Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News
Transport Canada is being asked to clarify why it hasn’t taken action against a wind turbine company advised in June to remove eight turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport. Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls said Friday the turbine company – GDF Suez Canada – is dragging its heels “and the longer it stalls the more money it makes from the turbines.”
“It irritates me, especially since this is a safety issue,” said the MPP. “I’m constantly being asked by people why the turbines haven’t been removed and I’ve written to Transport Canada to get answers.” Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren said Friday he is also concerned over the lack of answers and intends to follow up with the agency in Ottawa. Meantime, David Timm, vice-president of the turbine company, insisted Friday his company has never received an “order” from Transport Canada to remove the…
The RSPB, always rather a suspect organisation in terms of its political activities, has excelled itself. It has formally objected to plans by Cuadrilla to drill for shale gas, on the grounds of potential damage to birds.
Will the province’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process pass a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms litmus test? Despite objection from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the REA process in Shelburne next week.
“That’s the big news. They’re willing to sit and listen,” said Dennis Sanford, president of Wind Resistance Melancthon. “Certain rights have been squashed or ignored through the whole (REA) process and we’re trying to call attention to that fact.” The province recently gave Dufferin Wind Power Inc. the green light to construct a 99 MW wind farm in Melancthon and run a 230 kV transmission line from that site to Amaranth. Both Sanford and the citizen’s advocacy group, Conserving Our Rural Environment (CORE), promptly appealed that approval to the ERT.
After pre-hearings held earlier this month, the ERT is willing to hear…
Niagara’s two smallest municipalities can boast of dozens of allies in declaring enough is enough in their wind turbine war. Wainfleet and West Lincoln are among a growing crop of municipalities province-wide which have declared themselves unwilling hosts to wind turbines. They’ve earned backing from Niagara Region — though that’s due to be revisited — as more municipalities come down against wind turbines.
“There’s force in numbers. There’s solidarity,” said West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner, who has sharply criticized the Ontario government for stripping municipalities of planning authority over turbines. Since Premier Kathleen Wynne’s vow not to impose turbines on places unwilling to take them, the list of municipalities saying no has climbed. Currently, 61 of 444 Ontario municipalities have declared themselves unwilling hosts.
The number, Joyner said, “just shows to the provincial government we’re trying to keep the premier at her word. She said municipalities that don’t…
Over next weekend, from 16th to 21st August, the No Dash for Gas protest group is planning to hold their Reclaim the Power action camp somewhere in Balcombe. As yet the location for the camp has not been disclosed and remains a mystery.
There have been reports in the media and on the group’s website that they will be here in response to a call from Balcombe to protect our interests. I have yet to establish who, if anybody, issued this invitation. It most certainly was not the Parish Council, and the local anti-fracking group, NoFibs, has confirmed it was not them.
For perhaps too long I have been sitting on the fence balancing the opinions in our village and tolerating extreme views, but the time has come to speak up.
Whilst villagers have voted that we oppose any future fracking and whilst having respect for those who…
Geez!…………..”Green Energy” must be a trigger for insane and idiotic actions by politicians across the board!
OR could the promise of massive amounts of money being sucked out of Ontario consumers pockets lead to hypocrisy and destructive decisions by politicians when any developer comes up with a scheme like the Marmora Pumped Storage project by Northland Power.
BTW, Northland Power may not be the best investment for a Township to get involved with. See the following critique by a Financial analyst:
“(…………………………….And the stock sports a 6.9-per-cent yield – more than twice as high as the yield on the S&P/TSX composite index. But when a yield gets that high, you need to ask why. In Northland’s case, there are several risks to keep in mind………………………………………..)”
Take the following into account:
MPP Todd Smith for Prince Edward-Hastings, took on the…
Any time you make an assessment of a situation or a group of people, you have to be aware that it will have a certain shelf life. Things change, situations evolve and new factors appear as time moves on. Of all the groups I’ve looked at in this series, that consideration applies to politicians the most.
It’s the pragmatic nature of politicians that they rarely make irrevocable commitments, because they are only too aware they’ll sometimes be obliged by changing circumstances to alter their position on things and it’s for that reason that the adjective slippery is so often applied to them. That may be a disagreeable fact to people but it’s simply the way Realpolitik has always worked. On the rare occasion that they make an unconditional promise on something that really matters and break it, electorates tend to be unforgiving.
For instance, as climate hysteria has died down, they’ve been slowly…
I’ve always liked Churchill’s definition of a fanatic. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Once you get past the witty aspect of the definition, there’s a deep truth in it too. They simply can’t change their mind.
I’ve seen a lot of debates in the blogosphere, where earnest attempts to show a fanatic not just a line of reasoning but the publicly documented facts about something, have failed utterly. They were never going to listen or be persuaded; they can’t change their minds. It’s as simple as that. Rational dialogue with them aimed at somehow converting them to your viewpoint is a losing strategy because it’s a waste of your time and does absolutely nothing to stop them anyway
There is also an insidious danger to this sort of interaction with them; you start to get imprinted by them. If you’re not…
There are three elements to be considered when formulating a strategy; the ultimate objective of the strategy, the resources you have available to achieve that objective and the way the resources are to be deployed to take and then hold that objective. Obviously, our objective is to destroy the political credibility of climate alarmism.
Identifying and enumerating a resource or asset, is a more tricky business. It may be something as concrete as a pile of money or something as intangible as an idea. At certain points in a campaign, a resource may have little utility but go on to be very important, or the reverse. Some resources you may have control of, some you may not. The most subtle type of resource, neither side has control of, but it can act at different points, to the advantage or detriment of either side. Some resources nominally belong to the opposition, but even…
A recent court decision appears to have the mayor of Melancthon wondering if the Green Energy Act overrides all other laws of the land.
In a personal letter to Premier Kathleen Wynn, Mayor Bill Hill describes as “another blow to democracy and local municipal governance as a result of your Government’s Draconian and repressive Green Energy and Economy Act” (GEA) a Superior Court ruling that effectively overruled the township’s zoning bylaw.
“Dufferin Wind Power Inc. (Longyuan Canada Renewables Ltd.) was successful in its Court Application regarding the storage of turbines on a property that was not zoned for that activity within the Township of Melancthon.
“Our position, based on solid planning advice, was that the exception did not allow for the off-site storage of turbine components on a property that was not zoned for that type of use.