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

Ostrander: fiasco, or snafu? you decide, December 2013

Leon Redbone, RIP, June 2019
Ontario Endangered Species Act at risk, letter to Rod Phillips, April 2019
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
Alban Goddard Hill, web site manager

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Save Ostrander Point

From:Cheryl Anderson (cherylanderson23@sympatico.ca)
Sent:December-17-13 9:49:43 PM
As promised we have prepared information for you that should help to explain where we are now in the fight to Save Ostrander Point.  Merry Christmas to all and to all the very best wishes for 2014.  Thank you for your continuing support. 



In August, Gilead Power and the Ministry of the Environment appealed the decision in which the Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the approval of the wind project at Ostrander Point Crown Land.


An appeal of a Tribunal decision can only be based on questions of law. In their appeals, Gilead and the MOE take the position that the Tribunal erred in not recognizing the precedence of the Endangered Species permit to harm and kill the Blanding’s turtle. We are responding to the appeals with a “cross-appeal” to broaden the Tribunal’s decision to include serious and irreversible harm to birds and the alvar, not just Blanding’s turtles.


A Renewable Energy Approval can be appealed by the public to the Tribunal only under section 142.1(3)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act, which requires proof that engaging in the renewable energy project will cause ‘serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life, or the natural environment’.


The Endangered Species Act allows harm to an endangered species only if the proponent provides an ‘overall benefit’ to the species.  Gilead proposes that by purchasing the other half of the habitat of Ostrander Point’s population of Blanding’s turtles and studying their adaptation [and decline] the company will be providing an overall benefit to the species.  Gilead says, “The MNR, which is the body with jurisdiction in this area, decided that the best way to help Blanding’s turtles was to permit some of them to be killed at Ostrander Point.”


PECFN maintains that the Tribunal was correct in finding that the effects of the construction of this project on the turtle cannot be mitigated.  Blanding’s turtles are known to travel widely, up to 6 km, in their foraging, mating and nesting activities.  In spring they will leave the overwintering pond in the southern part of Ostrander Point and roam through the wetlands of the site and surrounding areas.  A female must live 25 years before she will lay eggs, many of which will not survive due to high predation. The survival rate of young turtles is, similarly, poor.  The population at Ostrander Point has been stable because of the conditions of the remote South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.  Unmaintained roads have curtailed the mortality rate for this species and others on the threatened species list, such as the Common Musk turtle, Map turtle, Milk snake, and the Western Chorus frog.


The South Shore IBA has been invaluable as a crucial stop to rest and feed for millions of birds migrating every spring over Lake Ontario on their way to nest in Canada’s Boreal Forest.  In fall it is the staging area for those birds and their offspring as well as thousands of raptors waiting to cross the lake as well as for bats (in severe decline with White Nose disease) and Monarch butterflies who can find the milkweed and nectar sources they have lost elsewhere from widespread pesticide use.


All these creatures depend on this imperilled Alvar site as the last undeveloped wildlife habitat on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.  This is why PECFN will be defending the Tribunal decision on Blanding’s Turtle and also asking the Divisional Court to extend legal protection to the Alvar and birds.


The significance of this first successful appeal of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Act on environmental grounds and the Tribunal’s first revocation of an approval has likely alarmed the turbine industry that thought it had been given carte blanche access to Crown land.  Wind energy companies have also been included on the list of industries recently granted exclusion from the Endangered Species act provisions.  The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has been given intervenor status in the appeals to express its members’ fears about the risks to their industry.  They will presumably be making the case that their industrial developments should not be restricted to farm fields and brownfields but allowed access to every last scrap of significant wildlife land remaining or their profits will not keep growing


Recently Gilead Power and the MOE made a motion to the Court to present ‘New Evidence’ in its appeal.  The new evidence consists of an agreement by the MNR to lease Gilead land on which they will construct access road.  The lease will allow Gilead to close the road to public use from May to October.  Gilead has been trying to frame the Tribunal decision as only concerned with road mortality to the turtle.  This is why it is important for PECFN to inform the Court that the Tribunal said that the company’s proposed mitigation measures were totally inadequate on the site or on the so-called ‘compensation property’ (the other half of the Blanding’s turtle habitat that Gilead purchased in 2010).


In its application for tenure over the access road, Gilead expressed as its reasons: its investments, future financing, legal control over access to its turbines and potential liability to the company and MNR.  None of these reasons  show any concern for the welfare of the turtle. PECFN will be objecting to their request to include the new evidence.


We will continue to keep you updated on this fiasco as we spend our second Christmas holiday season fighting to Save Ostrander Point.

 Cheryl Anderson

28 Low St., Picton ON K0K 2T0


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