Ostrander Point ERT health appeal begins on May 9 — please attend

CHATHAM - KENT ONTARIO KRUGER ENERGY PORT ALMA WIND FROM HWY3 TALBOT TRAIL 12The 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.

button-donateAPPEC 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 .

7 thoughts on “Ostrander Point ERT health appeal begins on May 9 — please attend

  1. Do Not shoot the messanger.
    Here is the thing, the ERT can only rule on site specifics. The ERT burden of proof is that a 99% causation has to been shown. The Ostrander ERT DOES NOT HAVE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SITE!
    And the ONLY way the tribunal allowed these vicitms to present was if they AGREED to hand over years and years of UNCODED OHIP records, medical records and a 176 intrusive health questionaire. And because of this the vicitm is classified as an “expert”. As an expert their records are admitted and become PUBLIC information for companies and government agencies to use in any way.
    And since the ERT rulings will show that what has been given “isn’t enough to bare the 99% burden of proof of cause ( reemember no one lives in this site)’ and state that the vicitm information isn’t enough all of their efforts will be for what????

    PLUS the vicitm must ENDURE the cross examination by MOE lawyers and companies lawyers.
    I have witnessed the crosses for those who are trained for this. It is INTENSE and DRAINING.
    Who is going to ensure the mental health of each vicitm during and after the cross examination.
    Who is checking in with the vicitms when the ruling comes down and ALL of their medical information is out their leaving them fully exposed???????????
    Where is the precautionary principle for the victim.
    Remember the vicitm wants to help and see and end to their torment. They will trust those in so call charge.
    Having the advocates come to to the same low point as the government……people suffer at any cost?

    I have NOT HEARD ONE PLAN TO PROTECT the victims.
    This evidence is valuable in the correct setting……this is a trian wreck and exactly what the wind commpany lawyers have been waiting for.

    People in positions of influence on the appellant side have a moral and ethical obligation to ensure the vicitm is protected. I do not see any protection protocal. And trusting someone to stop an agressive cross examination or stopping the use of one’s medical records to show a positive for wind complexes is NOT guarenteed.

    • Thank you for this.

      Why is our government hitting victims when they’re down?

      Consider these statements from Ontario government:

      The Ministry of Environment commissioned a report on existing Ontario wind turbine regulations and noise guidelines. The report states: “The audible sound from wind turbines, at the levels experienced at typical receptor distances in Ontario, is nonetheless expected to result in a nontrivial percentage of persons being highly annoyed. As with sounds from many sources, research has shown that annoyance associated with sound from wind turbines can be expected to contribute to stress-related health impacts in some persons.” Brian Howe, P. Eng (Howe Gastmeier Chapnik Ltd. Dec. 2010, Rfp No. Oss-078696)

      On the first day of the first appeal of a Renewable Energy Approval in front of the Environmental Review Tribunal, Frederika Rotter, lawyer representing Ontario Ministry of the Environment, submitted during her opening remarks:

      “We will see in the course of this hearing that lots of people are worried about
      windmills. They may not like the noise, they may think the noise makes them sick,
      but really what makes them sick is just the windmills being on the land because it
      does impact their property values. That’s what makes them sick is that, you know,
      they’ll get less money for their properties, and that’s what’s causing all this
      annoyance and frustration and all of that.”
      (transcript)

      The Environmental Review Tribunal: an unethical experiment?

      • Industrialization of the coutryside;
        devalues property, a known fact.

        Frederika Rotter, lawyer representing Ontario Ministry of the Environment said –
        “We will see in the course of this hearing that lots of people are worried about
        windmills. They may not like the noise, they may think the noise makes them sick,
        but really what makes them sick is just the windmills being on the land because it
        does impact their property values. That’s what makes them sick is that, you know,
        they’ll get less money for their properties, and that’s what’s causing all this
        annoyance and frustration and all of that.” (transcript)

        Frederika knows her real estate – too.

  2. In this situation perhaps the best way to protect and support those willing to testify is to be there. Let the public see how these witnesses will be treated.

    • …and if anything is out of order (by OUR standards) let the ERT damn well know we will not tolerate anymore abuse on these citizens. Be vocal. It’s the very least we can do for those who testify.

  3. Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine, July-August, 2012
    “Demand Going Up”
    More than 8,000 pounds of copper go into a single large wind turbine and a hybrid car has 9 pounds of nickel and 75 pounds of copper.
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/julaug12/nonferrous.html

    Same issue has an article on Blanding’s turtle. It’s one of two threatned species in Minnesota along with the wood turtle.
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/julaug12/blandings.html

    • Follow the link to: Rare Species Guide, Keyword is: Turtles
      Has a lot more information on Blanding’s turtles.
      Minnesota is trying to protect this turtle species. So why is the destruction of Blanding’s habitat being allowed in Ontario?

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