The Endangered Blanding’s Turtle STOPS Industrial Wind Turbine Development


Early this July, after months of hard work, stress, frustration, perseverance, hope and waiting, the tribunal came in early. Ostrander Point was being saved from industrial wind turbine development! The team, residents and supporters rejoiced!

Unfortunately, this isn’t the end of the story.

When the big bad wolf, Gilead, made its original application to build the turbines, just before Christmas, opponents were only given two weeks to put together their objection. Now, after a lengthy battle, the big bad wolf has 30 days to launch an appeal. It’s now a waiting game, hoping they won’t appeal. Even if they miraculously don’t, after reading the tribunal’s explanations of their decision, for many it left an unpleasant taste.

According to the tribunal, the only thing stopping the wind turbine development was the endangered Blanding’s Turtle. That’s great for the turtle, though it’s left many wondering, how is the turtle supposed to know not to travel over to the other approximately 75 more wind turbines proposed on the island? Yes. The current decision only stopped the building of 9 turbines in Ostrander Point. The developer still wants to build almost 10 times as many throughout the County. How the turtles will know when to stop and head back in a safer direction is anyone’s guess.

One of the greater concerns was the tribunal’s statement that there was no evidence to show that the wind turbines would affect bird populations. It was an astounding decision and one that for many feels like something forced upon the tribunal by the government’s current ‘green’ initiatives. If the tribunal had indeed ruled that the wind turbines would indeed affect bird populations, the decision could affect wind turbine projects across Canada. To many, it seems all too obvious that they were forced to make this decision.

It also seems just as clear to many that stating that industrial wind turbines will not kill birds and harm bird (and bat and butterfly) populations, is like saying that cigarette smoking will not cause cancer. It feels like we’re just waiting for the ax to fall (unfortunately on the poor birds, bats and butterflies – almost literally). It’s likely that 20 years from now there could be a class action law suit against the government, who knowingly allowed the massacre to occur for purely financial gain. (There is no economic or environmental benefit to the industrial wind turbines.) Unfortunately, if species have declined and even disappeared, there will be little that a law suit will be able to do to rectify it in the future. As the bumper sticker says ‘Extinct is Forever’.

Birds and Wind Turbines don’t mix – Court this Friday in Toronto

I was born in Scandinavia and though Canadians like to point to places like Denmark and all their wind turbines as the wave of the future and a beacon of environmental progression, after Denmark started moving their turbines on shore (they used to be out in the ocean) they started having all kinds of problems (environmental and health) and in short time hundreds of groups popped up in the country calling for the removal of the wind turbines. I like to put it this way, an environmentally friendly initiative done on an industrial scale is no longer environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, like using the word ‘green’ in the name of a product, saying ‘wind power’ sends environmentally abysmal propaganda out under a banner of being environmentally friendly.

There’s a huge push today to construct not just hundreds, but thousands upon thousands of industrial sized wind turbines throughout Southern Ontario. Unfortunately, nothing really makes sense about these turbines. They don’t make sense for the environment. They don’t make sense economically even. It’s really just short term economic gain for a big company with no regard for long term financial feasibility, nor the environment (nor potential health impacts).

Currently many groups, scientists and communities are fighting a company (Gilead Power) that wants to build industrial wind turbines smack in the middle of one of Canada’s most important migratory routes.  The migratory route in question is in Ostrander Point, Prince Edward County. Birders come from around the world to visit this unique resting place and home for everything from Bald Eagles and King Rails (both endangered), to the Monarch butterfly (considered a national treasure by Mexico and supposedly protected under a three way treaty between Mexico, the US and Canada) and bats in general (who’s populations are in serious decline throughout North America.)

Unfortunately, it’s not been a fair fight from the start. Gilead themselves drew up the requirements for constructing the turbines in the migratory route in the first place! Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! And since the court cases have ensued… well, it’s clear there’s no such things as ‘equal representation’ in this country. It’s an unfair battle of David versus Goliath when massive companies can afford throngs of high priced lawyers and push to drag things out in courts, while groups with well established scientific backing are forced to try to pay for their lawyers by, literally, having bake sales and through donations! The groups have done great work and have worked tirelessly but it’s an unfair system and an unfair fight – all about money on the side of the Corporations and the good of the environment and society on the other.

The very last court date for the opposition to construct industrial wind turbines in one of Canada’s most important migratory routes for birds, Ostrander Point, Prince Edward County, Ontario, will take place this Friday in Toronto!

It is important for people to attend! Ms. Gibbs and Mr. Wright should be keenly aware that their decision doesn’t matter just to Gilead Power and the Ministry of Environment but that they have a responsibility to the public and the greater good as well.

This is the final rebuttal of the opposing evidence and arguments.

Hearing date, time and location: Friday, June 21, 2013 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        655 Bay Street, 16th Floor, Toronto, Ontario

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The Sandbox Cottage – Ontario cottage rental in Prince Edward County


Ontario cottage rental in Prince Edward County - The Sandbox Cottage

Prince Edward County, or the ‘County’ as it’s referred to, has become a vacation destination hotspot! Nestled in the “golden triangle” between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, it’s the province’s newest Designated Viticultural Area, which helps identify the origin of a wine and its grapes.” (Globe and Mail)

The County is a fertile island bursting with vineyards and organic farms. In recent years, the County has become a culinary and cultural destination. With artists, incredible chefs and wineries around every corner, there’s never enough time to take in all the area has to offer!

Events in the County include the Taste of the County, Six Barrels for Six Chefs, the Spring Birding Festival; Prince Edward County Authors’ Festival; the County Jazz Festival, the Prince Edward County Music Festival, the Prince Edward County Studio and Gallery Tour; “Music at Port Milford,” a summer music festival and school for string students from 12–18 years old, and an annual season of professional theatre produced by Festival Players of Prince Edward County, just to name a few!

The Sandbox Cottage is a private cottage for rent in Ontario, Prince Edward County.

This beautiful rental cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps five. The open concept living/dining/kitchen area has French doors leading to a deck that overlooks fields, trees and the water. A bbq and two outdoor seating areas give you a choice of having your coffee in the morning sun and your dinner watching the sunset. A two-minute stroll leads to the shoreline, a dock and a boat ramp. The cottage is also equipped with wireless internet. It’s a perfect place for kayaking, sailing, biking, bird watching, hiking, visiting Sandbanks Provincial Park or just relaxing.

You should plan early to book the cottage and visit this picturesque County during summer holidays!