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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.
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 http://www.fraserinstitute.org
Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
For more information, contact:
Media Relations Specialist, Fraser Institute
(604) 688-0221 ext. 517
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:
We completely missed the following response and offer our sincere apologies:
Thank you for sending me a listing of the replies submitted by candidates to your question.
Unfortunately, my response is not listed.
I am sure it’s just a simple oversight. Would you please check to see that it is rectified.
to help, here again is my answer to your question.
Manvers Wind Concerns thanks the Candidates for Councillor in the upcoming COKL Municipal Election who took the time to respond to our request for their position on Industrial Wind Turbines . Many have not chosen to participate in this exercise.
As promised, their responses were posted verbatim, unedited, and in the exact manner and font presented.
THIS WAS THE QUESTION PUT TO THE CANDIDATES FOR COUNCILLOR RUNNING IN COKL: