Lawyer at wind turbine hearing ruffles bird expert’s feathers

Lawyer at wind turbine hearing ruffles bird expert’s feathers.

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ERT Tribunal Continues…

Public is welcome to attend.

Cham Shan v. MOE (Sumac Ridge Wind Project)
Environmental Review Tribunal

Friday, December 5, 2014 – 10 am:

* Witnesses for wpd (Natural Heritage, Water)

Pontypool Community Centre
254 John St., Pontypool

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 3pm:

* Participants: Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations

Location: Curve Lake

Thursday, December 11, 2014 – 10 am:

* Councillor Heather Stauble
* City of Kawartha Lakes
* STORM Coalition

Pontypool Community Centre
254 John St, Pontypool

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Tribunal hears Oak Ridges Moraine is at risk from industrial wind turbines

Tribunal hears Oak Ridges Moraine is at risk from industrial wind turbines.

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Environmental Review Tribunal for Sumac Ridge Begins Next Week, Monday Nov 17, 2014

PLEASE SHOW UP IN NUMBERS and attend the hearing TO SHOW COMMUNITY CONCERN on DAY ONE and then start to pick your spots for the remaining days. It will not be possible of course for everyone to come every day but please do your bit. The legal and regulatory team are ready to give them to show the ERT that industrial wind turbines do not belong on the Oak Ridges Moraine and in Ontario’s rural communities.

Please support them by showing up !

Here is the tentative schedule at the Pontypool Community Centre:

The ERT hearing will start next Monday. The dates are: November 17, 18, 19, 20, 24; December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 and, if extra time is needed, December 18, 19. We expect to have all our witnesses heard in the first five days.

The sessions will run from 10:00 a.m. until the panel closes down – that could be as late as 5:30 or 6:00. The exception will be Tuesday, November 18 when the hearing will start at 2:00 p.m. and there will be a separate evening session to hear seven presenters.

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Wind Turbine Study

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Provincial Governments Have The Power To Change Or Cancel Legally Binding Contracts

The Fraser Institute: Ontario Government Contracts Can Be Changed or Cancelled Through Legislation
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(- Oct. 22, 2014) – Provincial governments have the power to change or cancel legally binding agreements, notes a new essay released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
“Government contracts are not the ironclad agreements they appear to be because governments may change or cancel them by enacting legislation,” says Bruce Pardy, Professor of Law at Queen’s University and author of Cancelling Contracts: The Power of Governments to Unilaterally Alter Agreements.
Pardy’s conclusion is particularly relevant for Ontario where the province has locked itself into a number of long-term contracts with wind and solar power companies, resulting in escalating electricity prices.
A Fraser Institute study to be released Thursday, Oct. 23 spotlights Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity prices and the extent to which provincial government contracts with renewable energy producers are responsible for the increases.
But if the Ontario government cancels electricity contracts, wouldn’t it be required to pay compensation?
Not if the Ontario legislature passes a statute explicitly denying the right to compensation, which would nullify the robust compensation clauses contained in Feed-In-Tariff contracts. (Only foreign firms could then seek compensation under NAFTA or other foreign investment protection regimes.)
“No negotiations between governments and companies can eliminate the risk of future legislated changes, so when the state controls the market, as the Ontario government does with electricity production, the only real options are to accept the risk or pursue a different venture altogether,” Pardy said.
“If democratically elected governments are to establish their own policies, they require the ability to make unilateral changes to agreements made by previous governments. If they cannot legitimately do so, then their predecessors can control policy decisions beyond their democratic mandates.”
The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of think-tanks in 87 countries. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute’s independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit
Media Contact:
Bruce Pardy
Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

For more information, contact:
Mark Hasiuk
Media Relations Specialist, Fraser Institute
(604) 688-0221 ext. 517

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One Last MWC Question Response

Brenda Karagiannis

Mayoralty Candidate

Thank you and in fact this email along with others were in my Spam folder… I apologize and can assure you that I endeavour to respond to emails within 24 hours. This account is not one I normally use and therefore when the emails were sent to the spam folder they were overlooked. My response is below should you wish to share:

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