Articles from Ontario
Ontario’s Green Energy Act violates the constitutional right of turbine neighbours to live in a place free from the “reasonable prospect of serious harm,” their lawyer says in a case that could have province-wide ramifications. It’s the first constitutional challenge of the turbine approval process to hit the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Mr. Falconer is one of the country’s top constitutional and human rights lawyers. ...Mr. Falconer takes a special interest in holding government to account. On Monday he’ll be taking on windmills. He wants Ontario’s Divisional Court to overturn the regulatory approvals of three projects, the St. Columban Wind and K2 Wind Energy project in Huron County, and the SP Armow Wind project near Kincardine, Ont.
Wind energy may be green, but opponents of a proposed wind farm on the Oak Ridges Moraine worry that five giant turbines will damage the environmentally sensitive area. “There are conflicting values,” said Heather Stauble, a Kawartha Lakes councillor who represents the area where WPD Canada hopes to build its Sumac Ridge wind farm.
Frayne said the widely publicized Health Canada study was only a preliminary analysis of the data and it hasn’t been peer reviewed. “It doesn’t provide any definitive answers on its own. I think the real question is, why did they even decide to release this at this point?” she said.
Dr. Hazel Lynn says an important segment of the population has been left out of a Health Canada study into the impact of industrial wind turbines on peoples' health. The Health Canada study, released Thursday, found no link between wind turbine noise and negative health effects in people. But Lynn, the medical officer of health for Grey-Bruce who has done a review of such studies, said some of the best survey findings are from the people who have moved away because they simply couldn't live near turbines.
No evidence was found to support a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and any of the self-reported or measured health endpoints examined. However, the study did demonstrate a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and annoyance towards several features (including noise, vibration, shadow flicker, and the aircraft warning lights on top of the turbines) associated with wind turbines.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour just issued 10 orders against CS Wind — such as requiring training, new protocols and guardrails — after a worker’s feet were pinned by a sheet of metal Tuesday. A report obtained by The Windsor Star shows that the Ministry of Labour issued more than 80 orders between September 2012 and February 2014.
The transmission poles, located alongside the County-owned rail corridor, will carry the power from 49 new turbines in Melancthon to the Hydro One transformer station on the 3rd Line of Amaranth. Construction started last spring and Ms. Wallace says she heard from friends and neighbours “that DWP was violating their site plan agreements.”
The plan by German company Prowind to build a wind farm in North Gower is a no-go for now, since the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) deemed it not a qualified applicant.
The barn owl has done what no anti-wind turbine protester in Port Ryerse has been able to do to date: halt construction of a green energy project in their village. ...The Port Ryerse case is the first time a project in Ontario has been ordered back to the drawing board due to the presence of barn owls.
Residents want to be informed and to know the assets and drawbacks a project will bring. If project advocates do not inform them, it is a certainty that opposition groups will. Furthermore, some locals may have very legitimate concerns that require in depth answers. It is paramount that these concerns are addressed or acknowledged by the wind company itself while analysis takes place. Rather than ignore citizen complaints, industry leaders must keep residents engaged while working to find ways to address the concerns of interested parties.
While the township hasn't received official word from the company, landowners who signed leases allowing turbines to be built by Mainstream on their property received letters saying "they don't think they could make a viable application under the new rules for energy procurement," he said.
The Green Energy Act’s ability to trump other legislation is a problem across Ontario, but Melancthon is home to a worse case scenario according to Jim Wilson, interim leader of the Official Opposition. ...“We’re not against renewable energy as the PC Party, but our policy has always been these things should only be located in communities where they’re welcome and wanted,” he said.
Under Windlectric's current proposal, Brian and Eva Little's home on the Second Concession will see three 155-metre-tall wind turbines built on the north, south and west sides of their property. ...APAI argued the turbine development would significantly harm residents' health and property values on the island.
Police say those responsible trespassed onto the site and put debris into the hydraulic lines of a Spider Plow boring machine, causing thousands of dollar damage to the specialized equipment used for burying cables and high voltage lines. The vandals also attempted to damage other machines at the site by draining oil from the equipment.
Work stopped immediately at the site and hadn't resumed Thursday while a company investigation heard from all workers involved. The company is co-operating with the Ministry of Labour, Sheehan said in a follow-up e-mail. Construction on the 270 megawatt project involving 140 wind turbines began in July.
Under the bylaw, if a resident complains about infra sound, the municipality would hire an engineer qualified to take the measurements before laying a charge. Under the proposed bylaw, fines – if a company is found guilty – can range from $500 to $10,000 per offence and could exceed $100,000 if the offense continues. The municipality could also recoup the cost of the specialized testing under the bylaw.
Dr. Studzienny ...maintained that he was concerned about the safety of those of his clients involved in the wind turbine issue as his hands shook too badly when he went to work on their mouths. He also denied service to municipal councillors on councils that he felt were not doing enough to stop wind turbine developments on Manitoulin Island, such as the Northeast Town.
Some Kincardine councillors are not ready to accept a legal opinion they have received on four industrial wind turbines going up at three different locations near Tiverton. A recorded 5-4 vote has put the solicitor's recommendations on hold.
Those living close to the projects asked Leitch to stay – or set aside - the renewable energy agreements issued in July that would build 159 wind turbines near Seaforth and outside of Goderich.