Photographs – Miscellaneous

December 13, 2012. Completed Heartland lattice tangent tower in foreground. Partially constructed lattice angle tower nearby in background. These towers are located near the North Saskatchewan River. Scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin, AltaLink’s parent company, is building this line and the Western Alberta Transmission Line. There have been numerous arrests of former SNC executives, including SNC’s former CEO and several VPs, as part of ongoing international and Canadian corruption probes:


December 13, 2012. Partially constructed lattice angle tower. Angle towers are even more bulky and unsightly than tangent towers, as they must bear higher tension at locations where the transmission conductors change direction:


December 13, 2012. Partially erected angle tower. For size comparison, note how small the vehicles and trailer are at the base of the tower:


December 13, 2012. A completed tangent lattice tower. Heartland towers are up to 77 metres (253 feet) tall:


December 13, 2012. Heartland towers are the tallest ever built in Alberta’s history, twice the height of most other transmission towers. This is why the negative impacts will be even greater than for any other high voltage transmission lines in Alberta. The massive towers and lines are not only unsightly, but they also have negative health, safety, property value, environmental, agriculture (crops), livestock, inclement weatheraircraft, tourism, pipeline and future development impacts:


December 13, 2012. Towers appear much closer together than the applicants – AltaLink and EPCOR – indicated they would be in their facility application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). As part of RETA’s ongoing monitoring of construction of the Heartland line, we will be measuring the distances between all towers:


December 13, 2012. Workers on partially completed tower. Scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin, based in Quebec, is building the towers for AltaLink, its wholly owned subsidiary. SNC-Lavalin is in the midst of Canadian and international corruption probes that include allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering:


December 13, 2012. Completed and partially completed lattice towers in the North Saskatchewan River valley:


December 13, 2012. Completed and partially completed lattice towers. For size comparison, note how small the workers are on top of the partially completed tower next to the crane lifting a tower unit into place:


December 13, 2012. Tangent lattice towers crossing the North Saskatchewan River valley. Many birds that fly along the river valley will be killed as they collide into the towers and lines that cross the river and its wide valley:


RETA “Bury The Line” T-Shirt:

RETA Bury The Line T-shirt model photo

Clark's cartoon spaceship into power lines image

August 15, 2012. One of the many homes in the Sherwood Park Greenbelt that had to be vacated to make way for the Heartland line. Prolonged exposure to overhead high voltage power line electromagnetic fields has many negative health impacts:

August 15, 2012. Partially erected lattice tower in NE Edmonton not far southwest of Kuhlmann’s Market Gardens & Greenhouses. Electromagnetic fields emanating from overhead high voltage power lines negatively affect growth of plants:

August 15, 2012. Partially erected tower in NE Edmonton near 153 Ave. Towers will be up to 77m tall (253 feet), twice as tall as any others in Alberta:

August 15, 2012. Partially erected tower in NE Edmonton:

August 15, 2012. Construction workers assembling tower in NE Edmonton south of 153 Ave. Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin, AltaLink’s parent company, is building the overhead Heartland line. SNC-Lavalin is currently at the centre of an international corruption probe, involving allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and unlawful payments. The company is also being sued by investors and others:

August 15, 2012. Lattice tower being assembled in Sherwood Park Greenbelt at Baseline Road & Hwy 216. This tower is right across Baseline Road from Baseline Slough which is used by thousands of waterfowl. An estimated 8,200 to 14,100 birds may die crashing into the Heartland power lines and towers every year:

August 15, 2012. Partially assembled lattice tower just NE of Meridian Street and Hwy 16. We have been told that the steel for these towers had been ordered long before the AUC hearings and decision:

August 15, 2012. Lattice tower foundations in Edmonton Greenbelt at SE Anthony Henday & 17 Street. This and several other towers are near and right on top of part of the Bretona Pond wetland complex. Birds that use these waterbodies will die crashing into the lines and towers:

Clark Park Cartoon Battle of Alberta

April 2012. Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith at provincial election rally. Smith promised that if the Wildrose Party formed the new government on April 23, the Heartland power line would be cancelled or if it was proven the line was absolutely necessary, it would be buried near residential areas and schools. She also promised that Bill 50 would be repealed:

April 2012. Garnett Genuis, the Wildrose candidate for Sherwood Park, worked tirelessly during the election campaign. His number one priority was to get the Heartland power line cancelled or at minimum to get it buried near residential areas and schools:

April 2012. Garnett Genuis by Wildrose Leaders’ bus:

April 2012. Garnett Genuis by his mobile campaign office:

April 2012. Shannon Stubbs, Wildrose candidate for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, also strongly supported cancelling the Heartland power line or at minimum getting it buried near homes and schools:

April 2012. Paul Nemetchek, Wildrose candidate for Strathcona-Sherwood Park, was also supportive of the Heartland power line getting cancelled:

Clark's Cartoon

Following are 8 large murals or banners created by Judy Weiss, and used by RETA at various rallies and town hall meetings:

Clark park cartoon inukshuk

August 25, 2011. Sherwood Park News photo of Alberta Progressive Conservative Party leadership candidate Rick Orman, committing to bury high voltage power lines in special circumstances when they run close to densely-populated residential areas. Unfortunately, Alison Redford won the leadership race, and supports the Heartland line being built above-ground. Local P.C. MLAs Iris Evans and Dave Quest have not been a big help; in fact several times they undermined the local community’s efforts to question the need for the line or to get it buried if the provincial government insisted on it getting built.:

March 19, 2011. RETA “Bury the Line” rally at the Alberta Legislature Building. About 500 adults and several hundred children attended:

March 19, 2011. Children participating in RETA “Bury the Line” rally:

March 19, 2011. More children attending the rally:

March 19, 2011. Strathcona County Mayor Linda Osinchuk speaking in favour of burying the Heartland line at Legislature rally:

March 19, 2011. More people opposed to the building of an overhead Heartland power line:

March 19, 2011. Protesters on the steps of the Legislature Building during “Bury the Line” rally:

March 19, 2011. Protesters braved chilly weather to send a strong message to the Alberta Government which has passed legislation to remove public input, make it easier for government to take private land for power lines, and exempt all new high voltage power lines from requiring environmental impact assessments:

March 19, 2011. Children lined up on the steps of the Legislature Building to show their concerns for the negative impacts of overhead high voltage power lines on their health:

March 19, 2011. A Colchester Elementary School student speaking about the Heartland line proposed only 140 metres from his school. The school will close down if lines are built above ground because parents do not want to risk their children’s health and safety. The cost of a new school has not been added to the cost of an overhead Heartland line:

March 19, 2011. Protesters came in buses, vans, trucks and cars to voice their opposition to an overhead power line:

March 19, 2011. One of many murals at the “Bury The Line” rally:

March 10, 2011. Erecting mobile road sign for Legislature rally:

 RETA Clark cartoon distraction Mar 30 2011

March 15, 2011. Test drilling for one of the Heartland line towers right next to a daycare centre. Young children are the most susceptible to negative health effects of high voltage line EMFs because their immune systems are not yet fully developed:

March 15, 2011. Test drilling for tower right next to homes in Village on the Lake, Sherwood Park. Property values are significantly decreased for front-line homes next to overhead high voltage lines (up to 40%). Property devaluation can be felt up to 2.5 kilometres from lines:

March 11, 2011. Bombardier caterpillars, contracted by AltaLink, clearing snow near Baseline Road and causing traffic jam:

March 14, 2011. Test drilling for 77-metre-tall power line tower immediately next to an acreage home just south of Sherwood Park. This home would have to be demolished, as would many others:

March 10, 2011. Bombardier caterpillar clearing snow for drilling crews near rugby clubhouse. If an overhead Heartland line is built here, it would not be safe for anyone to play rugby in this area. The clubhouse would have to close down. This cost has not been added to the cost of an overhead Heartland line:

March 14, 2011. Test drilling for power line tower next to Wye Road. Towers and lines up to 77 metres tall would be erected at the west entrances to Sherwood Park, reminding residents on a daily basis of the Alberta Government’s legacy:

March 9, 2011. Cleared trail for power line drilling crews just northeast of Colchester Elementary School:

March 9, 2011. Test drilling at proposed tower location only about 140 metres from Colchester Elementary School:

March 9, 2011. Test drilling about 140 metres from Colchester Elementary School:

March 9, 2011. Bombardier caterpillar clearing snow along proposed Heartland route in Sherwood Park Greenbelt near Fountain Creek. The Greenbelt, or Restricted Development Area, was established by legislation in 1974 to protect agriculture and the natural environment. The Alberta Government, without any public consultation, unilaterally started calling this a Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC) through a policy in 1994. TUC signs were not erected along the Greenbelt until the Heartland line first started being discussed:

March 9, 2011. Cleared trail to proposed Heartland tower near Fountain Creek. AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s preferred route in the Sherwood Park and Edmonton Greenbelts (the route approved by the AUC November 1, 2011) would directly impact 5,194 homes (15,000 – 18,000 people), several schools, many businesses including daycares, and a hospital:

March 8, 2011. Cleared tower location near Colchester Elementary School. School is visible in the background and would be about 140 metres from the Heartland line. Children would be exposed on a prolonged basis to high voltage line EMFs and corona effect if the line is built above ground:

March 8, 2011. Test drilling a short distance northeast of Colchester Elementary School:

March 8, 2011. Drilling contractor. Foundations for monopole towers planned through the Sherwood Park Greenbelt need to be drilled up to 30 metres deep, which could easily intersect local drinking water aquifers. Many rural homes have water wells:

March 14, 2011. AltaLink is owned 100% by Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin which is reported to have been involved in unethical projects around the world (e.g., building prisons in Libya for Gadhafi to throw protesters into):

March 8, 2011. Another AltaLink contractor:

March 8, 2011. Stewart Weir surveying for Heartland line towers in Fountain Creek:

Clark's cartoon AltaLink cross finger

October 18, 2010. Strathcona County Councillor Linda Osinchuk becomes Mayor Osinchuk during the municipal elections. She believed she hooked into a groundswell of public discontent over plans to run an overhead Heartland line through Sherwood Park as well as angst over a promised hospital that had not yet materialized at this time. Mayor Osinchuk has been a staunch advocate of questioning the need for the Heartland line and getting it buried if it’s built:

May 31, 2010. Ministers get an earful from residents angry about the proposed overhead Heartland line. The Alberta Cabinet was on tour in Sherwood Park to listen to concerns which were dominated by questions about why the Alberta Government thought the Heartland line was needed, and why could it not be buried. Both Dave Quest (MLA Strathcona) and Iris Evans (MLA Sherwood Park) continued to erroneously suggest they have no role in the Heartland Transmission Project:

March 16, 2010. The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) held a number of information sessions leading up to the Heartland hearing in April and May 2011. A March 16, 2010 session ended up with Sherwood Park residents confused, frustrated and angry about the whole process which many insist was biased from the outset. (AUC representatives JP Mousseau and Jim Law are shown in photo.):

November 24, 2009. About 4,000 people rally at Rexall Place against an overhead Heartland power line:

November 24, 2009. About 100 volunteers help at Rexall Place Rally attended by about 4,000 protesters:

November 24, 2009. One of many cloth murals prepared for Rexall Place rally:

November 24, 2009. Another mural at Rexall Place Rally:

November 24, 2009. Rally participants contribute to one of many murals prepared:

November 24, 2009. Mural at Rexall Place Rally:

November 24, 2009. RETA “Bury the Line” T-shirt is launched:

Clark's cartoon 3 towers

September 21, 2009. About 1,300 people rally in west Edmonton against an overhead Heartland line. The West Edmonton TUC route was eventually dropped from consideration:

September 16, 2009. Leigh Clarke, Senior VP AltaLink, tells Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce the Heartland power line is necessary. At the time, Mr. Clarke was also Calgary Vice President of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, which many think is an example of the power industry working just a little too closely with the party that forms the government:

August 12, 2009. Residents in west Edmonton express concerns about the possibility of the proposed Heartland line getting built in the West Edmonton TUC next to an existing 240kV line:

May 2009. Colchester Elementary School students hold up letters they have written to Premier Stelmach, pleading to get the Heartland power line buried so their school would not be shut down:

May 20, 2009. Premier Stelmach speaking to Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce said buried transmission lines and investments in new technology could one day help Alberta deliver environmentally-efficient electricity. That’s the last time an Alberta Progressive Conservative MLA or Cabinet Minister ever said that, as the Alberta P.C. Government has since taken a hard line that it does not support buried high voltage power lines:

March 5, 2009. RETA President Bruce Johnson speaking to about 1,000 angry residents at Festival Place, Sherwood Park, about the proposed Heartland line:

March 5, 2009. About 1,000 people rally at Festival Place against the proposed Heartland above-ground double circuit 500 kilovolt power line. Photo on the left shows the theatre full with about 750 people. The photo on the right shows the overflow in the theatre lobby of at least 250 people watching the rally on a TV screen:






Long before any public consultations started on the proposed Heartland power line, EPCOR, AltaLink, the AESO and the Alberta Government had made it clear they wanted the Heartland line built in the Sherwood Park and Edmonton Greenbelts. They then proceeded to conduct public meetings in an attempt to make it appear they were seriously considering alternative routes and listening to the public. Guy Bridgeman, Senior VP of EPCOR, appears in this photo speaking to CBC News about EPCOR’s preference to build an above-ground Heartland line through Strathcona County:

In 1989, the Kristensen family set aside 100 acres of their private land as the Bretona ConservAction Area under the Strathcona County ConservAction Program which was established to encourage landowners to dedicate parcels of private land for conservation purposes. This site is about 900 metres from the proposed overhead Heartland power line, and would be negatively affected:

Initiated by the Kristensen family, the Bretona Pond Buck-for-Wildlife Area was established in 1985 by the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division, with the participation of the County of Strathcona, Colchester Agriculture Society and Edmonton Natural History Society. This site is less than 800 metres from the proposed Heartland power line and would be negatively impacted:

Large birds such as this Canada goose on the Bretona ConservAction Area are not very maneuverable, and are particularly susceptible to crashing into 77-metre-tall towers and lines if the Heartland line is built nearby above ground. About 174 million birds are killed annually in the U.S. alone, colliding with overhead high voltage power lines and towers:

Eared grebes, like this one nesting in Bretona Pond, are also not particularly maneuverable, and would be susceptible to colliding with an overhead Heartland line nearby. An estimated 8,200 to 14,100 birds may be killed annually, colliding with an overhead Heartland line along the applicants’ preferred route (the route approved by the AUC November 1, 2011):

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