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

Ostrander rises again, Noli illegitimi carborundum, December 2013
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
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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
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Alban Goddard Hill, web site manager

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from the Wellington Times

Now, more than ever

The folks who are the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have faced an array of well-financed and motivated opponents so far in their struggle to protect the habitat and endangered species threatened by the development of nine industrial wind turbines on Ostrander Point, a rugged and largely unspoiled bit of shoreline in South Marysburgh.

The developer, Gilead Power Corporation, is growing more desperate to see its project overcome the roadblock thrown in its path by an Environmental Review Tribunal that revoked the project’s approval last July.

The Tribunal reasoned that its role was that of a detached and objective guardian of the living things that stood to be damaged by this large scale industrial installation. The panel concluded, based upon the evidence it heard over several months, that the threat to the Blanding’s turtle was too simply too great. The turtle’s plight was too perilous. The risk posed by the Ostrander Point project exceeded even the recklessly absurd standard of “serious and irreversible harm” set by provincial mandarins rabid to see Ontario’s countryside transformed by industrial wind turbines and thousands of acres solar panels.

The developer is represented by McCarthy Tetrault, one of the largest legal firms in the country. About 650 lawyers toil for this behemoth.

The Ministry of Environment (MOE)—despite the common perception the government agency’s purpose is to protect and preserve the environment—has already expended a vast amount of energy, resources and taxpayer funds on clearing the path for this developer. The MOE’s in-house counsel battled side by side with Gilead Power through more than 40 days of hearings this past spring, arguing that the birds and beasts at Ostrander Point are expendable, even those whose very existence on this planet is considered endangered and threatened.

Both Gilead Power and the MOE have the means and the determination to carry this fight as far as the courts will allow them.

For PECFN the struggle is more precarious. They comprise a small group, many of whom are grandmothers, who share a passion for wildlife and the special habitat that Prince Edward County affords a diverse array of species. They are not legal experts. Nor are they particularly experienced at raising the funds necessary to hire the legal talent needed to wage a fight of this complexity and duration. But they share a commitment to do whatever is needed to protect Ostrander Point and the south shore of Prince Edward County.

They are ably represented by Eric Gillespie and Nathalie Smith. Eric’s firm is small and young, compared with the forces arrayed against PECFN in this fight. Yet, in this epic David and Goliath battle, it is the diminutive PECFN and Gillespie who have collectively struck the first blow—staggering the developer, the MOE and perhaps even the provincial government, in its victory before the Tribunal.

In January, the fight moves to an Ontario Superior Courtroom. There, a small army of very expensive legal talent will argue with great vigour that the Tribunal was mistaken in its ruling, that the court should overturn its decision and reinstate the approval of the Ostrander Point industrial wind turbine installation.

But when the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists travel to Toronto next month to resume its defence of this precious habitat—it will be taking on more than a well-financed and motivated developer and an obtuse and misguided provincial government. It will be going head to head with the entire wind energy industry.

CanWEA, the association of wind energy developers in this country, has applied for and been granted intervenor status in the appeal hearing. That means yet another set of lawyers, these funded by the wind industry, arrayed against Myrna Wood and her fellow Field Naturalists. It is an obscenely grotesque exhibition of legal might being brought to bear upon a handful of grandmothers and a turtle.

It is, however, a measure of the threat that big wind views the Tribunal’s decision made in July, that it must unleash its forces upon the Feild Naturalists. It is a measure of the significance of PECFN’s victory.

PECFN needs your help to preserve this victory. This community has given generously so far. An improbable victory has been achieved. Now the Field Naturalists need your help more than ever to ensure the victory remains intact.

Please, in this holiday season, consider giving generously to help save Ostrander Point—and the creatures that live there and those that simply pause on their way through.

It is an unfair fight—but such improbable victories frequently define history.


269 Main St. Wellington, ON K0K 3L0.


Gilead, MOE and CanWEA are desperate to kill/harm/harass PECFN’s Ostrander Point win

Please don't kill/harm/harass me

Please don’t kill/harm/harass me

Rick Conroy, editor of The Times, had lots to say this past week about the bizarre situation of Prince Edward Field Naturalists’ having to fight the combined forces of Gilead Power Corporation, the Ministry of the Environment and now the Canadian Wind Energy Association, in order to protect its win on the Ostrander Point project.  To describe PECFN as the underdog would be one of the great understatements of the year.

Gilead and its buddies MOE and CanWEA are making a desperate attempt to salvage the Ostrander Point project via an appeal to the Divisional Court which:

  1. Argues that the ERT exceeded its jurisdiction in second-guessing MNR’s approval to kill/harm/harass Blanding’s turtle;
  2. Attempts to introduce new evidence (normally not allowed in an appeal) — namely, to install a series of lockable gates to reduce road mortality;
  3. Introduces Big Brother CanWEA as an intervenor to help run up PECFN’s legal bills even further.

Most contemptible of all, Gilead is asking the court to make PECFN pay its (Gilead’s) legal costs for the appeal.  Q: Have they no shame?  A: Of course they don’t.

You can read the full story here: http://wellingtontimes.ca/?p=10302 and Rick’s editorial at http://wellingtontimes.ca/?p=10321 .

County residents and nature lovers from near and far have generously supported PECFN, and so far $117,463 has been raised to cover legal costs for the ERT appeal.  The largest donation to date was from County government, which provided a grant of $20,000 following PECFN’s ERT win.  Way to go, Shire Hall!

But most amounts received — donations and purchases — are modest. Many donations at $100, quite a few at $200 or $250, some larger, some smaller.  PECFN’s latest fundraiser was the sale of custom-made winter floral arrangements at $15 to $50 each, which added about $2,000 to the legal fund.

This small group of intrepid fighters now needs tens of thousands dollars more to defend its win at the upcoming Divisional Court appeal, scheduled to be heard in Toronto on Jan 21-24, 2014.

We are nearing Christmas.  Will you consider adding PECFN to your gift list?  Are you able to donate a single amount of $52, equivalent to $1 per week for a year?  Or maybe even $104?  But any amount will be greatly appreciated.

You can send your Christmas gift to PECFN by clicking on the Donate to PECFN button on the right hand side of this page, or by mailing a cheque to Ostrander Point Appeal Fund, 59 King Street, Unit 2, Picton, ON  K0K 2T0.

Lets all do our bit to ensure that PECFN has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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