The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes

Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin

On November 24, 2004, the McGuinty Liberals proudly announced the results of its Request for Proposals for 300 megawatts of renewable energy. With noise guidelines developed from the advice of the wind energy industry the McGuinty Liberals started their assault on rural Ontario families.

Soon emerged the first of many reports which described families suffering from adverse health effects related to wind turbine complexes.

What did the McGuinty Liberals do in response to these reports? The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes.

Next were media reports of Ontario families forced to abandon their homes to save their health. Again the McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes.

Then Ontario families expressed their concerns regarding reported adverse health effects from wind turbine complex exposure. In response Premier McGuinty labelled these children, adults and seniors as NIMBYs and built more wind turbine complexes.

Then 36 Ontario municipalities expressed their concern by passing resolutions requesting that the McGuinty Liberals study issues such as health risks associated with wind turbine complexes.  The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes.

Then a community based health survey was tabled which detailed 53 (now 77) victims reporting adverse health effect.  The McGuinty Liberals ignored this and built more wind turbines.

Let it be known here and now that Ontario families will not accept regulations which have been developed based on the self serving opinions of the wind energy industry and the McGuinty Liberals. Ontario families demand that setbacks and noise regulations be based on independent epidemiology studies.

It is time that the public know the truth about the harm the McGuinty Liberals have knowingly caused Ontario families.

It is time for a public inquiry.

LORRIE GILLIS

Flesherton

2 thoughts on “The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes

  1. Hi,

    I am a medical science writer specializing in environmental and nutritional medicine and the politics of medicine. I have been writing the lead article in Vitality magazine for the past 10 years on a monthly basis. I have a cottage on Manitoulin island near Sheguiandah (nearest town Little Current) where a company is trying to push through a project involving 43 wind turbines to be built later this summer. ans the residents are not happy. One July 23 the commentary period for the environmental assessment closes and we need to find ways to gain time. The original plan was for 10 turbines which the council here accepted provisionally – then, all of a sudden, the plan changed, without another application process, to 43 turbines. We need a way to force a re-consideration of the whole application, given this sudden and unexpected change.

    Can you help us?

    Thanks!

    Helke Ferrie

  2. Considering Manitoulin Island is mainly private land it means the developer has acquired or plans to acquire leases. They tend to target lower income people, who have property, which I know is not in short supply on Manitoulin. The MOE Environmental Screening process is proponent driven and all MOE does is acknowledges whether or not each step was completed. A flawed or incomplete Environmental Report is of little concern with MOE as they do not review the report for content, just to see if the tables are completed. Following the process that is within the proponents control and biased to them is not something, other than letter writing, you should waste much effort. Read the article “How to Fight the Big Wind Onslaught by Calvin Luther Martin, January 2009”. It gives an understanding of what effort provides the best results. Getting property owners awareness of what they risk by signing away their property to companies is needed. If the company has no access to property they cannot build. This can be done by making it known what is at risk to property owner. Most sane property owners would not lease their land to a waste disposal site or other industrial developments. Industrial wind development has the same concerns that should be understood. Oil leakage, soil contamination, fire hazards, injury at site, electricity pollution, lightning targets, tower collapse, blades breaking apart and death are all things associated with turbines. Devaluing property and surrounding property is a reality. Make sure it is understood that property owners pay property taxes on any structure on their land. Liability responsibilities should be understood. Who is responsible for decommissioning? What happens when companies change ownership or go bankrupt? Some landowners are so trusting, want to do the right thing and when the company sends a “nice” staff member to deal with them they believe everything is going to be great. The staff member can verbally promise whatever is needed to acquire the lease. Verbally promise community wealth and jobs. Talk is cheap, and the company will do, at best, what they are legally required to do. The article “Ted Cowan, Ontario Federation of Agriculture – Warns Farmers to be Careful When Dealing with the Wind Industry” provides some information. Also: //www.wind-watch.org/news/2009/04/09/how-property-owners-can-be-deceived/ or the article “Fond Du Lac Farmer has regrets about agreeing to host a wind turbine– Why can’t he speak openly about it?” are items that should be read by anyone who is thinking about leasing land. Do research on the company. Figure out where the company is getting money to support this development. They don’t tend to use their own money. If money stops the project stops. If you have not done so already keep these sites informed of progress. Join the growing number of those willing to speak out about the truth.

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