Lessons in Community

It has become a cliche to say, towns targeted for industrial wind installations are torn apart by the experience. If it’s an experience you haven’t had, you might well wonder what’s behind the cliche. If you really want to understand, you might start by asking the question, what is the nature of the bonds that hold a community together in the first place?

I don’t know about your small town, but in ours, neighborly bonds tend to be of the feel-good type: I do you a kindness and we both benefit. You break your leg? I plow your drive. Your weed whacker is in the shop? I lend you mine. Your brother dies? I go to the funeral, even if I didn’t know him. What a dandy fellow I am, and everyone knows it.

These small acts of kindness do indeed build a sense of community. But as with other relationships, you don’t really know your community until the chips are down. You don’t know what “for better or for worse” means until you get to the “worse” part. You quickly find out, when a wind developer comes knocking on your community door. It’s very bad times, at least for some people. And the fact that people are differently affected depending on where they live is, it turns out, at the heart of what you learn about “community.”

60BE1C5E-4CA2-4E53-ABDD-BC0778470EF3You learn when the friend from over the way regards you with a steely gaze when you tell him, “My home, and my family’s home, are a half mile from five 500-foot tall wind turbines.” “I feel for you,” says your friend, quickly changing the subject.

You learn when you try to explain that your fear and sadness are keeping you awake. “All my family’s wealth is in our family farm, which would lie less than 3,000 feet from five 40-story wind turbines. We won’t be able to live here, and the land owner and developer have said they wouldn’t compensate anyone for lost use of their property.” “Please,” chuckles your friend, “it won’t be that bad.”

You learn when you look at the people who are fighting as hard as you are to stop the wind turbine project and realize that the project will probably not affect them so personally, but that they care about their neighbors who will be harmed. And you know they will be next to you, blocking the road, if the day comes when the unimaginably huge trucks arrive with wind turbine parts.

In our little town, we’ve spent nearly four years watching the company reps of the wind developer, an immense multi-national, mosey about on our ridgeline, trying to answer their precious question, is the “wind resource” on your pristine ridgeline enough for us to make lots of money by putting turbines here?

But we have a question too, and although we’ve looked equally hard for the answer, we can’t find it. Our question is, what will happen to us, as individuals and as a community, if the developer does decide we’re good enough to “host” their project? Who will care for our tattered community, and our damaged lives?

That there is no answer to, or even interest in, our question does not feel good – it feels abusive, unjust. It feels vicious, violent. It feels as if Vermont, my entire family’s beloved adopted home, were the most dangerous place in the world for me and my family to live.

So the days go on, lessons abounding. I learn about mercy, for instance, when I hear my husband on the phone with a “friend,” explaining that turbine noise at a distance of less than half a mile stands a good chance of affecting the development of my infant grandson’s brain. Then I hear my husband, suddenly fierce, say, “I’m not asking you to feel sorry for me!”

Well you know what, my friend? I am asking you to feel sorry for me. I am asking you, god forbid, to have pity on me. I am asking for your mercy. Your answer will tell me something very important about “community.”

Nancy Tips lives in Windham.

Read Article at Burlington Free Press:


Niagara Wind Project Public Meeting

Want Answers?   Send in your questions in writing.  Meeting open to the public and you are invited to “observe.”

Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 6 pm  Wellandport Community Ctre.47137cd8-49b8-40fa-bcfd-620cb285d213

PROJECT NAME Niagara Region Wind Farm (NRWF)

PROJECT LOCATION The approved project is located within Haldimand County and Niagara Region (including the Townships of Wainfleet and West Lincoln and the Town of Lincoln). The electrical interconnection components are located within the Town of Lincoln and the Township of West Lincoln, in Niagara Region, and in Haldimand County in southern Ontario.


FWRN LP (formerly Niagara Region Wind Corporation) has established a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for the Niagara Region Wind Farm. The purpose of the CLC is to facilitate two-way communication between Boralex and CLC members with respect to issues relating to the construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and retirement of the facility. The first CLC meeting was held on September 21, 2015, the second of at least four meetings will be held on April 27, 2016 at 6PM at the Wellandport Community Centre – 5042 Canborough Rd, Wellandport, ON. CLC meetings will be open to the general public for observation.

Dillon Consulting has been retained by NRWF to Chair and Facilitate the CLC process. If you have any questions regarding the CLC, please contact:

Karla Kolli, CLC Chair and Facilitator at kkolli@dillon.ca or 416.229.4647 ext. 2354.


The Niagara Region Wind Farm facility received its Renewable Energy Approval (REA) in 2014. This facility would have a maximum name plate capacity of 230 MW, consisting of 77 turbines (80 potential locations identified).

Background information about the project can be found at http://www.nrwf.ca/projectdocuments/

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To learn more about the project, or to communicate questions or comments, please contact:

Shiloh Berriman

Project Coordinator315B7FC2-D6F8-4520-8ED9-83FE07724E4B

Enercon Canada

4672 Bartlett Rd. S. Beamsville, ON L0R 1B1

Phone:  289-683-2563

Email:  shiloh.berriman@enercon.de


Board of Health Turbine Motion

Monday, April 18, 2016   by Claire McCormack
Grey Highlands Deputy Mayor keen to see turbine complaints documented

The Deputy Mayor of Grey Highlands is responsible for a motion at this week’s Grey Bruce Board of Health meeting. Grey_Bruce_Health_Unit_2_15

Stewart Halliday is keen to see Pubic Health establish a debriefing system for people who feel they’re suffering from the effects of their proximity to wind turbines.

Halliday says residents want to know their complaints are documented should there ever be some undertaking in which they would prove useful.

He’s suggesting someone at the Health Unit take on the task of documenting people’s cases.

The idea will be before the Board of Health at its April 22nd meeting.

Medical Officer of Health for Grey-Bruce, Doctor Hazel Lynn, believes there is some kind of correlation between turbines and the health of some individuals.

Doctor Lynn completed a 2013 report on the increase of reported cases of headaches, sleeplessness and nausea in areas with wind turbines.

The Huron County Health Unit is currently doing its own survey involving health complaints from residents in that area, which Huron County Medical Officer of Health Janice Owen has been careful to state is not meant to identify a cause of health issues or establish a link between them and turbines.

Meanwhile, Halliday says Grey Highlands is also separately preparing to conduct its own unique tests for infra-sound levels to establish a baseline for future studies.

READ ARTICLE:  http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=83833

Wacky World of Ontario Energy Policy.


About 80 per cent of energy generated by wind turbines in Ontario gets sold ‘at a massive loss’ to the U.S., a University of Guelph professor said. (Matt Young/Associated Press)

There’s not much point in investing in heavy blankets and wool sweaters to tame your hydro bill, because in Ontario, no matter how much electricity you conserve you’ll still end up paying higher rates.

Why? Well, you have the provincial government, and its push for more green energy, to thank.

A balmy winter created a shortfall for the province’s electrical utilities, something the Ontario Energy Board will bridge with a rate hike on May 1 — a response to our collective conservation effort that’s likely to happen again, critics say.

While it may seem counterintuitive to pay more in order to use less, Brady Yauch, the executive director of the Consumer Policy Institute, says the province promised high rates to several sustainable energy providers following the Green Air Act in 2009.

Fixed costs

Those rates contribute to the electricity industry’s fixed costs — and that means those costs stay steady regardless of how much energy people are using.

“This is the wacky world of Ontario electricity policy,” Yauch told CBC’s Metro Morning. “This province has overbuilt the electricity sector significantly and it has to pass on those costs.”

For the average household bill, the latest rate hike translates into a jump of $3 a month, according to the Ontario Energy Board’s figures — or roughly 2.5 per cent for homes that use 750 kilowatt hours each month.

Utilities have some leeway if rate increases are connected to a drop in energy consumption, Yauch said, largely because they’re operating in a framework that was first set up by provincial legislation……

READ MORE @ CBC News:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/electricity-ontario-1.3538157

Transmission poles 113 & 114

West Lincoln,  Ontario.

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Transmission pole in the middle of a  drainage ditch?  No problem for Niagara Wind! Just move the ditch over. Isn’t Biodiversity offsetting just the best thing ever!

Huron County Medical Officer of Health Departs

Huron_County_Health_Unit_logoHuron County and its acting Medical Officer of Health have “parted ways,” the latest in a string of abrupt departures of senior officials from the county’s health unit.

Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel, chair of the Huron County Board of Health, confirmed Friday that Dr. Janice Owen was no longer in the position.

Owen was appointed a year ago.

In 2013, then Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nancy Cameron was dismissed by the board.

In 2008, the county fired the executive director of the health unit for ‘philosophical differences.’

Hessel declined to discuss reasons for Owen’s departure.

“We just parted ways, that’s all I can say,” Hessel said.

“Huron County Board of Health and Dr. Owen have now parted ways, but everything is going to continue moving forward as usual,” he said.

Owen could not be immediately reached for comment.

One of the health unit’s initiatives since her appointment has been a study of the possible health effects of wind farms in Huron County, which has some of the largest turbine installations in the province.

Hessel said Owen’s departure was unrelated to the wind farm issue and that work would be carried on by health unit staff.

Read Article: http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/15/dr-janice-owen-was-appointed-a-year-ago-and-is-the-latest-in-a-string-of-departures

Date Change for WAIT-PW

date change          Our Apologies !

WAIT-PW was just notified
of a change in our
Court Hearing Date:

It will now be
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
10:00 am

                                      Still in London 



Human Cost of Energy Policies

April 12, 2016   Grimsby Lincoln News – Letter to Editor

It is hard to comprehend that communities in West Niagara and other agriculture areas in Ontario were forced against their will to comply with life changing decisions made by McGuinty and Wynne, based on lies, false pretenses and a distorted Liberal ideology.

47137cd8-49b8-40fa-bcfd-620cb285d213For an unreliable energy source, which generates only an approximate 3 per cent of our total energy needs, at an incredible disproportional high cost of $20 billion for these giant wind turbines and wrecking the lives of so many families living in farming communities all over Ontario is outrageous. With an absolute disregard for our already suffering economy the Liberals made our hydro the most expensive in all of North America due to incompetency, corruption and mismanagement.

The gas plants before the scandal broke would have produced green energy with natural gas. Billions of dollars were spend on constructing the new tunnel at the Niagara Falls for green energy by using its water. Now it is sitting idle. This Liberal Government together with Hydro One and the Ontario Power Generation have been ripping off Ontarians in an unbelievable manner. Currently Ontario is producing an excess amount of electricity, which can’t be stored. Taxpayers have to pay Quebec and New York State many millions of dollars to take this surplus electricity off our hands.  All this while many Ontarians are struggling to pay the high cost of their monthly hydro bills and there are people who have to choose between warmth in the winter or food on the table.

The Wynne government has sold the majority of Hydro One, and as a result taxpayers lost control over their own hydro supply and how it is managed. The money from the sale of our utility is used by the Liberals to pay for the very large debt they created.12670294_1242134572466548_418287929341697920_n

Their policies left our economy in tatters, heavily affected by spiking hydro costs and never ending tax increases. Once elected into office, it doesn’t mean governments can discard a very large section of the population. For the extent of damage the Liberals have done to Ontario in so many ways, voters need to have recourse by impeaching this most corrupt government Ontario has ever had by making provisions our laws to make that possible. This should be a warning for all governments that voters in other areas than Toronto have rights too.

Rob Janssen, Lincoln

Published in Niagara This Week:


WAIT-PW Goes to Court

Monday, April 18th, 10:00 a.m.

Divisional Court, London, Ontario

Courthouse Address: 80 Dundas St. London, ON

Parking Address: 100 Queens Ave, London, ON Wait- PW court hearing april 18, 2016

Your attendance is encouraged and appreciated.

Legal Summary:                      In December 2014, The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (higher Court) in a ruling indicated that the Environmental Review Tribunal is required to engage in a two step analysis on appeals of wind turbine projects. While an Appellant is required to show that the project will cause harm (step 1), the Tribunal must also be satisfied that the project will NOT CAUSE harm (step 2).

Recent evidence that came out of the appeal of Gary Fohr showed that while the scientific evidence has been unable to conclusively demonstrate harm, the experts for the wind company and the government agreed that there is NO SCIENTIFIC DATA available to demonstrate that wind turbines do NOT CAUSE harm. The Fohr appeal has been joined with our appeal.  We, as well as the court, will have the benefit of the Fohr evidence at our appeal.


The provincial government has recently approved more industrial wind projects into Ontario communities who were unwilling hosts.  More projects are slated for 2017.  On Monday, we have an opportunity to make a difference.

We appreciate your support, your attendance and your financial contributions. 

Your donations can be made:

  1. Online using Paypal or Credit Card www.wait-pw.ca
  2. Cheque made to WAIT-PW and mail to P.O. Box 219 Plympton-Wyoming, ON, N0N 1TO
  3. Deposit directly with Southwest Credit Union in Wyoming or Sarnia, ON



Huron County Wind Turbine Health Unit Investigation

Huron County Health Unit is undertaking a  an investigation into complaints concerning Industrial Wind Turbines. Your participation in the Huron County Health Unit investigation is critical.  This is a first of its kind in Ontario. 

Bluewater residents:. If you are experiencing health concerns and/or hearing Industrial Wind Turbines in your neighbourhood. Call the Bluewater Municipal office (.519-236-4351 or 1-877-236-4351)

Huron County residents call the Huron County Health Unit: (519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143).

Please share with your contacts in Huron County, Ontario.