When can the people of Ontario expect the cancellation of the Nation Rise Wind project?

Dear Editor:

In 2012 Lisa Thompson, MPP introduced a private member’s bill to “move that a moratorium should be placed on further industrial wind energy development until third party health and environmental studies have been completed.”  It was fully supported by her PC colleagues. She ended the debate with “Your constituents will be so proud of their provincial representatives today.”  In April, 2017, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP introduced Motion 45, “the government should place a moratorium on the installation of industrial wind turbines in unwilling host communities in the Province of Ontario.”

We are now celebrating well over 100 days since our Progressive Conservative party formed a majority government. While much has been accomplished on many fronts including the cancellation of 758 renewable energy projects that were still in early stages there has been little, if any change to the plight of those families suffering from Industrial Wind Turbines already in place. Even worse, despite their election promises and platform, the current government has still not issued the cancellation notice for Nation Rise Wind Farm, a major 100MW Large Renewable Procurement 1 (LRP1) project that is only slated to begin construction in the spring of 2019.  Another unnecessary, unwanted and costly project on a vulnerable aquifer serving thousands of wells and municipal intakes; all on prime agricultural land.

Per Doug Ford. Taken from the current OntarioPC.ca website under – Plan for the People.

“WE WILL:  Cancel energy contracts that are in the pre-construction phase and re-negotiate other energy contracts.

The following are quotes from the 2012 Private Member’s bill;  HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

Lisa Thompson: To the thousands of people who have sent emails, signed petitions and travelled from home from as far as Amherst Island today to join us at Queen’s Park

We know that in Ontario we need renewable energy as part of our energy mix going forward, but we need to do it in a way that’s respectful to communities and it has to make economic sense.

We’ve lost $1.8 billion on those exports, and we’ll pay FIT developers $225 million a year not to produce energy. In 2010, 86% of wind power was produced on days when Ontario was already in a position of net export.

Honest to Pete, hydro bills are expected to rise another 46% by 2015, and people can no longer afford this.

Further to that, in Ontario, citizens living in Huron, Chatham–Kent–Essex, Dufferin, Bruce, Prince Edward, Grey, Haldimand and Norfolk counties, as well as Nepean–Carleton, to name just a few, have filed hundreds of complaints with the Ministry of the Environment regarding adverse health effects since wind turbines started operating.

Five families in the Ripley area—I know some of you are familiar with that area—have had their homes purchased and they have relocated under a corporate gag order used by wind companies to prevent fair and open discussion of these projects.

While the McGuinty government fiddles, the tension in our communities is reaching crisis proportions.

The Auditor General states that the Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Power Authority must conduct an objective cost-benefit assessment of the situation so that a balance can be achieved between the pursuit of renewable energy and a reasonable price for electricity. What kind of business plan is that, when we’re powering down baseload generation at a reasonable cost?

Do the honourable thing: Listen to the thousands of people who have asked for relief. Do the right thing, ladies and gentlemen: Support my moratorium.

Tod Smith – this is the perfect opportunity for the government to hit the pause button, put a moratorium in place and take a real close look at this, for a myriad of different reasons.

Monte McNaughton – To date, as we’ve heard, nearly 100 municipalities have passed resolutions calling for a moratorium on further turbine development.

–  Industrial wind turbines have raised serious concerns regarding health effects and property values,

– By ignoring these concerns, the current Liberal Government has sent the message to the people of rural Ontario that they do not matter. I oppose the heavy-handed approach that the Dalton McGuinty government is taking by forcing these wind turbines on rural Ontario.

– The greatest injustice facing rural Ontario today is that Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal government sit here, in Toronto, at Queen’s Park, and dictate to rural communities where and when they must install industrial wind turbines. I believe in democracy. I believe in giving a voice to rural Ontario

–   I ask all members of the House to please stand with the Ontario PC Party and stand up for rural Ontario.

To all Progressive Conservative MPP’s;

  • Do what you proposed in 2012, already 6 years too late.  “Place a moratorium on further industrial wind energy construction (Nation Rise Wind project) until third party health and environmental studies have been completed.”  “Your constituents will be so proud of their provincial representatives today.”
  • Respect the rights of Ontario communities (2017)
  • Do what you promised in 2018, cancel Nation Rise Wind project

 

Sincerely,

Ruby and Joe Mekker

14117, Con 1 – 2

Finch, ON K0C 1K0

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