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Nothing Has Changed~ Green Energy Act

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Enercon industrial wind turbine, Niagara Wind, Ontario

Date: January 7, 2019 at 2:55:57 PM EST
To: sylvia.jonesco@pc.ola.org, “Thompson, Lisa” <lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org>, Todd Smith MPP <todd.smithco@pc.ola.org>, monte.mcnaughtonco@pc.ola.org, Bill Walker <bill.walkerco@pc.ola.org>, sam.oosterhoffco@pc.ola.org, rick.nichollsco@pc.ola.org, randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org, Toby Barrett <toby.barrett@pc.ola.org>

 

Subject: Constituent’s letter

Hi Sylvia,
My name is Ruby Mekker.  I am not one of your constituents but today I read a letter written by one of your constituents, Barb Ashbee in 2009.  It is attached and I encourage you to read it.

The very sad outcome is that nothing has changed since 2009.

Sylvia, the PC Party of Ontario repealed the Green Energy Act Dec 3, 2018 and the same day introduced ERO 013-4265 (as well as two others).  This proposed regulation will grandfather ALL “in-process” and “existing” wind projects under the old Green Energy Act. This is NOT what the PC Party promised the people of Ontario.  What is described in Barb’s letter is still occurring in YOUR riding; nothing has been done to help these people.  Approving ERO 013-4265 will condemn these people to the “hell” they have been living as described in 2009.  When did democracy die in Ontario?  We believed the new majority PC Party would keep their promises still posted on their web site.  To date any actions of the PC Party towards people living with industrial wind turbines have been nonexistent.

Yes, we acknowledge the PC party did cancel many “green” projects but chose not to cancel the pre construction Nation Rise Wind project in North Stormont (only 1 of 2 LRPI projects not cancelled even though this project had its key milestones approved by IESO hours before the writ was dropped).  Presently, we the constituents are demonstrating to Ministers Rickford and Phillips how and why this project must be cancelled.  If allowed to proceed the majority PC Government of Ontario will have allowed another part of Ontario to be put in jeopardy; Nation Rise Wind project is located on recognized highly vulnerable aquifers, the West Quebec Seismic Fault, vibration sensitive Leda clay; all of which the proponent did not report to the Ministry of Environment.  Need I go on….

Sylvia it is time that like Tod Smith,  you, Lisa Thompson, Monte, Bill Walker, Sam Oosterhoff, Rick Nicholls, Randy Hilliard, Toby Barrett do what you asked the Liberals to do in Lisa’s 2012 Private Member’s Bil, in Sam Oosterhoff’s 2017 Private Member’s Bill AND in the 2018 campaign; stand up for YOUR constituents; do your fiduciary duty; DO NOT allow ERO 013-4265, address the issues.  As Monte so eloquently said in 2012,”I believe in democracy.  I believe in giving a voice to rural Ontario.”  Monte, too, has let his constituents down.

Ruby and Joe Mekker
Former residents of Smithville, Ontario

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Rural residents ignored

Open Letter – Barb Ashbee, November 2009

No one asked for this. Nobody looked to have their life and homes exposed in the news, trying to explain how the most promising form of renewable energy was causing such destruction of their family.

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Barb Ashbee

Sleep deprivation, headaches, migraines, heart palpitations, tinnitus, pressure in the ears, sores that won’t heal, dangerously high blood pressure and the list goes on. This was not the plan that any of these quiet and unassuming rural families had in mind, but this is what they got. And countless months later it continues.
Nobody wanted to get sick; nobody wanted to be forced to leave their home, the place they raised their children, the place they intended to live out their retirement. Not one of them asked for this. In almost all cases, these symptoms were non-existent before the start up of the wind farm.

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Ashbee home vacated

And when it was discovered these wonderful, planet saving industrial machines were actually hurting them and their family, not one of them would anticipate there would be no help for them.
As they read in the papers how our government was running to help other citizens who found themselves in all manner of troubling circumstances through no fault of their own, there they sat, waiting, ignored and ridiculed for admitting they needed help against the giant industry that the government had hyper-promoted in their ambitious scheme to ’save the planet’.
Who are these people, the green supporters cry out? NIMBY’S! They’re trying to stop our efforts to help the world! NIMBY’S! They don’t like change! They don’t want them in their backyard! Sorry, but nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, the vast majority welcomed wind farms as much as anyone. Some even boasted how proud they would be to participate at such close hand, to be able to help make a difference, to assist in providing clean, renewable energy.
But when the troubles started, the government looked the other way. When the troubles started, the government ran the other way, fingers in ears, la la la. There was no time for anyone or anything to stop this magnificent much needed multi-million, make that billion, dollar program and so they chose to ignore and abandon those who asked for help. They simply did not respond. As a matter of fact, some of the residents were subjected to blatant derision from their MPP. The people asked their local town council for help. They asked the Ministry of the Environment for help. They asked the Public Health Unit for help. They asked the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for help. They even asked the Premier of Ontario directly for help. Nothing happened. No one responded. No sir, what they got from the Premier of Ontario was a loud and strong message that he was not going to let any NIMBY’s slow down his cause.
Thrown into the already brewing mess was the Green Energy Act. Sounding like a wonderful piece of legislation that would help this province and in turn, the country achieve the desired energy saving goals, it turned out to be a complete removal of rights for Ontarians; the complete dismantling of democracy in one piece of legislation. What most people didn’t know or pay attention to, was what the Premier and his two Ministers were trying to push through at lightning speed would affect everyone, not just the rural residents. And oh, how it does!
And so the letters flowed and the meetings started; ministry workshop meetings, presentations at the legislature’s standing committee hearings, public input at the local government held meetings, written submissions to the Green Energy Act Registry. Thousands of letters, documents and studies by a bevy of very astute and credible professional engineers, doctors, health professionals, lawyers, electrical engineers, professors, all manner of Ontarians with and without degrees, from all walks of life and, of course, the residents who were already being affected, already sick and getting sicker by the terribly close proximity of the wind turbines and electrical groundwork. All of these people at a grassroots level, taking no money for their time or for their obvious expense of preparing and printing papers and running around the province to government meetings and rural town hall meetings. All of these people doing the research that the government should have done before they started down this road, showing what a miserable failure simple lack of planning creates. All of these people trying to inform the government of the very serious issues with the wind farms.
Yet in the space of maybe 45 days or so, since the last submission date to the Green Energy Act Registry, designed for public input and reaping some 1300 submissions alone, this government said they had seen enough. They’d had enough time to look through all of the information submitted; the very complex engineering reports, noise studies, the reams of information on health effects, turbine failure, viability of wind as an energy source and the safe requirements for setbacks that would keep all citizens out of harms way. They repeatedly refused all requests by health professionals requesting the government slow down and conduct a proper independent health study to determine the health effects. They had also heard the victim statements, pleading with the government for help, to please listen to them, warning them to not put anymore people in the position that they found themselves in, through no fault of their own. It all fell on deaf ears.
There was no way that these Ministers were going to slow down. No matter how many people tried to warn them, they were not going to let anyone stop them in their plan to spread their wind turbines far and wide across every rural inch of the province and ringing the Great Lakes shorelines. No sir, they were going full speed ahead.
They took away the rights of all citizens of Ontario. All citizens, not just some. They overruled the professional planners who understand and know the ramifications of setbacks and public space planning so that they have no say in the municipality anymore. They overruled the town councils and Mayors who have no say in their own backyards anymore, the place they know much more intimately than any Minister, or developer.
They overruled everyone and everything. No one has ever seen the likes or speed of a piece of legislation like this before.
They ignore all of the facts brought before them, ignore and abandon the over 100 known victims, some of whom spend their days in restaurants trying to escape the conditions, who sleep in their cars with winter coming, who are billeted in a single room in a motel with children and more on the way, paid for by the wind developer. People with children, the children not knowing or caring about politics or landscape sightlines, but who bang on their ears with their fists asking Mommy to stop the noise, and young children who now complain of headaches. People with a new need for prescription sleeping pills and people who have lost everything. They’ve lost their livestock, their horses, their income, their way of life and the right to live in their own house. Children have had to move away. They live with relatives; they live by the goodness and grace of understanding strangers who offer them a place to stay. But in even larger numbers than these, are the ones trying desperately to stay in their own home, where everything they have is in and around them. Over 100 and growing. And so, at the end of the day what does the government do? They announce the same inadequate setbacks that they had previously spouted way back at the beginning of the year. Nothing had changed. It appears their minds were made up a long time ago. What a waste of taxpayers money.
The whole industry is contaminated with non-disclosure contracts right from the start. When the landowners agree to host, after being assured of all the good things they are doing, they sign contracts. These are variously worded contracts that do not allow them to speak out about anything negative to do with the wind turbines and will entitle the developer to make any amount of noise, vibration or do what they need to on their land and the landowner may not complain. Some are embarrassed at being taken in by the salesmen. They had no idea it would be such an intrusion, but the money sounded sweet. I wonder how many other businesses there are that match the need for non-disclosure clauses being made with ordinary, everday citizens while receiving full government support. Why such secrecy if this is such a noble exercise?
Many landowners with multiple turbines don’t live on their property. These are some of the ones who will say there are no problems and argue strongly to push ahead. Some have rented out their farmhouses cheap. The renters sleep with oscillating fans going all night long by their heads to try to cut out the thumping sound of the wind turbines clearly heard in their bedrooms. Many wear earplugs but they don’t always work.
People ask, why aren’t more people speaking up, why don’t we hear more? Would you speak up knowing that if and when you needed to get out you wouldn’t be able to sell your house? Who would buy it? It’s not an easy position for any of them to be put in, nor do they want to jeopardize the hopes that the developer will help them, or the possible lashback by fervent green supporters in their community who are so careless with their words and judgment. Many are under contract and cannot speak. Some don’t have the courage or the life skills to know who to even contact. This is all new to them; it’s all new to everyone, even our leaders.
So what about Europe people ask? Aren’t they all happy with their wind farms over there? No, they’re not. In fact there are over 360 grass roots coalitions in 19 European countries in exactly the same position as our residents, pleading to be listened to. They are trying to work with their governments on greater setbacks to protect the residents. As industrial wind turbines get bigger and bigger (40 storeys), some countries leaders have listened and have changed their setbacks to 1.5 kms and further. They acknowledge the problems,and they obviously care about the consequences. These symptoms and problems are mirrored all over the world. Next door in the U.S, Australia, Japan…..
No one can believe our government would completely ignore residents like this, especially the residents themselves. Surely there must be something wrong with these people if the government isn’t listening or taking action. Nope, in fact there is nothing wrong with these residents. These are all good people; honest people, the backbone of this country. Something wrong you ask? Perhaps you should be looking to the provincial government and their brazen, no questions asked backing and protection of the wind industry.
$omething i$ very wrong indeed. ~B. Ashbee

Not Giving Up

“The residents and their backers at Wind Concerns Ontario – a provincial anti-wind farm group – are not ready to give up the fight. Their spokesperson Margaret Benke says they have 30 days to request a review of the decision, and they intend to do so.”
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Standard-Freeholder|By: Alan S Hale|January 6, 2019

Challenge to stop wind farm in North Stormont fails

FINCH — An attempt by a group of residents from North Stormont to try to quash a wind power project from being constructed in the area ended in failure on Friday, after the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal ruled they had failed to prove windmills would harm human health, local animal and plant life, or the environment.

The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont had appealed a renewable energy approval the Ministry of the Environment had granted to allow the project, Nation Rise Wind Farm GP Ltd., to proceed.

The process to arrive at a decision took many months. Weeks of hearings were held in Finch and Toronto, where the participants brought in dozens of experts to argue both sides about the potential impacts of the wind farm on people and the environment while being cross-examined by lawyers.

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One door closes and another opens

 

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Laura and Paul are retiring and we wish them all the best on their new adventures.

 Time to Say Goodbye

Well, after 6 years, it’s time to close down QuixotesLastStand.  I’ve been an environmentalist crusader since my first walkathon to save the whales, before I was even a teenager.  Now, almost 50 years later, it’s time to pass the torch to a younger generation.

With his degree in forestry, Paul has been relentless in his desire to get people to understand the importance and value of keeping and planting MORE trees, to help the environment, rather than cutting them down to put up useless, inefficient and unreliable wind turbines whose destruction to the earth far outweighs any meagre benefit they give.

Paul and I have done what we could to warn of the serious environmental issues surrounding industrial wind turbines and the greedy multinational billion dollar corporations and politicians who get rich off of them.

We, as a whole, can work to help this planet without seniors dying of hypothermia because they can’t pay their electric bill, or by forcing families into energy poverty resulting in some losing their homes.

For now, Paul and I would like to just spend our remaining years, enjoying the fruits of our many years of labour, without the stress of daily combat.

This site will close down in a few weeks.  Thank you to all of our thousands of followers over the years.  We value your support and wish you well in your continued crusade against the tyranny of New World Order globalist liberals whose sole aim is to rob us of the freedoms and rights we’ve enjoyed for so long and to deprive our children and grandchildren of the good fortunes and first world basic necessities and conveniences we’ve taken for granted.

Should anyone wish to take over Quixotes, please leave a comment below.  It is a treasure trove of research articles and important items related to the ecological devastation wrought by these monstrous machines.

All the best to everyone,

Laura and Paul

Source: QuixotesLastStand

No time to be silent

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Advocating for the return of silent nights free from industrial wind turbine installation noise and the return of our natural dark skies.

DEADLINE TO COMMENT~ January 18, 2019

Ontario is playing fast and fancy with recent amendments to the renamed Green Energy Act.  It is not the time to be silent.   Use your voice and let them know what you think about Grand Fathering existing renewable energy approvals (REA) of  industrial wind turbine complexes being built and those operated in our province.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also proposing a regulation to address transition issues related to restoring municipal planning authority.

The proposed regulation would:

  • establish the transition rules for grandfathering existing renewable energy projects, as these projects may not comply with municipal planning documents and would require regulatory protection to continue
  • provide that, despite its repeal, section 62.0.2 of the Planning Act would continue to apply to specific renewable energy projects in specific circumstances.

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4040

Oppose the recommendation to simply grandfather existing renewable facilities and to protect these projects as they continue to be the cause of adverse health injuries, trespass and havoc across Ontario.

Grandfather;  aka forgiven

Short List:

  • Ask the Ministers/Ministry to resolve, to the complainants satisfaction  aka the 4500+ complaints and growing provincially.
  • Ask the Ministers/Ministry to address and resolve the water well destruction to the satisfaction of all affected well owners.
  • Advocate fiercely for a health hazard investigation – Please reference Dr Bray’s recent letter Riina_Bray_IWT_Niagara recent and independent researcher Carmen Krogh’s documents.
  • Cancel the contracts.

CEASE TO OPERATEReverse the onus of no harm back to the industry and have them prove the safety of their electrical generation. (to include testing and resolution of impacts of noise such as infra sound, low frequency, non- ionizing radiation, stray voltage, EMFs and all the other discharges and emissions from these installations and their associated infrastructures)

Addition: looks like we have more work to do!

Please don’t go silent now!

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4265

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-3800

Peaceful Presence 2018 @ Niagara Wind

Never underestimate the strength, determination and persistence of strong women.   On November 2, 2018  in cold wet and windy weather,  members of the mothers made our presence known to the local office for the Niagara Wind Project that concerns are unresolved and our work to seek justice and remedy is unabated.

“Citizens pulled in to ask what was going on.  A lady and husband parked across the road and came over to engaged. A generous citizen brought us 3 coffees and gave us props with comments including he has respect for what we do. A lot of vehicles honked and waved.  Many thumbs up.

It was a great presence!”

 

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Fishermen’s houses burned to make way for wind project

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Fishermen’s huts blaze in San Francisco del Mar, Mexico

Mexico News Daily|August 18, 2018

Fishermen’s houses burned to make way for wind farm

3-year-old dispute continues in coastal community of Oaxaca

Twenty houses were set on fire Wednesday as a dispute flared up over a proposed wind farm in the Oaxaca coastal municipality of San Francisco del Mar.

Municipal authorities and a community of fishermen are at odds over the Boca Barra wind farm, which was first proposed three years ago. The indigenous fishermen of Pueblo Viejo have strongly opposed it, refusing to give up 15,000 hectares of coastal land.

Yesterday, the municipal representative in Pueblo Viejo, Francisco Álvarez, led a group of supporters to the beach where they set fire to some 20 palapa-roofed houses belonging to the fishermen.

The latter filed a formal complaint and then proceeded to block access to Pueblo Viejo and cut off the town’s electrical power.

The fishermen claim that Álvarez wants to force them to leave the land so the municipality can grant it to the wind farm project. They also charged that Mayor Froylan Gaspar Pedro was behind the arson attack.

The municipality has claimed that the wind farm will be “for the benefit of all.”

The state deputy secretary for political development, Carlos Ramos, said his staff have traveled to the coastal municipality to arrange negotiations between both parties. Two previous attempts to negotiate a solution have failed.

No arrests were reported after the arson attack or the suspension of the town’s power supply.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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Mothers March Against Industrial Wind

DSC04218The mothers and their children took a walk on May 27, 2013 protesting the Summerhaven Wind project that was under construction at the time.  We marched together providing a record and demonstration of our non consent to the wind project. It also spiked a lot of interest from the Ontario Provincial Police and wind project security.   The police decided they needed to be present with a marked police escort and their undercover members.

Mothers Against Wind Turbines remains firm in giving a thumbs down to industrial wind.  We have not remained silent.  We will not remain silent.  No still means no.

Ontario Wind Resistance posting May 2013: Mothers March to Say NO!

 

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United In the Fight

Retreat 2018

On Saturday May 12, 2018 the second annual retreat was held at Silverdale Hall in West Lincoln, Ontario.  Topic for the day long event was community action against the negative impacts of wind power.  This gathering has quickly become our place to network, share information, meet old friends and make new ones. Under skilled guidance of Georgina Richardson the day built on work accomplished and explored  paths going forward.   Attendees worked hard reviewing and goal setting while developing  and setting into motion action plans.

The battle remains about protecting our homes, families and communities from realized negative consequences due to wind powered generation facilities. The fight has brought together so many people who remain united and committed in seeking justice.

The fight is far from over.

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