Not in My Backyard – The Jane Pepino Story
February 25, 2009
I met Ms. Pepino during the 2007 OMB hearing in Kincardine Ontario, where she represented Enbridge in their quest to install a large 110 turbine wind farm in the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.
Ms. Pepino proved to be a formidable force for the people trying to defend their property and enjoyment thereof.
After a lengthy seven week hearing the OMB ruled in favour of Enbridge who subsequently erected the wind turbines.
Feb. 7th, 2009 Ms. Pepino gave a presentation concerning the proposed Honeywood wind farm in the township of Mulmur. Ms. Pepino owns property near the proposed wind farm.
During the presentation, Ms. Pepino brought forward, many of the same concerns brought forward by the citizens of the Municipality of Kincardine where she represented Enbridge in 2007.
Did Ms. Pepino learn the truth about the Wind Industry and the inadequacies of the MOE guidelines during the seven week OMB hearing?
Or, is Ms. Pepino just another NIMBY trying to do the same thing as the citizens of Kincardine – protect her property and enjoyment thereof.
The Toronto Hamptons
It’s the city’s best-kept secret: Everyone from Andy Barrie to Jane Pepino has a place in Creemore http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030920/CREEMORE20
September 20, 2003
“Ms. Pepino, who leads the hectic urban life of a prominent lawyer during the week, has been spending weekends at “the farm” since 1990.
She was drawn to her place near the hamlet of Honeywood not just because of the peace and quiet, but for its proximity to the city and because she and her family can use it year-round.”
“I wanted peace and quiet”
Peace and quiet is what rural Ontario is about for most that have chosen to live there.
Is Ms. Pepino more deserving of peace and quiet than other residents of rural Ontario are?
Excerpt from CORE (Conserve our Rural Environment)Newsletter November 9th 2009 http://www.corecares.ca/Resources/CORE_NEWSLETTER_Feb4_09.pdf
CORE is raising outstanding concerns directly with the proponent, and will be requesting an elevation if these are not satisfactorily addressed. However, it is imperative that individuals do the same: Eolectric must understand its proposal has impact on this community, and the Township of Mulmur must understand the details of those concerns in preparing its response as well. A copy of the Notice of Completion, with all necessary information is attached.
Please provide copies of all correspondence to:
c/o N. Jane Pepino
Aird & Berlis LLP
1800 – 181 Bay Street, Box 754
Toronto, ON M5H 2T9
All requests for elevation by others to date – Denied
Ms. Pepino is a powerful lawyer with powerful friends. Can Ms. Pepino and Core be the first to have their elevation request accepted?
If the request is granted what does it really say about due process in Ontario?
Excerpt from Minutes of PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE – TOWNSHIP OF MULMUR- September 10, 2008
Jane Pepino (JP). CORE. Bob Duncanson (BD). CORE. Stephen Headford (SH) … JP feels that Mulmur Township is the wrong place for this project. …
Is Mulmur Township the wrong place for this project? – 5 wind turbines compared to the 110 installed in Kincardine Township- Does the “Toronto Hamptons” and the people who live there feel they and their concerns are more important compared to the rest of the citizens of Ontario.
What are some of the concerns of Jane Pepino and Core?
Excerpt from CORE Presentation Feb 7th, 2009
PROPOSED HONEYWOOD WINDFARM
Shadow Flicker Study incomplete, uses distant
data source, not local
Visual Impact Analysis – not prepared in
accordance with Township Guidelines; being
Insufficient setbacks for safety – ice throw,
blade throw, structure topple
Offers to lease unfair to property owners
If “non participating”- i.e., no turbine, payment estimated
to be $40 per hectare–about $800/ year for 50 acres.
Can be cancelled anytime by Geilectric– right after zoning,
Places a “gag” on owner, yet notice registered on title,
Binds owner to sign a lease that is not attached-
Who pays taxes? Insurance? Decommissioning?
What if Geilectric goes bankrupt? Sells to another wind company?
Has the potential to bind land beyond 20 years– review of
compensation levels? Planning Act approvals?
Effectively restricts ability to get, or use, severances
These are the same concerns brought forward at the Enbridge/Kincardine OMB hearing in 2007 and every other wind farm proposal in Ontario
Does Ms. Pepino believe her concerns are substantially different from anyone else’s? Does she believe that she has a greater right to retain the enjoyment and valuation of her property over that of others? Alternatively, does she know something the rest of us do not?
If everyone else fighting for his or her rights can be referred to as NIMBY’S doesn’t that make Ms. Pepino one of us?
If so, let me be the first to welcome Ms. Pepino to the growing community of NIMBY’s. (Not in back yard)
I suggest all wind farm applications be put on hold until the Honeywood wind farm has been dealt with.