This letter is in response to Lynn Edwards’ view on “attractive” windmills. I don’t think Ms. Edwards lives amongst wind turbines and so may not appreciate the frustration of having red blinking lights all night as the new sky view for country dwellers.
She also might think differently if she was aware of the serious health issues that have forced people in wind installations across this province, and around the world, from their homes.
She might not know about the cyclical and loud noises that cause some residents to get in their car in the middle of the night and drive away to a parking lot so they can sleep or about the low frequency noise coming off of these industrial machines that will penetrate the walls of homes, as well as the ‘walls’ of our bodies causing vibration resulting in health problems.
It is no surprise that these symptoms alleviate when people are removed from the environment and return when they are returned to the home. This is an obvious and direct cause that needs to be studied yet our government continues to drag its heels, certainly at the influence of the moneyed lobbyists.
People of all ages are affected. Trust me that small children do not care about land sightlines, politics or money when they are crying with earaches, stomach-aches and headaches. They get better when they are removed from their home. People are living in safe houses. They are paying rent and utilities to live elsewhere, while their own homes remain empty waiting for mitigation of the problems by our stunningly slow government. Some of these families have lived happily in their homes for decades, and now they can no longer stay there. These are real families. I know these families.
This is way beyond anecdotal and I would appreciate it if our local media would stop printing letters such as the above that revictimize the families in this area that are suffering. Whether windmills are attractive or not, is really not worthy of discussion anymore. They are dangerous industrial scale machines that were never meant to be dropped into populated areas. They are hurting people and this government needs to come to a halt with this terribly flawed policy.
Barbara Ashbee, Orangeville