“Ontario’s Future is in Ashes” PROTEST AT Simcoe Park, Convention Center, 11:30am, April 3rd, 2013
For the SECOND year in a row, people from around the province will arrive in Toronto on Wed., April 3rd to protest at Simcoe Park opposite the Toronto Convention Centre on Front St. After rallying, we will march to raise awareness of the issue for our urban neighbours!
Buses will be rolling in at 11:30 from across the province to demand an end to the threat from industrial wind turbines.
WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!
People in Ontario have had enough. We do NOT accept this government passing laws such as the Green Energy and Economy Act, and granting approvals to bring immeasurable harm to all we hold dear! We demand an end to the FIT program, and termination of all policies leading to the proliferation of industrial wind turbine installations.
In a strong message that says to leaders: “WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERNMENT, NOT INDUSTRY!” protests will be ongoing this week with picketing and rallying by groups in Prince Edward County, CHAT/SWEAR in Huron County, MCSEA on Manitoulin Island, Middlesex-Lambton WAG in Middlesex, Manvers WAG in Peterborough and LSARC (Lake Superior Action Research Conservation) in Algoma Region as just some examples.
Speakers for the 3rd will include Mark Davis, Deputy Mayor of Arran Elderslie and Co-Chair of Multi-Municipal Turbine Working Group; Ginny Stewart-Love, whose passionate presentation detailing over 20 affected neighbours prompted Dr. Hazel Lynn’s latest review of health information, will talk about “receptors” (previously known in Ontario as mothers, fathers, children and grandparents); Rosemary Wakegijig, Elder Spokesperson for the Wikwemikong First Nations; and Keith Stelling of Arran Lake will speak about the flier he put together for handing out along our march route.
There is no evidence of the ability to have a meaningful “conversation” with the new Premier, says Sherri Lange of NA-PAW (North American Platform Against Wind Power). With no visible slowdown of wind projects, people have already lost faith in the so-called ‘new’ Liberal leadership.
At this time, anti-wind groups are calling for the resignation of not only Dr. Arlene King, but also of Premier Wynne, whose apparently shallow promises for rigorous consultation with communities who are “not willing hosts” are in direct opposition with even more turbine projects being hastily approved.
The health crisis continues. The assault on the natural environment continues. The Liberal pandering to developers continues. Anti-wind groups express that they want an election immediately and are prepared to act aggressively to achieve relief and a restoration of Democracy in Ontario.
“Bottom line is you can be sure we will do what we have to in order to protect our health and home. Unless Premier Wynne is prepared to immediately halt the proliferation of turbines in Ontario, offer restitution to victims, and restore sensitive areas to their original condition, there is no need for any more “conversation” of this nature,” said Gillis. “Bring us an election immediately.” It is clear that the ERT (Environmental Review Tribunals) established to provide communities with a legal avenue for challenge of approved projects, is yet another layer of frustration for communities. These appear to be front end loaded to favor developers.
“We recognize the history of turbines in Europe: the energy poverty, the loss of jobs and the well-established medical damages. With this much evidence, there can be no reasonable action but to immediately halt production, and admit the failures of this government to do proper research and to protect the province. The province has treated its people with immense indifference and disrespect. But we are prepared to take our province back,” said Lange, “one vote at a time.”
“The Green Energy and Economy Act,” says Gillis, “is a costly failure. It’s a failure to protect families, a failure to protect nature and a failure to protect the basic resources of the province.” Added Lange, “Ontario’s Green Energy policies are a self-destructive act, devised and signed by two Premiers and aided and supported by another party (NDP), both equal in energy illiteracy. Higher costs of power lead to continued loss of manufacturing and corollary businesses, which either must leave the province, or cease to exist. We have already lost 300,000 jobs in the last eight years. The proliferation of unreliable wind and solar power has added to that unmanageable cost of power. Groups around the province agree that the fiscal cliff has been reached and a turnaround is essential.
Join the protest at the Convention Centre, Simcoe Park on April 3rd.
For more information please contact:
CEO NA-PAW North American Platform Against Wind Power
Chair of Ontario Regional Group Against Wind Turbines