July 24, 2013 – Manitoulin Expositor
As evidenced by the large barge in the North Channel or numerous cement trucks headed to and from the Green Bush, construction is well underway on the McLean’s Mountain Wind Limited Partnership’s (a joint project between Mnidoo Mnising Power General Patership Inc. and Northland Power Inc.) wind farm. Continue reading at: http://www.manitoulin.ca/2013/07/24/wind-farm-moves-ahead-on-land-and-under-water/
Kolding is Denmark’s 7th largest city with 57,000 inhabitants. Its jurisdiction extends 605 km2 and includes a total of 89,000 inhabitants (76,000 for Sønderborg).
Adds Dr Mauri Johansson, EPAW’s spokesman for Scandinavia: “During the last 12 months, several smaller municipalities had done the same, in spite of strong pressure from government. They are not satisfied with the noise regulations, and demand that independent studies (i.e. objective ones) be done concerning the effects of wind turbines on health. Continue Reading at: Danish Cities put a Moratorium
The findings also contradict the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) hypothesis, meaning those who don’t support turbines locally do not support them generally. In this case, Baxter argues the NIMBY hypothesis is not helpful for understanding why people support/oppose or feel impacted by turbines. ”Health is really front and centre,” says Baxter. “Literature suggests that how people feel about the look of turbines in the landscape, aesthetically speaking, is one of the best predictors of turbine support but that is not the case in our study.”
A new study from Western University shows the winds of change may be blowing when it comes to operating large-scale turbines in rural Ontario. In “A case-control study of support/opposition to wind turbines: Perceptions of health risk, economic benefits, and community conflict,” published recently by Energy Policy, Jamie Baxter from Western’s Department of Geography and his team explore the conundrum that while a relatively strong majority of rural Ontarians actually living with turbines in their farming communities (69 per cent) support them, the level of positive feedback in the control community was surprisingly low (25 per cent).
Baxter concludes that the results from the control group signal that rural Ontario may, in the future, want to close their doors for business where turbines are concerned and that a more radical retooling may be needed for sustainable turbine policy.
The findings also contradict the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) hypothesis…
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“What I am suggesting, is a registry, for ecology-minded people like yourself, to sign up to buy, or trade, property and homes from the people in communities with wind turbines, that are being made miserable, through no fault of their own,” said Correia. “No one is asking you to do anything that you haven’t already said was reasonable to do in exchange for green energy. Proponents of green energy say all the time that they would love to live near the turbines, and they don’t believe that they would suffer any health effects from them.”
Read Article at Niagara This Week: Try living by them: challenge to turbine supporters.
On Monday evening, a small group of rural Ontario residents protested, not unlike we’ve done every time Kathleen Wynne has flitted into a nearby town, wearing her ever-present grimace, and coordinating suit. We have protested her in Strathroy, in Sarnia, we have protested her in Clinton and on Monday night she was in London to support the Liberal candidate, Ken Coran, in the upcoming by-election. What was different about Monday night’s event was the treatment that our group received from the police and ‘security;’ as well as, how the camera operator for CTV was treated, by Wynne’s supporters, or as they more distinctly resemble—sheep; following blindly without question.
Surprise Ontarians!! Kathleen Wynne, the first female, openly gay premier of our Province, whom you might believe to be a gentler and more accepting provincial honcho is in fact closer in leadership style to Hugo Chavez, or the late Kim Jong-il. Under…
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While we in the County bask in the glow of PECFN’s win in the Ostrander Point appeal, our friends on neighouring Amherst Island continue to fight hard to stop a major 37-turbine wind project on their small island. This project is as large as Ostrander Point and White Pines combined, proposed for an island which is only 1/15th the size of PEC. Picture the County with 555 turbines! We can help our neighbours by taking a few minutes to compose and send an email on their behalf.
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By Peter Epp, Chatham Daily News – Wednesday July 17, 2013
Byelections are to be held on Aug. 1, in which the votes of residents in five different ridings will be tabulated, but it’s not likely their outcome will have a great bearing on the next government, which right now is being propped up by the New Democrats. Yet if Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals do poorly, it will be a stunning slap against her government and its policies.
Oddly enough, votes have also been taken across rural Ontario over the past six months and, as with the Aug. 1 byelection, their outcome has had little impact on the governing Liberals.
Dozens of municipalities have been declaring themselves to be non-willing hosts to wind turbine development, in a desperate bid to become heard in Queen’s Park.
The latest declaration comes from Dawn-Euphemia Township. On Monday, the township council voted to become a non-willing host. Although there are no turbines in Dawn-Euphemia, two companies have proposals to erect a total of approximately 70 towers.
There are now over 60 municipalities in Ontario that are non-willing hosts. Several are in Lambton County, including Plympton-Wyoming and, more recently, Enniskillen Townshp. Continue Reading at http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2013/07/17/pov-democracy-thrives—-at-the-local-level