Delay, Deny and Disappoint

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A Response to:  Chief Medical Officer of Health Report (CMOH) Ontario “The Potential Health Impacts of  Wind Turbines”

Toronto, ON-June 3, 2010 – In a strongly worded document released today, The Society for Wind Vigilance states that the CMOH Report: The Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines “appears to be a government-convened attempt to justify unsound practices of wind turbine development while denying the adverse health effects reported by Ontario families”.

On its website it states, “The Society for Wind Vigilance expresses both its surprise and disappointment with the quality of the CMOH’s report. The victims deserve consideration not denial.”

Rather than calling for the development of authoritative setbacks and noise guidelines based on independent third party clinical research The Society says Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health decided to invest approximately seven months to produce a 14 page literature review with no original research.

According The Society for Wind Vigilance in its 55 page analysis of the literature review released on May 20 this year, the report contains multiple examples exhibiting a “deficient understanding of Ontario setback regulations and noise guidelines for wind turbines” and “displays selective bias”.

Principle findings reached by The Society conclude that the CMOH report is incomplete. It also concludes that the report is “fraught with inaccuracies, contradictions and misinformation”. In particular crucial evidence gaps remain unaddressed in the report while “the widely affirmed and urgent need for further research is not acknowledged”.

The Society for Wind Vigilance is an International federation of Physicians, Engineers and other Professionals advocating for authoritative guidelines for wind energy development to protect the health and safety of communities like yours.


  1. The CMOH Report is a literature review with no original research.
  2. There are a number of errors of commission and omission.
  3. The reality of global reports of adverse health effects has not been addressed.
  4. The report does acknowledge the World Health Organization as a definitive authority broadly writ as well as on the subject of community noise.
  5. Crucial evidence gaps remain unaddressed but paradoxically the widely affirmed and urgent need for further research is not acknowledged.
  6. The Society of Wind Vigilance expresses both its surprise and disappointment with the quality of the CMOH’s report. The victims deserve consideration not denial.


3 thoughts on “Delay, Deny and Disappoint

  1. Arlene King has to be forced to RESIGN!

    First was her inept handling of the H1N1 Swine Flu debacle and she now attempts to explain her ineptitude by blaming Federal Governments and other agencies for not “co-ordinating” the program she was supposed to oversee and NOW she produces a “report” that sounds more like a CANWEA response to the Opposition to the known Wind Scam that has destroyed Rural Ontario!

    Below is King’s latest diatribe attempting to deflect responsibility from her office. Is this a vain “attempt” to keep one’s job after performance is now being questioned?


    Federal H1N1 vaccine program had bugs, says Ont.’s top doc


    “TORONTO — Ontario received little co-ordination from the federal government on the delivery of the H1N1 flu vaccine last year, resulting in supply-and-demand needs never being balanced, according to a report released Wednesday by the province’s top doctor.

    Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said the province “did not receive good information” about how much vaccine was available and how much was going to be delivered to Ontario.

    “There was never an alignment between H1N1 vaccine supply demand and our capacity to deliver it,” she said at a news conference at Queen’s Park. “The vaccine supply chain was out of our hands and at times, so was the demand. However, the capacity to deliver an influenza vaccine fell squarely on the province.”

    Last year’s wave of the H1N1 flu virus spread quickly to more than 200 countries and led to the deaths of 17,700 people worldwide. In Canada, a total of 426 deaths to date have been attributed to the outbreak, which began in the spring of 2009. The majority of the deaths occurred in Ontario.

    When the federal government forced Ontario to wait on it for information, it left provincial health officials scrambling to make last-minute decisions about who should get priority for the Tamiflu vaccine, culminating in long lineups at public clinics and doctors’ offices. Often, the province had more vaccine than it needed, and then found itself with a shortage during the peak of the outbreak, said King.

    Ontario initially ordered 19 million doses of the flu vaccine, but eventually cut that order to 13 million. Only five million doses were eventually given out, and the majority of the vaccine has expired.

    Health Minister Deb Matthews could not say how much the unused vaccine cost the province.

    The report found that vaccination rates for H1N1 varied greatly across the country, ranging from 35 to 80 per cent of the population in some provinces.

    These rates also differed in Ontario cities, with Ottawa reporting the highest vaccination rate at 55 per cent and Toronto the lowest at 35 per cent.

    King blamed the discrepancies on the province’s inability to track medical records, and said health officials may never know if the plan to immunize high-priority groups, such as the elderly, young, the sick and pregnant women did indeed bring down infection rates.

    King made three key recommendations in the report, calling for the implementation of an electronic tracking system, a clearer “chain of command” from Ottawa and more power for the chief medical officer to standardize the distribution of vaccinations instead of relying on multiple public health units to make their own decisions.

    A full review on Ontario’s handling of the H1N1 crisis will be available in 2011.”

    © Copyright (c) Canwest News Service

  2. Ha, the government with the E- health scandal?! How handy it would’ve been to have had electronic records during an epidemic! How many millions wasted on scandal?
    Too bad they don’t don’t know how to co-ordinate anything useful, but McGuinty sure knows how to squander our taxpayer dollars. Wind Turbine anyone? There are no records of people with Wind Turbine Syndrome because we have no records!!!!

  3. Thank you very much to the Society for Wind Vigilance for compiling this analysis of the CMOH review. I am sorry that those who have integrity (and who are very busy providing healthcare) must put their efforts towards responding to garbage put out by those who do not.

    Throughout the SWV report, I see reference to the fact that theoretically, the current regulations permit residents to be exposed to sound levels of 51-53 dba.

    Isn’t is possible– and in fact very likely– that some residences receive sound greater than 53 dba? Since there is no universally accepted way to measure sound emissions from IWTs to see what they’re actually producing, and since we should not trust that the developer and the design firm used appropriate wind shear or other attenuation factors, and since the MoE has not done this fact-checking, it seems that it would be plausible that sound level could be greater than 53 dba at some homes.

    Perhaps this would explain the “phenomenon” of why many people living around turbines are reporting ill health effects, even though the existing literature says that they should not.

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