Join the Protest at Queen’s Park!!
Wed., April 28, 2010
Queen’s Park, Toronto
The protest is to demonstrate the growing opposition to the Green Energy Act and the destruction of quality of life through the installation of massive industrial wind turbines in all our communities.
Under the new provincial Green Energy Act, the Ontario Liberal government is fast tracking so-called “green” renewable energy projects in a bid to meet an election promise to eliminate coal-fired generating plants. In so doing, it has bypassed planning powers of municipalities and infringed on the democratic rights of their citizens.
The impact of these industrial wind turbine projects on human and animal health and their potential effect on wildlife, including birds and bats, are still not well understood. Third-party, independent studies are needed to determine why some people living near industrial wind turbines are suffering adverse health and are often forced to abandon their homes.
The government of Ontario must protect all its citizens and ensure that the proper research on health is conducted before more industrial wind installations are built.
Wind turbines generate power intermittently. Therefore every megawatt of installed wind or solar power must be backed up by an equivalent megawatt of nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, or natural gas generating capacity. In other words, conventional base-load power infrastructure system must continue or expand to manage energy reliability.
Billions of taxpayer dollars are going to renewable energy projects through generous subsidies with a guarantee of substantial 20-year premiums for the electricity they feed into the grid. Ontario consumers will pay for this misguided policy for years to come through higher taxes and higher electricity bills. The strategy to create short term highly subsidized renewable jobs now and shift the cost into the future has been criticized by economists and proven ineffective in other international jurisdictions.
By imposing huge turbines on rural communities through a flawed process of industrializing environmentalism, families and hundreds of thousands of hectares of beautiful Ontario countryside are being systematically ravaged. At the same time, the objections of local municipalities and citizens have been silenced by the Green Energy Act.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or your local Group Leader
Queen’s Park is situated just south of the Royal Ontario Museum (at Bloor Street West and Avenue Road/Queen’s Park) and north of the Ontario Legislative Building (at Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street West).
From Hwy. 401: Exit at Avenue Road (Exit 367). Continue south. Follow signs indicating 11A. Avenue Road becomes Queen’s Park Crescent south of Bloor Street West.
From QEW / Gardiner Expressway: Exit at Spadina Avenue. Proceed north on Spadina Avenue to Bloor Street West and then turn right (east). Proceed east on Bloor Street West until you reach Avenue Road/Queen’s Park.
From the Don Valley Expressway: Follow Bloor/Bayview exit. Follow exit to Bloor Street. Turn right (east) onto Bloor Street West and continue to Avenue Road/Queen’s Park.