Dear Mr. Hudak:
Please see the attached letters. The first is from [Son] who is the son of [Mother]. [Mother’s] signature is on the second letter. This correspondence is representative of what is happening in industrial wind projects in Ontario. Please note the dates on each letter because it’s shameful that this has been going on for so long now.
Many residents quietly sell the problem at a loss to the next person and move away. Some who can’t afford to do this suffer daily and nightly finding relief in driving away from home as often as they can. Some have simply walked away from a home they loved because they are too sick and too tired to function anymore. I know this because I am in touch with many people who are at a loss as to what to do. I transcribed survey returns for WindVOiCe from handwritten notes. You can see the final results at www.windvigilance.com
[Son] and his mother are only one example of many who have abandoned their home to regain their health. They know the ‘Truth about Turbines’ only too well.
Please, Mr. Hudak, could you address some or all of this young man’s concerns? He echoes the feelings of many across this province. I would also like to see definitive direction to address the suffering that so many have experienced with only 700 or so large turbines up and running.
Sincerely, Lorrie Gillis
Letter of issues to address from a young man who has watched his family have to walk away from their home:
Here are some details that I think should be clarified by the PCs before the election in order to assure the electorate that they understand the criticalness of the situation and to demonstrate that they are committed to doing the right thing for everyone impacted by industrial wind turbines:
– Commit a specific, appropriate amount of money ($1 million, $5 million, $10 million…) as a line item in their first year’s budget to be spent on a study of the health effects of wind turbines (ideally with details about how this money will be spent.) From what I understand, Sivoththaman’s grant at the University of Waterloo for $1.5 million over 5 years is directed entirely towards overhead expenses and there is no money available in this budget for the expenses of actually conducting research. This has caused delay for researchers who need to qualify and receive grants before they are able to begin their work. I’ve heard that in some cases, these applications for grants have been denied, which has impeded the effectiveness of Sivoththaman’s appointment as the Chair in Renewable Energies Technologies, to say the least.
– Commit to implementing a “scientifically-accepted field methodology to measure wind turbine noise to determine compliance and non-compliance,” by a certain date.
The delay by the current government to implement this is unconscionable, and absolutely incomprehensible. From what I understand, the technology and expertise exists to measure wind turbine noise, so given the importance of this issue, why is the government delaying? I admit that I, like many people, don’t know many of the details about what the government is working on towards this end. Is the discussion stalled at decisions like where to place the microphone, and over what length of time to average the sound level? If so, after years of awareness and discussion at the Ministry of the Environment on this issue, there must be lots of information currently available upon which a new government can make these decisions relatively quickly, to move forward with determining if projects are, or are not, in compliance.
– Similarly, I thought that the present government had put out a contract to come up with low frequency noise standards, but again, I don’t know much about where this process is currently being held up. I think this contract may have been awarded to HGC Engineering, or Aercoustics…? I would think that LFN standards that are relevant would have to be based on the outcome of a health study, unless the plan is to use LFN standards from other industries. Whatever the case may be, I am a bit concerned that whichever firm is tasked with coming up with these LFN standards may currently be busy travelling across the province recording LFN levels at all the wind power plants that are currently operating, so they can set the limit above the highest LFN level recorded (similar to how they set the maximum bird kill limit.) The details of this issue might be such that the PCs cannot reasonably commit to much on this issue at this time. However, it would be nice to hear the PCs acknowledge in some way that ILFN from wind turbines is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed. Could they commit to determining ILFN standards by a certain date? ie – within 6 months? or at least identify it as an element of the health study?
Also, it would be nice to see the PCs commit to increased transparency about wind turbines in Ontario. I don’t view wind turbine development or operation as a matter of national security, so is there any good reason why we Ontarians should not be able to see, in full light, what our government is, and has been doing regarding wind turbine regulation (especially considering the humiliation and frustrations we’ve already endured)? Citizens should not be at the mercy of Freedom of Information officers or subpoenas in order to find out how our government is looking out for us. Could the PCs offer to:
- release all information at the MOE (memos, correspondence, etc) regarding wind turbine developments and investigations
- conduct an audit
- direct the Ombudsperson, Auditor General, Attorney General? to investigate?
I recognize that some of these ideas may not be possible for a party that is not the government to commit to, since they may not be privy to the details of the present government. In creating this list though, I tried to keep in mind what is fair and reasonable for the citizens of Ontario. If the PCs cannot get into the level of detail suggested above, there is still the opportunity for the PCs to speak about the importance of these issues before the election.