A primer on the Nation Rise Wind Project for Ontario’s next premier

The Editor: 

Good evening, Mr. Ford and Ms. Horwath.

My family along with approximately 1,800 folks within the Township of North Stormont are facing the prospect of spending the next 20 to 40 years living within the confines of an industrial electrical generating facility.

I cannot express how happy I am to hear the two front runners in the June election agree on two things, by calling out Ontario’s Green Energy Act and Ontario’s Fair Hydro plan for what they are, a complete disaster and a total con job with the chief architect being Ms. Wynne.

Mr. Ford, your commitment to tear up the Green Energy Act is fantastic and Ms. Horvath while you have not explicitly stated your position,  I was heartened to hear you recently visiting the Chatham Kent area to hear and see first hand  the significant and negative impacts that industrial wind turbines are having on people and water wells in the area.

Bottom line, a Liberal defeat in June will be very bad news for wind turbine companies (mostly foreign owned) looking to make huge amounts of easy cash off the backs of hard working rate and tax payers in Ontario.

That said, there are still a few people out there that think industrial wind turbines are just fantastic and as such I am writing to give you a sense of Ms. Wynne’s plans for North Stormont.

Picture this

First,  picture the customary ribbon-cutting exercise, with the usual high fiving and embraces that will go along with it amongst Ms. Wynne,  the participating land owners and officials from the MOECC and Portuguese-based wind turbine company.  They have gathered to celebrate the build completion of two highway 401-style turnoff ramps installed in the middle of Grade A farmland in the northwest corner of the township of North Stormont.

Now after the champagne has been drunk,  picture the big rigs from the U.S.  carrying the huge turbine parts starting to motor east on Concession Road 10-11 but coming to a dead stop one kilometre into their journey. Why do they stop, you may ask?Well, it’s because the rigs are travelling down the wrong road.

Yes, that’s right. The turbine parts on the rigs are destined for their final resting places at construction sites  located two concessions north from where the trucks are currently idling [in the scenario], across Grade A North Stormont farmland.   This is not a problem, the Portuguese-based turbine company will take out their bulldozers, point them north,  and bulldoze away Grade A North Stormont soil, across two full country concessions to put in access roads on land owned by proponent landowners.

So what will this access road look like when viewed from an airplane, you may ask? Well in a couple of years’ time, you will see an access road that looks like an teetering letter P with a long antenna on it that stretches across two full country concessions on Grade A North Stormont farmland. And while it’s difficult to calculate the total length of the access road given the road’s random zig zagging and circling design, I would say the road is approximately three kilometres in total length.

Is this okay from an environmental perspective as outlined in the “rules” as set by Ontario’s Green Energy Act you may ask? Well, of course it is.

This sounds like a lot of work and cost, will the road just described be used to build and service all of the 33 turbines you may ask? Well no, the road described above will be used to build and service Turbine No. 1 and No. 2 with the other 31 turbines requiring their own access roads to be built.

Crazy eh?

Sadly the craziness does not end here; rock will also need to be blasted away and thousands of tonnes of crushed rock, cement, steel rebar and pylons will be hauled in and pounded deep into the earth and rock to shore up the access roads and help secure the 600-feet-plus turbines from sailing away when the wind does blow in this designated marginal wind area.

You can check out all the new “infrastructure” that is coming to North Stormont courtesy of the hard working rate and tax payers of Ontario by clicking this link and go to the first overhead shot in Appendix A-1 to see pictures of the access roads required to build and service Turbine Number 1 and 2 and the following pages showing access roads, lay down areas, turn-off ramps, turn-off areas, overhead transmission lines and underground cabling, wind test towers, and substation required to complete the build and support of the other 31 turbines that will grace the township for the next 20-40 years.

Is there anything important underground where the turbines are going in,  you may ask? Well yes, the turbines will be placed right top of an aquifer that is designated highly vulnerable that provides fresh and clean water to thousands of residents in Eastern Ontario.

Is this okay per the rules as set out in Ontario’s Green Energy Act,  you may ask? Well, based on the Portuguese wind turbine company’s documentation, on which the MOECC relies to make decisions,  there is absolutely nothing for us to worry about.

It’s truly amazing what you can accomplish with an unending supply of tax- and rate-payer cash, the Township powers being stripped away by the Ontario Green Energy Act  and peoples’ attention within the province being diverted elsewhere.

Will the residents of North Stormont be able to gain from this financial free for all,  you may ask? Well not really, the Chinese Government and U.S. electricity consumers will be the two key financial benefactors of the Nation Rise Wind Project and I will explain: Ontario has signed onto long-term electricity supply contracts at inflated rates with the Portuguese wind turbine company whose largest shareholder is the Chinese government. And industrial wind turbines generate power intermittently; therefore, once the turbines start to spin,  hydro dams need to be spilled over, nuclear power steamed off, gas plants dialled back or electricity dumped into the U.S. at massive financial loss in order to mitigate against too much power hitting the grid and blowing it to smithereens.

Who gets stuck with the bills, you may ask? Well, it’s the hard working rate- and tax-payers of Ontario.

The June election cannot come soon enough; we are expecting that common sense will finally prevail and that you will do the right thing and cancel the Nation Rise Wind Project.

We do not the need the power nor can we afford it, especially given the destruction to the environment and disruption to our family lives that will ensue.

Thanks for your time and attention,

Raymond Grady,


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