Recent web page updates
- Explanation of the application by CCSAGE for a Judicial Review of the Green Energy Act here .
- Outline of the rationale and vision of CCSAGE here .
March, 2016. The White Pines ERT refused APPEC’s request to prohibit immediate vegetation-clearing activities by wpd on the turbine-hosting properties, with reasons to be provided later. APPEC has appealed to Divisional Court, but was rebuffed.
April, 2016. The decision of the Ostrander Point ERT on the proposed remedy to limit Blanding’s turtle from road-related losses is expected this month.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016. PECFN’s Tapas and Wine Tasting event at the Picton Curling Club, Picton Fairgrounds, 5:30 to 10:00 pm. Tapas prepared by Michael Hoy, with wines selected and introduced by Ian Hanna. $70 for dinner incl tax & tip; wine tickets extra. Reserve HERE.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016. PEC Council will consider approval of a draft Road Users Agreement with wpd for White Pines. Shire Hall, 1:00 pm. Attendance encouraged.
Late June – early July, 2016. The White Pines ERT hearing will reconvene to consider new evidence re proposed mitigation of harms to Blanding’s Turtle and Little Brown Bat.
Originally published in the Toronto Sun on July 21, 2016 by Jim McPherson.
Ontario has few unspoiled “getaway” destinations for city folks, but Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has been perpetrating a prolonged assault on scores of bucolic places.
Industrial wind turbines, gridmonsters as I prefer to call them, have been the chosen weapon of defilement.
Just as loggers despoiled Prince Edward County’s virgin countryside nearly 100 years ago by harvesting the majestic white pines, Wynne’s gang has been forcing gridmonsters upon the County, and upon many other unwilling rural municipalities.
These attacks on Ontario’s countryside have been a collaborative effort, led by Wynne and aided by her accomplices.
We are delighted to report that as of 5.00 pm yesterday, July 6th , Gilead Power had NOT appealed the revocation of its Renewable Energy Approval for 9 turbines at Ostrander Point to the Divisional Court on points of law. It is thus out of time.
The 1% which we are so far unable to confirm is whether or not it appealed to the Minister of the Environment on points other than of law. We are assuming (only) that it did not. (Under the rules governing Environmental Review Tribunals their decisions can be confirmed, altered or revoked if the Minister believes any such action is “in the public interest”).
This is an outstanding and major success for PEC Field Naturalists, the first ever defeat of a Renewable Energy Approval for a wind factory and thus of the flawed and undemocratic Green Energy Act.
This Approval should never have been granted. It was evident from the get-go that turbines in a designated Important Bird Area, the habitat of endangered species and the terminus of the largest avian flyway in Ontario on land owned by Queen’s Park in trust for all Ontarians was the very last place for such a project. It took two courageous and gifted members of a Tribunal to state the obvious in unmistakeable terms.
We at CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN believe in green energy which is safe and appropriate. Ostrander Point was neither. We join with all County residents and businesses of like mind in congratulating PECFN, their lawyer Eric Gillespie and his staff and associates on this stunning achievement.
Originally published in the Toronto Sun on June 29, 2016 by Jim McPherson.
The federal government’s inaction on wind turbine noise is making Canadians sick.
It’s been a year-and-a-half since Health Canada’s $2-million study determined low-frequency acoustic waves from industrial wind turbines cause community annoyance.
According to the World Health Organization, unwanted noise, even at a moderate level, can lead to a myriad of adverse health outcomes, including stress-related symptoms such as sleep disturbance, elevated blood pressure, cardiac events and depression.
It’s a “green” form of radiation sickness.
Canada’s Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA) is supposed to regulate the design and operation of devices that emit radiation, such as microwave ovens and tanning beds.
In sworn testimony at an environmental review tribunal, a Health Canada official confirmed industrial wind turbines — large, noise-emitting devices — are regulated by REDA.
Below you will find a link to the open letter written to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Health and Associate Director at Health Canada requesting a meeting with the Minister to discuss compliance by the wind turbine industry with the Radiation Emitting Devices Act and wind turbine industry compliance obligations, and the need to conduct an investigation of related complaints.
The letter includes issues with the design of Health Canada’s wind turbine noise and health study with interpretation of the results, and implications regarding the fact that wind turbines fall under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act as industrial Act.
We have been informed that there are numerous signatures supporting this letter. Those who wish to add their support can do so by contacting Barb Ashbee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published in the Toronto Sun on June 14, 2016 by Jim McPherson.
The Ontario government has massively subsidized with our money the creation of wind and solar factories across the province that are unhealthy and unsafe, both for human beings and the wildlife we claim to care about.
Wind factories are unsafe because they make many of their human neighbours sick.
They are proven killers of birds, bats and other wildlife.
Wind turbine noise causes community annoyance, as determined by a 2014 Health Canada study that was denied scientific peer review.
Health Canada has set no standards for potentially harmful acoustic radiations from industrial wind turbines, the largest radiating devices in rural communities.
An Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal confirmed last week that a wind turbine project would cause serious and irreversible harm to endangered Blanding’s turtles in Prince Edward County. Read the rest of this entry
Congratulations to Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and to their lawyer, Eric Gillespie, and his team.
Fittingly, on the anniversary of D-Day the Environmental Review Panel found that the remedial measures proposed by Gilead and by our Government were not acceptable and revoked Gilead’s Renewable Energy Approval for seven turbines, all to have been located on Government land and within a designated Important Bird Area.
All that now remains is for Premier Wynne to grasp the nettle and kill the project once and for all.
The proposed project made no sense from the get-go. But even so it took hundreds of thousands of dollars of money from County residents without benefit of tax receipts and six years of PECFN courage and persistence to achieve the result that should have been obvious even to the closed minds at Queen’s Park.
Much of the reasoning and precedents cited in the Gilead ERT decision will be of considerable help to APPEC at its July remedy hearing before its own White Pines ERT and to Amherst Island, whose ERT concludes today. Blanding’s Turtles abound in both places. And also to us at CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN in our application for Judicial Review of the whole, sorry, Green Energy Act fiasco.
A much-needed shot in the arm, indeed.
Ontario’s ill wind: Throwing billions of dollars at wind and solar factories isn’t going to lower greenhouse emissions effectively or efficiently
Originally published in the Toronto Sun on April 16, 2016 by Jim McPherson.
On March 23, Lorrie Goldstein’s “Burn our money” column in the Toronto Sun criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for budgeting about $10 billion (including overseas spending) by 2020 on what Trudeau claims are climate change initiatives.
Last month, despite continuing objections from hosting municipalities and numerous concerns expressed by the office of the Auditor General of Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s provincial government approved more renewable energy projects.
Last week, a wind power developer began legally clearing vegetation from a vast area of pristine wildlife in Prince Edward County, even though the Enviromental Review Tribunal (ERT) had ruled the project would cause serious and irreversible harm to endangered Blandings Turtles and Little Brown Bats.
On April 8, photographs of habitat destruction apparently prompted the ERT to order an “interim stay” on construction and a “remedial measures” hearing will now be scheduled.
Federal and provincial Liberal governments are on a “green energy” spending spree.
They recklessly tilt at climate change by funding unwanted and unneeded wind and solar projects that kill wildlife and harm humans.
They generate super-expensive, intermittent, electricity that is exported at huge losses.
A comparison to Florida is a sobering story.
In the past decade, while Ontario electricity rates nearly doubled, Florida’s rates declined by 10%. Read the rest of this entry