Sunday, September 29, 2013


I have to say, I have been pretty busy single handedly stopping the mega quarry (ha, ha-sarcasm people, calm down) so I haven't been up to speed on the turbine issue.

Doing some research I heard a wind proponent issue a benign statement that they would be mining the wind.

That means, I will have to start mining for the truth.

The one truth I know is we have a Melancthon resident who is making headway in the battle to stop this nonsense.

Dennis Sanford has successfully issued a Charter Challenge, which has never been granted before.

I believe he is pretty much funding this legal battle on his own.  If you want to hop on the train before it pulls into the station with a victory, please consider donating to his cause.

Particularly those individuals who were hoodwinked by Paul Boreham and are now being expropriated and/or sued by the very company which will be situating turbines on their land.

And by the way if anyone knows where this guy is, there are a few people looking for him:


Seems Amaranth has a bylaw in that states all transmission lines from turbines must be buried.  And of course Farm/Chinese owned power is challenging this, so we will see.

The Township of Tiny has a bylaw in place to cover fees, firefighting and decommissioning costs.

I can't tell what Melancthon has, because there is no simple search function on their website although I hear just recently they passed an unwilling host bylaw.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Is it true that Bonnefield, the protector of farmland, who purchased 7,500 acres of land from Highlands that had been subject to the mega quarry proposal has plans for a new farming operation on 100 acres of land? A solar farm seems to be the rumour on the street. That didn't take long.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Why should you attend the Wind Rally Wed nite at the Shelburne arena at 7.30 pm?

Because turbines are bankrupting this province.

And we are still paying off the hydro debt from BEFORE:

When will we be done paying the old debt, before the Green Energy Act was introduced?

No, no, NOT when hell freezes over, but almost....

The unfunded liability has declined for seven consecutive years. It is $6.0 billion less than the initial unfunded liability on April 1, 1999, when the former Ontario Hydro was restructured. Total debt and liabilities are $29.3 billion, down from the $38.1 billion inherited by the Corporation from the restructuring. The stranded debt will likely be defeased between 2015 and 2018, the same range that was reported in last year’s Annual Report, and the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) is expected to end after defeasance and no longer be charged on consumers’ bills.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


A very very important development has occured with respect to the local turbine issue.

Dennis Sanford, who has been a long time advocate against turbines-since the very first phase went in when the local council of the day still had the ability to STOP these things but chose to accept money from the developers instead of saying NO, has, at mostly his own expense, been successful at filing a constitutional relief.  Simply put, it means that the Renewable Energy Project,( in particular, Dufferin Wind Power’s Project,) violates constitutional rights of citizens.

Until the issue has been heard, no turbines.

Well, I hear you say, why are the Chinese still trucking these things to the STRADA pit in anticipation of construction?

Its kinda like the gas plant situation. 

Once the Liberals announced they would be stopping the gas plant in Oakville/Mississauga (at TAXPAYERS expense) the company continued construction.


Well because thaty way the company could keep incurring expenses until a deal had been negotiated to legally cancel the construction contract.

Which meant the company could continue to incur costs, for which the TAXPAYERS would have to pay for cancellation.

So make no mistake, this is NOT a done deal, but every day the government of the day delays the cancellation, the costs to the TAXPAYERS increase. 

In another weaker, but telling development, the Mayor of Shelburne, a long time strong liberal supporter, has called for the Liberals to stop the Chinese turbine project. 

Good for him.

Read all about it:

Monday, September 16, 2013


How much is 350.00?

350 marshmallow peeps would be eat...and then probably throw up

350 bales of hay is alot of lifting

350 books is alot of reading

350 miles is a long walk...well you get the drift.

Then think about 350 acres of farm land.

If one acre can feed one person for a year that means 350 acres can feed 350 people annually.(Source:

Which makes this statement astounding:

Sadly, Ontario is losing so much farmland to development that it threatens our ability to enjoy local food. We lose approximately 350 acres of farmland every day. This is not sustainable.               
We need farmland to grow food. Yet we continue to pave over prime farmland because of poorly planned growth. The bottom line is, we can't eat subdivisions, quarries, highways or pipelines.

Losing 350 acres of farmland a day equals 128,000 acres a year.  In Ontario, we are losing the ability to feed 128,000 people a year.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Fundraising / Information Meeting
Wed. Sep. 25, 2013      7:30 – 9:00 PM

 Are you concerned about:

·          rising electricity rates?

·          a 230 KV power line through Shelburne?

·          a 230 KV power line near a public school in Shelburne?

·          a 230 KV power line along the Dufferin County rail corridor?

·          more wind turbines in Dufferin County?

·          lack of municipal control over Renewable Energy Projects?

Guest Speakers.

Attend and make your voice heard!

Wednesday September 25, 2013  

 LLL Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex, 200 Fiddle Park Lane, Shelburne;  upstairs in the Town and Country Room

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Ontario will start paying wind power generators not to produce electricity, but the government says the move will actually save ratepayers big bucks.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the system operator can now order wind producers not to generate power, and will pay them — just as it pays Bruce nuclear — not to produce electricity when it’s not needed.

The Progressive Conservatives say paying wind power producers with 20-year contracts not to generate electricity shows the Liberals’ green energy act “is a failed social experiment.”
Using the Liberals math, by paying individuals NOT to produce electricity ratepayers will save big bucks.  SO why not pay people NOT to construct the turbines and double the savings?
Step right up folks, I have some swampland in Florida...


Sunday, September 8, 2013


Not that I am directing people away from this profoundly interesting, well written and clearly unparalled well researched  blog, but you gotta read this blog.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Now calm down people, the sun rose in the east this morning and will set in the west, despite this love in festival.

What is the point of agreement?

Orangeville Hospital is requesting the County of Dufferin waive $2 million in taxes so they can put that money toward "bricks and mortar".

Dufferin taxpayers already fund the operating budgets for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) and Dufferin Emergency Medical Services (EMS), to the tune of more than $4.6 million in 2013.

Mayor Hills objections are offset by the fact (and no argument here) that ":Headwaters is a “phenomenal” supplier of health care to the people of Dufferin. “First-class people, first-class organization.”"

His arguments include obligating the next term of county council to the tune of $500,000 for each of the next three years and the fact that health care if the responsibility of the PROVINCIAL government.

MY arguments include the fact that the County wants to upload Hwy 9 to the Province and complains about provincial downloading, but funding healthcare at the municipal level is another form of downloading. 

And the hospital pays, I would suspect a nice salary, to a full time fundraising position.  So, fundraise, NOT on the taxpayers backs.

Additionally, if they are going to put an ask on the table, they should be approaching Peel Region, as I would suggest that more than 50% of emergency cases are from Peel-as they waiting time for ER services in Brampton are off the scale.

AND finally, there ARE people who live outside of Orangeville and they include those in Mulmur, Mono, Melancthon, etc. etc. you know, all those other lower tiers in Dufferin.  I would suggest that a great number of those people use hospitals in Arthur, Mount Forest, Collingwood, Alliston and Markdale and more.

So why fund one and not the others?

Read the article here:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Bees In Decline
Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Horizons Event Centre, Mono Plaza
Presented by the (MC)² Environment Committee and in co-operation with the Ontario Beekeepers' Association, this important event is about all things "bees".
Speakers, handouts, activities, vendors, and more ...
View the flyer here (301KB).

Monday, September 2, 2013


Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood, Ontario says he's lost more than 600 hives -- that's more than 37 million bees -- in 2012 alone. 

"This is how they die,” Schuit explained to The Toronto Star, pointing with a broad hand to a bee that’s gone haywire, flailing erratically in the grass. “Their tongue sticks out and the venom drips out their backside.”

Sounds kinda like the mad cow disease of the honeybee.

So, what is killing them?  Apparently something called neonicotinoids insecticides: thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin. 

And what do we use these insecticides for?  To control pests/bugs on oilseed crops, all maize crops, and any cereal crops sown between January and June.  Neonicotinoid seed treatments are used in winter and spring oilseed rape (OSR) to control cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB), flea beetle, peach-potato aphid (which transmits turnip yellows virus (TuYV)) and turnip sawfly.  Unfortunately the "good bugs" the bees, also get targeted in the sweep and destroy mission to eliminate the pests by use of pesticides.

I have searched on alternatives to the use of these pesticides on crops, but not much is available.

Why are bees and animal pollination important to the world? 

Around 90 agricultural crops - representing one third of global food production volume - are dependent to some extent on animal pollination.  Foods and beverages produced with the help of animal pollinators include almonds, apples, blueberries, coffee, melons and soybeans.

The problem was so concerning in Europe that effective December 1, 2013, they banned the production and use of these insecticides for a two year period.

Now the manufacturers of this pesticide, Bayer and Syngenta are suing the government for banning the pesticide to save the bee.

Why?  Money of course. 

In 2012, Syngenta’s seed care sales increased and exceeded 1.1 billion USD. Thiamethoxam is a key substance in this financial result.

Now that stings......

Sunday, September 1, 2013


If you know in your heart your cause is true, keep your eye on the prize and don't let the naysayers convince you otherwise...

COMPROMISE - Orangeville Citizen 2013
In the absence of any evidence as to harmful health effects, we think one reasonable compromise would be that the 230-kv line should be buried only in any area where it passes within 500 metres of a residential area.

COMPROMISE - Orangeville Citizen 2009
In the circumstances, perhaps the best course for NDACT will be to strive for a compromise under which Highland will be barred from having an operation that occupies more than 100 of its 6,000 acres and is encouraged to move the aggregates by rail, not trucks on County 124.