Ginny Stewart (receptor 62): speech at April 3rd Protest, Toronto


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Speech to April 3rd 2013 Protest Toronto
I am known as receptor 62 of Mike Crawley’s Plateau Wind Project in Grey Highlands, Grey County; a faceless, nameless person to our government and to AIM/IPC/GDF Suez who labeled me as such. This is the way they want it; out of sight, out of mind. If they can dehumanize us then they can ignore the pain and suffering that their policies, their regulations, and their machines are causing.

I have a name and a face as do 22 others from 8 families in my community. We have all been stricken with symptoms that we did not have prior to the installation of IWTs near our homes. Each us reside less than 1500 meters from the nearest turbine. Some of our common symptoms are interrupted sleep, sleeplessness, heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, pressure in the head and ears, a tingling or vibrating feeling in the body, dizziness, nose bleeds, high blood pressure, lack of energy, depression, irritability and yes, anger. We have phoned the developer, and the MOE, we have filed complaints we have appealed to the Medical officer of health, all to no avail. We are aware of others who choose to remain silent for reasons important to them, but who none the less deserve to be counted.

There is a young man in my community, who was vibrant and active, dynamic in his job. Now he misses work because he cannot bring himself to get out of bed in the morning after a restless night to make the long commute required to get to his place of employment.

A young father who suffers from vertigo which now has become more pronounced since the turbines began to operate, worries about the health of his children. His doctor has recommended that he be fit with a pacemaker. He is only 35 years old.

Young children have begun to have chronic nose bleeds; adults now have high blood pressure. Some complain that they can no longer think or function properly. They lack energy and are depressed most of the time, preferring not to return home at the end of the work day to face another sleepless torturous night.

One family has already moved away but not before giving the lease holder nearest his home a piece of his mind as he was leaving. Another family just a few days returned from a three week holiday has also made the decision to leave. You see after only 2 days away from home and the turbines they felt a renewal of their health. The wife while monitoring her blood pressure was able to stop taking the drug she had been prescribed. The husband felt relief by being able to sleep again, the pains in his abdomen disappeared. 2 days after coming home all of their symptoms returned in full force. Now they are making preparations to put the house on the market, hoping that they can sell it with a minimal financial loss.

I too fear for the loss of my home and my health, which has already been degraded. I suffer from loss of sleep, excessive ringing in my ears. Sometimes there is pressure in my ears. Many of you I’m sure can relate to the pain caused by a rapidly descending aircraft. Just imagine that lasting for several hours. Nausea and headaches are no longer a stranger to me. I have also suffered many infections no doubt caused by my immune system being compromised.

My home along with some of my neighbour’s homes was the subject of Dr. Nick Kowen’s Noise Survey which demonstrates that the turbines exceed the noise limits set by the MOE most of the time. We have phoned the developer and the MOE we have filed complaints, we have appealed to the Medical officer of health, all to no avail.

We are not wind opponents or activists we are people, unwilling participants, walking wounded, and singled out by our government to participate in a nightmare that has been imposed on us without our consent. And now we are to be studied by our governments to determine the depth of our suffering, and what would be an acceptable percentage of people harmed. They are talking about 29%!  They are looking at raising the noise level to 45dB! They are looking to make policy changes under the guise of a health study.

In September of last year I made a presentation on behalf of my neighbours and myself to the Medical Officer of Health for Grey/Bruce counties, Dr. Hazel Lynn. As a result the Board of Health requested her to conduct a literature search and provide summary conclusions. In a letter to me she states that “every published peer-reviewed study we considered demonstrated some level of positive correlation between self reported adverse health effects and living distance from turbines” but more research needs to be done. Well I did not sign up to be a lab rat, did you?!! We do not have 10  or 15 years to wait for more research! A positive correlation has been determined! So what are they waiting for?

Prevention, precaution and do no harm are well established health principals. To allow harm is inconsistent with these principals especially the precautionary principal. It is time for the medical community to step up to the plate. Medical Officers of Health in counties where people are being harmed have an obligation to respond that harm and should be ordering the turbines shut down. The threshold of impairment of health has been met and exceeded. We are about to have an epidemic in this province as our government feeds the industry frenzy to install more turbines and as they go online.

Last night I had the honour of speaking for the people of Huron East at a council meeting. The families are looking down the barrel of their future, one that will condemn them to the horrors of a policy gone wrong. They are fearful and looking to their leaders to protect them from what is coming. The room was filled to capacity, standing room only. Sitting on the floor in front of me was a young mother with her four children. They are innocent and their parents are helpless to protect them; the council says that the law will not allow them to protect them either.

Please look at our faces, remember them and not the receptor numbers that we have been assigned. Send a message to The Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arleen King and tell her that we will not be dismissed. It is our right to be respected and to have our health and dignity protected and restored regardless of the circumstances of our ill health. Dr. King has the power to shut them down. The time has come to shut the turbines down!!! Shut them down!!!

23 thoughts on “Ginny Stewart (receptor 62): speech at April 3rd Protest, Toronto

  1. Do you want to know just how much they care? They will note that people are moving away and then claim NOCEBO effect – that over time there is a declining number of people ‘claiming’ about health problems, so they must have been just imagining it.

    • So, all they are waiting for, is for the people to become discouraged, and give up…. Lesson to everyone. If they don’t listen, we get louder, and rowdier, and eventually they will not be able to ignore us any longer. Our lives, our families, and our communities depend on it. We need to be as annoying….no, much more annoying, than they, and their turbines, are to us.

  2. Receptor # 148 present. – Carman Krough said in a speech: once an area is known to be infective – we do not usually force the victims to continue e.g. if the water in an area is not safe for consumption, we do not continue to make them drink it.
    Consider a study that is forcing the victims to remain in order to get the true conclusions required.
    I would think they would have to start with a base level hmmm (ZERO)
    – I suggest 6 months to a year with out the turbine turning,
    – then a very slow progression,
    – it would have to have same period of Zero IWT emissions (if they operated for 12 hours – then they must be shut off for 12 hours hopefully at night)
    – at the same time recording energy produced – with a noise, & human receptor ratio over both of the12 hour periods
    – 10 to 15 years (remember new drugs are not released to the public until they are thoroughly tested)
    I do not know of one project that is being set up as a test project?
    Receptor # 148 can not be tested, since I have turbines approx. 10km to the north & 16km to the south – my ZERO would have had to start a few years ago.

  3. I appreciate that people are standing up and speaking out. At a county board meeting in middle America we invited a couple from another county to speak to our county board. They had several IWT much closer than 1500 meter. Some county boards members comments were – when talking about the noise “close the windows”. They just didn’t get it. They didn’t believe them or our group — they wanted it to happen. The couple has since won a lawsuit along with several others in that neighboring county…. The problem they are gone, they can’t speak out as a condition of the lawsuit. What kind of “study” can one ever have if the participants move out and/or won a lawsuit and are “gagged” from speaking.

    • So many people in the States don’t know who the groups are that are involved with promoting IWTs.
      Start with your own electric utility to determine if any of the executives and/or board members have any connections or support any environmental groups.
      Then move on to your local boards and then on up in your state.
      Some of those promoting IWTs in the States are way up in the Federal and State governments. Check out your Representatives and Senators to learn where they stand on IWT issues.
      The U.S. Climate Action Partnership and the Edison Electric Institute both have connections to U.S. Electric utilities.
      The environmental organizations affiliated with the U.S.Climate Action Partnership are organizations that have a lot of say in U.S. energy policy.

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  5. As a long time supporter I was distressed to see that Nature Conservancy was part of this group. I have dropped memberships in Sierra Club and several other environmental groups I had been a long time supporter of. I thought Nature Conservancy was , at least not “in your face” so ‘pro-wind’ and seem to have a more reasonable approach. And, may know about the problems that IWT cause and that they are not the “perfect solution”. I see I may have been wrong.

    • A great many people don’t yet know what is taking place and who are involved. MSM goes along with this so how are people supposed to find out?

  6. At one time people may have found out information via investigative reporters — reporting – Now the wind company sends out the “press release” as gospel. At least Ontario seems to be more “organized”. with getting the facts out to the public.
    I’m finding it’s one small step at a time —

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