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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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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.

 

Rex Murphy: The Green Energy Act is dead. Let that be a warning to green politicians Ontario’s Green Energy Act was a horror for business, a gross invasion of municipal authority, and sent successive auditors general to whatever is the chartered accountants version of a hospice centre

Rex Murphy
September 21, 2018
2:28 PM EDT
With apologies to the cowboy folk-music tradition, and in particular to Mr. Roy Rogers (film star, balladeer) and his horse Trigger (the golden palomino) for the mauling of a noble classic, may I offer, in homage to Mr. Ford’s euthanasia of the Green Energy Act, a few campfire lyrics:

Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little boondoggles,

It was McGuinty’s misfortune, and none of my own

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Ontario’s Green Energy Act was a horror for business, a gross invasion of municipal authority, and sent successive auditors general to whatever is…

Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little boondoggles,

You know that Ontario’s no longer your home.

The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, which the Ford government announced Thursday it would officially cancel, was one of the most monumental government follies of our time. It was a hydra-headed monster of regulations and fiat that bludgeoned Ontario’s rural communities, stripped Ontario’s municipalities of every right to the slightest participation in their own planning, placed a darkling pall over the manufacturing industry, and imposed the highest electricity costs in all North America on some of Ontario’s lowest-income citizens.

It is a challenge to give a comprehensive account of its many follies. A saga that started in 2009 under then Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, received a full and smothering embrace by his successor, Kathleen Wynne, that subsidized at dizzying multiples the electricity provided by the most inefficient sources, put the small towns and outlying cities of the province under a green iron fist, stimulated both the construction of gas plants and their subsequent abrupt election-inspired cancellation, produced power it had to give away or pay other jurisdictions to take, castrated small businesses, burdened the most impoverished of the province with a choice between power and bread, and then precipitated the greatest slaughter of the Liberal Party of Ontario in modern-day history, cannot be encompassed in a column.

The story of the McGuinty/Wynne crusade to impose, at any cost, full green moralism on Ontarians should serve as a drastic caution to politicians everywhere that “going green” isn’t the innocent

All in all, it was the most staggering story involving hallucinations about windmills since the great Cervantes inscribed — to give the full, elegant title — “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha,” which an obliging Google amanuensis translates as “The ingenious knight Don Quixote of La Mancha.”

It’s quite queasy being a green. The story of the McGuinty/Wynne crusade to impose, at any cost, full green moralism on Ontarians should serve as a drastic caution to politicians everywhere that “going green” isn’t the innocent, costless Boy-Scoutism it is always portrayed as. That it is never quite enough to keep telling your citizens in the condescending tones of the Sunday morning TV evangelists to “take your medicine, it’s for your own good.”

It is an amazing thing how often politicians elected to serve a particular jurisdiction — could be municipal or provincial — set themselves these grand glorious and green global agendas. “Sorry. Can’t fix the potholes, clear the drains before a storm, unlock the traffic snarling every street and expressway or get the streetcars here on time — but, hey, we’re banning plastic straws and grocery bags and we’re going solar on the billboards.” If you can’t run the city, leave the planet saving for another day. If you’ve got to send out government money to private citizens to allow them to pay their power bills because your policies are the very ones that drove power bills to a level they cannot pay, then reconsider the delusion that global warming is what you were elected to fix.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act was a horror for business, a gross invasion of municipal authority, and sent successive auditors general to whatever is the chartered accountants version of a hospice centre. It had some glorious moments. Following the politically motivated billion-dollar cancellation of the Oakville gas plant — a plant necessitated by the Green Energy fiat that shut down all coal power — and the destruction by Liberal staffers of the very emails in the premier’s office that might have illuminated this billion-dollar waste, Mr. McGuinty, at one hearing offered this immortal rationalization: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

They have not baked, nor will they ever, the fortune cookie worthy to receive that compacted, gnarly, choice slice of perfect condescension. It should be engraved in granite on the steps of the Ontario legislature, enclosed in glass, with the instruction: For Use Only When Every Other Excuse Has Laid Down And Died.

An addiction to greenism is never free. It hollows the political mind. And in the light of last week’s great horror over Premier Ford toying with the notwithstanding clause — the very birth-giving instrument of our sacred Charter of Rights — the green-energy saga offers yet another lesson. Its fiercest opponents, the Liberals and the NDP, saw constitutional Armageddon in Mr. Ford’s resolve to call out the clause. They were most intensely angered because he was “depriving Toronto’s municipal government” of its rights, short-circuiting democracy itself.

Where were they and their Everest-high concerns for municipal democracy when Premier Never-Too-Late stripped all municipal authorities of their capacity to protest, participate in or engage with the epidemic of windmill construction in their own communities? The Toronto Sun Lorrie Goldstein put it very clearly: “(They) deprived Ontarians of natural justice, turning neighbour against neighbour as developers quietly signed deals to lease privately-owned lands in rural communities for massive wind turbines and solar farms, with the projects then sprung on those communities as a fait accompli, in which they had no meaningful say.”

Two final points: when they people got to judge their glorious green future in an election, the Liberals were transmuted into a rump. If any politician wants to see how greenism and the famous equation of federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna works out in the real world (“the environment and the economy go hand in hand”) check out Ontario. Note those Liberal numbers, and note well too, that a Mr. Doug Ford “I am become Destroyer of Carbon Taxes” is Premier.

CCSAGE Director John Hirsch addresses the Annual General Meeting on SAFE AND APPROPRIATE GREEN ENERGY (SAGE)

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW to read the presentation made by CCSAGE Director John Hirsch at the CCSAGE Annual General Meeting, May 5, 2018 at the Bloomfield Town Hall.  Topic:  Safe and Appropriate Green Energy (SAGE)

AGM Hirsch Presentation 2018

 

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Lawyer Alan Whiteley addresses CCSAGE Annual General Meeting

The following is the presentation made by our pro-bono lawyer, Alan Whiteley at the CCSAGE Annual General Meeting held Saturday, May 5, 2018  at Bloomfield Town Hall.
Please click on the link below to see the presentation. 

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Jane Wilson goes after MOECC Minister Ballard

Jane Wilson, President of Wind Concerns Ontario, has initiated a private prosecution of the Hon. Chris Ballard, with a hearing scheduled in Toronto on Thursday, May 17. She would benefit by your attendance at the hearing.

Jane alleges that the Minister has violated the Environmental Protection Act by not taking action on thousands of noise complaints relating to wind turbines. Here is WCO’s news release: http://www.windconcernsontario.ca/

Jane has convinced a Justice of the Peace to issue a summons, in conjunction with the Provincial Offences Act, compelling the Minister to appear in court on Thursday, May 17 to respond to the evidence that she will submit. She is being represented by a lawyer in Eric Gillespie’s office. Lawyers for MOECC will be out in force.

Here is an article on private prosecutions in Ontario:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/private_prosecution.php

It would be very helpful to Jane if some of us were to attend the hearing to support her brave initiative. The hearing will be at the Toronto East Court, 1350 Markham Road (just south of the 401), on Thursday, May 17 at 9:00 am.