Donations for legal fund: Our Supreme Court goal is $300,000
Our Stage 1 Goal is $100,000
Thank you to so many of you in Plympton-Wyoming (and beyond) who have contributed to help us well surpass our Stage 1 goal! Without you this would not be possible. Please continue to spread the word and consider donating towards our Supreme Court of Canada goal, $300,000.00!
Jun 15, 2015 Updates:
1. Wynne visiting the area - Demonstration planned for Thursday, June 18, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Best Western Guildwood Inn
2. Suncor holding public meeting - Attendance encouraged for Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Forest Legion
3. Legal Update – We are still in the game!
1. Premier Kathleen Wynne is coming to Town this Thursday, June 18th. She will be attending a luncheon hosted by the Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Best Western Guildwood Inn at 1400 Venetian Blvd, Sarnia Ontario.
We want the media to pick up on the issues with this provincial government and not the well-hearsed public relations speech Premier Wynne will no doubt deliver.
WAIT-PW leadership is planning to attend; however, we do not wish to interfere with the Chambers activities on the inside where there will be individuals in attendance who support the Wynne government’s activities and individuals who are desperate to gain some financial benefit for our area from the Toronto-centric government for the future. WAIT-PW fits neither of these descriptions.
WAIT-PW leadership will be protesting, our democratic right, outside the venue both before and after her arrival. Please join us if you are concerned with the Wynne government’s position on the Green Energy Act and Industrial Wind Turbines. Perhaps you would like to demonstrate your concern over the canceling of the gas plants and relocation to our area and away from the GTA, or the alleged Sudbury election bribe, or the ‘accidentally’ deleted emails, or any other issue of concern.
Only 200 seats were available for the luncheon which we understand took quite some time to sell. As a comparison, our recent Town Hall had 250 in attendance. We would like to see more protestors outside this venue than those attending inside. The real media story is on the outside, not the well-rehearsed, well-prepared Public Relations speech on the inside.
2. Suncor is holding a public meeting this Tuesday night in Forest regarding the Cedar Point Industrial Wind Power Plant Project. The province requires wind developers to hold community meetings once the project begins; however, the meetings give no true power to members of the community. In our opinion, they are a Public Relations opportunity for the wind developers. Members of the Community Liaison Committee have to sign a document created by Suncor and agree to their terms in order to participate. For these reasons and more WAIT-PW has purposefully not joined the Community Liaison Committee; however, Suncor has agreed to a public meeting and allowing WAIT-PW member Santo Giorno to present WAIT-PW’s discovery and view on the destroyed wetlands (in a very controlled environment). Do you have something to say to Suncor? Want to see how the meetings are run? Have a question you want answered (with an anticipated PR spin?) It is open to the public! Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Forest Legion, 58 Albert St, Forest, Ontario.
3. Legal Update: "Ontario's" Court of Appeal denied the Drennans/Dixons&Ryans/Kroeplins an appeal. Our Divisional Court appeal, occurring a full year later, with new evolving evidence is taking the lead.
We have recently been contacted by our legal team at Falconers with some new developments pertaining to our legal strategy. We are cautiously optimistic about these new developments. More to follow on this topic at a later date.
May 13, 2015 Dear WAIT-PW Supporter
As a loyal supporter of WAIT-PW, you are cordially invited to an upcoming information meeting on Tuesday, May 26th at the Camlachie Community Centre at 7:00 P.M. with lawyers JULIAN FALCONER AND ASHA JAMES
The purpose of this meeting is to give you an update on the recent Cedar Point Environmental Review Tribunal and how we plan to go forward. The outcome of the Tribunal was disappointing, but the decision was not completely unexpected. The Tribunal followed the same line of reasoning as previous Tribunals and ruled in favour of the wind developer and thus, ignoring the concerns of the residents. The Tribunal process allowed us to gain valuable evidence, and we believe this evidence will be very helpful in future appeals outside the Tribunal structure.
Rather than hear about our efforts and activities through the media, we feel it best to share our position with you personally, and to provide some insights into our next steps.
No doubt you have many questions which you would like to have answered. We hope this meeting will provide you with an opportunity to share your thoughts with others who have the same concerns about the effects of industrial winds turbines.
The municipality of Plympton-Wyoming, through Mayor Lonny Napper and his Council, and the Lambton County Council have remained strong in their efforts to protect their citizens. They have offered their support through the political process, through financial support and representation at the tribunal hearings. This was appreciated. We are not alone, and working together makes us stronger.
Your individual rights, and the rights of your local government to protect you, have been revoked. We hope to move forward speaking as one voice, challenging these injustices.
Click on the following to reply to this invitation. It includes an opportunity to provide your input for the evening.
We look forward to your attendance and participation at this important meeting.
Your WAIT-PW Committee
April 1, 2015; Appeal of the Cedar Point ERT decision:
Lawyers for Aberarder residents Kimberley and Richard Bryce filed an appeal of a recent Environmental Review Tribunal decision to uphold Ontario's environmental approval of the Cedar Point wind energy project being built in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.
The appeal dated April 1 asks that the Divisional Court revoke Suncor's provincial renewable energy approval for the Cedar Point project.
A link to the local media story is here.
March 19, 2015; Suncor's first Community Liaison Committee meeting.
Suncor had some unexpected observers at their first Community Liaison Committee meeting on March 19 at the Warwick Community Hall.
A group of irate leaseholders complained bitterly about damage to their properties and the lack of co-operation and respect shown by Suncor towards them.
One leaseholder said:
"I signed with Suncor because I had a lot of respect for it. I've lost that respect"
"Numerous things were said at my kitchen table; there was supposed to be co-operation; putting in lane ways. Now, we're into the project a month or three weeks and there has been no co-operation whatsoever. The lane ways were put in and we were told where they were going; we had very little input."
We have to wonder, if this is how Suncor treats its leaseholders and partners, how will they treat the other residents in the community?
March 10. 2015 -
Hello our hearty supporters!
We are pleased with the evidence entered into the record during the Tribunal hearing from appellants and participants. This was our ultimate goal at this stage of the process.
By now you have likely heard that on March 4, 2015, the Environmental Review Tribunal dismissed the appeal of Suncor's Cedar Point wind project. We would like to emphasize the fact that this comes as no surprise and our strategy has always been a long term one - one which included participating in this Tribunal hearing, knowing the likely outcome. It is a necessary step to reach our long term goal of holding our government accountable at Canada’s highest level of court - The Supreme Court of Canada.
Of the 20+ ERT’s held in the province of Ontario, only one Tribunal has ever ruled against an applicant for Industrial Wind Turbine approval. That was because of the threat to the Blanding’s Turtle, a species at risk in Ontario. While WAIT-PW agrees that this threatened turtles’ health is very important, we also believe human beings ought to merit similar consideration. Obviously, we knew we were fighting against a multi-billion dollar corporation, and our own provincial government, but we still held out a glimmer of hope that reason would prevail, for once. Unfortunately, the Tribunal continued their tradition of giving little consideration to the appellants concerns and ruling in favour of the wind developer.
We are very proud of our ninety-five page concluding submission that appeared to give the Tribunal pause. We thank the many volunteers who worked tirelessly against a tight deadline to get the submission in along with almost 2,000 pages of supporting documentation.
The ERT decision document can be read at: http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/english/decisions/index.htm, (case #14-065 and 14-067).
Our appellant family, now has 30 days to decide whether to carry on like the other four families in Ontario who are proceeding with their Charter Challenge. In reality, it is the community that will decide whether they move forward. Your financial support for this family that will be surrounded by turbines will make the decision for them and for all of us. As many of you know, Aberarder School will be surrounded by Industrial Wind Generators. This means many children living and attending school in the project area will be exposed to IWT noise including infrasound and low frequency noise both day and night.
New studies showing the negative impact of industrial wind turbines continue to be published. The latest is the Cape Bridgwater study in Australia by acoustician Stephen Cooper. The results are ground-breaking and directly contradict comments made by Suncor's experts at the ERT. However, due to the publication date after testimony had concluded, the Tribunal would not consider this study in reaching their decision. The courts need to hear these results.
We wish to thank you for your generous contribution to help defray the costs of this Environmental Review Tribunal on behalf of the Appellant family and all citizens living in this project area. We have met our Stage 1 goal. We are now moving on to Stage 2. Without you this will not have been possible.
Please consider continuing your support and donating towards our Supreme Court of Canada goal.
You can contribute to the WAIT-PW fund via PayPal on our website www.wait-pw.ca, via cheque to WAIT-PW, Box 219, Wyoming, ON, N0N 1T0 or deposit to WAIT-PW account at Southwest Credit Union (Sarnia or Wyoming).
We believe that community spirit is alive and well in Plympton-Wyoming and WAIT-PW is hosting a social event to bring everyone together.
DANCE, LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015
CAMLACHIE COMMUNITY CENTRE
8:00 P.M. TO 12:00 MIDNIGHT
Music by ProMC.DJ Cash Bar/Cold Buffet
Live Auction & Silent Auction proceeds to WAIT-PW Legal Fund
Call: Audrey Broer at 519-381-4251 or Louyse Larochelle at 519-542-6846
Or email: email@example.com (Subject “March 28th Dance)
Doors Open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25.00/couple or 15.00/single
NOTE: we are accepting items for our auction, please contact Audrey or Louyse
Thank you, thank you!
Feb 25, 2015 - Wind Turbine Noise Timeline, showing noise research back to 1979. An interesting read.
Feb 24, 2015 - Suncor Connections, announcing start of Cedar Point construction, and Community Liaison Committee Meeting March 19, 2015 at Warwick Community Hall.
Feb 21, 2014 - Summary and review of the Cooper Study, "These results show that there is a non-visual, non-audible pathway by which wind turbine emissions can cause some specific effects in some people."
Feb 19, 2015 - Environmental Review Tribunal completed. Decision due March 4, 2015.
Jan 10, 2015 - Lonny Napper Appreciation
"It's something my wife and I do on our own just as an appreciation to the community that has been so good to us," he said.
This year's donations are going to the Old Township Hall, and We're Against Industrial Turbines, Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW).
The anti-wind turbine citizens’ group is also one of this year's appreciation award recipients.
Lonny, very kind of you. We thank you for your generosity. We could not do what we do without your support!
Oct 15, 2014 - Town of Plympton-Wyoming Bylaws passed - Number 62 regulating wind turbine noise, and Number 46 regulating permits for wind turbines including requirements for insurance and decommissioning.
Oct 20, 2014 - Revolutionary bylaw created in Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario, Canada
Bylaw includes ILFN (Infra and Low Frequency Noise) penalties and is attracting attention from around the world
Plympton Wyoming, Ontario, Mayor Lonny Napper:
“When I took an oath to protect my community, I took it very seriously.”
“People are suffering in other projects. My community is slated for multiple developers and several proposed wind projects. The time for action, and protective measures, has been with us for some time now….we can’t continue to bounce around the same arguments and with no noticeable gain in community health rights. The protection of health is first.”
"“The information about what other communities are suffering, disruption, noise, degradation of precious landscapes, seriously divided communities, and to see that this possible devastation is in my full view, for my residents, something has to give.”
“With all the available evidence from around the world about the effects of Low Frequency and Infrasound from industrial wind turbines, it amazes me that the alarms are not sounding earlier and stronger."
Brown County Board of Health in Wisconsin USA declares the Shirley Industrial Wind Power Project a Human Health "Hazard".
"To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines at Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County, WI. A Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health."
See attached press release for more information.
Thank you for your interest!
May 5, 2014- Community Event on Wind Farms in Plympton-Wyoming
Lawyers Julian Falconer, Asha James and Junaid Subhan attended a community event in Plympton-Wyoming. The event was held by WAIT-PW to educate Plympton-Wyoming residents about the impending Suncor Cedar Point wind project. Julian Falconer spoke to the audience of more than 500 people about ongoing legal cases involving wind companies and Charter challenges about the process for granting Renewable Energy Approvals.
Julian Falconer spoke to the audience, explaining the flawed logic behind the Green Energy Act. Watch this 24 minute video as he elaborates, and ties in the violations against human rights and the constitution.
WAIT-PW has been monitoring the fight against industrial wind turbines across the province for the past 2 years. In the fall of 2012, WAIT-PW became aware of the Drennan Family and SWEAR (Safe Wind Energy for All Residents) and their Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge led by the Falconer law firm (Falconers LLP).
In the spring of 2013, WAIT-PW developed objection letters based on the Charter Challenge led by Julian Falconer and Asha James. It was felt then and now that the Charter Challenge provides the greatest hope as a long term strategy to protect us from the harm caused by industrial wind turbine development in our community.
WAIT-PW has participated in two Environmental Review Tribunals led by Asha James of the Falconer firm since the fall of 2013. Important evidence came out of the three Tribunals. Julian Falconer referenced the availability of some of this testimony during his presentation on May 5th at the Camlachie Community Centre. See: www.Falconers.ca
David Michaud Transcript
David Michaud Summary
(Photo from Suncor's Ripley Wind Project, courtesy of Santo Giorno)
Donations can be made payable to WAIT-PW and gratefully accepted by mail to:
PO Box 219
Plympton Wyoming, ON
Donations can be deposited directly to WAIT-PW, at any branch of Southwest Regional Credit Union by specifying our account as WAIT-PW. Donations also available online.
We are not a non-profit organization. We are a group of concerned citizens. Please ask your accountant if donations will be tax deducible.
Julian Falconer explains the essence of the Charter Challenge in a video on the right side of this page from Wind Victims Ontario. The podcast at the bottom of the page from GFB (Goldhawk Fights Back) is good too.
Here is a photo gallery of wind turbines from north of Goderich, taken on Canada Day weekend, 2012. Move your mouse over the images on the left to change the large picture. These industrial installations are not desirable in Plympton-Wyoming or Lambton County.
As a non-profit, volunteer organization,100% of your donation goes to fight wind turbine development. There are no paid positions in WAIT-PW.
Our Mission Statement:
Plympton Wyoming residents informing the public, to dispel the misinformation about Industrial Wind Turbines.
We aim to preserve and promote our existing rural landscape and small town values, free of danger to our health, economy, and free from division amongst our residents.
How we do this:
1) We provide fact based information about the impact of Industrial Wind Turbines.
2) We provide this information to the public, the media and to all levels of government through town hall meetings, web & print resources, and by individual, personal contact where possible.
3) We seek everyone concerned to join us now!
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