There will be blood on the ground: permission to kill and do serious, irreversible harm

I was not aware the government had already done away with the endangered species act requirments last week’s court ruling bizarrely emphasized.
I thought the goverment could simply issue a permit to kill any animal they wanted – didn’t realize that was far more room for slaughter.



An Ontario Divisional Court overturned last year’s decision by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal that stopped the construction of nine industrial wind turbines that would despoil the environmentally sensitive Ostrander Point, situated on provincially-owned Crown land in Prince Edward County. Last year, the Tribunal had revoked the approval, given by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) in December 2012, on the basis that the Blanding’s turtle would suffer serious and irreversible harm if the development went ahead.

The MOE joined the project proponent, Gilead Power, in an appeal of the Tribunal’s ruling to the Ontario Divisional Court. “Three lawyers from the Ministry of Environment and the Attorney General’s office argued that their own MOE-appointed panel had erred,” said the Wellington Times.

With the Divisional Court’s decision on February 20, 2014, Gilead Power Corporation is once again entitled, according to the permit it was originally granted on July 23, 2012 by the Ontario…

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On Ostrander Point: Can the harm of a judge irreversably harm the judiciary?

A Prince Edward County website has posted not only an article on an Ontario divisional Court determination on what had been the sole instance of an industrial wind turbine project in Ontario being rejected by an environmental review tribunal, but also the ruling itself.

“The deck is stacked.” Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith said. “Across Ontario we’re talking about small, rural municipalities with small budgets being asked to defend their citizens from the money of major multinational wind developers and the province of Ontario. Even when they win, they’re going to lose because they’ll keep getting dragged into court until the side with the most money wins.”

…The case was unique in Ontario as it questioned Renewable Energy Act regulations, their interpretation by the ERT and the intent of legislation


[35] It seems unquestionable from the evidence that was placed before the Tribunal that there was a risk of serious harm to Blanding’s turtle from the Project. Given the fragile status of Blanding’s turtle as a species, it would be difficult to characterize any increase in mortality arising from the Project as anything other than serious. The real issue is whether that harm was also irreversible

[39] One of the first problems relating to the Tribunal’s reasons on this issue is that the Tribunal did not separate out, in the course of its determination of whether the test was met in relation to Blanding’s turtle, its analysis of the serious harm factor from its analysis of the irreversible harm factor…

The rest is of some interest, but this seem the basis being given for the ruling.Read More »

Breathing easier now?

Good First Monday opinon piece from Chris Cooke

Thanks Kathleen, I’m Breathing Easier Now

So, here is how this works. The huge scrubber worth about a billion dollars towers over the idled Lambton Generating Station. Nothing is coming out of it because the generating station took its last coal in September and premier Kathleen Wynne would like me to believe that I can now breathe easier.It’s a Sunday and I’m northbound between Wallaceburg and Sarnia. In the distance the billion – dollar scrubber can barely be seen. The crap coming out of Detroit Edison’s Belle River power plants at Marysville, Michigan is obliterating it. They don’t have scrubbers and by the emissions on this Sunday I question whether they are even using low sulphur coal. I can assure the premier I’m not breathing easier.

via Column | First Monday.

Another article from the same site reports on Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley and why he says the Green Energy Act has been a disaster: Green Energy “Disaster” Stumbling Block to Chemical Valley Expansion

What wood smoke has taught me about fighting climate change

There something nasty about reposting this – like posting an embarrassing photo of a sudden ex …

I think the worst thing I’ve ever read by Severin Borenstein by a factor of infinite (said due to Andrew Leach’s claim today that ” “It’s not correct to say you can’t have infinite growth with a finite resource”)
It’s only been two weeks since I wrote/compiled a post on wood burning that cited a good entry at the same blog as this “claim of learning” article today.
A couple of things that might be relevant other than a flippant disregard for the well-being of the planet:

  • the Bay area has some of the worst air in the United States, and is among the most desirable places to live in the world (it’s a very weak contender for poor air quality internationally, as most of the residents there would know);
  • the earth is NOT warming due to the invention of heating with wood, or the heavy utilization of California’s rapidly drying wood stock, and everybody on the planet knows it.

If you have respiratory issues and you can smell your neighbour’s fire, tell them you think they are acting like assholes – you’d appear like less of an asshole if you suggested they should get a modern stove instead of suggesting they eliminate wood heating for coal … or methane … or economics textbooks