Are Wind Development contracts on First Nation’s Lands being “illegally signed”????

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

We all know there are numerous contentious issues with contracts that are signed between Wind Developers and private land owners. All contracts come with a “confidentiality clause” attached to it so that land owners who have signed their lands and future over to Wind Scammers cannot complain when the reality of what they just did starts to come apart at the seams.

Reading the “fine print” in these contracts seems to be an exercise best left for a team of Harvard Lawyers than just accepted as normal “gobbly gook” that accompanies any legal contract.

Did the Manitoulin experience of having a First Nation’s leader sign off on a major Wind Development on their Land, even though he wasn’t a “legal entity” that should have signed it, just be the tip of the proverbial illegality of this Industry as a whole?

Tom Adams of “Tom Adams Energy” is doing a series of articles exploring the darker side of the McGuinty/Green Energy Industry now in full blown attack mode on the Rural Residents and First Nations lands!

Renewable Energy vs. Responsible Aboriginal Government Part One: Manitoulin Pro-Democracy Activist Julian Nowgabow Reports

1 June 2012 Tom Adams Energy

The Ontario government’s renewable energy subsidies and deregulation initiatives are fuelling corruption in some aboriginal communities and funding a backlash against pro-democracy activists and the media. This new series will present reports, news and analysis on the implications of Ontario’s green energy policies for responsible aboriginal government.

The following guest column, presented by Anishinaabe artist Julian Nowgabow, reports on his investigation into the dealings of the aboriginal business/political group called Mnidoo Mnising Power (MMP). Mr. Nowgabow, a member of the Whitefish River First Nation, an MMP partner, identifies major irregularities in the business activities of the key players developing a large wind power project on Manitoulin Island.

After years of publicly expressing concerns about industrial wind power development on Manitoulin Island and resisting development proposals, including expressions of concern about aboriginal rights, key aboriginal political leaders recently performed an about-face.

Mr. Nowgabow explains how MMP was created and then how its president, Franklin Paibomsai, impersonated a public official, claiming to be a “chief” when he wasn’t while making legal commitments related to a large industrial wind power project now being developed on the Manitoulin Island. Mr. Nowgabow also documents a failure of local First Nation leadership to consult with their own people.

Paibomsai’s lawyer has threatened Mr. Nowgabow with a defamation suit. Paibomsai’s lawyer has similarly hit the local newspaper, the Manitoulin Expositor.

The Ontario government’s funding for aboriginal green ventures through measures that include a fat premium paid for green energy power purchase agreements with businesses claiming aboriginal participation and the government’s Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program are undermining the responsible government within some First Nations communities.

Tom Adams

“The Tortoise and the Hare”

My name is Julian Nowgabow and I am a member of the Whitefish River First Nation, in Birch Island, Ontario.  This is a story of political intrigue and corporate greed, centered on a proposed industrial wind farm project on Manitoulin Island.

Manitoulin Island — also known as ‘Mnidoo Mnising’ or ‘Spirit Island’– is renowned as ‘The Largest Freshwater Island In The World’. The island economy is highly dependent on tourism — cottagers, hunters, sports fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts. The most prominent topographical feature of the Island is McLean’s Mountain, an outcropping of the Niagara Escarpment located at the north eastern end of the island and renowned for its scenic views of the North Channel, the La Cloche Mountains, the town of Little Current, and Killarney Provincial Park.

Northland Power Incorporated, a large corporate power plant developer, has been developing a wind power project to be located on and around McLeans Mountain since approximately 2004.  Northland Power secured contracts from the Ontario Power Authority to develop 60 MWs of wind generation capacity in the area and currently is pursuing 40 MWs of additional contracts. (By comparison, Manitoulin’s peak electricity demand is in the order of 16 MW.)

The United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) took an interest in Northland’s activities on the Manitoulin Island and were apprised of their intent to develop an industrial wind farm.  UCCMM is a Tribal Council whose membership includes six of the Manitoulin Island’s area First Nations–Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK), M’Chigeeng, Sheguinadah, Sheshigwaning, Whitefish River, and Zhiibaasing. Many of the leaders of these First Nations were on the record as opposing wind development on Manitoulin and to this day, at least one – AOK – has two official Band Council Resolutions expressing concerns about wind development.

The UCCMM’s citizens were ill informed from the moment their leadership started to switch over to the pro-wind development side.  What little was learned was through the media and through an after-the-fact bulletin.  In a February 8, 2011 UCCMM ‘Community Announcement’ we were informed that, “On December 2, 2010 the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising launched Mnidoo Mnising Power Corporation…..As a result, UCCMM through MMP has decided to enter into a 50/50 partnership with Northland Power on the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Project.



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