CTV London : Protestors were outside the Huron County Court House in Goderich Friday morning as the K2 Wind farm goes on trial. Inside, the courtroom was full with at least 100 people in attendance. Locals want a proposed wind farm near Goderich stopped and they have filed an injunction in court to do so.
Arguments Friday morning from the province suggest Shawn and Trisha Drennans’ injunction request should be dismissed because there is an environmental tribunal panel to deal with turbine issues.
The Drennans want the project halted until a health study is completed, but the province is siding with the wind company and wants the injunction quashed.
Anti-wind turbine advocates rallying outside the hearing carried signs that read, ‘Stop the wind turbines’ and ‘Rural landowners deserve democracy.’
Arguments are expected to continue all day and a decision will likely not be made on Friday. Read article
Ontario MOH’s stance on turbines a concern – Owen Sound Sun Times
In a Dec. 9 letter in support of wind farms, Dr. Arlene King implies that : 1) the European World Health Organization (WHO) night-time noise standard of less than 40 dB at the nearest residence is protective of human health, and, 2) the absence of scientific evidence causally linking wind turbine noise to adverse health effects means that there are no effects. Continue reading
Dr. Arlene King (Letters, Dec. 15th), Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, tried to justify her report on the potential health impact of wind turbines. This report has been justifiably criticized for ignoring the adverse health effects being experienced by a substantial number of Ontario residents; for ignoring the World Health Authority definition of sleep disturbance and annoyance as adverse health effects; for misquoting from a European research paper on the extent of annoyance due to turbine noise in Sweden and the Netherlands; for denying health problems because the causal route is indirect (annoyance and sleep disturbance lead to stress and a range of health problems as can be imagined) rather than direct. Continue reading
Dr. Gary Carlson
There are always two sides to every story and I welcome Bruce Anderson’s critique of my concerns regarding adverse health effects from industrial-sized wind turbines. However I find his using the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario (Dr. Arlene King) as a basis to back up his statements problematic.
Three points of contention: First, in the very report Mr. Anderson is using to support his claims Dr. King states that “the minimum setback for a wind turbine is 550 metres (1,804 feet) from a receptor. The setbacks rise with the number of turbines and the sound level rating of the selected turbines.” So if you agree with Dr. King then the Spring Creek Wind Conditional Use Permit should be denied because there are five families’ front doors anywhere from 1,300 to 1,647 feet from one of the proposed turbines. Continue reading
Politically, Dr. King cannot criticize another ministry
The Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act – Part III, Section 11: 11. (1) Where a complaint is made to a board of health or a medical officer of health that a health hazard related to occupational or environmental health exists in the health unit served by the board of health or the medical officer of health, the medical officer of health shall notify the ministry of the Government of Ontario that has primary responsibility in the matter and, in consultation with the ministry, the medical officer of health shall investigate the complaint to determine whether the health hazard exists or does not exist. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 11 (1).
Residents of Dufferin County have very good reason to react loudly to news of new wind farms being proposed in their areas. The evidence to date warrants concern. Industrial scale turbines and the substations are causing health problems across our province and around the world.
Our Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson claims that his ministry has made decisions based on the best available science. Anyone attending information meetings know that his ministry and wind developers hold up Dr. Arlene King’s (Chief Medical Officer of Health) contradictory literature review as some sort of supporting statement that wind turbines do not cause harm to our health. Dr. King has not completed a health study. She chose not to speak with even 1 of the many victims right here in Ontario prior to releasing her review. This seems odd behaviour for a top physician who is investigating a public health problem. Continue reading
The following exchange of letters demonstrates Dr. Arlene King’s deliberately ignoring and omitting first hand evidence of families experiencing real symptoms. She left them entirely out of the research process for her report currently being exploited by wind energy proponents eager to bring on more damaging turbines.
Letter #1: From Barbara Ashbee to Dr. King – January 26th, 2010
Dear Dr. King
I am writing to you today on behalf of residents throughout Ontario, who have become victims suffering adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines being placed too close to their homes.
This issue has been routinely ignored by all ministries involved in renewable energy at all levels of government. My focus is on our provincial government as it is their policy that is forcing harm to people in their own homes. Many people have been so horribly affected that they have had to abandon their homes. Our public health department is the last potential department that I can think of that should be helping us and yet there has still been no assistance. I have never in my lifetime seen anything so disturbing as the way these people are being treated. It is unconscionable. Continue reading