Flights of fancy?

Dalton green dreamPeter Epp, Chatham Daily News
Dalton McGuinty has been a private citizen for only three days, and already his prized Green Energy Policy is facing perhaps its biggest challenge . . .  ironically, where the policy’s impact was first felt in the province, in Chatham-Kent. Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight wind turbines that have been placed near the Chatham Municipal Airport. The order was revealed Friday and, if carried out, will likely have an enormous impact elsewhere in Ontario.

The order is unprecedented, and if the wind turbines are indeed removed, they will be the first to be removed since McGuinty’s Liberal government introduced the Green Energy Act four years ago, in 2009. Chatham-Kent was fertile ground for the Liberals when they started rolling out their plans to populate rural Ontario with turbines and solar panels, ostensibly to generate clean energy. The first turbines were erected here; in fact, they were starting to be built even before the legislation was in place. Today, as a municipal jurisdiction, Chatham-Kent is host to more wind turbines than anywhere else in the province. Read article

Flush green power — it’s pee time

By Mike Strobel ,Toronto Sun
TORONTO – Dalton McGuinty’s green machine has sprung another leak, courtesy the World Trade Organization. The premier’s white windmills are getting to be a gigantic pain in the solar plexus.

The WTO has reportedly sided with Europe and Japan, which got their knickers in a knot over mandatory made-in-Ontario parts at McGuinty’s wind and solar farms. They say that’s cheating. The WTO’s formal ruling is expected shortly.

McGuinty shrugged it off this week. Personally, I’d tell Europe and Japan to piss off.

But it’s a chance to retool McGuinty’s whole green dream, which includes hefty bonuses for wind and solar power. His windmills especially are a pricey, unreliable and piddling supply of energy, while blighting our countryside.

They’ve got rural residents steamed and they scare the pee out of birds and bats. Green jobs? Sure, but mostly for lawyers, who are only too happy to spend a penny of our taxes.

Maybe you see where I’m headed with this. Read article

We’re too ‘engaged’ in power issues – cramping industry style

“Part of that has to do with the fact Ontarians, in general, are becoming much more engaged in energy production — how energy is produced — and many issues have been raised recently.” Shawn Cronkwright Director, Renewables Procurement, Ontario Power Authority

Ontario teaches world how not to run a FIT program
Tyler Hamilton, Toronto Star
The opening of a smart grid research and development centre in Markham on Tuesday was good news for the Dalton McGuinty government.

It’s never a bad thing when a global industrial titan such as General Electric decides to make an Ontario municipality the epicentre of its worldwide efforts in a particular technological growth area.

In this case, the $40-million facility will be a global centre of excellence for grid automation. It’s an opportunity for the Liberal government to tout the 146 highly-skilled jobs that will be created, and how General Electric is placing its faith in the skilled workforce and business-friendly tax regime that Ontario offers.

It didn’t hurt, of course, that the government supported construction of the centre with a $7.9 million grant.

I was originally going to explore GE’s smart grid ambitions in this column, but something else happened last week that was too frustrating to ignore. The province’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) program for renewable energy (as distinguished from the microFIT program for very small projects) was supposed to re-launch on Monday.

After 11 months of waiting, the date came and went, another setback for the hundreds of manufacturers, developers and installers whose business plans have been placed on ice for nearly a year. Read article

NDP agrees to prop up corrupt McGuinty Liberal government

CTV news TORONTO— Ontario’s New Democrats have struck a deal to prop up the minority Liberal government in exchange for a new surtax on incomes over $500,000.  NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the tax on what she calls the ultra-wealthy helps make the Liberals’ budget a little more fair.  She says the NDP will not vote against the budget in a crucial vote Tuesday, which means the minority government will not be defeated.  Read article

McGuinty proposing new energy points system

by Jason Miller, Sun News
BELLEVILLE, ON – Ontario’s premier is introducing a points system to identify rural communities who welcome renewable energy installations like wind turbines.The new program will be key to circumventing the angst of factions in areas like Prince Edward County, where the municipal government has vehemently opposed the implementation of wind turbines in their community, Premier Dalton McGuinty said during an interview Friday.  Communities who express a favourable demand for renewable energy will be awarded the bulk of contracts under the new points system, that would place communities without majority support like the county at the “back of the line.”

“I’ve got all kinds of communities that want them,” he said. “I don’t need the headaches that are associated with them going into communities that don’t want them.”  Read article

Blast from the past: “NIMBYs” will be not be tolerated

Toronto Star, February 2009
LONDON, Ont. – Taking a swipe at those who oppose wind turbines off the Scarborough Bluffs, Premier Dalton McGuinty is signalling he won’t hesitate to foist “green” energy projects on communities across Ontario.
…..”But don’t say, ‘I don’t want it around here.’ … NIMBYism will no longer prevail,” he added, using the acronym for “not in my backyard.”
….McGuinty wouldn’t say exactly how concerns will be overridden, but his office noted the bill [Green Energy Act] will “address” local bylaws and regulations that are used to delay or stop proposed renewable energy projects.”

Liberals’ vow of green jobs – How Stupid do they think Ontario is??

By Lorrie Goldstein, London Free Press
I have a business proposition for anyone who still believes Dalton McGuinty will create 50,000 green energy jobs by the end of this year, as he promised in 2009 when he introduced his Green Energy Act. My proposition is I have some ocean front property in Alberta I’d like to sell you.

In the real world, not even McGuinty’s own government is pretending this promise is based in reality anymore. Last week, on April 12, Ontario’s energy ministry announced a new “Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy,” including a new government task force and trade missions to Asia, the Middle East and U.S. Read article

National Post editorial board: McGuinty’s green energy disaster

National Post
We have long argued that the Ontario government’s headlong rush to convert Canada’s industrial heartland to “green” energy would turn out to be nothing but a colossal waste of money. Since most alternative energies remain commercially impractical (that’s why they’re still alternative and not mainstream), the blind rush by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government to substitute wind, solar and bio energy for coal and oil was never likely to produce much new energy, just higher power rates for residential and industrial consumers. But even we underestimated the extent to which the Ontario Liberals’ 2009 Green Energy Act had failed in just over two-year’s time. Continue reading

Ontario PC Bill Will Restore Local Decision Making on Industrial Wind Farms

Picture 0 for Ontario PC Bill Will Restore Local Decision Making on Industrial Wind FarmsWritten by: Ontario PC Party
Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus took action this week to give planning authority back to local governments to give them and local residents a say in what happens in their own neighbourhoods.  In 2009, Dalton McGuinty stripped those powers away, which cleared the way for the installation of massive industrial wind turbines like those planned for West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand County. Continue reading

You can’t cure stupidity but you can vote it out

Time for a Change

The massive untendered Samsung contract Ontario taxpayers are not allowed to see

May 12, 2011 update:    Hudak is being criticized for saying he will scrap something he hasn’t seen. Well, NOBODY is allowed to see it. The NDP obtained this through the Freedom of Information Act.  Download the (Heavily Censored) Samsung Deal Here

Dalton’s Delusions

Eagerly anticipating more election promises from Premier Pinocchio

Meanwhile, in rural Ontario, the Green Energy Act is creating a massive headache for the Liberals.  Not only is it pushing up the price of electricity, it’s foisting hundreds of ugly, disruptive wind turbines on small communities, destroying other commercial ventures such as tourism with their hulking, oppressive presence.  Who wants to stay at a bed-and-breakfast in the middle of a wind farm?

by Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun

How ironic that the Legislature returned from its two-month break right after Family Day. Continue reading

Filling up our Blue Boxes

See the Million Dollar brochure designed to “confuse” the issue.   Thanks Sussex Strategy!

680 News – TORONTO, Ont. – The ‘blue box best friend’: that’s what Ontario New Democrats care calling Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The Liberal government will be sending out a six-page pamphlet to every home in Ontario as part of its pre-election campaign to defuse voter anger over soaring hydro bills. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has called it a waste of $1-million in taxpayer money. Continue reading

Dalton McGuinty’s wind policy blows: Editorial

Toronto Sun

There’s an obvious solution to prevent a repeat of the recent fiasco where Ontario had to pay Quebec and the U.S. almost $1.5 million to take surplus electricity generated by wind turbines on New Year’s Day.

It’s turn off the turbines.

In a logical world, that’s what would have happened when mild temperatures and low power demand — to be expected on a statutory holiday — caused the surplus. Continue reading

Tories claim stranded debt payment now tax grab

Wilson said the Tories believe the government wants to generate extra revenue by keeping the debt payments going to help subsidize its green energy plan, citing the lack of details surrounding a $7-billion contract with the Samsung Corporation to provide wind energy in Ontario.

Jim Wilson

by ELLWOOD SHREVE, Chatham Daily News

Ontario Progressive Conservatives are calling for a forensic audit of the stranded debt from Ontario Hydro after learning payments by taxpayers are being extended by six years.

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, former energy minister under the Mike Harris PC government, spoke about this issue with members of the media Thursday at the transformer station on Maple Leaf Drive in Chatham. Continue reading

Wind whistles past quiet Dalton

La La La La

By MICHAEL DEN TANDT, Toronto Sun

Dalton McGuinty has been oh, so quiet lately. It’s as though he knows these are his last months in power.

Even last week, after the premier let slip he doesn’t plan to serve another full term, it wasn’t him who emerged to spin and recant. His underlings did that.

Over the years McGuinty has grown adept at limiting contact with the unwashed. Like Mike Harris before him he understands that as you age in power, less is more. Continue reading

Merry Christmas CanWEA, and Happy Holidays to our Premier, Dalton McGuinty

London Free Press

How nice that CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association), a registered lobby group for the wind industry, has the money to spend on large colourful ads to promote the wind industry in Ontario. And where does the Ontario Power Authority get their money to run like ads? I think it could only be from the taxpayers.

Every business deserves the opportunity to succeed and prosper, but never at the expense of human, animal and environmental health. Unfortunately, the very people that industrial wind turbines are hurting do not have the funds for large display ads to warn people about the truth of the harm and the deceit of the provincial government’s renewable energy policy. Continue reading

Dalton McGuinty’s mess

Christina Blizzard Toronto Sun

Politics is an extreme blood sport.

When things are good, they’re great. Politicians walk on air. They exude that golden glow of success. They can do no wrong.

When things are bad, it seems nothing can pull them out of the slump. And right now, things are going very badly for Premier Dalton McGuinty. Continue reading

The Ontario Government has failed us miserably

Province’s green commitment fuzzy

By Rick Fuschi, Windsor Star

Commenting on hydro costs, Dalton McGuinty was indisputably right about only one thing, we will again “shoulder the costs” of his decisions.

As the infrastructure of his “greener energy grid” increases from the spectacularly pricey solar power to the proliferation of unsightly wind generators, look around the county, we are getting deeper into an energy commitment whose outcome is very uncertain. Continue reading

McGuinty using taxpayer $ to pay members of his Liberal Party campaign team

by James Murray netnewsledger.com         Also see CTV

QUEEN’S PARK – “We have already seen far too many tax dollars disappear down the hole of untendered contracts and sweetheart deals in the eHealth and other scandals. Dalton McGuinty must order his Liberal campaign team to pay back the tax dollars they received from his caucus services slush fund,” charges Lisa MacLeod, the Ontario Progressive Conservative critic for Revenue and Accountability.

New evidence contained within the Ontario Public Accounts, according to the PCs reveal that “Dalton McGuinty’s habit of handing out Ontario families’ hard earned money to Liberal friends and insiders was not just isolated to the billion dollar eHealth boondoggle, Cancer Care Ontario or his secretive Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)”. Continue reading

McGuinty confirms three Ontario ministries under investigation

Ontario Premier finally comments for the first time on anti-rackets raids by provincial police

by Karen Howlett   Globe and Mail

Three government ministries are under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Staff in the Ministries of Transportation, Economic Development and Trade and Community and Social Services are being investigated by the OPP, Mr. McGuinty told reporters on Tuesday, in commenting for the first time on the probe by the anti rackets division. Continue reading

Does Dalton McGuinty have a power plan?: Editorial

Toronto Sun

John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co., could have had Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in mind when he noted the following in his new book, Why We Hate the Oil Companies.

He said whatever the failings of oil executives — and there are many — the problem with politicians is they spend too much time promising energy will be green and sustainable, while ignoring it has to be affordable and available. Continue reading

Rural Ontario abandoned to wind farm interests

London Free Press

On the Ontario government’s website, they state, “4.5 million people in Ontario live in a rural community. The Ontario government has made a long-term commitment to improve their quality of life.”

They go on to say “We care about the people who live and work in rural Ontario.”

Well! Who are they trying to kid? Their actions prove otherwise. They are preparing to sacrifice the village of Zurich and just look the other way.

The $1-billion wind-farm deal is all well and good for some – the government coffers, big American business and a few farmers – who will benefit, but not those of us in the village of Zurich who will be surrounded by these farms. Continue reading

Open Letter to Premier McGuinty:

The G8 and G20 summits are in the news daily. Canadian flags adorn all businesses in Huntsville, so the G8 nations of the World in attendance will believe Government is listening to Ontario residents. This is not so. Government has turned its back on rural Ontario.

On Wednesday April 28, 2010 about 500 rural Ontario residents went to Queen’s Park in Toronto. John Yakabuski put forth a motion “ to ask the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for a moratorium on all wind farm projects until an independent, comprehensive study of the health and environmental impacts of wind farms is completed and Premier McGuinty restores the planning authority governing them to municipalities and local boards.” Neither you nor 95% of other Liberals were on the floor of the Legislature as Norma stood up and revealed her own personal health problems as a result of wind turbine placement too close to her home.

Everyone in the Gallery stood to give her a standing ovation, before we were all evicted. You, Mr. McGuinty, have turned a blind eye to the human suffering of placing wind turbines 350 meters form the turbine base to a person’s back door. These Victims continue to be ignored by your Government. The distance has been increased to 550 meters; however, this too is not adequate. There must be 2 km from the base of a turbine to a person’s property line, and a greater distance depending on the number of turbines. More turbines mean more noise and greater setbacks. Continue reading

Anybody see a pattern here?

McGuinty noted the tax of up to $900 per person already exempts the “poorest families” earning under $22,000 annually.   “I know it can be a sacrifice for everybody else,” said the Liberal leader. October, 2007 – New Health Tax

Rural Ontarians must sacrifice their property values and quality of life for the “greater good”.  February, 2009 – McGuinty vows to stop wind-farm NIMBYs

Dalton McGuinty conceded that he will sacrifice small, rural pharmacies.  April, 2009 – Pharmacy Cuts

And believe it or not…….The premier said each generation has challenges and sacrifices that have to be made for the common good. And just as parents, grandparents and great grandparents battled through war and depression to ensure a better future, the time has come for this generation to do its part.   He said Ontarians should see tough economic measures like the HST, as the kind of sacrifice that will create a better future for the next generation.  May 2009 – Implementation of HST

McGuinty wants red-tailed hawk to be national bird of Canada

Red-tail hawk dead under a wind turbine

Toronto Sun

The red-tailed hawk has Premier Dalton McGuinty’s vote for national bird of Canada. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy has launched a petition to encourage the federal government to choose an official bird to represent the country.

“We have national products like maple syrup, we have national sports like ice hockey and lacrosse, we have animals such as the beaver, the moose, the caribou, the polar bear, the grizzly bear, the Canada goose and the Canada lynx, but we do not have a national bird. Why?” the organization’s website says.

A pair of red-tailed hawks are currently raising a little family at Queen’s Park, and can often be seen swooping over the lawns looking for a meal. McGuinty told reporters Wednesday that he’s prepared to support the nomination of the hawk as the country’s national bird.

“This isn’t the same Dalton McGuinty who people thought they voted for”

by James Murray    Newsnetledger.com

This is the Dalton McGuinty whose Green Energy Act overrides municipalities and cuts out local families so he can drive his agenda of building industrial wind farms in everyone’s backyard but his own.

THUNDER BAY – The lead question on Wednesday in the Ontario Legislature was on the subject of wind turbines, with the Ontario Progressive Conservatives seeking information from Premier Dalton McGuinty on his government’s direction on the issue.

The Premier has determined that there is no basis for any of the concerns raised by Ontario residents and other experts from wind turbines. Continue reading