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer HAGERVILLE – A hearing into a proposed wind-turbine project near Jarvis is tentatively scheduled for Hagersville at the end of the month. The province’s Environmental Review Tribunal has pencilled in 10 days of testimony beginning May 28. The tribunal will confirm the appointment if several motions of dismissal are themselves dismissed at a preliminary hearing in Hagersville this Friday. At issue is the 58-unit Summerhaven wind farm in west and central Haldimand. The Ministry of the Environment approved the Nextera development earlier this year. Appealing the decision are Haldimand Wind Concerns and subsistence hunter Bill Monture of Six Nations. Several others were granted participant and observer status at a preliminary hearing in Hagersville Monday.

The tribunal has a mandate to hear challenges to projects that may pose a risk to human health, wildlife, plant life and the well-being of the environment. MOE representative Nadine Harris signalled her intention Monday to have the appeals thrown out at Friday’s hearing. Harris and representatives for Nextera maintain that the appellants’ concerns fall outside the tribunal’s mandate.

There were several testy exchanges during Monday’s proceedings. Monture began by chiding the tribunal for setting up the hearing so that the appellants were speaking with their backs to the audience. Read article

Six Nations meeting, Ohsweken Ontario, April 3, 2012

Manitoulin Island Wind Project Protest – March 31, 2012

Wikwemikong elders to host wind turbine protest

by Robin Burridge Manitoulin Expositor
LITTLE CURRENT—A group of Wikwemikong elders on Manitoulin,in conjunction with Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives (MCSEA), will be holding a peaceful protest this weekend on Goat Island to express their opposition to industrial wind turbines on Manitoulin. “We are not afraid to speak up and say we do not want these towers damaging our mother earth,” Rosemary Wakegijig, a Wikwemikong elder and one of the protest’s organizers, told The Expositor. “There doesn’t seem to be anything happening to stop the development of industrial wind turbines on Manitoulin. Everyone is just listening to the developers and taking the things they say at face value.” Continue reading

Samsung wind farm up for discussion

By Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor
OHSWEKEN– Six Nations is preparing to revisit a controversial deal with electronics giant Samsung, but very carefully. Two years ago, the elected council signed a memorandum of understanding with Samsung about developing a 55-turbine wind farm in South Cayuga on Crown land that’s part of a Six Nations claim. But the agreement was controversial from the start and, last January, Chief Bill Montour announced that the year-long memorandum wouldn’t be renewed because the two sides couldn’t agree on how to proceed. Read article

Manitoulin Island band wants wind projects delayed

By Ruth Farquhar, Sudbury Star
I was driving through M’Chigeeng the other day and wondered how long it will be before the two industrial wind turbines are up and running. Nothing much has happened since they were erected on the bluff. They don’t even have any lights on them. (I hope they aren’t on anyone’s flight path.) The big wind project on MacLean’s Mountain, near Little Current, is awaiting approval from the Ministry of the Environment. Two things have happened that may have impact on this and any upcoming projects for the Island.  Read article

Canada’s Haida Nation rejects NaiKun offshore wind stake

Recharge News
Haida Nation members in the Canadian province of British Columbia have voted overwhelmingly against entering into a proposed business partnership with a private company seeking to develop the 396MW NaiKun offshore wind project.  Haida Nation President Guujaaw Edenshaw tells Recharge that the 505-181 vote was a fair reflection of prevailing sentiment among his members that the project represents an unacceptable financial risk for them, and could pose problems for birds and the ecosystem in the Hecate Strait.  “They genuinely believed that it would be harmful to marine life,” he says, even though that concern was downplayed if mitigation measures are taken in environmental approvals done by the federal and provincial governments.  Read article

Wiky resident demands council transparency on wind turbines

Manitoulin Expositor
We, the people need to be custodians of our wilderness, our heritage, our health and our livelihood. We do not need signs saying, “No Unauthorized Personnel or Vehicles,” or “No Trespassing” on our Sacred Island. I am a proud descendant of the original Odawa (Ottawa) tribe on this beautiful and sacred Odawa Minis; a proud and fluent speaker of my language. I grew up in Doganing (South Bay) where I learned my cultural and traditional values taught by my elders. Continue reading