A fight for the skies

Turbine Map Haldimand (proposed)[1]The Bay Observer
Driving through Haldimand County south of Highway 3, the farmland is flat and the smokestacks of the Nanticoke generation station can been seen from miles away. But now, as one approaches the shores of Lake Erie, new structures dot the horizon — wind turbines. The pretty farming hamlet of Fisherville is largely unchanged over the years, but just outside of the community it is a different picture, as dozens of wind turbines are either going up or are already erected.

It’s all part of the Ontario Government’s Green Energy Program aimed at replacing carbon-based fuels with renewables like solar and wind power. But recently, Ontario’s push for wind power has been running into increased resistance from rural communities across the province. In Chatham-Kent the issue has crossed political lines where former Liberal MP Rex Crawford recently joined forces with Conservative MP Bev Shipley to denounce the turbines. Crawford says a deal to sell his home recently fell through when the purchaser found out a wind turbine was going to be erected nearby. Read article

Are global wind power resource estimates overstated?

bill-of-goods-150ppiSubmission wind turbines and NSERC study April 15 2013
Adams and Keith power estimates 2013

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Re: Open Letter: Are global wind power resource estimates overstated?

Attached is a study by Amanda S Adams from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and David W Keith from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Massachusetts.

The study notes it is “plausible that wind power capacity may be limited to an extent that is relevant to energy policy.” It appears the benefit is overstated and further research is indicated. If this were the case, one has to ask, why are non-consenting Canadian families being placed at risk when the benefit is uncertain?

I urge that the government of Canada reconsider its policy on renewable energy development until rural Canadians’ health and social-economic issues are protected. Thank you for giving this information your consideration.

Yours truly,
Carmen Krogh, BScPharm

Letter to Peter Kent; re: Keynote Speaker at Ontario FiT forum

KentPeter_CPCThe Honourable Peter Kent request to disclose conclusively demonstrated health effects of wind turbines
[Excerpt:] “…..You are a representative of the Government of Canada. Health Canada (2004) states: “Government’s job is to provide citizens with accurate and appropriate information so that they can protect themselves.”

I understand that you are the Key Note speaker at the Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum, April 3-4, 2013. In this open letter I formally request that you provide Canadians immediate and full disclosure of the health effects “conclusively demonstrated” from exposure to wind turbine noise.

In this open letter I am formally request you:

  • provide full disclosure of the “conclusively demonstrated” and predicted health effects from exposure to wind turbine noise;
  • take immediate action to protect Canadians from the “conclusively demonstrated” and predicted health effects from exposure to wind turbine noise;
  • stop this preventable harm to human health.

Informed Canadians look forward to your response. “

Request that Gov of Canada discontinue Health Canada’s ongoing experiment on Canadians exposed to wind turbines

Open letter from Brett Horner requesting the Canadian government discontinue the Health Canada study

Request stop Health Canada experiment on Canadians exposed to wind turbines March 21 2013
Open letter conclusively demonstrated wind turbine health effects March 10 2013

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Excerpt: “Wind turbine development in Canada has resulted in the creation of a living laboratory where a non trivial percentage of exposed Canadians are predicted to experience “conclusively demonstrated” health effects from exposure to wind turbine noise. For years some Canadians have been exposed to these health effects. Now Dr. David Michaud has been granted the opportunity to lead a Health Canada study which intends to examine these health effects.”

Also attached are two Canadian investment pdf’s (2012) soliciting investment in renewables including wind energy.renewable energy invest in canada 2012 ; renewable-energy-2012 .

The Canadian government has a policy to increase the number of Canadians exposed to the harmful effects of wind turbines. This appears to be in conflict with conducting an independent scientfic study. Some members of the Health Canada study team are policy advisors.

Dear Mr. Harper, It is too late for me and my family

CHATHAM - KENT ONTARIO KRUGER ENERGY PORT ALMA WIND FROM MERLIN ROAD 6Mr. Harper, Ms. Aglukkaq, Dr. Michaud:
It is too late for me and my family! We suffered for over 3 years when 33 industrial wind turbines, within a 2 km radius, were installed around our house. The day they started our home became a house, a building, no longer a place of comfort and security. It was no longer a place where we could rest, work, relax, entertain, enjoy quiet nature sounds of birds, frogs etc. It was no longer a home because when the turbines started we became sick.

It is too late for me and my family! My mother who was 82 at the time, had to leave this house when the turbines made her sick. She had to move to a one bedroom apartment to live by herself in order to protect her health. Continue reading

Health Canada plans to study hair of 1,200 people who live near wind turbines

BRUCECTV News
OTTAWA — Having a bad hair day? Wind turbines could be to blame. The amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in people’s hair could help scientists understand the potential health impacts that may arise from exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines.

Starting in May, the federal government plans to study the hair of up to 1,200 people who live near wind turbines. Each person will provide samples over a three-month period. The results could tell scientists if wind turbines are linked to health problems, such as chronic stress.

“The objective of the contract is to analyse hair cortisol concentrations from hair samples collected during the community noise and health study,” says a contract notice posted Friday. “The hair cortisol concentrations will be added to the data file for this survey and analysed in relationship to other measures of health and respondent demographics.

“Specifically, the hair cortisol results will be used to assess if there is a relationship between levels of systemic stress and distance from wind turbines.” Read article

Health Canada’s turbine study

health_canada_logoWes Keller, Orangeville Citizen
The Health Canada study into possible human health effects from wind turbine sound is designed to identify the source of both real and imagined problems from both the objectivity of science and the subjectivity of interviews with persons living near commercial wind farms. Health Canada acknowledges that lowfrequency sound can increase the pressure of sound “disproportionately” and can cause a “rattling” of light objects within some receptor homes.

It also acknowledges that distance from turbines is only one of several factors influencing the effects of sound. Other factors, it says, include type of turbine, intervening structures, existing background sound levels, wind speed and direction, topography and meteorological conditions. All such things are likely to be assessed as part of the study of about a dozen communities.

The federal ministry has yet to reveal which wind farm areas are among the eight to 12 communities to be studied, and specifically whether it would include the Melancthon Wind Farm, the first commercial-scale one in Ontario. It does say, however, that it has selected 2,000 homes that are closer than 600 metres to turbines. Melancthon Phase 1 has some that are reported to be within 300 metres. The design for Phase 2 called for setbacks of at least 450 metres. Since then, Ontario has set a criterion of a 550-metre setback from non-participating receptor homes. Possibly because low-frequency sound travels farther that audible ones, the study will include homes within 10 kilometres of turbines. Read article

Changes to Health Canada wind study target indirect effects

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February 11, 2013

Simcoe – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says changes to Health Canada’s wind study take direct aim at previously unexamined indirect adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines – acknowledging a key complaint of concerned residents.

Changes to the study were announced following the submission of more than 950 public comments during consultations to inform the committee on how the study should be guided. The changes will ensure new considerations for the assessment of low-frequency infrasound and a questionnaire to be administered by Statistics Canada. The comments reflected a common chief complaint that infrasound (an indirect effect) caused by wind turbines can lead to adverse health effects.

“Finally some level of government is listening to the people these turbines are directly – or indirectly as the case may be – impacting,” said Barrett. “While we continue to await any acknowledgment whatsoever from the provincial government, the Health Canada announcement may help us finally shed some light on continued complaints about wind turbines.” Continue reading

MP requests C-K Essex be included in wind turbine noise and health study

organised-crime-cartoonChatham Daily News
As far as a local anti wind energy advocate is concerned Health Canada is just blowing hot air by announcing plans to revise the research design for a study on wind turbine noise and health. “I have lost all confidence in our government to protect us,” Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group spokesperson Monica Elmes told The Chatham Daily News Monday. “All levels of government have known about health hazards associated with industrial wind turbines for a long time – and yet they continue to allow turbines to be constructed,” she added. “This is criminal.”

Health Canada announced it has revised its research design for a wind turbine noise and health study, prompted by more than 950 comments received last summer during public consultation period. The study is being carried out in collaboration with Statistics Canada. According to the Health Canada website, the submissions included more than 1,800 pages of feedback and 350 attachments.

Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren is not surprised public response has prompted a change in how the study will be conducted. “When you have a lot of people writing in with concerns and speaking to politicians about those concerns . . . sometimes we have to go back to the drawing board and make sure we haven’t missed something,” he said. Read article

Ottawa tweaks methods for study on health effects from wind developments

Chatham Kent Ontario Enbridge wind from Kenesserie Road2CTV News
OTTAWA — Health Canada says it has tweaked its methods for a study on the possible link between wind farms and the adverse health effects reported by those living near them. Ottawa announced last summer it would conduct the study, a decision that was lauded by opponents of the towering turbines.

The department says revisions to the plan were informed by more than 950 comments submitted by residents during a public consultation. It says changes were made to the assessment of infrasound and a questionnaire to be administered by Statistics Canada. Turbine opponents contend that exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines — in particular, inaudible infrasound — can lead to sleep disorders, headaches, depression, anxiety and even blood pressure changes.

The $1.8-million study will initially focus on residents in 2,000 dwellings near eight to 12 wind-turbine installations. There are about 140 such land-based wind farms in Canada, most of them in Ontario and Quebec. The study is being conducted by a team of more than 25 experts in acoustics, health assessment and medicine, including four international advisers. Results are expected in late 2014.

Health Canada updated wind turbine research design & sound exposure assessment

Environmental and Workplace Health: Health Impacts and Exposure to Sound From Wind Turbines: Updated Research Design and Sound Exposure Assessment

health_canada_logoFebruary 10, 2013
For immediate release

OTTAWA -Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced Health Canada published a revised research design for the wind turbine noise and health study, which is being carried out in collaboration with Statistics Canada.

The proposed research design was posted on the Health Canada website in July 2012 for public comment and over 950 comments were received during the 60 day public consultation period. After an evaluation of feedback received during the consultation, the Expert Committee introduced changes to the research design including an assessment of infrasound and changes to the questionnaire administered by Statistics Canada. The Expert Committee includes specialists in areas pertaining to noise measurement, health assessment, clinical medicine and epidemiology.

“Our Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadian families, and this study is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low frequency noise generated by wind turbines,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “The Expert Committee has carefully reviewed and evaluated the feedback received during the public consultation and has taken it into consideration when developing the revised research design.”

Study results are anticipated in late 2014.  An initial target sample size of 2,000 dwellings will be selected from 8-12 wind turbine installation facilities in Canada. In addition to taking physical measurements from participants, such as blood pressure, investigators will conduct face-to-face interviews and take noise measurements inside and outside of some homes to validate sound modelling.

The revised research design is available on the Health Canada website. A summary of the public comments received during the consultation period and the responses from the Expert Committee are also available on the website.

Post-turbine Update

CHATHAM - KENT ONTARIO KRUGER ENERGY PORT ALMA WIND FROM MERLIN ROAD 3Read: Pre_Post_Wind turbine submission_Updated February 4 2013
Dear Minister Aglukkaq,
Re: Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study

On November 23, 2012, a submission was made on request and on behalf of twelve or more families residing in Ontario prior to start up of operations of the facility. The project has been operational for just over a month and this submission is intended to provide a post-turbine update.

This is the first time submissions have been made where families were interviewed prior to the start-up of the wind energy facility and re-interviewed after it became operational. I continue to be in contact with those reporting the serious health and social-economic consequences that are occurring when industrial wind facilities are proposed in a quiet rural area and in close proximity to residents.

In the November 23, 2012 submission, the families reported that for 3 years, they initiated and participated in many activities to “fight” the wind project. The families reported that during the pre-turbine phase “No one from Health Canada or the local jurisdiction has investigated the impacts that are being imposed on these families.”

During a recent follow-up interview, it is apparent the lack of caring and remedy is still affecting these families and that negative health effects are being reported.

My intention is to maintain contact and monitor the families regarding health and social-economic impacts. An update will be provided to Health Canada periodically. The families request that that information is made public without the names of the families.

To conclude, health related issues are being reported. The social issues reported pre-turbine are still prevalent. The 12 or more families (41 members including children plus 8 additional family members from time to time) request that Health Canada become involved to assist with resolution in the event health, social economic impacts, quality of life and livelihood continue to be negatively affected.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of twelve or more families (41 including children plus 8 additional family members from time to time),

Carmen Krogh, BScPharm
Ontario

Wind turbines stall at 2 federal prisons

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A $2.5-million wind turbine at the Dorchester Penitentiary has stopped working and the Correctional Service of Canada cannot estimate when it will be generating electricity again. The federal government purchased two wind turbines for Canadian penitentiaries in the last five years but both units have caused problems.

A 600-kW/h wind turbine was installed at the Dorchester Penitentiary in 2009, making it the first federal institution to generate a portion of its electricity from wind. However, nearby residents say the wind turbine at Dorchester hasn’t been working in months.

The Correctional Service of Canada won’t say exactly when the turbine failed, but it will confirm the federal government has spent $60,000 on repairs. Officials at the Correctional Service of Canada would not say how often the turbine has worked or how much electricity it has generated since it was first commissioned.

Mel Goodland, a former mayor of Dorchester, said people in the village would like to see the turbine operating again. “I’d love to see it working. It should be working, if it’s there it should be working,” Goodland said. “It’s a huge cost and it would be a sin if they couldn’t solve the problems.” Read article

Wind Turbines: Risks to Children

 

Health Canada_Risks to Children December 27 2012
[excerpt]
6.2 Learning and cognitive [excerpts are not intended to be exhaustive]
As noted in the WHO Training Package briefly summarized above, research has demonstrated that children’s learning is affected by noise. Ljung et al (2009) note that road traffic noise was found to impair reading speed and basic mathematics and that:

“The American National Standards Institute emphasizes that school buildings’ sound isolation should prevent two types of noise: noise that intrudes into the classroom from sources outside of the school building envelope, which include vehicular traffic, aircrafts, industrial plants, and activity in schoolyards and noise that originates within the school building such as unwanted speech.”

Stansfeld and Matheson (2003) note:

“It is likely that children represent a group which is particularly vulnerable to the non-auditory health effects of noise. They have less cognitive capacity to understand and anticipate stressors and lack well-developed coping strategies. Moreover, in view of the fact that children are still developing both physically and cognitively, there is a possible risk that exposure to an environmental stressor such as noise may have irreversible negative consequences for this group… Studies of children exposed to environmental noise have consistently found effects on cognitive performance. The studies which are most informative in terms of the effects of noise on cognition have been field studies focusing on primary school children. This article will focus on these studies. For details of noise effects on preschool children and of laboratory studies of acute noise exposure,”

Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft, author of landmark research on the effects of elevated train noise on children’s classroom learning states;

“Abstract Research linking loud sounds to hearing loss in youngsters is now widespread, resulting in the issuance of warnings to protect children’s hearing. However, studies attesting to the adverse effects of intrusive sounds and noise on children’s overall mental and physical health and well-being have not received similar attention. This, despite the fact that many studies have demonstrated that intrusive noises such as those from passing road traffic, nearby rail systems, and overhead aircraft can adversely affect children’s cardiovascular system, memory, language development, and learning acquisition. While some schools in the United States have received funds to abate intrusive aircraft noise, for example, many schools still expose children to noises from passing traffic and overhead aircraft. Discussion focuses on the harmful effects of noise on children, what has to be done to remedy the situation, and the need for action to lessen the impacts of noise from all sources. Continue reading

Feeling like having spent the night in a microwave. Exhaustion without a name …

Health Canada Submission_Québec  December 19 2012
The family reports: 35 [Translation by Google Translate: any errors are unintended]

1. “Sunday, November 25, 2012.
The wind storm last night reached a record high with turbines running at full capacity: maximum decibels in the ceiling, and the permanent sensation of electricity from feet to shoulders. Unbearable noise, vibration in the house became a gigantic feeling of resonance, a sleepless night looking where to hide to sleep and not to tremble, all in vain. Results: a feeling like having spent the night in a microwave. Exhaustion without a name … Unable to sit in the evening to watch TV, the electrical sensations with constant discomfort. I write to you now with the sensation of a cell phone vibrating in my stomach and belly. It is inhuman, inconceivable only 62 years old, But here I am… What are the results of the testing done in September and October: decibels, infrasound, seismic? Has the Electric Control [id protected] analyzed the phenomenon of interference voltages with us? If so, we have not seen them. Will you at least acknowledge – you have received this message is received, and do not fail to respond?”

normal_quebec2. “November 24, 2012
it’s four and a half years that we fight. Some days the energy and morale of the fighting falls. It is now clear that even if the company [id protected] tests repeatedly at our site, it will not resolve – they do nothing. These results and taking measurements they do not want to reveal. TV came to us this summer and we told people to denounce the wind at the Ministry of Environment. They came last week to test decibel for 10 minutes. I told them that it is absolutely useless … He took some notes on his pad and he left, leaving me his card … Briefly, I need a new strategy and I have new ideas.”

Yes, I want to express our experience of 3 years with wind turbines at 500 meters. But this battle of David against Goliath is so big that it takes a tremendous effort to continue the battle, which depletes and depresses, in addition to lack of sleep and nerves.

We have built a beautiful house that is our livelihood, with a [id protected]. My husband planted all the trees to build this small tourist manor. Few people complain about wind turbines because they do not stay more than a night or two. We have a few complaints, but this is rare. Its living in this park every day that causes complaints. I am 62 years old, I swim 1km in 45 minutes. I pay attention to my diet, but I’m exhausted and I’m almost constantly trembling…. The worst are the discharged volts that are very violent and painful. We expect to sell but … Even if we manage to sell our property, we need to inform prospective purchasers about the defects underlying wind. And if we do not say before someone buys they will be able to sue us later for defects. What we want is that they stop the wind turbines. We want to stay in our home and continue to operate our [id protected] rated 4 stars. This is our retirement income.” Read full submission

WTO confirms ruling against Ontario green energy program

WTORichard Blackwell, Globe and Mail
The World Trade Organization has released its formal ruling on Ontario’s green energy program, and as expected it says the local-content rules in the initiative break international trade rules. Japan and the European Union had complained to the WTO about Ontario’s rules that force companies that sell premium-priced electricity into the province’s grid to buy a proportion of their equipment and services in Ontario. The Green Energy Act was designed to help bolster the renewable energy industry in the province by supporting local suppliers.

The WTO’s 160-page ruling, released Wednesday, says Ontario breached its obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, because the local-content requirements treat imported equipment and components differently than domestic products. However, the WTO did not uphold part of the Japanese and European complaint that suggested the local content rules amount to an illegal subsidy. The complaint was actually against Canada, because the WTO deals with nations rather than regional governments – even though it focused on provisions that are only in place in Ontario. Read article

NA-PAW supports Ontario anti wind groups calling for the resignation of Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King.

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Letter shows Health Canada seeks meeting with CanWEA on study …why?

“Why would members of the Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study seek a meeting with CanWEA? Who is Health Canada trying to protect: the health of Canadians or the health of the wind industry?”

Brindley Family: no resolution 6 years later

Read full submission Brindley_Health Canada Submission Nov 21 2012 and ask for a full inquiry, now.

“In March of 2006, the Kingsbridge 1 Wind Farm became operational, however; as every company of this size must do they have to build their equipment. So the turbines were built, during this time period while they were NOT connected to the power line they still turned, the closest of the 7 turbines was approximately 656m away with the main transmission line only 43 meters away from both the house and
the barn. This turning created a lot of “white noise” which was disturbing to sleep and concentration levels started to decrease. However, once they became “operational” the turning speed increased and the issues got worse. Some of the issues included headaches – constantly, lack of concentration – unable
to do basic math, lack of sleep.

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Our family dog also exhibited behavioural changes including being lethargic. Our livestock started displaying behaviour issues; they were very nervous and began showing untrustworthy attributes. These cattle were previously quiet cattle.

Meaning that after they calved you could handle them, pet them and trust our children around them. However this was just the start of what was to come. Testing was started by Hydro One to see what the issue was: as the cattle where very jumpy and also, the basic shock levels were increasing. (You know like when you drag your feet across the carpet then touch someone or reach for a door. Only thing was this was happening around the barn yard and outside the house as well.) Due to the increasing “shocks” we had to wear shoes in our house at all times. You had to be very careful when you went to shower, bathe or do dishes, as the shocks were much stronger when the turbines were working. However, the tests were
never completely accurate as the wind company kept turning off the turbines in our area when they knew testing was going on. That didn’t stop the issue however, as they still had many others pumping electricity down the lines past our farm.” Read full submission

MP Schellenberger talks wind turbines

Mitchell Advocate
[excerpt] The omnipresent wind turbine transmission line in the area is also something of a concern for Schellenberger and members of council. Schellenberger admitted he has a personal interest in any transmission line since one proposed would go right past his Grand Bend area cottage.

“I’ve been as vocal as I could be with the Minister of Health,” he said, adding that a federal health study on the matter could “slow some of this down.”

The federal government has been in favour of spending money on alternative power, and wind is one of those alternatives, but that only concerns projects previously approved. “It’s a real problem for us in rural Ontario,” he said. “If there ends up being no health problems, every part of every city should have one.”

Mayor McKenzie then asked Schellenberger if there is any wind turbines in Ottawa, jokingly adding “you [politicians] all have a lot of hot air.”

“Yes, but hot air melts those things,” Schellenberger responded in jest. Read article

Former Liberal MP Crawford joins call for wind turbine moratorium

Chatham Daily News
A well-known Dover farmer-politician claims the proliferation of industrial wind turbines in his area has cost him the potential sale of his home.

Rex Crawford, former Dover reeve and Liberal MP, added his voice Thursday to a growing chorus of politicians and citizens demanding a moratorium on wind turbine construction.

Crawford, along with Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton, called for the moratorium while standing at the site of a yet-to-be constructed turbine less than 1,500 feet from Crawford’s home on Bear Line Road.

Crawford said the province is breaking all the rules that Dover had in place while he was reeve to protect farmland.

“We have some of the best farmland in Canada in Dover and it’s being taken over by wind turbines,” he said. “More than 55 turbines are being built in this area alone.”

Crawford said a potential Toronto buyer for his property withdrew his interest once he learned a wind turbine was being constructed within a stone’s throw from the property. Read article

MPP McNaughton, MP Shipley & former MP Crawford Renew Call for Wind Turbine Moratorium

Blackburn News
(Dover, Chatham-Kent, ON) – Today, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex PC MPP Monte McNaughton joined with Lambton-Kent-Middlesex CPC MP Bev Shipley and former Liberal MP Rex Crawford in once again calling for a moratorium on continued industrial wind turbine development.

McNaughton and PC Leader Tim Hudak have long called for a halt to further turbine development and were bolstered by the announcement of a Health Canada research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near wind power developments. Continue reading

Ontario loses WTO ruling on green energy policies: reports

Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail
Ontario has apparently lost a key trade challenge to its green energy policies that force companies to buy equipment from local manufacturers, according to reports out of Europe.

A reputable international trade newsletter said Monday the World Trade Organization has issued a preliminary report that agrees with Japan and the European Union, in their complaint about Ontario’s support for its renewable energy industry.

If the preliminary report stands, Ontario might have to dismantle parts of its controversial “feed-in-tariff” program that pays high prices to producers of wind and solar power, as long as they buy a certain proportion of their equipment in the province. The program was set up to try to encourage the development of a green-energy manufacturing sector in the province.

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, based in Geneva, said it obtained a copy of a confidential interim WTO report, which was circulated to the parties in the case in September. A final ruling is expected in November, but the WTO seldom changes its decision from its preliminary reports.

According to the ICTSD, the WTO says the local content rules break non-discrimination rules in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. However, the WTO rejected the Japanese and EU argument that the local content rules amount to illegal subsidies. Read article

MP: Wind turbines creating rift

By Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News
All wind turbine projects in Ontario should be put on hold until results of a federal health study are known, says Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley. Shipley told The Chatham Daily News Friday he has received complaints from residents in the Mitchell’s Bay area in Chatham-Kent concerning the large number of turbines being erected in what appears to be record time.

The MP said he isn’t surprised by the lack of support both he and MPP Monte McNaughton have received from the McGuinty government. But he is surprised by the relative silence of major environmental organizations for their failure to speak up in calling for a moratorium.

“Environmental groups that are not usually shy about making their views known, seem to have lost their voice on this one for reasons I do not understand,” he said. “You would think that when it comes to protecting human health they would want to be as diligent as they are when their concerns are far less compelling.”

Shipley said he appreciates wind turbine development in Ontario is a provincial matter, but is convinced construction should halt until the results of the federal health study are tabled. He said there is currently not a scientific consensus to conclude whether there is a relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and harm to human health. But he said that is what the federal health study may be able to determine. He said if there is a link between human health and noise from wind turbines, there is a need to protect citizens before the province compounds the problem by moving ahead with additional projects. Read article

Mr. Michaud, please listen: Industrial Wind Turbines can Harm Humans

Submission to the Health Canada Comments – DUE TODAY
Health Canada submission: Industrial Wind Turbines can Harm Humans
[excerpt] The problem
I am frequently in contact with those reporting the serious health and socio-economic consequences that are occurring when industrial wind facilities are sited in close proximity to residents.

The family reports the occurrence of serious, adverse physical and mental health effects has had drastic impacts on their health, home life, quality of life, and financial security. The family describes it as such:

“For the last four years our lives have been thrown into turmoil by unsafe industrial wind turbines that were built too close to our home.

When we first began to notice the physiological effects that the wind turbine emissions were having on our bodies, we felt as though we just needed to make the authorities aware of the issue and then there would be a good faith effort to address it and resolve it. Instead, considerable time and resources, both private and public, have been used to deny that a problem even exists. In some cases, the contention has been made that all negative effects being experienced are caused by us, and are our fault.

In good faith, we have participated in the processes of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and other authorities. There has been no recognition, no mitigation, and no resolution offered. As the wind turbines  continued to operate, one as close as 400 metres away from our home, the effects of sleep disturbance compounded; our health continued to decline, and certain medical issues became serious to the point of being potentially fatal. One of the medical issues that I was experiencing was uterine blood haemorrhaging. I had lost so much blood that I found myself in the Emergency Room of the local hospital, on the brink of having a stroke. At that time, it was obvious, beyond any doubt that we could not continue to live at our
home. Continue reading

Group of PEI landowners fighting proposed wind farm

CBC News:   A group of landowners has come together to fight the province’s decision to build a wind farm in Hermanville and Clearspring.  Jack MacDonald represents the group of 23 landowners.

“We sent emails and asked questions and asked for the promised meeting we never got, so it’s extremely frustrating,” MacDonald said.  The $60 million plan is for 10 turbines generating a total of 30 megawatts of power. The province is planning on opening the wind farm next year.  Read article

A mighty wind

by Aaron Wherry, Macleans
Leona Aglukkaq’s request for a Health Canada study of wind turbines wins support from another Conservative MP, this one in Britain.

Andrew Percy says, “Many people living close to these giant wind farms report health impacts including depression, sleep disturbance and behaviour changes and it is important we have a proper study of these impacts. I live opposite a wind farm in Airmyn and whilst it hasn’t affected me, other people do report disturbances.

“I have long believed that we need to set strict limits on how close these farms can be built to properties and last year sponsored a Bill in Parliament to set minimum distances. For the past two years I have also been demanding a cut in the subsidy for on-shore wind.

“Given that the Canadian Government is listening to the concerns of residents living near to wind farms, it seems sensible to me that we should approach Health Canada to make this a joint study. I have written to Ministers asking them to do just that. ”

Previous coverage of the wind farm debate herehereherehere and here.

Politicians call for turbine moratorium; Hudak, Allison urge McGuinty to hold off until Health Canada study complete

Amanda Moore, Staff | www.niagarathisweek.com
Local politicians and residents are urging Ontario’s premier to put an immediate moratorium on industrial wind turbine development until a federal health study is complete. “West Niagara residents have continued to express to me very strong concerns about the potential health effects of these massive industrial wind turbine projects that are slated for their communities,” said Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP and Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak, who was joined by his federal counterpart, MP Dean Allison, in calling for an immediate moratorium until a federal health study, announced in July, is complete.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced the study July 10 “in response to questions from residents living near wind farms, about possible health effects of low-frequency noise generated by wind turbines.” The study will initially focus on residents in 2,000 dwellings selected from eight to 12 wind-turbine installations across Canada. Health Canada said researchers will conduct face-to-face interviews with residents, as well as taking physical measurements such as blood pressure, and measuring noise levels both inside and outside some of the homes. The study is being designed with support from external experts, specializing in areas including noise, health assessment, clinical medicine and epidemiology.

“Beyond the possible effects on health, the Liberal government’s entire FIT program is nothing more than an expensive mess,” added Hudak who, along with several members of the PC caucus, has more than once asked Dalton McGuinty for a moratorium. “It’s driven up our energy bills and stripped away local decision making. That’s why the Ontario PC Caucus and I have introduced motions and legislation to put in place a moratorium on these projects, restore local decision making and end the FIT program.”  continue reading

MP Gallant Welcomes Federal Health Study Health Canada Announces Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study

Bonnechere Valley, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, in welcoming the health study announcement into the effects of industrial wind turbines, is pleased to congratulate S.O.S., a grassroots Renfrew County group of concerned citizens who first brought their health concerns to Cheryl’s attention. Acting on those concerns, including the arranging of a meeting with Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and S.O.S spokesperson Carmen Krogh, precipitated the federal decision.

“This is a victory for the average citizen,” stated MP Cheryl Gallant. “It was my old friend Barney McCaffrey in one of his last newspaper articles, who said ‘follow the money’ when it came to the policy of the Liberal party in Toronto to force through approvals to build the heavily tax-payer subsidized industrial wind turbines over the health concerns of local residents and the objections of municipalities.”   Continue reading

Liberals must act now to halt development on new wind farms

“In contrast to the province’s complacency, Health Canada appears to be taking health concerns seriously, having just announced a two-year study into the health effects of wind turbines on nearby residents.” —U of T law and economics professor Michael Trebilcock, July 17, 2012, The National Post,  Ontario PC

QUEEN’S PARK – With Health Canada looking into the effects of wind turbine noise on people’s health, the Liberals need to stand up for Ontarians and stop the development of new wind farms until the results are known, said Lisa Thompson, Ontario PC Critic for the Green Energy Act.

Thompson was joined today by pharmacist Carmen Krogh, an internationally-recognized expert on wind turbines, and Dave Hemingway, who is creating a documentary on the effect of wind turbines on communities.

“People living close to wind farms have been telling us for years they’ve had to leave their homes, they can’t sleep, they’re suffering from depression, ever since the turbines were built,” said Thompson. “I had five families in my riding that had their homes bought out by a wind developer, but the families cannot talk about it because they are under a gag order. This is why I put forward a motion earlier this year to ban turbine construction until further social, physical and economic health and environmental studies were conducted.”

“The McGuinty Liberals failed to take these concerns seriously and voted down the bill,” continued Thompson. “Now the federal government is stepping up and conducting a study on the effects of wind power on public health, and they should be applauded for doing what the McGuinty Liberals have failed to do.”  read article