REBLOG from Smithville Turbine Opposition Party because it is THAT relevant.
The unfortunate reality is that teachers, bankers, policemen, politicians, priest and many more are all in a position of trust, power and control and if your destroy that trust you damage your reputation and weaken the institution. Our political system has some serious systemic problems.
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Dear Attorney General John Gerretsen,
I have been trying to compose a letter to you as Attorney General of Ontario about the general abuse of power that seems to have occurred by the elected members of the political system with respect to the renewable energy initiative and more specifically the Green Energy Act. Members of the West Lincoln community have sent endless letters and emails to the Ministry of the Environment with concerns about the Industrial Wind Turbine project proposed for our area. Concerns regarding incomplete studies; incorrect sound power ratings for the 3 MW Enercon 101 industrial wind turbines; lack of due process and just a complete lack of meaningful communication with members of the political system that have been elected to “serve and protect” has resulted in extreme frustration.
Meaningful communication with the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Ombudsmen, and other ministries whose mandate is to protect the health, safety, quality of life and well being of citizens and their properties has been reduced to carefully scripted replies that fail to address the issues, replies that absolve that specific department of any responsibility or more frequently long delays or silence.
In researching what senior politicians were in what positions of power and control when the Green Energy Act was being crafted and what has happened to their political careers since that time, a rather tangled web seems to emerge. Many of the same senior Liberal politicians keep popping up in many of the key ministries that facilitated the renewable energy initiative.
According to some reports the “five founding members” of the Green Energy Act were George Smitherman, John Gerretsen, Leona Dombrowsky, Donna Cansfield and John Wilkinson
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure – George Smitherman – 2008–2009,
Gerry Philips 2009-10,
Brad Duguid 2010-11,
Chris Bentley 2011-13,
Bob Chiarelli 2013 – present
Minister of the Environment – John Gerretsen, October 29, 2007 to August 18, 2010,
John Wilkinson August 18, 2010 to October 20, 2011
Jim Bradley, October 20, 2011, to present
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Leona Dombrowsky 2005-2010
Carol Mitchell, 2010-2011
Ted McMeekin, 2011-2013
Ministry of Agriculture and Food – Kathleen Wynne, 2013 – present
Ministry of Rural Affairs – Jeff Leal 2013 – present
Minister of Natural Resources – Donna Cansfield, 2007-2010
Linda Jeffrey, 2010-2011
Michael Gravelle, 2011-2013
David Orazietti, 2013-
Minister of Research and Innovation – Dalton McGuinty 2005-2007
John Wilkinson 2007-2009
John Milloy June 24, 2009 – August 18, 2010
Glen Murray August 18, 2010 – 2011
Reza Moridi 2013 –
Green Energy Act, Bill 150 voted on May 14, 2009
Not one member of the PC Party voted in favor of the GEA.
NDP members who voted in favour of the GEA include : Andrea Horwath – NDP leader, France Gélinas, Rosario Marchese, Paul Miller, Peter Tabuns – NDP energy critic
Signatures on the Cancelled Gas Plants Document – July 29, 2011
Kathleen Wynne – Liberal Campaign Co-chair
Brad Duguid – Minister of Economic Development
Chris Bentley – Minister of Energy
Dwight Duncan – Minister of Finance
The former Attorney General of Ontario was Christopher Bentley, Liberal, 2007–2011. The present Attorney General is John Gerretsen. Since many (23?) laws, statutes and regulations required modification to accommodate the provincial government’s green energy initiative the legal community would probably have to be involved in some capacity. Imagine my surprise when upon checking the mandate of the Attorney General’s office, I found that the Ministry of the Attorney General delivers and administers a wide range of justice services including:
– providing legal advice to, and conducting litigation on behalf of, all government ministries and many agencies, boards and tribunals; and providing advice on, and drafting, all legislation and regulations.
So my question becomes – What was the role of the Attorney General’s Office in the drafting of the Green Energy Act?
Did the politicians that crafted the Green Energy Act choose to ignore the democratic principles upon which this country was built or did they deliberately violate those principles as they manipulated the laws to bring the renewable energy initiative into being? What was the motivating factor – ignorance , contempt, greed, or vengeance?
The mandate of every politically elected official is to protect the fundamental principles upon which our democracy was built. Government ministers, ministries, agencies and municipalities have an ethical duty and legal obligation to protect the health, safety, quality of life and well being of citizens and their properties These fundamental legal entitlements cannot be ignored, compromised or denied by elected officials, staff and/or representatives of provincial and local municipal government bodies, agencies, and or boards. All democratic decisions must pass through this filter or political decisions will allow for some to disenfranchise others. The smallest, the weakest, the youngest are frequently the victims of bad decisions.
The Ministry of the Attorney General is responsible for providing a fair and accessible justice system which reflects the needs of the diverse communities it serves across government and the province. It strives to manage the justice system in an equitable, affordable and accessible way throughout the province. The Attorney General of Ontario, the chief legal adviser to the Queen, is a senior member of the Executive Council of Ontario (or cabinet) and governs the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario – the department responsible for the oversight of the justice system within the province. The Attorney General is an elected Member of Provincial Parliament who is chosen by the premier and appointed by the lieutenant-governor. The Ministry delivers and administers a wide range of justice services including:
1. administering approximately 115 statutes;
2. conducting criminal proceedings throughout Ontario;
3. providing legal advice to, and conducting litigation on behalf of, all government ministries and many agencies, boards and tribunals;
4. providing advice on, and drafting, all legislation and regulations; and
5. coordinating and administering court services throughout Ontario.
The renewable energy initiative of the Liberal government has the Green Energy Act as the foundation upon which it was built. Instead of exercising caution and due diligence the provincial government of Ontario refuses to listen to any criticism of the renewable energy initiative. With the creation of the Green Energy Act, the Ontario government changed laws that protected the health of the citizens of Ontario; changed laws that required an Environmental Assessment to determine the impact of new development on the environment; and changed laws so that the authority of municipal councils has been undermined. The rural citizens have had their municipal councils stripped of their planning rights to control the siting of Industrial Wind Turbines in their communities. Citizens of rural communities have been denied their democratic right to participate in the planning of their community.
The loss of social justice reported by individuals living in the environs of industrial wind turbines (IWTs) is due to the lack of a fair process, the loss of democratic rights, and the associated disempowerment of members of communities forced to host industrial wind turbines. The Green Energy Act is a regressive piece of legislature that deliberately disenfranchises the rural citizens of this province by providing rights to the private for profit – frequently foreign – multinational industrial wind turbine corporations that are denied to the rural citizens.
Since the Ministry of the Attorney General delivers and administers a wide range of justice services including providing advice on, and drafting, all legislation and regulations, were members of the office of the Attorney General part of the planning process to determine which laws would have to be “neutered” to draft the Green Energy Act and facilitate the renewable energy initiative?
According to some reports the “five founding members” of the Green Energy Act were George Smitherman, John Gerretsen, Leona Dombrowsky, Donna Cansfield and John Wilkinson. If you look up the academic qualifications of these people you find a solicitor, a financial planner, someone with a BA, and two people with no post-secondary qualifications. The former Attorney General of Ontario during this time was Christopher Bentley, Liberal, 2007–2011. Since the Ministry of the Attorney General delivers and administers a wide range of justice services including providing legal advice to, and conducting litigation on behalf of, all government ministries and many agencies, boards and tribunals; and providing advice on, and drafting, all legislation and regulations – was the Office of the Attorney General intimately involved in the drafting of the Green Energy Act?
The former Attorney General of Ontario was Christopher Bentley, Liberal, 2007–2011. If you look at the political career of Christopher Bentley, he was re-elected in the 2007 election and was named Attorney General of Ontario shortly thereafter. In January 2010 he was assigned the additional portfolio of Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
He retained his seat in the October 2011 provincial election and was named Minister of Energy. Bentley was soon mired in a controversy over the government’s decision made during the election campaign to scrap unpopular gas plants being constructed in Mississauga and Oakville – the move was seen as a politically expedient one made to improve the Liberal Party’s chances of retaining the 5 ridings it held in the area. The election returned a minority government and the emboldened opposition demanded that Bentley’s ministry release all documents related to the decision. Bentley delayed prior to releasing 36,000 pages in September and insisted that all documents had been released. After it became known that there were an additional 20,000 documents Bentley was cited by a rare contempt motion by a legislative committee and was facing a contempt motion of the legislature when McGuinty unexpectedly ended the legislative session by proroguing the legislature on October 15.
Previously, Bentley had widely been seen as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s heir apparent but on October 25, 2012, ten days after McGuinty announced his resignation, Bentley announced that he would not be a candidate in the Liberal Party leadership convention being held to choose McGuinty’s successor and that he too would be leaving politics. Bentley resigned his seat in the legislature effective February 14, 2013.
If you look at the political careers of these “five founding members” you have George Smitherman – under his term as Minister of Heath we have the eHealth scandal and the ORNGE scandal. Smitherman also served as Deputy Premier to Premier Dalton McGuinty and has been referred to as the “enforcer”.
As the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Smitherman was responsible for Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which was passed in September 2009. The Act encourages investment in green energy production by providing businesses the ability to sell energy produced from renewable sources to the province’s electricity grid through a Feed-in-Tariff program. The Green Energy Act has resulted in a series of record-breaking corporate investments in wind and solar energy worth billions of dollars.
On November 8, 2009 Smitherman announced his resignation from the provincial cabinet in order to run for mayor of Toronto. He remained in the legislature as a backbench MPP until January 4, 2010
You Mr John Gerretsen were educated at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, receiving a BA degree in 1964 and an LL.B in 1967. You subsequently worked as a solicitor, serving with Manulife Insurance Company, Toronto from 1969 to 1970.
You are the Attorney General of Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org and assumed that office on October 20, 2011.
Leona Dombrowsky received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1979.
On October 23, 2003, Leona Dombrowsky was appointed Minister of the Environment. In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing changes to the province’s water supply system (the safety of which was called into question after a tragic outbreak of e-coli in Walkerton, Ontario). …also called for the phasing out of coal-fired electrical generating plants. Dombrowsky’s appointment was regarded as a surprise, as it had been widely expected that Jim Bradley would be given the Environment portfolio. Dombrowsky had few if any “green” credentials at the time of her appointment.
On June 29, 2005 Dombrowsky became Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. On January 18, 2010, Dombrowsky was named Minister of Education.
On October 6, 2011, Dombrowsky lost her provincial seat to Progressive Conservative Todd Smith.
Donna Cansfield – Prior to entering politics she was a homemaker, raising two children with her husband Bill.
Donna Cansfield was appointed Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to Energy Minister Dwight Duncan on 23 October 2003. She was appointed as Minister of Energy on 11 October 2005 when Duncan was named as Minister of Finance. She was reassigned as Minister of Transportation on 23 May 2006, when Duncan returned to Energy.
After the 2007 election, Cansfield became Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, where she served until 18 January 2010. Premier McGuinty appointed Cansfield as PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing after the January 2010 cabinet shuffle.
In 2011, she was appointed as PA to the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation and in 2012 as PA to the Minister of Finance. In February 2013 as part of the Wynne government, she was appointed as chief government whip.
John Wilkinson, before entering public life, Wilkinson was a financial planner in Stratford. He is a certified financial planner and a founder of Wilkinson & Keller Financial Planning Ltd, he is also a former chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
Loss of our democratic rights and freedoms should be of concern to every politician and every person of this country. The “New Order” will have the private for profit – frequently multinational corporations in control of the resources of this once independent nation. Why would senior career politicians in the Liberal Party develop such a regressive piece of legislation? History will record that not one member of the Progressive Conservative Party voted in favor of the Green Energy Act
The Ministry of the Attorney General delivers and administers a wide range of justice services including conducting criminal proceedings throughout Ontario; providing legal advice to, and conducting litigation on behalf of, all government ministries and many agencies, boards and tribunals; and providing advice on, and drafting, all legislation and regulations.
#1. In your capacity as Attorney General can you provide advice to the Ministry of the Environment on the application of the rules and regulations that apply to the installation of industrial wind turbines in rural communities that are forced to host them?
#2. Can your office mandate the MOE to enforce its REA rules exactly and rigidly on all wind energy projects which have not been approved yet? The current regulations are inadequate but they are the rules that exist now.
Many, perhaps most, of the wind energy projects allocated under the first phase of FIT will not meet MOE REA’s existing standards. Mitigation strategies and promises of future data, documents and details plus optimistic rather than “worst case scenarios” are being accepted as an alternative to strict compliance.This should not be allowed. Rules are rules. Enforce them. Shift the emphasis back to protecting Ontario’s rural residents, farm land and environment instead of facilitating wind energy projects.
#3. Please deny Renewable Energy Approval for large wind turbine projects which are not in stringent and complete compliance with the Ministry of the Environment’s requirements and regulations. Awarding of a Feed-in-Tariff contract must not constitute a guarantee of Renewable Energy Approval. The Renewable Energy Approval applicant must be fully compliant with no exceptions.
#4.Why, instead of rigorously adhering to complete compliance, does the Ministry of the Environment in its Renewable Energy Approval process accept mitigation strategies, subjective and generalized assessment reports, promises of future studies, noise models without proof of accuracy or adherence to “worst case scenarios”, and deviations from setback distances?
#5. If large wind turbine projects are not completely and rigorously in compliance with the Ministry of the Environment’s regulations and requirements then how can the Ministry fulfill its commitment “to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations on Ontarians”?
#6. Why not, as recommended in The Economist article January 25, 2014 “ European climate policy worse than useless, current policies are a mess” just “scrap” renewable targets and subsidies?
#7. Denial of the scientific realities of the negative effects of industrial wind turbines will not protect any of us.
Please review the latest independent scientific research on the health and social impacts of IWTs operating near family homes and apply the precautionary principle.
A concerned citizen of Ontario
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