Niagara this Week
At age three, the sound of two sides of Velcro ripping apart was enough to drive Joey Correia into hysterics. He told his parents the sound would send a shooting pain up the back of his head. Five years he ago he was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. Joey is audio sensitive. Repetitive sounds, such as white noise, the dripping of a tap or, what his mom Shellie fears, the constant swoosh of a turbine, drive him crazy.
If the proposal submitted to the province by Niagara Region Wind. Crop. is approved, a turbine will be built at the minimum provincial setback distance of 550 metres from their Wellandport home. Four more will be erected within four kilometres from the Correia’s country home, a home which they purchased to escape the noise and pollution of the city.
Correia lost a daughter there before Joey was born. At 16, her daughter died of cancer. To protect Joey, she escaped the city, offering him instead a quiet upbringing in rural Ontario. Never did she think she would be faced with an industrial operation just steps from her quiet sanctuary. “We moved away from the city to protect our son,” said Correia, an active member of the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group. Joey, who has a quiet place at St. Martin Catholic Elementary School to escape the noisy classroom, will have nowhere to hide from the 40-decibel swoosh of an industrial wind turbine blade. Read article