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Bitter, cold (Part 4): Politicians make promises to keep

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A group of politicians, MPPs from the Official Opposition, emerged from the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park on February 24 to address the protesters who were outside in the bitter cold demonstrating against the Liberal government’s massive proliferation of useless industrial wind factories in the Ontario landscape.

The Progressive Conservative MPPs made promises: “The failed industrial wind turbine experiment is going to come to an end.”

They should also have declared that the outsize, toxic, and undemocratic influence on government policy wielded by unelected, unaccountable extreme-“green”, activist NGOs whose rationale for their demands, namely a phoney planetary emergency based on the hoax of man-made global warmingwhich led to the poisonous Green Energy Act and its thousands of destructive industrial wind turbines, must end!

In the video below, Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Green Energy Act, told the protesters not to give up:

This week the country has come to the city. Most importantly, you’re not giving up. We can’t stop. We understand that the crazy subsidies that have been awarded to wind and solar are bankrupting all of us. 

My question today specifically to the Premier was, for goodness sakes, admit to your corporate corruption mistakes. And I outlined to her that they’ve turned their back on their very own $1.5 million health study facilitated by the University of Waterloo. They take to court municipalities who are standing up for you guys. Wind companies who break the rules conveniently see the government turn their back to those rules that are broken. And last but not least, to add more insult to injury, is what happened last week: surprise, surprise the government appeals itself and the ERT ruling on the Blanding’s turtle was found to have errors in it. I ask you not to stop!

Lisa McLeod, MPP (Nepean-Carleton), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Energy, vowed to fight for “locally-based decision-making”:

Disastrous Green Energy Act policy…In my community of Ottawa, I have the beautiful village of North Gore. North Gore today is going to be under assault by wind turbines because our Minister of Energy who has the riding next door to mine will not allow the people I represent to have a say on the land that they live on. And I can tell you that I will continue to fight on behalf of all of you in order to ensure locally-based decision-making. 

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In the video below, Tim Hudak, MPP (Niagara West-Glanbrook), Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Leader of the Official Opposition promised to end “the failed industrial wind turbine experiment” if elected:

It’s not just us that get this. There are people right across Ontario that say this policy is bankrupt, that it has taken our province into the red, that it is dividing communities right down the middle, that it has no purpose. 

We just raised this in Question Period today and we made it absolutely clear, as I’ve done time and time again: under a PC government the failed industrial wind turbine experiment is going to come to an end

And I believe people should make local decisions. And in West Lincoln they put in five industrial turbines and four actually break the government’s own laws. I just raised this with Kathleen Wynne. Doesn’t it make sense that when you broke the law on a setback, you’d have to fix it? If they don’t fit the law, pull ’em out!

I don’t know what the NDP think is acceptable – putting 500 feet tall wind turbines in people’s backyards? We’ve got to get energy costs under control…stop industrial wind turbines. 

I know what you’re going through. I’ve seen what is happening to communities across the province. It is going to come to an end under a PC government, let me be perfectly clear about that. The forced industrial wind turbines in our province, they are going to come to an end. It’s a matter of time. We’ll give you your say back, folks.

Rick Nicholls, MPP (Chatham-Kent-Essex), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario:

I’ll go on record saying that Chatham-Kent is not a willing host but you have to convince our council about that. Five hundred turbines are there right now and they continue to put them up there, much to my chagrin. We know the effects they have on health, autistic children with schools nearby, property devaluation, energy costs. I’m fighting for eight wind turbines to be taken down around the Chatham airport and that will be a precedent-setting experience. 

Bob Bailey, MPP (Sarnia-Lambton), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Natural Resources:

We’ve got two great groups down there that are fighting wind turbines, Plympton-Wyoming taking a strong stance and also Enniskillen Township – I wish we’d had that kind of leadership a few years ago, maybe we wouldn’t have got this far along. 

Laurie Scott, MPP (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Tourism & Culture:

I want to thank you for loading buses yet again, coming down in the cold, protesting again. You have to keep it up, we’re there with you. We had lots of questions in the Legislature today and the usual happened – you didn’t get any answers. Mine specifically was how could you turn your back on the Oak Ridges Moraine protection? Keep fighting, I know it’s cold. But stamp your feet and yell a lot!

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Bitter, cold (Part 3): Lives at risk, fiscal finagling, wind turbine torture

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People spoke from the heart in front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park on a bitterly cold February 24 at the demonstration against the massive proliferation of useless industrial wind factories in the countryside. In the videos below, speakers decried the lack of protection for people and wildlife, and lambasted the government for its “green” energy-driven fiscal fiasco. A victim of industrial wind turbines told her story of shocking personal loss and the government’s complete indifference to her plight.

In the video below, Lorrie Gillis, chair of the Ontario Regional Wind Turbine Working Group, threw out challenges to the people of Toronto and to Ontario’s political parties:

So far government and courts have provided no protection for people wildlife or wildlife habitat. Instead of holding itself or the wind industry accountable for mismanagement and misinformation, Liberals simply rewrite the rules, claim to be unable to monitor compliance, deny the harm to families … continue to approve more turbines.

Toronto: keep waking up about what this Liberal provincial government is really about. NDP: you will see the results at election time if you continue to prop up this corrupt Liberal government. Until you NDPers acknowledge the harm being done to people and the economy by industrial wind turbines, you are no different than the LIberals! PCs: we need you not only to put a moratorium on future wind turbine projects but to address families who have already been harmed by existing projects and problems to come for those who are about to face wind installations … People’s lives are at stake!  

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In the video below, Parker Gallant, retired banker, energy critic, described the government’s toxic math and resultant tax grabs as reflected in people’s electricity bills:

Last year the cost of electricity went up by 16%, and that’s without all these new wind turbine projects coming up, so you can expect your electricity bill to keep going sky high. 

Residents of Ontario have been conserving consistently since we’ve been asked to when the Liberals came to power. What that has done is forced the distribution companies to say “Hey, we’re losing revenue because people are conserving their electricity, so we need a rate increase.” So delivery rates continue to go up even though you conserve! It’s a weird, weird way to run the province!

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In the video below, Norma Schmidt, registered nurse, industrial wind turbine victim spoke of the destruction of her way of life when she found herself engulfed on all sides by an Enbridge industrial wind factory:

I remember phoning Enbridge after I had many official complaints placed with the Ministry of the Environment and I asked them what they were going to do about all the [health] issues I was having, and they responded and I quote: “Absolutely nothing. We have a license from the government and we are going to continue to do what we have always done.” And they have indeed continued to torture me for over five years, and forced me to leave my home, my career, and the life I chose. 

To our government, both federal and provincial, I say: shame, shame, shame! They have seen multiple peer-reviewed and published and unpublished research that states what we have been saying for years: industrial wind turbines cause harm to human health. And still they ignore the truth! The Ministry of the Environment willfully opposes anyone trying to protect themselves. When will this madness stop? 

It is important to be here to educate the people of Toronto, to give them the facts and the truth. We have been here before and thrown out of the Legislature for speaking truth to lies. This Premier refused to meet with me when we were only a few feet apart. I wonder why? We will keep coming back again and again, until we get results.

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Continue to Part 4 for text and video of politician speakers.

Bitter, cold (Part 2): Predatory pilfering, plundering, and axing an eagle’s nest

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The protesters, predominately rural residents of Ontario, who gathered in front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park on a bitterly cold February 24 to protest against the massive proliferation of useless industrial wind factories in the countryside, were cheered by the words of a number of speakers.

Sherri Lange, CEO, NA-PAW, North American Platform Against Wind Power, gave a brief overview of the failure of and waning support for wind power internationally, and commented on the Liberal government’s willful continuation of the billion dollar wind boondoggle here in Ontario:

It amounts to pilfering and plunder in a predatory manner, because they know what they are doing. And this is terrible, when you have a government that knows what it’s doing. Have you not all supplied them with information, about the problems with wind power? Yes, we have supplied them with that information, repeatedly, thousands, if not millions of times. And they persist. They have plans for 4,900 more of these… I don’t think so!

In the video below, a 13-year-old girl spoke with great passion and conviction about “the appalling actions of our provincial government” when it allowed NextEra Energy to cut down an active bald eagle’s nest last year in order to make way for an access road for an industrial wind turbine project:

I cannot believe this happened! This was a cowardly act by our provincial government, the MNR and the members of this huge business – NextEra Energy. They say that this is green energy? How, I ask you, is this green energy? Cutting down an active bald eagle nest? Might I add, on an old cottonwood tree, hundreds of years old and a very important part of our natural history? I don’t buy it! Our voices must be heard and they will be heard! The members of the Liberal government must know that wind energy is a fantasy, at best!

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Continue to Part 3 for text and video of more speakers.

Bitter, cold: anti-Wynne/wind turbine protest at Queen’s Park

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Hundreds of people from rural Ontario piled into buses to Toronto, and on a freezing and windy February 24, gathered in front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park, and then at the Royal York Hotel, to protest against the Liberal’s Green Energy Act and to condemn Premier Kathleen Wynne’s continued cold-hearted proliferation of destructive, extremely harmful and utterly useless industrial wind turbines in the Ontario landscape. The monster machines have made life a special kind of hell for the people living in their midst, and represent a horrendous, possibly corrupt economic, environmental and fiscal Liberal boondoggle.

Urbanites should scroll down and take a good look at the faces of these brave people whose communities are being turned into industrial wind factories, and whose health, livelihood, quality of life, community harmony, wildlife, environment, and property values are being systematically destroyed.

Meanwhile, electricity costs are going through the roof and will continue to climb every time a useless, giant wind turbine, with its 20-year guarantee of above-market returns for the (often foreign) owners is erected. Everyone in Ontario except the wind turbine owners and their government enablers loses.

How much longer are we in Ontario going to tolerate this absolutely insane, toxic and corrupt situation?

IMG_7955Above: In front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. A sign reads: “Ontario paid Americans to take $120 million worth of our electricity in December while Toronto froze” (when the heat and lights shut off during the huge ice storm).

IMG_7952Above: At Queen’s Park protesters braved freezing temperature and icy wind chill.

IMG_7949Above: At Queen’s Park protesters heard stories of personal tragedy, politicians’ promises, and news giving hope that the destructive tide of fake-green alternative energy scams such as wind power may be turning. Rural residents have been trying to make their voices and complaints heard for years, but the government has responded with silence, brush-offs, platitudes, and even more undemocratic regulations favouring wind companies. Urbanites must make an effort to research and become aware of the tragedy taking place in their backyard and join the demand for a moratorium on new wind projects and a halt to the costly and useless operations currently underway.

IMG_7956Above: At Queen’s Park a variety of speakers addressed the crowd. A report on what they said and promised to come in a future post.

IMG_7958Above: Following the speeches, the protesters marched from Queen’s Park ten blocks down University Avenue to demonstrate in front of the Royal York Hotel. They were kept safe from traffic by police mounted on bicycles.

protestAbove: On the march down to the Royal York Hotel, protesters handed out leaflets to Toronto passersby. This one refers to the fact that each industrial wind turbine requires 800 tons of concrete for its base. Green, eh? Three turbines are planned to be built over an aquifer that supplies water to Walkerton, with its horrific, lethal, contaminated water tragedy of 2000 still fresh in the community’s memory. Protesters said that the government does not require that the concrete, which apparently contains heavy metals and toxic chemicals, be removed when the turbines are decommissioned.

IMG_7964Above: Arrival at the Royal York Hotel where a meeting of politicians, NGOs and Premier Wynne was reportedly taking place.

IMG_7971Above: Protesters bear witness in front of the Royal York Hotel.

IMG_7979Above: Edvard Munch’s The Scream effectively conveys the existential horror that rural Ontarions must endure under the relentless, implacable, seemingly unstoppable industrialization of the countryside.

IMG_7980Above: Landowners could simply have said “NO” to wind operators, but communities that declare themselves “Unwilling Hosts” carry no weight under the draconian, undemocratic dictates of the Green Energy Act which gives industrial wind turbines unprecedented rights.

IMG_7981Above: Industrial wind turbines despoil the natural beauty of the Ontario landscape, in addition to all the other evils the monster machines represent. This signs sums up what it means for tourism.

IMG_7984Above: A study, entitled ‘Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms of Inner Ear Problems’, funded by the University of Waterloo and the Ontario Ministry of Environment found statistically significant results for sleep, vertigo and tinnitus: “All relationships were found to be positive and statistically significant.” The Ontario Ministry of the Health and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health do not seem to be overly troubled by this report. No health studies were done before industrial wind turbines began to infest rural Ontario.

IMG_7985Above: A call to action.

Continue to Part 2 for text and video of speakers.