INQUIRY INTO RURAL WIND FARMS
Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5
…..during the Committee’s investigations, significant community angst and concern about the planning process, project design and monitoring of rural wind farms became apparent.”
Recommendations to address the issues raised during the Inquiry include implementing a minimum setback of two kilometres (unless otherwise negotiated with neighbours), providing improved certainty for wind farm decommissioning, increasing the period that Environmental Assessments are on public exhibition to 90 days, improving noise modelling and improving the consultation and complaint handling process.
SPECIAL REPORT By Richard Vivian Orangeville Banner
Provincial plans to create a streamlined approval process for renewable energy projects have been met with a bevy of objections — from proponents, municipal leaders, and those who believe wind turbines negatively impact human health — and a court challenge. Read entire article here
Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan
By Don Crosby, The Owen Sound Sun Times
Bruce County is calling on the province to study the health effects of wind turbines.
“The province has stated that they are not going to do a health study. We’re going to encourage them with a letter hoping that they will do an independent study for the health concerns that are out there now and possibly down the road,” said Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan. Continue reading
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is asking Ottawa to fund more scientific research into the potential health effects of wind turbines.
The organization has asked the government to focus on two areas: low-frequency noise and electrical disturbances from industrial-scale wind developments. The issue was raised in September by three municipalities from Ontario at a national board of directors meeting. Continue reading
It is discouraging to see the executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment providing cover for the wind power industry. The environment does not consist merely of landscape but of people.
It is not enough to say that windpower “must be part of our energy mix.” The question is, what part? People are suffering. If Ontario’s chief medical officer of health knows of no scientific evidence “to date” of a causal connection between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects, then he or she is derelict in duty. There is more than enough expert opinion and action in other jurisdictions to warrant an independent investigation. Continue reading
Posted By MARY GOLEM, Owen Sound Sun Times
An Arran-Elderslie councillor’s attempts to control the construction of large industrial wind turbines in the municipality has hit more roadblocks.
Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis said yesterday he’s “getting really tired of hearing what we can’t do” to control the construction of wind turbines which he calls “intrusive” and “an eyesore” on the rural landscape. Continue reading