Laugh of the Day: MOE gives research program “arms-length funding” of $300,000/year

arms laength money shakeBy Eric Bunnell, St. Thomas Times-Journal
Survey says! That’s the answer that researchers investigating possible health effects of wind turbines and other renewable energy sources, want to hear from Elgin. A University of Waterloo renewable energy study is sending questionnaires over the next few weeks to residents in Elgin and other areas of Ontario who live near wind turbines. Approximately 5,000 people will be contacted by mail.

The university in summer, 2010 set up a multi-disciplinary, five-year research program to investigate the technological, health and safety aspects of renewable wind, solar light and heat, and bio-energy sources, as well as their integration into the electric grid.

“These health studies are an important part of our research chair program by helping us understand the relationship between the renewable energy technologies and potential health effects,” Waterloo professor Siva Sivoththman, who heads the program, is quoted in a release.

The Ontario environment ministry is giving the research program arms-length funding of $300,000 a year. The coming survey also is contacting residents in Bruce, Dufferin, Essex, Frontenac, Huron and Norfolk counties, and Chatham-Kent. To encourage participation in the survey, there’s a draw for a $150 gift card to the store of the winner’s choice. Selected participants will be invited to take part in a second part of the study, involving a more in-depth health assessment.

As renewable energy faces mounting opposition rising from concerns about health implications, Health Canada currently is studying the link between wind turbines and health. The federal study is expected to be completed in 2014.

13 thoughts on “Laugh of the Day: MOE gives research program “arms-length funding” of $300,000/year

  1. I think the wind companies should be required to pay for this study, and the money should be given with NO strings attached,to organizations who will make sure it is spent on the proper people and things, and to make sure it is not skewed in favour of the rich wind companies, as all of the past studies have been. The M.O.E. is a pawn of the government and wind pushers. Not ethical or moral.

    • Just being done to make the general public think the government cares and is trying to do something. Five year study is an insult to rural Ontarians and in the meantime provides for the continuation of installing IWTs. Because by the end of five years the IWTs will have been installed or this was the plan but is taking longer than expected to accomplish this end. So what”s now another new five year plan?

  2. “(Selected) participants will be invited to take part in a second part of the study, involving a more in-depth health assessment”
    What a Joke ! , this says it all ,,, bulls hit

  3. check out chapter in Dirty Business – Ontario Gov’t response to calls for health studies – by K. Stelling, Friends of Arran Lake, p. 40. “MOE appointed Research Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health – “Dr. S Sivoththaman will advise Ontraio on emerging technolgies over the next 5 years including on the potential health effectes related to energy from wind turbines… Dr. R McMurtry has already been very specific in his criticism of the failure of process in this appt. … He has noted that “Dr. Sivoththaman is an electrical engineer….””

    See his profile on UWaterloo’s page:
    https://ece.uwaterloo.ca/~sivothth/

    • Stephana Johnston and Tracy Whitworth and Paul Thompson and Ted and Brent and Barbara and Nikki and Mike and and and could use that goddam $300,000 for a respite home to live. Infuriating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Why doesn’t it surprise me that they put an electrical engineer in place to oversee a health study?
    Made perfect sense to McGuinty and will to Wynne also!
    What a sad, sick joke. Another $300,000 a year of taxpayer money down the drain just to give the wind energy crooks a further 5 years to destroy rural Ontario and with the full connivance of the University of Waterloo and the provincial government.
    Andrew Watts.

    • It’s actually a Dr. Bigelow running that part — epidemiologist. However, the engineer in charge reminds me of Pachauri… not exactly open to new information and seems somewhat disinterested in other facts.

      But Arms Length?….. Considering that it is the ignorant Greenies in the government pushing this cr@p — how can it be called arms length? That is the question…

      At least it’s not the group wanting your genes…yet!

      And quoting Siva in the release??? Yeah he’s interested in this part — wonder who wrote his lines… probably one Phil….whoever….

  5. Was there not an ” EXPERT ” old report released on Dec 16, 2011 that stated that there were “no direct health risks”? This report was issued by H.G.C. Engineering. Some host farmers also use these reports to justify their leases. How very sick and twisted !!!!! Instead of researching on their own they use wind industry propaganda.

  6. Words of encouragement…………..the draw

    ‘[excerpt] To encourage participation in the survey, there’s a draw for a $150 gift card to the store of the winner’s choice. Selected participants will be invited to take part in a second part of the study, involving a more in-depth health assessment.’

    Can you imagine – part 2 – of the study?

    Is this for real?

  7. Article below discusses research sponsored by drug companies, but could also be said of wind studies?

    Bad pharma: Drug research riddled with half truths, omissions, lies
    Industry-funded trials are too common, can’t be trusted — and bring pills to market that likely don’t work | Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 11:00 AM EST

    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/27/bad_pharma_drug_research_riddled_with_half_truths_omissions_lies/singleton/?google_editors_picks=true

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