“James Sears is a PAIN in my neck!”

Your Ward News endorses James Sears ( to be the next councillor for Ward 32 (Beaches-East York). As Election Day on Monday, October 27th draws near, more revelations have surfaced about our present councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon ( Our last several issues have shaken the Beaches to its foundation. Beachers are now uniformly opposed to allowing Mary-Margaret McMahon to continue being our councillor. Let us quickly review exactly what Your Ward News’ investigators have uncovered to date:

– Councillor McMahon often mentions her involvement with the East Lynn Farmer’s Market to solidify her image as a country bumpkin. Your Ward News exposed the fact that her father Ronald Emo was not only the ex-mayor of Collingwood, but also a member on the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board). The OMB approves or denies applications seeking to build condominiums and all other major developments in Ontario. He also owns a piece of a development firm.

– Councillor McMahon’s “Visioning” Study was comprised of several meetings that conned Beachers into believing that their input about future development of Queen Street in the Beaches actually mattered. We now know that this was the biggest scam since ‘24-hour Martinizing’ for your car. An even bigger joke was the meeting to consult locals about alterations to Kew Gardens. According to the design team it was difficult to enter the ‘Kew’ from Queen Street. After all, it took a whole step.

– Councillor McMahon conspired with local “grass-roots” organizations that turned out to be ‘astro-turf’ operations; a tried and true strategy that attracts disgruntled citizens like fly-paper attracts flies. Fellow conspirators Graff and Hykamp led these bogus outfits.

Many of these revelations were brought to light by our highly-capable candidate for Ward 32 councillor. The best disinfectant of municipal corruption is sunlight, but that’s not sufficient for the Your Ward News Investigative Division (NID). We cross-checked Mr. Sears’ allegations and they all panned-out. Then, much to our surprise, he uncovered MORE interesting details.

The Oak Ridges Moraine’s ecological functions are vital to all of us, yet Mary-Margaret’s McMahon’s dad, ex-mayor of Collingwood Ronald Emo wants massive development to destroy it A.S.A.P. 9,000 years ago, giant ice sheets and glacial lakes seeped away from Southern Ontario leaving the Oak Ridges Moraine; 200 meters thick and rising to over 300 meters above Lake Ontario. A coalition of 25 citizen’s groups are dedicated to protecting this hydrological marvel, but Mary-Margaret’s dad says that “there are inherent problems with petitions and polls as a form of direct democracy”. A truly disgusting disregard of environmental concerns. Just like his daughter who does not give a darn about the hydrological concerns in our Beaches. SHE HAS PROVEN IT!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!—-A ‘wild-card’ candidate has been shuffled into the deck of those running for Ward 32 (Beaches-East York) Councillor. Many Beachers that have contacted us characterize BRIAN GRAFF as a joker who honestly believes that he is a financial analyst at Jones Lang LaSalle, a big player in the commercial real estate industry. These same Beachers claim that he lives in his mom’s basement. We refuse to slag on someone with these types of problems, as our Beaches Blues Fest has raised funds for organizations that deal with mental health concerns. Will Mr. Graff stay and play, or will he drop out of the race and back Mary-Margaret McMahon? Time will tell.

October 27th is Election Day and Beachers will vote for the future of our children’s children by electing James Sears as councillor of Ward 32. If you love our Beaches as much as we do then James Sears is your man. If for any reason you require transportation to the polling booth, Your Ward News will provide a lift for you. We would carry you on our backs if we had to, because the future of The Beaches (NOT Beach Village) is at stake. SEARS IN (! McMAHON OUT (!!!


By Peter McSherry, writer, author and taxi driver.


To all my readers – I wish to thank Leroy St. Germaine and Your Ward News for their interest in publishing a story with a message that seemingly no other publication in Toronto, except for Taxinews, would publish. – P. McSherry.

Aged 70 on my next birthday, I am just sitting here thinking back in time – pondering my 42 years as a nighttime Toronto taxi driver, pondering especially the one taxi-industry theme that looms up above all else: the ever-increasing victimization of the Toronto taxi driver for money and other fiscal advantage by the political-bureaucratic system of the City of Toronto.

The absolute climax of this abuse came on February 19 last, when Ward 32 Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon rose in the Council Chamber and, after briefly prattling on about an action the consequences of which she surely barely understands, proposed that the Council pass into law a set of recommendations that would first bankrupt the taxi industry in order that the City can take back legal assets that the City itself had formerly induced mere taxi drivers to structure their working lives around earning: the 3,480 equity taxi plates.

These changes require, too, the creation of a new class of lesser-value equity taxi plate – the Toronto Taxi License (TTL) – to which the pre-existing plates and the Ambassador permits are, according to the recommendations put forward, to be “migrated” within 10 years. And, too, the recommendations demand numerous other costly changes, the most onerous of which is the eventual saddling of the industry with the condition that every taxi must be a wheelchair-capable accessible cab.

The reader will understand that, above all else, what a core group of the Councillors are out to do is to create an industry where the debt-ridden, spend-thrift City itself will get a much larger share of the industry’s earnings than it now gets by charging what since 2005 are said to be “the highest taxi licensing fees in the world” to taxi drivers who, at the same time, must suffer what is now claimed to be “the worst ratio of cabs to total population of any large city in North America.”

In fact, the City appears to want to be the actual renter of the taxi plates itself. And, too – as none of the politicians have yet told the public – their method is to bankrupt most of the industry to achieve this end. After McMahon’s motion was passed by a vote of 31-12, other Councillors further proposed more cost-ineffective recommendations that, taken together, might be described as business comedy. Some of their ideas were added onto the initial recommendations passed on McMahon’s motion, with all of the costs, of course, to be ultimately inflicted on the cab drivers who are now clearing much less than the minimum wage. All of this inept thinking was approved by City Council by an increased majority.

But the reader should know that, in my first years in the business, the taxi industry then provided a reasonable return on the driver’s labours. Six dollars was what I paid for a license to drive a cab when I came into the taxi business for good in October 1973. My first five months as a fleet taxi driver, working five 12-hour shifts-a-week, I was able to clear an average $38-a-shift, when a high school supply teacher then made $36 for a 6-hour day.

Forty years later, in October 2013, I was asked for $315.43 for my annual renewal of a mere license to drive a cab, plus $59 plus HST to put me through yet another of the City’s money-making CPR courses. If I went out now and worked myself to exhaustion six or seven 12-hour shifts-a-week, as most shift taxi drivers now must do, I might be able to take home an average of $65- to $70-a-shift over a year. Which is not a lot better than half the minimum wage. By comparison, that same high school supply teacher I mentioned now makes about $250 for a 6-hour day.

So the Toronto taxi driver has fallen a long way behind. If you don’t believe me, have a look at who we now are. If you haven’t had practice at deprivation in some Third World country you don’t belong in the taxi industry the City of Toronto has been operating for many years now. Canadian-born taxi drivers under the age of about fifty-five, like Jewish heavyweights and the DoDo bird, are now extinct or nearly extinct. So far as I know as a taxi driver and as a long-time taxi journalist, the City began running its taxi industry as a cash cow during the international monetary crisis of 1978-1982 – a time of extremely high interest rates – when at worst the prime rate hit 23.1 percent and accrued public debt was then doubling in just over three years.

At the same time, many new immigrants were then piling up on welfare and the City, which pays 20 percent of welfare costs, and the Province, which pays 80 percent, perhaps worked out a deal: Some say the most burdensome of all of the City’s long-established exactions on its taxi industry was and is its ongoing accommodation with the Province of Ontario’s “Airport Exemption,” which, since 1978, has allowed out-of-town cabs to pick up and take Toronto fares to the airport. Thus, Toronto cabbies who get tired of constant driving in traffic – and who can’t find a spot to sit on an ordinary cab stand because the City over issues taxi plates that make it money but doesn’t create cab stands that reputedly cost $25,000 to build – can try to get onto a hotel’s taxi stand. There, since 1978, they have to watch out-of-towners, who pay “a $15 cookie” – a bribe – to the hotel doormen, routinely take away all of the airport and other faraway fares, while the Toronto drivers just as routinely get to service their leavings.

Oddly, the out-of-towners pay the City of Toronto nothing at all in licensing fees, while the Toronto drivers who pay through the nose, are also indirectly paying a significant chunk of Toronto hotels’ labour costs. Is it just possible that these other two interests piece off the City and/or some of the Councillors who so ably and regularly now take well over a million dollars-a-week worth of airport business from us? Anyway, once the City started down this trail, it wasn’t long before it was running its taxi industry as an outright money maker and money-saver for itself.

In 1982, when very high interest rates were still skyrocketing public debt, the industry was quite literally used as a form of welfare. Without proper study, the City added 500 cabs to its taxi system’s pre-existing 2,480 Standard plates in 1982; and even though the cost of borrowing money had declined greatly by 1987, another 500 were put out that year. Thus were created 1,000 or more jobs each time to get as many welfare recipients as possible working. At the Welfare Office, it was, “Can you drive a car?” and, if the answer was, “Yes,” then it was, “You have three months to get a taxi license.”

Even in the boom economy of the late 1980s, the effects of these three massive cuts in incoming revenues – most especially the 1987 cut – could be badly felt by the driver. Almost everybody else was still making good money, but Toronto taxi drivers had by then lost ground badly. Many cab owners and drivers would soon begin bailing out of the industry – for, if there’s one thing every Toronto taxi driver of long experience knows, it’s the effects of a depressed economy on an overloaded taxi system.

NEXT MONTH – The awful depression of 1989-1994, and more and worse blood-sucking by the political-bureaucratic system of the City of Toronto.

Peter McSherry was a licensed shift taxi driver for 42 years and has been a taxi industry journalist for more than 20 years. He is the author of three published books, one of which is Mean Streets: Confessions of a Nighttime Taxi Driver.

As a senior you are welcome to use any of the following services which were all created by good people for you to enjoy a better quality of life:


OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS)  1-800-277-9914 (Toll Free)

This is important. Many people do not know you have to APPLY for Old Age Security in order to receive it. It is recommended that you send in the application six months before your 65th birthday. ODSP and OW automatically cut you off at age 65, so make sure that you apply for OAS in time to not miss any of your rental payments. OAS does not back-pay you if you apply later than six months before you turn 65, so avoid getting into this situation. To receive Old Age Security you need to be 65 or older and a Canadian citizen and have lived in Canada for ten years or more after age 18. A single person presently receives $551.54 per month from OAS.




In addition to Old Age Security you may also qualify for GAINS. You do not have to pay income tax on either one. You need to apply for GAINS six months before you turn 65 (in addition to your OAS application), plus you need to renew your GAINS each year by filing your income tax return, and then the amount is decided each July. The amount you receive from GAINS varies each year according to your taxable income for the previous year. The maximum TAXABLE income (not including your OAS and GAINS which are not taxable) for which GAINS is provided is $16,713. The more money you make the less GAINS income you receive because it is just designed to make sure that everyone receives at least a certain minimum income per month, one way or another. If you are transferring from ODSP or OW to OAS and GAINS and you have had no taxable income for the past year, you would receive $747 per month from GAINS, plus your $551.54 from OAS for a total of $1,298.54 per month. You would still get a drug card; call 416-503-4586 for information about it. You would no longer get a dental card, but you would have a higher monthly income. If you regularly go to your dentist for preventative cleanings, x-rays and examinations, you can avoid most emergencies and keep the costs down.


CANADA PENSION PLAN (CPP)  1-800-277-9144 (Toll Free)


It is based on the contributions you have made while being employed. You need to APPLY for it six months before you would like it to begin. You receive more if you leave it in and do not take it out when you turn 65. If you wait until six months before you reach age 70 to apply you receive more money.




Their goal is to enable seniors to live in their own homes as long as possible. They come under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and their services are covered by OHIP. They also offer referrals to other services which may not be covered, but for which you may be able to apply for a subsidy. They help those that are homebound and of limited mobility. They provide personal care, which means helping with a bath or shower. They also provide nursing care if you have a referral from a doctor. You can call them about any need and they will either provide it or refer you to someone who can. Ask them for help if you need an occupational therapist, walker, wheelchair, social worker or physiotherapy. If you know of a neighbour stuck at home without help, you can phone the Communicare Access Centre on his or her behalf only with the neighbour’s verbal consent. If so, have ready their OHIP card, date of birth, address and phone number. If you have a neighbour in distress who will not agree to get help, the police can check on them to see if they are O.K. The Communicare Access Centre has branches all over Ontario. They are the ones to ask to assess your health if you think you are at the stage of wanting to move in to a nursing home. If you qualify, you can apply to up to five nursing homes anywhere in Ontario, but choose ones you would say ‘yes’ to living in, because if they offer you one and you say ‘no’, you have to apply all over again and it could even take a couple of years because there is a waiting list.


CNAP   1-877-540-6565 (Toll Free) Monday to Friday – 9 AM to to 5 PM


They serve persons age 55 and up. Their services include housekeeping, laundry, shopping, transportation, escort to doctor, social worker (if you are mobile to go to see him or her), help with filling out papers such as CPP, and Meals on Wheels. You pay, but the fees are reasonable and you can apply for a subsidy. You need a financial assessment to get the subsidy. They also have all-day programs for you to get out and socialize with other seniors. They pick you up and bring you back. The transportation is less than a taxi and is done by volunteers. The $7 or $8 cost of your outing includes your lunch and snacks.




YOUR WARD NEWS  416-693-6325 has wonderful singers and musicians who come out and entertain seniors on a voluntary basis. Invite them to your next B-B-Q or other senior’s event.


MEDVISIT  416-631-3000


Seven days a week, 8 AM to midnight. House calls made by doctors for when you can not get out to the doctor. (Not for emergencies). Covered by OHIP. Call them right after they open at 8 AM because their list of appointments fills up quickly for the day. Have your OHIP number ready when you call.


LIFE LINE  1-800-543-3546


This is a private company offering a necklace which you wear around your neck and if you have a medical emergency, you push the button. You will then be on a 2-way speaker with someone who will ask you if you are okay. If not, they will call an ambulance. If it is not an emergency but you still need someone to help, they will call your neighbour or relative whose phone number they will already have. The basic service costs $42.95 per month, plus a one-time $89.95 installation fee. They also offer a device which can detect 95% of falls, which mostly occur in the shower. They come on and ask you if you are okay. This device costs an extra $15 per month.


BUDDY SYSTEM – (free and simple)


You agree with one of your neighbours that one of you will call the other each day to make sure you are okay. If the other person doesn’t call (or answer) then you check on them or call for help, as you have agreed.


THE SENIORS’ SAFETY LINE  1-866-299-1011 (Toll Free)


A confidential resource for seniors suffering abuse, including financial, physical, sexual, mental abuse and neglect. They help you to feel empowered and not like a victim. It is run by the same people who operate the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, so they are very sympathetic.


TELEHEALTH ONTARIO  1-866-797-0000 (Toll Free)


Call this number any time during the day or night, seven days a week, if you would like to speak directly with a qualified nurse about your health.




The Toronto Humane Society, 416-392-2273, provides spaying and neutering of cats and dogs as well as vaccines. You call to make an appointment. The cost for cats for spaying and neutering is $70 and for vaccines $40. For dogs, it depends on the size and gender of the dog and costs more than for cats. With the vaccine, you get complimentary tablets for worms. For other veterinary needs, you have to negotiate with veterinarians in your area.




Your local library offers free computer use. You can call ahead to reserve a computer for half-an-hour or an hour. Have your library card number ready when you call. You can also go directly to the library without calling ahead. There are also express computers which you can use for up to 15 minutes. Printing a page from the computer costs 15 cents, as does making a copy of a page on the photocopier. Main Street Branch (just south of Gerrard) 416-393-7700; Beaches Branch (just west of Queen and Lee) 416-393-7703. In addition, the public library offers two services for seniors who cannot get out to the library. One is where they bring about one-hundred books to a building and then pick them up in three of four months. The other is for individuals, and you sign up and they ask you what you want to receive – the type of books, how many, large print or talking books etc.  Call 416-395-5557.






You have the right to be safe. Homeowners are required by the city to clear their sidewalk of ice and snow within twelve hours after a snowfall. If not, you can call Transportation Services Enforcement at 416-392-7768. They will ask you for the street name and house number of where the ice and snow have not been cleared.




Tenants Hotline  416-921-9494  A free information service run by other tenants of the Federation of Metro Tenants Association. You can call and speak to someone Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-6 PM. You can also access their automated information system about your rights under the law, where you can learn a whole wealth of information. Call 416-921-9494 at any time and press 2.




This is the provincial body where you can resolve any dispute with your landlord either by mediation or by hearing before an adjudicator. You can call weekdays for free information about your rights. They also have a Duty Counsel who can give you free legal advice if you are going to a hearing.




Will defend low-income tenants if threatened with eviction. No one can be evicted in Ontario without a hearing.


EAST TORONTO COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE  416-461-8102 at 1320 Gerrard Street East. A lawyer to advise you about tenant and other matters. You go there and wait and are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Call for the times.




Call 311 if you can not get your landlord to turn on the heat or do repairs. (Go to the landlord first). They send an inspector to your residence to verify the problem. If there is a violation, they give a Notice of Violation to the landlord, and if it is still not repaired an Order to fix it. If the problem is bugs, mice or unsanitary conditions, 311 will put you through to the Public Health Inspector (if your landlord will not fix the problem).




Value Village is located at 2119 Danforth Ave., just east of Woodbine, 416-698-0621. Offers donated used clothing and household items at reasonable prices. There is a 20% discount for seniors “aged 60 or better” every Tuesday.





If you need an immediate place to stay for the night, call 311. They maintain a list of the shelter beds available each night across the city.


HOUSING CONNECTIONS  416-981-6111, 176 Elm Street, main floor


If you need an apartment with lower rent, you can get on the list for subsidized housing. However, the list is unbelievably long and it usually takes several years. (The over $2 billion of the taxpayers’ money which the provincial Liberals wasted on scandals would have gone a long way towards affordable housing for a lot of people.) However, the sooner you apply, the sooner you will get in.


FOOD BANKS   (Call 211 for more information)


Grace Pascoe Centre – 72 Main Street – One block north of Kingston Road., at the back of Calvary Baptist Church, open Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. You go in person. Suggestion – Bring a bundle buggy for easier carrying. You need to bring: Proof of address, proof of income, and I D for each family member.

There is also a food bank at Glen Rhodes United Church for those loving west of Woodbine Avenue.


SALVATION ARMY 416-767-7664, near Woodbine Avenue and Danforth Avenue. Call for an appointment.


MOBILE FOOD BANK   416-480-1390 – If you are disabled and cannot get out to a food bank, they will deliver the food to you. Call to sign up. This comes under the Red Cross.




Community Centre 55 at 55 Main Street (at Swanwick) collects food from local businesses and individual donors, sorts it into boxes, and then has volunteers deliver them to about 800 households in the Beaches area a few days before Christmas. You need to sign up ahead of time by going there. (Call ahead to see what ‘proof of your income’ to bring along). If you live in a low-income senior’s building, there will probably be a day in late November for you to sign up at your building. You need to be home on the day when they deliver it. The boxes contain food for you to make a real Christmas dinner, gifts, as well as canned food and pasta; whatever has been donated to help you through the winter months.




FOODLAND 416-694-3011, Queen and Lee


Foodland has a food delivery service for seniors. You call as early as possible, by 2 PM on Tuesday or Wednesday and they will bring your food to your door on the day you call. There is a $50.00 minimum for your order and the delivery charge is $5.50. You can pay by either cash of cheque; let them know how you will pay when you call. Write out the list of groceries you want before you call, as they do not have time to wait while you think of the things you need.


NEXT MONTH-PART TWO OF YOUR WARD NEWS ‘ULTIMATE SENIOR’S GUIDE’ * Drug and Alcohol-related issues * Biblical passages about health and longevity * Nursing home information * Special health care needs * Legal services * Democratic rights for seniors in Toronto Community Housing * Affirmations * Belief in potential * Ageism * Music and health * Plus many more features for the benefit of the Beaches’ senior community.

By Donn Woods, Scavenger Productions

Donn Woods

When I was a hippie! “Oh well I guess I still am one.” But seriously not just us Hippies, but young people always say that kind of stuff, then they grow up and discover greed and it all goes out the window!! There are still some people that are proud of their work. When I finish a Gig or do a Reno; I do it as well as I possibly can, so I can feel good about what I just finished. I feel proud of my work. as a time when pride in your work and accomplishments were important to humans!


But as we move on through time, we must stop and think about where humankind is going!! We are ultimately in charge and we all must start taking part in changing the very heart of humanity, by being more responsible and honest to each other. This brings me to my point. I live in T.C.H. (Toronto Community Housing) project. It’s very large 100,000+ Units of housing, controlled by City Government and a Private Company who runs operations. Now you know all the old clichés about Government Projects, Right? There are Six or Seven Suits at the Water Cooler! and only one shovel? Stupid Human Tricks!!

Government track records show that those projects under Government Control are very inefficient, too many bosses and too many people doing meaningless jobs. That leads to apathetic behavior and spirals down psychologically from there. Here’s where I disagree with some. It’s okay that the Government employs people as long as it gives real jobs and organizes the work to be as fulfilling as possible with counter balances to compensate accordingly I remember I’ve always had to actually work, when I went to work!

Some re-invention of modern aspects of society must come to us now! The tipping point is always hard to estimate but should we take a gamble with the civilization at stake? No! We must work on all of the good and evil the Humans possess. We can learn to enhance the Good in Humans and Breed out the Evil! The end result of these kinds of changes leads us all to a much happier place with a lot less stress and much more fulfillment of life.

I am not going to comment as I was going to about T.C.H; as I’ve been able to secure an interview with Marco Polara, the Manager of T.C.H. Seniors Buildings for the West Side of Toronto, and I want to be fair in my article. I’ve met Marco on many occasions through the years, and I do believe he is honest and sincere, but others working for him seem to have their own way of running the Ship! T.C.H. has strict rules that are written clearly but it’s not the rules I am disagreeing with. It’s how they are implemented and the individual interpretation I am concerned with T.C.H. can be a good thing but the people running things must start the change before that can happen.

Next issue I will have spoken to Marco and Brad and some of the others at T.C.H. I will update you on my findings. The intimidation factor the bullying type tactics are how people use to do things. That’s not where it’s going now! You get more Happy Bees with Honey than Vinegar!! We’re not in Jail we simply are Seniors Citizens trying to live out our lives in dignity and relative comfort and happiness!! We have all worked hard and honest for all those years. Please, give us the respect you would want your Mothers and Fathers to get wherever and whenever they reach Retirement Age. Thank You Leroy
and Everybody Associated with Us All.

By Renata.


Please be careful with Paul Murton ( DO NOT GIVE HIM A CREDIT CARD OR BANKING INFORMATION. He will RUIN YOU!!!! BEWARE!!!! Paul Murton preys on vulnerable shop owners by swindling them for artificial ads in newspapers he does not distribute. He dates older women and gay men in the hopes of ripping them off.

He runs a variety of scam operations and aligns himself with other scam-artists and fraudsters. He does not use his own name. He steals the identities of Gary 17 and Leroy St. Germaine but he is Paul Murton and intimidates defenceless immigrants with shops as well as conniving them into thinking their ads are being distributed to local residents.

Paul Murton is living off welfare while pretending to assume a different identity. He is a major hypocrite and swindler that is cheating everyone out, lying to medical doctors and the government about his health. I read his rebuttal about Leroy St. Germaine and I really believe it is false. There are many legitimate professionals assisting Your Ward News to collect content. The divergence of the people collaborating with Leroy is quite vast and many are in licensed professions, giving of their time. I first met Paul through this circle and though Leroy’s newspaper is half farce and half angry about the gravy train in Toronto, Paul is a major snake that has nothing to show.

What is interesting, of late, is the photos on his website with Mary Margaret McMahon, who LeRoy wrote negatively about for a long time. Mary Margaret is very unpopular in her ward and yet, that eponymous fake Paul Murton is now taking photos with the woman. It is very hypocritical and unethical. I have interacted with Paul Murton and watched him play people on all ends to meet his objectives. I believe he is under the influence of drugs and so I feel sorry for him. But he is not to be trusted and given he is on a benefit he doesn’t need to be preying on anyone, definitely NOT vulnerable people!!!

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Sherri Lange, CEO NA-PAW, North American Platform Against Wind Power


The European Treaty of Amsterdam, 2001, while not law, yet outlines various welfare              standards for fur bearing animals.   It clearly states that animals that are kept for commercial reasons are “considered as living and sentient, in the sense that they are able to experience pleasure and suffering.” It prescribes that animals must be kept in a “safeguard” to avoid suffering and respecting their needs, including being allowed to “show certain behaviours.” The Treaty goes on to reference that non production, or low production rates, will reflect on the ability of the farmer to prove adequate welfare. In the instance of farmer Kaj Olesen Bank, his ability to provide welfare and care was severely tested by an array of four wind turbines.

While some farmers use the term “Second Harvest” to benignly refer to their welcomed scoop of the wind money harvest from hosting wind turbines, a more sinister meaning is clear for home grown environmentalism. This “harvest” involves the widespread and now more fully understood feature of animal suffering and death, ugly killing fields, associated with the now equally understood uselessness of wind “factories.” This “harvest,” was ever more evident in the recently exposed suffering at a mink farm in Denmark, where aggression and abortions, and eyeless foetuses appeared as a direct cause of a new turbine installation.

Kaj Olesen Bank is a neighbor of four huge wind turbines, located a mere 330 metres from a mink farm with several thousand animals (about 4600).  While neighbors wrote to the municipality about negative consequences for their families from shadow flicker, quality of life issues as well as concerns for their property values, little did they suspect a direct run on animal suffering and death. There were two separate incidents reported of deaths and aggression, but the second, it appears, was less easy to bury. It was this second grouping of reports, with photos, that have begun to entirely capture the heightened awareness world wide of cruelty to animals that occurs within radii of industrial wind turbines. In this instance, the turbines are not required to be located at the same setback as for a human residence, and the results for animal residents, cannot be clearer.

According to the veterinarian reports, “The mink showed an extremely large sensitivity to noise and rejected (foetuses) in large numbers. In the present experiment, 1600 were born deformed, which lacked the eyes, split their throat and their limbs were deformed ² (sic). The associated images are provoking. See links below for photos. (Or click here for a gruesome video of a suffering mink.)

Some Danes are calling these results of mink experiences via turbines a shocking “mass animal experiment” without benefit of any compassion or testing standards. The relationship between the deaths of foetuses, with deformities, the aggression of the minks who then had to be separated and some euthanized, and the turbine activity, is clear and undeniable. What then will be and are the admitted results on humans routinely experimented on, placed too near turbines? For Health Units worldwide that apparently disguise or minimize harm from turbine placement, this animal ‘experiment’ should ring clear and loud, that sample literature surveys, biased, are absurd and insulting to people affected, who cannot even at times live in their own homes: evidence such as reports to personal physicians, to various Ministries of the Environment and Health, and the sheer weight of obvious similarity of complaints, should be sufficient for world level moratoria.

In a country that recently created a very progressive landmark law against cruel slaughter in some religious practices (Denmark recently, 2014, banned halal and kosher slaughter, it’s Minister decreeing that animal rights come before religion), the shock of the obvious torture and deaths of so many mink is even more poignant.

But aside from the incongruities of animal rights within Denmark, Canada, the USA, and inevitably every other country with “animal relationship cognitive dissonance,” the turbine lies of green, free, cheap, and CO2 saving, sit directly beside a very real parallel universe: a universe that destroys habitat, maims lives of nearly everything in sight, from audible and inaudible noise and pressure, vibration, shadow flicker. It is well known that mink are highly active animals and have as all creatures, complex lives, and DNA driven responses to low frequency pressures and vibration that naturally affect their sensitive natures. Indeed, the owner of the farm reported that the animals appeared to have “gone crazy,” biting, fighting, the tension and aggression between nesting animals and vicious injuries requiring euthanasia.

Wind turbine wildlife hell and for “husbanded” animals, is well known throughout the world. There is nary a turbine area, small or large that has not had reports of this suffering and loss. Raptor and endangered species reductions, migration routes sliced routinely with rules to defend wildlife completely in favor of developers, disappearance of amphibians, turtles, moose, worms, disastrous effects to farmed animals, EMU, goats in Taiwan, cattle still born, noses bleeding, deformed, chickens laying eggs with no yolks, exploding lungs in bats already in serious decline, declining levels of butterflies, all manner of birds slaughtered, even those brought back from the brink of extinction; the list of collateral damage “Second Harvest,” is too lengthy to reflect on here. Farmers from North America routinely struggle with harmed and decreased livestock, often down as much as 30% in production, and feel acutely the suffering of their animals.

The overall benefit: zero

Wind turbines don’t work. It’s been said so many times, in so many ways, that it is nearly now completely redundant to remind ourselves of the failures. They at times, many times, consume more parasitic power than they create. They are notorious for having down time, not performing, or needing to be shut down when it’s too windy. They don’t last very long either, 10-15 years. California has 4500 burned out turbines, abandoned. Piles of industrial eco junk are accruing worldwide. The UK has had 1500 industrial accidents in five years. And those cement plugs? Not one has been removed. But along the way to the subsidy and loan guarantee bank, comes a bigger price, not borne by environmentally sensitive developers. The result of their “work” is resolute carnage for living things. (We use the word, resolute, because of the intensity with which developers, with participation of government policies, turn environmental law to their will.) Turbine proliferation has resulted in numbers of dead and dying we cannot yet contemplate. Every species is affected.

Industrial wind turbines are the most useless form of energy conceivable, and to imagine that they will reduce our impact on the earth, while consuming wildlife, our farm animals, human health, property values, landscapes, while using volumes of metal, plastics, oil, lubricants, gas, highly toxic rare earth elements from China, cement, 40 truckloads per turbine, polluting aquifers, and providing absolutely nothing beneficial, is absurd. Our dissonance about animal welfare and protection is only mirrored in our lingering affection for something pretentiously false and sad: industrial wind turbines.

A golden eagle is found wandering, starving, one of thousands in such a state, hundreds of metres from a turbine, obvious trauma and loss of wing. No developer reported on this or the thousands of other wandering mutilated birds. Foals in Portugal are affected by ground vibration and ILFN, with Flexural Deformities (The study was filed as a Master’s thesis, titled “Acquired flexural deformity of the distal interphalangic joint in foals.”) Estimates are of at least a billion birds and bats destroyed by wind turbines annually.

Jon Boone, writer on energy, artist, and environmentalist, author of “Oxymoron,” “Overblown,” asks: “How much will we have destroyed before we see the light?”

Dr. John Etherington, author of “The Wind Farm Scam,” now in its 14th printing, quotes geologist, Malcolm Rider:

“The Highlands are being humiliated by wind farm developers who insist they are saving the environment. They lie: they are here to make a profit. Wind farms produce very little and intermittent electricity. Most of the time they do not work. How can the blade of a bulldozer ripping up 6,000 years of beautifully preserved archeology be saving the environment? How can the turbine blades smashing a golden eagle to bits be saving the environment? How can the government of Scotland destroy such a prize? And use public money to do it?”
POST SCRIPT: MINK Suffering continues

Kaj and his family are suffering also, often leaving their home to find a space to sleep, and rest. They suffer also for their mink, and the turbines continue to cause extreme consequences for the animals. Note from Kaj:

“We are going to take the females/mothers away from the puppies, the wind turned into south yesterday, and the noise from the turbines came just over the farm, the females began to bite their puppies, just as I had expected. This is how it looks like now.
Yesterday at 3 o’ clock in the afternoon the wind changed into south. They had to put 21 puppies down today because of their wounds. There are 40 which are under
observation. Lots of the puppies are so young that they can’t survive without their mothers, but with their mothers they will soon be dead from the bites.”

Features of the Veterinarian Report:

  • Unresolved aggression not seen before on the farm, prior to turbines
  • Possible solutions to the need to separate animals and financial effects from that separation
  • Noted aggression and medical treatments required due directly to wind turbine installations
  • Dead and suffering animals requiring euthanasia
  • Relationship between turbine start up and animal suffering/deaths/aggression

Aulum Vildbjerg
Vildbjerg Animals Hospital
Vildbjerg, d. 9/9-2013

Meeting regarding the launch of wind turbines behind K. B Olesen´s farm.

Prior to the meeting of 9 September 2013, according Kaj, the following has happened: On Thursday and Friday afternoon, the two wind turbines which are closest to the farm were going through a test run. This was done in daylight. It was windy and the wind turbines could not be heard clearly, the minks responded with curiosity by getting out of the cages.

On Friday evening at dusk, the weather was quieter and the wind turbines could then be clearly heard both at Kaj’s house and his farm.  At that time the test run was over and the wind turbines ran constantly, with among other things a high frequency noise from one wind turbine. The minks reacted now with growing unrest and when it was completely dark, there was whining and screaming from all over the farm stemming from stressed
minks fighting.

Kaj contacted the on-duty vet in Agerfeld who advised Kaj to separate the animals. Kaj spent all Friday night by separating animals and keeping them apart, and by monitoring the animals and getting them apart with the help of light. The on-duty veterinarian was contacted again early Saturday. The on-duty veterinarian visited and found 2 dead mink
that had very extensive fresh bite wounds and the wind turbines were stopped to prevent further dead minks, resulting in peace, but not the peace that was before the turbines started.

From the problems started Friday night and through Monday 7 mink died of bites. I personally saw 2 of the minks this morning, which were put down because of “reasons for animal welfare” due to the bite; these were also very severe and fresh. In the same period approx. 60 mink were separated  and kept in single cages  to stop fighting and biting
damages. These figures should be viewed in light of the fact that there had been very few cases of bites in this period and that it will be normal on a farm of this size to find one  bite a week. Right now it usually is a quiet period on the farm.

At its meeting of 9 September were present: Kaj Bank Olesen, the
undersigned veterinarian Rikke Vestergaard, mink consultant Borge
Mundbjerg and Eric Abraham from Viind Estate, and Michael from Vestas.

At the meeting Kaj explained again the events about the minks’ behavior after the turbines started. We all listened to an audio clip Kaj had recorded on the night of Friday, when all minks had gone crazy. It is obvious on the clip that there is a constant whining and screaming from the animals. We also heard an audio clip from the evening after where we only could hear small sounds of mink feet and the sound of rain on the roofs.

Viind Estate would like to have a suggestion how the turbines should
be started. Kaj and I do not want the two wind turbines – which until now have caused problems – to operate at dusk or at night. Viind Estate would like to try to let the two most distant turbines operate day and night and then allow Kaj to call them and get them to stop if there occur problems again.

The problem of this tactic is that if the animals become stressed up too many times, it will be quite impossible to get them to calm down again and so there will be fighting constantly.

It is not possible to separate all minks from each other. Firstly, the farm is not built for it, because it is not usual procedure in a mink farm; secondly, a mink who goes alone would not eat the same as when they are together; this will result in a smaller skin when by pelting.

Kaj Abraham has announced that Viind-Estate will cover Kaj’s loss including the additional work from the need to monitor the minks. Losses may be incurred on the farm in several ways at the moment: Animals that are bitten and treated, but end up with a lower settlement because of inferior quality skin. Animals that are isolated therefore achieve a smaller settlement because of shorter length of the skins. Problems that can arise during pregnancy, childbirth, etc. may be discussed later, if the problem is not resolved by then.

It is impossible at this stage to say how long it will take for the mink to get used to the sounds of the wind turbines.

After the meeting I prescribed antibiotics to treat bite wounds. This had also not been necessary in this season.

With best regards,

Veterinarian Rikke Vestergaard


See: WCFN for translation here


Etherington, John. The Wind Farm Scam, Stacey International, 2011, p. 192