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Bad actors

Untethered by accountability to its voters and deaf to its ministries’ advice and counsel, provincial Liberals have made a terrible mess of the energy supply system in Ontario. It will take decades to fix. It has squandered billions of dollars chasing schemes unworthy of a Nigerian postmark. ...Meanwhile, it has made a select group of developers very, very wealthy.
21 Oct 2016

Wind power debates continue

The survey determined that 43 per cent of people do not like turbines, 43 per cent do and the remaining 14 per cent don’t know. Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she hears more negative comments and concerns than positive remarks.
16 Jul 2016

Ontario municipality acted in bad faith in thwarting private wind turbine project, court rules

The Appeal Court rejected the city’s arguments, finding that provincial legislation — such as laws on renewable energy — supersedes municipal bylaws where there’s a conflict. “The only concerns a municipality can advance are reasonable considerations such as costs, indemnification, and liability, and only so long as it does so in good faith,” the Appeal Court said. “Permits may not be refused simply because the municipality disagrees with the overall project.”
23 Jun 2016

Ontario energy policy about 'hugging the tree huggers,' writer says

While working in the solar industry, Truman said, “We all made fun of wind, which blows at the wrong time and doesn't blow when it's needed, is intermittent and needs expensive backup generation idling away.” Truman said one of his pastimes over the years was taking pictures of abandoned, decaying wind turbines he was encountered on travels from Hudson Bay to Hawaii.
13 Jun 2016

Grits' bungling root of wind farm friction

315166526-mainstreet-ontario-wind-power-survey_thumb A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds 43 per cent of the survey's 2,537 respondents have a positive view of wind energy, while 43 per cent have a negative view. And those who dislike wind power are more intense in their dislike than those who support it. The full results of the survey can be downloaded from this page. 
9 Jun 2016

The Mainstreet Research survey suggests an even split in public opinion about Ontario's embrace of wind energy

“The people who don’t like wind power right now really, really don’t like wind power, and the people who do like wind power are only somewhat okay with it,” said David Valentin, executive vice president of Mainstreet Research. ...More than 60 per cent of respondents believed wind power has contributed to higher power bills and 59 per cent expect the charges will keep increasing over the next 12 months.
8 Jun 2016

OPP probes wind-farm records

Trillium claims in its court filing that its project got caught up in the same electoral worry before the 2011 election that led the McGuinty government to cancel the two gas plants. Those two gas plants, in Oakville and in Mississauga, were locally unpopular and might have put Liberal-held seats at risk. Ultimately McGuinty won a third term with a minority.
4 May 2016

Not backing down on Nation Rise Wind Farm

Benke related a story of her nephew who had purchased his first home in Shelburne and within a year or two wind turbines went up around his land. “He couldn’t live in his house anymore,” she said. “He abandoned his house. He likened (the noise) to living inside a drum.”
2 May 2016

Legislature says no to Simcoe-Grey MPP Wilson's motion to halt Clearview Township wind project

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson put forward a private member’s resolution asking the Liberal government to cancel WPD Canada’s Fairview Wind project that would site eight 500-foot wind turbines, including two within 2.1 nautical miles of the Collingwood Regional Airport. . ...Transport Canada rules only determine how an obstruction will be marked so it’s visible to pilots, while NAV Canada only assessed the safety risk as it pertained to instrument approaches, not visual approaches. 
22 Apr 2016

Energy minister defends Elgin wind farm

Eighty-four per cent of Dutton-Dunwich reidents who voted in a referendum last year opposed wind farm development. ...the Liberal government is trying to divert attention from the fact it said municipalities would have a say on wind farms. “They ignored the wishes of the municipality.”
14 Apr 2016

Native wind farm OK stirs up hot air locally

McWilliam said he doesn’t believe it’s fair that wind farm companies can draw their support from First Nations that are not in the area. Yurek said the case underlines how the Liberals have ignored rural Ontario for more than a decade in decisions about where to locate such projects.
13 Apr 2016
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