County of Lambton looks to join three Huron families headed to divisional court

li-charter-of-rights-cbcBy Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer
A high-profile Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge over the Ontario government’s wind farm approval process has received some significant local support. Lambton County council has authorized staff to apply for intervenor status on behalf of the county in the Charter challenge spearheaded by three Huron County farm families.

This Charter challenge, to be heard in divisional court in London, is believed to be the first of its kind to be argued at this high of a level in the justice system, county solicitor David Cribbs told council Wednesday. County staff have up to $60,000 to apply on behalf of the county to become an intervenor, and if successful, raise local landowners’ concerns over the provincial approval process as part of the Charter challenge.

“I believe this money is going to be well-invested for Lambton County taxpayers,” Deputy Warden Bev MacDougall told fellow councillors Wednesday. Read article

16 thoughts on “County of Lambton looks to join three Huron families headed to divisional court

  1. Suncor using false information to obtain government contracts?

    Considering they had to buy out more than a few families in other parts of Ontario in order to keep their wind turbines operating…
    Then there’s the inconvenient truth that IWT sound emissions go “whoosh-whoosh-whoosh”…
    (amplitude modulation)…

    What is fraud?

    (Talk about intent!)

    “Oh, well, they’ll just settle for three or four billion and write it off,”
    said the Suncor shareholder.

    It’s some consolation for the families, terrified by the recklessly negligent development of industrial wind energy facilities too close to their homes…

  2. So you must ‘retain a lawyer’. How much does that cost?

    And do you perceive you’re being forced–
    threatened with harm–?

    What is extortion?

    ‘[excerpt] Ivey Idea Forum – Balancing Economic and Social Pressures in Canada’s Energy Sector
    Oct 8, 2014

    About the Moderator
    Guy Holburn, Director, Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Ivey Business School
    Guy Holburn is the Suncor Chair in Energy Policy and an Associate Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. His area of expertise is in the intersection of business strategy and public policy. Much of his research is applied to strategy and policy issues in the energy and utilities sectors. He has been awarded major research grants by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Olin Foundation, the University of California Energy Institute, California Public Utilities Commission, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is currently leading a multi-year research program on the regulation of the energy sector in Canada. He has published in leading economics and management journals, and has written for national media. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a management consultant for Bain and Company in the U.K. and South Africa. He received his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA Hons. (First Class) from Cambridge University.

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    Gord Lambert is Executive Advisor, Sustainability and Innovation for Suncor Energy. In this role, Lambert works with the CEO, Board, Executive Team, with industry peers and other stakeholders to drive improvements in environmental, social and economic performance through innovation and collaboration. With extensive experience in the energy industry, he is involved with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in support of its work on climate change, energy and sustainable development within the business community. He is currently on the Boards of the Suncor Energy Foundation, Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), the Canadian Water Network, is Chair of the Board of Carbon Management Canada and Chairs the Advisory board to the Network on Business Sustainability. Lambert is currently Suncor’s Shareholder Steering Committee representative on Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and is a former Canadian representative on the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the U.S., Canadian and Mexican Environment Ministers under NAFTA (The Commission for Environmental Cooperation).

    Don MacKinnon, President, Power Workers’ Union
    Don MacKinnon began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1971 and is a lineman by trade. His union activism began over 29 years ago and included 11 years as PWU Vice-President before becoming the PWU President in 2000. In 1990, he achieved a major milestone in his goal to improve workplace safety when he led the successful PWU thrust to establish the unilateral right to stop unsafe work in all Ontario Hydro workplaces as a substantive method of reducing accident and injury. He has a reputation as a skilled and innovative negotiator who uses mutual gains approaches to achieve settlements that address business needs while fully respecting the rights and values of employees. MacKinnon is recognized as an authority on Ontario’s electricity system. Previous government appointments included participation on the Ontario Ministry of Energy Electricity Transition Committee and the Ontario Government Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.’

    • Obtaining a government contract by using false information is a criminal offence.

      This has nothing to do with extortion.

      Lawyers fees would probably range in the $600/hr

      If problems with contracts are first located by the public and then looked at by a lawyer then you would have sounder information to go on.

      It’s possible to go directly to law enforcement with complains but doubtful that they would act considering the present political climate in Ontario.

    • Industrial wind energy facilities don’t cause some people serious illness: FALSE

      By ‘today’s standards’, the “swoosh, swoosh, swoosh” nature of the sound emissions doesn’t need to be accounted for in noise regulations: FALSE

      • People need to know what kinds of information are needed to prove that information submitted to obtain a government contract is false. So check with a lawyer for this information.

        False measurements or survey data are provable for example.

        Saying that IWTs will provide a certain amount of power when the don’t is false information. But you need the data to prove this.

      • It took the people at Ocotillo, CA a long time to obtain the IWT production data to confirm that false information was submitted to obtain a contract. Now they have asked for an investigation based on this information along with other information they have obtained.

        If information can be obtained that false “noise’ level information was submitted to obtain a contract then you have a case. Would need to be done project by project as likely this is the way the contracts were awarded. Recent “noise” level information would be needed to confirm this along with the original data the company submitted.

      • East County Magazine, April 30, 2014

        “Was It Fraud? Experts Raise Serious Questions After First-Year Energy Production At Ocotillo Wind Project”

        First they obtained the wind production data. Then they had Nicholas Boccard energy expert from Spain review the production data.

        Boccard has written and published reports about exaggerated wind production in Europe. Published in “Energy Policy”

        Other experts also validated Boccard’s findings.

        Boccard’s articles should be looked at.

      • ResearchGate

        “The Social Cost of Wind Power” by Nicholas Boccard

        “Wind powered generation (WPG) is the dominant renewable energy source for electricity production. The impossibility to stock electricity coupled with the intermittent nature of WPG limits its contributions to the adequacy of electrical systems.”

        Only the abstract is available at this website.

      • If federal money is involved in any project then using false information to get the contract can be a federal matter as well.

      • Public Works and Government Services Canada

        PWGSG’s Integrated Framework

        Types of contracts covered – construction contracts
        Offences Covered: frauds against the government “Criminal Code of Canada”

        Ontario frauds handled by the Attorney General & RCMP

        Cornell University Law School, Legal Information Institute

        18 U.S. Code 1031 Major fraud against the United States

        “Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, any scheme or artifice with the intent –
        1. to defraud the United States; or
        2. to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises

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