Articles from Ontario

'Express lane' approvals for turbines tramples residents' rights, lawyer argues

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.
19 Nov 2014

Ontario’s wind farm approval process faces constitutional challenge

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.
18 Nov 2014

Wind farm on Oak Ridges Moraine up for appeal hearing

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.
17 Nov 2014

Wind turbine opponents reject study

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.
13 Nov 2014

Those who move away not part of turbine study

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.
7 Nov 2014

Health Canada Publishes Findings From Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study

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.
6 Nov 2014

Who gives a hoot about turbines? A barn owl, that's who

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.
4 Nov 2014

From effective discourse to opposition rhetoric: Ontario wind proposals at risk for public defeat

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.
4 Nov 2014

Opposition leader Jim Wilson slams Dufferin Wind

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.
30 Oct 2014

Wind Turbine Damage Continues In Huron County

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.
23 Oct 2014

Big crane topples at K2 wind farm

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.
16 Oct 2014

New bylaw will hold turbines companies to keep it down

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.
12 Oct 2014

Gore Bay dentist settles Ontario Human Rights charges and will issue public apology

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.
8 Oct 2014

Wind Turbine Decision on Hold

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.
6 Oct 2014

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Ontario&p=19&type=Article
back to top