Reminder: Riverwalk event in South Marysburgh to benefit PECFN and Ostrander Point ERT appeal hearing

News from Prince Edward County:

Dear APPEC Supporters:

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) will reconvene this week.  The Tribunal, which revoked Gilead Power’s renewable energy approval in 2013 after finding that the project will cause serious and irreversible harm to the Blanding’s turtle, will once again have to listen to Gilead’s specious claims that it’s wind project at Ostrander Point will not cause serious harm to the turtles and their habitat.

We expect many of our members and supporters will want to attend.  A strong showing will demonstrate to the Tribunal,  the Ministry of the Environment and Gilead Power our continued commitment and determination to oppose industrial wind turbine projects on PEC’s south shore.

The hearing is on September 2, 3 and 4 at the Demorestville Town Hall in Sophiasburgh at 10 am.

Regards,

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Ministry not reassuring

Grimsby Lincoln News

This article raises some serious public concerns, specifically in the responses from Ministry of Environment personnel.

Kate Jordon, MOE spokesperson, claims that the Niagara Region Wind Corporation (NRWC) must undertake both pre and post construction monitoring of residential wells.

What she fails to mention is that according to the NRWC’s Renewable Energy Approval reports (www.nrwc.ca), only wells within 500 meters of a wind turbine and wells within 120 meters of a transmission line will be tested.

The specific testing criteria are not prescribed. In addition, Jordon claims that the NRWC application met minimum setbacks. Please note that most turbines do not meet the 124-meter (hub height) setback distances from non-participating property lines, hence the need for the NRWC to submit a Property Line Setback report. Noise calculations were also not conducted as per Ministerial Guidelines.

It is unfortunate that this wind energy project takes precedence to public safety. The Ministry can only “anticipate” no impacts on the containment of the PCB contaminants. Our community expects reassurances, not mere unproven predictions where they relate to the health and safety of the people in our community.

Loretta Shields,

Smithville, Ontario

It is time to stop the empty rhetoric, to stop the talk, to stop the torture

Minister_Ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca, Prime Minister/Premier Ministre <pm@pm.gc.ca>, Premier Katheleen Wynne <kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org>, gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org,ehoskins.mpp@liberal.ola.org, diane finley <finled@parl.gc.ca>, diane finley <finley.d@parl.gc.ca>, Toby Barrett <toby.barrett@pc.ola.org>, mike crawley <mcrawley@aimpowergen.com>, mike crawley <mcrawley@iprcanada.com>, mizar@vestas.com, charlie luke <charlie.luke@norfolkcounty.ca>, “noel.haydt” <noel.haydt@norfolkcounty.ca>, elizabeth may <leader@greenparty.ca>, NDP <info@ndp.ca>, Deborah Coyne Liberal Leadership Campaign <campaign@deborahcoyne.ca>, André Marin <info@ombudsman.on.ca>

The time has come.

Enough-is-Enough (1)It is time to stop the empty rhetoric, to stop the talk, to stop the torture by the tens of thousands of blades of Industrial Wind Turbines [IWTs].
It is time to walk the walk and ACT co-operatively by all levels of government – Federal, Provincial and Municipal.
Given all the laws, regulations, rules, mission statements, excreted by our political representatives, which we’re told are mandated to keep Canadians in safe and healthy environments, such as the Elder Abuse​ Act, Ontario Public Health Standards, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Radiation Emitting Devices Act,most Canadian Victims of Industrial Wind Turbines [IWTs] have not experienced ENFORCEMENT of those mandated protections.
An example of enforcement: a US District Court Judge … in California has ruled invalid a Department of the Interior regulation allowing wind energy … companies to kill bald and golden eagles for the next 30 years in the name of “clean energy”.
Yet, in Environmental Review Tribunal Case #14 – 064, p 8, Dr. Baines, qualified by the Tribunal to provide “expert” testimony as a physician and epidemiologist … opined that annoyance is not a health effect.
Why would Dr. Baines contradict the WHO which defines annoyance as an ADVERSE health effect? 
More empty words!
As well, the Council of Canadian Academies Report – Understanding the Evidence: Wind Turbine Noise, The Expert Panel on Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health, CoCA, 2015 (CCA Report ) found that annoyance CAN BE CAUSED by Wind Turbine noise … a CLEAR ADVERSE health effect. 
The symptoms I experience every time I’m forced to stay in my IWT toxic house began ~ two weeks after the 18 Vestas 1.65 MW IWTs were erected within the 3 km radius of my house in the Clear Creek/Cultus/Frogmore IWT ZONE.
The symptoms: stuffed ears
                          twitching muscles around the eyes
                          brain feeling like concrete – whirling around in the skull
                          sleep deprivation
                          lack of RESTORATIVE sleep – spiralling into daily fatigue
                          degradation of cells, tissues, organs
People who do not see me daily are shocked to see the deterioration in health of a previously healthy diabetic who was able to manage a rigorous election campaign as a candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk a few years ago.
Neighbours in the community and I have done everything we could think of to help ourselves, even going to the extent of performing a cross over study by renting sleeping accommodation ~ 40 km away from the IWTs where we slept deeply, soundly and restoratively, awakening refreshed and ready for a full day of work.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to do this permanently and have dealt with our circumstances as best we could eg. when outdoor temperatures are between 50 * and 80 * F and the humidity is < 80%, my son has let me sleep in his 3 season trailer 16 km from IWTs, where, again, sleep is sound AND restorative.
After reading this letter, researching information which may have been hidden from you, please respond before the Federal election with an ACTION plan, updates every 3 months on the composition of an independent, unbiased research team of acousticians, physicists, medical specialists in the field of industrial illness, epidemiologists, [all independent of the wind energy industry], as well as Victims of IWTs, a detailed outline of the protocol they will follow in doing their research and the time when research results demonstrating the need to shut IWTs down to let people have restorative sleep, will be made available to both Victims of IWTs as well as the general public.
I look forward to your initial response as well as all those to follow.
Yours truly
Stephana Johnston

As a Canadian who has been suffering – not by choice

Dear Minister Rona Ambrose

, Re: Please acknowledge receipt of this letter

Thank you very much for your June 24, 2015 response to my letter regarding my grave concern about wind turbine noise emissions, health effects and the authorities outlined in the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA).

flag_canadapoleupsidedI am aware that provinces make decisions about the siting of industrial wind installations. In my opinion the decisions they have made in Ontario have created unlivable conditions for those chronically exposed to these projects.

I am also aware that the Health Canada website states the following:

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.

As a Canadian who has been suffering – not by choice – as a result of the operation of wind turbine projects near my home I was surprised and disturbed to hear that principal investigator David Michaud PhD testified under oath at an Environmental Review tribunal in Ontario, that the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study was administered under the authority of the REDA – a federal law

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Health Minister Challenged over Wind Turbine Noise and compliance with REDA

Dear Ms. Stewart Love

I am pleased to respond to your e-mail of April 12, 2015, regarding wind turbine noise and the authorities outlined in the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, which was forwarded to me on May 1, 2015, by your member of Parliament, Mr. Larry Miller.
Health Canada’s role with respect to wind power includes providing advice, upon request, to the federal departments involved in wind turbine projects, as well as to the provinces and territories, on the health impacts of noise from proposed wind turbine projects. The provinces and territories, through the legislation they have enacted, make decisions in relation to installation, placement, sound levels and mitigation measures for wind turbines.

As you are aware, Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada and other external experts, launched a research study in July 2012 to explore the relationship between exposure to sound levels produced from wind turbines and the extent of health effects reported by, and objectively measured in, those living near wind turbines. Continue reading Health Minister Challenged over Wind Turbine Noise and compliance with REDA

CORRECTION & APOLOGY FROM PROFESSOR SIMON CHAPMAN TO SARAH LAURIE

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CORRECTION AND APOLOGY

CORRECTION & APOLOGY FROM PROFESSOR SIMON CHAPMAN TO SARAH LAURIE

 I am a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

On 20 March 2014, I retweeted the following tweet concerning Sarah Laurie:

NOT DROWNING, RANTING: Deregistered “Dr” Sarah Laurie doesn’t like the medicine dished up by @ama_media Waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/open”

My tweet implied that Ms Laurie had given cause to the Medical Board of Australia to deregister her as a medical practitioner, on account of unprofessional conduct: that she is not entitled to use the title “Dr”; and that she does so in contravention of the laws that govern the conduct of medical practitioners.

These allegations were implied without foundation and are entirely false.

Ms Laurie is not deregistered and has never been sanctioned by the Medical Board of Australia. Sarah Laurie allowed her registration as a medical practitioner to lapse for personal reasons; and accordingly, does not currently practice.

I sincerely apologise to Sarah Laurie for the harm, embarrassment and distress caused by my allegations, which I unreservedly retract.

Professor Simon Chapman

University of Sydney

NSW

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Mothers Support Ostrander Point Appeal

Reserve now for free Riverwalk event in South Marysburgh on Sep 5, 2015

riverwalk-poster-ver-julyHere’s a fun event, sponsored by several County businesses, from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at MillsFalls B&B, 745 Crowes Road, South Marysburgh.

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 early by clicking here .

Premier Wynne has been invited, to allow her to demonstrate her solidarity with rural Ontario … wonder if she’ll come?

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.

This new hearing is a result of the Appeal Court of Ontario directing the ERT to deal with the issue of remedy to Gilead’s planned destruction of the habitat resulting from the access roads and industrial wind turbines.

If you’re unable to attend Riverwalk, you can still make a donation to the Ostrander Point Appeal Fund here .

GOVT. SAYS WIND FARM NOT PART OF BARN OWLS REGULAR HABITAT

barn-owl-LucianoArielMedina-wikifBarn owls are no longer an issue for the proposed Port Ryerse Wind Farm.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has determined that the wind farm site is not part of the owls’ regular habitat.
Developer Boralex Inc. will not need a special permit to build four industrial wind turbines east of Port Ryerse.

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Ontario Communities Reject Wind Power Proposals

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Ontario Communities Reject Wind Power Proposals

Essex council is making it clear it doesn’t want to see any more wind turbines in the town, rejecting a community benefit agreement for the Blue Sky Wind Project.

“We are not interested in any more windmills in our municipality,” says Ward 3 Councillor Bill Caixeiro to loud and long applause in council chambers Monday night.

Councillors even charged the company behind the project, GDF Suez, had paid for letters of support to be sent to council.

“There was no payment made for any letters of support,” says Bonnie Hiltz, government relations for GDF Suez. “They, I believe, were referring to letters of support for landowners who have voluntarily come forward to participate in the project.”

Hiltz is disappointed in council’s strong negativity towards the project.

“This is the very, very early stage of the project and so we’ve heard from residents that they want to be engaged and help inform the project as it evolves. That’s what we’re doing here, that’s what we’re doing with our public meetings,” says Hiltz.

Public meetings are scheduled for Tecumseh and Essex this week.

Essex residents like Anna Markett feel the company is trying to bully people into backing the project, “We’ve been hounded for the last three or four months.”

The Blue Sky Wind Project would have turbines mostly in Essex and into Tecumseh Township as well.

http://www.windconcernsontario.ca/

Canadians pull the plug on renewable energy scheme

Canadian province of Nova Scotia cancels a successful project which rewarded people for generating renewable energy, reports Climate News Network

3499The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, on the country’s Atlantic seaboard, has ended a programme which gave citizens an incentive to produce renewable energy.

The decision, which will initially mean lower prices for energy users, is at odds with widespread warnings that renewable energy must rapidly replace fossil fuels.

One Nova Scotian told the Climate News Network the government’s decision was a backwards step: “They have not only cut the legs out from under independent energy developers … they have stolen citizens’ right to access ownership of energy.”

The scheme is the Nova Scotia community feed-in tariff (Comfit), which was designed to encourage community-based, local renewable energy projects by guaranteeing a rate per kilowatt-hour for the energy the project fed into the province’s electrical grid.

On 6 August the provincial government announced: “This is the right time to bring Comfit to a close; it has achieved its objectives. We are now at a point where the programme could begin to have a negative impact on power rates. Nova Scotians have told us they want stability and affordability when it comes to power rates, and industry wants clarity on the future of the Comfit programme.”

The announcement went on: “No new generation is needed to meet electricity demand, and adding capacity would negatively impact rates as Nova Scotians pay more for energy with small-scale, community-based projects than from other sources.”

Andy MacCallum of Natural Forces, a company which develops renewable energy in eastern Canada, told the Network: “We’re disappointed. Comfit was the previous provincial government’s programme: it’s a political decision: if the project continued then the opposition could accuse this government of forcing energy prices up in the short-term.

“But the scheme benefitted small communities, pulling in tens of millions of dollars in investments which without it would not have come here. The losers will be ordinary Nova Scotians.”

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