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Ainslie seeks industrial use ban to stop lake wind turbines

Paul Ainslie wants other Scarborough councillors to join him in preventing the "industrialization" of the Scarborough Bluffs through the erection of wind turbines. The Scarborough East councillor is bringing a motion to Monday's, April 19, executive committee meeting at city hall asking the city to urge the province to place a moratorium on any new wind turbine agreements. He sent out a letter to residents urging their voice to be heard. Ainslie had been told the item will be dealt with at 2 p.m. on Monday.
16 Apr 2010

Residents weigh in on wind turbine debate

The wind turbine debate is heating up, following an announcement last Thursday (April 8), regarding three proposed wind projects in Pontypool and Bethany. Area city councillor Dave Marsh, Ward 16, told This Week, that the overwhelming feedback he has received from his constituents regarding the projects has been negative. "My constituency went so far as to go door-to-door ... and they found that about 90 per cent of people were against it," he said.
16 Apr 2010

Turbine work may threaten tap water; Construction could stir up sediment, toxins

The construction of offshore wind turbines south of Kingsville could threaten the safety of drinking water for 60,000 people, says Union Water System advisory board manager John Kehoe. Kehoe said the construction could cause weeks of turbidity in the water. If the plant can't filter the muddy water and be sure it is getting out pathogens such as E. coli, it could be shut down, Kehoe said.
3 Apr 2010

Do proper study on turbines

I'm responding to a letter that Dick Hill from Collingwood wrote to tell me about how so many rural people want turbines and how wonderful it is in Melancthon, specifically Dufferin County Road 17. Dick describes this area in Melancthon as being representative of ideal harmony between rural people and industrial wind. Currently Royal Lepage in Orangeville has a house listed for sale on County Road 17.
31 Mar 2010

Angry residents oppose offshore wind farm proposal

Approximately 100 residents turned out to a public meeting Saturday night and loudly voiced opposition to a proposed wind farm development. SouthPoint Wind is proposing a wind development that, when completed, would have roughly 700 turbines in Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. A total of 55 turbines would be located one to two kilometers off of Lakewood Beach shoreline in Amherstburg with five in the first phase and the remainder in the next phase.
31 Mar 2010

Turbine issues discussed at public info meeting

When compared to the previous public meetings on the topic of the proposed Belwood Wind Farm, the meeting hosted at CWDHS on Thursday, March 25, was as much a tea party as it was anything else. Minus the angry, shouting crowds from earlier this month, an audience of close to 600 people filled the cafeteria at the Fergus high school to hear three speakers talking about their personal experiences with the effects of wind turbines.
31 Mar 2010

Turbines on the water a bad idea

The recent announcement issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for proposed wind turbine farms in the Great Lakes is deeply disturbing and an example on how far we will go in destroying ourselves in the name of green energy; in this case, electricity and job creation. The Great Lakes should be treated with the same respect as we do our national parks and monuments.
27 Mar 2010

United front urged on offshore wind turbine plan

Area municipalities and the Essex Region Conservation Authority should develop a regional response to the 700 offshore turbines proposed for lakes Erie and St. Clair, Kingsville council agreed Monday. "It appears to me the whole thing is stacked against municipalities and citizens," Coun. Tamara Stomp said of the new Green Energy Act.
9 Mar 2010

Wind and health

Society for Wind Vigilance chair Bob McMurtry was in Thunder Bay Friday to talk about wind turbines and the adverse health affects associated with them. McMurtry, an orthopedic surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, has been lobbying the provincial government to obtain third-party studies on wind farms since 2008.
20 Feb 2010

700 wind turbines proposed for lakes Erie, St. Clair

Seven hundred offshore wind turbines are being proposed for Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair including 165 turbines north of Lakeshore and wind farms off Amherstburg, Colchester, Kingsville and Leamington. SouthPoint Wind of Leamington had already proposed 15 turbines in three spots off the shores of Kingsville and Leamington. If SouthPoint gets approval for that project, it is proposing a 1,400 megawatt project with 13 wind farms.
18 Feb 2010

Resisting the winds of change; Ontario community concerned with the proximity of wind farms to residents

Situated south of Belleville between the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, the region is a peninsula. The high and relatively consistent airflow makes it attractive to wind-powered energy developers. However, business and citizen groups in the county argue that wind power developments pose a threat to human health and safety, wildlife, and the economic prosperity in the region.
13 Feb 2010

RM concerned about potential wind farm impact

Plans for a wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan are up in the air pending further study. Council for the Rural Municipality of Martin voted Friday to revisit the proposed Red Lily Wind Farm Project, near Moosomin, at its meeting on March 17. In the meantime, a committee has been struck to gather more information about the project and the potential impact of wind turbines.
13 Feb 2010

Melancthon petitions ministry on wind farms

Melancthon ...has petitioned the provincial government for a moratorium on industrial wind farm development. The township council's Feb. 4 decision was based on a combination of the Green Energy Act (GEA), the reassessment of an Amaranth property on the basis of transformer noise, and the fact that the council had learned of plans for a 100-megawatt wind farm on 3,500 acres only by way of a news release.
11 Feb 2010

Paradise lost for many rural dwellers

Rural life often has a bucolic image of neat farm fields and undulating hills, especially when contrasted with the crowded housing and traffic jams of urban living. People flee the degradation of cities for the countryside, but when they get there, they find anything but clean, green open spaces. From sewage-spreading to wind farms and gravel pits to garbage dumps, many people in rural areas are finding themselves involved in environmental issues that almost never afflict urban dwellers.
19 Dec 2009

West Grey residents take 'NIMBY' stance on wind turbines

Before members of council at Monday morning's council meeting in West Grey, Mike McMurray, along with a large group of residents from West Grey, filed into the council chambers to protest the proposed wind turbines. McMurray spoke on behalf of the group about the concerns about wind turbines, with a powerful message of not in my backyard. He said that, in this case, the not-in-my-backyard sentiment is appropriate when it comes to health and side effects of building them.
11 Dec 2009

Turbine Concerns

Perhaps you have noticed the 'Stop the Wind Turbine' signs that have been put up along the highways and biways in the former Manvers Township in the past few weeks, and wondered why they are there. Manvers Township, which includes Pontypool and Bethany, is in a proposed industrial wind turbine study area. As local residents who will be affected greatly if the turbines are erected, we have a number of issues.
11 Dec 2009
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