Not just 300MW of wind power this year, it’s another 300MW and …

Ontario Project Map1It’s concerning when action groups just hope their area won’t be named in the upcoming “300MW” of wind projects the Liberals have planned this year. Because that’s not it, of course not. As this article shows, another 300MW will be next year, and guess what will be the next year, and the next…? Yeah. This isn’t a one year battle for anyone.

ReNews

“The Florida-based proponent plans to submit the project in the province’s upcoming large renewable procurement program, which includes 300MW of wind power. NextEra has been named a qualified bidder.

Competitive bids are due 1 September and the Independent Electricity System Operator is expected to award contracts by year-end, said Dudek. A second 300MW tranche is to be procured in 2016.

62 thoughts on “Not just 300MW of wind power this year, it’s another 300MW and …

  1. Ontario farmers should demand – World Recognition;
    they’ve done their part!
    …….as ‘land stewards’….

    United Nations – should honour Ontario farmers – for doing their part;
    freely –
    – signing private energy deals – @ kitchen tables
    and demonstrating to the world – industrial wind turbines
    are clean and safe – and,
    will save the planet – from climate change.

    Ontario – Happy Farmer Day!

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    Last Updated Mar 21, 2015 6:29 AM EDT

    UNITED NATIONS — About 1,200 middle school children trudged through the latest snow storm to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday evening to hear hip hop singer and producer Pharrell Williams talk about climate change.

    The U.N. sponsored the event, along the U.N. Foundation and MixRadio, to celebrate International Day of Happiness, established by the world organization in 2012. It transformed a normally conflict-focused, staid venue into a dramatically “happy” environment with a clear message: The next generation needs to pay attention to climate change.

    “Protecting our planet is fundamental to the pursuit of human happiness,” Pharrell said, telling the enthusiastic crowd, “We only have one home and there’s climate change… If you don’t (take) care of your home, you don’t have a life, and we have to transition from climate change to climate action.”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pharrell-brings-happy-message-on-climate-change-to-u-n/#postComments

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    U.N. climate chief: Communism best method of dealing with global warming

    ‘[excerpt] For years, conservatives have said that radical environmentalism is little more than a front for a move to Communist tyranny. That assertion seems to have been proven with comments made by Christiana Figueres, climate chief for the United Nations, who said Communism is the best model for fighting global warming, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday.

    According to Figueres, China, the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide, is “doing it right,” even though it has major pollution problems of its own.

    The reason, she explained, is that democracy is no good at handling something like global warming, with different parties arguing over policy. In fact, she said, political differences like those in the U.S. Congress, are “very detrimental” to solving the issue.

    The Chinese Communist Party, on the other hand, can simply dictate policy with no debate. Those who disagree can simply be tossed into prison or suffer a worse fate.’
    http://www.examiner.com/article/u-n-climate-chief-communism-best-method-of-dealing-with-global-warming

    Proud Canadian…..
    Farmers – Happy Dance!

  2. Yes this is an additional 300MW of development as Liberals move inexorably toward their goal of x percentage of renewable share, while they have the power.

    This despite repeated showings of Big Wind on TVO have brought forth devastating commentary regarding the Wind buildup. Even Steve Paikin, not usually a Liberal dissenter, asked some very blunt questions last week. These brought forth the facts of zero C-B analysis, fully 80% of wind power has been exported at a loss and an addmission from the Wind lobbyist that all support from the wind Industry was funneled toward Liberal/NDP parties last time around. This after she tried to tell viewers that they supported all Ont parties.
    Any objective person watching the pathetic attempt by the two women panelists to make their argument for Wind development, would have to conclude that they had none.
    All for nothing, as the government moves forward despite all such questions and concerns.

  3. I need your help…….please contact K2/ Capital Power/ Samsung and tell them the red blinking navigation lights on the IWTs north of Goderich, Ontario are distracting, irritating and unsightly.

    K2 stated only one person has complained about the 140 red blinking lights in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township.

    K2 is under the impression that the lights are NOT an irritation to most people and it’s not worth the expense to install radar sensing equipment. This equipment would activate the red blinking lights only when a plane is in the area.

    The K2 representative stated, “if enough people contact K2 with a complaint about the lights, they will retro-fit the turbines”. A short, one line email would suffice. Please help me get the word out.

    I don’t know if K2 is sincere but, these carpetbaggers need to hear loud and clear that we do not like living, vacationing and driving in an area that looks like an airport runway! I realize this is only aesthetic and does not address the health issues.

    The contact information is:

    K2wind@capitalpower.com

    Phone: 519 441-1067 (leave a voice mail message)

    Copies of complaints could also be sent to the following groups.
    Ontario Government: write2us@ontario.ca
    MPP Lisa Thompson: lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org
    Township of ACW: clerk@acwtownship.ca

    Please also cc me so I can prove this is a concern. My e-mail is:
    catboxcleaner@yahoo.com Thanks! Carla

    Sample letter:

    To K2 Wind: It has come to my attention that K2 does not think that the blinking red lights on the wind turbines is a concern to residents. This is not true! As a matter of fact, I know the lights were brought up during the open houses that K2 held. As I recall, several K2 representatives told me that several options were being considered, including shielding, radar, etc. I was told that lights would not be a problem to nearby residents. However, it appears that K2 was disingenuous about their concern and statements at the open house. The lights are a problem, not only for nearby residents, but for anyone traveling through the township. The lights are distracting, irritating and unsightly. For the number of turbines K2 has installed, it is unconscionable that K2 did not follow through with their original promises to mitigate the light pollution that ACW residents must now endure. K2 needs to remedy the light problem.

    • Twitter Updates
      RT @LisaThompsonMPP: Getting regular emails from Constituents regarding IWT flashing red lights in the K2Wind Farm. Will reach out to K2’s …

      Spread the word. The more complaints the better. Writing complaints is very therapeutic.

  4. Hey – The “Red Light District”,

    I’m with you!

    Welcome to the Township of
    Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
    An oasis of quiet country and cottage life.
    http://www.acwtownship.ca/

    Click on Council – Meet your elected officials
    Introduce yourself………
    They are always eager – to serve.
    [you know the rest]

    Good idea!
    Please also cc me so I can prove this is a concern. My e-mail is:
    catboxcleaner@yahoo.com Thanks! Carla

    • ACW website……”An oasis of quiet country or cottage life awaits you, with a strong feeling of community, and contains ideal surroundings for raising a family, working, or enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. These are just some of the features that make the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh a great place to call home or visit.”

      (NOT!)

      • Just for the record…ACW Council was asked last evening, April 7, 2015, to distribute to every household in the municipality, a complete list of all contact addresses for everyone who ought to be made aware of be responsible for negative impacts of K2 Wind in our community.
        It was clearly suggested that, we have learned from other projects that establishing a public record is crucial to the complaint process.
        We are determined to establish an undeniably clear public record, by asking all people adversely affected, be it by adverse health impacts, reduced property values or property damage.
        The list of contact information included the Regional Ministry of the Environment Spills Action Centre, Rick Chappell; Member of Parliament , Lisa Thompson; Federal Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb; Huron County Health Unit Executive Assistant, Angela Sturdy; Huron County Public Health Unit; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose: Premier Kathleen Wynne; Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glenn Murray; Ontario Minister of Health, Eric Hoskins; the Public Relations person of K2 Wind; and last but not least ACW Clerk, Mark Becker.
        A mail out of this information to every household, including lease holders was suggested.
        It was stated that victims are distraught and in some cases even traumatized when they realize that these turbines, placed by K2 Wind in close proximity to their homes, are having a negative effects on their lives.
        Unanimously it was decided by ACW Council, after very little discussion, not to assist victims by providing this contact information and encouraging them to be diligent about reporting and creating a public record.
        People of conscience in the chambers were disappointed.

      • Part 1 – This should brighten up your day!

        THE CORPORATION OF
        THE TOWNSHIP OF ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH
        BY-LAW NUMBER 02-2015

        Being a Procedural By-law to govern the proceedings and the conduct of the meetings of the Council and Committees of the Township of
        Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
        http://www.acwtownship.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/02-2015-Procedural-By-Law.pdf

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        Part 2 – Maybe this will brighten up your day!

        Tonight’s My First Night As ACW Councillor!
        (It’s Like My First Day Of School)
        (I Wish I Had My Horse)

        Things I Have Learned So Far

        1) I Hate ipads.

        2) Our CAO Mark Becker is not only very smart, he is very patient.

        3) Having spent the weekend reading almost 180 pages of information for this meeting, I have a new appreciation for all Councillors!

        4) Did I mention I hate ipads? That whole finger thing needs to go.
        Whats wrong with a mouse? Or paper? I am really being dragged into this 21st century…

        5) After tonight (after I’m sure , consulting with a lawyer about what I am ALLOWED to say) I’m thinking a new FB page – JM IS ACW Councillor smile emoticon. But for now, goodbye as a private citizen – and since my heads prepared for the meeting, now it’s all about the Bling! Gotta run, wish me luck!
        https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Miltenburg-for-ACW-Councillor/694393324009487

        What part did you like best?

      • Dear Sommer,
        Thank you for attempting to keep clear records.
        As you know, what happens in your backyard
        affects other people too.

        Maybe you would find something like this
        a good example – http://docuse.wordpress.com
        Be sure to explore the badscience, opp, gagged, RESOP, newsbirds, NorfolkLeaders and BoardOfHealth pages too!

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        Do you know
        the responsibilities of your local Board of Health?
        Who are your board of health representatives?

        You should read:
        – the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2008 (Revised May 1, 2014), & Protocols;
        – and the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act
        [skip to the important parts]

        Is your Board of Health fulfilling its responsibilities?
        No.

        Are there aggravating factors?
        Yes.

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        As you would know, victims don’t trust governments
        that perpetrate against us.
        In the victim communities,
        we must trust eachother.

        And so you should
        create a COMPLAINTS REGISTER.

        It would be easy..
        and could be lots of work..

        http://stopthesethings.com/2015/03/29/top-acoustics-professor-calls-for-full-compensation-for-wind-farm-victims-as-council-calls-for-national-noise-cops/

        From Australia

        ‘[excerpt] Glenelg Shire Council seeks complaints register for wind farms
        The Standard
        Peter Collins
        27 March 2015

        GLENELG Shire Council wants a publicly-accessible register established for all complaints against wind farms and an independent authority to enforce compliance of standards.

        In its submission to next Monday’s hearing in Portland of a Senate committee, the shire says there is considerable community fatigue and frustration around regulation of the industry.

        “Council perceives this and the lack of community confidence in the regulation as a major concern,” shire planning and economic development manager Stephen Kerrigan wrote.’

      • Welcome to the Township of
        Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
        An oasis of quiet country and cottage life.
        http://www.acwtownship.ca/

        Pretty disgusting – in my opinion

        Mark Becker CAO and treasurer and clerk and etc…
        work load must be absolutely exhausting
        well……
        – in my opinion –
        that would explain why some minutes appear to be missing
        and some could be considered – well in my opinion
        sketchy.
        But we will never know – unless you were there to witness.
        oh yeah – and by-laws [well never-mind]

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        In my opinion – I would pack his bags.
        Sometimes hired help – doesn’t work out.

        But if you decide to keep him –
        you really don’t need council members
        as a decoration of CAO followers.

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        p.s. I noticed there is a job opening for
        an additional assistant to Mr. Becker

        – the Reeve? Maybe someone more familiar
        with the situation – could comment.

        Some say we are being robbed from within.
        Looks like it – in my opinion.

        Just keep reading
        the posted agenda and minutes that follow.

  5. NEW: GreenPAC,

    “GreenPac allows Canadians who care about the environment to support political candidates who represent their values”

    LINKEDIN, Aaron Freeman, Founder & Pres.

    Sr. Adviser Premier of Ont. 2009-May 2012

    http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/aaron-freeman/37/97a/45

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    GreenPAC experts include:

    David Runnals

    Experts list at:
    http://www.greenpac.ca/experts

    New for the 2015 election.

  6. Flashback 2010…..

    Re: Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network

    In 2001, the CEGN was
    incorporated federally as a not-for-profit organization.
    [Let’s hope eyes are investigating @ least – Putin’s money in the tangling web]

    Terris Lutter
    is a researcher
    for the Canadian Environ mental Grantmaker’s Network,
    215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 360,
    Toronto,on M5T 2C7
    Email: info@cegn.org .

    ‘[excerpt] There is a growing acknowledgement that environmental philanthropy needs to break out of the current paradigm which still views environment as separate from other societal sectors and concerns.

    It is increasingly clear that building linkages to the economic,
    health and social justice sectors will be essential to the resolution of many of the environmental concerns with which the environmental community is engaged. Making these linkages is essential to forging new and more powerful partnerships capable of arriving at comprehensive solutions.
    http://thephilanthropist.ca/original-pdfs/Philanthropist-23-2-405.pdf

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    Fast forward:
    GreenPAC:
    http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/politics/story/1.3012003
    Building linkages:
    to the economy……health…..and let’s not forget
    Premier Social Justice’s favourite – you guessed it – ‘Social Justice’

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    I almost forget to mention –
    and you can do your own research – on the topic;
    Social Justice is code for communism.

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    Election Year Canada
    October 19th – 2015
    and Putin really has no money or environmental issues.
    It’s hard to imagine.

    Vote Conservative!

  7. MORE NEWS

    The Globe And Mail, April, 2015

    “Ontario plans cap-and-trade on greenhouse gas emissions”

    “A wide range of influential Canadians-from Preston Manning to Naomi Klein-have been beating the drum for carbon pricing”

    “And just this week, a group of business leaders, including Hewlett-Packard and Desjardins Group, signed a letter urging the province to move forward with a plan.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-plans-cap-and-trade-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions/article23786538

    After you read this article then read:

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    CNW, April 1, 2015

    ‘Business leaders urge action on climate change support a price on carbon’

    The “letter” was initiated by business leaders associated with the Council for Clean Capitalism

    Note the list of Signatories which includes:
    Desjardins Group
    Hewlett-Packard
    Michael McSweeney
    And others

    http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1511377/business-leaders-urge-action-on-climate-change-support-a-price-on-carbon

    Quite a different perspective on this news story.

    • Council for Clean Capitalism

      Corporate Knights provides secretariat support for the Council or Clean Capitalism.

      http://www.cleancapitalism.com

      Desjardins Group and Hewlett-Packard Canada are members.
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      Corporate Knights, June 8, 2012, Spring Issue

      “Top Company profile: Desjardins Group”

      http://www.corporateknights.com/uncategorized/top-company-profile-desjardins-group

      What’s behind the news from QP is important.

    • Day’s World, May 16, 2013
      “Trilateral Commission Members, North America / Day’s World

      Members include:
      Monique F. Leroux, Desjardins Group, Montreal
      John Manley, Pre. & CEO, The Canadian Council of Chief Executives

      http://www.daysworld.org/daysworldblog/trilateral-commission-members-north-america

      Plenty of information on Trilateral Commission on the internet.

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      Department of Finance Canada, July 16, 2014

      “Minister Oliver Announces Advisory Council”

      Members include:
      Paul Desmarais
      Monique Leroux
      Jack Mintz
      Jim Pattison

      http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-093-eng.asp

    • Corporate knights Magazine

      Corporate Knights magazine is distributed quarterly as an insert in The Globe And Mail and the Washington Post.

      CK spearheaded the creation in 2012 of the Council for Clean Capitalism.

      http://www.corporateknights.com/us/about-us

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      MaRS

      Hon. John P. Manley
      Vice-chair, Board of directors MaRS and Pres. & CEO Canadian Council of Chief Executives/CCCE.

      http://www.marsdd.com/bio/john-manley

      • Barbara, I’m so grateful for the work you do to expose all of these names and connections. I sincerely hope that at some point all of the archived material you have researched will be collated, mapped and organized in such a way that it exposes clearly the connections of complicity. This will be helpful in legal proceedings.
        Would you be able to do this? I think this sort of information ‘goes over the heads’ of most people and yet we all need to understand the corporate backdrop.
        You have the kind of mind that understands these sort of things. This over view of the various players is so significant.

    • Things have to happen before they can be put together. And just because things happen doesn’t mean they are illegal.

      It’s knowing what a particular situation is that is important.

      • I realize that the legal/illegal issues need to be sorted out. Corporations and governments have changed laws in order to get away with harming people. Exposing corporations and key players who have been part of this massive agenda is important. Ethical investors and informed voters want to know these details. People of conscience care. Divestment campaigns and boycotts are on the rise.

      • Campaigns and Projects

        A personal tragedy –
        turns into ‘climate change’ – talking high notes –
        – and can this be filed under
        – the divestment portfolio –
        I mean divestment campaign?

        Never-mind, I filed it under – ‘Mind Cramp’
        – next to my spit bucket!

        Saturday, April 4, 2015

        ‘[excerpt] Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier remembers the day her neighbour didn’t come home.

        Simon Nattaq lives across the street from Watt-Cloutier in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He’s a hunter with decades of experience and traditional knowledge. He knows the land, including when it’s safe to go out on the ice. But in February 2001, an unexpected weak spot on a normally safe trail caught him by surprise and his snowmobile plunged through the ice.

        Nattaq clambered out of the water and survived until rescuers found him two days later. By then, frostbite had done its work. Both of Nattaq’s legs had to be amputated.

        For Watt-Cloutier, a former politician and chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the story illustrates how climate change attacks not just the environment, but also the foundations of Inuit knowledge, tradition and identity.

        Some influential voices like Watt-Cloutier and Mary Robinson, a former prime minister of Ireland and the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, suggest we’re looking at climate change the wrong way.

        It’s not only an environmental issue, they say; it’s also a human rights issue.

        “Our right to educate, right to culture, right to health, our right to be Inuit as we know it is at stake,” argues Watt-Cloutier. Her recently published memoir The Right To Be Cold touches extensively on the connection between climate change and the rights of Inuit people.

        Watt-Cloutier views climate change as the second wave of an assault on Inuit identity — the first wave being residential schools.

        It’s not simply that warming waters and melting ice in the North make an unforgiving landscape more unpredictable and treacherous. They affect hunting, which impacts an already difficult food security problem.

        Watt-Cloutier adds the changing environment impedes the Inuit from teaching and passing on their culture and traditions to the next generation because these elements of their identity are inexorably linked to the land. That, in turn, fuels social problems like high suicide rates.

        “If we think we have problems now, we ain’t seen nothing yet,” Watt-Cloutier ominously predicts.

        Mary Robinson has travelled extensively and seen the greatest atrocities facing our world as the human rights high commissioner from 1997 to 2002. She is also a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela to fight for peace and human rights. Of all she has witnessed, it’s climate change that robs her of sleep. “As many as 200 million people may be displaced by climate change by 2050. That keeps me awake and gets me going in the morning,” she says.

        Robinson, who has her own foundation called Climate Justice, tells us that throughout developing communities around the world she “kept on hearing the same refrain from people.” As with the Inuit, ages-old wisdom has been thrown out the window by climate change. Planting seasons, weather patterns, drought and rain cycles — nothing is predictable anymore. People don’t know when to plant or when to harvest.’
        http://www.norwichgazette.com/2015/04/04/climate-change-a-human-rights-issue-as-well

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        Opinion
        Mary Robinson, 05 August 2013

        Climate change is a human rights issue

        “We have the awareness, the knowledge, and the expertise to do something about climate change.”

        Writing for The Mark News, Mary Robinson argues that to address climate change, we must recognise that it is fundamentally a human rights issue, affecting most the people least able to cope.

        Mary Robinson
        Climate change
        Equality for girls & women
        Elders+Youngers

        ‘[excerpt] Considering climate change from a human rights and justice perspective compels us to recognise our own responsibility to support poorer populations in their efforts to adapt and become resilient. It lends greater urgency to the need for a true partnership of nations to limit global warming.

        A fair and equitable approach

        Fortunately, this human rights perspective is increasingly being embraced. The UN Human Rights Council first recognised the impact of climate change on human rights in 2008, and last year appointed John Knox, an American academic, as its first independent expert on human rights and the environment.

        More recently, the UN High-Level Panel charged with advising the Secretary-General on an agenda for global development beyond 2015, the original target date for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, released its report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development”. The report clearly links human rights and development, as well as development and the environment.

        The climate agenda must be achieved by 2015. This agenda can only be truly effective if it is seen to be fair and equitable, recognising the legitimate development aspirations of developing countries and supporting the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.

        Developing countries will not embrace an agenda that does not recognise climate change’s disproportionate impact on them. Climate change jeopardises food and water security, limits access to resources, and exacerbates the effects of poverty. Poorer countries thus end up being more affected.

        In order to achieve the climate agenda, we need to focus on the poor and most vulnerable, and recognise the importance of a rights-based approach. People’s rights must be protected. We must make sure nobody is left behind.

        We must act now, or the world we pass on to our children and grandchildren will be almost unimaginably troubled. What will they think of us? We have the awareness, the knowledge, and the expertise to do something about climate change. Let us not be accused of failing to act, while there was still time.’
        http://theelders.org/article/climate-change-human-rights-issue

        Election Year Canada
        October 19th – 2015
        Vote Conservative

      • Too much black/white gives you a mind cramp..?
        No matter.

        Just replace “climate change” with
        “THE GLOBAL WIND ENERGY RACKET”!

        ‘[excerpt] Watt-Cloutier adds the changing environment impedes the Inuit from teaching and passing on their culture and traditions to the next generation because these elements of their identity are inexorably linked to the land. That, in turn, fuels social problems like high suicide rates.

        “If we think we have problems now, we ain’t seen nothing yet,” Watt-Cloutier ominously predicts.

        ————–

        ‘[excerpt] Opinion
        Mary Robinson, 05 August 2013

        [Climate change] is a human rights issue

        “We have the awareness, the knowledge, and the expertise to do something about [climate change].”
        […]
        Developing countries will not embrace an agenda that does not recognise [climate change]’s disproportionate impact on them. [Climate change] jeopardises food and water security, limits access to resources, and exacerbates the effects of poverty. Poorer countries thus end up being more affected.

        In order to achieve the climate agenda, we need to focus on the poor and most vulnerable, and recognise the importance of a rights-based approach. People’s rights must be protected. We must make sure nobody is left behind.

        We must act now, or the world we pass on to our children and grandchildren will be almost unimaginably troubled. What will they think of us? We have the awareness, the knowledge, and the expertise to do something about [climate change]. Let us not be accused of failing to act, while there was still time.’

      • Too much black/white gives you a mind cramp..?
        No matter. Problem solved!

        Just replace “climate change” with
        “THE GLOBAL WIND ENERGY RACKET”!

        ‘[excerpt] Watt-Cloutier adds the changing environment impedes the Inuit from teaching and passing on their culture and traditions to the next generation because these elements of their identity are inexorably linked to the land. That, in turn, fuels social problems like high suicide rates.

        “If we think we have problems now, we ain’t seen nothing yet,” Watt-Cloutier ominously predicts.

        ————–

        ‘[excerpt] Opinion
        Mary Robinson, 05 August 2013

        [Climate change] is a human rights issue

        “We have the awareness, the knowledge, and the expertise to do something about [climate change].”
        […]
        Developing countries will not embrace an agenda that does not recognise [climate change]’s disproportionate impact on them. [Climate change] jeopardises food and water security, limits access to resources, and exacerbates the effects of poverty. Poorer countries thus end up being more affected.

        In order to achieve the climate agenda, we need to focus on the poor and most vulnerable, and recognise the importance of a rights-based approach. People’s rights must be protected. We must make sure nobody is left behind.

        We must act now, or the world we pass on to our children and grandchildren will be almost unimaginably troubled. What will they think of us? We have the awareness, the knowledge, and the expertise to do something about [climate change]. Let us not be accused of failing to act, while there was still time.’

      • Chiarelli announces another
        Liberal ‘divestment campaign’ – without Al – just Bob.

        ‘[excerpt] In order to achieve the climate agenda, we need to focus on the poor and most vulnerable, and recognise the importance of a rights-based approach. People’s rights must be protected. We must make sure nobody is left behind.
        Opinion
        Mary Robinson, 05 August 2013’

        Ontario offers hydro rebate for low-income earners, others to see bill rise
        In his own words:
        http://globalnews.ca/news/1904698/ontario-to-announce-hydro-relief-for-low-income-households/

    • Pattern Energy bought it from Pattern Development which is another part of the same company. Still will be 1/3 ownership with Samsung & CP.

    • And scroll down to the bottom of the Stockwatch page where it is disclosed that winds were a lot lower in the west this past winter so wind power production was down.

      When winds drops like this not as much money can be made off from IWTs. This is a financial risk for investors.

    • Wind is just like any other “fuel” source to produce electricity. If there is no source of fuel there is no electricity produced.

      How can power produced by wind and solar be stored for a month,two months or longer?

      Situations like the lack of wind in the west this past winter pose serious questions about relying on wind for electricity.

      But this situation had to occur before questions could be raised.

      • Scientific Research, January, 2012

        “Projected Future Wind Speed and Wind Power Density Trends Over the Western US High Plains”

        “Many current policies and economic analyses involving the rapidly expanding wind energy industry has assumed a constant or near constant wind resource.”

        “Results show projections of a slight overall decreasing wind power over the region.”

        “The projected magnitude of changes are estimated to be in seasonal trends with the most substantial decreases occurring in winter and spring.”

        http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=17125#.VSM5idzF_Ic

        Lack of wind in the west this past winter backs up this paper published a little over three years ago.

  8. From MSU: Sieches On The Great Lakes

    A Sieche is the same as a storm surge except the surface water oscillates by sloshing water between shores within the lake basin.

    Lake Erie has the most Sieches because it is the shallowest of the Great Lakes.

    Note the NOAA Lake Michigan photos taken just six hours apart on Lake Michigan.

    Severe weather events can rapidly take place on the Great Lakes and can be a factor with deployment of offshore IWTs.

    http://geo.msu.edu/extra/geogmich/seiches.htm

  9. U R probably a victim of the Global Wind Energy Racket.
    It’s OK to

    SCREAM: “NATIONAL SECURITY!”

    ‘[excerpt] JUSTICE NEWS
    THE UNITED STATES
    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/bnp-paribas-agrees-plead-guilty-and-pay-89-billion-illegally-processing-financial

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    “BNP Paribas Agrees to Plead Guilty and to Pay $8.9 Billion for Illegally Processing Financial Transactions for Countries Subject to U.S. Economic Sanctions”

    According to court documents submitted today, BNP Paribas S.A. (BNPP), a global financial institution headquartered in Paris, agreed to enter a guilty plea to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) by processing billions of dollars of transactions through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Sudanese, Iranian, and Cuban entities subject to U.S. economic sanctions. The agreement by the French bank to plead guilty is the first time a global bank has agreed to plead guilty to large-scale, systematic violations of U.S. economic sanctions. […]

    “BNP Paribas went to elaborate lengths to conceal prohibited transactions, cover its tracks, and deceive U.S. authorities.” […] Attorney General Holder said. “Sanctions are a key tool in protecting U.S. national security interests, but they only work if they are strictly enforced. If sanctions are to have teeth, violations must be punished. […]

    “BNP ignored US sanctions laws and concealed its tracks. And when contacted by law enforcement it chose not to fully cooperate,” Deputy Attorney General Cole said. “This failure to cooperate had a real effect — it significantly impacted the government’s ability to bring charges against responsible individuals, sanctioned entities and satellite banks. This failure together with BNP’s prolonged misconduct mandated the criminal plea and the nearly $9 billion penalty that we are announcing today.”

    “By providing dollar clearing services to individuals and entities associated with Sudan, Iran, and Cuba – in clear violation of U.S. law – BNPP helped them gain illegal access to the U.S. financial system,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “In doing so, BNPP deliberately disregarded U.S. law of which it was well aware, and placed its financial network at the services of rogue nations, all to improve its bottom line. Remarkably, BNPP continued to engage in this criminal conduct even after being told by its own lawyers that what it was doing was illegal.”’

    […] said IRS-CI Chief Weber. “BNP Paribas will forfeit the historic figure of almost $8.9 Billion representing the proceeds of criminal activity. BNPP had many opportunities to take corrective action and abide by the law, and yet, despite warnings from American regulators and other banks, consciously chose to ignore those warnings and commit literally thousands of flagrant violations. IRS-CI, and our domestic and international law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue these cases and follow the money trail – wherever it may lead.” […]

    “The most important values in the international community – respect for human rights, peaceful coexistence, and a world free of terror – significantly depend upon the effectiveness of international sanctions,” said District Attorney Vance.’

  10. Hey – shocked and disgusted,

    You say,
    SCREAM: NATIONAL SECURITY

    There is enough evidence out there – past and recent – and on going;
    the conservative government @ the federal level
    is screaming…….national security.
    So who is listening?

    @ the provincial level of government
    Who are the deal makers?

    @ the local level of government
    What is the municipal role – in the deals?
    Then you have to ask – do farmers have a role?

    Go ahead – ask questions!

    • Do you know Free Thinker?
      Who are the deal makers
      @ the provincial level of government?

      Who would admit that?

    • As an aside:
      Do municipalities use – ‘Chicago Style’ accounting practices?
      Still to be determined!
      But maybe they do – it’s a creative thing!

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      Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Receives CRA Proposal to Reassess

      Published: Feb 20, 2015 4:30 p.m. ET

      ‘[excerpt] The CRA’s proposal letter is challenging the tax consequences of the Unit Exchange on the basis of the change of control rules and puts forth their position with respect to the general anti-avoidance rules of the Income Tax Act (Canada). APUC remains confident in the appropriateness of its tax filing position and the expected tax consequences of the Unit Exchange and intends to vigorously defend such position. APUC strongly believes that the acquisition of control or the general anti-avoidance rules do not apply to the Unit Exchange and intends to file its future tax returns on a basis consistent with its previous tax returns.

      If CRA issues a Notice of Reassessment for the 2009 through 2013 taxation years as proposed in their letter, APUC would be required to make a deposit payment of 50% of the tax liability (including interest and any applicable penalties) (the “Tax Deposit”) claimed by CRA in order to appeal the expected reassessment. Based on the tax amounts related to the 2009 through 2013 taxation years, that payment amount would be approximately $17 million and approximately $3 million for the 2014 taxation year once that tax return is filed with CRA, assuming it is similarly reassessed. APUC would also be required to make a deposit payment of 50% of the taxes CRA claims are owed in any future tax year if CRA were to issue a similar notice of reassessment for such years and APUC were to appeal it. The Company has more than adequate capital resources to fund any Tax Deposit and ultimately the entire balance if required.

      APUC has 90 days from the date of any Notice of Reassessment to prepare and file a Notice of Objection, which would be reviewed by CRA’s appeals division. If CRA’s appeals division does not allow APUC’s initial appeal, APUC has the option to file its case with the Tax Court of Canada. APUC anticipates that legal proceedings through the various tax courts could take approximately two to four years. If APUC is ultimately successful in defending its position, such payments plus applicable interest, would be refunded to APUC. If CRA is successful, APUC would be required to pay the balance of the taxes assessed (plus applicable interest and any applicable penalties).
      http://www.marketwatch.com/story/algonquin-power-utilities-corp-receives-cra-proposal-to-reassess-2015-02-20

    • This could become rather interesting as there appears to be another trail to the U.S. where an investigation is also taking place? Not of the company itself but of an individual connected to the company.

      • ‘[excerpt] The president of Mountain Water Co., John Kappes, stands to receive what are termed as “substantial benefits” if the company is sold to a Canadian firm that has proposed to buy it and two California utilities, according to documents filed with the Ontario Securities Commission.

        The documents also show the Missoula water system receives much less in capital expenditures from its current owner, Western Water Holdings LLC, than the two California utilities, which are also owned by the company.

        The city of Missoula has made two offers to purchase Mountain Water – for $50 million and $65 million – and was rebuffed both times. The city subsequently filed a lawsuit to force a sale under eminent domain laws. Carlyle, the global equity firm that owns Mountain Water’s parent company, is fighting the lawsuit, and a trial is scheduled for March.’

      • Psst – Bottled Water!
        is big business…..

        Hey Ontario!
        Water issues coming to a community near you
        – so read up!

        March 27, 2015 6:00 pm
        Cont……….
        ‘[excerpt] The Carlyle Group wants the possibility of bottling Missoula water back on the table in the proposed sale of Mountain Water Co., according to testimony Friday from the Clark Fork Coalition.

        When the global equity firm bought Mountain Water in 2011, managing director of infrastructure Robert Dove signed a letter of agreement that prohibited bottling.

        At the time, Dove also testified to state regulators that the water company would not bottle Missoula’s water under Carlyle ownership.

        Initially, the Clark Fork Coalition opposed the sale to the investment firm, said Karen Knudsen, coalition director, on the witness stand on behalf of the city of Missoula.

        However, she said, after Carlyle pledged to protect water resources, the water watchdog offered support to the sale and signed the letter, along with the city.

        But the bottling protection is no longer secure, Knudsen testified.

        In May 2014, Carlyle put Mountain Water up for sale, and shortly after, Knudsen said she received an invitation from Mountain Water president John Kappes to meet for coffee.

        At the meeting, she said, Kappes told her Carlyle was willing to transfer the resource protections in the letter of agreement with one exception. She said Carlyle did not plan to prohibit bottling in a sale.

        “I was rather startled that that would be excluded from the reassurances,” Knudsen said.

        In fact, Kappes also asked the Clark Fork Coalition to stand on the sidelines in an upcoming sale, Knudsen testified. The coalition has a strong base of active members and resource advocates, and has been active for decades in demanding cleanup and protection of the Clark Fork River basin.

        Since the May meeting, Carlyle proposed to sell Mountain to the subsidiary of a Canadian conglomerate. Under cross-examination, Knudsen admitted Liberty Utilities also agreed it would not bottle Missoula’s water.

        However, she said the pledge does not reassure her because the corporate structure of the companies is unclear. Knudsen said the complex ownership makes it difficult to know where responsibility for a bottling decision would lie.’
        http://missoulian.com/news/local/carlyle-group-wants-utility-free-to-bottle-sell-missoula-s/article_64b4c4f6-60e3-5958-a9b3-0f5d29123d8d.html

      • 57°
        Overcast
        ‘[excerpt]… estimated 9 percent drop in Algonquin stock one day after the announcement of the investigation was worth an estimated $300 million to $400 million…’

        Law firm: Algonquin under investigation for possible class action lawsuit

        ‘[excerpt] Last week, Algonquin announced it would postpone the release of its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results as well as a related conference call. The company rescheduled the release for Thursday, March 26, and the call for the following day.

        Subsequently, Siskinds LLP announced it was investigating the accounting practices and disclosures of Algonquin. The Canadian law firm planned to evaluate a possible class-action lawsuit pending the review.

        On Monday, Siskinds lawyer Michael Robb said he anticipates the review will take several weeks to a few months. He said the firm may take no action pending the review, and it also could commence litigation.

        “In general, what we do are investor class actions for alleged misrepresentations in companies’ securities disclosure documents,” Robb said.

        He could not say how often an investigation by Siskinds led to litigation.

        Algonquin is a Canadian corporation. The Ontario Securities Commission declined Monday to comment on whether the late report had prompted a review by the commission or whether the agency had previously investigated the utilities company.

        “The OSC does not generally comment on the existence, status or nature of any complaint or investigation,” Kate Betts-Wilmott, spokeswoman for the commission, said in an email.

        ——————————————————————————–

        ‘[excerpt] Castledine said Algonquin lawyers are evaluating the order that was issued late Friday.

        “We are reviewing our options and will decide on a course of action in the near future,” Castledine said.

        A letter from Liberty to Mountain employees notes their opportunity to purchase company stock “at a discount and without brokerage fees.”

        “Unfortunately, that (stock) lost a big chunk of its value over the weekend,” Engen said.

        ***

        The estimated 9 percent drop in Algonquin stock one day after the announcement of the investigation was worth an estimated $300 million to $400 million, said Karen Knudsen, director of the Clark Fork Coalition. The water watchdog also has intervened in the proposed sale.

        The series of anomalies is cause for concern, Knudsen said. The late earnings report, investigation announcement and decline in stock offer a “clouded picture of Algonquin’s management credibility.”

        “These activities definitely set off the alarm bells,” Knudsen said. “After all, Algonquin is the parent company. When the parent is struggling or experiencing anomalies, that can’t bode well for the subsidiary.”
        http://ravallirepublic.com/business/local/article_be44198b-48e6-544c-aabf-35bd251ebff2.html

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        About Liberty Utilities

        “At Liberty Water, we take care in our strong community presence and being visible and accessible to the customers we serve. I’m very excited about our company broadening its horizons and expanding into gas and electric services across the country. While bigger will be better, we will continue to maintain the local utility feel and continue to provide high quality, responsive service to our valued customers.”

        – Greg Sorensen, Vice President and General Manager

        We are changing our name to Liberty Utilities.

        2011 was a transformational year for our company as we expanded our operations to include natural gas and electricity. Liberty Utilities better reflects the diverse utilities we operate and our new name allows us to offer expanded and improved services in the communities where we live and serve.

        While we may be growing, we remain committed to providing exceptional service – delivered locally.

        Will Liberty Utilities now be providing electric and gas services to current water and/or wastewater service customers?

        At this time, you will continue to only receive water and/or wastewater services from Liberty Utilities. Our expansion into electric service is in the state of California. We will soon expand to Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and New Hampshire.

        Does this name change affect me?
        http://www.libertywater.com/?q=about

      • And this company wants to create big holes in the Amherst Island limestone where the drinking water supply comes from?

        If the water becomes contaminated there it will not be fit for animal or human consumption.

        Properties will become unsaleable.

        Good idea to keep an eye on this Montana affair.

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