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Important Background Information

Public Consultation Meetings:

  • Public consultation meetings are held under the guise of public consultation and should not be accepted as valid consultation.
  • Frequently, wind industry representatives refuse to answer questions on setbacks, noise and electrical pollution and adverse health effects.
  • To date, the MOE representatives have been unable to adequately answer questions on health, setbacks and noise and electrical pollution during the MOE information sessions.
  • It is important that all these sessions be attended and questions asked.
  • Attendance and the asking of questions should be done as a group rather than as individuals if possible.
  • Sample questions are available through WCO group email.
  • Keep a record of the questions and answers.
  • Respectfully protest outside the public consultation meeting with signs, information handouts, answering of questions.
  • Hand out information.  Templates with information are available from Lorrie Gillis. lpcgillis@bmts.com
  • After the meeting, write up what happened at the meeting.  This could be distributed to the membership of WCO.
  • Send a letter of protest that the meeting was not a valid public consultation.  This draft can be adjusted according to what happened during your meeting.
 
 
 

Your Local Municipal Council

  • Although the Green Energy Act stripped away the rights of local government, your local municipal Council still has a duty to represent your community and citizens.  It is not acceptable for them to simply wash their hands of this.
  • Request that your municipal Council protest the inadequacies of the Green Energy Act.
  • Request your municipal Council join the 65 other Councils in Ontario who object to the way the provincial government is handling wind development in Ontario.

Form a Neighbourhood Group

  • Are industrial wind turbines pending? If you would like some help in forming an action group or educating the community and/or council in your area, please email Lorrie at lpcgillis@bmts.com or call (519)922-3072

As a Community:

  • Start your own Wind Action group. It may start with as small a number as 2. Don’t feel overwhelmed. It WILL grow over a matter of weeks and months. A group will allow you to share the workload, organize action plans, notices, meetings, collect and manage donations, etc.
  • Keep a group emailing list for support and help.
  • Hold a public information meeting for your area.
  • You and as many neighbours as you can engage can post signs: STOP the WIND TURBINES, message also very applicable to any areas with existing turbines, as the sign then means ’shut the turbines down, you are hurting us!’.
  • Engage media early if possible, ie letters to editor, articles.
  • If you have someone with the expertise to do so, start a webpage for your local area to keep people informed of latest developments.
  • Send health information to local council and MPP and MP
  • Meet with Council, MP, MPP, keep them informed of latest information so they can make decisions from knowledge.
  • Participate in WCO (if in Ontario) email campaigns to MPs, MPPs
  • Information notices in neighbour’s mailboxes re turbines, health, leases, etc.
  • Go to all wind company ‘open house’ meetings and try to ask questions as a group so that all can hear questions and answers or so that all can hear the wind company refuse to answer.
  • Get a copy of the Environmental Screening Report that went to your township office.
  • To publicly protest turbines always remain peaceful and do not impede any traffic or person. Park vehicles 30′ – 40′ apart or so, well off to the side of the road , put protest signs on vehicles, each person picketing in between vehicles to maximize your ‘visual impact’.
  • Buy a share from a wind company, turn up at the annual shareholder’s meeting and say: “The evidence is growing linking the adverse health effects with industrial wind installations. Premier McGuinty recently acknowledged that these issues should be studied. What steps has our Board taken to assess the contingent liabilities which we will face from the (name of wind project) we have established in (place of wind project.) “. It sends the message directly to the people investing in this company.

As an Individual:

  • Keep a journal to notice sleeping, noise, general well being before turbines are operating and continue after turbines are operating.
  • Physical checkup of all family members before turbines so there is a record of your health pre turbines operating.
  • Baseline measurement for noise at your home (document day, time, repeat if possible)- take recordings of noise before turbines. If one can afford it, get an engineer to take decibel and low frequency noise readings.
  • Get a baseline measurement of electrical pollution in your home
  • Get a property value assessment.
  • Take pictures of your view and home; it’s your pre- turbine visual record.

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22 thoughts on “Toolbox

    • Now an outline has been created to show rural Ontarians how to organize the needed information and there are others who have been making files and working on this too. Just organize this information and half the battle will be won. Each group needs their own specific files as well as a general information file.
      Have copies of all of the references used to compile the files. Make this information “air tight”.

  1. Many industrial wind developers prey on money strapped landowners. Make sure landowners who could be at risk of being taken by “expert sales people” are aware of what they are risking. Without lease deals many industrial wind developments could not go forward. Anyone who has or is thinking about making money on their idle land by leasing to wind companies should know what they are risking. The industrial wind industry is mainly made up of multi-national companies with no interest other than to make money. Even if the company is or appears to be home grown that could change as many companies are taken over or change names for whatever reason. That is like any business. They hire expert sales people that promise cash incentives or cash for life. Promise no problems. Remember you will not be dealing with that person after the ink is dry, but a company that will only do what is legally required. Don’t expect anyone to help you out even if the company is not quite doing what you expected or they promised. You will not be able to compete with the company lawyers so make sure you don’t have to go court. Also remember the government is on the company’s side. Leases limit what you can do with your property. The company can sue you for not following agreements. One court case with the company can wipe out any profits you may have thought were yours. One court case could see them gain access to your deed.
    Recognize that all taxes associated with the wind structures will be your responsibility to pay. The tax bill will be in your name. Figure out what liability will be required if you can get insurance. Make sure it does not jeopardize your ability to get house insurance if you live on the property. Large wind turbines are industrial structures. Leakage of oil (up to 600 l), mechanical problems, dangers from debris from structural failures, dangers from stray voltage, livestock losses, increased lightning strikes and lack of detailed decommissioning plans or how a limited partnership company can be held responsible, can leave a property owner with little choice but to abandon their property or lose it. Associated structures such as transmission lines and access roads will be on your property and placed where the company want them regardless of what was verbally agreed to. What happens to these structures as they age or are not maintained over time. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is warning landowners to be cautious when dealing with industrial wind companies. A Fond Du Lac Farmer in Wisconsin had this important message about signing a binding contract with an industrial wind company “Please do not do what I have done”.

  2. I am looking for some pics to show the massiveness of the turbines. We have a proposal in our area (Manvers Township, City of Kawartha Lakes) I would love any pictures anyone has to show people the destruction to our landscape and the size compared to homes. Thank you.

  3. The problem faced by those opponents to industrial wind turbines concerned with their negative environmental health impacts, is the general public’s ignorance of how these impacts occur. All too often the public hears the misleading propaganda of industrialists, politicians and other ideological zealots. Misrepresentation of facts, selective half-truths, and bias studies; coupled with government coverups and undemocratic legislation, keep the general public convinced that these opponents to industrial wind turbines are deluded or worse.

    Until the majority of the public is made aware of the means by which industrial wind turbines produce negative environmental health impacts, they will continue to believe the misinformation of the government and IWT industry. Unfortunately it is the substantial wealth of the public’s own treasury (directly and indirectly) by which the government funds this misinformation.

    In this age of specialized education and careers, the majority of the public isn’t familiar with either the elements involved or the means by which they interact, in the production by industrial wind turbines of negative environmental health impacts.

    It is necessary to show the public how industrial wind turbines produce the negative environmental effects and how they impact people’s health. The first part of such an effort should be a simply written, well illustrated and comprehensive presentation capable of being physically distributed to and grasped by the vast majority of the public. The second part should contain all the available technical reports and documents supporting the first part, should be organized to reflect the structure of the first part, and should be accessible online to facilitate easy reference.

    Despite all the research over the past couple of years into these matters, there doesn’t seem to be any organized outreaching program to educate the public. Is there an active ‘Education Committee’ within your organization?

    • Hey Barry Brdgeford,
      You live in Aurora – according to your site.
      and you say,
      ‘I started this site in 2009.’

      I’ve got news for you!
      You missed all the best parts – or, maybe not.

      Citizens of Ontario – are champions.
      Municipal councils – Suck!
      ……….you should know by now!

      Again – Citizens of Ontario – are champions [repeat]
      Again – Municipal Councils – Suck! [repeat]

    • Barry Bridgeford,
      There is already a website that contacts a large amount of the type of information that you wrote about in your post.
      http://windvictimsontario.com/
      The website is one part of your idea.
      The website’s mission statement “We also want to assist in educating the general public and authorities. And bring clarity to the situation regarding adverse health effects being experienced by families in industrial wind energy projects in this province.”

      If you or anyone wish to work on this more please contact me
      http://windvictimsontario.com/contact-us.html

    • I agree with what you write, Barry.

      OWR is not an “organization”. It is a website. There is no “board”, hierarchy or committees. This is simply rural residents using social media the best they can and helping each other out in getting the word out. Most work is done on a strictly local level. We certainly have no money for province-wide Education Outreach Program.

  4. I’m sorry ‘Free Thinker’, but your claim that “Citizens of Ontario – are champions. Municipal councils – Suck!” sounds like mere retoric to me.

    The majority of the citizens of Ontario are ignorant of the facts about industrial wind turbines. Only by reaching out to those uninformed citizens do the impacted rural citizens of Ontario have any hope in turning things around. This OWR website isn’t frequented by the vast majority of the citizens of Ontario. Beating your chests and patting each other on the back on this website won’t change the mind of many people.

    If a fraction of the money you stand to loose in property value depreciation and forced relocation costs, were invested in an effective outreach/education program .. then you’d have a real chance of countering the lies and deceit that are entrenched across Ontario.

    Unless there’s effective commitment, organization and outreach .. I’m afraid there’s not going to see much change any time soon. Sorry to be so blunt, but that’s the way I see it!

    • Yes, you are correct and most people get their information via the MSM. And if the MSM says something it must be true so it’s an uphill battle to educate the public.
      The MSM has status in the public’s mind and rural Ontarians don’t have this status.
      This is why everything we say has to be documented with as many references as possible.

    • Hey bbaurora,
      You say,
      ‘I’m sorry ‘Free Thinker’, but your claim that “Citizens of Ontario – are champions. Municipal councils – Suck!” sounds like mere retoric to me.’

      Yikes!
      And you say,
      ‘This OWR website isn’t frequented by the vast majority of the citizens of Ontario. Beating your chests and patting each other on the back on this website won’t change the mind of many people.’

      New word: retoric………….according to you.

      Ugh!

      • Hey Barry,
        I trust you are following your own municipal council in Aurora.
        When I say – Municipal councils – Suck! I mean it.

        The Environmental Advisory Committee is looking for volunteers for the following working groups:

        Climate change
        Naturalization and wildlife
        Public awareness and education
        Planning and policy
        Waste management
        http://www.aurora.ca/aurora/index.aspx?ArticleID=3639&lang=en-CA

        So – what does all this mean?
        At least 50 councils – have transferred their power.
        Again – what does this mean?

    • “Unless there’s effective commitment, organization and outreach .. I’m afraid there’s not going to see much change any time soon.”

      So…what is your solution? Are you going to be working toward that goal in some way?

  5. Yes! What does all this mean? I have no idea what the point is. I didn’t defend town councils. I’m no fan of local councils. I worked part-time for local government and got to see things from the inside. As I say .. I’m no fan! Rather, I’m sympathetic to rural citizens who are victimized by IWT’s and their proponents. Bantering over minor points and looking for differences aren’t going to serve the larger cause, so let’s not side-tracked, OK? Thanks.

    • Barry, I agree with you a hundred and fifteen percent.

      In fact, it’s my perception that the existence of OWR has always been to serve the purpose of “education.” OWR is an invaluable resource to compile information, share information, provide a forum for networking, use as a ‘sounding’ board, etc. I use the educational resources at OWR as a critical component in pretty much all of my wind turbine-related work.

      We appreciate and continue to look forward to all of your education efforts.

  6. I just replied to an email from a lady in Wainfleet. In composing my response, I found myself approaching the ‘infrasound’ issue from a slightly different angle. I just wanted to share the focus of it with the readership here …….

    My understanding of air pressure is that we are subject to three types of “air pressure”.

    – The first type is regular barometric air pressure. We normally experience the effects of a change in barometric air pressure when a different weather system rolls-in, when we take a trip in an airplane, when we take an elevator ride up a tall building, or when we drive up a high hill or mountain.

    – The second type is the air pressure inherent in the blowing wind. We feel it against our face as a “pressure”. It propels a sail-boat across the water. It also causes the blades of a wind-mill or wind-turbine to rotate.

    – The third type is the range of pulsations in air pressure which forms the sounds we hear, and also the “ultrasonic” and “infrasonic” pulsations of air pressure which are above and below our range of hearing.

    The blades of a wind-turbine interrupt the blowing wind (type 2 air pressure). Due to the contour of the blades, they are forced to move at right angles to the wind. This process actually extracts energy from the wind and transfers it to the generator of the wind-turbine.

    This extraction of the blowing wind’s energy produces a massive triple-spiral-form of “reduced” air pressure downwind of industrial wind-turbines. It is this triple-spiral-form of reduced air pressure which kills bats when they fly through it. Their lungs’ tiny blood vessels cannot adjust to the sudden variations in air pressure.

    This massive triple-spiral-form of “reduced” air pressure downwind of industrial wind-turbine also artificially forms the extremely long wave forms of inaudible “infrasound” (a type 3 air pressure).

    Large decibel energy levels of this type 3 air pressure project for great distances. Their long wave lengths aren’t included in the government standards, which are limited to only measuring audible “dBa” wave lengths.

    Ironically, these extremely long wave forms of inaudible “infrasound” contain far more “type 3 air pressure” energy than do the shorter wave forms of the audible sound involved.

    It’s these large decibel levels of infrasound “type 3 air pressure” energy which are impacting peoples’ health .. their balance, sleep, hearts, and rates of hormone secretion.

    When the distances between structures’ walls synchronize with the wave lengths of this infrasound, “standing-waves” of it can be established, which actually resonate and amplify it within the structures, in a manner similar to the sound-box of an acoustic guitar.

    Until everyone involved (lawyers, judges, politicians, reporters, citizens) are educated as to what’s going on, I’m afraid we’re in the predicament of battling ignorance on a large scale!

    And when that battle comes nose-to-nose against the self-serving greed of opportunists, the zealotry of “green-fanatics” and the hypocrisy of politicians .. well its even a harder battle!

  7. It seems we are all trying to figure out how to make more people aware of just what is happening. The OWR has a list of all the communities and group contacts that have registered with the site. Not sure if the community contacts read the OWR site all the time, but it should be easy enough to send a message to everyone listed and have all of Ontario’s communities start to act collectively instead of wageing individual battles which makes it easy for the politicians to ignore or say we are studing the matter. We need to get” boots on the ground” collectively in our communities with important FACTS. This can be done simply by putting flyers out in mailboxes and windshields in parking lots. he same message has to go out all across Ontario at once. Different information, BASED ON FACTS, can be handed out every week. Eventually people will be looking fwd to the handout and talking to their neighbours. The people we need to reach are not reading about it on the internet.

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