Warwick mayor calls wind money ‘extortion’

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Petrolia Independant, Heather Wright
Warwick Mayor Todd Case says the latest process to bid for wind energy projects amounts to extortion and his municipality won’t be part of it. Four wind energy companies are in the process of bidding for industrial projects in Warwick, Brooke-Alvinston and Enniskillen. As part of the process, the companies are approaching municipalities to talk about what is going on and hoping to gain some form of support to improve their chances of approval.

Under the new process approved in June, companies receive bonus points for some forms of municipal approval. There is a form to say they have met with the municipal government which bears no points. If a company signs an Community Commitment Agreement with a municipality, it receives points which make the project more likely to be approved. Municipalities can also endorse projects; those projects are mostly likely to be approved.

Suncor Energy and NextEra, which are both preparing bids for projects in Warwick, are pressing the community to sign Community Commitment Agreements which include compensation for having the turbines in the community.

But Mayor Case says Warwick is not about to sign anything and shouldn’t be penalized financially because of it. “The process, in my opinion, stinks,” he tells The Independent. “The province says it now gives municipalities a chance to weigh in but there are points for the companies if you sign (for compensation). That’s extortion in my point of view.” Read article

42 thoughts on “Warwick mayor calls wind money ‘extortion’

  1. I guess that means the Green Energy Act itself is also written with a view to extortion? It shouldn’t surprise us as it’s the GEA itself allowing wind corporations to act as they do. The latest move appears to be an attempt to force municipalities to accept these ‘bribrancy offers’ regardless of whether or not they are Unwilling Hosts.
    It brings a whole new meaning to the concept of this provincial government’s growing criminality throughout the imposition of its entire energy agenda. These wind corporations are just the public face of the crooks infesting this process from top to bottom.
    With the Ontario judicial system also supporting these criminal acts almost 100% it’s difficult to believe that whatever actions well meaning and law abiding municipalities take it is they, not the wind corporations, who will be judged as ‘breaking the law’.
    Oh for simpler days when ‘snake oil salesmen’ and ‘crooked politicians’ were simply tarred and feathered and thrown out of town.
    Andrew Watts

  2. Warwick mayor calls wind money ‘extortion’
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    Posted July 29, 2015
    http://petrolialambtonindependent.ca/2015/07/29/warwick-mayor-calls-wind-money-extortion/

    Warwick Mayor Todd Case says the latest process to bid for wind energy projects amounts to extortion and his municipality won’t be part of it.
    Four wind energy companies are in the process of bidding for industrial projects in Warwick, Brooke-Alvinston and Enniskillen. As part of the process, the companies are approaching municipalities to talk about what is going on and hoping to gain some form of support to improve their chances of approval.
    Under the new process approved in June, companies receive bonus points for some forms of municipal approval. There is a form to say they have met with the municipal government which bears no points. If a company signs an Community Commitment Agreement with a municipality, it receives points which make the project more likely to be approved. Municipalities can also endorse projects; those projects are mostly likely to be approved.
    Suncor Energy and NextEra, which are both preparing bids for projects in Warwick, are pressing the community to sign Community Commitment Agreements which include compensation for having the turbines in the community.
    But Mayor Case says Warwick is not about to sign anything and shouldn’t be penalized financially because of it.
    “The process, in my opinion, stinks,” he tells The Independent. “The province says it now gives municipalities a chance to weigh in but there are points for the companies if you sign (for compensation). That’s extortion in my point of view.”
    Case says it is clear Warwick is not a willing host but because of the way the process is not structured, it can only get compensation for the projects if it helps the companies by signing the required forms making the project more likely.
    “Wind turbine companies come in and say ‘sign on the dotted line if were approved you’ll get this huge amount of cash. If you don’t sign and we’re approved, you get nothing.”
    So Case says Warwick is getting creative – and political – to point out the flaws in the new system. It’s had lawyers draft a letter which has been sent to the companies outlining what the municipality expects for compensation should the projects be approved. There is about $45,000 to reimburse the municipality for legal costs, $6,000 for every turbine they put up and flat fee of $200,000 among other things.
    “They like to put things in front of us to sign…if you really want to talk the talk, walk the walk,” says Case. “We could sit back and do what were doing,…but let’s throw something back at these guys…this is what you’ll be paying if it’s approved against our wishes.
    “If the process is going to disrespect our community we feel you should pay compensation anyway.”
    So far, Case says one of the companies has refused to talk about the letter, the other has spoken to them but made no commitments.
    The municipality is hoping to catch the province’s eye with the move hoping to change the process. “The Green Energy Act where everything is laid out and it’s mucked up.”
    Case has asked for a meeting with the Energy Minister during the annual Association of Municipalities conference in mid-August. He’s just been told that won’t happen and he’ll be meeting with the parliamentary assistant instead.
    “This is a big enough issue for rural Ontario right now, you’d think the minister would meet with us,” says Case. “We’ll take the meeting …but I’m totally disappointed of the total disrespect for rural Ontario.”

  3. Frustrated Dutton/Dunwich residents pepper wind turbine reps with barrage of questions and criticism
    http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2015/07/28/frustrated-duttondunwich-residents-pepper-wind-turbine-reps-with-barrage-of-questions-and-criticism
    By Patrick Brennan, St. Thomas Times-Journal
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Proponents of industrial wind turbines stood tall last week after surviving a barrage of questions and criticisms at a public meeting at the Dutton/Dunwich Community Centre.

    For than more than two hours, representatives of Invenergy fielded questions from a full house of frustrated residents who have made it clear over the past two years they are not in favour of industrial wind turbines in their community.

    Invenergy, which has negotiated leases for turbines with approximately 100 property owners, has said consistently it wants to place 20-25 turbines in Dutton/Dunwich to produce 60 megawatts of power which will be exported to a nearby high-voltage transmission line.

    It is one of several firms ready to submit its bid to the Ontario government for the right to generate the power.

    James Murphy, vice-president of development for Invenergy, estimates if successful, the Strong Breeze farm would represent a $180-million investment, with each turbine valued at approximately $3 million.

    But aside from those who signed leases, residents of Dutton/Dunwich remain opposed to allowing them in the municipality.

    Residents have listed a number of issues including a belief they devalue property, cause health-related side effects from phenomena such as light flicker and noise, are an eyesore on the landscape and are not efficient as a form of green energy.

    Invenergy claims it has countered all the residents’ claims and at the public meeting brought a panel of its own experts to address questions on topics like health effects, impact on wildlife and engineering concerns.

    Last week’s meeting used a format where residents submitted written questions from the floor which were read by a facilitator.

    In a lot of cases, residents jeered responses or groaned in disgust.

    Last year Dutton/Dunwich passed a resolution declaring the municipality an unwilling host to industrial wind turbines and later backed that up with a business plan.

    Council asked residents to respond to a survey if they were/were not in favour of industrial wind turbines. Approximately 84% of those who responded said they were not.

    Murphy told the meeting projections are Ontario will need more energy by 2020 and applications like Invenergy are designed to meet that.

    Asked about whether turbines produce adverse health effects, Lorne Knopper of Stantec Consulting said when turbines are sighted properly, they don’t produce adverse health effects.

    “The overwhelming weight of evidence suggests wind turbines are not related to health effects,” Knopper advised.

    Responding to a question, panel participants disagreed with a suggestion there would be a loss in property value from locating turbines in Dutton/Dunwich.

    Murphy said Invenergy has agreed to set back turbines one kilometre away from settled areas like towns and hamlets. The minimum setback from a turbine in a rural area is 550 metres.

    “We all know a 550-metre setback is not adequate,” one resident said.

    Industrial wind turbines are approximately 100 metres high with a rotor diameter of 45 metres and have an estimated life expectancy of 20-25 years.

    Several questions were raised about the effect of turbines on bats, birds and, in particular, species like bald eagles.

    Bats continue to suffer higher than acceptable mortality rates around turbines,while the audience was told mortality rates for birds are within the “threshold” or limit allowed by provincial regulations.

    The audience was told the number of bald eagles or related species killed is already low.

    Several times, questioners asked why Invenergy wants to erect wind turbines in a community where a majority of voters who responded to a survey said they did not support them being there.

    Murphy said in spite of that sentiment, which the company respected, Invenergy does have a duty to serve the 100 or more landowners who signed leases to allow turbines on their land.

    “There was no requirement for us to come here and answer questions,” Murphy said. “There are going to be answers I can’t provide.”

    Murphy said Invenergy would have staff available 24 hours a day to respond if needed.

    He hinted the company may be able to help residents with enhanced, high-speed internet connections if it is allowed to construct the turbines. Those turbines would require fibre optic connections and there is a chance other users could “piggyback” on those new lines.

    Murphy said local fire departments won’t have to upgrade to provide fire protection for turbines, which have fire suppressant features.

    Invenergy paid for the meeting including the rent for the community centre.

    It wants to make its final bid by Sept. 1.

  4. The Bigger Picture!
    @ this point – with a federal election looming
    whatever Todd Case – is selling
    don’t believe a word.

    Running – then not running……and still very important
    to the Wynne liberals @ the local level of government.

    Todd Case is a devout liberal;
    dancing with the wind!

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    Todd Case joins race to be Liberal candidate in Sarnia-Lambton​

    Warwick Township Mayor Todd Case is running for the federal Liberal nomination in Sarnia-Lambton.

    Case said he has been cleared by the Liberal Party of Canada to seek the nomination.

    Elizabeth Wood McDonald is also a candidate for the Sarnia-Lambton Liberal nomination to represent the party in the federal election, expected to be held this year.

    The Liberal association in Sarnia-Lambton is expected to hold a nomination meeting in the coming months.

    Mayor since 2000, Case was also warden of Lambton County council in 2003 and 2004, and again for a two-year term that ended in late 2014.

    “I have been actively involved in the issues of our community for many years, working diligently with all levels of government,” Case said in a press release.

    “I’m eager to continue that passionate advocacy in cooperation with representatives from across the county.”

    The 50-year-old married father of two has worked in management and sales. He lives in Watford, in the neighbouring riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

    “I’m very connected to that area,” Case said about his decision to seek the party nomination in Sarnia-Lambton.

    “I don’t feel like I’m an outsider, by any means.”

    He pointed to community boards he has served on, including the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, the Lambton College Board of Governors and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

    “I’ve just come off a two-year term as warden of Lambton County, so I’m very much in touch with the issues for the area,” Case said.

    “I feel very connected to the economic development side of things, as well as the social concerns.”

    Case ran in 2006 for the federal Liberal nomination in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, losing out to Jeff Wesley of Wallaceburg.

    “I’m a team player, and I definitely consider myself a relationship builder,” Case said.

    “In the world we live in today, it’s so important to develop those relationships, not just with every level of government but with companies and organizations.”

    He said Sarnia-Lambton has a great number of assets, “and we need to showcase those, and work together.”
    http://www.lakeshoreadvance.com/2015/01/30/todd-case-joins-race-to-be-liberal-candidate-in-sarnia-lambton
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    Todd Case no longer seeking Liberal nod

    ‘[excerpt] “It was flattering to be approached by the recruitment committee of the Sarnia-Lambton Federal Liberal Association, but now that the riding has two strong local candidates it feels like the right thing to do for me is to step aside,” Case said in a press release.

    “We were disappointed because he was an excellent candidate, with great credentials, but we totally respect his decision,” said association president Eileen Viola.

    “He has assured us that he still plans to help the party in any way he can.”

    Mayor of the Lambton County township since 2000, Case has also served several terms as county warden.’
    http://www.theobserver.ca/2015/03/20/todd-case-no-longer-seeking-liberal-nod

  5. Finally an elected leader is calling it what it is…extortion.

    When more details are released about the leaseholders contracts and the financing details are exposed, the real agenda will be realized.
    All paid and elected municipal leaders need to go together to Queen’s Park and declare loudly and clearly that we’ve had enough of this and we demand compensation for all victims of the wind consortium in rural Ontario.

    • What information is being fed to local Liberal associations about the IWT situation?

      Time some questions were asked! Liberal candidates are running for office so there must be support for the party despite want is happening.

  6. Why do people still think that QP is going to help them out in this situation? Any chance of that happening was over in June, 2014.

  7. Call it whatever you like Mr.Mayor….it is nothing until you call the police and lay charges…just talk.

    Why do I have to scroll through the likes of posters that copy and paste the article I have just read?

    Shocked and Disgusted and Free Thinker….your constant regurgitation of what has already been said is one of the reasons that this site is just fluff now….from what it used to be….you don’t help much either Barbara with all your drivel

    • Gary can you explain what you mean by drivel? Do you know who the parties and organizations are who are behind what is taking place in Ontario? Not only the parties and organizations in Ontario but on the national and international level as well?

      • Agree Barbara !! You have given me an education … In the links that I would never have been able to find. I thank you… I always wonder with your comments if you are not actually a lawyer . Or in a law office that had privy to information.
        Keep it going ..

      • No am not a lawyer but do have a degree in accounting which includes commercial law along with science degrees. Also have several engineers in my family including two with Ph.Ds and a power plant engineer.

      • Hey Barbara. Never mind Gary, as we very much appreciate all the digging up of dirt & research you do, on our behalf. I’ve learned tons of important stuff, as a result of all your work & dedication to this most important topic & very much appreciate & look forward to reading your posts, on a regular basis. It keeps me informed & able to pass along the info to friends, relatives & others.
        Please keep doing what you do & pay no mind to the likes of this Gary fella, ok.
        Your friend & fellow Wind Warrior, Douglas Moran.

    • “”””Why do I have to scroll through the likes of posters that copy and paste the article I have just read?””””

      You Don’t have to Gary, it’s your prerogative.

      “”””””Shocked and Disgusted and Free Thinker….your constant regurgitation of what has already been said is one of the reasons that this site is just fluff now….from what it used to be….you don’t help much either Barbara with all your drivel””””””””

      Again, Gary, YOUR PREROGATIVE.

      If you are so darn upset, don’t post here, don’t read here, don’t be bothered with anything here and just stay away…………. oh, I’m feeling oh so “fluffy” at the moment.
      Kisses and hugs…….. XOXOXOXOXO

      SHOOT !! I used copy and paste………. bad me.

      • Ella, plenty of information posted here also applies to the States.

        Have liens been found on IWT host properties in Michigan?

        Then there are the international connections of parties and organizations.

      • Barbara, they keep that pretty secret. The farmers with contracts here are so, so silent. They/ we are surrounded by NextTerror.

        But, I know for a fact, these farmers have their pretty little turbine toys in their kitchen windows to display, sarc/ : )

        FYI- Right now they are paying young’uns $38.50 an hour to power wash dirty turbine parts that have been laying on the ground in Huron County while waiting for the moratorium to be lifted in that county. Huron county just extended their moratorium another 3 months.

        I live by an Enbridge gas line, a couple of years ago when calling to find out their perspective on turbines close to those lines, they refused to answer what the implications would be do to vibrations caused by turbines.
        That is when I discovered Enbridge is a Canadian owned company.

        We’re all in this together, no matter what country we live in.

        Laugh if you will, but, The Trumpster will be in BirchRun Michigan soon. I have thought of going and “trying” to get his attention on the issue. Long shot, but he’ll be so close to me, 15 miles.

        I probably don’t need to tell you, Barb, YOU are an inspiration and so full of knowledge, and the know-how to find it. Bless You !

      • Barb, just wondering, would that be public information? Would you happen to know if I could find that out thru a FOIA?

  8. Barbara, please take a look at this recent article written by Dr. Tim Ball http://drtimball.com/2015/time-for-skeptics-to-expose-national-weather-offices-canada-a-case-study-with-national-and-global-implications/

    Check out the section subtitled: Environment Canada’s Role and the Damage Done.

    There is far too much information being currently exposed that clearly suggests that it’s time to blow the whistle on this government
    What would you suggest as an alternative?

    There are times when pessimism or a sense of powerlessness is a tactic used to block real progress in the process of preventing further damage.

    • Who got the Kyoto Accord signed in Canada? And what are this person’s connections to Strong and Power Corp?

      Scientists at EC came in handy to back this up.

      • Hey Canada!

        It’s Election Year!
        October 19, 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Hey Barbara!
        you asked…….
        ———————————————————-
        Who got the Kyoto Accord signed in Canada?
        Answer:
        ‘[excerpt] Canada’s previous Liberal government signed the accord but did little to implement it and current prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government never embraced it.’

        ‘[excerpt] “[Withdrawing] allows us to continue to create jobs and growth in Canada,” Kent said.

        Canada had been expected to pull out and as a result faced international criticism at the Durban talks. Kent had said previously that signing Kyoto was one of the previous government’s biggest blunders.’
        http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/dec/13/canada-pulls-out-kyoto-protocol

        ———————————————————————
        Then the media went ballistic – [lotsa name calling]
        And – worse…..[hahahahaha]
        The United Nations kicked CANADA (Stephen Harper) –
        out into the street……[kapeesh?]
        I could go on……..it’s really a crazy….

        ———————————————————————
        Oh yeah……
        Again – Who got the Kyoto Accord signed in Canada?
        Answer: The Liberals

        – and say NO – to COP 21 Paris!
        – deny Wynne/Trudeau – Paris trip!

        Vote Conservative!

      • This is from the article on Power Corps and the connections to Chretien and Maurice Strong and Kyoto Protocol.

        “Additionally, the company has long been a close ally of the Liberal Party of Canada, although former or current members of other Canadian political parties have also worked for Power Corp.

        The company has been criticized for its links with Canadian politics,[11] and specifically for its commitment to the defense of federalism in Quebec. Indeed, several former Canadian prime ministers have worked on staff. A brief summary of the connections between Power Corp. and those with political power in Canada is below.

        Former Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin, was hired in the 1960s to work for Paul Desmarais, Sr. by Maurice Strong. Martin became President of Canada Steamship Lines, a subsidiary of Power Corp., and in 1981 Desmarais sold the company to Martin and a partner. Martin went on to make his personal fortune as an owner of CSL.

        Former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien sat on the board of Power Corp. subsidiary Consolidated Bathurst in the late 1980s before he became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Chrétien’s daughter France is married to the son of Paul Desmarais, Sr., André. Also Chrétien’s chief of staff Eddie Goldenberg worked in the past for Power Corp.”

    • The insurance industry has used climate change fears as an excuse to raise insurance rates for their customers.

    • Dr. Tim Ball’s article is long and full of details. He names names throughout. Take time to read it. Then reread it to make sure you get what he’s saying.
      People need to know what he is exposing. This information is crucial to understanding how we ended up with industrial wind turbines beside and surrounding our homes.

      • Exposing the climate change weather disaster hype which does end up affecting the insurance industry is an important economic issue as people do pay insurance premiums.

        Caisse de Depot has about a 1/4 stake in Invenergy and Invenergy sold a Texas wind farm to Munich RE an insurance company which both insures renewable projects and owns them.

      • From Seeking Alpha Re article:

        Backgound section:

        “Finding data and reports on European stocks is simply not as easy at is for US stocks. Doing research is far more timely.”

        Difficult to obtain financial information on European companies.

        So European companies operating in Canada are in the same category when it comes to obtaining financial information about them.

  9. April 29, 2011
    “Ripley Wind Project company buys out four homes”
    By Troy Patterson Kincardine News

    ‘[excerpt] Four homes within the 38-turbine, 76-megawatt Ripley Wind Power Project have been purchased by owners Suncor and Acciona Energy, as a solution to resolve the ongoing issues some residents within the project have been dealing with since it was built in 2007.

    Acciona’s Paul Austin said the companies have worked with the Ripley stakeholders for some time, determining “it was it the best interest of the project, the companies and the community to purchase the homes.”

    Austin said by offering the residents “market value” for their homes, it would allow them to move so the companies could resell the homes to other interested parties.

    “We take the concerns of all our stakeholders seriously,” said Austin, adding they’ve been working with local stakeholders to answer questions and understand their concerns since the project began.

    “After a prolonged period of consultation that involved a number of third-party studies and tests, it was agreed upon that the only solution that could meet the needs of this small group of local landowners was to purchase their homes.”

    The final agreement was reached on March 16, after the prices were determined by independent appraisers.

    Local anti-wind power group Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines (HALT) jumped on the information after they were provided documents they provided to The Kincardine News that linked the sales to numbered companies, one owned by a manager with Suncor and the other a manager for Acciona.

    In a HALT media release, president Mac Serra said although the homeowners have been gagged by the sale process, they know the families of the four homes sold, out of five that were dealing with health issues, have been fighting the companies for years, “over their inability to lead normal lives in their own homes caused by the Ripley Wind Power Project.”

    “If there are no health effects from industrial wind turbines as their proponents claim, then why would wind plant operators buy the homes of wind victims,” said Serra.

    In response to the claims the buy-out was linked to health issues caused by wind turbines, Austin said, “No link between the operation of our Ripley Wind Power Project and the health concerns of our neighbours could be discovered, and so no damages were awarded or necessary.”

    Serra said this is a case where the “victims” of this process are unable to speak, “which leaves the public in the dark over the true extent of the impact caused by industrial wind.”

    “There are over 100 families across Ontario who claim their health is negatively affected by wind development,” he continued. “Many more cannot speak due to confidentiality agreements signed with the wind companies or simply won’t speak up, not wanting to upset their neighbours.” […]

    Dr. Lynn’s data estimates between 10-15% of people living near turbines in Grey-Bruce have said their health has been affected, he said. […]

    It was also reported that wind developers had paid for the homeowners to stay in local hotels while they were working through the consultation process dealing with the complaints.

    There are currently land options being sought within the Municipality of Kincardine by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. in Bruce Twp., Acciona Energy is working on a 80MW wind project outside Armow in Kincardine Twp. Leader Resources Services Inc. is planning a 200MW project between Saugeen Shores and the Municipality of Kincardine, while International Power Inc.’s 125MW wind power project is planned near the lake shore in the Township of Huron-Kinloss.’

  10. Acciona to re-market homes near Ripley, says Austin
    By Liz Dadson | Huron-Kinloss News
    Saugeentimes.com
    [article includes photo of “Paul Austin”, Acciona Energy]

    ‘[excerpt] Acciona Wind Energy Canada plans to re-market the homes it purchased near Ripley, says community relations manager Paul Austin.

    He was responding to an article in the Kincardine Times last week, stating that the Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines (HALT) group had discovered the sale of four of the five homes owned by people who had been fighting Acciona and Suncor (co-owners of the Ripley Wind Power Project).
    The residents said they could no longer live in their homes because of health concerns due to the wind turbines.

    The article quoted HALT president Mac Serra as asking why, if there are no health concerns, is the wind company purchasing the homes of the victims?

    Serra also noted the purchase was by 2270573 Ontario Inc. One director of this company, listed on the transfer, is Alejandro Salvador Armendariz, manager of Acciona Solar Energy LLC, and the other is Christina Ellerbeck, manager, marketing and business development, renewable energy, Suncor Energy Services Inc.

    Austin says there is nothing unusual about Acciona and Suncor operating as a “numbered” company to complete the transaction. “That’s normal practice,” he says. “There is nothing secret about this. It happened six weeks ago and we called all the key stakeholders (including local councils) to let them know.”

    In fact, he said the decision to purchase the homes stemmed from feedback the company received from the community.

    “We have done extensive studies and tests,” says Austin. “We’ve had independent experts in, and officials from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Grey Bruce Health Unit. There is no link between wind farms and these health concerns.”

    After discussions with leadership people, community members and landowners, the company decided the only way to resolve the dispute with the neighbours was to purchase and re-market their homes.

    “This is an example of the company standing up to be a good corporate citizen,” says Austin. “It’s a way to show leadership. Even though there is no link between the wind farms and health problems, the residents were persistent with their concerns and they weren’t going away.”

    The company plans to sell the houses at market value. “It’s the best resolution we could think of, given the discussions over the past two years,” says Austin.

    He says the company has had an independent real estate appraiser in to evaluate the properties and will now work with local realtors to sell them. “We’ve already had expressions of interest.”

    Austin says the entire problem centres on people’s inability to deal with change.

    “If you’ve lived somewhere for years and then somebody comes along and builds a structure beside your home so you can’t see your favourite apple tree, you get upset,” says Austin. “But the next person coming in to buy your home, doesn’t care about that view. He’s more concerned about the house and the property.

    “It’s the same with wind turbines. We have a high level of confidence that we can sell these houses.”
    And once sold, that would address one more concern, regarding property values, says Austin. “We see that as a positive.”’

  11. Turbines do not last .. 20-25 years .. That’s just hogwash… Give them ten and then the willing hosts will see just what a graveyard they have all us live in

  12. It’s not ‘extortion’ when liberals call it – government legislation/policy, or their law;
    pay to play!……just follow the yellow brick road!
    For citizens:
    You can volunteer – to follow the yellow brick road!

    In other words: Liberal Cronyism!
    [supported by the NDP]

    Welcome to Ontario
    —————————–
    Election Year Canada
    October 19, 2015
    Vote conservative!

    Wynne country!
    p.s. For farmers – they will soon be working for the U.N.
    [sustainable farming – buy local policy]

  13. More evidence of extortion?

    https://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/2015/08/06/kincardine-ready-for-armow-wind-project-noise-study/

    ‘[excerpt] Time is of the essence as Kincardine council looks to conduct background noise studies before the Armow Wind project begins operation.

    Council has directed staff to report back as soon as possible in order to issue a Request For Proposal to hire a consultant to conduct background acoustic and infrasound tests in the project area.

    CAO Murray Clarke says they need to move quickly because the 180-megawatt Armow project is nearing completion.

    “The Armow project is planned to be plugged in and operating before the end of the year, so clearly in order to gather benchmark or background data, it must be done before the turbines are spinning,” says Clarke.
    […]
    Deborah Morris of Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeshore Turbines says they’re urging Kincardine council to consider expanding its noise testing pledge to include the Enbridge wind farm in Bruce Township, as well as three other small wind farms proposed in the municipality.

    However, Mayor Anne Eadie says council is focusing on the Armow project for now because of the tight timeline.’

    • This study, before IWTs are turned on, is a very smart idea indeed. I’m thinking it should be done in other areas as well & in particular, my area in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
      I’m going to look into pushing for it here also. I’ve been thinking of doing it at my property, but a community study, would be much better.
      Thanks for the idea S & D. Much appreciated.

    • Smart indeed! And consider all the expenses that local towns have incurred to protect themselves.

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