OFA’s response to those affected by wind turbines: “Cough on him”

coughby Harvey Wrightman
The speaker leaned into the mike and in a voice heavy with authority said, “So every time you hear somebody  complain about the health effects of a wind tower – cough at him.”  It was easy to imagine the smirk on his face as he said it.  In this day of information saturation and overload, most stuff just floats on by. But comments that are all smart-ass smugness have a way of pulling me out of my chair. And that’s how it was while listening to the podcast of a workshop held at the recent conference of Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association (OGRA/ROMA).  The speaker was Ted Cowan, “policy researcher” for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). He has a PhD in Economics and speaks in a folksy old geezer, full of himself style.

With large swaths of SW Ontario now looking like an over-sized pin cushion, a rural resident would have to be brain dead not to have some apprehension for the future. No one talks about the grace and beauty of windmills and how it will bring in tourists anymore.  Rural Ontario is now a brave new world of industrial fantasy.

So hated is this program and so sullen and fearful are residents, that there’s only 2 ways for government and the wind industry  to force the program forward – money and/or the whip if you aren’t on board.  That was essentially the message delivered by two of the three panelists at the ROMA/OGRA workshop. Ted Cowan and Randy Hope (mayor of Chatham/Kent) were the 2 bullies tagged for the operation.            

In his presentation Cowan claimed that the Health Canada study found  “… no health problems, no people in hospital, no people sick, no evidence of days off of work from wind related health problems. They did find it contributes to some sleep problems and irritation.” 

But in the very next breath he turned completely around and said,”… And there is a fix. I believe that where there are homes that are significant problems they should either be bought or substantially insulated so that the problem goes away or is greatly reduced. But, the evidence on this is in. Further debate on it is waste of time and hiring 30 or 40 incredibly good medical researchers to look at this kind of problem is a waste of that kind of talent that we cannot afford.” 

…and  he went on:

“The criticisms (of green energy) have been property value, noise and the view for tens of thousands. So the priorities are pretty simple. You got millions getting a broad-scale improvement and tens of thousands putting up with a bit of a headache. The balance is pretty clear on that. And it’s clear then where the priority concerns lie. But the province has to move to minimize the harm for the tens of thousands, and I would say the province has not done enough of a job on that; but, they still have to get it right for the millions.”

Since Cowan’s statements were confusing, contradictory, insensitive and derogatory, I asked him for clarification, hoping for a little more balanced comment. This gave him another opportunity to spew more venom at those who are caught in the wind vortex: “There are physiological responses to wind towers. However it is my view that these are well enough known and affect a sufficiently small number of people that they do not warrant further public spending or the continued use of rare specialized talents that could assist in alleviating disease or illness from air pollution etc. that affects millions rather than dozens….They are wasting their time and the public’s money looking at headaches from wind towers. Put another way – For the cost of another health study, all affected families could have their homes noise proofed or be relocated…

So, there you have it, if you are affected you can either add some pink bats for insulation or get out. He doesn’t say who is going to buy your farm or for how much, just that you should leave – “be relocated” as Cowan put it – more like forced eviction.

Cowan and the OFA have no desire to protect their members from wind companies. What sensible person pays a membership to an organization that orders people to  basically quit ‘complaining’ and get the off their own property. Who would pay a cent for that?

62 thoughts on “OFA’s response to those affected by wind turbines: “Cough on him”

  1. No one in their right mind!
    Greed, power, arrogance – our politicians and our choices need to change.

    • OFA’s Ted Cowan is counseling people to fake the symptoms of a fake respiratory illness. Ted Cowan is dishonest.

      OFA’s Ted Cowan says, “For the cost of another health study, all affected families could have their homes noise proofed or be relocated.”

  2. Thanks for this Harvey. Ted Cowan needs to hear lots of feedback for this outrageous response. Even people from urban Ontario, who are not plagued with these turbines in their midst, are starting to realize what has happened out here. The feeling they get when they see if for themselves is how invasive and oppressive these industrial turbines are. Your words “sullen and fearful” to describe rural people whose sense of home has been destroyed is so accurate. Losing one’s ability to protect their family from adverse health impacts is traumatizing.
    Please keep this story moving. We need Cowan’s phone number and his email address.

    Cowan is complicit in the forced relocation of rural residents of Ontario-Agenda 21. We cannot let them get away with this. Agenda 21 is tied in directly with the IPCC alarmist fraud.

    • I spoke to Ted Cowan. He said homeowners would be responsible for the cost of insulating their home. I asked about people without air conditioning, who keep windows open. He said he had not thought of that but, it would be on the homeowner as well to install air conditioning and the associated hydro cost. I told him having to use additional hydro did not seem environmentally sound.

      At the end of the conversation, I explained that, I hoped turbines surrounded his home without relief or compensation. He asked why. I explained that, he could then experience the situation first hand. He would gain another perspective, empathy and understanding of what people are going through in rural Ontario. I mentioned the old saying that you can not judge a person until you walk a mile in their shoes. He said more people should go barefoot.

      Ted Cowan ended the conversation by saying “me wishing an industrial wind turbine experience on him, was proof I WAS A MEAN PERSON AND HE DID NOT WANT THEM AROUND HIS HOME.

      • http://windvictimsontario.com/videos—recent-videos.html

        Listen to Nikki Horton at this link. They put $100,000 into their home to try to keep out the noise. Not much help so his “insulate your house” comment is garbage. Infrasound and low frequency noise penetrates walls. Loud and pulsing noise does, every house I have been in has windows and as Nikki says triple pane doesn’t stop it. I feel so sick about what these families are being driven to.

      • I think Cowan just outlined the definition of a NIMBY (in himself). Put the wind turbines around OTHER people’s homes, make THEM suffer, but oh, not around his poor little home. That would be mean. This is the kind of stuff that makes me spit nails.

  3. I guess the question comes down to one of ‘how many people can you harm before what you are doing becomes wrong?’. One, ten, thousands, millions? There used to be laws protecting people from this sort of abuse — and increasingly it looks like it will require democratic processes of a higher caliber to restore the balance. What a colossal waste.

    • “Any doctrine of group activities that does not recognize individual rights is a doctrine of mob rule or legalized lynching… A nation that violates the rights of its own citizens cannot claim any rights whatsoever. In the issue of rights, as in all moral issues, there can be no double standard.”

      “Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”

      — Ayn Rand in “Collectivized ‘Rights’

  4. Here’s the name of the President of the OFA- Don McCabe. His telephone number is 519 -331- 6175.

  5. I would suggest that perhaps one of the “good ol’ boys” tell me how I can “insulate” my 60 head goat herd from the infrasound??? These monoliths are poisonous, murderous, corrupt, inefficient, non recyclable towers of destruction. Period. STOP THE INSANITY…

  6. I have come to the conclusion that the government is bent on making life miserable for the average rural resident in the name of “saving” the world. In the USA it’s the same way. And, of course the Department of Energy just found some money to fund bigger wind turbines and bigger blades… sure let’s see how far we can make the sound go to make more people miserable.
    It all boils down to the fact that conservation and things like a solar panel on your roof to cut back on power usage doesn’t benefit the “big guys”. Lobbyist talk a good story and have the money and the power.
    I understand why they don’t talk about “tourism of wind turbines”. We visited 2 years ago and visited Wolfe Island just to see for ourselves. Not again. Keep up the fight.

  7. I spoke to Ted Cowan. He said homeowners would be responsible for the cost of insulating their home. I asked about people without air conditioning, who keep windows open. He said he had not thought of that but, it would be on the homeowner as well to install air conditioning and the associated hydro cost. I told him having to use additional hydro did not seem environmentally sound.

    At the end of the conversation, I explained that, I hoped turbines surrounded his home without relief or compensation. He asked why. I explained that, he could then experience the situation first hand. He would gain another perspective, empathy and understanding of what people are going through in rural Ontario. I mentioned the old saying that you can not judge a person until you walk a mile in their shoes. He said more people should go barefoot.

    Ted Cowan ended the conversation by saying “me wishing an industrial wind turbine experience on him, was proof I WAS A MEAN PERSON AND HE DID NOT WANT THEM AROUND HIS HOME.

    • I applaud you cc for having the courage to call Cowan. He needs to hear from everyone who has been/are being directly affected.
      He is woefully ignorant of the larger issues that are being exposed and needs to be directed to information that the rest of us are becoming aware of.
      Where did he get his statistics on the lack of evidence of adverse health effects?

      Where did he get evidence that these turbines are making the air cleaner in Ontario?

      He’s an Agenda 21 puppet.

  8. Don McCabe is a wind farm supporter himself. I have locked horns with him before on wind energy and told him that OFA would be on the wrong side of history and needed to stand up to the wind industry. I was basically told that if they did, then he (McCabe) said that he was afraid that the OFA would be sued by the wind industry, so I guess the bottom line, the wind industry bought and paid for the support of the OFA.

  9. I’ve just sent this email response to Ted Cowan.

    Attention: Ted Cowan

    I’ve just read the transcript of a talk you gave on Feb. 24 for the ‘Ontario Roads Association’, entitled ‘ Local Green Energy. Whose Call Is it Anyway’.

    It sounds like you don’t think it is the “call” of the residents who live too close to industrial wind turbines and I would like to suggest that minimizing the issues rural residents are facing because of these turbines is not going to work.

    You came off sounding like an extremely callous person.

    Are you?

    The opposition to industrial wind turbines is worldwide. There are over 2,200 groups and the list keeps on growing. http://quixoteslaststand.com/worldwide-anti-wind-groups/

    The reason the opposition is growing is because people were lied to about the reasons why rural people needed to accept this imposition and they are waking up to the lies.

    First of all the IPCC fraud is steadily being exposed through the internet, thanks to scientists who are brave enough to do this work. I have been following the discussions on wattsupwiththat all winter long and there is no doubt in my mind now that the catastrophic predictions made by alarmists http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/02/the-big-list-of-failed-climate-predictions/ were made in order to strike fear in the hearts of people so that we would accept the investments of billions of dollars in ‘green’ industries like the industrial wind industry.
    Here’s another example of the information that these scientists are exposing. Notice the wind turbine that the IPCC leader is clutching. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/02/25/gwpf-calls-on-governments-to-overhaul-missionary-ipcc/

    If you wanted to become informed, you could take a look at wattsupwiththat and see for yourself. This site is “the world’s most viewed site” on such matters.

    According to an IPSOS REED poll done in 2011, due to a thorough misinformation campaign in which our mainstream media was complicit, Canadians were the most frightened of all western nations of climate change http://ep.probeinternational.org/2011/04/19/lawrence-solomon-canadians-lead-western-world-in-fearing-climate-change/ .

    This situation is rapidly changing, thanks to leaders like Professor Tim Ball who, having spent his career as an expert in climatology and after steadily noticing discrepancies in the data being presented by the IPCC, decided to come forth as a whistleblower to the IPCC. Just last week he debated Elizabeth May on this subject and you can hear for yourself how nasty Elizabeth May became when she knew she was defeated in the debate. It’s been posted on youtube for whole world to view.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0Ih2Wi8AAQ

    The scientists at wattsupwiththat made plenty of comments, some even before the debate took place.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/03/16/dr-tim-ball-to-debate-green-mp-elizabeth-may-today/

    I’m including all of these links so that you can check it out for yourself. You don’t have to know me or trust my judgement on these matters.

    Lastly, I would like to ask you if you are aware of the Agenda 21 goal of relocating rural people all over the planet to ‘human settlements’. http://osnetdaily.com/2014/03/agenda-21-rockefeller-builds-human-settlement-zones-in-connecticut/ Your statements made so callously about rural residents who have experienced adverse health impacts is absolutely offensive to all of the rural people who had/have no intention or plan to leave their homes in order to protect themselves and their families by adverse health impacts.

    Are you aware of the timeline that has been published regarding knowledge of people becoming ill due to their proximity to industrial wind turbines? Here’s a recently published timeline out of Australia. https://ccsage.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/the-smoking-gun-the-wind-industry-has-covered-up-nasas-infrasound-research-results-for-two-decades/

    Here’s a timeline from Ontario.

    http://stopthesethings.com/2015/02/22/three-decades-of-wind-industry-deception-a-chronology-of-a-global-conspiracy-of-silence-and-subterfuge/

    Australian acoustics expert, Dr. Steven Cooper, has recently published the results of his study of actual victims in their homes. http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2015/01/23/steven-coopers-cape-bridgewater-wind-farm-study-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-the-wind-industry/

    Waterloo’s Professor Richard Mann is in the process of exposing parallel findings regarding infrasound.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/canadian-research-boosts-coopers-case-on-turbines/story-e6frg8y6-1227236182046

    As you are no doubt aware, there are legal proceedings ongoing in Ontario, led by Human Rights Lawyer, Julian Falconer and his team at Falconer/Charney. Recently he made this public statement about the wind companies here in Ontario.If you’ve been following the case, you already know that wind companies involved were not able to pass along the court costs to the plaintiffs.

    http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2015/03/01/julian-falconer-wind-companies-blood-sucking-intimidating-bullies-its-not-just-a-bar-to-justice-its-actually-a-terror-tactic/

    Getting to the bottom of this case will hopefully lead to many charges of complicity in the cover-ups and fraud that led people like you to think that rural people in Ontario would quietly accept violations of the Canadian Charter and the Nuremberg Code which clearly states:

    1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.

    This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.

    The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.

    Rural people in Ontario did not consent to being subjects of this industrial wind turbine experiment. Even the leaseholders were ill informed.

    As you can see, I would strongly suggest that you follow this story more closely and see for yourself why there are over 2,200 groups in opposition to the industrial wind turbine experiment around the world.

    I’ve tried my best to communicate clearly and kindly despite my rage at your callous and utterly insensitive comments. Is it possible that you’ve just been too busy to stay informed?

  10. We all know about Randy Hopeless, but this Ted Cowan guy with a PhD in economics thinks that makes him an expert on acoustics and Low Frequency Noise. The more he spewed this nonsense, the clearer it became that he is way over his head on the whole subject. What arrogance!

    • http://windvictimsontario.com/videos—recent-videos.html

      Listen to Nikki Horton at this link. They put $100,000 into their home to try to keep out the noise. Not much help so his “insulate your house” comment is garbage. Infrasound and low frequency noise penetrates walls. Loud and pulsing noise does, every house I have been in has windows and as Nikki says triple pane doesn’t stop it. I feel so sick about what these families are being driven to.

    • Sommer, thanks, so much, for your brilliant response to Cowan.

      All the links you provided should be archived by every OFA member who can’t do her/his own research and puppet-like accepts what Cowan says is factual when he has just cherry-picked what suits his bias and OMITTED much of what farmers need to know.

      As one of the Ontario Victims of IWTs, I wish I could concentrate enough to do the kind of research you have put together to enlighten someone who WILL NOT see what conflicts with his world view.

  11. Why do people continue to be members of the OFA?

    Plenty has already been posted about the OFA and its position on renewable energy.

    People got what was coming to them!

    Anyone have information on their present membership numbers?

  12. Here is a statement from another farmers’ association,
    christianfarmers DOT org.

    EXCERPT: “However, the limited impact of wind turbines on a few individuals should not necessarily be sufficient to stop wind projects from proceeding. The negative impact of fossil fuel consumption is more damaging to more people, and thus the lesser impact of wind should be a preferred option, but not without addressing the concerns of those involved”

    • Farm organizations around the world had to be co-opted so that IWTs could be installed in rural areas.

      The U.S. farm organizations have been co-opted as well if anyone wants to check this out.

  13. My concern? – my home may be unsellable. If it can be sold, it will be at a huge loss. Why should I be forced to withstand the financial loss for their financial gain and the supposed “greater good”? The least government should do is require a property value guarantee for anyone within a certain distance – just so we can leave and move on with our lives if need be. I have no respect for OFA.

  14. The usage of – ‘but’ – ……..and let’s not forget – ‘balance’

    The speaker was Ted Cowan, “policy researcher” for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).

    1st.
    It should read:
    ‘preliminary’ – Health Canada study………
    ‘[excerpt] In his presentation Cowan claimed that the Health Canada study found “… no health problems, no people in hospital, no people sick, no evidence of days off of work from wind related health problems. They did find it contributes to some sleep problems and irritation.”’

    Again – ‘preliminary’ Health Canada study

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    2nd – the good part!
    Ted Cowan, “policy researcher”
    – and – ‘but’ – caveat speaker.

    ‘[excerpt] “The criticisms (of green energy) have been property value, noise and the view for tens of thousands. So the priorities are pretty simple. You got millions getting a broad-scale improvement and tens of thousands putting up with a bit of a headache. The balance is pretty clear on that. And it’s clear then where the priority concerns lie.

    But the province has to move to minimize the harm for the tens of thousands, and I would say the province has not done enough of a job on that; but, they still have to get it right for the millions.”’

    The ‘but’ balance trick!
    ‘[excerpt] The balance is pretty clear on that. And it’s clear then where the priority concerns lie.’

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    Now what to do with the – ‘but’………
    – let’s pretend Ted
    – is in the room – bending down!
    And we should not apologize!
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    Hey Ontario!

    I am not a farmer – who cares
    There are three ways to join OFA.
    http://www.ofa.on.ca/join-ofa/default.aspx

    I really meant butt – ya know!

    • OFA – Right to Farm

      Normal Farm Practices Protection Board

      The Normal Farm Practices Protection Board was established by the Farming and Food Production Protection Act, 1998, to resolve disputes regarding agricultural operations and to determine what constitutes a normal farm practice. In performing that function, the board seeks to achieve the stated goal of the legislature in balancing the needs of the agricultural community with provincial health, safety and environmental concerns.

      Neighbour Relations and Conflict Resolution

      http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/nfppb/nfppb.htm

  15. We really have no rights as we are legal persons,or a lot of say good ol corporate citizens
    Legal person refers to a non-human entity that is treated as a person for limited legal purposes–corporations
    corporations ehe?,yep the bottom of the pyramid,holding up the parasites on the top.

  16. Typical bozo who works for this Ontario government rude ignorant and arrogant. He should join the ranks of the unemployed. People like him is why most people have no uze for government employees

    • LARRY, please write Don McCabe, Pres. of the ON FEDERATION of AGRICULTURE that you VERY strongly believe HIS employee, Ted Cowan SHOULD BE FIRED!

      If you can recruit all your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances to do the same, it will force him [McCabe] to ACT.

      Many thanks.

  17. What a thoroughly disgraceful set of comments from yet another amateur who considers himself an authority on acoustics and turbine health effects. They’re dealing well with those pseuds in Australia; let’s hope that it’s Canada’s turn to kick them into touch.

  18. My email to Cowan bounced back with both email addresses. The second one, which I was given by the receptionist bounced back because of his spam filter. I had copied the President of the OFA as well and that one went through.
    The way this system works is if Cowan doesn’t hear negative feedback, he’ll think he got away with it. I hope everyone who is enraged with his ignorance calls or sends an email.
    Check out Barbara’s background information on Cowan.

      • Social Movements – we can do without.

        1. There are three ways to join OFA.
        http://www.ofa.on.ca/join-ofa/default.aspx

        2. Unifor is a new kind of union, one that advocates on behalf of all working people (employed or unemployed) right across the country.

        Naomi Klein Urges Unifor Members to Take Action on Climate Change and Stopping Free Trade
        “The Creation of Unifor, and your promise of reviving social unionism – building not just a big union but a vast and muscular network of social movements – has raised so much hope,” said Klein.

        Referring to powerful movements like Occupy, the Québec student movement and Idle No More, Klein urged members to continue to support and build these movements.

        “These social movements need you – they need your institutional strength, your radical history, and perhaps most of all, your ability to act as an anchor so that we don’t keep rising up and disappearing again.”

        Klein commended Unifor for the ground-breaking idea of community chapters – an initiative that will transform who can be a union member. Through our community chapters, groups will be able to work together, pool resources, and win common battles.
        http://www.newunionconvention.ca/naomi-klein-urges-unifor-members-to-take-action-on-climate-change-and-stopping-free-trade/

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        Keep Canada Glorious and Free
        Canada Election Year – 2015
        Go Stephen Harper!

      • Go Stephen Harper!

        “The Canadian government of Stephen Harper is trying to sabotage 15 years of international efforts to address climate change,” the Climate Action Network said.

        Canada Election Year
        October 19th – 2015

      • Engineers and Sustainable Development

        Paper on what’s happened to the engineering profession as a result of Agenda 21 and it’s goals.

        Prepared by the World Federation of Engineering Organisations Committee on Technology, August 2002.

        http://www.ch2m.com/wfeo/WFEOCDText9-02.doc

        A topic people have been wondering about with no available information on.

  19. OFA – dumps an apology!

    ‘[excerpt] Ted Cowan, Senior Researcher at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture made a presentation at the recent conference of Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association (OGRA/ROMA). His remarks included some harsh messages on economic considerations which are likely the basis of political decision making. These discussions are often uncomfortable but definitely need to take place.

    Regrettably, Mr. Cowan also made a flippant remark regarding the health concerns of rural Ontarians living near wind turbines. The comment relating the decreasing frequency of asthma to wind turbine health concerns was insensitive to the problems faced by many rural Ontarians affected by the proximity of wind turbines.

    The comments do not reflect the views of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture which sincerely regrets any offense caused to those affected.’

    Sincerely,

    Neil Currie
    General Manager
    Ontario Federation of Agriculture’

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    Asthma comment – and it goes like this:

    ‘[excerpt The comment relating the decreasing frequency of asthma to wind turbine health concerns was insensitive to the problems faced by many rural Ontarians affected by the proximity of wind turbines.’

    Again – OFA – dumps an apology!

    • Too little too late!. OFA has been involved in this situation at least since 2009 with the enactment of the Green Energy Act. OFA promoted the Green Energy Act.

    • Along came a spider, and sat down beside her;
      Smart Growth Strategy aka Kyoto Protocol aka Sustainable Development

      And Canada said – ‘No’ – to the United Nations
      Go Stephen Harper!

      But – Oh F A says – ‘Yes’
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      ‘[excerpt] Mark Reusser, a Waterloo County farmer, was elected by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Board of Directors as its fourth executive member at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. He serves as the Zone 9 Director on the OFA board representing the counties of Wellington, Dufferin and Waterloo. He currently operates a broiler chicken and cash crop farm near New Dundee, ON.

      As a current Vice-President for the Waterloo County Federation of Agriculture, Reusser actively works on local regional committees to better understand the issues facing farmers in the region. Reusser is a former member of the Waterloo Region Nutrient Management Committee, Waterloo Region Biosolids Committee, Waterloo Region Smart Growth Strategy and Rapid Transit Committee.

      In his spare time, Reusser enjoys gardening and growing heritage vegetables.’

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      Lawyer up! – the government insists –
      or this – ‘note – ‘to loser’ –
      …..would not be here.

      Let’s interpret things:
      Note to user: These materials should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice in connection with local activities and decisions pertaining to land use planning and design. Independent legal or professional advice should be obtained when determining the interpretation and application of policies, regulations, programs, strategies and planning and financial tools. Responsibility for decisions remains with the user (The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing).
      http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10680.aspx

      Note to loser: Responsibility for decisions remains with the user!
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      Oh F A

      Think small – and grow – and implement
      everywhere you go!
      And if I understood it – I know I would love it
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      This spring will be remembered as the season of land use deliberations in Ontario. Four significant land use plans are under review and the process could have significant implications for Ontario farmers.

      The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently announced a review of four provincial land use plans – The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

      The four provincial land use plans under review are intended to manage growth, protect agricultural lands and the natural environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support economic development in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt. Through the review process, public consultations will be held to evaluate the plans, consider expansion of the Greenbelt, build transit friendly communities and support economic development.

      The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) participated in an active consultation and advisory role 10 years ago when the first plans were implemented and will be actively involved in the review process. The OFA’s position remains that farmland preservation is critical. With the average loss of 350 acres per day of agricultural land in Ontario, it’s never been more important to address policies to protect this prime resource.

      But along with preserving farmland we also need policies to ensure that farmland can be worked sustainably. The OFA encourages the government, policy makers and parties involved in the land use review to consider farmland from our perspective. Preserving farmland, our most strategic resource, preserves the tools necessary for sustainable farming and ensures a local food source.
      http://www.ofa.on.ca/media/news/land-use-plans-must-put-farmland-first

      Oh F A activities!

      and don’t forget – lawyer up!

  20. It’s insulting to people who suffer with asthma as well, it’s a much more complex illness and can’t be solved by just putting up a couple of wind turbines. Building turbines also creates more gas plants which produce even smaller airborne particles, so Mr.Cowan may not be safe at all and won’t be “pretend” coughing on people. What a cruel person to attack both sufferers of asthma and victims of infra sound.

  21. With this logic, I suppose OFA and Ted Cowan would encourage “pretend” vomiting on people like themselves?

  22. There are times when an apology just isn’t good enough. This is one of them.
    Ted Cowan needs to update his research on this matter. Keep the pressure up….especially from OFA members who are offended.
    His comment about it being necessary to have victims of industrial wind turbines is bankrupt thinking. He needs to truly understand the whole story as it is currently, rapidly being exposed. Everyone does. Even the leaseholder farmers need to know what’s really gone on here.

  23. When something means nothing – it can be
    – anything you want it to be –
    and then you can agree –
    that nothing means something.

    ENGINEERING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    1.1. Introduction –conceptions of terms

    ‘[excerpt] While the terms ‘sustainable development’ (SD) and ‘sustainability’ are often used synonymously as encompassing a cause and effect relationship, neither of these terms
    themselves have universally agreed meaning.

    In 1987, the Brundtland Commission’s report (WCED, 1987) defined sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’’
    http://www.ucc.ie/archive/isee2010/pdfs/primer.pdf

    Everybody understands it – but if they don’t
    – you should love it!

  24. How can we force Premier Wynne to follow the most viewed site in the world: wattsupwiththat
    and see for herself how she’s been duped by the alarmist, catstrophic predictions, opportunistic zealots like her friend, Al Gore.. We owe it to ourselves to figure out how to achieve this breakthrough before she ruins even more people’s lives.

    • Begin with the basics. One needs to be able to read the content of a website before they can follow a website.

  25. OFA has sold out to the u.n. and maurice strong.despise all of them. from a former provincial director

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