Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines On Juno Beach?

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - For decades visitors to the D-Day beaches on the northwest coast of France have looked out at the English Channel, taking in the journey mad...

Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a Whimper

Dianne Saxe | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

The Environmental Review Tribunal continues to grind through its list of anti-wind appeals. On December 5, it rejected an appeal against the Renewable Energy Approval for another wind farm, Pattern Energy's South Kent Wind facility, 127 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown. In each of the appeals, the opponents have argued that approval of the wind farm will cause serious harm to human health. In each case, the Tribunal has found that this allegation has not been proven.

Does This Energy Source Cause Depression?

CBC | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Business

Some people living near wind farms in northeastern B.C. say their health has been negatively impacted by the turbines and a new scientific study might...

What it's Really Like to Live Near a Wind Farm

David Dodge | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Heidi Eijgel is an Alberta horse farmer who lives in the last house at the end of a gravel road surrounded by one of the largest wind farms in Alberta -- and she's OK with that. In 2003, the 70 megawatt Summerview wind farm was built adjacent to Eijgel's property. She has been peacefully co-existing with that wind farm since then.

The Butterfly Effect: How A Single Wind Turbine Led To A Renewable Energy Revolution In Ontario

David Dodge | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Change that comes this fast is not without controversy, but what's often lost in the hyperbole is the simple fact that Ontario has engaged thousands of citizens as well as small, medium and large businesses in building out the next generation of energy infrastructure.

Don't Bring a Gun to a Wind Energy Debate

John Laforet | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

I was saddened to read that Jeff Damen, a father of two and employee of a wind developer in rural Ontario, reported having a shotgun pulled on him while conducting field work on a project site in West Grey. While I am not known for expressing opinions remotely sympathetic to that of the wind industry or its employees, and certainly oppose the development of the project in question, guns and threats of violence have no place in any debate in our province.

Going to Bat for Our Flying Furry Friends

David Suzuki | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Many of the 1,200 known species of bats are in trouble. And we humans deserve much of the blame. A bat can eat more than 1,000 insects in an hour, and without the services of bats, the agave plant, from which we get tequila, might not survive. So, if you like tequila but not mosquito bites, you should view bats as your friends.

'Too Close For Comfort'

CBC | Posted 07.06.2012 | Canada

A proposed wind turbine project across the U.S. border has some in the neighbouring Eastern Townships concerned about the impact it will ...

Couple Loses Wind Turbines Property Tax Case

CBC | Posted 06.07.2012 | Canada

An Ontario couple who launched a case arguing that nearby wind turbines devalued their waterfront home and should be a factor in their pr...

Stop Wind Farms, Ontario Farmers Say

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Politics

GUELPH, Ont. - The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is calling on the province to suspend further development of wind farms.President Mark Wales says...

Mike Crawley's Business Record Proves He's No Man of the People

John Laforet | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

Mike Crawley's day job as chief of International Power Canada poses a significant risk to the Liberal Party and makes his calls for grassroots inclusion ring hollow. His power company has had a devastating impact on Ontario residents who are forced to live in the shadow of Crawley's work.

Open Letter to Premier McGuinty: Restore Local Democracy

John Laforet | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

Premier McGuinty, your declaration that you are prepared to listen to Bill 10 is a positive step to address all that has happened since Feb. 11 2009 when you stated you would not hesitate to 'foist' renewable energy projects on communities, and lashed out at concerned citizens.

Global Warning: Trust Scientists, Not Shamans

Conrad Black | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

The charlatans who promoted or allowed ecology to become the ultimate broad church gathering together everyone from the bird-watchers, to the loopy militants chaining themselves to trees, should be allowed to subside without a sadistically prolonged stay in the pillory.

Did Green Energy Act Cost McGuinty Rural Votes?

John Laforet | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The McGuinty government made a decision to ignore the motions against further industrial wind development, the protests, the rallies and the dominance of this issue at rural all candidates debates and their rural caucus paid for it with their jobs and cost his government their majority.

Green Jobs Are Not a Hoax

Keith Brooks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

For decades, people have argued that we must choose between good work and a clean environment. But that argument just doesn't hold up anymore. We need a functioning economy with good jobs, and a clean environment, which is what is meant by the term green economy.

Dalton McGuinty Thinks Money Grows on Trees

David Frum | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
David Frum

The McGuinty version of fiscal austerity includes green-jobs boondoggles. Ontarians must overpay twice for energy: once in the form of huge overpayments to uncompetitive solar and wind producers, and then again in the form of subsidies to companies that manufacture the components for solar and wind.

Green Energy Act Sufferers Seeing Red

John Laforet | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

Dalton McGuinty's Green Energy Act has failed to provide the thousands of high value jobs he has spent the last two years claiming it would and Canada's reputation as a free trader is being challenged by important members of the global community. But sadly, it's Ontarians who will clean up the mess.

Ontario Wind Power Bringing Down Property Values

CBC | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada

Ontario's rapid expansion in wind power projects has provoked a backlash from rural residents living near industrial wind turbines who sa...

McGuinty's Energy Policy Favours a Double Standard

John Laforet | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

If McGuinty's support of democracy and compelling arguments is legitimate, a moratorium, proper independent health study on impacts from wind turbines and restoration of planning control should be forthcoming for rural municipalities.

An Inconvenient Truth About Green Energy Jobs

John Laforet | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The premier of Ontario continues to make new announcements of jobs, and promotes fear mongering that his political opponents would kill those jobs if elected. The reality is no matter who wins Ontario's Oct. 6 general election, those jobs won't be there to kill, because in most cases they aren't real.

Wind Energy and Health: Is There a Problem?

Dianne Saxe | Posted 09.29.2011 | Canada
Dianne Saxe

I find it odd that we focus so much public buzz on fear of wind turbines. Most of our energy sources are far more dangerous to human health and the environment.

Juno Beach Wind Farm Plans Anger Veterans

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - A French plan to install towering wind turbines within sight of a beach where thousands of Canadians fought a bloody b...

Canada Needs to Take a Sober Second Look at Our Energy Policies and Practices

Sen. Elaine McCoy | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada
Sen. Elaine McCoy

This would be a great time in our history to have an "easy" button. Unfortunately, transformation does not come that easily. Even wind turbines represent the "pure embodiment of fossil fuels," because of all the steel and plastic required to build them.

When It Comes to Health, Wind Power Blows Away the Alternative

David Suzuki | Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

With the world facing ever-growing negative consequences of burning fossil fuels, we must weigh our options. In doing so, wind power comes out ahead. However, a backlash has been growing in many places where wind power is being developed.

Ontario's Green Energy Backlash

The Huffington Post | Ian Harvey | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada Business

Canadian politicians know well enough to avoid hot buttons like religion or tax hikes. So why then is Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Huda...