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I regret that the voices of the people of Dutton Dunwich were disregarded by the province for this important decision, which has significant implications for the life of our community.
The suit, filed by Trillium Power Wind Corp. in 2011, is over allegations that provincial officials deliberately timed a decision to scrap all wind-farm developments on the waters of the Great Lakes to cause the most damage possible to Trillium so the company wouldn’t have the resources to fight.
In fact, wind and solar “farms” have become troublesome “gridmonsters”. They are uncontrollable, cruel and unreasonably costly. Gridmonsters have a licence not only to kill, but also to bill. Enabled by Ontario’s Green Energy Act , they drive up electricity prices while ravaging rural neighbourhoods and wildlife.
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.
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.”
The first phase of a Huron County Health Unit investigation on the perceived adverse health effects of wind turbines is about to get under way.
Unifor's turbine is now in its fourth year of operation without the required tests showing proof of compliance. Nearby residents have even tried to conduct their own professional tests. But their efforts have been thwarted by MOE guidelines that require Unifor's participation. So, the families continue to suffer from the turbine's noise. And both Unifor and MOE are well aware.
For those inclined to see the glass half full, Massachusetts has made enormous strides in reducing its carbon emissions. Coal-fired plants, the worst offenders, are dying out across the Commonwealth. Investments in energy efficiency have lowered demand. The solar panels sprouting up along the Massachusetts Turnpike are only the most visible of the new generation of green technologies feeding power into homes and businesses.
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.
The wind turbines will be “jammed” between the two airports, which operate mainly on visual flight rules, and will “penetrate the arrival and departure airspace as defined by Transport Canada’s guidelines,” added Elwood. “Does this province want to be the first government with blood on its hands after they cause the first aircraft-turbine crash in Canada?”
Southwestern Ontario wind turbine opponents took to the courtroom again Tuesday in a new bid to change how Ontario deals with neighbours’ health concerns about wind energy. Fighting against what they call a “tainted” provincial process, critics argued wind developers should instead have to prove they are safe.
Federal and provincial Liberal governments are on a “green energy” spending spree. They recklessly tilt at climate change by funding unwanted and unneeded wind and solar projects that kill wildlife and harm humans. They generate super-expensive, intermittent, electricity that is exported at huge losses.
Medical Officer of Health for Grey-Bruce, Dr. Hazel Lynn, believes there is some kind of correlation between turbines and the health of some individuals. Dr. Lynn completed a 2013 report on the increase of reported cases of headaches, sleeplessness and nausea in areas with wind turbines.
One of the health unit's initiatives since her appointment has been a study of the possible health effects of wind farms in Huron County, which has some of the largest turbine installations in the province. ...Hessel said Owen's departure was unrelated to the wind farm issue.
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.”
One of three wind turbines at Ferndale, 60 km north of Owen Sound, is listing, and officials are trying to determine what to do about it.
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.
One of the wind turbines at Ferndale has been tethered after it was found to be leaning
"Our calculations showed that Quebecers pay $695 million a year to produce wind energy they don't need, and that this energy is a lot more expensive than hydroelectricity. The current government seems to have taken these facts into account in this decision."
After it failed to get contracts from the Ontario government, Mesa filed the claim for more than $600-million under NAFTA, saying political interference doomed its plans. It said preferential treatment was given to other companies after private meetings with Ontario government officials.