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Ontario’s wind farm approval process faces constitutional challenge

Governments love windmills, people who live near them hate them. The result is a beautiful recipe for lawyers.

ulian Falconer, no stranger to public interest cases, represents families challenging the development of three wind farms near Lake Huron
ulian Falconer, no stranger to public interest cases, represents families challenging the development of three wind farms near Lake Huron

Mr. Falconer is one of the country’s top constitutional and human rights lawyers. He represented the Smith family in a lawsuit into the death of Ashley Smith in custody. He worked on the Ipperwash Inquiry. He represented Maher Arar in a suit against the federal government over his rendition and torture in Syria. The list goes on. Point is, Mr. Falconer takes a special interest in holding government to account.

On Monday he’ll be taking on windmills. He wants Ontario’s Divisional Court to overturn the regulatory approvals of three projects, the St. Columban Wind and K2 Wind Energy project in Huron County, and the SP Armow Wind project near Kincardine, Ont.

His clients, who live near the projects, fear the noise and vibration of the wind turbines will trigger a host of serious health problems. Mr. Falconer will argue in court that Ontario’s process for approving wind farms violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Provincial legislation says anyone challenging a wind farm project before Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal must prove “serious harm” to human health. Mr. Falconer says that threshold is unfair because it is too high.

“The effects of wind turbines are felt in the most private and personal areas of residents’ lives, in their homes and beds, where the state has its lowest interest in intrusion,” Mr. Falconer submits in his written argument.

The Charter argument is a fairly new wrinkle in the fight against wind farms. But litigation itself isn’t. When the Divisional Court rules on the appeal, its decision will join the more than 30 Canadian reported court cases that have dealt with wind turbines — a number that shoots to nearly 100 when you include hearings before Canadian regulatory tribunals.

 

Read MORE: Financial Post, Drew Hasselback | November 17, 2014 |

Wind turbines are like the “nightmare neighbours”

More than 70 anti-wind supporters show up at London courthouse for first constitutional appeal

A farm stands in the foreground as some of the 45 wind turbines at the Bornish Wind Energy Centre stand in the distance near Parkhill. (Free Press file photo)
A farm stands in the foreground as some of the 45 wind turbines at the Bornish Wind Energy Centre stand in the distance near Parkhill. (Free Press file photo)

Wind turbines are like the “nightmare neighbours” that are “constantly noisy, constantly in your face,” says a lawyer looking to change the rules that govern turbine approvals.

Julian Falconer told a divisional court of appeal that the nuisances might not be enough to burst eardrums, “but that neighbour slowly drives you crazy.”

It’s the first constitutional appeal that’s made it to divisional court about the province’s Green Energy Act process to approve the controversial turbines Continue reading Wind turbines are like the “nightmare neighbours”

MAWT Inc. Supports Negative Critiques of the Health Canada Study.

MAWT Inc. would like to go on record and say that we have read and support the Denise Wolfe/Dr. McMurtry critiques of the Health Canada study as well as Carmen Krogh’s. 

DENISE WOLFE’S SUMMARY ON HEALTH CANADA,

 DR. ROBERT Y. MCMURTRY STATEMENT RELATED TO HEALTH CANADA STUDY AND DENISE WOLFE SYNOPSIS

Following Canada’s Wind Technology Roadmap and Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study Carmen Krogh,BScPharm Brett Horner, BA CMA