Eastern Lake Ontario Environmental Research Group 2000 (cont'd from eloerg.tripod.com/waupoos)

Birds, Bats, Turbines, and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, October 2012
Slide to Extinction, Chris Humphrey, letter to Globe, October 31, 2018
Peter Galbraith, FRCP, obituary, October 2017
White Pines on Death Bed, Bruce Bell, Intelligencer, July 17,2018
Thucydides Trap, letter to Globe, May 2018
Great Lakes toxics down, SUNY Oswego/Clarkson U, April 2018
Machine subversion of democracy, letter to Globe, April 2018
Air Pollution overrides Ancestral Genes, Globe, March 2018
Olympian Cathal Kelly, letter to Globe, March 2018
Environmentalists seeking unemployment, letter to Globe, February 2018
Less is more on Bike Lanes, National Post, January 2018
Tramadol, 10 years on, Globe and Mail, November 2017
White Stripes: Belleville bicycle lanes, letters, November 2017
Occupational Cancers, CCO research results, Globe and Mail, October 2017
Big Pharmoney and Canadian Drug Use Guidelines, Globe and Mail, June 21, 2017, Kelly Grant
Oxycontin, 20 years on, letter to Globe, May 2017
Lake Ontario wind turbines to remain on hold? Feb 2017
Obituary, Raold Serebrin, September 2016
Sartorial slip or signal? letter to Globe editor, October 2016
Weapons of mass distraction, letter to Globe editor, Oct 2016
Point O turbines 99% Down the Drain, CCSAGE, July 7, 2016
Point O turbines Dead and Damned, PECFN, July 6, 2016
Rabid diplomat, letter to Globe, May, 2016
More on bats: rabid rocker? letter to Globe, January 2016
Lighthouses of eastern Lake Ontario, new book by Marc Seguin, March 2016
Continuing corporate windpower malfeasance: Windstream and Trillium Corp, Feb 2016
Amherst Island: the next fine mess, Feb 2016
Valerie Langer: Thirty years of effort pays off on the B.C. coast, Feb 1,2016
Trillium log, 6th annual ELO expedtion, September 2015
Trillium Wind Corp intent on Spoliation of eastern Lake Ontario and Main Duck Isle, June 2015
Turtles rule? Ontario Court of Appeal Decision: Turtlegate, April 2015
Obituaries, Mary Terrance (Luke) Hill, January 2015; Valerie Ingrid (Hill) Kaldes, July 2015
Ontario Court of Appeal turtle hearing, December 2014
Trillium Log, 5th annual ELO expedition, September 2014
Planetary public health manifesto, The Lancet, March 2014
Ostrander Bioblitz, butterfly inventory walk, August 10, 2014
Victory at Cape Vincent: British Petroleum withdraws turbine proposal, February 2014
Stay of execution granted by Ontario Court of Appeal, March 2014
Never say die: Will the Court of Appeal let the Ostrander Phoenix fly free again? March 2014
Divisional Court ruling in Ostrander: turtles belly up, Trojan horses win, February 2014
Lafarge 2020, pushing the air envelope again, Hazardous waste as cement kiln fuel proposal, Jan2014
Another fine mess in Port Hope: municipal waste incinerator proposal, January 2014
Ostrander: fiasco, or snafu? you decide, December 2013
Ostrander rises again, Noli illegitimi carborundum, December 2013
British Petroleum backing off Cape Vincent after a decade of aggression? December 2013
Turbines best Bald Eagles in U.S law, December 2013
SARStock 10 years after, letter to editor, August 2003
Trillium log September 2013: Surfin' USA: Hanging Ten in a Hughes 29
ERT Post mortem: Garth Manning lets it all hang out, August 2013
ERT post mortem: Cheryl Anderson lets it all hang out, August 2013
ERT Post Mortem: Ian Dubin lets it all hang out, August 2013
Great Lakes United turns thirty, goes down, RIP GLU, July 29, 2013
ERT decision, Ostrander turns turtle, goes down, July 3, 2013
PECFN Thankyou, and Appeal for funds, July 6, 2013
Minister of Env on Lake Ontario Off shore wind turbine status, June 2013
Lake Ontario water level control plan, June 2013
Play by Play, Part II, APPEC Ostrander ERT Appeal, June 2013
Ostrander ERT June 2013, Appendix VI, an indirect cause of human morbidity and mortality ?
ELOERG Presentation to Ostrander ERT, Part II, Human Health, May 2013
The Dirty E-Word, Terry Sprague, Picton Gazette, April 2013
Toxics in Great Lakes Plastic Pollution, April 2013
Bill Evans on Birds and Wind farms, April 2013
Mayday, Naval Marine Archive, April 2013
Experimental Lakes Area, Kenora, Closing by Federal Gov't, March 2013
Fishing Lease Phase out on Prince Edward Point, March 2013
Windstream makes $1/2 Billion NAFTA claim, March 2013
Play by Play, PECFN Ostrander ERT Appeal, March 2013
Offshore Wind turbine moratorium 2 years later, The Star, Feb 2013
ELOERG ERT submission on Ostrander: Appendix V: Pushing the Envelope of the MoE SEV, Feb 2013
Wente on Wind and Bald Eagle mugging, Globe and Mail, February 2, 2013
Sprague on Wind and Bald Eagle mugging, Picton Gazette, Jan 25, 2013
Cry Me a River over a Few Bats: Submission to Env Review Tribunal, ELOERG, January 2013
Lake Ontario's Troubled Waters: U of Michigan GLEAM, January 2013
Letter to Minister of Environment re: Ostrander, January 2013
No Balm in Gilead: Ostrander IWT's as Trojan Horses, January 2013
Ostrander Turbines: another Christmas gift by the MoE, Dec 2012
Occupational carcinogens: Ontario Blue Collar breast cancer study, November 2012
Fresh water fish Extinctions, Scientific American,November 2012
Great Lakes Toxics revisited, November 2012
Frack the What ? November 2012
$ 2 1/4 Billion Trillium Power lawsuit knockback Appeal, November 2012
Canada Centre for Inland Waters decimated, October 2012
Birds, Bats, Turbines, and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, October 2012
Ecological public health, the 21st centurys big idea? British MedicalJournal Sept1,2012
Trillium log, Sept 2012
George Prevost, Saviour of the Canadas, 1812 - 1814. June 2012
The Victory at Picton: Bicentennial Conference on War of 1812-1814, Differing Perspectives, May 2012
Carleton Island and the 1812, letter to the Globe, October 2011
Queen's Fine Arts Department Succumbs, letter to Principal, December 2011
Mr. Kumar and the Super 30, November 2011
Letters, Articles and Projects from the Nineties
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Report: Turbines hurt bird areas

 Bruce Bell

Depending on where one sits in the wind turbine debate in Prince Edward County, a report from the province's environmental watchdog is a fresh breeze or ill-informed in its preparation.

 A report released Tuesday morning by the Ontario environment commissioner hass called for new wind power rules to help protect birds and bats.

Gord Miller’s report said no new wind farms should be constructed in the province’s 70 designated Important Bird Areas (IBA). One of those IBAs is located on the south shore of the County.

Miller said there are two areas in which the government needs to improve guidelines to enhance protection for both birds and bats.

First, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) should prohibit any new wind farms in the 70 “Important Bird Areas” (IBAs) in Ontario, said the report. IBAs are a network of sites ... that have been identified, using internationally agreed criteria, as being important for the conservation of essential bird populations and migratory corridors,” he stated in the report. “MNR already acknowledges that location is a key factor in preventing bird deaths from wind turbines. It would just make sense to extend the logic to exclude new wind power development in IBAs, which represent some of the most significant bird habitat in the province and cover only about two per cent of Ontario.

“Second, the province needs to increase protection for migratory bats, which are the bats most at risk of being killed by wind turbines. These long-distance travellers account for 75 per cent of all wind turbine deaths for bats. But the MNR guidelines focus instead on non-migrating populations, with rules preventing turbines near caves, abandoned mines, buildings and barns where local bats hibernate.”

With a number of wind farm projects in the planning stages in Prince Edward County, opponents hope the government will use Miller's report to put a halt to the proposed developments.

“We are very pleased with what he had to say in his report,” said PEC Field Naturalist Myrna Wood. “We approached him when he was the speaker at the Ontario Nature AGM in 2010 and a resolution was made calling for a moratorium on wind turbines in IBAs and it passed unanimously. What (Miller) had to say in his report was very important and I would think the government will have to pay attention to that.”

Wood pointed to two projects in the County — Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point (nine turbines) and wpd Canada’s White Pines Project (29 turbines), saying they would both impact birds and bats along the southern shores of Prince Edward County.

“All nine of the turbines for the Ostrander Point project are in the middle of the IBA and 12 of the wpd turbines are in there is well,” she said. “We’ve been saying for years this is not the place for these projects and now the the environment commissioner is supporting that.”

The County Sustainability Group has long supported wind energy in Prince Edward County and one of its members, Don Chisholm, said he feared Miller’s report was penned without enough information.

“I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Miller, he says a lot of very sensible things, however I fear he may not have had enough information and what he did have, was likely very one-sided,” said Chisholm. “When they talk about IBAs, they never talk about the new wineries, the new homes and all of the new development there, just wind turbines. If you look at statistics, the number of bird kills by turbines is almost trivial compared to these other things and I’m worried he didn’t consider that.”

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith said the report might mean the end of at least two of the developments in the County.

“I think Miller’s report is another third-party endorsement for the people in PEC who are trying to keep the turbines off the south shore and out of the IBA,” he said. “I personally feel the Ministry of Environment is looking very closely at both Ostrander Point and White Pines and with the mountain of evidence piling up, they will be looking at walking away from them because this (report) is one more bullet.”

Calls to Gilead Power and wpd Canada were not returned.


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