Community group demands setback from wind project to protect environment, health

P1020398The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier -Designate
Open Letter re Safe Setback Amendment to GEA

Dear Premier-Designate Wynne:

Congratulations on your election to office as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and our new Premier-Designate.

We ask you now to consider acting on an issue of critical importance to Ontario’s rural and small urban communities, and the environment. We believe it is well past the time to amend the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) to protect the health and safety of Ontario citizens and wildlife.

To be specific, this amendment should stipulate that until scientifically-determined setbacks are established, Industrial Wind Turbines must be no closer than 10km from internationally-recognized Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and no closer than 2km from present or future residential home sites. These interim “Safe Setback” amendments would remain in effect until scientifically-determined safe setback distances are decided by independent organizations such as Nature Canada and Health Canada.

CCSAGE strives to promote “Safe and Appropriate Green Energy”, but many Ontario wind energy projects are neither safe nor appropriate. These include the recently-approved nine-turbine project on Crown Land in the Important Bird Area or IBA at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County. Read letter

*PROTEST Lib. Leadership Debate!!*

Liberal leadership candidates are in Ingersoll this Saturday – a worthwhile 1-2h our drive from many turbine projects.

Bring signs, voices and neighbours!

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 11:00 AM (start protest/rally)
Place: Youth Fusion Centre: 121 Thames Street North, Ingersoll  MAP

By Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes
The first debate between the Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls will be held in Ingersoll Saturday, Dec. 1. Although the location has not been announced, the debate will begin at 1 p.m., according to the Ontario Liberal Party website. Seven candidates for the party leadership are expected to participate – Eric Hoskins, Gerard Kennedy, Glen Murray, Sandra Pupatello, Charles Sousa, Harinder Takhar and Kathleen Wynne.

There are five leadership debates leading up to Leadership Election Meetings in mid-January when party members will vote for their preferred leadership candidate and for delegates to attend the leadership convention Jan. 25 to 27, the website states. The other debates will be in Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Ajax and Toronto. Continue reading