Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

MPP Monte McNaughton letter to the Ontario Ombudsman

 

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So you think you can read (the right documents)?

Did you know….
….when a wind project report is posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) for the 30 day public review and comments, you are supposed to review these documents at the Ministry of Environment office listed on the announcement? It doesn’t actually say that anywhere (feel a little mislead?), so don’t feel bad if you have always done as the ads in the newspaper said – reviewed documents posted on the wind company’s website. You see, the wind company can post whatever inaccurate information they want on their website — nobody controls that nor cares. But the MOE must have the honest-to-God-real-document that they reviewed and approved available in their offices.

What? You can’t drive several hours to the local MOE office? Don’t tell me you have a job and can’t make it into London, Windsor or Toronto between 8:30am and 5:00pm?! Well, yeah, I guess they aren’t open on the weekends either. So really the 30 days the MOE kindly offers you to review thousands of pages,  isn’t truly “30 days”.  This sounds like one of those limited time offer coupons with a lot nasty small print.

But hey – look at all the exciting reading awaiting you in the big city! Yep, all those huge binders and coiled books are for just one project (this one pictured is Bornish – Nextera). It might take the MOE a while to dig the banker boxes out of the basement, but it’s soooo worth the wait! Happy reading (and driving, time juggling & head banging).

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

Turbulence for Liberals in rural areas

by Greg Van Moorsel, London Free Press
It was one year ago that Chris Bentley won the cabinet booby prize after helping the McGuinty Liberals eke out a minority government.

His reward?

Make peace with rural Ontario.

The London MPP was one of only four Grits left standing between Windsor and the Toronto area after last fall’s election cut the Liberals’ 70-seat majority to 53 seats.

Bentley went from attorney general to energy minister. From the government’s chief legal counsel, a dream job for any lawyer, he got stuck on point for the issue that cost the Liberals the farm — their slavish drive to force industrial wind turbines onto countrysides that don’t want them.

It didn’t help that the Liberals held no serious debate before embarking on their strategy, nor that they seized local control over where the often-unwanted turbines can be built.

With Premier Dalton McGuinty now on his long goodbye and the legislature shut down until Liberals choose a replacement in three months, it’s fair to say the government still hasn’t bridged that post-election, rural-urban divide aggravated by its green energy policies. It will have to do better if it wants to cling to power after McGuinty leaves. Read the rest of this entry

Lansink’s 2nd Property Diminution in Price Study: Clear Creek, ON

Case Studies Clear Creek Melancthon Wind Turbines Oct-12
CONCLUSIONS – Current Values, Property Purchases and Re-Sales Market evidence suggests that ‘dwelling properties’ will be harmed or injured by the construction, use, and maintenance of wind turbines situated in the vicinity. Real or perceived nuisances resulting from wind turbines produces buyer resistance that results in price diminution.
Conclusion: Clear Creek, known as Frogmore-Cultus-Clear Creek, about 18 Wind Turbines

  1. 1480 Lakeshore Road, Norfolk           -44.17%
  2. 71 Norfolk County Road 23, Norfolk  -55.18%
  3. 47 Concession Road A, Norfolk         -22.47%
  4. 43 Old Mill Road, Norfolk                  -32.96%
  5. 1575 Lakeshore Road, Norfolk          -27.67%
  6. 1527 Lakeshore Road, Norfolk          -28.88%
  7. 1921 Lakeshore Road, Norfolk          -38.48%

Median -32.96%
Average -35.69%
Low -22.47%
High -55.18%

None of the above properties had a Wind Turbine situated on its land.

The Wind Turbines were located in the neighbourhood. However, it is reasonable to assume that a property that has a wind turbine erected on it will suffer a similar price diminution and will also be injuriously affected. The Future: Given that wind turbines are a relatively new phenomenon in Ontario (since 2005), it may be that in the future a buyer will simply refuse to purchase a property within the
vicinity of a wind turbine. If there is no buyer, there may be no value.

ABCA Hears How Turbines Affect Wildlife

CKNX News
Opponents of wind energy packed the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority board room Thursday.
They were there to ask that the board approve their request for a moratorium on any further development of wind energy until a study could be conducted that would show that development had no negative impact on the surrounding natural environment.

Muriel Allingham is a member of the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group. She says current regulations would allow a wind turbine to be placed within 120 metres of a forested area. She says animals hear the same sounds people do and that could drive wildlife out of the area.

Allingham also feels the Green Energy Act has removed all local authority for permitting or locating wind turbines so she’s grateful that community groups and organizations like the Conservation Authority are recognizing the threats of wind energy to the environment.

Members of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority did approve the group’s request for support.

McGuinty resignation stalls wind turbine debate in Ontario

Kelly Pedro, Sun Media
LONDON, ON — With the Ontario legislature prorogued and Energy Minister Bentley mulling a run for the Liberal leadership, rural communities worried about wind farms are left in limbo.

Bentley was supposed to mend fences between the provincial Liberals and rural Ontario amid opposition to the growing number of wind farms.

If someone takes over Bentley’s portfolio, it will take time for that person to get up to speed, said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario.

“It’s just adding to the uncertainty,” she said.

With 6,000 wind turbines planned or proposed for Ontario, opposition politicians have long called for a moratorium on wind farms. Health Canada is completing a study in 2014 of the effects of industrial wind turbines on human health.

The issue cost the Liberals a majority in the last election as rural residents voiced their growing anger over a lack of local control over where the turbines go and how many are allowed in their communities. Read the rest of this entry