The residents of Port Granby have many reasons to be concerned. The chief medical officer of health’s report that you quoted was only a selective review of existing literature, and relies on many sources commissioned by the same industry that stands to profit from the thousands of wind turbines proposed for rural Ontario.
Her conclusion that there are no direct adverse health effects associated with wind turbines completely ignored the indirect health effects such as chronic sleep disturbances, headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea and cognitive problems which are consistently documented in peer-reviewed articles from around the world.
She did not conduct any original research, or speak with any of the 150 or so residents of rural Ontario wind farms who have been pleading for help for years. Many have had to find alternate places to sleep, or have abandoned their homes altogether. This number doesn’t include the families who have entered contracts with wind developers and are bound by non-disclosure agreements not to speak about their experiences.
Recently, the Environmental Review Tribunal did conclude that wind facilities can cause harm to humans, if facilities are placed too close to residents, and it urged that further research be conducted to determine what restrictions are necessary to protect human health.
There are legitimate reasons why 80 Ontario municipalities, along with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, are calling for a moratorium on wind development. The anti-wind movement that is raging throughout rural Ontario goes beyond NIMBYism or “simple opposition” as you stated. This is an uphill fight for our health and quality of life.
Heather Rutherford, Orono