Turbine opponents plead for health unit’s help

By Tracey Richardson, Owen Sound Times
OWEN SOUND – Wind turbine opponents pleaded with Grey-Bruce’s public board of health Friday to do something to help them.

Frustration was evident in presentations from two groups — one from the municipality of Kincardine and one from Grey Highlands. It’s the first time a delegation opposing wind turbines has shown up on the doorstep of the health unit, although the matter has been addressed at previous public meetings.

At one point, an emotional plea came from Norma Schmidt — one of about a dozen people in the audience. “We’re suffering terribly. It’s a disaster,” she told them. “We just can’t live our everyday, ordinary lives.”

She told the board it was their responsibility to help them because it’s a health issue.

Board chair Arlene Wright told the group she sympathized with them and that the board “has been dealing with this for three years.”

The group also had a sympathetic ear in medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn, who said after the meeting that she feels their frustration. She also believes their concerns are absolutely legitimate.

“I’ve been concerned about wind turbines for a long time, and I do know people who have been affected by them,” she said. “I think it is a direct effect and not an indirect effect.”

Lynn has been asked repeatedly over the years by local municipalities and residents to do a health study, but the health unit declined because of a lack of money and resources. But even if she had the money and resources, Lynn said she couldn’t do it.

“I’ve said look, I’m not the person to do it. I’m already biased. I think these people are affected directly by this technology and I feel somewhat annoyed, to put it mildly, that the energy and infrastructure act does not allow people to have that choice of having a turbine in their back yard or not.” Read article

6 thoughts on “Turbine opponents plead for health unit’s help

  1. Brave souls who represent a large number more of people who are being devastated by turbines next to them, came to the Public Health Committee for Grey/Bruce and gave a powerful message to the committee members. Kevin Eccles, mayor for West Grey, excused himself from the meeting before these people spoke to the symptoms and ill health they struggle to cope with until there is a solution to regaining health. He was a Liberal candidate for the last provincial election and towed the party line with gusto. Of course, that line includes the insistance that all of these people don’t really exist and that if they keep saying it long enough they won’t have to deal with it.
    The delegations spoke eloquently and compellingly of sleep deprivation, headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, missed days of work and of soon, having to leave beloved homes to keep their lives from slowly diminishing to nothing. The committee listened, asked questions and voted, unanimously, to do something, no specifics yet. The people who are being hurt by industrial wind turbines were seen and heard and acknowledged and were moved to tears because of this. Too often, they are dismissed or worse, ridiculed. Unfortunately the reporter for this article decided to label them as WIND OPPONENTS. Not a one of the people there described themselves as anything else other than people who were sick with the common denominator being that the illness began with the startup of turbines and substations near their home, homes within the 2km radius danger zone surrounding each turbine. They aren’t WIND OPPONENTS. They are TIRED and SICK and NEED HELP. Tell me you see a difference between the the two. Tell the people who courageously spoke up, in spite of the probability of being labelled for speaking up, that you see the difference. They are decent, hard working, loving families made up of real honest to God flesh and blood and feeling and they are being treated like they don’t matter by far too many.

  2. Now….on to Kevin Eccles. Kevin Eccles became mayor of West Grey and shortly after, ran as a Liberal Candidate for the provincial election, having no qualms about picking up and leaving his municipal responsibility behind if he won. Like a true blue….no, RED Liberal party clone, he stood
    behind Arlene King’s pathetic lit review, the standard excuse at the time, used for ignoring all the industrial wind turbine sickened people in this province. He decided that a furniture factory opening in Chesley was more important than listening to the delegations who travelled from great distance to talk to the committee.
    My husband listened to a news report on his way home from work about the furniture opening in Chesley. He felt the report made it sound as though the Liberal provincial government was creating jobs in rural Ontario by this opening. I doubt it was any coincidence that Eccles just had to be there.
    Eccles, if you were mayor in my municipality, I would be working hard to campaign to have you removed. God help the people who become sick from any turbines built in your municipality who have to come to you because of it.

  3. Environmental issues – handcuffed
    – assuming we don’t die tonight.

    ‘[excerpt] The group also had a sympathetic ear in medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn, who said after the meeting that she feels their frustration. She also believes their concerns are absolutely legitimate.
    “I’ve been concerned about wind turbines for a long time, and I do know people who have been affected by them,” she said. “I think it is a direct effect and not an indirect effect.”’

    ‘[excerpt] Lynn said public health is handcuffed under current legislation when it comes to acting on environmental issues. Lynn said health hazard legislation was set up for infectious disease, “so it’s really specific for me to write orders on a health hazard that has to do with sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, those kinds of things. And that’s what it was set up for. So to put that into environmental terms is very difficult.”’

    Really clear politics.

    • File under: The Law is an Ass
      (according to my son’s law teacher)

      Maybe –
      as a matter of ‘formed consensus’ and/or ‘conscience’ – a letter could be written on a personal note –
      for example:
      I am writing to you out of my personal concern for the following reasons [state reasons]

      Simply stating ‘public health is handcuffed under current legislation’ – is not good enough. In fact – it is horrifying!

      Indeed – The Law is an Ass’ – pass it on!

    • Maybe –
      ‘[excerpt] So to put that into environmental terms is very difficult.”’
      Dr. Hazel Lynn –
      could possibly generalize the ‘letter of concern’ – down to –
      for example: Human Well-being
      – to squeak through the relevant concerns of citizens –
      which she believes to be ‘absolutely legitimate’.

      Shocks the conscience – to see nothing done –
      even though – the general consensus appears –
      citizens are asking for help on a massive scale;
      enough to sound an alarm.

  4. “I think these people are affected directly by this technology and I feel somewhat annoyed, to put it mildly, that the energy and infrastructure act does not allow people to have that choice of having a turbine in their back yard or not.”

    Are you kidding me? Is that what you really think? Having a choice will make everything OK?

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