Wind Concerns Ontario seems to have concerns about its webmaster. As of December 12, 2011 the site has been shut down. That's actually too bad, because we always admired its timeliness, its look and its comprehensive information (albeit from the dark side of the force). I believe that it was run by Maureen Anderson and she deserves credit for the dedicated work.
Initially, this message was posted:
Site will no longer be updated
Due to a threat of legal action, this site will no longer be updated. For more info, please contact:
Now, this message is posted on the link:
Site will be undergoing some changes
This website will be shut down as of December 15, 2011 for retooling. It will open up in the New Year under the domain http://ontario-wind-resistance.org
Bookmark the new address and I hope to see you then!
Today, John Spears posted this item in The Star:
December 13, 2011
The website of Wind Concerns Ontario, which lobbies against wind energy, has suspended operations because of mysterious legal issues.
The website has posted an enigmatic note stating: “Due to a threat of legal action, this site will no longer be updated.”
But Jane Wilson, the president of Wind Concerns, says there are no imminent legal threats hanging over the organization.
Wilson said in an interview that the website is run by a volunteer, who may have misunderstood some discussion at the recent Wind Concerns annual meeting.
Wind Concerns had been considering a more professional approach for its website in any case, she said.
“We’ll be going off air for a brief, brief time while we get a new platform going,” she said.
Wilson said she hasn’t spoken to the volunteer who runs the website: “I don’t even have her phone number.”
“I don’t know why she put on ‘the threat of legal action,’ because no one’s suing us,” Wilson said. “We’re not having any problems that way.”
The website volunteer had not attended the annual meeting, and had some questions about financial matters, Wilson said.
“It was suggested to her that questions about what had gone on at the annual general meeting was not something that should be on the website,” Wilson said.
“It was suggested that rather than making these questions more dramatic than they needed to be, she could discuss it with someone else.”
Wilson said the questions involved the cost of certain items, but wouldn’t elaborate.
Searching for a possible reason for the mysterious and rapid shutdown, we took a look at earlier postings. Sure enough, there were two photos taken at the WCO AGM posted on Saturday, the day of the AGM, practically in real time. Based on the embedded data, they were taken on someone's Blackberry. The photos are shown here:
If you click on the photos, you can open them in your browser for a closer look. I can identify four individuals, I believe. How many can you identify?
What probably caused the most furour, though, was the Agenda slide that included an item that appears to say:
Emergen[cy] ..... to the agenda
My interpretations are in [ ].
Mr. Gillespie has been involved with WCO in a legal capacity and so my interpretation is that they were going to talk about some form of legal emergency - pure speculation, of course.
And, if the webmaster is a volunteer, then does that mean that Ms. Wilson and others are something other than volunteers?
Inquiring minds want to know. More to follow.