Grits’ failed wind energy to face tough test in 2018

Wynne2Jim Merriam, London Free Press
You have to wonder how bad the Ontario Liberal party’s internal polls are to force the government to fold on its signature green energy policies.

Published polls show both Premier Kathleen Wynne and party have found a basement under rock bottom and it’s likely private polls show the same or worse.

The fact wind factories were destroying communities and tearing families apart in rural Ontario meant nothing at Queen’s Park.

Likewise, the Grits ignored endless pleas and protests from municipal leaders and wind opponents. They dismissed as meaningless complaints about wind turbines driving families from their homes.

Even the mounting evidence giant turbines are contaminating nearby wells didn’t move Wynne and company.

Plus, the Liberals were experts at ignoring the media, who repeatedly pointed out green energy problems that were leading Ontario into power poverty, particularly in rural areas.

As the old joke about always being ignored until you pass gas in an elevator goes, it only took one Scarborough byelection loss to change the landscape. Read article

‘Ontarians have never been this angry’: Poll respondents feel unprotected from power price increases

We will NOT be sientNational Post, Ashley Csanady
Half of Ontario voters feel unprotected from price increases in the electricity system, a new poll shows.

“Ontarians have never been this angry,” declares a presentation of the Innovative Research Group poll, to be revealed Wednesday afternoon at the Ontario Energy Association conference in Toronto. A draft of the presentation was shared with the National Post and the results of the 600-person poll show a growing distrust in the Ontario government’s handling of the energy file, in particular electricity prices.

The poll about provincial politics and energy rates was commissioned by the Ontario Energy Association — an industry group representing everything from gas to electricity companies — for its annual conference.

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-34-30-amWhen asked if they feel “consumers are well-protected with respect to prices and the reliability and quality of electricity service in Ontario,” 50 per cent of respondents “strongly disagreed” — the highest rate of disatisfaction since the firm started asking the question in 2002. Another 20 per cent “somewhat disagreed” while just 19 per cent said they “somewhat” agreed and six per cent “strongly agreed.” Three per cent had no opinion and another two per cent didn’t know. Read article

Ontario’s new electricity policy: History repeats as farce

wynneThe Globe and Mail

Karl Marx said that history repeats: first as tragedy, then as farce. In Ontario, the history of failed energy policy repeats – first as farce, and then as more farce.

Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an election in a little over a year and a half, and one of the main issues dogging the Liberal government is the price of electricity. Thanks to policy choices that the government itself seems incapable of unwinding, electricity bills have been on an upward tear for a decade. Many voters are furious. And so the Wynne government devoted the heart of its Throne Speech this week to a plan to lower the price of electricity. Not the cost of electricity, however. Just the sticker price.

Taxpayers of Ontario, you will now be paying for more of your electricity through your taxes, or through future taxes funded by deficit financing, and less through your electricity bill. Yes, that’s the new plan. It looks a lot like the old plan.

Nearly six years ago, Ms. Wynne’s predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, was facing an election. He was, like the current premier, spooked by rapidly rising electricity prices. These spiking prices, note well, had been engineered by the Liberal government’s mishandled Green Energy policy. To win back voters, Mr. McGuinty decided to give consumers a break. The tool: the so-called Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which ran from the start of 2011 to the end of 2015.

The Clean Energy Benefit did not have anything to do with clean energy, and its benefits were illusory. All consumer hydro bills were awarded a government rebate worth 10 per cent – so the more electricity a customer used, the more they saved. This “benefit” for Ontario consumers was paid for by Ontario taxpayers. Yes, they’re the same people. Read article

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne attributes byelection loss to rising Hydro rates

wynneCity Centre Mirror, By David Nickle
The Ontario Liberals’ loss in Scarborough-Rouge River last week was largely a symptom of rising electricity rates, said Premier Kathleen Wynne at a media availability Wednesday, Sept. 7. Toronto Councillor Raymond Cho won the Sept. 1 byelection for the Progressive Conservatives—taking the riding most recently held by former Liberal MPP Bas Balkisoon from the Liberals for the first time since the 1990s.

Wynne expressed her disappointment with the loss on election night—and at Queen’s Park following a meeting with Toronto Mayor John Tory, reiterated her views that frustration with rising electricity rates helped power Cho’s surge in the polls.

“We heard concerns at the door in Scarborough-Rouge River and frankly those concerns we have to take to heart and we have to use them to inform our actions going forward,” said Wynne. “And one of the things we heard most consistently was Hydro rates.”

Wynne said that she had heard the same thing from northern Ontario residents during a summer trip through James Bay.

“I heard the same thing about electricity rates in the north,” she said. “It’s not something isolated. I recognize that the investments that we made in the electricity sector by building out the infrastructure, bringing the system up to standards, have caused this.” Read article

Green energy sector breathes easier (greedier) after Ontario Liberal win

greedRichard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail
Ontario’s renewable energy sector has breathed a sigh of relief that a Liberal majority government has been elected in the province. The positive outlook is less a reflection of enthusiasm for Liberal policies, than satisfaction that the Progressive Conservatives did not win. The Tories had promised to dismantle many of the green energy policies that had supported the renewable industry.

“We are very happy with the outcome,” said Kent Brown, chief executive officer of BluEarth Renewables Inc., a Calgary-based company that has solar and wind projects in Ontario. “A majority government creates stability. We now have four years where the projects that the industry is still building can move ahead with certainty and get done.”

If there had been a PC government, Mr. Brown said, “there would be a huge amount of uncertainty and a question as to whether those [projects] under construction would get done. The Conservatives were unbelievably unclear. In all my years I have never met a Conservative Party that was so anti-business.” Read article

Ontario, yours to dismantle

WYNNE NEGLECTToronto Sun, Ezra Levant
Put aside the scandals and corruption and police investigations into the Ontario Liberal Party. That’s just morality and ethics stuff, and Ontarians are apparently fine with that. But what about the economy created by the Liberals, happily accepted by voters last Thursday?

For seven years running, Ontario has had a higher unemployment rate than the national average. Ontario is a have-not province, now subsidized by others, including Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, two new have provinces. Stop and let that sink in.

Ontario’s taxes are high, and about to grow higher: Premier Kathleen Wynne’s campaign centrepiece was a new payroll tax for a provincial pension plan, deducted from every employee’s paycheque. In other words, a job tax. There will be other taxes too, including on Pearson Airport, the airport already saddled with the highest user fees in the world.

And Ontario’s disastrous experiment with wind turbines and solar panels will continue for decades — that’s the length of time Ontario will force residents and companies to buy power at inflated rates to subsidize their green schemes. Read article

Energy prices should be big Ontario issue: Roseman

electricity costToronto Star, Ellen Roseman
Rising energy prices – up about five per cent this year – are squeezing consumers’ budgets, according to a recent Scotiabank report. The typical household spends $5,000 a year on energy, including gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas, electricity and water. All (except natural gas) have far outpaced broad inflation in the 21st century.

Energy spending now accounts for 8.5 per cent of all Canadian household expenditures – about one percentage point above its long-term average, the report said. And since most households can do little to conserve energy in the short term, they will spend less on other products – up to $4 billion less because of the five per cent rise in energy prices, said economist Adrienne Warren. I’m talking about the report, which came out June 6, because it helps explain the anger and lethargy of Ontario voters as they look at the platforms of the three major parties.

Gasoline prices are at a record high. Why aren’t the party leaders promising to reduce Ontario’s percentage share of gasoline taxes? Electricity is also high. Consumers pay 13.5 cents a kilowatt hour for power at peak times (noon to 5 on weekdays), about three cents more than in 2006. Read article

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LKM Liberal candiate calls those opposed to wind turbines “bullies” & “radical protestors”

The Liberals are still this out of touch with the wind issue in rural Ontario…
See Radan’s comments here and here.



Wind turbines take centre stage at all-candidates forum for Perth-Middlesex

PerthBy Mike Beitz, The Beacon Herald
A small group of protesters with “Stop the Turbines” and “Not a Willing Host” signs standing outside of the St. Joseph’s Parish Centre in Listowel Wednesday night foreshadowed a key issue that would be discussed inside. Industrial wind turbine projects were raised several times during a well-attended all-candidates forum hosted by the Perth and Wellington federations of agriculture.

But it wasn’t until well into the evening that the seven participating provincial candidates – Irma DeVries (Family Coalition Party), Matthew Murphy (independent), Romayne Smith Fullerton (NDP), Chris Desjardins (Green Party), Randy Pettapiece (Progressive Conservative Party), Robby Smink (Freedom Party) and Stewart Skinner (Liberal Party), were asked directly if they support them. Predictably, none of them gave an outright yes.

Murphy suggested several times that turbines belong offshore, where their impact on communities would be minimized, and also advocated for more local control over where they’re located. “I think you have a right to say, ‘We don’t want them nearby. We don’t want them here,'” he said.

Smith Fullerton agreed with the need for more local control, and suggested that the issue has been “devastating” for rural Ontario. The NDP would consult with the auditor general to determine if contracts could be opened up again, she added.

Desjardin argued that wind turbine projects should be “community owned,” with the community deciding where they’re placed. When told by someone in the audience that 70 Ontario communities have declared themselves unwilling hosts for wind turbines, he looked shocked. “We do want the community to say where they’re going, and if you’re an unwilling host, I guess they’re not going in your community,” said Desjardins.

Pettapiece said it was unfortunate that wind turbine opponents in rural Ontario are given the NIMBY (not in my backyard) label. “We would cancel the FIT program that deals with these projects,” he said, “and we would certainly investigate the contracts that have been handed out on anything that’s not hooked up to the grid.”

Smink, who prefaced most of his responses with a criticism of government interference, did the same when describing his stance on the “windmill idiocy.” “This is exactly the type of problems that you have when you have big government basically telling you how to run your life,” he said.

DeVries, who repeated a similar “smaller government” mantra throughout the evening, said the Family Coalition Party would introduce legislation to restore the rights of municipalities to refuse turbines.

Even Skinner, whose Liberal Party implemented the Green Energy Act, said that changes are in order, particularly when it comes to protecting fertile soil like those found in Perth-Wellington. “Going forward, I’m going to advocate for protection for prime farmland, that we’re not placing turbines on good Class 1 and Class 2 lands,” he said, adding that he would push for minimum distance separation between turbines and livestock operations. His suggestion that neither he nor any of the other candidates could stop the controversial wind turbine projects planned just outside of Listowel, and that “it’s done,” prompted a sharp response from the crowd. “It’s not done,” several people called out loudly. Read article

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex candidates debate wind turbines

Sarnia Observer

  • LKM candidatesProgressive Conservative and sitting MPP Monte McNaughton focused on the Liberal government’s energy policy, attacking the government’s Green Energy Act for taking away townships’ decision-making capabilities when it comes to wind turbines. “The Green Energy Act has stripped power from local governments and needs to be scrapped,” said McNaughton. “Stop making decisions in downtown Toronto for things that happen here.”
  • Liberal candidate Mike Radan defended the program, noting individual farmers have decided to put the turbines on their own land. “The Green Energy Act is a Liberal initiative,” he said. “We need a sustainable source of energy that is clean. “Are we going to allow every municipality to have a veto over provincial legislation? No, we’re not. We would have a hodgepodge of laws in this province.”
  • NDP candidate Joe Hill touted his party’s plan to reduce hydro rates by getting rid of the top CEOs at Hydro One, removing the HST from electricity and hydro bills and importing cheap energy from Manitoba and Quebec. Read article

Huron Bruce Candidates Debate Wind Turbines

Blackburn News, Jordan MacKinnon

  • All-Candidates-Tiverton-HuronBruceProgressive Conservative incumbent Lisa Thompson repeated her party’s pledge to end further renewable energy projects, condemning the Liberal government for stripping away democracy at the municipal level with the Green Energy Act.
  • Liberal candidate Colleen Schenk says the government listened to rural concerns and revamped the public consultation process for wind farms. “Well, I think, we have put into place now an excellent consultation with the municipalities, and that’s what I’ve talked to as I say a lot of wind groups and that is what they asked for and that is what we have now in place,” says Schenk.
  • Family Coalition Party candidate Andrew Zettel says he doesn’t blame voters for feeling discouraged by the “big-three” parties. “I had one woman come to me and say she will just have to plug her nose and check a name off on the ballot,” says Zettel.  “That kind of cynicism is because we find candidates kind of skirting around the questions, refusing to answer people’s questions, and then just kind of following up with the rhetoric of their party leader”.  Zettel says his party would cut the prices being paid through the Feed-In Tariff program, while restoring planning authority to municipal governments.
  • NDP candidate Jan Johnstone went a step further, pledging the NDP would respect “unwilling host” municipalities and only seek renewable projects in areas that want them.  She says we need to let the approvals process determine if the Deep Goelogical Repository for nuclear waste is safe. Read article

Liberal Haldimand-Norfolk candidate put in hotseat

Haldimand Norfolk candidatesBy Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer
KOHLER – The first all-candidates meeting of the 2014 provincial election barely got underway and Liberal candidate Karen Robinson had little choice. Sitting in the old wooden Haldimand Federation of Agriculture building in this farming hamlet southwest of Cayuga, which is surrounded by some of the most hated icons in rural Ontario — the spinning blades of wind turbines — Robinson had to publicly disagree with her government and party.

She called the Liberal’s green energy policies “a huge disappointment” and vowed that, if elected, she would represent the “many views” in Haldimand-Norfolk through “petition and lobby.”

Tuesday night marked the unofficial start of the local campaign, which has so far been quiet. Four people are trying to unseat Progressive Conservative Toby Barrett, who has held the riding for nearly 20 years. (Libertarian candidate Brad Mottashed was absent from the meeting.) Read article

Ill wind blows for turbines if Tories win: Wilson

wilson airportBy Morgan Ian Adams, Enterprise-Bulletin
CLEARVIEW Twp. —The Progressive Conservative candidate for Simcoe-Grey says he’d put a stop to a company’s plans to erect wind turbines near the local airport should his party form the next government.

In a campaign stop at the Collingwood Regional Airport Friday morning, during which he slammed the existing Green Energy Act and the impact he says it has had on electricity bills, Jim Wilson promised a Progressive Conservative government would do what it could to halt WPD Canada’s plans to erect turbines near the facility should his party win the June 12 provincial election.

WPD’s proposal is to erect eight turbines in the area north of County Road 91; at least two of the proposed 500-foot-tall turbines are within an area the municipal services board that manages the airport say are a potential safety hazard to aircraft, especially in the landing or take-off phase, while another three turbines are considered on the edge of that area. WPD’s plans are presently under technical review by the Ministry of Environment.

“We’ll do whatever it takes to stop WPD Canada from putting the wind turbines in this vicinity,” said Wilson. “It is in process, and it may end up in a lawsuit, but we just can’t allow it.” Read article

Liberals are idiots on green energy

DSCN1674Toronto Sun
Liberal MPP and former energy minister Brad Duguid says Tory Leader Tim Hudak is “completely irresponsible and out of his mind” for trying to extricate taxpayers and hydro consumers from the Liberals’ green energy disaster. In fact, the only people who were completely out of their minds on the green energy file were Dalton McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne, Duguid and the entire Liberal cabinet and caucus.

First, their criticism of Hudak is a straw man. They charge Hudak would be irresponsible to tear up absurdly generous, 20-year contracts the Liberals signed with wind and solar power developers for expensive and unreliable electricity.

Except Hudak didn’t say that. He said he won’t cancel approved projects that are already supplying power to the electricity grid because it would cost even more to walk away from them. He did say he won’t approve new contracts and will review on a case by case basis contracts awaiting final approval from the energy minister. Read article

Wynne: Liberals have learned from their mistakes…

WynneKissLucknow Sentinel, Patrick Bales
Premier Kathleen Wynne may have been in Walkerton Thursday morning to announce her party’s support for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, but inevitably she was asked about the contentious issues of wind turbines.

Wynne said the wind turbine placement process has improved since she took office. “There needed to be a change in the way those wind turbines were sited,” she said. “I believe that it’s very important that communities have more input.”

Wynne noted since she was elected Liberal leader, there have been changes regarding the way turbine contracts are finalized.  “Communities must opportunity to have a say and have much more buy-in,” she said. She also expressed regret for the way the Green Energy Act was implemented. “If I could roll back the clock and we could have a better process from the beginning, I would do that,” Wynne said. “But I can’t do that. All I can is make sure that, going forward, we have a much better process in place and that communities are consulted.” Read article

Hudak not scrapping solar and wind power contracts, just no new ones

hudakMonteSun News, ANTONELLA ARTUSO
TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has learned nothing from Liberal government’s mistakes in the $1 billion gas plants controversy. That was the unusual message from Liberal MPP Brad Duguid, who said Hudak is about to waste 20 times as much public money if he proceeds with his plans to tear up solar and wind power contracts.

“Ontarians should be asking Tim Hudak whether he’s learned from the mistakes that were made during the gas plants issue,” Duguid said Sunday. “We certainly as a government have. We’ve taken a number of measures to make sure that doesn’t happen again. “Tim Hudak, though, in his plan, would repeat the same darn mistake again, costing us tens of billions of dollars.”

The former energy minister said that people understand that governments and politicians make mistakes — as was done in the case of planning to put two gas plants in residential neighbourhoods without adequate public consultation — but expect that lessons will be learned and not repeated. Ontarians will fork over up to $1.1 billion extra over the next couple of decades for reneging on two signed gas plant contracts for Oakville and Mississauga.

In Hudak’s plan for renewable energy, the PC leader is committing to either ripping up existing solar and wind contracts or giving municipalities the ability to do so. Read article

Horwath passes the buck on GEA

NDPPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
[Excerpt] The Friday morning event came on the heels of a meet-and-greet the night before at the Ups ‘N’ Downs pub downtown where she was greeted by anti-wind turbine protestors. A 92-turbine wind project is current under construction in Lambton County, and another 46-turbine project is awaiting provincial environmental approval. Both have led to protests by opponents of wind energy and the province’s Green Energy Act.

“We believe that the Liberals have made a mess of the green energy sector, as well,” Horwath said. “It’s a sad day in Ontario when we have families pitted against each other, when we have neighbours pitted against each other, when we have communities pitted against each other.”

Renewable energy is something most people believe is a good thing but the Liberals decided to shut down community participation, “ignore the voices of local residents and rammed through projects,” Horwath said. “That’s a wrong-headed way of doing things.”

She said the NDP believes there’s no need to call in international companies to get green energy up and running in Ontario. Instead, Horwath said she would encourage municipalities, farm co-ops and First Nations to develop projects that are scaled to their communities and benefit local residents. “It’s very divisive and, frankly, is a failure of the Liberals,” she said. Read article

Killing green energy contracts

radwanski30nw1Financial Post, Bruce Pardy
Tim Hudak says the Ontario Conservatives, if elected, will cancel lucrative wind and solar contracts put in place under the Liberals’ green energy program. Can he do so without racking up huge compensation costs?

The answer is yes – if he does it the right way.

The wrong way is to direct the Ontario Power Authority to simply terminate existing contracts, which have robust compensation clauses. The liabilities would dwarf the $1.1-billion paid out by the Liberals for cancelled gas plants.

The right way is to legislate: to enact a statute that declares green contracts to be null and void, and the province to be free from liability. The compensation clauses in the contract will be rendered inoperative if the statute says so.

Statutes can override iron-clad provisions in a contract because that is the nature of legislative supremacy: Legislatures can pass laws of any kind, as long as they are within their jurisdiction and do not offend the constitution. Legislating on electricity production is clearly a provincial power, as are “property and civil rights.” Read article

To understand Ontario’s election, take a careful look at your hydro bill

bill of goodsThe Record, Luisa D’Amato
It’s so easy to get sidetracked by the distractions. Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne goes for a morning jog in Kitchener’s Victoria Park, leaving a reporter out of breath as he tries to follow. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak gets kicked off a Toronto subway when he tries to make an announcement, because his team didn’t get permission.

These events grab the headlines because they’re anecdotes, easy to tell. But they have nothing to do with what a political party will or won’t do for you if it wins. On the other hand, if you look at your hydro bill, and what each party will do about it, it tells you something significant about each of them.

The cost of electricity is a key issue. Ontario’s electricity rates have soared and are now among the highest in North America. In part, this is because of the Liberal government’s “green energy” plan that offers subsidies to those that put up wind turbines and solar panels, then sell the power back to the power grid. Read article

Election time in rural Ontario

near Strathroy


Hudak vows to pull the plug on wind power

hudak-wind-rallyToronto Sun
It’s time to blow off expensive subsidies to wind and solar power, PC Leader Tim Hudak says. The Progressive Conservatives would, if elected to govern, refuse to sign any more renewable energy deals at high rates of return and focus on creating an electricity system reliant on gas, hydro operations and nuclear power. A Tory government would also give more control to local municipalities over the siting of wind projects, he said.

“If people can have a say about a hot dog stand going in for a Canada Day celebration, shouldn’t they have a say about massive industrial wind turbines in their backyard?” Hudak said. The PCs say they will not proceed with any wind or solar applications that have not been already approved.

Those projects that have been approved but not yet connected to the grid would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Such a move would save $20 billion and help businesses create 40,000 jobs through more affordable electricity — numbers confirmed by an independent economist brought in by the PCs, Hudak said. Read article

Ontario heading to the polls

voteoutLondon Free Press, By Antonella Artuso
TORONTO – Ontario is heading to the polls. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she will vote against Premier Kathleen Wynne’s spring budget which means that the Liberal minority government would fall on a confidence vote as early as May 7.

“It’s time for change,” Horwath said Friday. “You deserve a better government.”

Horwath said the growing list of scandals attached to the Liberal government and her lack of confidence in Wynne to deliver on her budget promises are behind her party’s decision to pull the plug on its support. Read article

Libs lose support due to wind turbines in 10-riding SW Ontario region

e_voteDeborah Van Brenk, London Free Press
If the minority Liberal government can’t pass its budget next month, Ontario will be plunged into a widely expected spring election. Deb Van Brenk tested the early voter mood in the 10-riding London region, driving its Hwy. 401 backbone. Once almost solidly Liberal, the region now has only one Grit left standing. High power bills, the gas plants scandal, wind turbines — voters are chafing at many issues.

Where: Hwy 401 at Kent Bridge Rd. (Chatham-Kent-Essex riding)
Who: Farmer Glen Ure

From just this overpass, between the West Lorne and Chatham exits, 76 wind turbines are visible in the near and far horizon. Some sprout just beyond the borders of Glen Ure’s farm, where he’s lived all his life and where his parents farmed before him.

Elsewhere in the region, others battle turbines out of health concerns but Ure rejected offers to be a wind landlord because he wasn’t satisfied with the wind companies’ answers to his many questions. Governments and energy companies control enough of his life and he’s not about to let them control his land, too. Read article

Ontario PC’s re-affirm commitment to scrap Green Energy Act

(Queen’s Park)- Ontario PC MPPs Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton) and Lisa Thompson (Huron Bruce) offered the following statement on the PC Plan to scrap the Green Energy Act:

“Ontario PC Party under Tim Hudak maintains its commitment to scrap the Green Energy Act.

“That means we would remove subsidies on wind and solar, we would restore locally based decision making and we would implement a moratorium on developments until health and environmental impacts are assessed.   Continue reading

Taking the fight to the next level…

by Bob Lewis
For several years now, courageous women and men have given time, energy and money to fight the blight of wind turbines.

A couple of years ago, I finally caught on and joined the movement. I’ve had an interesting life and done quite a few things that I’m proud of, but nothing has made me prouder than being associated with Muriel, Esther and Marcelle – the three sisters/founders/spirit of MLWAG.

In the following paragraphs, “We” refers to Wind Warriors Everywhere. Maybe I should write it as WWE?

We’ve held protests – locally and at Queen’s Park. We’ve put on information nights and we’ve convinced over 70 municipalities to declare themselves ‘Not a Willing Host’. A couple of brave councils have even enacted ‘illegal’ bylaws and gone to court.

We’ve done numerous appeals – both with lawyers and without.

We’ve slowed them down, we’ve cost them money, and we’ve educated a lot of people, but we haven’t stopped them. Continue reading


DSC03485Date: Feb 24, 2014
Time: 11:00am
Place: Queen’s Park, Toronto

Mothers Against Wind Turbines is putting the challenge out there to show MPPS and Toronto that the years of abuse of provincial power has to stop! Let’s rise to the occasion and send a very clear message to MPPS that industrial wind turbines cannot continue to desecrate our health, homes and communities. Continue reading

Political Winds Starting to Stir in the Provincial By- Elections, Niagara 2014

Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 25 2014, by Linda Rogers
Some Quick Facts about Niagara Regional Wind Project

Winter weather had a fierce and Arctic- tight grip while delivering blowing snow, white outs and high winds across the Niagara region on January 25th. Weather conditions severe enough to make the most seasoned winter experienced Canadian driver stop and pause, while considering if the all- wheel drive and snow tires were up to the job of travelling the back country roads safely. Never the less the howling winds and intimidating weather were proven not to be a deterrent for the declared candidates preparations for the upcoming Provincial by- elections in Niagara Falls.

Kim Craitor the former Liberal MPP had resigned last summer creating a vacate seat at Queens Park that is now being contested in the Niagara region. The three main party candidates are Bart Maves for the Conservatives, Wayne Gates NDP, and Joyce Morocco representing the Liberal party. Continue reading

Energy ‘number one’ issue: MPP

Steve_ClarkThe Recorder
Area residents jolted by rising hydro costs have turned the energy file into what could be the key local issue in a possible 2014 Ontario election campaign, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark says. “Certainly in our constituency office, it’s the number one issue,” Clark said Sunday following his annual Christmas reception for constituents at the Royal Brock.

Residents turned off by the surge in hydro rates expected to accompany the Liberal government’s recently unveiled energy plan have been flooding the constituency office with angry feedback, Clark said. “A day doesn’t go by that somebody doesn’t come into my constituency office furious at the government, with their policy,” said Clark.

Even with conservation efforts, residents are still seeing their bills “skyrocket,” he said. Reiterating his Progressive Conservative party’s stance that the Liberals’ plan is designed merely to get the government through a possible spring election, Clark said the Tories provided possible energy solutions in their “white paper” on energy reform. Read article

If Ontario goes to the polls this spring, these are the ridings to keep an eye on

Global Toronto News
[Excerpt] Progressive Conservative Randy Pettapiece won Perth-Wellington by the slimmest of margins – 1.4 per cent, or 210 votes. The riding, which borders the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound area, could be affected by the wind turbine issue that led to conservative success in this area.

“Wind turbines have been an issue and will continue to an issue for southwestern Ontario,” said Robert Drummond, professor emeritus at York University. “It cost [the Liberals] in the last election and that might not change.”