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.