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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.

July 21, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

More details on Skyway 8 wind turbine that suffered severe damage

More details are available on when the test device was installed on the Skyway 8 turbine which suffered severe damage recently. A media contact for Capstone said that the device was installed the week of Mar. 15, when cranes were onsite at County Rd. 8 southwest of Dundalk. The company had received an extension on the Ontario EA approval for testing the Powercone device, Megan Hunter said in an email. The EA when first granted originally was to start earlier . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont resident fed up with wind-turbine side effects

“When they are running, you’d think I’m living between the 401 and the Queensway,” he said. “It sounds like a jet that’s about to take off but never does.” A video recorded by Lamb seemed to confirm his claims — the three blades swirling in the wind give off a continuous highway-like sound. “You think you’d get used to it, but you don’t.” Complete story »

July 7, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine with test device loses part of a blade

Part of a blade on a wind turbine just off Grey County Road 8 southwest of Dundalk broke and fell to the earth last Wednesday morning. Although the company is still investigating the cause, Megan Hunter of Capstone Infrastructure told the Dundalk Herald that there was a special circumstance. “We can confirm that we were testing an aerodynamic improvement device on the turbine in question,” she said in an email reply. The test device had been placed only on the . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm opponents say IESO has broken Ontario law

FINCH – The spokesperson of a group that’s a fierce opponent of the Nation Rise Wind Farm has sent an email to officials with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) saying it has broken Ontario law. Ruby Mekker, in a letter on Monday to officials including Terry Young, interim president and CEO of the IESO, said the approval of the commercial operation date for the Nation Rise project “is illegal,” that the IESO has been provided with proof of adverse health . . . Complete story »

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 »

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