Ontario families lose court bid to stop wind turbines


When the next steps are available, they will be posted.

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Congrats to the community of North Perth and Perth East

Invenergy wind turbine contract terminated


NORTH PERTH – Opponents of a proposed wind turbine project in Elma and Mornington can celebrate Christmas a little early with news that the Invenergy Canada project has been cancelled.

To read more: http://www.southwesternontario.ca/news/invenergy-wind-turbine-contract-terminated/


Now we just need the other projects in our county and province to be cancelled!!


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Conestogo Wind Project Cancelled!!!!



December 9, 2014

Statement by MPP Pettapiece on demise of Conestogo Wind Project

(Queen’s Park) – The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Conestogo Wind Power Partnership have “mutually agreed” to terminate the FIT contract for the Conestogo Wind Energy Project, long planned for the Municipality of North Perth. This effectively ends the project. Randy Pettapiece today issued the following statement:

“The end of this project is nothing less than a victory for those who did not want industrial wind turbines imposed on their communities.

“It is a victory for the grassroots organizers who worked tirelessly to preserve their neighbourhoods, their farms, and their way of life. They prevailed over a multi-national wind company as well as the Liberal government, whose process was rigged against them.

“It is a victory for the Municipality of North Perth and the Township of Perth East. They deserve enormous credit for listening to their constituents and for standing with them as ‘unwilling hosts.’

“I was proud to support them at every step. Since I was first elected, I have repeatedly spoken up for them to two premiers, three energy ministers, two environment ministers, and to Invenergy itself. I hosted and attended public meetings, and wrote to the government approximately 500 times on behalf of my constituents who were overwhelmingly opposed to this project.

“However, this victory came at great cost. Individuals, families and municipalities have spent their time and money – neither of which they will ever get back. This could all have been avoided if the government had listened to us in the first place.

“All of this demonstrates that the Liberals’ Green Energy Act has been an outright failure. This legislation put the Invenergy proposal into motion, dividing our community and pitting neighbour against neighbour.

“Now it is time to heal the rifts this project has caused. I look forward to working with the community to help make that happen.”

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Randy Pettapiece, MPP  |  519-272-0660  |  www.pettapiece.ca


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Watts in your Hydro Bill

Presentation by Parker Gallant on Wednesday July 9th at 8pm

Brodhagen Community Centre (6708 Perth Line 44, Brodhagen)

Sponsored by the Perth County Federation Of Agriculture and is open to all.

See link below for more information:

Watts in Your Hydro

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Local Protest! – Presence Needed!


More info in the attachment below:

Signs will be available

Not a Willing Host Protest(1)

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Submission: Risk of Harm to Children and Industrial Wind Turbines‏

The attached is a submission to Health Canada in regards to children and industrial wind turbines.

Health Canada_Risks to children December 27 2012 FINAL

December 27,  2012
Dear Minister  Aglukkaq,
Re: Health    Canada Wind Turbine Noise and   Health Study
Attached is  a submission regarding risk of harm  to children in general, with examples of increased vulnerability associated with  pre-existing medical conditions such as autism, respiratory conditions and other  when industrial wind turbine facilities are sited in close proximity to family  homes and schools.
It is my understanding that Canada has had a role regarding the United Nations Convention  on the Rights of the Child and  “the governments that have ratified it have legally agreed to fulfill its  provisions.” [references provided in the  attachment].
Parents  and other family members, care givers, and members of society in  general have expressed their concern regarding risks to our children. In  addition to risk to children generally, children with  pre-existing medical conditions can have increased risks of adverse effects. For  example autism, asthma, migraine, bronchitis, and epilepsy can be vulnerable to  the effects of noise and/or stress and/or sleep disturbance. These effects  can be detrimental to the health of children. Childhood asthma and migraine can  be triggered by stress.
This submission  is intended to contribute to the consultation process and study design for the  Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and  Health Study, to request an inquiry-investigation prior to finalizing the  study design.
I trust that Health Canada  will find this submission a useful contribution to the study design.
Respectfully  submitted,
Carmen Krogh,  BScPharm
Ontario, Canada
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Case Study: Impact of a Wind Turbine Project on a Rural Community‏

Invenergy is proposing to construct a wind turbine project in North Perth and Perth East southeast of Listowel. The impact of wind turbines on intensive agricultural operations and rural hamlets has not been given sufficient consideration in the REA process reviewing wind turbine projects and the Elma-Mornington Concerned Citizens have looked to the other nearby communities where turbines have been operating for some time to understand the impact.

The following report on the Ripley Wind Turbine project is part of this research process. It documents the situations and current status of 12 properties within the Ripley project area.


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Rural wind power neighbours vindicated in concerns about lost property value, noise


TORONTO, April 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of individuals and community groups concerned about the negative impacts of large-scale wind power developments, has reacted positively to a decision yesterday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The decision states that while the plaintiffs could not sue for lost property value before the wind project was approved by the government, they can take action later.

“The judge accepts unreservedly that property value is lost for neighbours of these power projects based on the evidence,” says Jane Wilson, president. “He also accepted that the possibility of adverse health effects from the environmental noise. This is vindication for Ontario’s rural and small urban residents, and for municipal councils who try to protect their citizens by declaring they are not ‘willing hosts’ to wind power generation projects.”

The decision noted evidence of property value losses in the range of 22 to 50 percent. “The effect on Ontario’s economy of property values losses on that scale would be significant and impact municipal tax revenues,” said Wilson. “The government subsidy for large-scale wind power must halt.”

SOURCE: Wind Concerns Ontario

For further information:

Jane Wilson 613-489-3591/613-725-7120


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Ontario court says wind turbines reduce property values

Court decision paves the way for future lawsuits against wind turbine companies and lease holders

By , Farms.com

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that landowners living near industrial wind turbine projects do suffer from diminished property values.


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Court Decision

Court Accepts 22% to 50% Loss of Property Values is Occurring Today; Court and Wind Company also Acknowledge Health and Noise Issues in Context of Motion
TORONTO, April 23, 2013 /CNW/ – In a decision released late yesterday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that while residents of Clearview Township cannot bring claims for a proposed industrial wind project at this time, the ruling is “without prejudice to the plaintiffs’ rights to commence an action for identical or similar relief when and if the Fairview Wind Project receives the necessary approvals to be constructed.” [Para. 6]
The court has specifically recognized that claims against wind companies and against landowners who agree to host wind turbines are possible as soon as projects receive approval. [Para. 37] “There are many people who have been waiting to see how the courts would respond to these types of claims” said lawyer Eric Gillespie, whose firm acts for the plaintiffs in the actions. “It now seems clear that as soon as a project is approved residents can start a claim. This appears to be a major step forward for people with concerns about industrial wind projects across Ontario.”
In addition, Gillespie’s firm acts for other clients in areas where wind projects have been approved. “Dozens of plaintiffs who have already started actions appear to have had the right to bring claims validated” he said. “We can definitely expect more claims now that this door has been opened.”

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