Energy Poverty is a direct serious harm to health that has resulted from Ontario’s energy policies. Poverty determines your level of health. Not being able to pay your hydro bill is an adverse health outcome resulting from the pursuit of renewable energy projects without careful consideration of benefits and costs. The Green Energy Act and rates paid for renewable energy (wind & solar) generated electricity has fueled the crisis of soaring hydro rates. There is a growing fury among those who can no longer bear such political agendas. The pressure is building. People are demanding Government serve people, not only the interests of the “green” industries.
A rally against oppressive hydro bills attracted at least 100 protesters in front of city hall, and enough supportive horn honking on Main Street to sometimes drown-out speakers assailing Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government.
Most notable were those mobilized enough by the issue to get downtown by 5 p.m. and who have never publicly protested anything before.
Home electricity bills have skyrocketed in the last five years: off-peak prices have increased 47 per cent, and on-peak prices have increased 67 per cent.
That’s why Lori Balkom took part in her first protest, holding a sign standing close enough to the road to feel the breeze from cars driving by honking.
“My last bill was $850,” she said. “Last summer it was $500 … There are people out there who can’t afford food because of (their hydro bills). It’s not right.”
Her sisters Debbie Leblanc and Patti Glenn joined her. Leblanc lives in a building for seniors, and said at least one woman couldn’t afford to turn on air conditioning this summer and had to hang out in a mall instead.
Jeff Coe happened upon the protest while out for a walk and was swept up in it and signed a petition.
“I’m all for conservation, I conserve my kilowatt hours, but the bill keeps going up,” he said. “So that’s why I’m here, too.”
The focus of the rally was Wynne: signs called on her to resign, and labelled her government “corrupt or stupid.” The most popular read: “Keep hydro public,” a reference to calls for Wynne to reverse the privatization of Hydro One, the province’s electricity transmission monopoly.
Politicians from the provincial Progressive Conservatives and NDP spoke, but the rally’s organizer, Sarah Warry-Poljanski, was the focal point, dressed in work boots, bright orange hydro worker-style coveralls, and white hard hat.
“With the cost of hydro we are all suffering … seniors and pensioners, people working two or more jobs just to get by,” she shouted into the microphone. “This is unacceptable … The (government) needs to stop serving themselves, and serving us.”
So it begins.
The fight to protect our residents and community continues.
Please feel free to attend the May 17, 2016 Open House or contact our community groups directly.
Together we are stronger and together we will be heard.
“Well they were Testing that Turbine behind us yesterday -, Rosedene …RD ,West Lincoln ON, -My older son was out side and He said he thought he kept hearing Jets and was looking up , I hadn’t hear it in the house UNTIL Supper Time ,I had my Windows Open and I heard It ,It SOUNDED LIKE A JET and when it was Stopping it Got even louder , JUST LIKE ON THE VIDEOS where you can hear them..Except this is ONE Sounding like Many. and they keep changing the way it points – ::: ( “
This Extremely Successful Raffle was a Partnership with the Wainfleet Ratepayers Association and it couldn’t of been done without the support of YOU the Residents of West Lincoln!!
MAWT Inc. worked cooperatively and tiredlessly with Wainfleet Ratepayers Association at booths set up at both Canal Days and at the Wainfleet Fair.
It was wonderful to work with the Wainfleet Ratepayers Association – really great people.
Funds raised are being equally split between MAWT Inc and Burnaby Skydive Legal funds associated with the wind battles.
Many, many volunteers have spent countless hours and gone above and beyond, to support this to make this event a success.
Working together we are stronger and are a force to reckond with.
Through the ticket sales, we were able to educate a lot of people as a bonus. We now have many more Wind Warriors at the ready!!
Although we think everyone who bought a ticket, made a donation or simply took the time to come by the booths to talk to us are winners, below are the official First, Second and Third Place Raffle ticket winners, whom all received a hefty monetary prize.
The winners from the Unite the Fight raffle are:
So each area got a winner!
Well done – all. It was hard work. We talked to a lot of people and we got them thinking. Congratulations!
Below are a few pictures that were snapped between educating and the selling of Raffle Tickets at the Wainfleet Fair.
…as a Member but first, some background.
In March, 2014 CCSAGE incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation. The objectives of our group remain the same: we advocate for green energy projects when they are safe and appropriate, and challenge them otherwise. The proposed wind factories in South Marysburgh and Athol are neither green nor appropriate, and our group strenuously opposes them by initiatives of our own and by supporting the activities of PECFN and APPEC.
As an example of a green initiative that we would support, Ontario is considering the establishment a long-term power purchase agreement with Quebec. This is an excellent idea, because Quebec generates almost all of its electricity (95%+) from hydro-electric facilities, perhaps the greenest of all sources.
CCSAGE now has a Board of Directors, a Steering Committee and thousands of supporters who have become engaged in some way in challenging proposed wind projects in the County . The current Board is made up of Anne Dumbrille (Chair), Karen Empringham (Vice-Chair) and Garth Manning (Secretary). The number of Directors can be increased as necessary.
Now, with incorporation, we are creating a Membership category, and would like to enroll our more engaged supporters as Members. As you have shown significant interest in CCSAGE and its objectives in the past, we invite you to join as a Member.
What’s involved? First, there is the formal aspect: approve the actions of the Board, the corporate accounts and any bylaw changes at an annual general meeting. But more importantly, the Board intends to utilize the Membership as a focus group to preview plans, as a source of new ideas, and as invited participants in occasional CCSAGE projects.
As a Member, you’ll receive regular, Members-only, email communications from the Board, and have the opportunity to provide your opinions and ideas direct to the Board.
Individual Memberships are offered at $20 for the first fiscal year, which will include a free “Naturally Green” lawn sign and a “Not a Willing Host” sticker.
To join, send a cheque, made out to “CCSAGE Naturally Green”, to Garth Manning, 17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0. Make sure to include your name, postal address, phone number and e-mail address (all are required).
With your involvement as a Member, CCSAGE Naturally Green will become even more relevant, responsive and effective.
Anne Dumbrille, Chair
On behalf of CCSAGE Naturally Green:
17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0