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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 .
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Recorded Minutes of the CCSAGE 2019 Annual General Meeting,March 31,2019

Recorded Minutes

Location: Waring Hall, Waring House, Picton

Meeting called to order at 2:08pm

Chairs remarks: Anne Dumbrille

Anne referenced the current status including: WPD turbines still standing, no compensation for those affected, no turbine setbacks defined, WPD turbines manufactured “out of compliance” and other subjects.

Anne declared that those “paid up” members for 2018 would have their memberships considered paid for 2019. She mentioned that CCSAGE was not in a need for cash and identified the other County organizations which are in need of funds, among them APPEC, PECFN and South Shore Joint Initiative.

There would be no requirement for an election of directors as both Anne’s and John Hirsch’s terms had not concluded.

Garth Manning is retiring from the CCSAGE Advisory Committee.

Anne acknowledged the significant contribution that Garth has made over his tenure on the Board and the Committee.

Garth was not in attendance and Anne identified the gift that Garth would be receiving.

Minutes of the 2018 AGM:

Motion to accept the minutes as presented made by Cynthia Huff and seconded by Alison Walker.  Motion passed.

Financial statements:

Mustafa Alidina reviewed the December 31, 2018 financial results.

Motion to accept the financial statements as presented made by Bruce Nicholson and seconded by John Hirsch. Motion passed.

Mayor Steve Ferguson was introduced by Chair Anne. Steve expressed his gratitude to CCSAGE and its supporters as well as acknowledging the efforts of MPP Todd Smith.

John Hirsch spoke on behalf of MPP Todd Smith. 

From a recent telephone conversation with Todd, the WPD turbines will not “come down” until after the period of blanding turtles movement. Health, safety, water quality, set-back issues are still being addressed by the new government. Todd advised of the volume of work required and the shortage of resources.

Current Status of Legal Actions:

Alan Whiteley delivered an update on the issues that residents are facing with wind turbines as well as the legal proceedings that CCSAGE has initiated.

SAGE:

Bruce Nicholson delivered an address on the subject of harnessing water for power including the potential sites and developments in hydroelectric generation of small scale projects and the harnessing of power from tides and waves.

Adjournment: Anne Dumbrille adjourned the meeting at 3:10pm

The annual meeting of Wind Concerns Ontario followed the CCSAGE meeting.

Notice of Application required to continue the Charter Challenge to the Green Energy Act by Alan Whiteley

At the CCSAGE Annual General Meeting held Sunday, March 31 in Picton, CCSAGE lawyer Alan Whiteley presented and explained the status of our legal proceedings, noting that our Judicial Review has changed to a Charter Challenge to the Green Energy Act.

Click here Notice of Application  to review the Notice of Application commenced by CCSAGE in the Superior Court in Picton.  It is a public document, and can be viewed by anyone.

 

Hydroelectric Power through the harnessing of Water (**SAGE)

Bruce Nicholson, spoke on SAGE (**Safe and Appropriate Green Energy) at the CCSAGE Annual General Meeting held Sunday, March 31, at Waring House in Picton, Ontario.  The following is his presentation:

Today, I wish to speak to you on the subject of hydroelectric power through the Harnessing of Water.

An article by Gary May in the Summer 2012 issue of Watershed magazine entitled “MPP Rob Milligan’s Small Idea”, caught my interest as we were suffering the impact of the Green Energy Act. Rob was the MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West from 2011 to 2014.

Waterpower was the key to the establishment of Ontario’s industrial heartland with the introduction of grist mills along river ways.

In the 1950’s, a new philosophy took hold: bigger is better. Since then there has been a move away from small community generating stations where some 300 hydroelectric plants have been shut down. 

Mr. Milligan’s idea was to resurrect some of the old generating sites that had been cast aside and mothballed. In 2012, there were 14 power stations in his riding producing 71 megawatts of hydroelectric power, enough to satisfy between 42,000 to 56,000 average homes. Most of these are on the Trent/Severn and nearby rivers.

In the article, Rob claimed that there were 45 other sites, that if utilized, could produce another 25 megawatts. Of those, about 36 were already developed as mill sites.

Todd Masse of Water Power Group of Companies claims to have identified 2,300 potential sites across Ontario. “Low-head” is a term given to short drops, locations where water falls less than 5 meters. Across Canada, there are approximately 10,000 low-head dams and hydraulic structures that have been built for flood control, water supply and irrigation.

That is a potential for 10,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 6 to 8 million homes.

Modern technology have seen the introduction of “fish friendly” generators to dramatically reduce fish mortality.

A typical grist mill on any number of rivers across eastern Ontario could be converted to produce 100 kilowatts of power annually.

From Renewable Energy World’s website, “run-of-the-river” hydropower could potentially be the answer to the renewable energy needs.This concept utilizes technology by diverting the river flow through turbines before returning the water back to the river downstream. Their focus is on new, low-impact hydropower generation at existing non-powered dams with as little modification to the dam as possible.

According to Mark Stover of Hydro Green Energy of Illinois , “when utilities start comparing our output to that of small wind and medium-sized solar projects…they realize that we are generating much more power and power that is reliable and predictable”.

The reservoir methodology is also one that is growing in support.

Water is released from an elevated reservoir through turbines and captured in a lower level reservoir. When demand for electric is significantly below peak, such as night time, the water is pumped back up to the elevated reservoir awaiting the next cycle of activity. 

A Hydro-Quebec study showed that when all costs are averaged over the lifetime of the facilities, hydroelectricity is 8 times less expensive than wind energy.

Harnessing tidal power

In a July 2018 article in The Guardian, Damian Carrington sheds light on the devices which promise to unlock the Moon’s vital energy potential.

To quote him “the ocean energy sector is frothing with ideas, with hundreds of companies developing an extraordinary array of devices and backed by billions of dollars of investment.”

A coalition of 25 ocean-faring nations, called Ocean Energy Systems, estimates a global potential for wave and tidal energy of 750 Giga-Watts by 2050 . This is almost twice today’s global nuclear capacity.

Tidal and wave energy production doubled in 2017and increasing annually.

OpenHydro, already deployed in the Bay of Fundy, utilizes giant 16 meter hoops with inward-pointing blades. 

There are vertical turbines that spin like a carousel, such as Hydroquest in France and LHD in China.

Tidal energy has the advantage of being precisely predictable years ahead.

It offers ocean-faring nations, a homegrown supply fo energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Capturing wave power is even more challenging.

Some examples in use today include: 

– Wedge Global which use buoys that bounce up and down on a pole, like a pogo stick

– A Finnish vessel, the Penguin, which gyrates with the waves to

convert the back and forth movement of water to electricity. 

– Paddles are being deployed in a number of devices such a the WaveRoller and Wave Piston. 

It is encouraging that investment and research into the harnessing of water power is growing. The future is not so bleak !

CCSAGE Naturally Green Annual General Meeting to be held jointly with             Wind Concerns Ontario Annual General Meeting – Sunday, March 31, 2pm, Waring Hall, Picton, Ontario

                   
Please join us for the CCSAGE Naturally Green 2019 AGM:
Where:  Waring Hall, Waring House, Picton
When:    Sunday March 31, 2019.
Time:      Doors open at 1:30 pm  Meeting starts at 2:00 p.m
The meeting will include a President’s message, Financial Report (attached), 2018 Minutes (attached) and presentations of:
  • Update and changes to the CCSAGE Naturally Green legal case
  • SAGE, that is, Safe and Appropriate Green Energy. 

***CCSAGE financial statement and minutes are available upon request.

Please note: In the event that you are not able to attend, a proxy vote on the acceptance of the draft financial report may be sent to Mustafa Alidina atmustdina@hotmail.com
 
 
The Wind Concerns Ontario AGM will follow, with a President’s message and presentations of: 
  • Up to the minute on Green Energy Act (which has NOT been repealed), 
  • Municipal roles, 
  • The new campaign by CanWEA to restart wind in Ontario.

 

CCSAGE points to Deficiencies in the draft Technical Requirements proposed for the decommissioning of the wpd Turbines

There are deficiencies in the draft Technical Requirements proposed for the de-commissioning of the WPD IWTs (New regulation under the Environmental Protection Act to close the White Pines Wind Project ERO number 013-3835 Comment period end Dec 1, 2018).

The response from CCSAGE regarding the draft requirements includes comments/recommendations on the areas below. For the full detailed response submitted by CCSAGE click on the link…  Decommissioning input from CCSAGE

1. Overall Comment regarding: consistency with the wpd White Pines decommissioning plan, and “agreement with landowner”
2. Two year closure period
3. Monitoring including construction period
4. Removal of lines
5. Surface and ground water
6. Stormwater management
7. Unknown high water mark
8. Damage and impacts
9. Storm water pollution
10. Seasonal travel corridors

CCSAGE Remarks and Recommendations pertaining to the Repeal of the Green Energy Act

CCSAGE has made comments and recommendations pertaining to the following topics in reference to the Repeal of the Green Energy Act.  To view detailed report, click here Comments on the Green Energy Repeal Act

1. Municipal Planning Power

2. Adverse Health Effects

3. REA Compliance

4. Impact and Effects of Noise

5. Impact on Adjacent Property

6. Effects on Ground and Surface Water

7. Effects on Community

8. Impact on Property Value

9. Lack of Economic Analysis

10. Lack of Thorough Scientific/Environmental Analysis

11. “First to the grid” priority

12. Curtailment of Other Sources

Comments on Bill 34, the Act to Repeal the Green Energy Act.

Bill 34 reinstates the ability of municipalities to have input into the siting of power generation facilities, but does little else to eliminate the politicization of the electricity industry by the McGuinty and Wynne governments or to remediate the disastrous impact that the Green Energy Act (“GEA”) has had on residents of rural Ontario.

In a news release dated 20 September 2018 announcing the legislation to repeal the GEA, Monte McNaughton is quoted as saying: ”The Green Energy Act allowed the previous government to trample over the rights of families, businesses and municipalities across rural Ontario”.

There are over 2,500 Industrial Wind Turbines (“IWTs”) installed while the GEA was in effect that continue to operate in Ontario. The rights of the families, businesses and municipalities on whom this mandatory industrialization has been inflicted continue to be trampled and Bill 34 does nothing to change this.

The extensive Record of evidence filed in the legal proceeding CCSAGE v. Director, et al. in Ottawa Court file DC 15-2162 provides evidence that IWTs:

  • have been erected in breach of mandatory geographic setbacks and noise limits
  • emit infrasound and electromagnetic pollution that causes illness in residents
  • render homes unfit for habitation
  • create “dirty electricity” that impedes livestock operations
  • pollute waterways and ground water with soil, shale and poisonous minerals
  • sterilize adjacent lands by preventing building within their setback shadow
  • vandalize roads, landscape, habitat and species on abutting lands during

    construction

  • open gravel pits, build wharves and erect cement batching plants without any

    environmental studies

  • incur fires, tower collapses and other dangers to residents of abutting lands
  • depreciate the market value of abutting lands or render them unsaleable

    The shame of this environmental degradation is that the former Ontario government was complicit in it. Voters in the recent provincial election looked to the PC Party to restore their rights and remedy these wrongs.

On 11 October 2018 MPP (PC) Bill Walker of Bruce/Grey Counties addressed a meeting of the Multi Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group in Chesley, Ontario. Mr. Walker said that residents cannot expect any relief from IWTs for at least 1 to 2 years because the new government is just too busy doing other things.

This is not good enough. There are residents of rural Ontario who cannot sleep in their own houses, or drink from their own wells, or build on their own land, or sell their properties, and this situation has been going on since the enactment of the GEA in 2009. Repealing this ill-advised and punitive legislation should include measures to deal with the havoc it has caused.

 

CCSAGE update on legal proceedings

In enacting Bill 2 and Bill 34 the new Ontario government has delivered much of the relief sought by CCSAGENG in its Application for Judicial Review pending in the Divisional Court in Ottawa as Court File 15 – 2162 styled CCSAGE Naturally Green v Director, Environmental Protection Act and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (the “JR”).

However, one result of these recent enactments is that CCSAGE is compelled to amend much of its court proceeding.

Schedule 2 of Bill 2, the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act, § 5(1) (d) of
the Act provides that no cause of action arises against the Crown…as a direct or indirect result of…any…conduct that is related, directly or indirectly, to the White Pines
Wind Project and by § 5(5) any such proceeding already commenced is deemed to
have been dismissed, without costs, on 25 July 2018.

To the extent that CCSAGENG sought judicial review of the decisions to issue the REA and species harassment permits that allowed construction of the White Pines Project, those permits having been cancelled, there is no decision left to review.

However, with respect to the Industrial Wind Turbines already in operation across Ontario, the following issues raised in the JR remain unresolved:

was the statutory scheme in violation of constitutional rights and international treaties;
were the administrative procedures biased and in breach of natural law; and
were administrative decisions institutionally and operationally biased in favour of the proponents.

CCSAGE has filed in the Court a Record consisting of 14 Volumes of evidence from dozens of rural inhabitants across Ontario demonstrating that under the GEA statutory scheme the relevant ministries violated the constitutional rights of rural residents, ignoring their interests and their environment by following an inflexible policy of approving renewable energy projects without regard for rural economies or the health and property rights of rural residents. The damage inflicted includes health hazards making abutting properties uninhabitable, sterilization of use of abutting properties, ruin of water tables, violation of economic interests, and disruption of fragile rural economies.

In a news release dated 20 September 2018 announcing the legislation to repeal the GEA, Monte McNaughton is quoted as saying: ”The Green Energy Act allowed the previous government to trample over the rights of families, businesses and municipalities across rural Ontario”.

There are over 2,500 Industrial Wind Turbines (“IWTs”) installed while the GEA was in effect that continue to operate in Ontario. The rights of the families, businesses and municipalities on whom this mandatory industrialization has been inflicted continue to be trampled and Bill 34 does nothing to change this.

The extensive Record of evidence filed in the legal proceeding CCSAGE v. Director, et al. in Ottawa Court file DC 15-2162 provides evidence that IWTs:

have been erected in breach of mandatory geographic setbacks and noise limits
emit infrasound and electromagnetic pollution that causes illness in residents
render homes unfit for habitation
create “dirty electricity” that impedes livestock operations
pollute waterways and ground water with soil, shale and poisonous minerals
sterilize adjacent lands by preventing building within their setback shadow
vandalize roads, landscape, habitat and species on abutting lands during construction
open gravel pits, build wharves and erect cement batching plants without any environmental studies
incur fires, tower collapses and other dangers to residents of abutting lands
depreciate the market value of abutting lands or render them unsaleable

The shame of this environmental degradation is that the former Ontario government was complicit in it. Voters in the recent provincial election looked to the PC Party to restore their rights and remedy these wrongs.

CCSAGE is faced with amending its court proceedings to eliminate the claim for judicial review and have the issue of the constitutionality (or otherwise) of the GEA referred to the Superior Court of Ontario. Back in July when Bill 2 was enacted we asked the court to consider these changes. As in the past, the court has failed to respond on a timely basis. Our next appearance before the court is scheduled for 21 February 2019. CCSAGE is not giving up.