Open letter to CAW from retired member and activist

Brothers and Sisters, Many of you know me and for those who don’t, I’m a retired CAW member who spent 38 years in two different CAW represented workplaces (Allied Chemical and Chrysler Corp.). Many of those years were spent in leadership … Continue reading

Disgusted by the CAW in its patronizing treatment of this community

By TROY PATTERSON, Shoreline Beacon For a labour union that prides itself on a history of negotiation, touts the power of democracy and the freedom of the public (and its members) to actively protest against what they feel is unjust, … Continue reading

Protest at CAW Family Education Center

Protest draws 50 looking to stop turbine at CAW

By Patrick Bales, Owen Sound Sun Times PORT ELGIN – A two-hour protest outside the CAW Family Education Centre Friday morning was the latest in a series of actions by local residents to show their disapproval for a wind turbine … Continue reading

Response from CAW – Full Steam Ahead

New Facebook Page: STOP CAW Wind Turbine Read Full Press Release  While the technical and legal issues of this project have long been resolved, the CAW has committed to do the following going forward: coordinate the formation of a committee … Continue reading

CAW wind turbine sparks Port Elgin protest

by Chantaie Allick and John Spears, Toronto Star Plans by the Canadian Auto Workers to erect a 76-metre wind turbine in their community have residents of Port Elgin threatening to greet construction crews with a picket line.  “The neighbourhood is … Continue reading

CAW “trusts” the government on turbine setbacks yet will not abide by current GEA regs

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad: Windsor Star:  Dean Fowler said the OMB and the Ministry of the Environment approved the location of the turbine based on the most up-to-date information available about the possible effects on … Continue reading

Saugeen Shores Council calls on province to halt CAW turbine

By Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon Saugeen Shores council needs to seek legal advice. That was the recommendation made by Daniel Santoro, a Toronto based lawyer who spoke at Monday night’s committee-of-the-whole meeting. Council chambers overflowed with residents concerned with the … Continue reading

Whether the residents like it or not, as far as the CAW is concerned, the project is moving forward

By Patrick Bales, Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon Standing 80 feet tall, Chantry Island Lighthouse is arguably the defining landmark of Saugeen Shores. From all points along the waterfront, and several throughout the municipality, the beacon can be seen, a reminder … Continue reading

CAW to build wind turbine close to residents

By Shawn Sutherland, Shoreline Beacon The CAW Family Education Centre is about to become the site of the first wind turbine in Saugeen Shores. The turbine, expected to be nearly 250-feet tall, is exempt from the law requiring a minimum … Continue reading

Test results prove wind turbine noise modelling faulty

As a service to Ontarians concerned about the use of suspect noise modelling by engineers working on behalf of wind developers to get projects approved it appears concern is warranted. HCG were instrumental in developing the noise regulations for the … Continue reading

Wind Turbine Highlights Unifor’s Hypocrisy On Noise Hazards

Karen Hunter, Huffington Post The National Day of Mourning sends “a strong message to all governments of their obligation and responsibility to strongly enforce health and safety laws and regulations,” says Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, formerly the CAW. There’s a “serious lack … Continue reading

Schmalz: turbine fight is a ‘worldwide movement’

Shoreline Beacon A town hall style meeting was held at Maple Hall in Port Elgin Thursday night on the subject of wind turbines. The meeting falls shortly after the one year anniversary the Unifor turbine blades started spinning it was … Continue reading

STOP continues turbine fight, wants communication with Unifor

By Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon News It has been just over one year since the Unifor (formerly Canadian Auto Workers’) wind turbine began fully operating in Saugeen Shores. There is just as much fight today from Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy … Continue reading

MOE received 139 complaints in 12 days in Port Elgin

Bayshore Broadcasting Since December 10th, the Ministry of the Environment has received 139 complaints related to the industrial turbine at the Unifor Family Education Centre, formerly the CAW Centre. The information was brought forward at this week’s Saugeen Shores Committee … Continue reading

Wind blows from Port Elgin to Queen’s Park

The Shoreline Beacon Last week our provincial government got back to business for the fall session. After a summer spent by our elected members of provincial parliament in their own ridings, the time has come for them to be back … Continue reading

Protesters want turbine in Port Elgin shut down

Owen Sound Sun Times There weren’t enough wind turbine protesters Monday to set a new Guinness World Record, but event organizer Greg Schmalz said that wasn’t really the point anyway. “The intent was to bring publicity to the issue,” he … Continue reading

Turbine Protest Hits the Beach

Bayshore Broadcasting (Port Elgin) – Activists against wind turbines are looking to raise awareness and set a Guinness World record while they’re at it. The Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy is organizing a rally Monday on the beach in Port Elgin … Continue reading

Port Elgin Residents to voice turbine impact stories before council

By Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon News It has been approximately 20 weeks since the blades on the Canadian Auto Workers’ (CAW) wind turbine in Port Elgin have been spinning. It has also been the same amount of time since members of … Continue reading

Don’t look for justice in Ontario’s ‘debate’ on wind turbines

It’s wealthy corporate behemoths supported by the government against vulnerable people with limited financial resources. Toronto Star – When there’s social injustice, you don’t expect large corporations, the provincial government and a union like the CAW to be climbing into bed … Continue reading

Don’t look for justice in Ontario’s ‘debate’ on wind turbines

Anne McNeilly, Toronto Star When there’s social injustice, you don’t expect large corporations, the provincial government and a union like the CAW to be climbing into bed together to ignore the problem. But slap a motherhood label on the issue, … Continue reading

A Year Later: Turbine Still A Threat

Shoreline Beacon It has been one year since S.T.O.P was formed to oppose the construction and operation of the CAW Union’s industrial wind power generating business in our neighbourhood which allows the CAW to earn an annual profit of approximately … Continue reading

Wind Turbines, unhealthy even this close!

“We keep reminding the CAW UNION, and their soon to be merge partners CEP UNION, that placing a turbine in our neighbourhood where 117 homes lie inside the government’s 550 m safety setback zone is not acceptable and will harm … Continue reading

MP’s call for a Moratorium

Prime Minister Office_wind turbine health study_June 11 2012 The Honourable Dalton McGuinty Premier, Province of Ontario Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park, Room 281 Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1 Mr. McGuinty, Your government recently asked the federal government, Health Canada, to draft … Continue reading

Pembina Institute boycotted in Chatham

Ed. Note: There was a general boycott of the Chatham Pembina Institute meeting, as the London venue on the previous night was not allowing those who were present to speak. If they did, security and police were called in to … Continue reading

LSARC Picket at Alona Bay, Lake Superior!

LSARC has been out on the scenic lookout on Hwy 17 N at Alona Bay, Lake Superior, both Saturday and Sunday, to good effect.  The blazing heat was exhausting.  LOTS of water and ice for wet kerchief or a real … Continue reading

Report from Essex Meeting

by Colette McLean My MPP Taras Natyshak and local councillor Randy Voakes staged a meeting last night on Wind Energy. It was a room of approx. 60 people split 50/50 with people against & people for wind/renewable energy. Mr. Natyshak … Continue reading

Natyshak: Some women can’t stand it when their husbands snore

Meeting in Essex with NDP MPP from Essex, Taras Natyshak, was as expected. Many spoke, both for and against.    Thanks to those who drove down from C-K just for the meeting. Taras compared IWT sickness to a woman who can’t … Continue reading

Shoving Wind Power in People’s Faces

by Karen Hunter, Huffington Post Out of the blue last November, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) began the (non-union labour) construction of an industrial wind turbine on the grounds of its Family Education Centre, a facility designed to “encourage…people …to discuss … Continue reading

Anti-turbine group seeks health contract

By Denis Langlois, Owen Sound Sun Times An anti-turbine group in Port Elgin wants more than just assurances that a new CAW wind turbine will not make people sick.  Greg Schmalz, spokesman for STOP, said the group wants the Canadian … Continue reading