Wynne names urban lobbyist to Rural Affairs

December 5, 2014

By Arthur Potts, MPP for Beaches-East York • November 19, 2014

I was honoured this summer when Premier Kathleen Wynne named me parliamentary assistant (PA) to the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. After all, the premier had personally served as the minister of agriculture and food right up to the recent election.

Many have asked, however, why would a downtown MPP from Beaches-East York be named to a mostly rural portfolio? Beach Metro

Good question. A search of Ontario’s lobbyist registry turns up 9 entries, including lobbying for Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel, hundreds of truckloads of which are consumed for each of the almost 7,000 turbines proposed for Ontario.

Lobbyist Last Amendment Client Name Company/Organization Lobbyist Type Registration No.
Arthur Potts 2013/11/13 Aspera Recycling Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20120917150900
Arthur Potts 2013/11/13 Aspera Recycling Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20120917150900
Arthur Potts 2013/09/12 Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20110912120901
Arthur Potts 2013/09/12 Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20110912120901
Arthur Potts 2013/05/31 Daniels Sharpsmart Canada Ltd. Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20120531100520
Arthur Potts 2013/05/31 Daniels Sharpsmart Canada Ltd. Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20120531100520
Arthur Potts 2011/08/11 Phonak Canada Limited Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20100611090602
Arthur Potts 2011/02/14 Kaskattama Inc. Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20100211110241
Arthur Potts 2008/04/17 Open Shop Contractors Association Municipal Affairs Consulting Consultant Lobbyist CL0021-20000417134812

6,700 Large Onshore Wind Turbines in Ontario

March 31, 2011

To see the most recent list of turbines installed in or proposed for Ontario (Canada), click this link:

All are as big or larger than Toronto’s Ex Place turbine.Oct 22 13 Turbines For Ontario-3

Please leave a comment if you notice any errors or omissions.

A larger version of this map can be found under Bruce County on the right.

More maps can be found here:

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Google Engineers Conclude Renewables like Wind and Solar are a Waste of Time and Resources

December 4, 2014

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Margaret Wente — Globe and Mail — November 24, 2014

All over Ontario, giant wind turbines are sprouting up across the rural landscape and ruining people’s lives. Ordinary people are trying to fight them off in court, but they don’t have a chance. The multinational wind industry has a lot more money than they do. The law is on Big Wind’s side. So is Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government, which has pledged to triple the number of wind and solar generators and stick taxpayers with the bill.

But the fundamental problem with Big Wind is much bigger than its cost and unreliability. The problem is that today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us from the effects of climate change – and we’re wasting our time by trying.

That’s the conclusion Google has reached. Google has invested many years and significant resources in tackling the world’s climate and energy problems. Its…

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Ontario’s wind turbines: Onshore vs. offshore

October 6, 2014

Although installing wind turbines offshore doesn’t address the inherent inefficiency & inconsistency of wind power, there are certain advantages to offshore wind:

  • More consistent winds
  • No more trees cut down for turbines
  • Less agricultural land taken out of production
  • No more active eagles’ nests destroyed, as in Haldimand County, Ontario

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Central Huron Against Turbines newsletter

October 4, 2014

This Could save your farm Insert (650 KB pdf file)

Wind Turbine News JULY 31-2014 Final A low res (490 KB pdf file)

This could save your farm-3 white copy (10 KB docx file)


Sign away land rights without compensation?

October 4, 2014

At least one wind company has suspended lease option payments to land owners, while awaiting a 20-year contract from the Ontario government.

However, the company is not cancelling the lease options, merely amending them.  It seems that they still want rights to your land, they just don’t want to compensate you. Exact wording here: Read the rest of this entry »


1030 years of green-washing

August 25, 2014

Around the year 984 or 985, the outlaw Eirik the Red returned to Iceland, after having spent 3 winters in a land he called Greenland, as he said people would be attracted there if it had a favourable name. In reality, Greenland is almost completely covered in ice, and therefore not very green at all. This may well be history’s first example of green-washing: calling things green to make them seem better than they are. Things haven’t changed much in 1030 years.


“no longer green energy”

July 11, 2014

Winds farms, says Cheskey, “just can’t go everywhere. There should be certain no-go zones.” If turbines start killing birds and damaging biodiversity, “to me it’s no longer green energy,” he says.

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