We have a new 90th Parallel Productions documentary airing on CBC Doc Zone, February 7 at 9:00 pm in Canada. We spent two years making this film about wind turbines and how they can make people sick. A lot of people are skeptical–so was I.
When you’re driving north on the B Line from Kincardine to Inverhuron you can see a skyline of red lights flashing against the night sky. This is farmland; hundred acre family operations laid out in long rectangles stretching from the concession roads and highways back to the stands of maple, birch and cedar. There is a lot of dairy in Bruce County, and even more beef. And over the last four years there’s been a lot of wind farming, too.
The proliferation of wind turbines has been creating a level of citizen activism seldom seen in rural Ontario. At first the arrival of the wind companies made a lot of sense. They were willing to pay farmers just to put up a windmill on their land. The wind was blowing in off Lake Huron anyway. It was like free money.
But it’s never that easy. Right across the province grass roots groups were angry at the turbines and the government and pretty much anything to do with harvesting the wind. It was around that time two years ago that CBC asked me to look into a story about wind energy not being as green as advertised. And I was skeptical. Read Article