Ontario Community Groups Are Still Fighting with Energy Companies Over Wind Turbines

li-charter-of-rights-cbcVice, Colin Graf
While the controversy swirling around wind turbines in Ontario may be a ticking time bomb in the just-begun election campaign, Toronto human-rights lawyer Julian Falconer may have lit the fuse Monday night at a meeting organized by a Plympton-Wyoming community group near Sarnia, a city in southwest Ontario.

Speaking to around 400 people in a community hall, Falconer challenged all three political parties to declare a moratorium on turbine construction until a comprehensive study is completed by the federal health ministry. “None of these parties has done the right thing. A courageous, responsible political leader would put a halt to any more turbine construction, until the Health Canada study is completed,” he told the approving crowd.

Falconer was asked to the meeting by the organizers of a local group fighting plans by energy company Suncor to build 46 wind turbines in their area. The group has convinced their local council to fight Suncor by demanding turbines be placed at least two kilometers (1.2 miles) apart, as opposed to only 550 meters (600 yards), as decreed by Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Suncor took the municipality to court last winter to stop the by-law, claiming the provincial legislation trumps local by-laws. A decision is expected soon, the local mayor told the meeting. Read article

9 thoughts on “Ontario Community Groups Are Still Fighting with Energy Companies Over Wind Turbines

  1. A courageous, responsible political leader would put a halt to any more turbine construction,
    Really never seen one before in my lifetime. Could there be one? Naa. they are all bought and paid for after they get elected and vomit all the I will do this for you and that for you line and then let all the hopeful citizens be slaves again.

    Reminds me of groundhog day Just be nice to end this bad dream Be nice to see others wake up from.

  2. U.S, Securities & Exchange Comission
    Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Annual Information Form, March 28,2013
    Exhibit 99-1
    Page 15 (iv)
    “On January 14, 2011, APCo received commitments from a syndicate of Canadian banks for a new $142 million credit facility with a three year term.”
    http://www.sec.gov./edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

    Canadian banks are funding renewable energy companies.

  3. Morning Star
    Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ownership
    Emera Inc., 50,126,766 shares
    RBC Global Asset Management Inc., 11,812,287 shares
    TD asset Management Inc., 3,412,838 shares
    BMO Asset Management Inc., 2,550,170 shares
    http://quotes.morningstar.com/stock/aqn/s?t=XTSE%3aAQN

    So rather evident that Canadian banks both lend to and invest in renewable energy?

  4. Highly unlikely that you would encounter
    a financial/investment institution that
    doesn’t have renewable sector as part of
    their portfolio.

    • If you’ve got $ invested in any of these institutions, you might want to get it out NOW before the bubble bursts… and it WILL burst!!

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