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“.

Government PONZI Scheme

North Bay Nugget reports bullet points to remember about the massive PONZI scheme: the Industrial Wynne Turbines (re-blogged from WCO):

1. Global Adjustment Charge
2. Environmental & Health Effects
3. Liberal friends rewarded
3. Turbine developers know where the bodies are buried
4. Loss of democratic rights
6. Ruination of Rural health and land
7 Enormous PONZI scheme enabled by Liberal Government

Of course, the government will be re-elected by voters in the GTA, the people least affected by Green Energy, notwithstanding high energy costs.

Amherst Island Will Defend Itself

The citizens of the Island will be in Toronto January 31 this year to appeal the ERT’s decision to allow a major Industrial Wynne Turbine project to continue.

Parker Gallant explains why the project could be a perfectly bad idea for Amherst:
“On its own, cancellation could save Ontario ratepayers over $500 million in future costs. Those contracts, signed years ago, either have not been built or are involved in litigation preventing them from breaking ground. Their sunk costs are small in comparison to their full costs over 20 years and canceling them outright would represent a nominal cost to ratepayers while saving, birds, bats, butterflies and endangered species from harm as well as prevent human health effects, and depreciation to property values.
Cancellation would reduce the amount of surplus energy that is exported at a cost to ratepayers or simply curtailed, but paid for by ratepayers. Savings would be in the billions.

The article goes on to discuss the history of the Island and its natural wonders. For one, it is the Owl Capital of North America; it’s the first of the 1000 Islands. Fighting to protect the Island is the Association to Protect Amherst Island along with many allies:
“Organizations as diverse as Heritage Canada The National Trust, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Kingston Field Naturalists, the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland, BirdLife International, the Maryland Ornithological Society, the Hawk Migration Association of North America, Pennsylvania Ornithological Society, and Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club all oppose turbines on Amherst Island.”

Because of draconian laws in Ontario, The Green Energy Act, the powers of local authorities to run their own affairs in the matter were taken away, as they were in every municipality that opposes Wynne Turbines or that is unwilling to host them (this host idea was generated by Ms Wynne-lose herself which amounted to a double-cross just as she double-crossed Toronto on the issue of tolling their main highways, a corrupt attempt to buy her re-election because the GTA elects the government in Ontario.). Because of this unjust and unconstitutional law, the GEA of Ontario did not invoke the notwithstanding law in the Charter of Rights, Wolfe Island has already been destroyed

In conclusion, Parker Gallant
So, Ontario has a “robust supply” of electricity, wind turbines will harm the 34 endangered species, and we are exporting surplus generation at pennies on the dollar while curtailing wind, spilling hydro and steaming off nuclear energy. Ontario doesn’t need the intermittent power from the turbines on Amherst Island. We don’t need them in Prince Edward County either (White Pines) (or Dutton-Dunwich, or La Nation, or North Stormont). The Minister should demonstrate that he means what he said recently in North Bay: “There are some families in this province that are struggling to meet their energy bills. It’s why I’ve recognized and the premier has recognized that we need to do more …That is why we’re making sure we can find ways to reduce bills. Everything is on the table within reason.”

Granting the Appeal in favour of Amherst Island would save a Billion dollars in the bankrupt province of Ontario, but fiscal responsibility is not the Wynne-lose government’s mandate..

WAINFLEET Media Release, aka The Wainfleet Resolution

Concerning Wainfleet Council Resolution passed on January 2016 calling on the Ontario government not to award more Feed-In-Tariff contracts for power generation from wind.

The Resolution has been endorsed by 51 other Councils in Ontario.  The list of Councils appears in page 2 of the embedded document released by Wainfleet Council: Now that coal-fired power plants have closed, the government should have met its carbon reduction goals for the electrical power system in Ontario which is now largely based on carbon-free hydroelectricity and nuclear power. This gives the province an opportunity to assess renewable generation alternatives that have less impact on the host communities.

2016 03 04 Media Release Re Wind Power Generation Resolution

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Tyrannical Law in Ontario

The Ontario Liberal Government’s Green Energy Act not only shuts down democracy by crippling local government in matters Green but also hobbles human and civil rights of citizens who have no legal recourse when they are aggrieved by Wind Turbine developments. Meaning, you can’t fight City Hall and you can’t take its buggers to court.

National Post: anti-turbine families $340000 legal bill from wind-farm companies: to quote
A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say.
The lawyer in the case says: “It’s not just a bar to justice, it’s actually a terror tactic,” Falconer said in an interview. “This is not about money. The idea is to send a message: ‘We will wipe you out if you challenge us.’”

One has to believe he advised his clients that practice is loser pays the costs. But the Developer’s defence? The companies say the high-stakes court challenge forced them to deploy considerable legal resources to defend projects they say are safe. Nobody is forcing them, their projects are protected by government policy, they are gouging in order to punish. They are entitled to costs for their defence but they can ask for less.

In any case, the wind turbine developers have a government protected monopoly insulated by provincial law. Effectively, the provincial law is effecting an unfair estoppel that prevents recourse and remedy for injured parties who would otherwise have recourse to but for the unjust estoppel. The government should be forced to pay the costs of every failed action against developers because the government levelled the playing field against aggrieved citizens. And to add acid to the matter, the government pays the developers tax dollars levied from citizens and then forces citizens to fend for themselves where wind and solar are concerned. There oughtta be a law… wait, there is a law! A bad law.

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.

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.

TV Turbine Report in Niagara Region

The Ongoing Controversy over Turbines continues, is the gist of this CHCH TV report [also blogged on OntWindResistance]. TV reporter, Lisa Hepfner tries to examine both sides of the issue in West Lincoln (which will soon be metal porcupine country with a total of 77 IWT’s). The IWT’s will stretch from West Lincoln to Wainfleet.
The reporter quotes residents who are being bombarded with noise & health issues. She also quotes OPA on the issue, whose spokesman tells what amounts to a duplicitous lie: Shawn Cronkwright, Ontario Power Authority: “With wind turbines, you have to pay to install the equipment, but after the equipment is installed the cost of the fuel is zero. Wind actually is a key piece of keeping prices lower in the entire portfolio.”
The zero cost of “fuel” is disingenuous, to say the least. There’s the huge cost of accessing that “fuel” paid for with tax dollars in the billions; there’s the huge cost of paying for the consumption of that “fuel”, and the huge cost of re-selling that excess “fuel” to other jurisdictions at a less than the cost of production. Then there are the hidden healthcare costs caused by the effects of that “fuel”, the transmission costs (hydro has to shut down to allow wind energy onto the Grid); the air pollution costs caused by the diesel engines needed to operate the turbines; and the costs of lost agricultural production from the industrialized land needed to erect these 60 story towers.
And let’s not even mention the slaughter of millions of flying creatures the earth needs to keep its balance.
Or the Charter Rights being breached by forced acceptance of turbine development. Or the loss of land value. Or increased carbon emissions.
Wind energy is not “free” or “clean” or “green”; these words are government and industry mantras aimed at deluding the public into thinking that the outmoded technology of wind is cutting edge. The edge has been dulled in Europe and the many countries that are abandoning it. Landowners who give their land over to the production of wind instead of crops will be disappointed when their “windfall” lasts much less than 20 years, when the landscape will be dotted with stopped and rusting turbines. But the thieves who run this scheme will have had their money and others will have left office.

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…

WAINFLEET Calls for Summit of Municipalities

The Wainfleet Town Council has passed this Motion, November 13, 2012:
THAT the Clerk be directed to extend an expression of interest to those municipalities that supported and/or implemented a moratorium on any new industrial wind turbine agreement to attend a Wind Energy Opposition Summit hosted by the Township in order to gauge the level of interest and participation.” CARRIED.

The call for a Summit is intended to gather information and plan strategy on how to proceed in the fight to regain local democracy and control of Green Energy development. The call is based on the idea that a united front or effort by local governments will help greatly in making the Province listen to its citizens and local Councils that want to regulate implementation of the GEA through traditional democratic means (as opposed to political fiats by the central government of the Province.

PLEASE urge your local councils to reply positively to this call for a summit. Wainfleet Town Clerk can reached here:Town Clerk, Tanya Lamb, 905-899-3463, ext.226.