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Wind Power News: Ontario


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 14, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise opponent says group twists in wind as important date nears

FINCH – A determined opponent of the Nation Rise Wind Farm is continuing the fight against the project. Ruby Mekker, once involved with the grassroots Concerned Citizens for North Stormont, said community members continue to twist in the wind as an important date approaches, and she’s calling on Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell to communicate concerns to government ministers and other officials. Mekker, of Finch, earlier this week emailed McDonell’s office, writing, “your constituents and yourself opposed the Nation Rise Wind . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2021 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story


An open letter to the Ontario government: I write to you to share my concerns on the neglect people living in industrial wind turbine projects are experiencing. No government at any level seems to care. You all hide behind “the contracts.” Pieces of paper. You would rather honour contracts signed with the big businesses of industrial wind than caring for the lives that matter. We signed unwilling host petitions before those contracts were signed. Why do our pieces of paper . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Leanna Brodie continues work on wind turbine-centric play

When she started tackling a play about the strife caused by wind turbines in rural communities, accomplished playwright Leanna Brodie signed on for some intense situations. From interviews to the writing process to inner turmoil caused by the research to even losing a life-long friend because of the play, she says the entire experience has been dramatically different from her previous experiences. Before tackling the research for the play, which included interviewing people in Huron County, Brodie had a strong . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

To protect bats, Nation Rise turbines to be idled at night during low-wind conditions in warm season

NORTH STORMONT – The Community Liaison Committee met over Zoom on Wednesday, February 24th to update the public about work on the Nation Rise Windfarm being constructed in and around Berwick, Crysler, and Finch. Present were Community Liaison Members Councillor Steve Densham representing the Township of North Stormont, Chair of the CLC Gabriel Constantin, Treasurer of the Berwick Recreational Committee Amy Sanders-Michaud, Superintendant of North Stormont Public Works Blake Henderson, and Landowner Judy Tessier. They were joined by team members from . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm nearing completion

To mitigate the noise and sight problems of the 131-metre-tall turbines, the company agreed to offer $150,000 to homeowners within a 1.5-kilometre radius of the wind farm for home improvements. The homeowners can collect a maximum of $5,000 from the fund, although depending on the number of applications, they may receive less. To receive the full $5,000, the owners must spend $10,000, as the fund can only cover 33 per cent of the project costs. Applications for the fund will be open for one year after the turbines are operational, and can be found on the Nation Rise website. Wilson says there are about 820 homes within the radius, and many of them may lose value. Complete story »

February 17, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario lobby group clamouring for modern turbine noise regulations

NORTH GOWER – With the Nation Rise Wind Farm gearing up again after lengthy delays caused by ministerial intervention and COVID-19, an anti-turbine side effects lobby group says it’s time to update the provincial position on potential health difficulties arising from proximity of the industrial towers. Despite provincial pledges to the contrary, Wind Concerns Ontario maintains nothing has been done over the past dozen years to examine developing wind power research relating to health around the world and to respond accordingly. . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

High winds topple Hamilton Beach Strip wind turbine

High winds toppled a three-storey-high turbine at the west end of Confederation Park – just two months after the tower was reinstalled by the city after an earlier safety scare. No one was injured when the red tower – one of three along the beach strip – came crashing down Sunday at the park gateway on Van Wagners Beach Road near Beach Boulevard. But some residents are now questioning the safety of the towering art installations given the city previously took down the . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water well investigation finally moving forward

The provincial government is getting proactive more than a year after it made an announcement to test the water quality of privately owned wells in North Kent, but one affected resident wants to see more community involvement. On Thursday, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton announced the government established a panel of five individual experts, appointed by the Minister of Health, to lead a water well investigation following long-time concerns from residents that their water is contaminated with Kettle Point black shale. . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province to begin testing water wells in North Kent; COVID-19 prevented previous investigation from getting off the ground

A promise made by Doug Ford in May 2018, shortly before being elected premier, to conduct a health hazard investigation over concerns about private water wells in the North Kent Wind farm area, is about to get underway. “I’m proud to say that testing is going to begin within the next number of days,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton told the Chatham Daily News Thursday in announcing the Ontario government has established a panel of five . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2021 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Mixed messages

An open letter: On Jan. 12, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency to address issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Doug Ford stated the government is following the advice of the chief medical officer of health for the province, Dr. David Williams. In North Stormont, the Nation Rise Wind project, comprising 29 3.44-megawatt Enercon wind turbines, is being constructed and it is anticipated they will become operational soon. People in our community and beyond believe the Province of . . . Complete story »

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