Federal wind turbine rules coming

New guidelines will recommend minimum safe distances between homes and wind towers
By Dave Hutton And Jeff Davis, Postmedia News- Ottawa Citizen

Health Canada is drafting national guidelines for electricity-generating wind turbines that will establish a recommended minimum safe distance between the structures and homes. Across Canada, many are concerned about “wind turbine syndrome,” a suite of symptoms suffered by some living in proximity to wind turbines. Anxiety, sleeping problems and headaches are among the negative health effects some think are caused by the low frequency hum emitted by wind turbines. “Health Canada has been working in collaboration with the provinces and territories to draft voluntary Canadian Guidelines for Wind Turbine Noise,” wrote Health Canada spokeswoman Olivia Caron in an email. “The voluntary draft guidelines are health-based, and focus on minimizing potential impacts such as sleep disturbance by recommending noise limits, sound measurement standards and minimum setback distances from homes and occupied dwellings.” Read Article

11 thoughts on “Federal wind turbine rules coming

  1. I hope the Canadian “guidelines” mean more than they do here in the states. 99% of the time guidelines should be mandatory since they evolve as a means of ensuring public or environmental safety. When guidelines are put into place here, land owners and those who lease land sign a waiver concerning the guidelines. Quite often that happens to the detrement of their neighbors. Guidelines should be carved in stone not written on rubber.

  2. As I see it, the article speaks to these guidelines as being “voluntarily ” adopted, which is as good as nothing….They should be made ‘mandatory” !!!Also if the feds adopt Ontario’s so-called guidelines,, , that’s baloney also.. Do the feds think Ontario is 100% right in their thinking on this??? . I wouldn’t trust anything the Ontario government puts forward in any guidelines they draft in regards to wind turbines..Can’t the feds do their own study on this ?? Listening to Ontario would be a huge mistake…What the hell is wrong with this nation???

  3. I don’t think the feds will do any better at guidelines if they adopt Ontario’s guidelines..

  4. Unfortunately, voluntary guidelines will have little effect on McGuinty and his band of merry gestapo. Rural and small town citizens in Ontario will continue to be bullied and forsaken in the rush to build as many of these monstrosities as possible.

  5. It sounds like we`re in big trouble, after reading the story Barbara pointed out. The guidelines are pretty much the same as Ontarios! Written by Corrupt,Propaganda-spewing, Industry-paid, Treasonous, Anti-Ontario, Warmongers, like Mr. Colby, the questionable, pretend doctor. Or is he a pretend ‘Electrical Engineer’? Or both? He sounds off wearing both hats! Me thinks neither, fits his swollen head!
    The fight continues folks! The Feds are selling us out!
    So, we must all (those who are able), donate as much as possible, to the ongoing court challenges, being undertaken by Mr.Gillespie and his team (or any others ?). They are battles for all of us! We all win or we all loose. We`re up against corrupt people, with an unlimited money supply ( our tax money). So our support$$ is badly needed.

    • This news story not covered by the Toronto newspapers? Just pretend there are no IWT problems for as long as possible.

      • Would it be the Ontario Ministry of Health that is presenting proposals/guidelines to the Feds since this Health Canada?

  6. From Barbara’s link……….

    Just politics!
    It’s an excellent step forward; leaves an open door for public input –
    the opportunity will come – hopefully the outcome will be positive.
    I have to be positive – it’s in my nature – I’m programmed that way.

    ‘[excerpt] Health Canada says the draft guidelines will undergo a public consultation phase prior to their finalization.

    McKinnon says the guidelines will be re-evaluated if new evidence comes to light.

    “If the public is feeling there are effects we need to look into that,” McKinnon said. “There has been an extensive consultation process for these guidelines, but the work doesn’t stop in terms of continually examining the evidence.”

    McKinnon says the government is taking the right approach by putting in place guidelines, rather than regulations.

    “The way forward is a partnership with industry,” McKinnon said. “The industry is generally willing to comply with guidelines rather than regulations, which involve a lot of taxpayer money.”‘

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