The hearing will continue on Thursday, May 9, 09:30 with testimony from post-turbine witnesses (past and current victims). Testimony from pre-turbine witnesses (local people with existing medical conditions) will be rescheduled for later in May.
Please attend Thursday’s ERT hearing and support the Ontario wind victims who will testify on the misery of living next to wind turbines. If you have been encouraging others to attend, please send them news of the schedule change immediately.
by Henri Garand, Chair, APPEC
The long-awaited human health phase of the ERT appeal begins on Thursday, May 9, in the Sophiasburgh town hall, 2771 County Road 5, Demorestville.
Here’s how the process should unfold:
- Opening statements at the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) will start late morning after a cross-examination of the last Gilead Power witness on the natural environment. Then the ERT panel will hear the testimony of several County residents who live near Ostrander Point and who expect to suffer adverse health effects from nine wind turbines due to their existing medical conditions.
- On Thursday, May 9, three Ontario wind victims will testify on their experience of being forced to live in or near currently-operating wind projects.
- More victims, perhaps as many as 17, will be testifying in the weeks ahead.
- Expert witnesses who are medical doctors and acousticians will confirm and explain the victims’ testimony. The lead medical expert, County resident Dr. Robert McMurtry, is scheduled for three days of testimony and cross-examination in Toronto.
- Besides cross-examining APPEC’s witnesses, Gilead Power will present its own experts to deny the causal relationship between victims’ symptoms and turbine emissions.
- The hearings will take place in Demorestville and in Toronto over four weeks, though not every day.
- The ERT hearings will conclude on or shortly after June 6 with closing statements for both the natural environment and health phases of the appeal.
- The deadline for the ERT decision is July 3.
APPEC’s news release announcing the start of the appeal can be read here.
APPEC lawyer Eric Gillespie has asked for a show of public support at the ERT on Wednesday and Thursday. It takes a lot of courage for witnesses to testify, and they deserve everyone’s appreciation. There would no health appeal without these presumptive and real victims.
Please show your thanks by helping to fill the town hall on days the ERT is held in Demorestville.
APPEC needs many thousands of dollars more to fund its appeal through to completion. If you are able, please make a donation to the APPEC Legal Fund, P.O. Box 173, Milford, ON K0K 2P0 or online at www.appec.ca .