Area-Wide Concerned Residents of Huron County
We are pleased to announce that we are scheduled to make a presentation in front of the Huron County Board of Health on Industrial Wind Turbines and Health Affected Residents of Huron County. As a member of the public, you are cordially invited to attend. The meeting will be held at 9 am., March 3, 2016, Huron County Health Unit, 77722B London Road, Clinton, Ontario.
One of the challenges facing the residents of Huron County, which impacts our community in a significant way, is families living near industrial wind turbine projects and experiencing negative health effects. More experts are recognizing that the negative health concerns will have to be addressed. See: Recognizing health concerns in wind energy development a key recommendation in new study Jan. 26, 2016 http://phys.org/news/2016-01-health-energy-key.html Dr. Janice Owens, Acting Huron County Medical Officer of Health, cited the following article in her February monthly report: Systematic Review 2013: Association between Wind Turbines and Human Distress by Ian Arra , Hazel Lynn, Kimberley Barker, Chiebere Ogbuneke, Sophie Regalado. The review concluded, “The peer-reviewed studies we reviewed provide reasonable evidence (Levels Four and Five) that an association exists between wind turbines and distress in humans.” http://docs.wind-watch.org/Arra-Lynn-Review.pdf
To date, there is nowhere affected citizens can turn for help. The Province of Ontario directs residents to the MOECC. The MOECC has failed to act even when their own employees found wind turbines to be out of compliance. Plus, the MOECC does not handle health issues. The failure by the province to address health concerns has caused many small grass root groups to be formed. However, small groups are easily ignored. Our group is trying to bring these small groups together in Huron County to make one voice. Our group has two goals: 1) to improve the quality of life of residents in our county whose health has been adversely affected by wind turbines. 2) to educate the public on the health effects caused by misplaced wind turbines. We have recently reached out to groups in Bruce County.
As more wind turbine projects come on-line, more citizens are having negative health effects. These residents should be able to live in their homes without having to experience ill health effects caused by misplaced wind turbines. The people were promised safe green energy when wind turbines were proposed. Waiting years for the Health Canada study is not an option when people are suffering now. Solutions, not more studies, are needed. The affected residents need politicians and people to start caring.
Area-Wide Concerned Residents of Huron County
Gerry Ryan – Huron East
Jeanne Melady – Former Huron East
Mike Stachura – Ashfield-Colburne-Wawanosh
Pauli Sommer – Ashfield-Colburne-Wawanosh
Patti Kellar – Bluewater
Essex council is making it clear it doesn’t want to see any more wind turbines in the town, rejecting a community benefit agreement for the Blue Sky Wind Project.
“We are not interested in any more windmills in our municipality,” says Ward 3 Councillor Bill Caixeiro to loud and long applause in council chambers Monday night.
Councillors even charged the company behind the project, GDF Suez, had paid for letters of support to be sent to council.
“There was no payment made for any letters of support,” says Bonnie Hiltz, government relations for GDF Suez. “They, I believe, were referring to letters of support for landowners who have voluntarily come forward to participate in the project.” Read article
AUGUST 12, 2015
Tecumseh Public Meeting
Tecumseh Arena, 12021 McNorton Street, Tecumseh
AUGUST 13, 2015
Essex Public Meeting
McGregor Community Centre, 9571 Walker Road, Essex
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Date: Saturday, March 28 –
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Camlachie Community Centre, 6767 Camlachie Road, Plympton- Wyoming
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Draft Project Description Report – August 20, 2014
Notice of Public Meeting and Proposal – August 20, 2014
Notification of First Public Meeting:
Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Knights of Columbus Club 1303 County Road 22, Belle River
MAWT Inc Presents Dinner and A Show
August 15th at Silverdale Hall, 4610 Sixteenth Road, West Lincoln
Update on the Fight Against Wind Turbines: 7pm
Showing of “Down Wind”: 7:30pm
Hope you can join us. Dinner will precede the show and we will be serving sausages and corn- Price is $8 each, or 2 for $15 (Please bring your lawn chairs if you are coming for dinner). Or come a little bit later and catch up on the news and see the show. (Admission to the show is FREE!)
Down Wind documentary on Thursday, July 10, APPEC
A showing of the new documentary, Down Wind, at the Regent Theatre, 7 pm, $10 admission at the door. Proceeds to help pay APPEC’s legal bills, past and future. An excellent overview of the fallout from wind energy development in western Ontario, 100% relevant to the County. Rebecca Thompson, Sun News Network contributor and host of this documentary, will be on hand to introduce the film.
Gillan Richards of SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma Region) describes Down Wind as a film “that exposes how the lights of liberty went out for Ontario citizens deeply opposed to wind turbine projects. It tells the stories of communities torn apart, and the rural warriors now fighting for their rights, health and happiness. . .The film tells the ugly truth about lucrative big wind power contracts, skyrocketing electricity prices, and the political connections behind it all. It uncovers the skeptical sales pitch that wind turbines are good for the air and won’t impact health. And it provides a glimmer of hope that this nightmare can be overcome with fair-minded solutions.”
Turtle Concert on Sunday, July 13, PECFN
THE major single event on the County’s summer entertainment calendar. Picton United Church, 2:30 pm, admission $20 at the door or in advance at www.saveostranderpoint.org. Proceeds to support PECFN’s continuing legal battle to save Ostrander Point and Blanding’s turtle. An afternoon of County-grown music, featuring a wide variety of local musicians covering blues, Celtic, folk, jazz and rock & roll.
Here’s the all-star line-up confirmed to date (in alphabetical order): Bud Gregory; Jeannette Arsenault; John, Penny, and Roanna Kitchen; Lenni Stewart; Little Bluff; Mark McGreevy; Suzanne Pasternak; The Frere Brothers; The Reasons; The Reasonettes; Tom Leighton. We expect that hundreds of County folks and visitors will attend.
On behalf of CCSAGE Naturally Green: 17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
A town hall style meeting was held at Maple Hall in Port Elgin Thursday night on the subject of wind turbines. The meeting falls shortly after the one year anniversary the Unifor turbine blades started spinning it was fourth in a series of open meetings for continued education. The turbine meeting, which was hosted by Saugeen Shores Turbine Operation Policy (S.T.O.P) brought in two speakers with new theories and histories in the fight against wind power.
Organizer Greg Schmaltz quipped “people are probably tired of hearing from him,” so he brought in some featured speakers from Toronto. First to speak was Sherri Lange, the co-founder of Toronto Wind Action “whose claim to fame is that they beat the turbines on the Scarborough Bluffs down in Toronto,” said Schmalz. Lange is also CEO of NAPAW (North American Platform Against Wind).
The second speaker Thursday evening was Kevin Dooley “who likes to be called an inventor and he truly is, with over one hundred US patents’ to his name,” Schamlz added. “He is a retired jet engine turbine specialist; his life’s mission is all about vibration which of course noise is a vibration.” Read article
Public Community Meeting
Topic: Industrial wind turbines what you should know
Date: Thursday May 15
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Maple Hall, 643 Mill St.
Port Elgin MAP
Featured Speaker: Sherri Lange (NAPAW)
Come out and hear Sherri’s presentation delivered at the recent ROMA ( Rural Ontario Municipal Association ) meeting in Toronto attended by elected officials from all over rural Ontario including Saugeen Shores.
Saugeen Shores’ town council has recognized that industrial wind turbines do harm residents’ health and has asked UNIFOR to cease operation of their outdoor industrial electricity generator based on hearing citizen deputations last August. Continue reading
Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Noted Canadian lawyer Julian Falconer is set to speak at a May 5 town hall meeting a Plympton-Wyoming citizens group is organizing to rally support for its fight against Suncor Energy’s proposed 46-turbine Cedar Point Wind Power Project. Falconer, known for his human rights advocacy and involvement in high profile cases like the Ipperwash Inquiry, along with lawyer Asha James from Falconer’s firm, are set to speak at the meeting about Charter of Rights and Freedom challenges of wind energy projects.
“He knows how to make things happen and has quite a reputation,” said Ingrid Willemsen, with the group We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming. “We’re quite excited he’ll be there.” The meeting is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Camlachie Community Centre. Willemsen said group members hope to fill the hall and attract more residents to their cause. “I think it’s about the only thing the community has left to hope for,” she said.
Suncor has a contract to sell power from its Cedar Point project to Ontario’s electricity grid, and has submitted an application for provincial environmental approval for turbines it plans to build in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. Also scheduled to address the town hall meeting are Ben Lansink, a real estate appraiser and consultant, who will speak about the impact of turbines on property values, and Carmen Krogh, one of the authors of an article published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine on the health impacts of wind farms. Read article
PECFN is hosting a gala dinner by highly-regarded chef Michael Hoy, plus art auction, on Saturday, April 12 at the Picton Curling Club. Purpose: to raise funds for its continuing appeal of the Ostrander Point wind project approval. Last year’s dinner by Michael Hoy was a sellout, so it’s advisable to reserve early. For more information and to reserve online, click HERE, or phone Sandra at 613-393-5577.
To bring you up to date, PECFN’s earlier ERT win last July, on grounds of serious and irreversible harm to Blanding’s turtle, was reversed in February by Ontario’s Divisional Court. This means that the project is back to its earlier approved status. PECFN has applied to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to hear an appeal of the controversial Divisional Court decision. If its application is successful (decision several months from now), the further appeal will take several more months. Read more
Woodstock Sentinel Review
Yet another meeting is being held by the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative to promote funding for the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm and yet again it is being held nowhere near the actual site of the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm, which is located in Norwich Township. Oxford Community Energy Co-operative’s first meeting was held in October 2013 in downtown Woodstock and the second meeting was held November 2013 in Tillsonburg.
Invitations for a third meeting have been sent out to a select few to attend the Co-operative’s meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ingersoll Public Library. Oxford Community Energy Co-operative is looking for investors to provide their financial support for the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm. There are a number of factors that people outside of Norwich Township may not be aware of in regards to this development.
The Township of Norwich has declared itself an unwilling host for industrial wind projects and their infrastructure. More specifically the Township of Norwich has asked Prowind to not proceed with construction of wind turbines until further health studies have been completed. These facts are only compounded by the recent $28 million draft lawsuit filed over the proposed Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm citing declining property values which has been put forth by numerous neighbouring properties.
On behalf of East Oxford Community Alliance Inc.
Ontario Power Authority
The Ontario Power Authority will be hosting four regional community meetings to receive feedback and input on the LRP interim recommendations report and the development of the new large renewable energy competitive procurement. The sessions will be held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations (presentation at 6:30 p.m.):
Date: January 15, 2014
Location: The Retro Suites Hotel
Derby Banquet Room
2 King Street West, Chatham ON, N7M 1C6
Date: January 20, 2014
Location: The Radisson Hotel
85 Ste. Anne Road, Sudbury, ON, P3E 4S4
Date: January 29, 2014
Location: Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, ON, L3V 6J3
Date: February 4, 2014
Location: Strathcona Paper Centre
Lafarge Banquet Hall
16 McPherson Drive, Napanee, ON, K7R 3L1
As background, on June 12, 2013, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to make changes to the FIT Program, including removing large projects (larger than 500kW) from the program and developing a new competitive procurement process. Read more
Ontario Power Authority
On June 12, 2013, the Minister of Energy directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to make changes to the FIT Program, including removing large projects (larger than 500kW) from the program and developing a new competitive procurement process that considers input from stakeholders, municipalities and First Nation and Métis communities to help identify appropriate locations and siting requirements for these projects.
Following a dialogue with stakeholders and communities, the OPA provided the Minister of Energy with the “Development of a New Large Renewable Procurement Process – Initial Engagement Feedback and Interim Recommendations” report on August 30, 2013. Thank you to those who provided feedback during the engagement process and helped shape the development of the interim recommendations.
You are invited to participate in a webinar being held on December 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to review the interim recommendations report as well as the next steps in the engagement and procurement design processes. The webinar will begin with a presentation and will be followed by a Question and Answer session where participants will be able to ask questions and provide feedback either by phone or on the web.
Date: December 17, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-239-2037
A copy of the interim recommendations report can be found here.
We look forward to your continued participation in the development of the new procurement process.
Ontario Power Authority
Just a note to invite you to our last dinner for 2013. This evening is very special as we will be having our friend and fellow health researcher, Carmen Krogh, as our guest speaker and visiting with us.Please keep Thursday Dec.19th open. We will be hosting Carmen, at our usual venue, the Silverdale Hall MAP.
Dinner to begin at 6:00pm. Menu includes an offering of a beef or chicken lasagne, salad, buns, desserts, beverages.
We plan to pre sell tickets to this event. The cost will be $20 per person per ticket. We will be making a list of names this time so we know how many people will be attending. Money will be collected at the door and we’ll check off your names. The tickets will give you a chance at special door prizes as well as your meal. Read article
Wind Turbine Opposition Group established in Dutton/Dunwich Ontario
Concerned Dutton/Dunwich residents have established a group to formally oppose Industrial Wind Turbine projects proposed for this community. The group members have been active for several months participating in public meetings, lobbying provincial MPPs, council hearings, organizing a petition requesting council to declare Dutton/Dunwich an “Unwilling Host” and the current signage campaign to raise public awareness. The group will now operate under the name Dutton/Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines DDOWT – pronounced “doubt”. DDOWT will continue to raise public awareness and channel opposition efforts with the goal to stop the Industrial Wind Turbine developments and avoid the adverse impacts they pose to our community.
DDOWT Plans Public Protest Action 5:30PM December 5th, 2013
DDOWT members are planning a protest at the Dutton/Dunwich Community Centre (MAP) at 5:30PM December 5th, to demonstrate opposition as the Invenergy lease holders gather for their annual meeting. Invenergy is the proponent for a 30 turbine 90MW project proposed for Dutton/Dunwich. Invenergy have been operating largely in secrecy and signing lease holds with individual property owners for several years. DDOWT spokesperson Ric Walford states that the “Wind Turbine companies, Land/Lease Owners, and all levels of government need to understand the consequences resulting from potential health issues, decline in property values and financial liabilities that extend well beyond the Lease Holder’s property and the inadequate 550m setback requirements. As reported by major studies, Ontario’s Green Energy Act has failed to deliver Green Energy objectives and has created a financial
burden that already exceeds the $1Billion losses from the recent Gas Plant cancellations. Expanding Wind Energy developments will contribute to the ever rising energy prices in Ontario. These projects will have detrimental effects on our business competitiveness and on every Ontario resident.”
DDOWT contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media inquiries: Ric Walford (519) 762-6571
Another notice from the Mothers Against Wind Turbines to invite you to our next dinner!! Thank you so much for all your support for our past three suppers. Everyone has enjoyed the meals and the camaraderie within our group.
Our dinner will be on Wednesday, November 27th. We are calling the event “Country Harvest Dinner.”
Place: Silverdale Hall, 16 Road (MAP)
Time: 6 pm-8pm
Menu: turkey, roast beef, cole slaw, potatoes, vegetables, buns, a variety of homemade desserts and beverages.
Cost: adults $10 and children under 12 years cost $5 Continue reading
Hosted by Councillor Heather Stauble
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Manvers Arena – upstairs (Hwy 7A and Hwy 35)
Update on all proposed wind projects and Cham Shan Buddhist Temple meeting with Minister of Energy
Guests and Speakers:
- Mayor Ric McGee, City of Kawartha Lakes
- Carmen Krogh, Author & Researcher
Carmen Krogh has held senior positions at a major teaching hospital; and the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada (PMRA). She was the former Director of Publications and Editor-in-chief of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the book used by physicians, nurses, and health professionals for prescribing information on prescription medication in Canada. She is the author of numerous peer reviewed research articles including a recent article in Canadian Family Physician on Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines.
Please see attached map to see all proposed project areas.
NONE of the projects have been approved to date
Just a reminder that this Wednesday November 13th, is our third supper at Silverdale Hall. The Theme Will Be: “CHILI COOK OFF!!”
If you would like to bring a Chili for the contest, dessert or raffle prize, please contact Shellie email@example.com or Marianne firstname.lastname@example.org . We will also be offering take-out meals.
Date: Wednesday November 13th
Place: Silverdale Community Hall located at 4610 Sixteen Road , St. Ann Map
Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Menu: We will be having our raffle going as usual. Tickets are 3 for $5 or $2 each. Continue reading
Niagara this Week
Industrial wind turbines affects everyone in Ontario. That is the key message a citizen’s group delivered to roughly 300 people in attendance at Smithville Covenant Christian School Thursday night.
“Just because you don’t live in West Lincoln, doesn’t mean it won’t affect you,” said Deb Murphy, a Dunnville resident who is vice president of the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group. “There is a misconception that if you don’t live near them, they won’t affect you. It doesn’t matter if you live 550 metres from one or 550 miles. If you live in Ontario, they do so affect you.”
The information meeting held by WLGWAG was meant to target those living at a distance from the existing and proposed industrial wind turbines in West Lincoln. The group had hoped to attract residents from nearby Grimsby and Lincoln.
“We can see the ones in Caistor from our place, and they are the small ones,” said Grassie resident Cindy Poziomka, whose children and grandchildren live in Smithville. “I’m worried about the affects of children. Some of them are so close to Leisureplex. How can they put them so close?” Read article
By Anita Thornton
WLWAG Year in Review This year has presented many difficulties and at times disappointments for wind action groups around Ontario but Wednesday night was definitely a bright moment for the West Lincoln Wind Action Group.
Speakers, community members and WLWAG came to together at the Wellandport Community Hall to be updated on the status of the battle against the NRWC and the IPC projects. Neil Schwitzer, chairperson of the event gave an informative overview of the status. Updates were also provided by the leaders of sub-committees and wind actions (health, environment, legal actions, appeals, communications, finances, fundraising etc.) as well as an update from our allied friends at “STOP” and “Mothers Against Turbines.” A special thanks to Tricia Vaughn for who recognised a need for this information update for the community and Deb Murphy who encouraged us all to spread the information. Continue reading
Mark your calendar for two major events coming up!
APPEC and CCSAGE are teaming up for a major yard sale on Sat, Sep 21, 8 am to 2 pm, on Loyalist Pkwy between Bloomfield and the roundabout. Fantastic bargains! Here’s a poster with all the details: Yard sale poster Sep 21, 2013 . IMPORTANT: Do you have treasures that you’d be prepared to contribute? See the poster for details on drop-off or pickup on Fri, Sep 20, 9 am to 5 pm.
PECFN has organized an exciting evening of live music and comedy for Saturday, Oct 5, 7 to 10 pm in Rednersville. See all the details here: Rednersville Radio poster Oct 5, 2013 . Pre-registration is required and, because it’s a private residence, you may BYOB.
Both events are fundraisers to help pay for legal costs relating to the Ostrander Point ERT appeal. So please attend one or both and help us retire the still-substantial debts of APPEC and PECFN.
On the advice of our Lawyer Eric Gillespie, Anne Fairfield and Edward Engel (on behalf of the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group), in an agreement with the Lawyers for Vineland Power Inc , have asked for a Consent Dismissal of their Appeal for an Environmental Review Tribunal Hearing and their STAY Motion.
Our Canadian Constitution is called our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Our constitutional question asks if the manner in which Industrial Wind Turbines are being approved is unconstitutional insofar as they allow for the violation of our rights under Section 7 of the Charter, among other things. The Minutes of Settlement indicate that when the matter of the Constitutional Question is decided before at least two other Tribunal Hearings, which are currently in process, the answer will be brought back before the Tribunal hearing the HAF Wind Energy project and applied to our Constitutional Question as well.
In the meantime, residents of West Lincoln should watch for announcements of the upcoming information event, Year in Review, being planned for September 25th in the Wellandport Community Centre. This will be your opportunity for “one-stop shopping” for all the information you wish you knew about Wind Turbines in West Lincoln and Haldimand County, and why WLGWAG has been opposing this potential Industrial Invasion for over three years. Mark this “Go-to-Event” on your calendars now and spread the news to your neighbours so they can get involved.
It is now a reality as you are all aware. The turbines are in and here to stay. I have had many calls and emails concerning what our next course of action should be. So, on Thurs. Oct. 3, 2013 at 7.p.m. at the Selkirk Centennial Hall there is going to be an information meeting.
I have contacted Eric Gillespie (lawyer) and Ben Lansink ( property appraiser) and they are willing to come and discuss our property devaluations as well as any legal options we may have. I would appreciate you putting the word out there and letting everyone being affected by the turbines know about this meeting. Continue reading
Chris Cooke, First Monday
Energy costs have doubled and will double again in the next five years. That’s the prediction of Parker Gallant, vice president of Wind Concerns Ontario. Gallant, a former banker and noted writer and speaker on the subject of renewable energy told several hundred people at the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia “the province is screwing around with something it knows little about”.
Three anti wind turbine groups sponsored the town hall meeting; We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton – Wyoming, Conservation of Rural Enniskillen and Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group.
Gallant says the Green Energy Act introduced by former premier Dalton McGuinty is killing Ontario’s manufacturing economy by doubling energy costs and forcing wind turbines on rural municipalities. “We see the impact everywhere” saying Gallant who told the audience he was “stunned” by the number of large empty industrial buildings along the 400 series highways between Toronto and Sarnia. And he blamed “shortsighted” energy policies of past and present Liberal governments in Ontario. Read article
WPD Community Meeting
Date: Aug. 14
Time: 5:30 to 7:00pm
Place: Community Room at the Elora Public Library.
BELWOOD — Construction of access roads and other infrastructure supporting four wind turbines to be built about five kilometres west of Belwood Lake may start by the end of the month, the president of the company behind the project confirmed Wednesday. Continue reading
Roughly 380 people attended an information session on industrial wind turbines at the Sarnia Imperial Theatre last evening.
One of the speakers pointed out where the Green Energy Act is hidden in our electricity bills. Former vice president with TD Bank Parker Gallant says the GEA is sneaking into all the portions of our bills including electricity, delivery, and regulatory costs.
He says some of the charges are shocking but we’re unaware of them. He believes the cost of electricity will go up 100 percent in the next six years. We’re Against Industrial Wind Turbines Plympton-Wyoming, Conservation of Rural Enniskillen, and the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group organized the meeting.