Articles from Ontario
When the Ontario government launched its Green Energy Act (GEA ) in 2009, it promised “new green economy jobs” and ” a wide range of economic opportunities.” ...Everyone would need to pay a little more for renewable power, the public was told, but the benefits would be widely shared, for the ultimate benefit of all. As it turned out, power rates didn’t go up a little – they soared. And the subsidies weren’t widely shared among the folk – a handful of billion dollar companies pocketed most of them, most of them outside the province.
The Ontario Liberals deliberately ignored the interests and wishes of rural Ontario and made all consumers, both urban and rural pay for it—to the tune of $1 billion to $3 billion annually, with increases projected every year. That’s $20 billion to $60 billion over the next two decades.
The appellants maintain the Province violated its own legislation in allowing two of the turbines to be built on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is protected by law. They also allege the project will have a significant impact on human health, the environment and quality of life in the area.
According to the motion filed this week, the main problem is that the province's Environmental Protection Act allows the government to act "without regard to public health and by denying citizens a means of relief in the face of a reasonable prospect of serious harm."
In December, in a submission to the OEB on WPD's application, municipal officials argued the board should not approve WPD's application without a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for Fairview. The municipality has also argued the company has not undertaken an appropriate consultation process with the community.
A key component of the case, she noted, is there are laws in place to protect the Moraine, including one that prohibits building on it. The question is how can the Province circumvent its own laws by granting approval to build wind turbines on the Moraine.
Since Health Canada doesn’t consider EMF a hazard, there are no precautionary measures required when it relates to daily exposure. As such, Dufferin Wind spokesperson Connie Roberts noted the company has no testing guidelines to follow.
The panel of judges who heard the case found that the tribunal did not make an error in the way it dealt with the families’ claims that their charter rights to security of the person were violated. A lawyer for the families had compared the turbines to new neighbours who might drive you to distraction and out of your home because you have no legal way to deal with the situation.
“We have concerns with the ability of the wind project to operate near the Port Granby site,” said Andrew Allison, municipal solicitor. “We have concerns with the dust effects ... and the effect of the turbines on dust management at the facility.”
“Why as a council, are we being asked to sign a contract under duress?” asked Coun. Dean Trentowsky. “I got the first copy of this on the weekend, the second copy of this bylaw I received by email today at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and I understand there’s a further revision that was submitted at 6:10 p.m. tonight – you’re asking me to sign a contract like that?” ...Council voted to endorse the recommendation for the road user agreement, as presented by Jaques, which passed.
"We are really concerned at the fact that our small parcel of property is going to be surrounded by these wind turbines," she says. Atkins says because of her medical condition her physicians have advised her to stay away from "stress, wind and noise."
“The turbines that are proposed here are quite large,” she said. “The majority of the population here very clearly doesn’t want them. Put simply, if you were to buy your future home, given the choice, would you buy where you would have noise, shadow flicker, an industrial view, potential health issues caused by the turbines, and the possibility of a very difficult resale, or would you spend your money elsewhere?”
LITTLE CURRENT—Members of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Project held their fourth and what may well be their final meeting at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre in Little Current (CLC) on Wednesday, November 26.
The paper by Vyn and McCullough (2014) should not have been published in its current form as the results are being misinterpreted and highly publicized in the press and in radio broadcasts. The core issue is the lack of power in the statistical tests, a problem partially acknowledged by the authors but then dismissed by their focusing attention on tests for the sensitivity of their model specification.
Information surrounding the plan to build up to 26 industrial wind turbines in North Perth and Perth East has been limited since the Ministry of the Environment deemed the application to be incomplete in August 2013 ...Invenergy LLC confirmed on Monday that the Conestogo Wind Power Partnership and the Ontario Power Authority have mutually agreed to terminate the Feed-In Tariff contract for the Conestogo Wind Project.
Wind turbines generally have little effect on the value of nearby properties with possibly isolated exceptions, a recent study of thousands of home and farm sales has found. ...One appraiser's report found the values of five properties close to turbines – bought and resold by wind farm developers – plunged by more than half, the researchers note. In addition, homes or farms that may not have sold because of nearby turbines don't show up in the sales data.
Two weeks after the REA was issued, Mothers Against Wind Turbines filed an appeal. Board member Linda Rogers said they're fighting “to protect children and families in our communities against the wind turbine emissions.” But Rogers was candid Saturday about the little hope of victory the advocacy group has.
"With the municipal election over and the formation of new councils across the province, I thought it imperative to reintroduce this legislation as many of the new council members may not be aware of it," said Wilson. Wilson's bill restores municipal planning authority that existed prior to the Green Energy Act (GEA). The GEA exempted renewable energy projects from the municipal process.
Local resident David Cofell found this piece from a wind turbine blade in his field after it flew off from a nearby turbine. The provincial Ministry of Energy will launch an investigation into reports that an 18-inch chunk of a wind turbine blade came loose and flew some 400 feet before landing in a field in the former Howard Twp.
The case has the potential to impose a higher standard on government in protecting citizens from the effects of resource development. Environmental law in Ontario requires members of the public to show “serious harm” to their health ...The farm families argue that the standard should be a “reasonable prospect” of serious harm.