It was a very informative meeting held yesterday at the Waring House in Picton. A great turnout to hear Todd Smith MPP, our pro bono lawyer Alan Whiteley and Sherry Karlo of Karlo Esatares Winery.
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.
The biggest unreported story in the Ontario media, despite all its talented investigative journalists, is the destruction of rural Ontario by massive wind “farms” and solar projects.
Wind turbines are not “farms” but sophisticated industrial machines, each taller than Toronto’s Royal York Hotel or the Ottawa Peace Tower. They will never be built in urban centres. So rural Ontario is being progressively devastated while residents of towns and cities, along with the media, remain uncaring.
Large wind and solar factories give the finger to rural economies, heritage, and property and business values and landscapes, while vast flocks of migrating birds, including endangered species, are killed by these lofty Cuisinarts. All these obvious outcomes are denied by an industry that cares not about climate change and only about government-enforced profits.
There is a lot here worth investigating. There’s the unreported but significant influence of the wind industry in the initial drafting of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, a legislation of sweeping consequences that – despite warnings of harmful consequences by distinguished economists and professional engineers – was adopted with unusual speed by the legislature, moving from its introduction to passage in just 11 weeks. There is no business case for all this green energy, as the auditor-general has consistently shown, yet the government was so forceful in implementing it that it took away from rural municipalities their planning and zoning powers, denying them any say in whether or not these intrusive projects would be imposed, regardless of local wishes.
Hallowe’en, October 2016.
On Sunday, November 27th next, starting at 2.00 pm, we are hosting an information session and silent auction at Waring House in Picton. Presenting will be MPP Todd Smith, from the business community Sherry Karlo of Karlo Estates Wineries and our lawyer, Alan Whiteley. There will be brief commentaries from other groups involved in saving the County and Amherst Island from wind turbine factories. The overall message will bring the community up to date with all recent developments in fighting our own government and its overpaid wind industry acolytes, particularly relating to our own Judicial Review application on which Alan is acting as our lawyer completely on a pro bono basis. The silent auction will raise funds for the unavoidable out-of-pocket expenses such as court costs, printing and travel, estimated to be not less than $20,000 to $30,000. Be there – entry is free.
HOW TO APPRECIATE COUNTY WINE
That $20,000 to $30,000 is being collected in stages. A recent request of our Members produced $3,165 to start us on the way. Many thanks to the18 individuals who generously responded. The wineries of Norman Hardie, Karlo Estates and the Grange of Prince Edward donated wine to be won by three of the donors from a draw which took place immediately following the Wellington Pumpkinfest parade. Mayor Robert Quaiff and MPP Todd Smith did the honours, and the winners were Robert Ritzer of Sheba Island and Gary Smith and Don Wakefield, both of Picton.
In keeping with the October theme, a sale of Elegant Pumpkins, painstakingly decorated by members of our Advisory Committee, added a further $1,500 to the coffers. The silent auction at the November 27th meeting will be the next, planned, fund-raising event.
OUR JUDICIAL REVIEW.
The Case Management Justice, Marc Labrosse, heard two motions in Ottawa on October 21st. The first was by Mayor Higgins of North Frontenac Township asking to be added as an Intervenor to support us and the second by wpd White Pines requesting status as a Party in opposition. After a full hearing, Justice Labrosse reserved his decisions, which hopefully will be released before our November 27th event. The usual practice is should a litigant lose its case at the final Court hearing, costs are awarded against it. Traditionally, costs are never awarded to an Intervenor but are to a full Party. Thus we interpreted wpd White Pines’ motion as an attempted intimidation in the hopes that we might withdraw, it being obvious that no not-for-profit such as ours could ever have the assets to meet such an award. We are quite comfortable in having wpd White Pines as an Intervenor, and Alan so argued before Justice Labrosse. We await his decisions with interest.
THIS AND THAT.
Queen’s Park’s plan to use our money to offer financial help to low income hydro bill payers (don’t get us started on those monstrous hydro bills) went awry. The Minister of Energy has admitted that most of the $12 million allotted went to consultants and advertising and not to the planned beneficiaries. Why does this sound familiar in the overall Green Energy Act fiasco?
The massive wind factory in Lake Ontario offshore Wolfe and Amherst Islands is alive and kicking, despite the so-called moratorium imposed by Queen’s Park. The American proponent, Windstream, went to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands under NAFTA rules and was awarded over $25 million in damages and almost $3 million in costs. The award is against the Government of Canada as under NAFTA rules Canada is responsible for the acts of its Provinces. No doubt one Liberal government will seek to be reimbursed by the other Liberal government which was responsible for the moratorium. Yet more millions added to the same fiasco in a Province which has a surplus of energy into the foreseeable future and exports that surplus at a loss, also added….well, you know where. The ruling also confirmed that the original contract between Windstream and Ontario is still in effect. If this dreadful project ever gets built, the transmission line to the mainland will run between Amherst Island and the easterly point of Prince Edward County. On top of that, Trillium Power is also suing the Ontario government as a result of the moratorium that affects their proposed wind turbine factory on the shoals of Main Duck Island, even closer to the County.
And lastly, Ottawa plans to introduce incentives to ensure that eventually all homes will be virtually self-sufficient in energy. Now, doesn’t that sound like the “safe and appropriate” green energy in which CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN believes? And wouldn’t it have made sense if funds had been originally devoted to such an objective rather than the mind-boggling financial disaster of the Green Energy Act? We await full details from Ottawa to get a better picture.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:03:14 EDT PM
Amherst Island is an idyllic place: rolling meadows dotted with heritage buildings, narrow carriage roads lined by the largest concentration of historic dry stone walls in Canada. The population of 400 year-round residents expands to 1,000 in the summer, but the island located west of Kingston in Lake Ontario, because it is a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, has largely resisted the encroachment of developers.
It is an internationally designated Important Bird Area, lies directly on the migration path of dozens of bird varieties, is home to several endangered species, and is known as the owl capital of North America.
In short, Amherst Island is a special place.
But that could all change if an industrial wind energy project goes ahead. The Ontario government has approved the construction of 27 giant turbines, a transformer station and collector lines. These are no ordinary windmills: the industrial turbines are more than 500 feet tall. That’s the height of a 55-storey skyscraper.
Without question, this massive construction project will disrupt life on the island like never before. The historic stone fences will be damaged or destroyed. Wildlife habitat will be damaged or destroyed.
And when these massive turbines are in operation, many of the things that make Amherst Island such a special place will be destroyed.