Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bay Street or Main Street? How NextEra got where it wanted.

Wellington Advertiser

As of March 18, NextEra Energy Resources hired the Bay Street law firm Cassels, Brock and Blackwell to lobby the McGuinty government on their behalf.  The Ministry of the Environment, led by Liberal MPP John Wilkinson, was one of the ministries listed on the lobbyist registry.

Curiously, former Liberal Premier David Peterson serves as senior partner and chairman of Cassels, Brock and Blackwell and heads up its government relations group. It is well known that David Peterson is a good friend and mentor to Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Peterson continues to be a big supporter of the Ontario Liberal Party. Peterson also sits on the Board of Directors of various businesses, two of which are wind energy companies (Ventus Energy Inc. and Ventus Energy West Cape Windpower LP).

There is an interesting story behind Ventus Energy Inc. It was founded in 2003 with $21,000 in capital and in 2007 100% shares were sold for $124-million to GDF Suez Energy North America. In its short history as a privately owned company, Ventus quickly developed one of the largest portfolios of potential wind farms in Canada and had obtained exclusive rights for this development on over 17 million acres of land.

Interestingly, Mr. Noble C. Chummar, a member of “The Government Relations” group, was listed as a registered lobbyist on behalf of NextEra Energy Resources at the office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario.

Noble C. Chummar is a skilled lobbyist. For example it was reported in the Toronto Star (Jan.28/11) that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) engaged Peterson and Cassels Brock in 2009 to help lobby the Ontario Government to sanction mixed martial arts in the province. The McGuinty Government had been cool to the idea but in August 2010 announced the MMA would be coming to Ontario.

Thousands of Ontarians have requested that John Wilkinson, as Minister of the Environment, and the McGuinty Liberal’s place a moratorium on further industrial wind energy installations until a proper health study is done to determine what, if any health effects are caused by wind turbines.

Our Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, works for Health Minister Deb Matthews, who happens to be Peterson’s sister-in-law. Her studies involving wind energy should include real people living close to real wind turbines not literature reviews and computer modelling as supplied by the powerful wind energy industry lobbyists.

Current opinions on health impacts are simply not good enough. We need hard science to back up those claims so that we can be 100% certain that industrializing our township in this manner does not harm the people who live and work here.

If the McGuinty and Wilkinson Liberals are not listening to the people of Wellington County about the NextEra industrial wind project proposed in Mapleton, who are they listening to: Bay Street or Main Street?

Jonathan Wagner, ALMA

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Unanimous Ad.-Met. Twp. Support for Moratorium on IWT’s

Just for the record (TCI, Suncor, NextEra, IPC and all the other wind companies that have so much interest in this blog) Adelaide-Metclafe township council passed a SECOND resolution asking for studies before wind turbines — this time UNANIMOUSLY:

Municipalityof Central Huron – requesting that the Province of Ontario declare a moratorium on all current and future projects for on-shore and off-shore development of wind energy facilities. Resolution was SUPPORTED. 

 Monday July 18 2011:

1. The municipality of Central Huron had a resolution that was circulated by AMO, that was asking again for a moratorium on wind turbine construction. I thought they would just ‘file’ it. But to my surprise it was voted on and supported unanimously!!  I was so surprised in watching this, even though it had been voted on in Dec 2009 (but I have no idea who supported it). We’ve come a long way in 2 years…a LONG way.

2. Second item was wind turbine building permit fees. Right now our township asks for $500 flat for each turbine concrete base. Building official Jeff Denomy was asked by council how much inspection is involved with each turbine. He said each turbine takes about 3 inspections, but then noted when he talked to Lambton Shores Building Official Randy Lovie (where turbines are located), he was told that it wasn’t the inspection that took up time, it was “all the phone calls from people…after the fact.” That was left hanging in the air. Being a bylaw enforcer, I can only take that to mean “noise complaints”. Wow. Inspection – easy, but dealing with the mess afterwards, not so easy. Makes me feel sick just thinking about it.

$10/ $1000 for a turbine was what Jeff thought was reasonable. There will need to be a public meeting, I believe within the next month or 2, maybe. Kurtis asked if the public actually has a say, if council will change the number if the public asks for it. The answer was yes.

3. Kurtis was bringing the issue of an e-agenda up, again. He said he has asked Clerk/Admin/Treasurer Fran to do a report on e-agendas, but she never did. Fran said she gave a “verbal report”. She printed off agendas from other municipalities, didn’t pass them out to council members, never looked into pricing, pros/cons etc. Fran retaliated with “I’ve been here 15 years and have always done it this way and it has worked”.

It was pointed out that the e-agenda is actually very much a time saver (eg. You don’t have to number 150 pages of the agenda). It is also a HUGE benefit for the residents of the municipality. Kurtis said if a resident looked at the agenda today they may read the item that says “HATCH, public meeting” –nobody knows what any of that means or whether it is something they should attend. Or how about the building officials report: there were 30 items discussed during this meeting (including the wind turbine permit fee) and none of them were listed on the agenda – there was no way anybody would have known that there was a discussion on any of these 30 items. David asked if it would cost more, and Fran said “it WON’T cost anymore”. This is where things just clicked into place. It wasn’t a question of doing a report anymore, it was a question of whether council wanted an e- agenda today. Betty Ann enthusiastically voted in favour, as did Kurtis, and David as well!

Remember that horrible little chart I sent out at municipal election time? One of the questions to candidates was: “Would you support having an agenda available, before a council meeting, that includes digital copies of correspondence /background reports/pertinent links so the public can access this information before it is discussed and voted on?” Kurtis’ response was”I fully support the idea of having a full, detailed agenda well before the meeting. This allows the public to have the same knowledge coming into the meeting as the municipal council”

Check, DONE!

 

Zephyr Wind Farm: Post Comments by Aug. 5th

Zephyr Wind Farm
Submit Comments by
August 5, 2011
Brooke-Alvinston 4  IWT’s
File comments here

EBR Registry Number:   011-3779

Proponent:   Zephyr Farms Limited
2700 Matheson Boulevard East
Suite 300, West Tower
Mississauga Ontario
Canada L4W 4V9
Instrument Type:   Approval for a renewable energy project – EPA s.47.3(1)

Ministry Reference Number:
4238-8EHPFA
Ministry:
Ministry of the Environment
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
June 06, 2011

This posting is for a proposed Renewable Energy Approval (REA) by Zephyr Farms Limited for the Brooke-Alvinston Wind Farm, proposed to be located in the Municipality of the Township of Brooke-Alvinston, County of Lambton, Ontario. This is a Class 4 Wind Facility with a total expected generation capacity of 10 MW.

The proposed facility is considered to be a Class 4 Wind Facility under Ontario Regulation 359/09 Renewable Energy Approvals under Part V.0.1 of the Act (O. Reg. 359/09). Applications for Renewable Energy Approvals are required to be submitted in accordance with O. Reg. 359/09 for consideration for approval.

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is aware that a Noise Impact Assessment was prepared for the Brooke-Alvinston Wind Farm for the final public meeting held February 17, 2011; however it was not one of the supporting documents released 60 days in advance of the meeting. This, and other supporting documents are available on the website of Zephyr Farms Limited for review. MOE is posting this Instrument Proposal Notice for an extended 60 day comment period for the public to review and provide comment and input directly to the Ministry on this project. Read the rest of this entry

Lambton-Middlesex hooks into the Bruce transmission line??

Other projects that received contracts under the disputed rules will take years to complete and will require extensive planning of new, expensive and unnecessarily long transmission lines,” said Cole Robertson, a Mesa Power executive.  – ed. note – ‘other projects’ are the ones in Middlesex/Lambton

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Mesa Power Group, a Texas-based renewable energy company owned by billionaire T. Boone Pickens, plans to file a complaint with Canada charging that the province of Ontario’s green energy plan violates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mesa said on Thursday it initiated the complaint process after Ontario made “last-minute” changes to rules for awarding power purchase agreements under the feed-in tariff (FIT) provisions of its Green Energy Act, passed in 2009.

Mesa Power was unsuccessful in winning contracts for two wind energy projects it wants to build in western Ontario in the latest round of FIT awards made by the province on July 4.

Ontario’s FIT scheme pays generous, above-market rates to producers of renewable energy from sources such as the sun and wind under 20-year, fixed-price contracts.

The program has lured C$20 billion ($21 billion) in investment commitments to the province from both local and international investors, including Mesa Power.

The Canadian government has received Mesa Power’s notice of intent to submit a claim, and should it proceed with the complaint, Ottawa will “vigorously defend” the country’s interests, a Trade Department spokeswoman said. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario’s Power Trip: Bring in ‘da noise, bring in ‘da facts

by Parker Gallant, National Post
Wind power generates noise at levels that Ontario says must meet enforceable standards — but it has no enforceable standards. The long shabby story of wind noise from the province’s wind energy regime: Misguided Direction or Failure to Communicate?

The issue of noise from Ontario’s wind farms deserves a full public review. Instead, people are getting a run around from bureaucrats and politicians. Standards don’t exist, yet approvals are being issued without regard to consequences or the impact on people of noise levels.

Donna Cansfield, in November 2005, as Ontario Minister of Energy issued a “Direction” to the Ontario Power Authority instructing it to enter into contracts for up to 1000 MW of new electricity supply from renewable energy. Most were wind turbines. The health and other effects of wind turbines wasn’t actively studied before the contracts were signed. Noise, building codes, environmental standards etc. existed and were adapted to fit. No real review was undertaken.

To cite an example, the Amaranth wind contract used Stantec Consulting Ltd. of Guelph, Ontario to complete an Environmental Screening Report in February. They used Helimax Energie Inc. for the “noise” sector portion of that report. Three and a half years later Helimax presented a paper at the June 2008, World Wind Energy Conference which stated: “no recognized standard exists for measuring the noise impact of an operational wind farm.”

So the “noise” information used for Amaranth in the Environmental Screening Report in 2005 to secure the licence from the Environment Ministry was done without a “recognized standard”.

A leaked paper from the Guelph district office of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment stated the local authority “knowingly issued a series of Certificates of Approval (AIR) that are unenforceable.” Read the rest of this entry

Clarification of Ontario PC Party’s Plans for FIT Program

 For any FIT Contract holders who do not yet have NTP at the time of a change in government, a PC Government would exercise its rights under Sections 2.4(a), (e) and (f) of the FIT Contract to terminate the FIT Contract…

Download:  McMillan LLP Energy Law Update

“Further to the Energy Law bulletin we circulated in May regarding the Ontario PC Party’s pledge to cancel Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff Program if elected on October 6, 2011, the Party released its formal policy platform, entitled Changebook, earlier this month.

The document states the following with respect to energy policy:

We will stop the expensive energy experiments that are driving up hydro bills.

A Tim Hudak government will end the Liberal government’s schemes that have families subsidize hydro prices. We will end the feed-in tariff program that, in some cases, pays up to 15 times the usual cost of the hydro. Hardworking farmers and other Ontarians who signed contracts to host energy production on their property will have their contracts honoured. But there will be no more of these deals.

We will end the king of all secret, sweetheart deals – the $7 billion Samsung deal – that happened without a competitive process or a guarantee of job creation targets. Building our green energy sector cannot be achieved by writing a cheque to one single foreign-owned multinational corporation that was handed every advantage.

We will give families a voice in how hydro rates are set.

Families understand that their hydro bill goes up if they leave the lights on. But why does it skyrocket for no apparent reason? The Ontario Energy Board sets rates, but this body has lost its independence. We will restore that independence by ending the day-to-day political interference of the last eight years. And we will establish a powerful Consumer Advocate at the OEB. The Consumer Advocate will represent only consumers. Not the bureaucrats. Not the energy sector. Not the special interests. Read the rest of this entry

Critique of Sierra Club of Canada’s “Report”

Critique of The “Real” Truth About Wind Energy An Analysis of the Potential Impacts of Wind Turbine Development in Ontario by the Sierra Club of Canada” by Wayne Gulden, windfarmrealities.org

In passage after passage, all 51 of them, I showed where their research was incomplete, biased, sloppy, even borderline fraudulent. And after preparing this miserable excuse for a report, they then have the gall to present it to the world as the “Real Truth about Wind Energy”. The quicker this report dies the better, and not just because it is pro-wind energy. The Sierra Club could be a valuable resource in protecting – really protecting – our environment, but not given its current behaviour.

Wind, solar projects announced

By QMI Agency
July 5, 2011

With an election looming, the Ontario Liberals have upped the ante on green energy – pushing ahead 25 wind and solar projects for Southwestern Ontario.

The projects announced Monday will produce enough electricity to power a city the size of Windsor, Ont., with wind and solar farms stretching from Woodstock, Ont., to Wallaceburg, Ont., and from Forest, Ont., to near the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.

But the more immediate jolt with the Oct. 6 election nearing is political: The ruling Liberals say green jobs will save the economy and the environment; the Opposition Conservatives say the price of green energy is choking consumers and burdening business.

The London, Ont., region is ground zero in that fight, with 200 solar projects, more than 180 wind turbines and a pitched battle between farmers paid by big energy companies and nearby residents who say their health and quality of life have been harmed.

Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell, the Liberal MPP for Huron-Bruce, has been a strong proponent for wind and solar, and a lightning rod for opponents.

“This announcement (will further) strengthen our rural communities by creating jobs and cleaning up the air that our families breathe,” Mitchell wrote Monday in a news release.

But in Essex County, on a farm in Harrow, Ont., just 640 metres from a wind turbine, Collette McLean says Ontarians and their wallets are being taken to the cleaners.

Green energy companies are being heavily subsidized to produce power through Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, brought in by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals in 2009, she said.

The 25 new projects are the latest to be offered contracts by the provincial government.

“It’s free money at (our) expense… How much longer can we put up with this as taxpayers?” she said.

The Liberals say new green energy is replacing dirty coal-fired power, but experts say that’s only half true: Green energy reduces use of coal on high-demand days, but intermittent sources such as wind and solar can’t be used to close coal plants.

Ontario Power Generation’s Lambton, Ont., station near Sarnia, Ont. – its closing already twice delayed – is one of the coal-fired plants to be shut down in 2014.

The new wind and solar projects would tap into new power lines planned by Hydro One between Bruce, Ont., and Milton, Ont.

Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid described the benefits in a news release: “These projects will create more good jobs for Ontario families and provide new, clean power for local communities to grow and prosper. Our efforts are transforming our electricity system, attracting investment, creating thousands of jobs and building a better future for our children and grandchildren.”

The projects will help attract about $3 billion in new private investment and keep the province on track to create 50,000 green energy jobs by the end of 2012, the Liberals say.

But Tory energy critic John Yakabuski says most new jobs will be temporary construction work and the bill to Ontarians will be enormous. A Tory government would kill the FIT program, he said.

“Were going to insure the family budget is protected from Dalton McGuinty and his expensive energy experiments.”

More wind power propels Ontario’s election fight

List of Projects Offered July 4, 2011

by Jonathan Sher, London Free Press

With an election looming, the Ontario Liberals have upped the ante on green energy — pushing ahead 25 wind and solar projects for Southwestern Ontario.

The projects announced Monday will produce enough electricity to power a city the size of Windsor, with wind and solar farms stretching from Woodstock to Wallaceburg and from Forest to near the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.

The more immediate jolt with the Oct. 6 election nearing is political: The ruling Liberals say green jobs will save the economy and the environment; the opposition Conservatives say the price of green energy is choking consumers and burdening business.

The London region is ground zero, with 200 solar projects, more than 180 wind turbines and a battle between farmers paid by energy companies and residents who say their health and quality of life have been harmed.

Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell, the Liberal MPP for Huron-Bruce, has been a strong proponent for wind and solar and a lightning rod for opponents.

“This announcement (will further) strengthen our rural communities by creating jobs and cleaning up the air that our families breathe,” Mitchell wrote Monday in a news release.

But in Essex County, on a farm in Harrow just 640 metres from a wind turbine, Collette McLean says it’s Ontarians and their wallets that are being taken to the cleaners.

Green energy companies are being heavily subsidized to produce power through Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, brought in by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals in 2009, she said.

The 25 new projects are the latest to be offered contracts by the provincial government.

“It’s free money at (our) expense . . . How much longer can we put up with this as taxpayers?” she said.

The Liberals say new green energy is replacing dirty coal-fired power, but experts say that’s only half-true: Green energy reduces use of coal on high-demand days, but intermittent sources such as wind and solar can’t be used to close coal plants.

Ontario Power Generation’s Lambton station near Sarnia — its closing already twice delayed — is one of the coal-fired plants to be shut down in 2014.

The new wind and solar projects would tap into new power lines planned by Hydro One between Bruce and Milton.

Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid described the benefits in a news release: “These projects will create more good jobs for Ontario families and provide new, clean power for local communities to grow and prosper. Our efforts are transforming our electricity system, attracting investment, creating thousands of jobs and building a better future for our children and grandchildren.”

The projects will help attract about $3 billion in new private investment and will keep the province on track to create 50,000 green energy jobs by the end of 2012, the Liberals say.

But Tory energy critic John Yakabuski says most new jobs will be temporary construction work and the bill to Ontarians will be enormous. A Tory government would kill the FIT program, he said.

“Were going to insure the family budget is protected from Dalton McGuinty and his expensive energy experiments.”

— — —

  • 14 projects from Forest and Thedford to the Bruce Peninsula; eight west of London from Strathroy to Wallaceburg and three east of London.  
  • 19 wind farms will produce 1,018 megawatts of electricity; the largest will be in Thedford.  
  • 6 solar farms will produce 27.5 megawatts of electricity, the largest in Thorndale.
  • Projects will tap into a huge expansion of power lines that connect Bruce to Milton near Toronto. FEED-IN TARIFF PRIMER
  • Created by Ontario’s Liberal government in 2009.  
  • Ontarians subsidize producers of new electricity from wind, solar, biomass, biogas, landfill gas and water.
  • Wind producers get 13.5 cents a kilowatt; solar 53.9 cents. The average price of electricity in Ontario this year has been 3.14 cents.

Glen Wylds- Wind turbines forced family from farm in Ripley – 2009/ Part 2

Glen’s home and farm in Ripley was surrounded by 38 industrial wind turbines. This movie was taken 2 years ago in 2009, when Glen had already been forced to buy a townhouse in Kincardine to live in, only to return to the farm to care for his cattle ~550 head of cattle.

In the spring of 2011 the Ripley Wind owners Acciona and Suncor, bought out four homes that were negatively affected by their machines. But the wind companies deny any health issues, stating “No link between the operation of our Ripley Wind Power Project and the health concerns of our neighbours could be discovered, and so no damages were awarded or necessary.” After watching this movie — you decide whether they should have a guilty conscious. Does this buy-out demonstrate a “commitment to work with residents and the community” as the company suggests?

Shame on our provincial government for allowing this kind of human displacement to happen in our rural townships.

Sandy McLeod – What wind turbines did to Ripley – 2009/ Part 1

In the middle of 38 industrial wind turbine development sits Sandy’s former home. This movie was taken 2 years ago in 2009 and the pain and suffering she is feeling at the time is palpable.

In the spring of 2011 the Ripley Wind owners, Acciona and Suncor, bought out four homes that were affected by these machines. But the wind companies deny any health issues, stating “No link between the operation of our Ripley Wind Power Project and the health concerns of our neighbours could be discovered, and so no damages were awarded or necessary.” After watching this movie — you decide whether they should have a guilty conscious. Does this buy-out demonstrate a “commitment to work with residents and the community” as the company suggests?

Shame on our provincial government for allowing this kind of human displacement to happen in our rural townships. As Sandy says, it’s not only her health that was affected – her family and community unit was ripped apart as well — by some out-of-town company and politicians in Toronto who never had to learn or experience the trauma these machines caused.

We’re not buying what John Bennett of the Sierra Club is selling

by Rick Conroy, Wellington Times
Beware of folks who come to tell you the end of the world is near—they are inevitably trying to sell you something. While Harold Camping’s Judgment Day prediction, for May 21, didn’t pan out quite the way he figured, the U.S. radio preacher was lucky enough to fall back on about $80 million in donations he’d collected from his believers over the past few years. And so it was that John Bennett came to Picton last week—predicting doom and selling windmills.

Bennett is the executive director of Sierra Club Canada. The Sierra Club is an old and well-established environmental advocacy group, but one that is increasingly at odds with other nature and conservancy groups lately over its staunch defence of industrial wind factories and their developers in the face of growing harm to humans, animals and habitat.

Even Harold Camping or Al Gore would have blushed at Bennett’s hyperbole. Speaking with the hubris and certainty only snake oil salesmen can muster, Bennett sounded the alarm—warning council that climate change was the “greatest environmental threat the world has ever seen” and “on par with nuclear war.”

Then without missing a beat, and seemingly missing the irony in his own words, he proclaimed himself a man of science. “Without science all is lost,” Bennett offered breathlessly. “If we are going to have a debate about science it should be based on science and fact.”

Yet he offered no evidence. No science. No fact. All the committee got was opinion. One man’s viewpoint.

Bennett explained that his organization has reviewed the available literature and concluded that industrial wind turbines are safe, IF they are sited properly. Unfortunately he didn’t offer any advice, or specifications, about what “sited properly” means to him. The man of science was suddenly at a loss for precision or objective measure.

In fairness, Bennett wasn’t allowed to answer questions from the committee and perhaps that question might have come up. But for all his insistence on science, it was rather an important point to gloss over.

Asked after the meeting if the Sierra Club’s inability to find direct evidence of harm caused by wind turbines was the same thing as saying wind turbines don’t make people sick, Bennett emphatically assured this reporter it was.

“Absolutely, it means the same thing,” said Bennett.

Are we really at the end of knowledge? Do we really know everything there is to know about industrial wind factories and their effects on humans and other creatures?

DDT was used widely to control mosquitoes for four decades—most folks thought it to be safe and effective.Their government told them so.Yet even in the early ’40s some were warning of hazards with the chemical. It took another 30 years to ban its use.

Dr. Bob McMurtry hasn’t said that industrial wind turbines are safe or unsafe. He and other physicians continue to document and monitor cases of sickness and health problems associated with these machines. They are on the front lines of the assault of rural Ontario by industrial wind developers.

McMurtry’s position—and that of many other groups, organizations, municipalities and individuals— is that the onus is on the government to prove industrial wind turbines are safe before inflicting them upon rural residents.They want, simply, an epidemiological study conducted in this province to assure residents that wind factories won’t put their health, or their children’s health, at risk.

This is a reasonable, science-based expectation. A review of literature tells you only what has been learned to date. It tells you nothing about the type, relevance, quality or comprehensiveness of the investigation that has been conducted so far. It is like sending your child to the fridge for milk and when he comes back empty-handed, accepting that you are all out because he couldn’t find it.The milk was there he just couldn’t see it—or chose not to.

But set all this aside—when someone comes to your door telling you the end of times is near and they are offering salvation in the form of a product— shouldn’t we insist that they demonstrate how their product will help us avert doom?

Shouldn’t they be compelled to show us how erecting thousands, nay millions of turbines, will fix climate change? Opposing wind turbines, and the policies that underpin their proliferation across the Great Lakes horizon, isn’t an argument for the status quo; it is, however, a demand that we invest in science and fact—rather than snake oil and doomsday predictions.

rick@wellingtontimes.ca

Legal action filed against Sierra Club

Quinte News:  There was a strange ending to a delegation making a presentation to Prince Edward County council’s committee of the whole yesterday. John Bennett of the Sierra Club Canada spoke to the committee in support of wind farms in the County. But, at the end of his presentation, instead of allowing questions as usual, the committee decreed there would be no further discussion on the matter.  The reason given for the abrupt ending of the delegation was that a libel lawsuit had been recently launched against Sierra Club Canada, and Bennett, by Wind Concerns Ontario.

Why Noise Matters

Why Noise Matters – A Worldwide Perspective on the Problems, Policies and Solutions By J. Stewart with A. Bronzaft, F. McManus, N. Rodgers and V. Weedon

Is noise the most neglected green issue of our age?  This book argues compellingly that it is, and tells you all you need to know about noise as a social,cultural, environmental and health issue.

Across the world, more people are disturbed by noise in their day-today livesthan by any other pollutant on Earth. From the shanty towns of Mumbai to thesmart boulevards of Paris,noise is a problem. It is damaging people’s health, costing billions, andthreatening the world’s natural sound systems in the same way thatclimate change is altering its eco-systems.

Drawing on evidence from all over the world, this book showcases policies andstrategies that have worked to decrease noise pollution, and offers lessons forpolicymakers and environmental health professionals, campaigners and anyindividual affected by noise.

Written by a renowned noise campaigner and experts in law and health, this booktells you all you need to know about noise as a social, cultural andenvironmental issue and how we can act to build a more peaceful world.

Give John Bennett of the Sierra Club the welcome he deserves

CANCELLED

Mr. John Bennett , Director Sierra Club Canada, will be attending the Adelaide Township Council meeting Monday June 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm .

Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2340 Egremont Drive, Strathroy

Please be advised that township residents are welcomed to attend and that residents will be given an opportunity to speak briefly. Also please be advised that Council’s direction is to hear the presentation, but this matter will not be debated and Council does not intend to make any decision at the meeting.