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It’s an “outright ban on infrasound”

That’s the nub of Suncor’s objection to the Plympton-Wyoming new Noise by-law (see Noise By-Law) Feb. 09/15 post. OWR reports on Suncor’s latest reaction on the by-law and its objections to Council. As reported by the local newspaper Suncor wants the noise by-law axed; the report says they want most of it axed, which means all of it because axing anything, especially the Infra-sound portion would make it a useless regulation. Suncor’s submission to council contains laughable phrases, such as the one in the title of this blog post, and the equally risible reference to “industry standards”.

Again, Municipalities wake up to this reaction from Suncor! No, it will not stop development but it will impose strict regulation of sound and infra-sound. Plus, developers will have only a year from a by-law’s coming into effect to complete projects that will fall outside the regulation. In a large development, that could be quite a restriction on construction. Any court challenge will deal with measuring standards, so town councils will have to find these. They exist.

Will Wynne Lose?

The state of Government in the Province of Ontario (lots more to come):

Fake it and the people will be duped?
Quote from above TorSun article:
Indeed, the Liberal strategy may best be summed up by a quote Sorbara features on her Twitter page by Canadian politician Nellie McClung: “Never retreat, never explain, never apologize — get the thing done and let them howl.”

Concerning allegations of breaching the Elections Act and the offering of “bribes”, aka government corruption.

Watch the Film, No Charge

In Ontario, you have no choice, your home is your prison…

It will make you sick! Re-blogged from OWR and available on youtube.

Down Wind is the explosive documentary that examines Ontario’s controversial rush into wind farm development. Produced by Surge Media, Down Wind exposes how this Canadian provinces’ green energy dream turned into a nightmare for rural residents forced to live among the towering 50 storey turbines. We hear searing, personal stories of people experiencing mysterious health problems, insomnia, depression, even thoughts of suicide; their lives turned upside down by the constant noise and vibrations given off by the massive wind turbines. The documentary also reveals the staggering economic costs of these wind farms to taxpayers with huge subsidies going to big wind corporations. And how inside connections have made some government cronies wealthy, while rural communities suffer. The film aired on Canada’s Sun News Network. Media write up here:http://www.torontosun.com/2014/05/31/….
For more information contact: jeff.wigle@surgemedia.ca

If Quebec can do it?

Why not Ontario!
Quebec Bans Turbines within 2km, blogged on windturbinesyndrome.com to illustrate the need for such a setback or an even greater one.

In the next Appeal of setback by-laws or any appeal on noise, health issues, this fact should be front and centre.

In fact, it’s a good point to be made over and over again in letters to the Premier, her Ministers and Liberal MPPs: why does the jurisdiction next door think it’s wiser to limit setbacks to 2km from houses and 1km from public roads than to set them at Ontario’s laughable 550m?  Do they know something that Ontario will not admit to?  And why can’t Ontario now make the same rule for prospective turbine developments?

Update on PC Leadership

My keyboard is faster than google.
Toronto Wind Action TWA is keeping an eye on the PC leadership race. They have printed a reply fromChristine Elliot to a questionnaire from TWA members:
Christine Elliot on Green Energy.
Ms Elliot states:
First, I will repeal the Green Energy Act. (I was wrong to suggest otherwise).
Second, I will impose an immediate moratorium (Me wrong again).
Third, I will examine each existing wind and solar contracts (Good!, not a commitment to cancel but a good start).
Fourth, I would amend laws and regulations to restore the power of local
communities
(The lady knows her stuff and understands the issue).
Fifth, I would enshrine the independence and autonomy of the Independent
Electricity System Operator (IESO)
(absolutely necessary).
Sixth, my energy and environmental policy would not include a carbon tax or a
cap and trade system.
(no brainer)
I won’t try to use energy policy to solve every social, political, economic or
environmental policy in Ontario
(perfect).

I don’t think any leadership candidate would quibble with any of these points.
I’m not picking a winner, but I misjudged Christine Elliot rather too hastily.

BEWARE the Ont. PC’s and Their Bearing Gifts

Christine Elliot, Ontario PC leadership candidate, Feb.11 debate in Ottawa, as reported by Toronto Sun:

“I’m a little concerned with your position in regards to the wind turbines,” Elliott said to McNaughton. “We have to remember that Ontario is an international jurisdiction for other businesses to look at. To decommission all the wind turbines and scrap all the contracts sends a very bad signal to businesses across the world. We need to attract businesses in Ontario and not cause them to look at other jurisdictions.”

Elliot is clearly a liberal Conservative tied to the status quo and urban voters. She does not understand rural Ontario and the impact of Turbines on the life, land and property of rural and agricultural residents and voters. The bad signal she fears would go ONLY to wind turbine developers, and not to other investors (whose side is she on?). Once it is clear that GREEN Energy is a shibboleth in Ontario that provides excess energy at inflated and tax subsidized costs that DISCOURAGES investment, investors will be more comfortable putting their cash into the province when they know its government spends its money wisely by controlling its costs.  And not running down the rabbit holes of the latest scientific fraud..

The only investors looking to other jurisdictions will be Greed Energy developers. Be wary of any PC leader not tuned in to voters outside the GTA.

Government “Charity” Slush Fund

Ontario Charities give to other Charities©Parker Gallant at WCO.

The first annual report of Friends of the Greenbelt contained the following message:
“The physical area of the Greenbelt is enormous and the challenges inherent in pursuing our mission are significant. As such, we need to concentrate our resources over a short time period in order to achieve our ambitious goals and we intend to gift the $25 million endowment over a period of five years.”

Enabled by Tax Dollars.

I am sure the likes of Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club, and the others loved the fact that fund raising was made so much easier by having an entity focused on doling out $25 million of taxpayers’ money, and to see it replaced with another $20 million as soon as the first “endowment” was gone.

All the “charities” work to advance Ontario’s Liberal Greed Energy policies.  Suzuki, among others, is not a charity but a political lobby group. FOG, aptly named, compensated staff with over 1 million $$$ which represents over 50% of FOG’s (so aptly named) expenses.  Read Gallant’s Post at WCO.  You’ll be amazed, and sickened.

Noise By-Law

Plympton-Wyoming stands behind new bylaw aimed at wind turbines, blogged by OWR.

“Suncor Energy and the Town of Plympton-Wyoming are at odds again over a wind turbine bylaw.” [report by Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer]. Suncor stated that it intends to build and operate its Turbines pursuant to Provincial noise limits without regard to municipal by-laws.

“Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper said the noise bylaw was written in consultation with a lawyer, and added that it follows the province’s regulations.
“But, we added the low level sounds,” Napper added.
“We’re fairly confident about it. We think that it’s something that needed to be addressed.”
Napper said council asked the Suncor representative to put the company’s concerns in writing and to return to council at an upcoming meeting.
“We’ll look at it at that time, and see what the concerns are.”
Napper said he hopes the municipality and company don’t end up in court over the bylaw.”

Obviously, the Municipality hopes to reach a working agreement with Suncor on noise levels. Other municipalities need to be looking to passing similar by-laws that regulate Noise, Set-backs, Construction etc, all of which are intended to protect health and safety. The Wainfleet Set-back test case proved such by-laws are valid within the limits of the Municipal Act but need to be framed within Green Energy and other Regulations.

There is room for creativity in By-law enactment with respect to environmental and natural resources law. Limits on bird and bat kill comes to mind with fines for destruction over the limit, why not? And so on, and so forth.

If this is done consistently and continually, a critical mass will be reached eventually, enough to get the government thinking about citizens and its voter base.

Walmart & Your Electricity Bill in Ontario

©Parker Gallant: Minister Bob Chiarelli maintains,
Walmart. Ontario’s electricity system is “exactly the same” as Walmart.
(…)
Ontario’s ratepayers might be much better off if Walmart really was running the electricity system in Ontario. At least Walmart isn’t continually running at a loss.