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President’s Report for 2015.

Anne Dumbrille.

 

President’s Report for 2015.

 

Ontario brought in wind energy with a “top-down” style. Rather than the government setting broad policy objectives – they are making choices on which technologies and which suppliers should receive government contracts. They are working with corporations, to the detriment of the citizens and the province.

  • The Liberals’ Green Energy Act was enacted without economic or scientific research behind it.
  • There was no thought to how it would affect communities, local economy; individuals and individual’s economics.
  • There was a promise for overall job creation, with no analysis and in apparent deliberate conflict of international trade agreements.
  • Ontario took next to no account of heritage, landscapes and “place-attachment,” the sense we have of being anchored somewhere.
  • Heath concerns are ignored; requirements regarding noise/sound measurements inadequate.
  • There was a promise that it would save generations from climate change – yet:
    • There is no evidence that IWTs decrease greenhouse gases
    • Electricity constitutes only 7% of greenhouse gas emissions; by government calculations, meeting a goal of 20% electricity from IWTs only would decrease greenhouse gasses 1% – in reality 0%.
    • While energy use in Ontario has decreased 8%, energy generation has increased 13% — and we already had a surplus [in last 13 years].Advertisement

Thus – spilling enough hydro last year to supply 350,000 households for a full year as well as selling it at a huge loss.

  • It appears that we are increasing construction of gas plants only to provide back-up power for our so called green energy projects.
  • Over the last 10 years, the government has directed the expenditure of billions of dollars of public money on electricity projects, giving premium prices for solar and wind energy, with virtually no oversight or checks and balances. During this time, Ontario consumers have seen a large increase in electricity prices, with more to come. Electricity prices, now highest in North America –are pricing Ontario out of the business market.
  • The Act removes municipal zoning controls over renewable projects. Neither the people nor the municipality have a say whatever in what happened in their community – but must suffer the consequence.
  • To make it easy for contract approval:
    • Laws were changed. E.g., IWTs are exempt from the core protections of the Endangered Species Act – an Act that took years to put in place/ a strike of the pen to eviscerate. It now permits the harming, harassing and killing of endangered species in the course of installation and operation of so-called “green energy” industrial units/plants.
    • Laws were ignored
    • New bills are still in the works to centralize regulatory power (e.g. Bill 135 provides no role for oversight of government electricity directives; it will take power from the OEB, and essentially stop ERTs based on the environment).
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    AGM Words of Introduction

    Garth Mannning

    Introduction.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TODAY. WE WELCOME ALL OF YOU AND PARTICULARLY WELCOME OUR MAYOR, ROBERT QUAIFF, WHO WILL HAVE A WORD OR TWO FOR US LATER. SENATOR BOB RUNCIMAN, WHOSE VIEWS ON INDUSTIAL MACHINES IN RURAL AREAS ARE WELL KNOWN, IS PREVENTED FROM BEING HERE BY A SEVERE COLD BUT SENDS HIS BEST WISHES AND HIS CONGRATULATIONS TO PECFN, APPEC, JOHN HIRSCH AND LAWYER ERIC GILLESPIE FOR THE SUCCESSES RECENTLY ACHIEVED.   AND THE SAME GOES FOR OUR MPP, TODD SMITH.

    THE FORMAL BUSINESS OF THIS MEETING WILL BE BRIEF BUT BEFORE I INTRODUCE IT, SOMETHING ELSE NEEDS TO BE SAID.   THIS MEETING IS VERY DELIBERATLEY ON OUR PART OPEN TO THE MEDIA AND TO THE PUBLIC.   WE ARE AN INCORPORATED COMMUNITY NOT-FOR-PROFIT AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO BE OPEN AND APPROACHABLE.   THUS THERE MAY BE PEOPLE IN THIS HALL TODAY AFFILIATED WITH WPD OR GILEAD OR WHO HOLD VIEWS CONTRARY TO THOSE OF THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF COUNTY RESIDENTS AND OF ITS UNANIMOUS ELECTED COUNCIL. SO BE IT. THEY MAY INDEED LEARN SOMETHING AND I WOULD LIKE THEM TO LEAVE WITH THIS MESSAGE.   BY EVERY POSSIBLE LEGAL, LEGITIMATE AND MORAL MEANS WE WILL WITHOUT CEASING BATTLE THOSE WHO CARE NOTHING ABOUT THE DEVASTATION OF RURAL ONTARIO, ITS WILDLIFE AND ITS ECONOMY, BUT WHO SUBSCRIBE TO AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DISGRACEFUL AND UNDEMOCRATIC PROVISIONS OF THE BACKROOM CONTRIVED GREEN ENERGY ACT ONLY FROM MOTIVES OF GREED AND AVARICE.

    AND NOW TO OUR BUSINESS. YOU MAY BE INTERESTED TO HEAR THAT WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE PATTERN SET BY OUR NEW PRIME MINISTER WITH HIS CABINET IN THAT OUR DIRECTORS ARE 50% MALE.    THE OTHER 50% IS NOT ALTHOUGH MORE POWERFUL AND I TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN INTRODUCING IT IN THE PERSON OF OUR PRESIDENT AND CHAIR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ANNE DUMBRILLE, WHO WILL PRESENT HER REPORT COVERING OUR ACTIVITIES IN 2015.

    REPORT ON ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN, 2016.

    The Annual General Meeting of CCSAGE Naturally Green was held on Sunday, March 13th, 2016, at the Waring House, Picton. That same morning, Wind Concerns Ontario held its own AGM in Wellington and its members later joined us. Our meeting was deliberately open to the public, and altogether some 110 people were present, including our own members, the County Mayor and several Councillors and the editors of the two most important local papers. Each featured lengthy and accurate reports in their next editions which may be accessed at http://wellingtontimes.ca/gathering-forces/ and https://issuu.com/pictongazette/docs/pictongazettemar17 respectively.

    Following introductions by our two directors, our accountant, Mustafa Alidina, who donates his services, presented our financial statements for 2015, disclosing an excess of revenue over expenses of $8,572.00.

    Two resolutions were then approved unanimously by members present. The first that the financial statement presented and explained by our accountant be received, and the second that all actions of the directors during 2015 be approved. (While those decisions were mostly day-to-day and of a routine nature, two specifically mentioned were the placing of insurance to cover directors and others for any errors in the carrying out of their obligations and the decision to apply to the Courts for a Judicial Review of all circumstances leading to the issue of a Renewable Energy Approval for 27 turbines in South Marysburgh and Athol, including the retainer of Alan Whiteley as counsel). Read the rest of this entry

    Application for Judicial Review – An Explanation

    APPLICATION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW – AN EXPLANATION.

    YOU CAN HELP!

    CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN has commenced an Application for Judicial Review (JR) of the process by which a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) was issued in Prince Edward County. The Application is for the purpose of asking the Supreme Court of Ontario the following questions:

    (A) Is the REA issued to White Pines (wpd Canada) to construct an industrial wind turbine factory of 27 turbines and associated transmission and collector lines the result of institutional bias in the Green Energy Act (GEA) and/or operational bias by the various Ministries?

    (B) If the GEA is essential, is it fair to place the burden entirely on the minority who live in rural areas in Ontario?

    Two other important issues that will be raised in the process are:

    (C) Is the GEA necessary or even desirable?

    (D) What will Ontario be like after IWTs cover rural areas and will it be worth saving?

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    CCSAGE Naturally Green Annual General Meeting March 13

    ccsage annual general meeting ad [52837]-page-001CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    SUNDAY MARCH 13th, 2016 at 2 p.m.

    Main Hall, Waring House, Picton

    THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER. Everyone welcome.

    Come out to hear our lawyer explain the Judicial Review of the process

    which granted permission to erect 27 massive wind turbines in Athol and

    South Marysburgh. Also hear reports by various groups on the decisions of

    the two ERT’s and updates of efforts from within and outside the County.

     

    CCSAGE Naturally Green – Rationale and Vision

    CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN (“CCSAGE”) is a not-for-profit corporation, under Federal legislation, continuing an informal group founded in 2009.

    It supports and believes in green energy which is both safe and appropriate, and encourages small scale solutions and conservation measures.

    In so doing, its actions are planned to be constructive in achieving those goals, and it has the following beliefs which support this mandate:

    1. CCSAGE welcomes the findings of two Ontario Auditors-General as expressed in their separate Reports up to including that of 2015. Translated into everyday language they find the Green Energy Act to be an economic disaster, enacted without benefit of technical advice and with no consideration of a business rationale or of its overall impact.
    2. CCSAGE agrees with the published opinions of several well-known economists and energy expert to the same effect, including Michael Trebilcock, Keith Stelling, Dr. Glenn Fox, Ross McKintrick and Tom Adams.
    3. CCSAGE agrees with the published opinion of the Energy Task Force of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (April 2015), which shows that increased use of wind and solar energy on the Ontario grid is causing a dramatic increase in both carbon emissions and electricity prices.

    CCSAGE suggests to the Premier and Government of Ontario as follows:

    1. Put on hold immediately all proposed major wind and solar projects not currently operating, until considerations of appropriate placement and of Municipal jurisdiction be determined, and economic and scientific justification be established, including science-based justification of set-backs from property lines of houses, schools and other inhabited structures;
    2. Re-write the Green Energy Act based on results of economic, scientific and health analyses that are produced by acknowledged and independent experts (excluding those of the wind and solar industries and of their allies and supporters);
    3. The Act, as amended or replaced, would require the location of major safe and appropriate green energy installations to be considered in areas of this vast Province which are determined by the relevant and expert authority to be:
      • Consistent with the Environment Canada recommendations noted in Environment Canada document, Wind Turbines and Birds, A Guidance Document, including consideration of cumulative effects, requirement for baseline surveys, and consistent with the 11 listed criteria where they not be sited, such as Important Bird Areas and migration corridors.
      • Never where adverse health effects to humans are possible.
      • Never where local economies could be adversely affected.
      • Never where the natural environment could be unreasonably disturbed.
    4. Should any Municipality indicate that it is an unwilling host to such an installation, the wishes of that Municipality would prevail over the current provisions of the Green Energy Act.
    5. Energy projects would not be excluded from the Environmental Protection Act. Any appeal of permission granted for an installation would be to the Courts utilizing evidence presently permitted by the Courts.  The Environmental Review Tribunal would be abolished, as its terms are inconsistent with protection of the environment as well as the Statement of Values of MOECC and MNRF.
    6. Any such permission must restrict payment to the proponent to a maximum of the then weighted average price of electricity produced in Ontario by nuclear, hydro-electric and natural gas sources.

    CCSAGE has filed an Application to the Supreme Court of Ontario for Judicial Review of the circumstances and background leading to the issue of a Renewal Energy Approval for 27 turbines in the south part of the County of Prince Edward. This does not detract from, but underlines, CCSAGE’s wish to be constructive rather than negative, as it concentrates on the deficiencies of the Green Energy Act, on its bias against rural communities and on the infringement of citizens’ rights and of statutes and international treaties.

    Riverwalk event in South Marysburgh to benefit PECFN

    Riverwalk event in South Marysburgh to benefit PECFN — September 5 at MillFalls B&B, 745 Crowes Road, Milford, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

    Here’s a fun event, sponsored by several County businesses. You’ll enjoy an afternoon of nature (with interpretive guides), soft music, wine and nibblies, plus the opportunity to visit with County friends.
    The event and refreshments are free, but a donation to PECFN to save Ostrander Point will be greatly appreciated. Advance registration is required, and attendance is limited, so sign up NOW by clicking HERE .
    PECFN continues its efforts to Save Ostrander Point. The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) hearing will resume at the Demorestville Town Hall on September 2,3,4 to deal with the issue of remedy to Gilead’s planned destruction of the habitat resulting from the access roads and industrial wind turbines.

    APPEC meeting for Members and supporters — September 5 at at Mount Tabor, Milford

    APPEC meeting for Members and supporters — September 5 at at Mount Tabor, Milford.

    Registration at 10:00 am, meeting at 10:30 am.
    The first part of the meeting will be the (short) Annual General Meeting, for the following purposes:
    1. To receive a report from the APPEC Board of Directors;
    2. To elect a new Board;
    3. To conduct any new business as may be put forward.

    The AGM will be followed by an information meeting with keynote speaker Eric Gillespie, plus other speakers to be announced shortly. You’ll be updated on APPEC’s legal plans to stop wpd Canada’s White Pines wind project.

    Members and others opposing wind turbines are invited to come out to hear the latest news on efforts by APPEC and other groups to protect the County’s south shore.
    APPEC memberships may be renewed or taken out ($15) for the upcoming year. For more info, send an email to contactus@appec.ca