Don’t look for justice in Ontario’s ‘debate’ on wind turbines

By Anne McNeilly

By Anne McNeilly

It’s wealthy corporate behemoths supported by the government against vulnerable people with limited financial resources.

Toronto Star – When there’s social injustice, you don’t expect large corporations, the provincial government and a union like the CAW to be climbing into bed together to ignore the problem. But slap a motherhood label on the issue, such as the so-called“Green Energy” Act, and all of a sudden it’s OK to ignore the very real hardships, both health and financial, happening to people in non-Liberal ridings.

What’s more surprising about the wind-turbine debacle, though, is the relatively low media profile that Ontario residents who are being negatively affected by the monster machines are receiving. News outlets and publications usually lap up stories of social injustice. The problems associated with lead paint, urea-formaldehyde foam insulation, asbestos and cigarettes are all famous for the media attention they received that led to change.    Read article here

A Year Later: Turbine Still A Threat

Shoreline Beacon
It has been one year since S.T.O.P was formed to oppose the construction and operation of the CAW Union’s industrial wind power generating business in our neighbourhood which allows the CAW to earn an annual profit of approximately $150,000 paid by Ontario’s taxpayers.

As Canada’s newly formed Super-Union, CAW/CEP, prepares to operate their for-profit industrial wind turbine, a factual review is in order:
The CAW leadership:

  • Said in 2005 that the turbine would supply power to its facility.
  • Fought the Town on the required re-zoning and won at OMB, a decision not appealed by the Town.
  • Has said they promise to run their already approved 800 kW machine at 500 kW to address noise study issues and will self-monitor their noise levels.
  • Ignored pleas from all 3 levels of local government officials and the Town’s Chamber of Commerce to not build the turbine.
  • Told the Town that citizens’ health is their number one concern.
  • Promised to set up a community committee to monitor health and safety concerns which was rejected by the Town as it demanded the CAW own citizens’ complaints which could only be made public by CAW’s choice and could not be used in court.
  • Said NO to the Town’s recently passed resolution asking the CAW to pause the turbine’s start up until Health Canada’s newly announced study on harm to human health from wind turbines is completed.
  • Has ignored new scientific, peer-reviewed health reports linking wind turbines to harm to human health. Continue reading

Wind Turbines, unhealthy even this close!

“We keep reminding the CAW UNION, and their soon to be merge partners CEP UNION, that placing a turbine in our neighbourhood where 117 homes lie inside the government’s 550 m safety setback zone is not acceptable and will harm the health and property values of their neighbours. This is the billboard on Hwy 21 across from Walmart. It points the finger of shame at the CAW turbine 800m away.”
Greg Schmalz –  S.T.O.P.

Huge turnout to Port Elgin CAW Turbine Protest

More pictures at the Stop CAW Turbine Facebook page

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Shoving Wind Power in People’s Faces

We're putting an industrial turbine in your neighbourhood....and your're gonna LIKE it!!

by Karen Hunter, Huffington Post
Out of the blue last November, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) began the (non-union labour) construction of an industrial wind turbine on the grounds of its Family Education Centre, a facility designed to “encourage…people …to discuss their problems and debate the major issues of the times.”  Despite all the places CAW could have located the mammoth structure, it picked Port Elgin, “considered — one of the leading recreational playgrounds in Ontario” for an industrial wind turbine. CAW’s vacant 128-acre property nearby was deemed too environmentally sensitive. Besides, the land had just been subdivided and its lots stood to rake in $2 million. The FEC’s densely-populated neighbourhood didn’t have such sensitivities. Continue reading

CAW faces boycott over Port Elgin wind turbine

by John Spears, Toronto Star
A Port Elgin community group has launched a boycott of products made by CAW members to protest a wind turbine being erected by the union in town.  The group, known as STOP, will target any workplace where members of the Canadian Auto Workers are employed, said spokesperson Karen Hunter.  That includes auto makers, airlines and retailers organized by the CAW, she said. In Port Elgin itself, the group is calling for a boycott of the CAW banquet hall, the town’s biggest facility. Continue reading

CAW; What have we learned?

By Dan Reid, Owen Sound Sun Times
I have followed the debate over the construction of the wind turbine at the CAW ‘Family Learning Centre’ in Port Elgin for the last few months and I must admit that I am left with a dilemma. It’s difficult to clearly ascertain if the CAW is completely uninformed about the concept of wind energy, or they understand the reality of industrial wind but diligently attempt to mislead the community on its virtues. Let me try to illustrate. Continue reading

Over 200 march to protest CAW turbine

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