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Dunnville airport set to close May 30

dunnvilleBy Lori Maracle, The Saachem
An opportunity to take a flight in a 1940s Fort Erie built Fleet Finch 16 aircraft does not come around every day, and it might never come around again. Russ Cameron is the owner of the Dunnville airport, and he has signed an agreement with Samsung to erect Industrial Wind Turbines on and close to the airport.

“He hopes that the money generated over 10 years from the turbines could be put back into the $1 million needed for infrastructure upgrades at the Dunnville Airport,” said Frank Collins, airport manager. On May 30, the airport will be closed to flight operations, and although the vintage aircraft is airworthy, they will no longer be housed at the airport but will be replaced with static displays.

Ernie Amadio wanted to fly since he was eight years old and has always been mechanically inclined – interested to see what makes a machine tick, one could say. “I was a machine repairman with General Motors for 33 years and have been flying since 1972,” said Amadio. The Fleet Finch he took up on Saturday, May 4 was owned and restored by Peit Bouthoorn and purchased by Russ Cameron on July 14, 2008. Read article

At least 70 Group of Seven sites at stake say local experts

On Monday March 11th, SooToday published statements about the potential impact that the 36-industrial wind turbines planned for the Bow Lake Wind Project will have on the area where the Group of Seven first gathered to paint Canada’s wilderness here in Algoma. As the “local experts” referred to in these statements, we want to set the record straight. The citizens of Algoma deserve to know the facts relating to this potential threat.

Our credentials as “experts” are as follows: Michael Burtch is Past Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma 1981-2008, sculptor, art historian, teacher at Algoma University, and Joanie and Gary McGuffin are writers, photographers, adventurers who have eight published books celebrating Canada and the magnificent landscape of northern Ontario, particularly Algoma and the Lake Superior watershed. Read article

Expensive power, ruined landscapes

schumer21by David Frum, National Post

Must we despoil Ontario’s environment in order to save it?

On Feb. 8, the Environmental Review Tribunal will consider an application to build nine large wind turbines on one of the most scenic points in one of Ontario’s most scenic places.

Ostrander Point Road bisects the small peninsula leading to the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. The peninsula is an open area of meadows and wood thickets, bounded to north and south by the Lake. It’s a true beauty spot, but it also happens to get a lot of wind. Which is why the Ministry of the Environment has approved a project to generate up to 22.5 megawatts of electricity from wind turbines 200-300 feet tall.

This project is the first of many planned for Prince Edward County. This uniquely beautiful region of Ontario — now enjoying an economic revival thanks to winemaking, artisan farming and tourism — is to be spiked with turbines to realize the McGuinty government’s green-energy ambitions.  Read article

Fisherville wind farm target of vandalism

summerhavenHamilton Spectator
A rural wind farm, the scene of a protest two weeks ago over the removal of a bald eagle nest, was hit by vandals on the weekend, causing $60,000 in damages to a windmill about to be installed.

It’s not known if there is any connection between the protest, which attempted to stop the removal of the active nest on the windmill project site near Fisherville, and the weekend vandalism of a new windmill, OPP Constable Mark Foster told reporters Monday. The protest centred on concerns that the development of wind farms in Ontario is threatening bird species across the province.

Police say vandals struck at the NextEra Energy’s Summerhaven wind farm project sometime between late Friday evening and early the next morning. The project is slated to have 56 turbines when completed. No turbines have yet been erected. Continue reading

Turbines will endanger Island tourism

Ruth Farquhar, Sudbury Star
Manitoulin Island will never be the same. When I read the headline in the local press that the McLean’s Mountain wind turbine project has been given approval, my heart sank a little.

The provincial government has given the project the green light.

The Green Energy portfolio is turning out to be a huge mistake. Gas plants are costing taxpayers millions of dollars and the wind and solar companies are being hugely subsidized. Wind companies like Northland Power are being promised 15 cents/kilowatt and the province still decided that Manitoulin Island is prime land to be exploited.

Of course, we don’t have the votes to stop it, unlike the gas plants being stopped before the last election, so why would the Liberals care? They seem to think that if they keep giving Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci money to hand out in Sudbury, that makes up for all the crap they have loaded on the people of the North. You can bet when everyone starts adding up all of the costs, both financially and emotionally, the Green Energy Act has inflicted on the tax payers, those politicians will be long gone and no one will be held accountable.

All I see in our future if more turbines get built is tourism being destroyed and the rest of the Island suffering so a few people can make money. I don’t see any more jobs other then the initial ones when they are tearing up the trees on McLean’s Mountain and after they are built. The farmers who signed over their land to make some bucks, and of course Northland Power, will benefit, but you are fooling yourselves if you think this will benefit the rest of the Island. Read article

Citizens bring turbine fight to northern peninsula

Rob Gowan, Sun Times, Owen Sound

Industrial wind turbines are not welcome in Meaford, council agrees. The Sun Times

The push to stop the construction of industrial wind turbines on the Bruce Peninsula made its way to Northern Bruce Peninsula council on Monday.

Citizens opposed to wind farms being built on the peninsula packed the council chambers on Monday afternoon, asking council to pass a resolution opposing turbines in the municipality and to notify the province of their decision. A similar motion was passed at South Bruce Peninsula council after the council chamber was filled to capacity in Wiarton on Sept. 18.

On Monday, Northern Bruce Peninsula received the presentation from representatives of the Bruce Peninsula Wind Turbine Action Group, but put off making a decision on their recommendation until the next council meeting on Oct. 9, when an official motion on the matter will come before council.

Mayor Milt McIver said because there was no motion on the agenda on Monday, the municipality’s procedural bylaw requires a notice of motion to be tabled to be voted on at the next meeting. McIver said council listened the the delegation and feels concerns about preserving the natural beauty of the peninsula are legitimate.

“Over the years there has been a lot of effort to preserve the Bruce Peninsula in lots of aspects, the Niagara Escarpment, Parks Canada, Ontario government, Nature Conservancy of Canada, all those organizations have worked to preserve the Bruce here,” said McIver. “The rural landscape is a part of it as well. I think their concerns are legitimate for sure.” read article

Wind turbine solution gone with the wind

Jim Merriam, London Free Press
Council members for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula listened to their constituents this week and passed a resolution opposing wind factories in the municipality.

The resolution was passed in front of a crowd of 50 — some 20 others couldn’t be squeezed into chambers — and in the face of multi-name petitions presented to council.

Although awkward, the municipality’s name pinpoints its location as the gateway to the famous Bruce Peninsula.

As described by Wikipedia, the peninsula is “a popular tourist destination for camping, hiking and fishing, the area has two national parks (Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park), more than half a dozen nature reserves, and the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory. The Bruce Trail runs through the region . . .

“The Bruce also is a key area for both plant and animal wildlife. Part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, the peninsula has the largest remaining area of forest and natural habitat in southern Ontario and is home to some of the oldest trees in eastern North America.”

The description goes on and on extolling the beauty and natural significance of the Peninsula.

It is in this area that corporations hope to erect a total of 275 wind turbines. Of these, 125 are planned for South Bruce Peninsula. Read article

Powerful ally: Wind opponents hail election of local activist as head of real estate board

By Heather Wright, Sarnia This Week

Doug Pedlar President elect of the London/St. Thomas Real Estate Board

GRAND BEND – For months, Grand Bend Realtor Doug Pedlar has been voicing concerns about property values near industrial wind turbines. Now, he has a larger podium to speak from.

Pedlar, who researched just how much homeowners lose when wind farms set up shop next door (about 30 per cent) is now the president-elect of the London/St. Thomas Real Estate Board. One of his first tasks was an eight-minute YouTube video about wind turbines and property values.

Pedlar says the London/ St Thomas board has been very worried about the issue, even pressing the provincial real estate association to speak to the province about the matter. “We’re quietly working away at this,” he says.

But the volume is going up. The YouTube video had 500 hits in the first weekend and other real estate boards are posting the information session on their website. And Pedlar is pleased.

“The unfortunate thing about it is people are just not aware of what is going on,” he says. “If you don’t see them, if they’re not in your face, you don’t know.

“The thing that I’m really afraid of is not just the property values but the perception of going to an area filled with turbines,” says Pedlar, fearing people will discount living in rural areas because of the turbines. “I drive through Chatham-Kent (the municipality with 300 turbines either built or on the books) and I get a sick feeling…it is not the most pleasant thing in the world.”  read article

Resident taking on turbines

Kelly McShane |
TROUT CREEK – Life-long Trout Creek resident Patricia Brown is taking on a local wind energy development. “We don’t know enough about turbines and the research that I’ve been doing with the assistance of STOMP a is that we don’t have enough information,” said Brown. “These turbines are being put up too close to people and there will be repercussions.”

STOMP is a nearby Powassan group working to block a proposed wind development on Maple Hill Road. Recently, Schneider Power Inc. announced plans to hold a public meeting in regard to its Trout Creek Wind Farm proposal. The proposed development will encompass more than 450 hectares of Crown land approximately one kilometre southeast of Trout Creek. The area that is being eyed as the future home of four large-scale turbines is located south of Forestry Road, west of Ralph’s Road, and east of Highway 11.

Brown said the land Schneider Power would like to develop has been used by local residents for hunting and fishing for as long as she can remember. “It’s beautiful up there,” she said. “There’s marsh and bush. This development stands to clear out all of the wildlife and could even affect the water table. In response to Schneider Power’s plans and upcoming public meeting, Brown plans to hold her own meeting one week prior.  read article

County turbine issue still waiting in the winds

By Nicole Kleinsteuber, County Live
Local conservation groups were hoping to hear the Ministry of Environment’s final decision today on whether or not to grant Gilead Power permission to build nine turbines along Ostrander Point.

The proposal was posted to the Environmental Registry Nov. 30 for a 60-day public review and comment period. Local groups were under the impression a decision would be made six months later.

“We thought there was a six month rule, then we learned today there is no absolute deadline,” said Gary Mooney a member of the steering committee for the County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy.

Mooney said he has been speaking through email with the ministry and was told they are at the tail end of the process. “I was informed a decision will be made within the next few weeks,” said Mooney. Gilead Power has been planning the project since 2006.

Mooney said this process has been long and tiresome for many members in the various local groups who have been battling the issue for years now. “We keep going because the issue is important to us and our new members are always bringing new energy to our pursuit,” said Mooney.

Last Saturday CCSAGE members and friends hosted about 400 people at a community rally at the fairgrounds in Milford to raise awareness, attract new members, listen to live music and enjoy a barbecue. Read article

STOP hits the beach in fight against CAW turbine

By Sarah Sloan, Assistant Editor, Shoreline Beacon | 25 May 2012

Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy (STOP) is continuing ahead with it plans to halt operation of the wind turbine at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. In the group’s latest effort Saturday, two information kiosks were set up at the Main Beach in Port Elgin and on the beach at Goble’s Grove for people to learn “why the turbines must be stopped now.”

Over the past several months, STOP has held formal protests, well attended town hall meeting and numerous other endeavours in an effort to get the CAW to reconsider its stance on having a wind turbine so close to so many people.

Wayne McGrath, a member of STOP and the organizer of Saturday’s kiosks said the information booths were another chance for people, particularly those visiting over the long weekend, to get engaged.

“They’re being told one story, and they have no reason not to believe it. They hear the government say these things are great… it’s not such a nice story,” he said.

“We hope people will come around take our flyers, take them home and check out the available websites.”  read article

Peninsula prime for turbines. Plans for 200 turbines running into local opposition

By Denis Langlois, The Sun Times
Wind farm developers see the scenic Bruce Peninsula as an ideal locale for industrial turbines.

At least two companies have announced plans to erect some 200 turbines throughout the northern stretch of Bruce County.

“We have always believed that the Bruce Peninsula is a good wind area to add to the Ontario grid and we believe that is why our project is still on track,” said Daniel LeBlanc, project director for Preneal Canada, which hopes to build up to 75 turbines in Northern Bruce Peninsula.

The company says it has already approached landowners and signed agreements to develop a wind farm of up to 200 megawatts in the former Eastnor and Lindsay Townships. Just south of the proposed Preneal project, Tribute Resources has announced plans to erect 125 turbines in South Bruce Peninsula.

The company, which says it has acquired options to lease on about 10,000 acres of land near Mar, says it has determined after three years of collecting data that the wind resources on the Bruce Peninsula are “among the best in Ontario.”

But while wind developers favour the peninsula, many in the area, which is part of a UNESCO world biosphere reserve and a key migration route for birds, say it is the last place a large-scale wind farm should go. read article

Windfarm Wars: Blown Apart Episode 1

TVO – What happens when a wind farm of nine 120-metre high turbines is planned to be built on a sensitive landscape? Filmed over a turbulent four year period, Blown Apart explores the truths, myths and future of a highly controversial resource: land-based renewable energy.
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Province Wide Information Picket at Tourism areas – Victoria Day Weekend

Groups from all over Ontario will target visitors of major tourist areas in a province-wide information picket. Where do the urbanites flock to in your area on the long weekend?  Please join other groups in this effort.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Rondeau – Shelburne – Grand Bend – Port Elgin  and wherever else we show up! Continue reading

Are Wind Turbines Blowing the Economy out of Ontario’s West Coast?

Goderich Signal Star

The beauty of Huron County’s west coast shoreline, its resort-like cottages and the nature of its artsy culture is something to be proud of. And it can be proud of its pristine attraction, the far-reaching farm fields backed by a beautiful setting sun over Lake Huron. However, are wind turbines blowing the economical life out of this West Coast resort county? Continue reading

Wind turbines don’t belong in pristine setting of Manitoulin

I am writing to protest the erection of any wind turbines on Manitoulin Island. Windmills on Manitoulin are an environmental sham. Less than 10 percent of the energy produced at the source makes it to your light bulbs. That means more than 90 percent is lost in conduction.

 If these windmills are to decrease the drain on our electrical grid they should be located close to where most of the energy is consumed, that is the Highway 401 corridor. These ugly, noisy industrial machines should be placed along Highways 400 and 401 where it is already ugly, noisy, and industrial. Continue reading

Visit Ontario’s beautiful west coast, but don’t look east

The West Coast of Ontario, who wouldn’t want to vacation here with sand, water, cottages, campgrounds and the best sunsets in the province or live here with all the year round opportunities that abound in such a rich area of natural diversity. There are great opportunities to hike through areas of natural and scientific interest (classed as ANSI by the Government) such as the lower Maitland or Bayfield river valleys or the Pinery Provincial Park. Continue reading

CanWea Advertising

Hanover Post

Right on cue as land owners are being approached by wind developers in the Elmwood area, the industry has taken out Ad space in the local media. I would like to comment on one particular CanWea (Canadian Wind Energy Association) ad appearing in the February 10 edition of the Post.

The ad goes on to quote Angela Morin, owner of The Island Grill on Wolfe Island. “The wind farm project managers came to us and said we want to be part of the community, and they really lived up to that. The extra business allowed us to stay open during the winter, when we’re normally closed. The wind facility has also brought in some tourists who are curious to see what it’s all about.” Continue reading

Turbines and tourism at odds: critics

By John Devine, Owen Sound Sun Times

The province didn’t fully consider the work municipalities have done to promote such things as tourism while it was developing the Green Energy Act, say some opponents of large-scale wind turbine developments.

It’s a miscalculation the Liberal government at Queen’s Park will come to regret, suggests former Meaford councillor Cynthia Lemon. Continue reading

Turbine picture isn’t a rosy as ad paints it

Grey Bruce Shoreline Beacon

I’ve nearly completed research on the wind turbines we are to get here. I have now well over 500 hours in research about wind turbines. To further my knowledge, I took mayor Lynn Acre’s advice. She is the mayor of Bayham, Ontario, is for wind in her community and advised us to come and see her wind farm community. See the advertisement on Page 38 of the Oct. 5 Shoreline Beacon. Continue reading

Protest turbine built near Point Clark, Ontario

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OPA maps out future offshore wind developments

Download “Analysis of Future Offshore Wind Developments in Ontario“, Prepared for the OPA, April, 2008

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Tourism Industry of Ontario Urges Setbacks from Tourist Destinations

Letter to Minister Brad Duguid from the TIAO 

. . . . We ask that due consideration be given to the potential negative impacts on tourism businesses when locating proposed wind farms. We strongly recommend establishing minimum distance guidelines for sighting of wind turbines near tourism destinations particularly for those areas that rely on maintaining an unblemished viewscape for visitors.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario represents the diverse organizations and businesses that generate in excess of $22 Billion annually from tourism activity.  The industry employs over 300,000 people in direct and indirect jobs. Continue reading

Vermont Looking at 2 Km Setbacks

A group of Vermont legislators has introduced a bill (H.677) requiring the following setbacks and noise/vibration limits for wind turbines exceeding 0.49 MW.  Click here for the full text of the bill.

Setbacks.  At a minimum, a wind turbine shall be set back horizontally: 

  1. One and one-quarter miles from 1 an occupied building, if the elevation change between the wind turbine and the occupied building is equal to or less than 500 feet. Continue reading

Greenbacks Send Alien Forces to Destroy Canadian City

….Part way there, I stopped dead in my path, taken aback by what I saw. There were lots of them and they were huge and industrial looking. I blinked and rubbed my eyes, not believing what they were telling me. I think I even shook my head in disbelief. There on the horizon, dominating it, standing like a bunch of aliens out of War of the Worlds were dozens of wind turbines. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Joins the Fight

By Jamie Smith  tbnewswatch

A group of concerned citizens is blown away by the city’s plan to lease land near Big Thunder to make a wind farm. Around 50 people were at the Neebing Roadhouse Tuesday evening to form the first Nor’Wester Mountains Escarpment Citizens Coalition meeting. The group discussed environmental, social and health concerns about the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park; a 27 megawatt farm that would place 18 turbines across the Neebing skyline. Continue reading

Mysterious Sculptures Appear – Protest of the Destruction on Wolfe Island

Update July 18th:   The installation has been removed.  The wooden dowels on which the hands were mounted have been cut and are sticking out of the ground.  The hands and the stone with ‘86’ have been removed from the site.

86 Hands - 86 Turbines


Creative Form of Protest

As posted earlier on this site, the Canadian Hydro Developer’s Wolfe Island project has reduced this beautiful tourism gem to an industrial wasteland.   Sensitive provincially-significant wetlands have been destroyed and the tourism industry has died.

Recently, Wolfe Island residents woke up to a strange site.  86 plaster hands (representing the 86 wind turbines) poking up from the ground, each holding a rock.  Read more on this story here:  Guerilla Sculpture

Update on the Destruction of Wolfe Island

Tourism Concerns Ignored

Globe and Mail

It’s a sad day when Ontario’s Environment Minister trivializes the preservation of landscapes by declaring that renewable energy development won’t slow down “just to preserve scenic views” (Blowing Up A Storm – June 11).

John Gerretsen should visit – the website launched by the Canadian Tourism Commission to promote travel across Canada. According to the federal government, tourism generates more wealth in Canada than agriculture, fisheries and forestry combined. Continue reading

Wolfe Island: From beautiful place to an industrial wasteland

I am a resident of Cape Vincent, New York. Over the past decade, I have made numerous and regular visits to Canada. I have been a season ticket holder to the Thousand Islands Playhouse, have attended Kingston Symphony and other cultural events, have given contributions to Canadian charities, and have shopped, dined, toured and shared in the joy of all things Canadian. Continue reading