Ontario Superior Court- Goderich January 19, 2017
Congratulations to Trish and Shawn Drennan!
You put a compelling and sensible case together and spoke with passion and the strength of truth behind your words today. One comment was that some felt they were witnessing an important step in this fight. I heard, from a lawyer, that a lawyer couldn’t have done a better job in arguing the case. Most felt the judge really got it and it was in no small part because of the time, work, expense and personal sacrifice you’ve both given to this to put the facts on the table.
You told the court the govt has put up an impossible barrier when we have to prove at an ERT that a turbine installation that isn’t built yet, will seriously harm us and that the judicial review confirmed the ERT’s decision.
You declared that the many witnesses who have come forward to testify that they have been harmed by turbines all over this province have not been given the gravity and respect they deserve for putting their testimony forward. You told them the govt and the wind company KNOWS it will harm people even as the proposals and permits go ahead. And I note that if the judge had asked, at least half or more of the people in that room today could have stood up and said, “ I am the evidence of harm from turbines.”
You told them that the difference between then and now, is now the switch has been turned on, the turbines are running and you too are being harmed.
The judge challenged the wind company and the MOE to tell him what remedy the Drennins have besides more time in court and we all watched them try to answer to no avail, because as was pointed out the only remedy right now is to move away.
When the judge looked at the wind company lawyer and tried to paraphrase what the lawyer had just said to him with, “ So, the Drennins went to the ERT and judicial review, have complained to MOE, and still have no remedy, so it’s tough luck for them? The wind company lawyer replied, “Yes.” which drew gasps of disbelief from the full gallery of people who attended.
When it came time to argue about who should be named as defendants; wind company and /or govt., it was interesting to watch the judge watch both try to throw each other under the bus.
I await to hear the decision and keep fingers crossed that you can move forward.
Thank you on behalf of a whole lot of us.