N0. 11 January 2017
The Progress of the Court Case:
Our lawyer, Alan Whitely, spent October 21 in an Ottawa courtroom presenting arguments addressing the first motions of our judicial review.
WPD wanted to be a full participant in the case so they could be awarded costs should our case fail. Ron Higgins, the mayor of North Frontenac Township, asked to be an intervenor (a limited participant) in the case. The Ontario Energy Board asked that our case against them be quashed.
After two months of deliberation, a Decision was rendered. Alan’s arguments convinced the judge to deny WPD full participation in the case. Instead, they are only permitted intervenor status with restrictions that limit their witnesses, evidence, and examination of witnesses to the impact of the proceedings on their particular interests. Ron Higgins was not granted intervenor status but he will add an affidavit to the Judicial Review.
The next motions will be scheduled imminently. They include, from CCSAGE Naturally Green: one to protect CCSAGE from costs, and one to compel the government agencies to produce the records of their decision to approve the White Pines wind farm and transmission lines. A motion from OEB is to remove themselves from the case.
The 2015/16 Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario:
The ECO Report was released recently and several pertinent points have been pulled out of the executive summary.
“The large-scale loss of biodiversity is a crisis in Ontario and around the world. As well as invasive species, the biggest threats are human-caused habitat loss and degradation, and disease, with climate change playing a growing role. The declines of moose, bats and amphibians in Ontario demonstrate that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry needs to act urgently on habitat protection and biodiversity monitoring.” [p.4/8] ……..While white-nose syndrome is by far the major threat to Ontario’s bats; bats can suffer additional losses from human persecution and from wind turbines. The collapse of Ontario’s bat population could lead to an increase in insect pests, just as public health authorities are calling on Ontarians to protect themselves from mosquito bites because of the spread of insect-borne diseases. [p.6/8]…….In recommendations, p8/8, it says – “The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing should prohibit infrastructure in provincially significant wetlands.”
These have been suggested by a variety of people. If you have any to add please let us know:
White Pines ERT Friday January 27-10am Wellington Community Centre….. LET’S PACK THE HALL! AND SAVE THE COUNTY!
The final oral submissions of the APPEC/Hirsch Environmental Review Tribunal ERT will be heard in the County. We encourage all to attend. Filling the hearing room to capacity for these final submissions will show the Tribunal that PEC cares.
The next major event of the White Pines ERT is Friday, January 27, 2017 when the ERT will convene in Prince Edward County to hear closing arguments. This will be our LAST opportunity to present our case to the Tribunal before it adjourns to make a final decision on the White Pines wind project.
This is also the last and ONLY day in over a year that the Tribunal has deemed to hold a public hearing, with the past ten months of this ERT taking place entirely behind closed doors. This is your opportunity to let the Tribunal know that County residents did not appreciate being left out of the appeal process. In order to make that point – and to make clear where you stand on the White Pines wind project – you will need to be there!
The hearing will be held as follows:
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Wellington and District Community Centre, Highline Hall, 111 Belleville Street, Wellington.
This appeared in County Weekly News as a letter to the editor in response to an article in the previous week’s edition by CanWea, the trade organization of the wind industry, which was not identified as such.
In these Brexit/Trump/Wynne/Leitch days of constant dismal theatre, a lighter touch and even a good laugh can be had from the recurring musings of the County Sustainability Group and of its allies. Particularly those of CanWea, which is the trade organization of the wind industry although not so identified.
Humour should always be shared and CanWea certainly does that, no easy accomplishment for the advocate of a particular perspective more noted for spin. By the time a reader reaches the end of its latest crowd pleaser, she would be in stitches of laughter on the floor, more so if she lived in a County officially not-a-willing-host to wind factories where so many other readers are always on the lookout for the comedian of the day with whom to share a laugh.
Realizing that the members of CanWea had no influence on the drafting of the Green Energy Act nor profit from its one-sided implementation, that reader and her friends and neighbours in South Marysburgh , for example, (the vibrant centre of current County humour) will experience a warm feeling to learn that continuing development of the wind energy sector in Ontario will lead, among other things, to local community benefits and affordable electricity. And all contributed without thought of profit but motivated only by the sheer pleasure of invoking bemused laughter for being a bright spot in Ontario’s economy.
No doubt some comedic spark will organize a Laugh-In locally, to which will be invited a long list of other well-known and distinguished comedians, starting with the present and former Ontario Auditors-General, a bunch of prominent economists, the jokers at Hydro One and IESO and those in rural (but never, ever, urban or suburban) Ontario who have endured, or will endure, expropriation without compensation in lost value in homes and businesses, loss of heritage and landscape, demolition of local tourism, in some cases personal illness and everywhere the slaughter of birds, bats, butterflies and anything else that flies, including endangered species. Even a member of the notoriously happy Blandings’ Turtle family can be among the invitees.
This large gathering will compete for the most risible story presented on all those topics, on the billions of dollars charged back to all Ontarians in their hydro bills and taxes from so-called green energy, to the unneeded power exported daily at a huge loss, to the recent Queen’s Park statement that energy needs in Ontario are already more than adequate and good for a minimum of 10 more years, to the gas plants scandal and aftermath(s) and indeed to a whole litany of equivalent thigh-slappers.
It is doubtful whether Trump or Leitch will make it, but Wynne certainly should, will be the funniest person there and will be presented with the Humour of the Century Award. Should be a blast and CanWea will not only enjoy it but can spin it as it may.
CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN.
We continue to work to save our County from industrial wind turbines. We had a very successful silent auction at our public information meeting yesterday at the Waring House. And it was fun too!! Thanks to everyone for your support! All proceeds go to our judicial review led by our pro bono lawyer Alan Whiteley.
Just a reminder to join CCSAGE Naturally Green at Waring Hall on Sunday November 27 at 2pm to hear updates on the status of proposed industrial wind turbines in Prince Edward County and Amherst Island while doing some Christmas shopping. We are overwhelmed by the number of donations to our ***silent auction. There are over 40 amazing items including:
• A copy of the settlers Dream valued at $175
• A large framed reproduction by local artist Hew Elcock, valued at $300 Bakker Brothers Cows (see photo below)
• A gift certificate for a dinner for 2 from East and Main, Wellington valued at $150
• A Hoselton figurine of Mother Seal and Pup on granite valued at $100
• A charming ceramic Blanding’s turtle by Rednersville Road artist Florence Chic-Lau valued at $65
• An antique beaver top hat in original box from Christie’s of London, valued at $250
• A small oil of a Picton scene by Thomas (Jesus) Estevez
Come out and bid on any of these items, they would be novel Christmas gifts, and you may get a bargain in the process.
***This Auction will help defray the court costs and photo copying expenses in our on-going battle to save the County from large scale Industrial Wind Turbines. Please join us for this informative and enjoyable afternoon. This meeting is open to everyone so feel free to bring your friends and neighbours.
FEATURED LOCAL ARTIST HEW ELCOCK : BAKKER BROTHERS COWS 25.5″ X 34″ (REPRODUCTION)
On Sunday, November 27th, starting at 2.00 pm, (after the Picton Santa Claus Parade winds up and hours before the Grey Cup final on TV), please spend your time constructively by coming to the Waring House. There you’ll hear all the latest news about the current state of wind turbine threats to the County and be able to take part in a silent auction with interesting and valuable items to raise money for the $20 to $30 thousand of out-of-pocket expenses for court, printing and travel costs of our Judicial Review application.
You’ll hear briefly and much to the point from MPP Todd Smith, from the business community winery owner Sherry Karlo and our own Alan Whiteley up-dating us on the status of our Judicial Review application before the Courts. Alan, as by now you well know, is our lawyer, donating his time and talents on a pro-bono basis, supported by the research of law students at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, also working pro-bono.
Not to mention short contributions from other wind factory fighters, PECFN, APPEC, Liz Driver and an Amherst Island representative.
It will be an informative, enjoyable and productive afternoon. In addition to our Members, the public generally is invited, admission is free and the media will be there in force.