The Kincardine Independant
Kincardine council has passed a motion to officially acknowledge the health problems reported by residents who live with in wind energy developments in the municipality.
The motion, introduced by councillor Ron Coristine, also confirms that the municipality is willing to continue talks with wind energy developers, the provincial government, other local governments, health agencies and residents affected by wind turbines to “develop effective mitigation measures.”
Mayor Larry Kraemer expressed concern over the wording of the motion. “We certainly don’t have the expertise to acknowledge health-related problems,” he said. “It could open us up to legal repercussions, in my opinion.”
Coristine countered that it is time the municipality recognized what is happening in its municipality. “Whether I’m a doctor or not is irrelevant,” he said. “People are telling us they are suffering from this and we’re acknowledging that.”
Council voted in favour of the motion, with just Kraemer and councillor Ken Craig voting against it.
Unlike typical industrial noise sources, measurement of noise from wind turbines raises technical challenges. Typical noise measurement protocols call for no wind during noise measurements since background wind will result in inaccurate measurements. However in the case of wind turbines, wind must be present for them to operate. Continue reading →
Instead of jumping at the chance to make some easy money, Colette McLean sat back and asked questions. She started with the energy company that initially approached her, asking about the impacts of installing a wind turbine on her Harrow farm. The company could not guarantee who would pay for the eventual decommissioning costs, or who would cover the damage done to her farm by a possible oil leak or structural failure. Nor were any assurances made regarding the turbine’s impact property value.
Unsatisfied by this, she began her own research, finding local watchdog internet groups as well as talking with residents who live with wind turbines. For McLean, the common theme was, “they are not worth it.” Continue reading →
“It may be that the health concerns are overblown. The verdict is still out. But in some respects health issues have become a red herring.
Proponents say it’s really about NIMBY: Not in my backyard. The real issue, they say, is “just” esthetics. No landowner wants to stare at a giant turbine as it sits on another landowner’s property, smack in the middle of what used to be the view.” ~ Michael Den Tandt, Sun Times Newspaper
Your comments tell me that you don’t live near any wind turbines Michael. They also tell me you are uninformed and unconcerned as are many who don’t have the prospect of another sleepless night, another unexplained headache that no pill can touch or any other adverse effect that has assaulted families living near turbines. The people in this province who are experiencing debilitating health issues, the same ones who were fine before turbine installations started up nearby, have been publicly revictimized by your flippant remark. The verdict is absolutely NOT out for these people Michael. They know what is happening to them. They know it’s real. They know their body is being assaulted by noise and vibration. So does this government. So does the wind industry proponent. Continue reading →
People living near turbines increasingly report sleep deprivation, headaches and vertigo. The wind lobby says there’s no proof
Imagine this scenario: The oil and gas industry launches an aggressive global drilling program with a new type of well. Thousands of these new wells, once operational, emit a noxious odor so offensive that many of the people living within a mile of them are kept awake at night. Some are even forced to move out of their homes. It’s easy to predict the reaction: denunciations of the industry, countless lawsuits, and congressional investigations. Continue reading →
It’s the biggest wind farm operating in Victoria and it’s putting the tiny town of Waubra on the map in ways the locals never predicted. It’s been dubbed the ‘Waubra Disease’, the health effects of living surrounded by wind turbines and it’s now becoming known around the world. As the State Government approves more wind farms, there are growing demands for serious investigation and for standards to be reviewed.
THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government has put people in harm’s way and needs to address the situation says the chair of a provincial wind energy concern group.
Society for Wind Vigilance chair Bob McMurtry was in Thunder Bay Friday to talk about wind turbines and the adverse health affects associated with them. McMurtry, an orthopedic surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, has been lobbying the provincial government to obtain third party studies on wind farms since 2008. He said since that time, 102 people have come forward across the province with helth issues from turbines, the most common being sleep deprivation.
“Our bottom line message is if you’re going to build them for Heaven’s sake don’t put people in harm’s way,” McMurtry said. “At this time we (Ontario) are putting people in harm’s way.” Continue reading →
To donate, mail cheques to: Rx WTS Fund, R.R. #5, 1245 Gore Rd, Harrow, Ontario, N0R 1G0
February 10, 2010 – The private foundation RxWTS Ontario wishes to announce that it has now been able to help four households with respite accommodations. Three Ontario residents and one Nova Scotia family (a total of nine people) have found short term alleviation of their symptoms associated with Industrial Wind turbines near their homes.
The need for this fund has became shamefully apparent in Ontario as the McGuinty government has turned a blind eye to these people and are refusing to acknowledge this growing and serious problem. In this government’s irresponsible mad rush towards so-called “green” solutions such as Industrial Wind Energy, rural families are becoming collateral damage because of the lack of studies and proper regulation. Continue reading →
Some Huron-Kinloss Twp. residents want to make it clear that they are still concerned with wind turbine development in the municipality.
Township resident David Colling attended the Jan. 11 council meeting and said he wanted to clear up any misconception about the wind turbine company burying the transmission lines. He said not all lines have been buried yet and families are not able to move back into their homes.
“One family is still in a hotel, paid for by the wind turbine company; another has left the township and two other families have moved back to their homes but they are still experiencing health problems,” said Colling. Continue reading →
Wind Turbines Can Cause Adverse Health Effects: North American Wind Industry
Ontario– The Society for Wind Vigilance (SWV) has released its analysis of the American and Canadian Wind Energy Association sponsored report on adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines. The SWV provides scientific and unbiased information on the adverse health effects of human exposure to industrial wind turbines through a volunteer-based advocacy group of health and other professionals.
The recent report, ‘An Expert Panel Review 2009, Prepared for American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association’ (A/CanWEA Panel Review) acknowledges that people are experiencing adverse physiological and psychological symptoms from exposure to industrial wind turbines. Continue reading →
In a precedent setting move, a recently discovered decision of the provincial Assessment Review Board (ARB) has cut a homeowner’s assessment in half because the house is located near a noisy hydro substation. The hydro plant serves a nearby wind farm producing “clean” electricity.
The decision of ARB member Ana Cristina Marques was issued following an appeal by Paul Thompson of the assessment on his house. Continue reading →
Construction is well underway at the first major wind farm in Ontario’s Essex County, despite reservations by some residents about the project.
The $82-million AIM Harrow Wind Farm will include 24 turbines each 120 metres tall and with blades 47 metres long. Together, they’re expected to generate enough electricity to power 350,000 homes, according to Paul Robinson, the construction site manager. Continue reading →
by Chris Braithwaite in Barton Chronicle (Vermont)
Barbara Ashbee-Lormand traveled from central Ontario to central Vermont in late October to a discussion of an industrial wind turbine development proposed for the town of Ira, organized by Vermonters for a Clean Environment. She’s a rare figure in the debate over the effects big wind towers have on people. She’s one of only two homeowners that a major wind company, Canadian Hydro Developers, has conceded it bought out because of their complaints that the huge gadgets proved to be impossible to live with. Continue reading →
I would like to suggest another important role for family physicians in the domain of public health. That is to advocate for the victims of environmental illness. Currently in Ontario and indeed in jurisdictions across Canada and abroad the public health system seems to be struggling to come up with a sensible response to the growing public health phenomena associated with industrial wind turbines (IWT). In the light of increasing numbers of victims in every jurisdiction of the province where IWT’s have been built in close proximity to human habitation, we would have expected a recognition from the public health authorities that more in depth surveillance and precautionary measures were appropriate.
Thanks to generous donations, a respite home has now been established in the Port Burwell area for people unable to sleep and experiencing health problems who live near the Erie Shores wind project. The accomodations are certainly not luxurious but it will give these people an escape when it becomes too hard to bear.
SHAMEon the Ontario government for allowing this to happen. SHAME on AIM Powergen (now International Power Canada) for turning their backs on these people while raking in obscene subsidies from our tax dollars.
Forced expropriation would have been much kinder. Of course that might cut into the profit margin, wouldn’t it? The McGuinty Liberal government, in their zeal to allow the wind industry free reign, has failed miserably to do it’s due diligence.
Dr. Nina Pierpont and Calvin Luther Martin have generously donated $5,000 towards Rx WTS fund for peoplein Ontario.
Ontarians who live too close to turbines and are experiencing severe problems have found getting away from the wind turbines enabled them to sleep properly and their symptoms clear up immediately. There is no drug or cure other than completely leaving the area. Requests for help or solutions from the developers and/or the Ontario government have been ignored.
This fund will be used to set up a temporary respite shelter and help with expenses such as gas and motel bills.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Nina and Calvin. Americans certainly are the most generous people on earth.
We encourage you to show your appreciation by purchasing Nina’s book and donating it to your Chief Medical Officer or local public library.
[Note: The developer of this project is AIM Powergen whose CEO, Mike Crawley is also President of the Federal Liberal Party (Ontario)]
—Tracy Whitworth, Schoolteacher (11/5/09)
Clear Creek, Ontario. Quiet, peaceful. The sound of the lake; the overhead passing of migrating geese; tundra swans in the early spring. Deer and wild turkeys. Clear starry skies. Silent except for the sounds of the crickets and bullfrogs. The sight of a small country church across the way; the church I remember attending as a young girl with my Grandmother.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? That was my retreat of 11 years. A place I called home, a place I loved, a place I miss. It was my heaven on earth. Continue reading →
No one asked for this. Nobody looked to have their life and homes exposed in the news, trying to explain how the most promising form of renewable energy was causing such destruction of their family.
Sleep deprivation, headaches, migraines, heart palpitations, tinnitus, pressure in the ears, sores that won’t heal, dangerously high blood pressure and the list goes on. This was not the plan that any of these quiet and unassuming rural families had in mind, but this is what they got. And countless months later it continues.
Nobody wanted to get sick; nobody wanted to be forced to leave their home, the place they raised their children, the place they intended to live out their retirement. Not one of them asked for this. In almost all cases, these symptoms were non-existent before the start up of the wind farm.
Local wind farm opponents vowed yesterday to keep pushing for independent studies into the effects wind turbines have on people.
Ontario legislators rejected Bruce- Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch’s call to halt industrial wind farm development until the province’s top doctor can assure the government turbines don’t harm people living nearby.
But defeating Murdoch’s resolution won’t stop growing opposition in rural Ontario, or mounting questions over how the big machines affect people’s health, wind turbine opponents said. Continue reading →
Intended as an information meeting for township residents, the evening became a series of dire warnings on the alleged adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines.
The evening’s three speakers focused on the symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome, a medical catchall of signs that include excruciating headaches, tinnitus, nausea, sleep deprivation and similar debilitating complaints. With a growing number of health-care professionals, researchers and engineers convinced that industrial wind turbines contribute to these symptoms, speaker Carmen Krogh reiterated her position that more epidemiological studies need to be done before further wind-farm developments are approved. Continue reading →
Three months after the Ripley Wind Farm went online in December, 2007, Dave Colling’s phone started ringing.
Three of his neighbours were seeing doctors about recurring ear aches. They knew Colling, a former dairy farmer who lives within two kilometres of the turbines near the southern Bruce County community, had an interest in and could test for what he calls “electrical pollution.”
“It’s like living inside a microwave. It radiates,” Colling told more than 100 people Tuesday night in Keady.
He said stray voltage eventually forced four families from their homes. Two have not returned, and one family sold the farm and moved away. Continue reading →
Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health Arlene King doesn’t see any scientific evidence that links wind turbines with adverse health effects.
When contacted yesterday, Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care spokesperson David Jensen said it is King’s position that there is no link between the noise turbines make and adverse health effects people claim to be experiencing, such as severe headaches and joint and muscle aches. Continue reading →