Snowy Ridge Preliminary Hearing Update

SIX DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE PRELIMINARY HEARING. Message from RON AWDE:
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 http://www.ert.gov.on.ca 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 eva.pietrzyk@ontario.ca

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,

Regards,

Ron Awde
Director
SR Opposition Corp.

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Snowy Ridge Environmental Review Tribunal: Preliminary Hearing, August 10th, 2015

By now, many of you will have received Notice of the Preliminary Hearing for the Snowy Ridge Environmental Review Tribunal.

For those who haven’t, please note the following from the Notice issued:

Preliminary Hearing:

A Preliminary Hearing will be conducted on:

Date: August 10, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: City Hall
Council Chambers
City of Kawartha Lakes
26 Francis Street
Lindsay, Ontario

The purpose of the Preliminary Hearing will be:
 to hear and determine requests from groups and individuals for Party, Participant or
Presenter status;
 to identify the issues to be considered at the main Hearing; and
 to deal with any preliminary matters that may be raised by Parties, Participants and
Presenters.

How to Participate:
Any person who wishes to take part in this Hearing as a Party, Participant or Presenter
should submit their request in writing (preferably by email) to the Case Coordinator/Planner
no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 5, 2015. A Status Request Form is available at
http://www.ert.gov.on.ca. All requests must state:

 whether the person is seeking Party, Participant or Presenter status
 a statement of the issues, facts and submissions relevant to the appeal that they
wish to present.
 whether their participation is likely to make a relevant contribution to the Tribunal’s
determination of whether engaging in the renewable energy project in accordance
with the approval will cause serious harm to human health or serious and irreversible
harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.
 whether the person’s interests may be directly and substantially affected by the
Hearing or its result, and
 whether the person has a genuine interest, whether public or private in subject
matter of the proceeding.

Please note that a person named by the Tribunal as Party, Participant or Presenter may not
raise issues that have not already been raised by persons specified as Parties. A copy of
the Notice of Appeal may be obtained by contacting the Tribunal by email at
ERTTribunalSecretary@ontario.ca.

Requests must also include contact information including telephone, email and fax
contact information (if available) to ensure a timely response to your request and
ongoing exchange of important hearing information.

If a written request is not received by the required deadline, the Tribunal may refuse the
request.

Main Hearing:
The hearing of evidence in this appeal will commence on:
Date: September 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Janetville Community Centre
693 Janetville Road
Janetville, Ontario
and will continue, if necessary, on dates to be confirmed at/or following the Preliminary
Hearing.

Please note that we will be asking for this to be changed because it is apparently the same date as the Settler’s Landing Hearing.

TAKE NOTICE that the Preliminary Hearing and Hearing dates are peremptory to all
Parties, Participants and Presenters. If you do not attend at the Preliminary Hearing
and identify yourself to the Tribunal, the Environmental Review Tribunal may
proceed in your absence and you will not receive any further notice in these
proceedings. The Tribunal may make orders with respect to the conduct of the
proceeding which will be binding on all present and future Parties, Participants and
Presenters.

How to Donate

It is even more important than ever that if you have not made a contribution to oppose this project that you take a couple of minutes and write out a cheque and put it in the mail today!!

Please make your contribution payable to:

SR Opposition Corp.
c/o 1063 Highway 7a
Bethany, Ontario
L0A 1A0

You can also drop them off to us at the address above or at 1458 Highway 7a…or please let us know if you’d like us to stop by and pick them up! We’d be glad to do it! Call me at 705-277-9490 during the day or at 705-277-9618 between 5pm and 9:30pm.

Or…if you’d like to deposit directly at the TD bank, the account number is 500 1944 2098

On behalf of the Appellant, SR Opposition Corp.,

Thanks!!

Ron Awde

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Settlers Landing: Call To Action and Update

IF YOU ABLE PLEASE ATTEND COKL COUNCIL CHAMBERS AS BELOW TOMORROW AS A SIGN OF SUPPORT FOR CITY EFFORTS TO STOP THESE WIND PROJECTS. WE JUST HAVE TO SHOW UP AND MAKE OUR PRESENCE FELT.

1:45 PM will do.

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – CITY COUNCIL MEETING
1 pm – CLOSED SESSION
2 pm – OPEN SESSION
City Hall
City of Kawartha Lakes
26 Francis Street
Lindsay, Ontario

Settlers Landing wind project will be discussed in CLOSED SESSION (item 4.4) in accordance with the Municipal Act. MATTERS FROM CLOSED SESSION are brought forward into OPEN SESSION at 2pm if there is any information to report. The Public is welcome to attend beginning at 2pm.

AND ADDITIONALLY RE SETTLERS LANDING….THE PRELIMINARY HEARING TOOK PLACE IN LINDSAY THIS MORNING. THE GROUND RULES WERE LAID OUT IN A SHORT AND SWEET SESSION AND THE MAIN HEARING DATES HAVE NOW BEEN CHANGED TO:

SEPTEMBER 9, 10, 11 AT THE PONTYPOOL COMMUNITY CENTRE IN PONTYPOOL. DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

AND AS FOR THE GOVERNMENT PILE ON KNOWN AS SNOWY RIDGE THE ERT DOCUMENTS ARE BEING READIED TO FILE . PLEASE KEEP CONTRIBUTIONS COMING.

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Settlers’ Landing ERT Information

SETTLERS LANDING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TRIBUNAL

Preliminary Hearing:
A Preliminary Hearing will be conducted on:
June 22, 2015
10:00 a.m.
City Hall
City of Kawartha Lakes
26 Francis Street
Lindsay, Ontario
The purpose of the Preliminary Hearing will be:

* to hear and determine requests from groups and individuals for Party, Participant or Presenter status;
* to identify the issues to be considered at the main Hearing; and
* to deal with any preliminary matters that may be raised by Parties, Participants and Presenters.

How to Participate:

Any person who wishes to take part in this Hearing as a Party, Participant or Presenter should
submit their request in writing (preferably by email) to the Case Coordinator no later than 4:00
p.m. June 17, 2015. A Status Request Form is available at http://www.ert.gov.on.ca. All requests
must state:

* whether the person is seeking Party, Participant or Presenter status
* a statement of the issues, facts and submissions relevant to the appeal that they wish to present.
* whether their participation is likely to make a relevant contribution to the Tribunal’s determination of whether engaging in the renewable energy project in accordance with the approval will cause serious harm to human health or serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.
* whether the person’s interests may be directly and substantially affected by the Hearing or its result; and
* whether the person has a genuine interest, whether public or private in subject matter of the proceeding.

Requests must also include contact information including telephone, email and fax contact
information (if available) to ensure a timely response to your request and ongoing
exchange of important hearing information.

If a written request is not received by the required deadline, the Tribunal may refuse the
request.

Main Hearing:

The hearing of evidence in this appeal will commence on:

August18,2015
10:00 a.m.
Pontypool Community Centre
254 John Street
Pontypool ON LOA 1KO
and will continue, if necessary, on dates to be confirmed at the Preliminary Hearing.

TAKE NOTICE that the Preliminary Hearing and Hearing dates are peremptory to all Parties, Participants and Presenters. If you do not attend at the Preliminary Hearing and identify yourself to the Tribunal, the Environmental Review Tribunal may proceed in your absence and you will not receive any further notice in these proceedings. The Tribunal may make orders with respect to the conduct of the proceeding which will be binding on all present and future Parties, Participants and Presenters.

Information Contact:
Eva Pietrzyk
Case Coordinator/Planner, Environmental Review Tribunal
Email: eva.pietrzyk@ontario.ca
Tel: (41 6) 314-4712
Please note: Under Rules 130 and 131 of its Rules of Practice and Practice Directions, the Environmental Review Tribunal has directed the Approval Holder to give this Notice of Preliminary Hearing and Hearing.

If you submitted comments through the EBR process, and have not received Notice of this Hearing from Capstone, please notify the ERT, and copy your MPP and Councillor in writing.

* Eva Pietrzyk, Case Coordinator/Planner, Environmental Review Tribunal, eva.pietrzyk@ontario.ca
* MPP Laurie Scott, laurie.scott@pc.ola.org
* Councillor Heather Stauble, hstauble@citykawarthalakes.on.ca

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From Wind Concerns Ontario: Settlers’ Landing ERT

Environmental Review Tribunal waives notice of hearing for Settlers Landing

So much for openness and transparency in government dealings: door closed effectively to preliminary hearing
So much for openness and transparency in government dealings: door closed effectively to preliminary hearing

“Unbelievable,” is how Kawartha Lakes councillor Heather Stauble described recent actions buy the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, related to the appeal of the 10-MW Settlers’ Landing wind power project.

The councillor had inquired about Notice, saying that many people interested in the project and who had taken the time to comment on it, had not received word about the preliminary hearings.

The response from the ERT was as follows.

Thank-you for your inquiry regarding the Notice of the Preliminary Hearing and Hearing in the SLWP appeal against Settler’s Landing Wind Park. While Rule 31(b) of the Environmental Review Tribunal’s Rules of Practice and Practice Directions require that the Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change provide the Tribunal with a list of those “who made submissions to the Director regarding the renewable energy project or who have given notice to the Director that they have an interest in the renewable energy project”, the MOECC has raised concerns that the provision of such information is not in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.    Having taken such concerns into consideration, the Tribunal has exercised its authority under Rule 5 and waived the requirement that the Director provide this information.  Further, changes to the Tribunal’s Rules of Practice are in process and will remove this provision.

A draft of the proposed Rule changes can be found on the ERT website at:www.ert.gov.on.ca

For your information, I have attached a copy of the Notice of Preliminary Hearing and Hearing and Cover Letter for this matter to this email.   Should you or any other member of the public wish to seek status to participate in the hearing,  please review the requirements set out in the Notice.    A Status Request Form is also available on the Tribunal’s website and if you require a copy of the appeal to complete your request, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Eva Pietrzyk

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22, 2015 at 10 a.m., at City Hall, City of Kawartha Lakes. Please see the attached Notice of Prelim and Hearing.A1.15037 for details, and on requirements should you wish to be a Party, Participant, or Intervenor in this appeal.

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Opponents of Kawartha Lakes wind turbine projects plan to fight all of them

Opponents of Kawartha Lakes wind turbine projects plan to fight all of them.

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Stop Snowy Ridge Community Meeting

Snowy Ridge Community Meeting on June 16, 2015-  7:00- 8:30 at the Ranch

Please click on the Stop Snowy Ridge link below and print/email or tweet the poster and send the invitation on to neighbours, friends and other concerned citizens.

Stop Snowy Ridge

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