When nothing else works, bring in the lawyers!!! That’s what wind developers are doing at ERT hearings: using lawyers to stifle, cancel and disqualify Parties, Participants and Presenters at these hearings. ALL OF A SUDDEN, rules of evidence, procedural moves and such like are being called upon by the lawyers to PREVENT the hearing of EVIDENCE. – Here’s a particularly disgusting example of the use and abuse of procedure at the ERT: Kathryn Minten on Stray Current (OntarioWindResistance). It’s disgusting to read how the manipulation is not just occurring BUT is ALSO being allowed by Tribunal Chairs, who after reading about this Hearing appear to be as biased as they are incompetent.
Why incompetent? Because Administrative Tribunals (like the ERT) are NOT Courts of Law and so, are not subject to the same procedural rules and rules of evidence. Had the opponents had their own lawyers (which they cannot afford) the Proponents’s lawyers would be put in their place and the Chairs reminded they cannot take sides by procedural chicanery.
Hearsay evidence, indeed! Really, unwanted evidence not inadmissible evidence the true reason! The Ontario Government has stacked the deck against its citizens and raised the odds for failure by any Appelant. No longer a Rubber Stamp, the process is now thoroughly CORRUPT.
When the Government of the day is finally removed, the new government will have lots of grounds upon which not only to repeal the GEA, BUT ALSO TO REVERSE ERT DECISIONS where the Tribunal’s decisions show bias, abuse of procedure and incompetence.