ONTARIO GOTHIC (per Ontario Wind Resistance)

Ontario Gothic is a reference to Mary Shelley’s gothic story, Frankenstein, in a report by Rick Conroy in the Wellington Times, one that is very apropos the Industrial Wynne Turbine monsters.

If Shelley wrote her gothic horror story, “the work of a dark imagination fuelled by opioids“, Conroy naturally wonders, “what was Kathleen Wynne and her government smoking when they let loose their own man-made monsters across rural Ontario—in the form of industrial wind developers and speculators?

He reports, “Even if you buy the sentiment that their motivations were well-intentioned, the undeniable outcome of the Green Energy Act is that Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty have spawned armies of amoral monstrous corporate creatures and have let them loose to roam unfettered across the province. To wreak havoc in rural communities. To despoil the environment. To slaughter endangered species. To make folks sick“.

He goes on to observe how the McGuinty-Wynne axis (my description) has prepared the way for this by denying local democracy, by eviscerating environmental legislation to fast track developments what would otherwise have been rejected by local councils and defeated by existing laws. To put trademark its monster, the Ontario government has facilitated a rubber-stamp appeal process to ensure a blood supply to its monster (not to belabour a metaphor).

Near Chatham, folks believe the wind developer working nearby has poisoned their wells—allowing toxins into their drinking supply. They have done the testing. They have spoken out. They have protested. Marched on Queen’s Park. Kathleen Wynne has ignored them.“. Eschewing the name of, “Frankenstein” for their spawn (do doubt worried about copyright), they view it as a “necessary evil

Left without the protection of the province—without the safeguards that would protect them from any other development— these folks took matters into their own hands. In August, they began blockading the construction site— neighbours joining together to form a line against the threat to their drinking water.“. The Wynne-lose government, turns out, were able to rely on their legal cronies to set matters right: “…in a cruel blow, the developers— a Korean conglomerate and its American partner—won a court injunction barring any further blockades of the project. The judge said he wasn’t trying to muzzle opponents, but to “prohibit unlawful acts”.” Guess who pays the Judge”s salary?

The horror is on-going (a McGuinty-Wynne Serial), “Untethered by moral, ethical or community concerns, these corporate beasts consume and ravage everything they can get away with. Folks who have fought for years to protect the things our government was supposed to safeguard, have been left gasping in despair. Lacking legal remedies or protection, some have begun considering other means to protect their families, their communities and their land. If the government won’t protect them, they will do it themselves“.

Rape and Pillage…

…courtesy of the Wynne-lose government. They know they’re wrong, they know they’ve cooked up the Green Energy boondoggle and cooked the books to justify the waste.

How’s this for for government R&P:

PROPOSAL
turbinesThere are current proposals for 860 MW of wind power throughout Chatham-Kent. This translates into approximately 570 industrial wind turbines. The developments blanket much of the land located south of Highway 401 to Lake Erie, as well as the area west of Chatham to Lake St. Clair. Eight wind energy companies are involved (either alone or in various partnerships) in these proposed projects
.(from CKWAG Chatham-Kent).

Or, this:

Black well water protest continues in Chatham-Kent
September 6, 2017
Residents of Chatham-Kent who are concerned about reports that as many as 12 water wells may have been affected by pile driving activity during construction of the North Kent II wind power project continue their demonstration at the site today.
(from Wind Concerns Ontario Chatham-Kent).

The Wynne-lose programme of R&P continues unabated:

Chatham-Kent has asked the Ontario government to halt construction until the situation has been reviewed, and property owners affected have been offered free water testing by independent laboratories.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has taken no action.
For more frequent updates on the demonstration, please check on our Facebook page, and/or at Water Wells First.
(WCO Chatham-Kent angry)

Here are the news:

CBC News
Chatham-Kent residents frustrated with wind turbine construction they blame for tainting their drinking water staged another blockade Tuesday morning and have temporarily shut down the North Kent Wind project.
(OWR Frustration in C-K)

Let’s bow our heads and bend over for the Ontario Government, more love, please.

Ontario Ignores 68% of Turbine Noise Complaints

68% of Noise Complaints not investigated [re-blogged from Ontario-Wind-Resistance.org]:
Documents released through Ontario’s Freedom of Information Act and obtained by Global News reveal officials from the Ministry of Environment chose not to investigate or deferred responding to – meaning they did not make immediate plans to investigate – roughly 68 per cent of all noise and health complaints lodged against wind turbine operators in the province between 2006 and 2014. This represents nearly 2,200 individual complaints.

A list of 3,180 complaints is included in the documents. Of those, more than 1,700 were not investigated by the ministry. In another 446 of the complaints the ministry deferred responding. Complainants reported sleep disturbances, headaches, and dizziness from the wind turbine noise emissions. Read article

NOTWITHSTANDING…

…we now live in The Province of Toronto (Mayor Cameron McWilliam, Dutton-Dunwich, per Ottawa Wind Concerns), the Wynne-lose government is ignoring all the municipal councils supporting the Wainfleet Resolution asking the government to stop issuing more F.I.T. contracts.

Dutton-Dunwich Referendum says, “No”, gov’t says,, tough luck and awards contracts to wind developers (OWR, from the London Free Press –

The Ontario government had repeatedly assured McWilliam and other rural leaders that the wishes of local residents would be respected in a new era of public consultation.
In testimony before a legislature committee in November 2013, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said municipalities wouldn’t be given a veto over projects but it would be “very rare indeed” for any to be approved without municipal backing.
“It will be almost impossible for somebody to win one of those bidding processes without an engagement with the municipality,” Chiarelli said.

It’s getting on to Spring, and getting warmer, and the SNAKES are coming out. Unwilling Hosts getting hosed.

Who Pays To Tear It Down?

When an Industrial Wynne Turbine has to be taken down, for whatever reason, who pays for the teardown?[OntarioWindResistance]. Read original article in Farmers Forum: Who ponies up for Wind Turbine Teardown?.

Technically, and politically, it’s called “decommissioning”. The problem is not limited to the present but extends out 20 years, to the so-called lifespan of turbines; “decommissioning’ then becomes a problem, who does it and who pays for it?

“Many of these companies are relatively small or based outside of Canada and that creates what appears to be a real risk as there will be no pocket you can go to 20 years from now when a cleanup is actually required,” says Eric Gillespie, who has represented landowners and municipalities with wind turbine concerns. [FF]

Who’s left in this case? Landowners, municipalities, taxpayers. Wynne Turbines can weigh as much as 70 tonnes; a farmer and his tractor can’t take them down anymore than can the local municipality. World-wide costs for doing the job range from $30,000 to $80,000 per turbine. Developers need to present plans for turbine teardowns when they make their project proposals.

There is already a good model in place, says Gillespie. Under the Environmental Protection Act, the government will ask for financial assurance if there is a risk of adverse effects that could require remedial work. A letter of credit or security is required up front.
“Anything other than that might keep lawyers busy for a long time but won’t help communities. It’s about addressing the issue now rather than waiting for the end and crossing your fingers. It should be the companies that are earning the profits that have to pay the bill.”
[FF, emphasis added]

The costs of decommissioning would be an unbearable burden were they to be foisted on the municipalities. For the smallest ones, like Wainfleet, it would be a fatal burden. Any sensible opinion would state that the Province should have a decommissioning plan in place for Wynne Turbines, so that unwilling host communities will not be doubly burdened or taxed for these namesake Turbines.

Wainfleet, Hit Again

Construction impact [OWR] of Wynne Turbines hitting home in Wainfleet [Port Colborne Leader – Read article].

“There is no notice,” said Concession 6 property owner LeaAnne Robins, who has seen construction devastate roadside trees in front of her property. “They’ve massacred all the 80-year-old oaks on the road,” she said, explaining she expects construction of transmission towers to follow the clear cutting.

Construction has repeatedly blocked access at the north end of the road, forcing residents to take long detours.
“The school bus won’t even come down the road,” said Scott Murphy, whose four-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter now have to walk about a half kilometer through a construction zone to catch the bus.
“At one time they had both ends of the road blocked,” said Murphy, adding he is concerned that in an emergency situation first responders may be delayed or even prevented in reaching the area.

In olden days, it was called rape and pillage: rape of the land and pillage of property!
The leader of the gang is the person for whom the IWT’s are named: Industrial Wynne Turbines.

Greed Energy runs roughshod over rights and responsibilities, doing things even Hydro wouldn’t or couldn’t legally do.

Senator Calls For Judicial Enquiry

Posted by WCO (Wind Concerns Ontario)

CKWS TV September 3, 2015

“Nothing short of insanity”

Watch video Senator calls for inquiry

SENATOR BOB RUNCIMAN WANTS TO SEE A JUDICIAL ENQUIRY INTO ONTARIO’S GREEN ENERGY ACT.

 SENATOR BOB RUNCIMAN WANTS TO SEE A JUDICIAL ENQUIRY INTO ONTARIO’S GREEN ENERGY ACT. THE CONSERVATIVE SENATOR WAS ONE OF FOUR SPEAKERS AT A PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF CONTROVERSIAL WIND TURBINE PROJECTS IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY. AS NEWSWATCH’S MORGANNE CAMPBELL REPORTS, THE SENATOR SAYS IT’S TIME PEOPLE STOP THE GREEN ENERGY MADNESS.
Whether you like them or not, wind and solar panel farms are going up in an area near you. The Liberal government is approving wind and solar farms across the province, most recently here on Amherst Island.

“They continue to approve these wind turbines, they’re doing it in Prince Edward County, they’re doing it on Amherst Island, they’re doing it in Addington Highlands, they’re doing it all across South Western Ontario, it’s not providing a reliable source of electricity and an affordable source.”

The Green Energy Act and the province’s Hydro policy were slammed during a public meeting hosted by MPP Todd Smith in Prince Edward County. About fifty concerned residents from across the region attended the roundtable discussion where Senator Bob Runicman talked about the steps anti-wind turbine groups could take to quash the act …like challenging it in a court of law and calling for a judicial inquiry.

“I think we’ve got to find ways to raise funds to be able to do this and at the very least try and delay it until the next provincial election and hopefully we’ll have a change in government with a different approach.”

Parker Gallant, a writer with the Financial Post and Green Energy Act critic says electricity costs are forcing people to make a tough choice, heat or eat.

“We have just a mess in our electricity sector it’s probably the most complex in all of North America.”

“It’s nothing short of insanity but they continue down that path and we have to fight them with every possible tool available.”

Smith says the green energy act is to blame.

“It’s taken Ontario from having the lowest cost electricity to the highest in North America in just a couple of years.”

“And it’s not only affecting homeowners. Goodyear decided not to expand it’s Napanee location. One of the reasons…rising electricity costs.  A recent report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce suggests that one in 20 Ontario Businesses will close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices.”

– Morganne Campbell, CKWS Newswatch Prince Edward County.

 

Corporate Welfare is Green

The Ontario Liberals in Opposition used to go on about corporate welfare (subsidies from government to corporations) to match the NDP rants on the same.

The Ontario Liberal Government in power created the Green Energy policies that are now regulated law in the province. They hand out tax subsidies in the billions to Green Energy development of wind turbines and solar panel arrays. The beneficiaries of these handouts are almost exclusively corporations in the business of building the euphemistic Alternate Energy Generation.

The Consumer Policy Institute has published a paper (by Brady Yauch) detailing the scope of the Greening of Corporate Welfare in Ontario:
While the province’s renewable energy policy was presented as a win-win for local communities and regular Ontarians, the benefits from that policy have accrued to a small group of companies. Nowhere is this more evident than in the subsidies going to companies that own the windmills now dotting the province’s countryside.
Some 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have gone to foreign, out-of-province, or
multinational companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion. Nearly 60% of all
wind subsidies have gone to companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenues.
Less than 10% of all subsidies to wind generators have gone to small-scale or local
owners


The multinational companies and other big businesses receiving the lion’s share of these
subsidies have little to lose in the current environment. They receive a fixed, abovemarket
rate for their power, while ratepayers are left footing the bill – whether or not
such output is needed. Rather than becoming an engine of a new green economy, green
power has become a drain on ratepayers’ pockets.

Green-Washing Corporate Welfare to the Tune of $1.7 Billion
The reality of the province’s support for the wind sector – both before and after the Green Energy Act – has been exclusive and not one that includes all Ontarians. Big business, international corporations and their subsidiaries have received billions of dollars in wind subsidies as part of Ontario’s push to replace coal with renewable power. Using data from the province’s electricity market operator, this joint study by Energy Probe and Consumer Policy Institute1 estimates that at least $1.7 billion in wind subsidies have been given to wind farm operators in Ontario since 2006, the earliest date for data. 2 Eleven companies have received 90% of those subsidies. Around 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have been handed out to nine companies (or subsidiaries of those companies) – seven of them based outside of either Ontario or Canada – with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. Nearly 60% of all wind subsidies have been funnelled to six companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Small-scale and local wind generator companies have received 10% of all subsidies.

To see how prices are set and subsidies spent, download Report (PDF)
corporate-welfare-ontario-goes-green
The colour Green is GREED in Ontario.

FOLLOW UP on how when subsidies are cut Green Energy Investment declines or dries up.

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.

Close to Home

West Lincoln township officials have come up with a way to protect residents from IWT noise by reviewing local by-laws and those in other municipalities.

Plympton-Wyoming may have hit on a way of doing this:
“The Municipality of Plympton-Wyoming, near Sarnia, Ont., has passed a bylaw that requires an expert in decibel reading to deal with noise complaints. Should a noise exceed the allowable limits of the municipality’s noise bylaw, a fine can be applied. The municipality’s CAO confirmed to township staff they have a sound engineer on retainer to address complaints under the bylaw, should any occur.” [Grimsby Lincoln news] [OWR].

The Ontario Green Energy Act states that noise levels from Turbines cannot exceed 40dB. After reviewing the cost of noise inspections, West Lincoln Township is considering a by-law modelled on the one in Plympton-Wyoming which includes measurement of low frequency sound (infra-sound). A report back to Council on the matter should be forthcoming in the near future.

Wainfleet, next door to West Lincoln, presumably is listening, waiting and wanting the same thing.