Municipal Law Seminar – Sept 2013 – Landowners Association

The Niagara Landowners Association is hosting Niagara’s first OLA Municipal Law Seminar.

September 21, 2013

At the Ramada Beacon Harbourside Hotel in Jordan Ontario.

Doors open at 11am for chat

Seminar 1pm to 5pm

Come out and learn what the law really is and not what you are told it is. The “Ontario Municipal Act” is very clear. Your Rights on your Private Property have already been protected.

 

Land Patent Grants – Municipal Law Seminar – Sept 2013

An Open Letter to Fellow Environmentalists — from a former renewables advocate

Quixotes Last Stand

(Donna’s note:  This should be sent to every politician and every ‘green’ person in your life to help them understand that those of us who are against the industrialization of rural countrysides with wind turbines are NOT ‘anti-earth’, but are in fact the last battalion left standing who understand the destructive nature of these supposedly ‘green’ machines. — DQ)

By Alex Budd — August 13, 2013

I should probably begin by introducing myself; my name is Alex, and I’m a recovering renewable energy advocate. For years, I was a victim of desperation and hope; I petitioned and parlayed, chanted and canvassed; I brimmed with excitement at the prospect of “green jobs” and a “renewable energy economy.” I still see much of myself in many of you.

I know what it’s like. I know exactly how it feels to look around and see a world not just dying but being suffocated…

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Pattern Energy — An model example of the corruption and lies put forth by the wind industry

Well said…

Quixotes Last Stand

(Donnas Notes: Time and time and time again, we read of instances where wind energy companies not only lie about their product, but manipulate the data, spin the truth and ultimately leave ruin and destruction in their wind turbines paths.  When is this industry going to be held to the same standards of truth that every other business in the world is compelled to do through all sorts of consumer protection and safety laws?  When was it decided to give these sharks a free pass on every misdeed they do?   112 industrial wind turbines surround the little town of Ocotillo, California.  Imagine living with this nightmare.)

Ocotillo Residents Complain of Turbine Noise Similar to “Jet Engines” 

Miriam Rafferty — East County Magazine — August 13, 2013

When Pattern Energy presented its proposed Ocotillo Express Wind Facility project to Imperial County Supervisors, the company promised that massive industrial wind turbines would…

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An Open Letter to Fellow Environmentalists

Well, at least this Greentard admits that renewables is a HUGE scam!!!

Deep Green Resistance New York

By Alex Budd / Deep Green Resistance Redwood Coast

The earth isn’t dying; it is being killed. And “clean energy” will only make things worse.

I should probably begin by introducing myself; my name is Alex, and I’m a recovering renewable energy advocate. For years, I was a victim of desperation and hope; I petitioned and parlayed, chanted and canvassed; I brimmed with excitement at the prospect of “green jobs” and a “renewable energy economy.” I still see much of myself in many of you.

I know what it’s like. I know exactly how it feels to look around and see a world not just dying but being suffocated, being tortured and maimed, sacrificed on the twin altars of profit and production. As a young person today, I know what it’s like to fear the future, to fear for my future. I—like many of you—have read all the studies and reports I need to see to know what’s coming…

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Premier called on to intervene in Melancthon wind war

Premier called on to intervene in Melancthon wind war.

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Melancthon Mayor Bill Hill is urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to step up and address what he labels the “seriously flawed” powers of the Green Energy Act (GEA).

It’s no secret Melancthon council and Dufferin Wind Power Inc., which received approval to operate a 99 MW wind farm in the township and construct a 230 kV transmission line to Amaranth, have a less than amicable relationship.

With Dufferin Wind filing for expropriation, taking the township to court over the storage of wind turbines, and recently applying to have the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) institute a road use agreement, the township has reached a breaking point, Hill said.

“People are incensed by the bullying tactics employed by Dufferin Wind Power Inc.,” Hill wrote in his letter sent to Wynne on Tuesday (Aug. 13).

“The reason they can act that way is because of the flawed Green Energy Act that allows them to steam roll over municipalities and individuals.”

At nearly every turn, Hill contends the Chinese-owned wind power developer has brought the GEA hammer down to get whatever it wants. The mayor is now urging the premier to “intervene” into the situation.

“It does appear your government has chosen to favour foreign owned wind farm developers, over the interest and livelihood of Ontario farmers,” Hill said. “It is imperative that further charges are made.”

Both Wynne and Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli wrote Hill back on Wednesday. In Wynne’s response, the premier assured Hill she had taken note of his concerns, and asked Chiarelli to respond on behalf of the province.

Since Dufferin Wind’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) issued on June has been appealed to Ontario’s Environmental Tribunal (ERT), Chiarelli declined to comment on the specifics in Hill’s letter.

“This matter is currently being reviewed by the ERT,” Chiarelli wrote to Hill. “It would be inappropriate to comment on the specific issues raised.”

When asked to comment on the situation, Connie Roberts, spokesperson for Dufferin Wind, argued the company has negotiated in good faith and dealt fairly with Melancthon Township.

“DWPI has followed the rules,” she said in an email. “In some instances, these rules have meant the Township of Melancthon has had to make concessions, as has Dufferin Wind.”

While Dufferin Wind is disappointed by Hill’s “continued negative rhetoric,” Roberts noted the mayor is allowed to express his opinion to the province.

“The (GEA) is a very comprehensive and exacting piece of legislation,” she added. “Time will show the residents of this community that Dufferin Wind Power is a good corporate citizen.”

Wind turbines are more than a regular sight in Melancthon. When Dufferin Wind’s project gets up and running, there will be about one for every 15 residents in the township.

Hill noted the township’s numerous demands for a moratorium on wind farms until independent health studies are completed have been ignored.

So has council’s wish that a capping formula to allow municipalities to calculate or determine how many wind turbines are acceptable within their borders be approved. Given recent history, Hill has little confidence in the province.

“I don’t think she’ll do a damn thing frankly, but at least we’re on record,” Hill told The Banner. “All you have to do is look at what they’ve done and look at what they haven’t done.”

A few months ago, Chiarelli did announce the province planned to tune up its green energy rules, and pledged to give municipalities more of a say in the process. Municipalities won’t gain veto power though, a right many covet most.

However, pending changes to the province’s green energy rules don’t apply to existing applications. Dufferin Wind will remain subject to the current rules.

“The government has been clear,” Chiarelli wrote to Hill. “We will continue to honour existing contracts.”

During an interview with The Banner in June, Wynne conceded there were flaws in the province’s green energy rules. She said then that province was doing everything to ensure a better process was put in place going forward.

“We didn’t do a good enough job putting a good process in place,” Wynne said on June 13. “I know that people would like to roll back the clock. I don’t have the power to do that.”

Hill wasn’t buying what Wynne was selling then or now. He said he doesn’t see the situation improving anytime soon.

“The only end of it that I see is getting rid of the Liberal government. They obviously don’t want to change their GEA,” Hill said. “They gave it lip service. They tweaked it. They didn’t put any teeth behind anything.”

Premier called on to intervene in Melancthon wind war

The Liberals have no right to allow industries to harm us.

Ontario Wind Resistance

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Melancthon Mayor Bill Hill is urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to step up and address what he labels the “seriously flawed” powers of the Green Energy Act (GEA). It’s no secret Melancthon council and Dufferin Wind Power Inc., which received approval to operate a 99 MW wind farm in the township and construct a 230 kV transmission line to Amaranth, have a less than amicable relationship.

With Dufferin Wind filing for expropriation, taking the township to court over the storage of wind turbines, and recently applying to have the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) institute a road use agreement, the township has reached a breaking point, Hill said. “People are incensed by the bullying tactics employed by Dufferin Wind Power Inc.,” Hill wrote in his letter sent to Wynne on Tuesday (Aug. 13). “The reason they can act that way is because of the flawed Green Energy Act that…

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Gas plant cancelled for political expediency, millions wasted

Gas plant cancelled for political expediency, millions wasted
The Auditor General’s report dated April 2013 on the Eastern Power Mississauga gas plant contained the following remarks:
 “Eastern Power was awarded three of the seven contracts, including one for the Greenfield South Power Plant. This was proposed as a 280-MW combined-cycle gas-fired facility to be located in Mississauga and to operate over a 20-year period. Ultimately, it was the only contract Eastern Power executed. For various reasons, including Eastern Power’s challenges in securing financing, the other two projects were terminated. The Greenfield South contract was signed in April 2005.”
   It appears the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in awarding the contracts to Eastern Power didn’t bother to ensure they would be able to obtain financing, but awarded the contract(s) anyway. 
   Now, in 2013, the OPA will soon be handed the full authority by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to ramp up their powers to negotiate and sign competitive contracts, as part of his idea of how to fix the feed-in tariff (FIT) program.   Minister Chiarelli directed the OPA via his June 12, 2013 directive to make the following change to the FIT program:
“Replacing the Large FIT program with a new competitive procurement process and working with municipalities and Aboriginal communities to help identify appropriate locations and siting requirements.”
   That “gas plant scandal” the Liberals have been dealing with was partially caused by the OPA’s prior actions as the Mississauga plant was to be up and running by 2007; yet the Minister is now proposing to give them more authority. Past and present Energy Ministers appear to think the bureaucrats that made mistakes in the past have learned their lesson.  Or have they?
   Recently The Hill Times (Ottawa) did a complete review of the “energy” scene in Canada and took the time to do an article on the Ontario electricity sector and its push for renewable energy via the Green Energy and Economy Act. The following quote from Ontario’s Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli appears:
“He also outlined a number of other incentives for municipal participation in the renewable energy sector, including making it easier for cities [my emphasis] to become equity partners in wind energy projects and provisions for increased tax and assessment revenues from turbines. “And that will be retroactive—it includes existing turbines as well,” Mr. Chiarelli added.”
   I’m not sure how that last comment will play out as the “assessment” on wind turbines was defined by the previous Finance Minister, Dwight Duncan, who instructed the Municipality Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to assess a maximum taxable assessment of $40,000 per megawatt (MW).  If the contracts executed by the OPA carry guarantees on the assessed values, we should expect threats of further lawsuits, and unless Chiarelli has got clearance from current Finance Minister Charles Sousa, his premise may be dead in the water. Nevertheless the many processes recently announced by Minister Chiarelli are moving forward, but most anti-wind turbine groups see this whole exercise as a worthless “conversation” (to paraphrase Premier Kathleen Wynne).   Those groups are also having trouble understanding what “cities” have to do with the process when it is chiefly rural communities that are affected.  I am confident Minister Chiarelli would have difficulty pointing to a major wind turbine development near any “city” in Ontario.
   In any event it appears to this writer that the OPA, charged with running this new “competitive procurement process” may be challenged as the Mississauga Greenfield project and another contract they awarded has recently demonstrated. 
   A recent case has surfaced: a small OPA contract of 6.15 MW awarded toRedbird Energy, reportedly chaired by  Kevin Loughery.   The President is listed as Nancy Loughrey and coincidently, an Internet search turns them up (or two peopleconnected with the same name) in Atlanta, Georgia.  As a further coincidence theFBI in the U.S. has charged a Kevin P. Loughery with “wire fraud” for using investor funds for his personal use. 
   Is the chair of Redbird, described on the Redbird website as “Kevin has been actively involved in reviewing and assessing renewable energy companies and projects since 2006 and brings 20 years of investment experience as a stock broker for Bear Stearns, a currency trader for Thomas Cook, etc.”  and the person charged by the FBI one and the same?  If so, it appears the OPA awards contracts to companies possibly controlled by individuals charged with fraud. 
   I’m sure this latest finding will provide Minister Chiarelli with even more confidence in the OPA’s abilities to negotiate future contracts.
   This recent example and the past history of the OPA’s awarding of the Eastern Power/Greenfield contract(s) fails to provide the voters, taxpayers and ratepayers of Ontario with confidence in the  process that the previous and the current Ministers of Energy seem to feel is active in the OPA.   
   We Ontarians have certainly had our share of scandals over the past 10 years; at some point someone must draw a line in the sand—it appears the government won’t!
    Now is the time!
Parker Gallant
August 13, 2013
The opinions expressed in this posting are those of the author and are not necessarily the policy of Wind Concerns Ontario.

County advocate for safe and appropriate green energy sends a letter to Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park needs to start listening to the people who are being affected by this scam!!!

CCSAGE Naturally Green

To:
The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
Victor Fedeli, PC Energy Critic
Peter Tabuns, NDP Energy Critic
Steve Dyck, GPO Energy Critic

Gentlemen:

As our political representatives in charge of making decisions about Energy, I beseech you to pay attention to what is happening in the real world and not to what comes out of the marketing machine of the wind energy lobby at Queen’s Park.

Although originally in favour of wind energy, I am now opposed to large scale wind projects that are sited too close to homes and in environmentally sensitive areas.  I believed the claims of the wind industry – that it would deliver us from the effects of carbon pollution, that it was free – there for the taking, and that it was “green”. In 2005 when I first heard there were “wind farms” planned near our home in the County and that there was…

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What the Green Energy Act Has Done to Rural Ontario

K. Wynne is part of this organized crime scam, it is time to shut them all down!!!

Wind Resistance of Melancthon

Excerpts from a letter by Melancthon Mayor Bill Hill to Premier K. Wynne, dated August 13, 2013.

Speaking about Dufferin Wind Power and wind power development.

“The reason they can do this, is again because of flawed Legislation passed by your Government.”

“It does appear that your government has chosen to favour foreign owned wind power developers, over the interests and livelihood of Ontario farmers.”

Read letter: Melancthon Letter

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Protecting our children from Industrial Wind Power Emissions is our first priority!

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