A Message from COKL Councillor Heather Stauble

Heather StaubleOn August 13th, 2014 the Environmental Review Tribunal reconvened to get an update on the status of the location of Turbine #1 which was 449m from a noise receptor. The ERT was advised at that time that the noise receptor had been “moved”. There was no record of a permit having been issued. The ERT will reconvene on September 4, at 9am for an update on this issue as well as the status of Turbine #5 and #2.

While important, Turbine # 1 was not the only issue with the Sumac Ridge wind project. There were 2874 comments posted and most of them were NOT about one noise receptor. The reasons for protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine matter as much today as they did when all three parties voted to protect it and the reasons for protecting the health of you and your families matter as much today as they did when we first heard about these wind projects.

The Sumac Ridge update was compounded by news that the Settlers Landing project and Snowy Ridge project were both posted for comment on the Environmental Registry (EBR). This was anticipated and the reports have been reviewed and comments compiled.

The City of Kawartha Lakes had requested reports for Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge including Hydrogeological Reports, detailed mapping and Noise Assessments. The proponent refused to provide the final reports to the municipality. Both Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge projects were posted without a Municipal Consultation Form.

An enormous amount of work has been done by many people on all three projects. Hundreds and hundreds of pages of detailed comments prepared by volunteers for each of the projects….extraordinary work and a very big thank you! Check tabs under the project name http://manverswindconcerns.wordpress.com Email: manverswindconcern@gmail.com

This was a rough week, but the reasons to get involved remain as important, if not more so, today as they were five years ago. Start with comments. Contribute however you are able. Let’s get busy. Speak up and say it often!!!


Heather Stauble


Ward 16
City of Kawartha Lakes

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Snowy Ridge EBR Posting Announcement

Snowy Ridge is posted on the EBR # 012-2430. 60 day comment period until October 13 2014 . Click on the link below to comment on the SNOWY RIDGE Proposal.


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Settlers Landing EBR Posting Announcement


The Settlers Landing (Pontypool) wind project has been posted for comments until October 5, 2014.


· Open until October 5, 2014

· Anyone may submit

· Submit on every concern

· No limit on how many times

· No limit on the length

· You do not have to live in the project area

Comments may be submitted using:

· Electronic EBR submission form

· In writing

· By email

Comments submitted online will be posted so DO NOT disclose personal information about yourself or anyone else in your comments or they will not be posted online.

Include EBR #012-2374 Settlers Landing in the subject line.

EBR Site and Submission Form: CLICK HERE  TO SUBMIT COMMENT!!!

Click here http://bit.ly/1prVd82 for MAP of all noise recptors within 2km.
Map Source: Noise Assessment Report v. 3 p. 58, dated: 140515





MANVERS WIND CONCERNS – Updates will be sent out periodically
Email: manverswindconcern@gmail.com

SAVE, COPY and SEND Comments to:

SUBJECT: EBR #012-2374 Settlers Landing

Neil Hannington, Senior Project Evaluator
Ministry of the Environment, Operations Division
Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A
Toronto Ontario M4V 1L5
Phone: (416) 326-6111/Fax: (416) 314-8452/Toll Free Phone: (800) 461-6290

Heather Stauble Councillor, Ward 16, City of Kawartha Lakes hstauble@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca
Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock laurie.scottco@pc.ola.org
Agatha Garcia-Wright, Director – ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS BRANCH agatha.garciawright@ontario.ca
Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Kathleen Wynne, Premier kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org

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August 13th ERT Conference Call Update

The Environmental Review Tribunal proceedings pertaining to the Sumac Ridge Project appeal will be resuming with a conference call update next week.

Here is the information sent out by the Environmental Review Tribunal for the ERT Panel conference call about the Sumac Ridge project, next week. You are invited to listen in. We should learn more next Wednesday about what changes are being planned for the project.

(Please remember to mute your phone – so the ERT does not hear people making coffee etc. If one does not have a mute button , pressing *6 works on these calls. You press *6 again to get out of mute.)

Dear Counsel, Parties, Participants and Presenters
Cc: Interested Persons

The Tribunal will be proceeding with another status update call on August 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

To access the call please dial as follows:

Local Dial in Number: (416) 212-8014

Toll free Number: 1-866-500-5845

Conference ID: 3 5 0 7 4 6 7 “#”

If conference ID not accepted, press the “#” key 3x (# # #) for live tech support. If tech support is needed while in the call, press zero.


Eva Pietrzyk

Case Coordinator/Planner

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario

Environmental Review Tribunal – Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office – Office of Consolidated Hearings

655 Bay Street, Suite 1500

Toronto ON M5G 1E5

Tel.: (416) 314-4712

Toll Free: 1(866)448-2248

Fax: (416) 314-4506

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Sumac Ridge Summer 2014 Update

We want to assure you that the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) hearing on the appeal against the Sumac Ridge Wind project is still in existence despite the lengthy time lapse since the process began.

We have been working hard in preparation for a hearing which we now expect to come this fall.

The ERT hearing has not started and, of course, we have not had a decision on an appeal – originally due on June 24, 2014. Instead, the developer has asked for and obtained repeated adjournments from the ERT to put its project in order. A date is set for another conference call with the ERT on August 13. The call is open to all who are interested and details will be sent out on how to join the call nearer the time in case you are interested and available.

At that point we should find out what the developer is doing about one turbine site, which they now admit is too close to a house (a “receptor” in Ministry of the Environment terms).

Thank you for your patience and please stay with us.

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CALL TO ACTION & Helpful Contacts

The link below is an excellent article that recently ran in The Star from Cindy Sutch of Save The Oak Ridge Moraine ( Storm ) and Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians.


Below is the thank you sent on our behalf from Councillor Stauble :

To: Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians and Cindy Sutch, STORM Coalition,

On Behalf on residents of Ward 16, Manvers, City of Kawartha Lakes, on the Oak Ridges Moraine, thank you for speaking up on this important issue. The Moraine was worth protecting once and it is worth continuing to protect.



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