Is this Zwig’s ace in the hole?

The Chronicle Journal
JUST when you thought he was down and maybe even out, Anthony Zwig bounces back. The indefatigable and at times irascible president of Horizon Wind Inc., has been a divisive tour de force in Thunder Bay. His proposal to build a series of industrial wind turbines on top of a Nor’Wester mountain caught city council’s fancy but quickly generated fierce opposition in the neighbourhood down below. Well organized and plugged into other anti-wind energy groups, the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee has hounded Zwig and the council over potential health, noise, environmental and property value issues. The council tried to get him to move some turbine locations and he promptly threatened to sue the municipality.  Read article

Big Thunder Wind Farm – “I am not prepared to issue a permit…” MNR Minister
THUNDER BAY – It is looking like the proposed wind farm atop the Nor’Wester escarpment isn’t likely to proceed. The proposal which has been hotly opposed by residents, and seen the City of Thunder Bay sued by Horizon is now likely not to receive needed Environmental Permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources. Continue reading

Horizon holds another Open House in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – At last night’s public meeting over the wind park, Videographer Alan Auld covered the event for Read the entire article here

Turbine talk in Thunder Bay

By Leith Dunick,

The co-chairman of the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee suspects Horizon Wind’s newest renewable energy approval application won’t look much different than one the province recently rejected.

Mike Payne said members of his organization, who object to the construction of a wind farm on the mountain range, also don’t think the southern Ontario energy company is really taking their concerns to heart. Continue reading

Thunder Bay turbines approved

John Beals, an opponent of the Big Thunder Wind Park, said city administration has misled the public and council about the project.

By Leith Dunick,

Thunder Bay’s elected officials stood their ground Monday night and left it to the province to decide the fate of a controversial wind turbine farm.

Council voted 8-4 to approve an amended agreement between the city and Horizon Wind Inc. approving new locations for two turbines on the Nor’Wester mountain range, despite a sea of protestors who greeted their arrival at city hall. Continue reading

Blustery start for wind farm lawsuit

Anthony Zwig, president and CEO of Toronto-based Horizon Wind Inc.  

THUNDER BAY – City of Thunder Bay Legal Counsel received notification this afternoon that the Superior Court will not stay, or put on hold, Horizon’s action for breach of contract pending resolution by an arbitrator. Superior Court Justice Whitaker ruled the arbitration clause applies only to disputes under the Lease and not disputes under the Option Agreement, which is the subject matter of Horizon’s dispute before the Court. Continue reading

Horizon Wind Developers vs. Thunder Bay

New Mayor of Thunder By, Keith Hobbs responding to lawsuit by Horizon Wind

Horizon lawsuit may kill project in Thunder Bay

In launching their $126 million law suit, it is now likely that the Big Thunder Wind Farm in Thunder Bay is now finished. Councillors, who in 2006 were enthusiastic, are now far more aware of facts on the project. Candidates for office in Monday’s election have seen how the project has been one that has divided this community.

With the launching of the law suit against the city, the one thing that the company likely didn’t expect has happened, they shifted the tide of opinion against themselves.

by James Murray

THUNDER BAY – Under the Ontario Municipal Act there are specific areas where a municipal government should go “in camera” or behind closed doors for discussions. Continue reading

Thunder Bay responds to Horizon Wind lawsuit

by James Murray   ·

THUNDER BAY – “The City of Thunder Bay has reviewed Horizon’s Statement of Claim received late Tuesday and can now set the record straight”, stated City Manager Tim Commisso.

“Primarily, Horizon is looking to have the City execute the lease and approve the turbine locations they have proposed,” Commisso added. “In fact, Council on Tuesday authorized executing the lease, approved 14 of the 18 requested locations and asked that four locations be moved. While the City must act reasonably, it is under no obligation to approve all requested locations. Continue reading

Horizon files suit

By Leith Dunick,

The City of Thunder Bay is facing a $126-million lawsuit in the aftermath of its decision to approve only 14 of 18 of Horizon Wind’s preferred wind turbine locations on the Nor’Wester Mountain range.

Horizon Wind Inc. confirmed the lawsuit was being filed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but could not say what the specific damages they were seeking. Continue reading

Mountains are sacred places

Thunder Bay will receive between $200,000 and $275,000 annually from Horizon Wind Inc. in lease payments.  In other words for about $2.75 per resident annually, Councillors Foulds, McKinnon, Giertuga, Tuchenhagen, Johnson and Angus along with Mayor Peterson have voted to permanently scar the Nor’Westers.

by James Murray,
THUNDER BAY – “I won’t duck and cover.” That was the message from Current River Councillor Andew Foulds on Tuesday night as he spoke against a motion from Councillor Frank Pullia to defer a decision on the Horizon Wind Inc. lease agreement. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Deal Clears Hurdle

by James Murray  netnewledger

THUNDER BAY – City Council voted in favour of the Horizon Wind Inc. proposal last night over the facts presented by several deputations from residents, and the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee. Five members of Council, including Lynda Rydholm, Aldo Ruberto and Frank Pullia opposed the motion which will see the city lease land atop the Nor’Westers to Horizon.

Councillor Mark Bentz expressed concern over the locations of several of the turbines, which he stated would be very imposing on the escarpment. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Council expected to vote on location of turbines

By Brandon Walker   Chronicle Journal

Irene Bond worries there could someday be more than 50 wind turbines on the Nor‘Wester Mountain for a project that currently only proposes 18 turbines.

The Nor‘wester Escarpment Protection Committee president said she doesn‘t trust Horizon Wind because the company has kept the public “in the dark” about their plans. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Turbines OKed

By Leith Dunick,

Horizon Wind has just one more obstacle before its proposed wind farm gets the go-ahead at the municipal level.

City officials on Thursday released a public report that recommends council approve all 18 of the southern Ontario company’s planned turbine locations, despite the threat of a lawsuit from nearby residents in opposition to the $75-million plan. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Council to make decision on Horizon Wind project

By Leith Dunick,

Horizon Wind will have a definitive answer on Oct. 12 whether or not the city plans to allow the company’s proposed Nor’Wester Mountain Range wind turbine farm to go ahead.

City council on Monday ordered administration to prepare a public report on the land lease and the turbine locations, giving them just three days to post it on the city’s website. Continue reading

Wind Farm Report Angers Opponents of Horizon Project

THUNDER BAY – An issue that it is likely will be a major factor in the Neebing Ward, and the At Large races at City Council will heat up on Monday. City Council is set to hear from Dillon Consulting Limited, a company City Administration has hired to review the Horizon Wind Farm proposal.

That move has raised the ire of Richard Moorey, as well as the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee. Continue reading

Horizon Wind Inc. – Big Thunder Wind Park Open House

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Thunder Bay looking for outside help on Horizon wind project

By Leith Dunick, 21 September 2010

The city is hiring an outside consultant to help them make a decision on the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park.

After a closed-door update on legal and property matters on Monday night, city officials on Tuesday said council has authorized them to engage an expert to review information requested on the project, in particular information relating to the financial data on each turbine and view sheds that illustrate their location. Continue reading

Errors and missing information in Horizon’s REA

KAREN McKINLEY, The Chronicle Journal,

The Nor’Wester Escarpment Protection Committee says it has found errors and missing information in Horizon Wind‘s draft Renewable Energy Application (REA).

The protection group released its findings this week.  The 200-page assessment covers the Environmental Screening Report (ESR), design and operations plan, construction plan and decommissioning plan. Continue reading

Wind farm opponents send petition to Thunder Bay city hall 

A petition with more than 1,200 signatures was dropped off at city hall Friday concerning the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park.

The Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee brought the petition to Mayor Lynn Peterson’s office.

Committee president Irene Bond said she hopes the 1,275 names on the petition will prove to city officials that the opponents are not just a “small, loud group of citizens,” but rather, a large percentage of city ratepayers. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Wind farm hearings over; fight goes on

by Doug Diaczuk   Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

A  large group of opponents to the proposed Big Thunder Wind Farm attended the final open house at Blake Community Hall on Tuesday evening, but many of them refused to even walk through the front door.

“We will just listen to the evasive double talk they are doing and not answering questions,” John Beals, a co-chairman of the Nor‘Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee, said. “So what do we do, go in and listen to the same thing again and again?”

Though the people standing outside with their signs reading Stop the Wind Turbines did not necessarily see it as a protest, with many of them attending the question and answer portion of the session, it did demonstrate their frustration and anger regarding the entire process. Continue reading

Why the guards?

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

On Aug. 5, I was surprised when my wife and I attended a display at the Lakehead Labour Centre sponsored by Horizon Wind developers.

We were directed through an emergency exit to the display room. There is a normal entrance from the front of the building where the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee had an excellent display which includes up-to-date information obtained by extensive investigations. It negates much of the information supplied by Horizon Wind. Continue reading

Debate over Big Thunder Wind Park goes on

By Karen McKinley
Chronicle Journal

The debate over the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park is far from over as corporate representatives and private citizens debated the merits and concerns of the project this week.

Horizon Wind, Inc., held open houses in Thunder Bay on Wednesday and Thursday. The Nor‘Wester Escarpment Protection Committee held its own open house on Thursday, across the hall from the Horizon Wind forum. Continue reading

Energy Consultant says Horizon ESR falls short

By Leith Dunick, 

A Toronto energy consultant has promised to blast holes in Horizon Wind Inc.’s environmental screening report for its proposed wind farms on the Nor’ Wester Mountain range.

Michael McLeod , president of M.D. McLeod and Associates, has requested to appear Monday night before council to speak about the Big Thunder Wind Park, as well as a review of the corporate draft report scheduled for presentation that evening. Continue reading

Message to Thunder Bay Council: ‘Take no straw vote’ on wind farm!

Lynn Peterson, Mayor of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – One of the more controversial issues facing City Council this year come before a special meeting on Tuesday. This past Thursday, Administration released their recommendations regarding the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park development. A Special Committee of the Whole meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 to review this report prior to several public deputations being made that same evening.

The pre-meeting – before the regular meeting is a 2 hour proposed in-camera session from 4:30 to 6:30 pm – and relates to issues of legal matters, lease negotiations and real property issues. Continue reading

Thunder Bay wind opposition group ready to take concerns to city

By Jamie Smith,

Holding the last of their open houses Tuesday, the Norwester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee says they want to convince city council to engage the public in a discussion about the proposed Big Thunder Park.

NMEPC member Michelle Addison said she was concerned when she found out that the city has been in talks with Horizon Wind and its predecessor since 2006 to lease lands around Loch Lomond. Addison said what concerns her most is that the public has never been involved in those discussions.

“The fact that that information was shared behind closed doors was quite concerning to me,” Addison said. “Horizon has really had an upperhand…they’ve had closed door sessions with council members, closed door sessions with administration it sounds like and yet we aren’t privy to have that same opportunity for public consultation.” Continue reading

Thunder Bay wind fight continues

By Jamie Smith

The group opposed to a proposed South Neebing wind farm says it will draft a report to counter Horizon Wind’s recent Renewable Energy Approval Report, but group members admit that their report could take some time.

The Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee held its first open house Wednesday and hosted more than 90 people. The group members used the open house, and about 10 displays on information from economic concerns to the cultural heritage of the Nor’Westers, to inform the public on what they say is a bad idea for the city. Continue reading

Rejection of Wind Farm Sought by Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee


THUNDER BAY – John Beals, the Co-Chairman, Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee says, “The attached 4-page letter dated May 3rd, 2010 was issued to the above Ministers to request their intervention to deny approval of a proposed industrial wind energy development project on the Nor’Wester Mountain Range and the Loch Lomond Watershed in the Thunder Bay area.

“Copies were also provided to the local Mayor and Council and several other Ministers, including the local Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines & Forestry, and Mr. Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay/Atikokan,” continued Beals.

“To date, we are awaiting a response to our request and concerns which are itemized on page 2 and 3 of our letter,” shares Beals.

Here is the text of the letter released today: Continue reading

Thunder Bay to defer decision on Horizon Wind project

Shelburne, Ont.'s Barbara Ashbee-Lorand says an independent health study on the effects of wind turbines is needed.

By Leith Dunick,

Fearing legal ramifications, city council chose to defer a proposed resolution calling for a report on Horizon Wind Inc.’s revised plan for 18 wind turbines on the Nor’Wester Mountains.

The report, solely to give council information to vote for or against the location of the turbines, was originally scheduled to be delivered on May 17.

Council was facing a chicken-or-egg scenario at Tuesday’s special committee of the whole meeting, which saw deputations from 20 residents and Horizon president Anthony Zwig, who presented a revised plan that would see six turbines moved back 600 metres, setting up a minimum 1.1-kilometre buffer zone between the industrial power generators and the nearest homes. Continue reading

Turbines disastrous says Thunder Bay opponent

By Leith Dunick,

On the eve of a planned presentation to council by the company planning to erect 18 wind turbines on the Nor’Wester Mountain range, its opponents called it a potential financial disaster for the city.

Irene Bond, a vocal member of the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee, on Monday asked council to consider one of three alternatives before allowing Horizon Wind to proceed with the $75-million project. Continue reading