Notice: Snowy Ridge ERT Postponed

As a result of a request received late today from the Approval Holder’s Counsel, the testimony of their three remaining witnesses will not be heard tomorrow because of the unavailability of one of their experts.

At this point, the tentative date for the rescheduled final day of testimony from their witnesses is October 20, 2015 with the location to be determined, although it is likely to be Janetville or Pontypool again.

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Snowy Ridge ERT

MONDAY Sept 28th- Oct 2nd, excluding Thursday, Oct 1st
Janetville Community Centre,
693 Janetville Rd, Janetville, Ontario
Public is welcome and encouraged to attend

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Thank-You City of Kawartha Lakes!

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Settlers’ Landing ERT

Environmental Review Tribunal:

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

September 9 -11, 2015 at 10 am
Pontypool Community Centre
254 John St. Pontypool

For information on legal appeals and how to contribute:

SLWP Opposition Corp. e/mail.

Today heard opening Statements from the Appellants, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Capstone.

Presenters, Participants and Witnesses also spoke including Stu Williams, Dave Bridges, Councillor Stauble, STORM Coalition, Jane Zednik, Monica McCarthy and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Tomorrow Experts Witnesses for the Appellants will appear to give evidence.

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Action Call: Reminder To Attend Settlers’ Landing ERT Hearings

Hey folks!

The Environmental Review Tribunal Hearings for Settlers’ Landing started today!

And hardly anyone from the community bothered to attend.

It is easy to understand that people feel disillusioned and cynical about the hearings…a lot of people believe that the fix is in and that the approval is a foregone conclusion.

And a lot of people seem to have become complacent and believe that after six years…if the wind turbines haven’t been built yet…maybe some miracle has occurred and the companies that have invested huge dollars into these projects so far are just going to walk away.

Well…there are still a number of people in the community who have invested hundreds and hundreds of hours to date, preparing statements and testimony in order to present compelling, factual arguments against the construction of the turbines on the Oak Ridges Moraine…and it is really disappointing that the neighbours of these projects can’t be bothered to demonstrate some community support.

The truest test of commitment to a principle and to our community is to stick together even in the face of possible defeat. Everyone should be in the room to listen to the presentations and to hear the testimony of the Ministry and Approval Holder witnesses. Everyone in the community should be present to see the Tribunal in action…if only as a responsibility of citizens to see government in action.

So please make time on Thursday and Friday to attend the hearings at the Pontypool Community Centre in Pontypool.

Let the volunteers who are investing so much effort into these appeals know that their neighbours appreciate the efforts being made on the community’s behalf.


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An Update from Councillor Heather Stauble

image_miniHello everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful summer. As the summer comes to a close there are a few important updates. There has been a great deal of activity on the part of volunteers in preparing for the upcoming Environmental Review Tribunals of Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge wind projects. Contributions have made a difference to their ability to retain experts. The Environmental Review Tribunal is a required step towards any appeal process. These appeals protect your right to an Appeal. Please keep that in mind and contribute whatever you can.

Judicial Review: Earlier this year, wpd applied to the Ontario Divisional Court to get access to Wild Turkey Road. The Court Decision was released a couple of weeks ago. The Court found the City acted in “bad faith” in passing a resolution to ban access to Wild Turkey Road and ordered the City to consider and decide in good faith, wpd’s applications to allow for the upgrading and use of Wild Turkey Road; and wpd’s applications for any municipal permits necessary for the expeditious construction and operation of wpd’s Sumac Ridge Wind Project and to pay costs of $55,000.

wpd also asked the Court to allow the expeditious construction and operation of wpd’s Sumac Ridge Wind Project. wpd subsequently removed that request and the Court went on to state that they cannot compel the City to “allow the expeditious construction and operation of wpd’s Sumac Ridge Wind Project” and there are legitimate considerations to be applied to wpd’s use of WTR, such as indemnity, liability and decommissioning costs. These are to be negotiated in good faith with wpd, without frustrating the REA and in good faith. The Decision is posted online under Ontario Divisional Court Decisions.
Council will get an update on the implications of this Decision next Tuesday, September 8, 2013, during closed session.

News and articles:
My Kawartha:


Energy Insider- Aird & Berliss

Ontario Energy Board:
wpd also sought access to the unopened sections of Gray Rd and Wild Turkey Rd. to cross Wild Turkey Rd and run a collector line along Gray Rd. wpd was granted limited access subject to drawings in their Application. Clarification is being sought on the exact access granted. Decision attached.

Ministerial Review: the Appellants had submitted an Appeal to the Minister on the Cham Shan (Sumac Ridge) ERT Decision. The Minister’s Decision has not been released.

Environmental Review Tribunals:

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

September 9 -11, 2015 at 10 am
Pontypool Community Centre
254 John St. Pontypool

September 28 – Oct 5, 2015 at 10 am
Janetville Community Centre

693 Janetville Rd., Janetville

For information on legal appeals and how to contribute:

SNOWY RIDGE ERT (north of 7A and east of 35, Bethany/Janetville)
Make cheques payable to: ‘SR Opposition Corp’


Direct Deposit to SR Opposition Corp
TD Canada Trust, #20985001944 Branch #2098.
1475 Hwy 7A, Bethany, Branch

For information:
Ron Awde
SR Opposition Corp.
1063 Hwy 7a, PO Box 142
Bethany, Ontario
L0A 1A0
Arrangements can be made for contributions to be picked up.

Contributions may be made through

Direct Deposit to Account # 5001871 in name of Manvers Wind Concerns, Branch #2098
TD Canada Trust,
1475 Hwy 7A, Bethany


By Mail to:
Manvers Wind Concerns
1450 Hwy 7A, Box 14, Bethany, L0A 1A0

Contributions that are not identified will automatically go to Snowy Ridge.
For more information contact:

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Snowy Ridge Preliminary Hearing Update

Dear Friends,

We’ve made it to the next Step!

In spite of the Environment and Land Tribunals changing the rules in July without telling anyone…requiring us as Appellant to submit not only a list of intended evidence and witnesses, but all witness statements and all documentation to be relied on in the hearing….we have been able to get everyone to pull together their Statements and Documentation by the deadline date of August 4th in accordance with the accelerated process schedule.

Just a reminder though. If you are looking to request status as a Party, Participant or Presenter, please make sure you get your form completed and submittedby 4:00 pm, August 5th, 2015, using the Status Request Form to be found at or provide the requisite information by email instead. It is too late to submit a request by letter through mail. The request would go to

Remember that you need to:

– Set out Status sought
– Set out how the test is met
– Provide Statement of Issues and Material facts

Now the harsh reality….

Unless more people contribute to this effort, we won’t have the ability to continue to the end of this process.

As we indicated a few weeks ago….we can only continue as long as we have money in the bank for legal fees and covering costs of expert witnesses.

At the moment, we aren’t even halfway to our goal and with the accelerated process and schedule, we don’t have a lot of time to be out raising money in the community this time around.

If you haven’t yet sent in a contribution…please send it in today c/o SR Opposition Corp., 1063 Highway 7a, Bethany, Ontario, L0A 1A0, or make a direct donation at the Bethany TD Bank to Account # 5001944 If everyone chipped in a few hundred dollars we would easily meet our goal…. but if everyone keeps waiting for someone else to contribute first or contribute more or to contribute so that you might not need to…we are not going to make it….it is as simple as that.

In addition to those who have made a financial contribution over the last few months, so many people have already provided many hundreds of volunteer hours organizing information, collecting documents and preparing witness statements and expertise. Please help us ensure that the results of all their work and this evidence can be presented at the Tribunal.

Our first hearing date is 10 am, August 10th at the Council Chambers at the City Hall in Lindsay…so time is short.

If you want to talk to me about the Appeal or how you can help, please give me a call at my office 705-277-9490..or outside of office hours at 705-277-9618. I’ve already enjoyed meeting and talking to a number of concerned neighbours and people in our community and we’re grateful for the support so far.

Until the next Update,


Ron Awde
SR Opposition Corp.

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