MPP Van Bommel gets an earful from protesters

By Nancy Powers, Strathroy Age Dispatch

Getting an earful.

That was the case for local MPP Maria Van Bommel as over 80 protesters demanded answers and voice their concerns regarding the Green Energy Act.

More specifically those participating in the march on Saturday, April 2 in downtown Strathroy were asking for Van Bommel’s support a moratorium on turbines until such time that research proves they are safe. Organized by Esther Wrightman, who is a member of the Middlesex Wind Action Group, the event was held because some taxpayers are frustrated with the process.

“A large part of our anger comes from having zero control over our environment and health,” said Wrightman. “We know there are problems in other areas of Ontario… and yet our government still turns a blind eye and ignores these people.”

Wrightman and her group maintain that turbines generate low-pitched sounds that disrupt the body’s rhythms causing headaches, dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, irritability and problems with concentration and memory.

After marching and chanting through the downtown, the protesters stopped in front of Van Bommel’s constituency office and gave her an earful.

She thanked them for coming and noted the good weather likely helped. She barely had the words out of her mouth when the protesters shouted back.

“It’s passion, passion, that’s what brought us out,” said one person. Another shouted, “the truth brings us out.”

Although she tried to answer their questions, often times Van Bommel was shouted at in the middle of her sentence.

Some protesters carried placards with various messages on them including “Stop The Wind Turbines”, “Health Studies Before Wind Turbines” and “Big Wind degrades rural communities.”

Wrightman was disappointed that Van Bommel wouldn’t sign their petition, which already contains over 300 names. She also won’t agree to put a “Health Studies Before Wind Turbines” sign in her office window.

“I’m not really sure she cares about the people of Ontario,” said Wrightman.

Van Bommel did take their concerns to the legislature on Monday, April 2, asking the Minister of the Environment if there is any specific evidence that wind projects harm people’s health.

Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson responded by saying his ministry has been presented with no evidence that wind turbines are harmful to people’s health.

“The Superior Court recently upheld all of our provisions,” said Wilkinson, adding “they agree that we have reviewed and based them on peer-reviewed science and expert opinions.”

Wrightman was disappointed with Van Bommel’s efforts and described it as “taunt”

“I didn’t really expect her to actually help us,” said Wrightman.

17 thoughts on “MPP Van Bommel gets an earful from protesters

  1. Van Bommell asking Wilkinson for his “opinion” on Health issues and Wind Turbines is like Howdy Doody asking Daffy Duck what E=MC Squared is!

  2. Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson responded by saying his ministry has been presented with no evidence that wind turbines are harmful to people’s health.

    “The Superior Court recently upheld all of our provisions,” said Wilkinson, adding “they agree that we have reviewed and based them on peer-reviewed science and expert opinions.”

    That is not at all what happened. Wilkinson knows it, we know and maybe the public will come to understand that he is spreading disinformation faster than a manure spreader shovels bovine excrement…

  3. If the minister does not except the health issues then let’s call it what it really is”TORTURE “. And is that allowable in Canada?

  4. Both Van Bommel and Wilkinson used the podium to spew lies, outright lies. She told the crowd she would take our concerns to her caucus.

    Her question was this, “Minister, has your ministry received any scientific evidence that wind turbines harm people’s health?”.

    Why didn’t she ask what we wanted: will your government please put a halt to wind turbine construction and get some proper health studies done? Nope.

    Her last statement was, “With many Tories still supporting coal-fired generation, will the McGuinty government continue to increase renewable energy so that we can eliminate coal from our energy mix and improve the environment of my constituents?”

    Can you believe that she calls this taking our concerns to the caucus??????????

    If you are interested- here’s the rest of her garbage: http://windaction.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/van-bommels-takes-her-concerns-to-legislature-not-ours/

  5. This woman is a gullible, greenwashed puppet. She is not smart enough to do any research herself. All she did was give free publicity to Wilkinson from the floor of the legislation , to spew his lies. He should be in jail for lying about the number of complaints of serious health issues and not investigating. This whole ministry is a sham. We must make sure this never happens again in all of Canada. An Act of this sort must be AGAINST THE LAW in the future. Our Canadian Charter must clearly stipulate that No government can ever enact a law that removes power from the people again under any circumstance. All of these politicians should have to make restitution, by order of the court.

  6. Wilkinson was one of the big players in the passage of the Ontario Green energy Act.

  7. “Wrightman was disappointed that Van Bommel wouldn’t sign their petition, which already contains over 300 names.”

    Here in Manvers, Ontario we now have over 1000 “Notices of Objection” letters rejecting turbines at 550 meters from our homes and schools. That’s half the voters of our area and we haven’t even gone out door to door yet. And still Liberal MPP Rick Johnson won’t stand up for us and speak on our behalf at Queen’s Park. Nothing but a poppet.

    Guess who won’t have a job after Oct 6th?

  8. Andrew, this was a peition we had started a few years ago, but haven’t bothered to add many new signatures to in the last year and a half because we knew Van Bommel would papershred/file the peition if we gave it to her (peitions that Liberals do not want to present in legislature because it will embarass them, they just “file”, and you will never hear of it again). I wouldn’t give her the peition unless she signed it, AND a letter saying she would present it to legislature so that it is recorded in the official record. HAHA, I know, fat chance, but that’s the point.

    The solution: give it to a PC MPP, they’ll gladly present it to legislature for you, and probably even sign it.

    Are you guys up for a 550M protest march up in Manvers? I think Rick needs one!

  9. Government rules !!!!!! Vote liberal. Again. LOL. We are bent over. Only choice is dry or with KY. So sad

  10. Van Bommel was a disaster. A former friend of hers confronted her about her lack of compassion, a young man asked which municipalities in her riding support her Green Energy Act and she couldn’t think of one, she remained unmoved when a victim of Industrial Wind Turbine syndrome spoke and when someone representing victims in Chatham/Kent was near in tears demanding her to recognize those suffering.
    She is a cruel, heartless drone of McGuinty.

  11. Bommel took the concerns to heart in a question in the legislature on the 4th:

    Mrs. Maria Van Bommel: I know my constituents who are supportive of renewable energy will be glad to hear that wind turbines are safe.

    My question to the minister is quite simple: With many Tories still supporting coal-fired generation, will the McGuinty government continue to increase renewable energy so that we can eliminate coal from our energy mix and improve the environment of my constituents?
    ——

    Whatever she is, she shouldn’t be your MPP

  12. Keep at it folks ..take one Liberal seat at a time.
    Unseat them all.

  13. Well maybe not…

    I offer this story.
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/Ontario+teachers+fight+Hudak/4565075/story.html

    An Ontario teachers union has approved charging its members an extra $3-million to fund a political action campaign aimed at keeping the Progressive Conservatives out of office in the fall provincial election.

    The $60-per-member additional fee was passed by 67% of delegates at the Ontario Catholic Teachers Association’s annual general meeting last month in Toronto.

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