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The anti-wind farm movement has notched up another win in its battle to stop industrial wind turbines from spreading across the province. After surveying its residents, Dutton-Dunwich council became the 80th municipality in Ontario to pass a resolution opposing wind turbine development on their turf.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) and Progressive Conservatives (PCs) – have differing views with regard to renewable energy. NDP leaders only support community wind power, and the PCs vehemently oppose all types of renewable energy and have used wind energy to club the ruling party. ...“If the Conservatives win, renewable energy is toast in Ontario,” predicts Kourtoff.
"...the Green Energy Act and this artificially low tax base assessment have jeopardized the ability of a municipality to raise property taxes to conduct its business. The annual allocation of Ontario funding to each municipality is decreasing. A fairer tax revenue generation process is needed to offset this shortfall.”
Wind farm opponents are cautiously heralding the news that the Stoneboat Community Wind Farm was cancelled. The turbines would have overlooked the Devil’s Elbow ski resort and put plans to build a multi-million dollar Buddhist retreat in the immediate area in jeopardy. ...the project fell off the rails when two of the three private landowners pulled out of the project.
The debate over wind turbines in Western Ontario is generating some lively opinions among farmers with a clear majority strongly opposed, a Farmers Forum survey suggests. A random survey of 50 farmers at the London Farm Show on March 5, found that 58 % disapproved of wind turbines.
In an application filed Thursday with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) asked for a judicial review of the Jan. 2 decision by the Ministry of the Environment to declare complete the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) submitted by Windlectric Inc., the company seeking to build the Amherst Island wind project.
Two of the turbines are five metres too close to Zoretic’s property. “Take them down,” said Zoretic outside West Lincoln council chambers Monday night, moments after the planning, building and environmental committee unanimously supported a resolution asking the province to do just that – and to immediately halt all wind projects in Ontario. “They shouldn’t be there in the first place.”
Environment Canada concludes that the Bow Lake Wind Project and the Montreal River weather radar will not be able to co-exist without negative impact on weather radar users. The argument is expected to be raised at an Environmental Tribunal Hearing expected to start in early March into the appeal of the Bow Lake Wind Facility.
“These people have been forced to come to Queen’s Park to protest because the government is not listening to them,” said Ms Scott. “I was proud to speak at their protest today but unfortunately I don’t believe the government is paying any attention.”
Trent Gervais says the proposed turbine -- part of a five-turbine project in the area -- is on one of the airport's landing approaches and, if built as proposed, would prevent the airport's ability to meet its future needs.
Eric Gillespie, lawyer for the field naturalists, said his client is “expressing some concern” about parts of the ruling and is considering whether to take the divisional court ruling to Ontario Court of Appeal.
Dufferin County council will postpone approving a $1.4-million agreement that would grant Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) use of its rail corridor. ...two appeals have been filed following a recent Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decision that ruled Dufferin Wind’s transmission line does not pose a risk to human health. Amaranth, Mulmur and Melancthon have also passed motions supporting the appeal.
Wind turbine opponents say they're feeling encouraged by Lambton County council's decision to join the chorus of Ontario municipalities declaring themselves unwilling hosts for wind farms. County councillors passed a motion Feb. 12 joining approximately 80 communities making the declaration.
It is rare in Ontario, and in other democratic jurisdictions, when the wishes of the electorate, through their public representatives, are ignored so profoundly. Indeed, approximately 80 municipalities in this province have declared themselves to be “unwilling hosts” for wind turbine developments – a collective protest against legislation that smacks more of the Soviet than the Canadian style in getting things done.
“This is not a pro or con wind turbine issue,” said Meinen. “The issue is that somebody built something contrary to regulations and encroaching on my property lines ...For this turbine to be constructed where it was, is completely unacceptable and I await word from (the ministry) on what they plan to do about it.”
A court date has been set for Suncor Energy's lawsuit against the Town of Plympton-Wyoming and its wind turbine bylaws. It's the first court date scheduled for the lawsuit Suncor launched a year ago to challenge town bylaws aimed at wind energy projects.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is investigating how a massive wind turbine fell from a truck Tuesday. Part of a wind turbine's base fell from the transport truck on County Road 42.
Tim Verbeek has grown increasingly frustrated watching two wind turbines be constructed, despite the fact his family business has an appeal concerning the structures before the Environmental Review Tribunal. A decision is expected Monday over the turbines, and Verbeek, whose family owns Platinum Produce greenhouse said it appears a concerted effort was made to get the two turbines erected before the decision is handed down.
Thirty-six percent of respondents feel the Green Energy Act or environmental sustainability is a major worry for those living in the province's country lands.
The Buddhist Association of Canada’s Cham Shan Temple maintains wind turbines will have a negative impact on the four Temples they are planning to build.