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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.

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.

Ontario Green Energy

…policy and law are the child of a failed and false myth called, Global Warming.  An Ontario premier and an Ontario Cabinet minister decided they wanted to leave a legacy, the one for posterity, the other for political advancement.  Both are gone, but what they have wrought is still here, still wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and costing people their health, their wealth and their wellbeing.

Lawrence Solomon writing in the Financial Post (Jan.09/15) makes his predictions for 2015: “The global warming enterprise provides one example. Since 2008, I have been predicting that the warmists, whose cause at root is based on faith and sustained by deceit, will fail to make the case that carbon represents a danger to the planet. Although the elites have mostly bought the deceits — all ultimately resting on jigged computer models — the masses mostly have not, as seen in public opinion polls throughout the world. The public’s rejection of the global warming orthodoxy then led politicians to slash subsidies to renewables and to scrap plans for carbon taxes. Political parties that high-handedly ignored the public by pushing global warming measures, such as Canada’s Liberal Party in 2008 and Australia’s Labour government in 2013, went down to crushing defeats.”
“As renewables lose momentum in 2015, fossil fuels will gain it. It can’t really be otherwise. If the glut we now see in oil and gas continues, the low prices that result will spur consumption. A rise in prices, on the other hand, would only further spur shale gas and oil development. Up or down, I predict, the environmental lobby loses the energy war, even if — should President Obama veto the Keystone XL Pipeline — it wins some battles.”

[also blogged by MAWT]

Thanks to this politically correct fiction of Global Warming, Ontario and its citizens continue to pay for the vanity of the original formulators of the province’s Green Energy illusions.

Flogging a Dead Government

Lorrie Goldstein, in Twenty Lies (OWR) the Liberals told you (London Free Press) enumerates 20 of the many lies and prevarications spewed by the McGuinty-Wynne government of Ontario. Ten would have been enough, but 20 or more are needed to keep flogging an almost-dead government. Politics, at the best of times, is a tricky business, but in Ontario it’s disgusting and dirty.

Here are the most egregious of the lies from our perspective (apart from the fact that the term, “Green Energy” itself is a huge whopper):
13. “We will shut down Ontario’s coal-burning plants by 2007”: The Liberals still haven’t closed them, now promising to do so in 2014.

14. “We will bring clean, renewable energy to Ontario”: Under the Liberals, wind and solar power are producing minuscule amounts of unneeded, unreliable, inefficient and expensive electricity, which has to be backed up by fossil fuels. This will, according to the Auditor General, cost Ontarians billions of dollars extra on their hydro bills, for decades to come.

15. “We will bring stability to Ontario’s electricity market”: See above.

16. “We will respect the views of rural constituents by giving their MPPs free votes”: If that was true, Liberal MPPs wouldn’t be responding to furious complaints from their constituents about having industrial wind turbines rammed down their throats with form letters.

17. “We will ensure that all developers play by the rules”: Unless they’re wind developers, where the Liberals took away the rights of local citizens to oppose wind projects.

Number 17, in particular, rankles…

West Lincoln Waffles…

After a very long and animated Council meeting, the Planning Committee of West Lincoln Town Council, passed the buck on the issue of a 2km setback for the IWT development proposed for the Township.

The meeting was reported by the St. Catharines Standard newspaper: Dan Dakin.

The Report misstates an opinion as a fact where it says, “municipalities don’t have the jurisdiction to change the existing 550 metres setback rules under the Green Energy Act“. This is the opinion of the wind Developer who repeats on every public occasion to mislead others into thinking it is a matter of fact settled by law. The matter has NOT been settled by law and is currently being adjudicated in the lawsuit contesting Wainfleet’s setback by-law.

Furthermore, the 550 metre setback is NOT part of the Green Energy Act but resides in s.54 of Reg.359/09 to the Environmental Protection Act, which states the setback shall be “at least 550 metres”. And the section does not say or specify that it shall be no more than 550 metres.

The waffle? As reported by Dakin:
Instead of recommending the two kilometre setback, Micallef’s motion was for staff to investigate how other municipalities have dealt with the setback rules and for the township to send a letter to the next premier of Ontario demanding the Green Energy Act be overhauled.

Bite the bullet, guys; force the Developer to argue its case in front of a Court of competent jurisdiction instead of in the court of public opinion where it can misrepresent facts and opinions.