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Let us help you Connect The Dots

I feel fine. So what is the problem?
Not everyone is affected. READ ON and find out who is and why. LISTEN to your spouse, your children, your neighbours. PAY ATTENTION to your pets, your livestock. OBSERVE your wild life.

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Reporting Wind Project Concerns / Complaints in Niagara

You should make 3 Reports each time you call or write. Each time you call, identify the project , and ask for a Confirmation # So your call / complaint will be registered.

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Use this form to record your current observations,

what you have noticed or done so far. For your Pets or Livestock you may have noticed a loss of appetite, prowling at night, avoidance of certain areas of the house or barn or field, agitation, bad temper. Mark down the changes.

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SOLUTIONS … are there any?

The more information you keep the better you will understand the problem. The better you understand the problem the closer we all are to finding solutions. Your compiled notes will help you to find some of those solutions.


Suggestions for information to keep in your journal.

The purpose of a journal is:
(a) To help you to identify when you are most affected; (b) What the factors contributing to your symptoms may be; (c) Tracking the symptoms/problems; (d) Monitoring when the symptoms go away; (e) Clarifying in your own mind what the problems really are.

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What is happening? I don’t hear anything.

You cannot see the wind, but you can feel it on your cheeks. You cannot SEE an earthquake but you can feel the vibrations, you can see things falling down or shaking. Turbines create turbulence. Turbines vibrate. Turbines transmit sound. All of it is WAVES that are passing through the ground, the air and through your property. Some properties, some buildings and some people are more vulnerable.

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Ontarians just signed up for more expensive, unreliable electricity they don’t need

0317ontarioThe costs may be high and the need questionable, but Ontarians signed up to buy a lot more renewable power last week when Ontario’s Independent Power System Operator (IESO) announced the results of the province’s latest procurement. The new deal brings “low prices” for new wind and solar generation, says Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli.

No, not “low” like Ontario’s dysfunctional market price for electricity, which was less than two cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh) over half of all hours in 2015. And not “low” like the average 1.2 cents/kWh rate that electricity bound for New York and Michigan has sold for this year. When the Ontario government says “low,” it means seven to fourteen times as much as that, with the IESO reporting the weighted-average price of the new wind power at 8.6 cents/kWh and new solar at 15.7 cents/kWh.

But the effective cost to consumers for the new power, taking into account the portion of the total output that Ontario consumers will actually use, will be much higher than the costs the government quotes in its press releases.

read more: Ontarians just signed up for more expensive, unreliable electricity they don’t need

Township to gain from turbines

 WLGWAG President Mike Jankoski states Council has  “sold us out.”

Council signs $9.2M community fund agreement


The Township of West Lincoln is set to benefit from construction of industrial wind turbines to the tune of $9.2 million.47137cd8-49b8-40fa-bcfd-620cb285d213

Last week, during a special council meeting, township council voted in favour of entering into an agreement with FWRN LP (formerly Niagara Region Wind Corp.) to secure funding for the community as a result of the construction of turbines.

The agreement with FWRN LP will see the township receive roughly $460,000 a year over the 20-year lifespan of the project, equating to roughly $9.2 million. The funds will be used at council’s discretion for community improvement projects in four areas: stewardship initiatives, expenditures relating to development and construction of recreational facilities, expenditures for improvement of community and protective services (i.e. police, fire, EMS, health care), and roads and public infrastructure. Funds may also be used for community-related activities as agreed upon between the two parties.

Mayor Doug Joyner said Wednesday that it was not a decision council made lightly. 

“It has been a difficult and long journey and I commend members of council and township staff for their dedication and persistence in dealing with this very contentious issue and for taking this important step forward,” Joyner said.

The previous term of council rejected a similar proposal from the project’s original proponents, NRWC. Council rejected what NRWC pitched as a community vibrancy fund in 2013 shortly after declaring itself an unwilling host to industrial wind turbines. Joyner said the township is still an unwilling host and accepting the community fund doesn’t change that.

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Green energy not so green anymore

1297813988459_ORIGINALThey’re industrial-looking monoliths, currently equipped with pulleys to hoist the power lines into place when a 230-megawatt industrial wind farm is completed in rural west Niagara this summer.

The poles are being erected along 45 kms of quiet country roads feeding into wind turbines located in Wainfleet, West Lincoln and Lincoln.

And hundreds of trees, including some that are more than 100 years old are being chopped down to clear the way for them.

There’s no other way to put it. Those poles are ugly.

Even typical wooden telephone poles would have been preferable. They would have better suited the rural setting.

But the poles that are being erected are a blight on the countryside, devaluing property and infuriating property owners – some of whom have watched helplessly as hundreds of old growth trees have been chopped down to accommodate them.

There must have been alternatives.

In a few cases, the township has managed to preserve some of the trees that were marked for chopping. But far more trees were felled than saved.

In Lincoln, Mayor Sandra Easton said there was some tree trimming done as part of the project, but to her knowledge no 150-year-old healthy oak trees were chopped down.

Instead, she said Niagara Region Wind Farm buried its major transmission lines underground.

read more: Allan Benner, The Tribune Friday, March 11, 2016

MORE Wind Contracts Awarded by Ontario.

5 wind contracts totalling 299.5 MW, with a weighted average price of $85.94/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $64.50 to $105.50/MWh

Large Renewable Procurement

The Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) is a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy projects generally larger than 500 kilowatts.

The LRP is an important component of Ontario’s ongoing commitment to building a cleaner and more sustainable energy system, and represents a key step in the province’s 2025 target for renewable energy to comprise about half of Ontario’s installed capacity. Targets for the first procurement included up to 300 MW of wind, 140 MW of solar, 50 MW of bioenergy and 75 MW of waterpower.

Please note that as of February 4, 2015, all updates to the LRP will be posted here, and all previously posted information and material on the LRP is available on the legacy OPA website at

LRP I Contracts Offered – March 10, 2016

The IESO has completed its evaluation of the 103 proposals received in response to the LRP I RFP and has offered 16 LRP I contracts to successful proponents.

The 16 contracts offered represent 454.885 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity. This capacity contributes to the achievement of the province’s renewable energy targets. The results include:

  • 5 wind contracts totalling 299.5 MW, with a weighted average price of $85.94/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $64.50 to $105.50/MWh;
  • 7 solar contracts totalling 139.885 MW, with a weighted average price of $156.67/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $141.50 to $178.50/MWh; and
  • 4 hydroelectric contracts totalling 15.5 MW, with a weighted average price of $175.92/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $173.50 to $177.00/MWh

Of these, 13 projects (336.8 MW) include participation from one or more Aboriginal communities, including five with more than 50 percent Aboriginal participation. Additionally, more than 75 percent of the successful proposals had received support from local municipalities, and more than 60 percent had support from abutting landowners.

The full list of contract offers, including project location, fuel type, contract capacity and contact information, see the LRP I RFP Selected Proponents List.

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Cut trees anger property owners

1297813168809_ORIGINALAndy Koopal frowned as he looked down at the freshly cut metre-wide tree trunk, recalling the majestic oak that it once supported.

“That tree was over 150 years old,” he said. “It was a perfect healthy tree. There was no need for it.”

He said the tree – likely a sapling when Canada became a country – was one of eight old growth oaks that border his 10 hectares of farmland on Concession 6 in Wellandport, near Side Road 42.

When the Fort Erie resident drove into Wainfleet recently, he said he was shocked to see that all of the trees were cut down and removed.

“I came by here Saturday. Then I saw the damage they did,” he said.

Along with Koopal’s trees, likely hundreds more were cut throughout rural west Niagara to make room for transmission lines feeding into new industrial wind turbines being built near by Niagara Region Wind Farm, said Wainfleet’s engineering manager Richard Nan.

The company is building a 230 Megawatt industrial wind farm, with wind turbines located in Wainfleet, West Lincoln and Lincoln.

Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said Koopal is one of several residents who have contacted the town concerned about the tree cutting.

Jeffs said the loss of trees “has really changed the landscape out that way.”

“People out there have been calling us and saying they don’t like it and they’re concerned especially with the removal of the trees,” she said. “I know we had some residents call a few weeks back because they’d taken down a whole whack of trees. It’s been ongoing.”

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Huron County Health Unit Investigating Wind Turbine Health Complaints

The Huron County Health Unit is launching an investigation into reported health effects from wind turbines.

This is in response to feedback from a number of Huron County residents reporting negative health impacts from living close to Industrial Wind Turbines.

East Huron resident Gerry Ryan was part of the group that made a presentation of health concerns to the Health Unit last week and he says they were well received by health officials.

“We presented 26 health impact statements, they ranged from sleeplessness to headaches to migraines, bloody noses, heart palpitations right across the board,” says Ryan.

The Health Unit investigation will happen in two phases, the first being the launch of an online survey in May to collect information on the number of complaints and/or concerns from residents.

Ryan and his colleagues are ecstatic that somebody is at least doing something to address the many concerns of numerous residents in Huron County.

“There absolutely is noise but there is also what’s known as infrasound.   Nobody, the Ontario Government, the wind industry is doing anything about the infrasound and they knew it was going to cause problems,” adds Ryan.

Infrasound is sound that is more often felt rather than heard.

Ryan notes that Phase 2 of the Health Unit investigation may involve actual acoustic testing both inside and outside of affected homes.

Huron County Health Unit Investigating Wind Turbine Health Complaints

Wainfleet Press Release and Wind Turbine Adverse Effects to be Investigated by Huron Health Unit

TO: All concerned FROM: Area-wide Concerned Residents of Huron County: Jeanne Melady, Gerry Ryan, Patti Kellar, Carla & Mike Stachura

SUBJECT: Huron County Health Unit – Health Concerns from IWT’s On March 1, 2016, the Huron County Health Unit stated it will investigate the concerns of residents regarding potential health effects of wind turbines, in keeping with their legislative duty to investigate potential population health hazards

read  more: mtgnoteseditsIWTsHCHUreport


Municipalities Call for Ontario to Stop Issuing Wind Turbine Contracts WAINFLEET – March 4, 2016 – Fifty-one municipalities have endorsed the resolution passed by the Township of Wainfleet Council in late January 2016 that calls on the Ontario government not to award more Feed-InTariff contracts for power generation from wind.

The resolution was based on December’s Auditor General Report which reported that Ontario has a surplus of power generation capacity and, under existing contracts, is paying double what other jurisdictions are paying for wind power. Adding more surplus generation capacity would add to the already high costs of disposing of surplus electricity.

read more: 20160304MediaReleaseReWindPowerGenerationResolution (1)

West Lincoln is now the 24th community in Ontario calling for no further wind power procurement proposals.

images (2)The tireless and continued hard work of individuals and community groups are represented in the presentations on pages 49-107 to West Lincoln Council (see agenda-link below).

The people are holding all levels of Government accountable. The end goal is protection of our families, communities and for justice to prevail.

Thank you Mike, Debbie, Bonnie, Pierre, Naiomi and so many more, this shout out is for you for stepping up and putting it into action. We are not just one but many and together change will occur.

02-29-16 Council Agenda