Steven Cooper’s Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm Study the Beginning of the End for the Wind Industry

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Earlier this week, a small, but very effective, nuclear device was detonated at Cape Bridewater, which – before Union Super Funds backed Pacific Hydro destroyed it – was a pristine, coastal idyll in South-Western Victoria.

The bomb that went off was a study carried out by one of Australia’s crack acoustic specialists, Steven Cooper – and some typically solid journalism from The Australian’s Graham Lloyd – that put the Pac Hydro initiated pyrotechnics in the International spotlight.

Over the next few posts, STT will analyse just what the detonation, its aftermath and fallout means for an industry which, in Australia, is already on the ropes. And we’ll look at what it means to the thousands of wind farm victims here – and around the world.

We’ll kick off with the front page story that has sent the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers into a state of terror filled panic.

Turbines may well blow an ill wind over locals, ‘first’ study shows
The Australian, Graham Lloyd, 21 January 2015

PEOPLE living near wind farms face a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise generated by turbines, a groundbreaking study has found.

The study by acoustics expert Steven Cooper is the first in the world in which a wind turbine operator had fully co-operated and turned wind turbines off completely during the testing. Read article

56 thoughts on “Steven Cooper’s Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm Study the Beginning of the End for the Wind Industry

  1. Hey Ontario!

    Here I am – completely out of touch
    and ridiculously over the top!

    ‘[excerpt] “My lengthy leadership experience, combined with PwC’s reputation for helping clients solve their important problems, really complement each other,” McGuinty said in a statement.

    He will work two to three days a week.’

    ‘[excerpt] McGuinty also led trade missions to China, India, Israel and Lebanon and registered last year as a provincial lobbyist for school software company Desire2Learn.

    “Dalton brings vast experience, strategic thinking and a unique understanding of many of the markets in which we are looking to grow,” Tahir Ayub, markets and industries leader for PwC Canada, said in a statement.’

    Oh yeah….
    ‘[excerpt] The scandal continues to dog the Liberal government with a widening OPP investigation into deletion of emails and documents related to the cancellations.’


    Thousands of smart meters in Ontario to be removed over safety worries
    Some 5,400 of Ontario’s 4.8 million smart meters are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, cause an electrical short and possibly spark a fire.

    • Transparency – as long as people know……..
      and the liberal government – over and above –

      I’ll take a dozen please!


      Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty defends decision to register as government lobbyist

      ‘[excerpt] Former premier Dalton McGuinty is defending his decision to become a registered lobbyist for a Kitchener-based company that got more than $3 million in Ontario government contracts last year.

      McGuinty signed on to the lobbyist registry in late August — 18 months after he left office — to act on behalf of Kitchener-based Desire2Learn, which develops educational software. The company’s Brightspace system helps teachers deliver lessons and assign group work online. It is also adaptable for postsecondary and business settings.

      McGuinty says schools around the world are introducing more technology into learning and he wants them to use made-in-Ontario products instead of American-made technology.

      In a statement to The Canadian Press, McGuinty said the more schools that use Desire2Learn’s software, the more jobs will be created in Ontario.

      I am proud to be representing Desire2Learn before the Ontario government as well as all other governments and businesses around the world’


      ‘[excerpt] Treasury Board President Deb Matthews says McGuinty waited 18 months after leaving the premier’s office to become a registered lobbyist, when the rules state he only had to wait 12 months.

      She says what’s important is the principle of transparency, and as long as people know McGuinty is a lobbyist, his transactions with government will get the appropriate scrutiny.

      McGuinty said he contacted the Integrity Commissioner about his part-time role as a senior adviser to Desire2Learn out of an abundance of caution.

      “I am proud to be representing Desire2Learn before the Ontario government as well as all other governments and businesses around the world,” he said

      Group work!

      • Auditing firms can get too cozy with their clients.

        The very large and respected U.S. auditing firm, Arthur Anderson, went down as result of the Enron scandal.

      • Say a prayer – for PwC Canada
        okay – you can laugh
        – they have a twitter account!

        ‘[excerpt] Quotes: Bill McFarland, Senior Managing Partner and CEO, PwC Canada
        “Canadian CEOs recognize that the business landscape is rapidly changing. With competition coming from new places, CEOs not only need to keep up, but stay ahead and they understand they can’t do it alone. They are looking to new business models – finding the right partnerships – collaborating in new ways – to ensure they can meet those challenges to grow and outperform competitors. A key enabler is digital innovation, which is changing the way customers, employees, shareholders and suppliers interact with business.”

        “Despite a generally rosier view of the future than their global counterparts, Canadian CEOs recognize that business is not without its challenges and shocks to the business environment require resilience and adaptability. Embracing an evolving world is the key to growth and success.”

        “Finding and developing talent is a key priority for CEOs – new skills and expertise are needed more than ever. This presents an important opportunity for Canadian businesses, which need to look for new ways to access and benefit from a diverse talent pool.”‘

        So I guess – Bill and Dalton – chat

      • Welcome to Ontario!

        You don’t have to show up for work
        @ the Windsor office
        and you get a $200,000 paycheck,
        and a free slush fund.

        Is Sandra Pupatello worth it?
        You be the judge.

        ‘[excerpt] The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation — which almost had its budget cut in half Monday night — helped lure more than 900 jobs to the area in 2014.

        A day after development corporation CEO Sandra Pupatello survived a 6-5 Windsor council vote threatening to chop the city’s annual $1.2 million in WEEDC funding to $600,000 until she could provide concrete numbers on success, her office released an achievement report.

        The report lists more than 900 jobs that were secured in 2014: the 600 scheduled to start by the fall with the HGS Canada call centre in Tecumseh Mall, and more than 300 new full-time jobs created through 200 small-business startups and 65 business expansions.

        The new jobs are on top of business retention, which Pupatello says is difficult to quantify, and business promotion through such things as seminars and more.

        Pupatello estimates her office’s job retention combined with job creation amounts to between 2,000 and 2,500 positions in 2014. But because she doesn’t know the exact numbers of job retention, since companies typically don’t want to share it, she was reluctant to provide council a firm number Monday night.

        But she said the report was sent to councillors about two weeks ago. Still, she doesn’t mind city council’s questions.

        “For a non-profit organization, in terms of running a business, everyone would prefer to have stable ongoing funding without an annual question,” Pupatello said. “But there is every right for a funder to ask these questions. So we will start reporting more information.”

        Coun. Hilary Payne — who requested on the first meeting of the new council in December that the economic development corporation be invited to list its achievements — did not feel Pupatello provided enough information.

        “I wanted to know what they’re doing,” Hilary said Tuesday. “Where’s the beef?

        “The development corporation gets all this money and we don’t even know what they’re doing.”

        Payne, who says the development corporation — which operates on a $2.4-million annual budget paid by the city and the county — should lure at least 100 jobs a year.

        He wonders if the economic development corporation, an arm’s length organization, should be incorporated into the city.

        “The first time they became accountable, really, was last night,” said Payne.

        Mayor Drew Dilkens, who voted to temporarily cut the city’s economic development corporation contribution in half, feels better communication would help.

        “There needs to be a closer link between the mayor’s office and the economic development corporation,” he said after the council meeting. “At the end of the day, there’s room for both organizations. It’s how do we communicate and collaborate with one another to make sure we’re getting the maximum bang for our buck?”


        The $200,000 arrangement:

        ‘[excerpt] When her appointment was announced Thursday, Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said Pupatello’s relationships with businesses around the globe and first-hand knowledge of Ontario and Windsor made her a perfect fit for the contract position that pays between $170,000 and $200,000.

        Eddie told the Star he contacted Pupatello after her leadership loss to “to put the bug in her ear.”

        “It has been a long process to get her here. I’m pretty excited because I’ve finally got help,” he said.

        Francis said he has no problem with Pupatello spending her time on Bay Street while at the same time representing Windsor and Essex County’s development interests.

        “I don’t want her spending her time in Windsor . . . I want her in Toronto, I want her on Bay Street where the decision makers are,” he said.

        Francis said there is a solid economic development team in Windsor/Essex County that can concentrate on retention of business. “What we need is expansion,” he said.

        “I believe we have arrived at an arrangement that is very complementary.”’

    • (Reuters) – British grocer Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L) plans to drop PricewaterhouseCoopers [PWC.UL] as its auditor this year and replace it with rival Ernst & Young [ERNY.UL], it said on Friday.

      Sainsbury’s said its board will recommend the change to investors for their approval at its annual shareholders’ meeting in July.

      It said the move follows a formal tender process.

      Sainsbury’s said PricewaterhouseCoopers will audit the results for the year to March 14 2015 before Ernst & Young takes over.

      • Not so unusual to change auditors. Keeps employees from getting too cozy with auditing firm’s employees.

  2. No danger for CanWEA. Physics has different rules in Ontario so no danger that tests elsewhere will influence government policy or be a factor in the kangaroo courts that citizens are allowed to ‘appear’ in, Looks like nice work, consistent with how sound works at other frequencies and affects humans. Sad that the decision-makers here are too busy counting their golden eggs.

  3. This report does have legal significance. Because it was sponsored by the Wind company, there is a potential lawsuit. They continue now knowing that there is evidence for health harm.

    Who knows how long it will take, but we should thank Steven Cooper, and the many other people, including our own “Barbara” for keeping very good documentation.

  4. Shareholders are interested in their bottom line. Period.

    Fee charged:
    PricewaterhouseCoopers – just over $300,000
    Ernst & Young – just under $80,000

    ‘[excerpt] Sainsbury’s said its board will recommend the change to investors for their approval at its annual shareholders’ meeting in July.’


    Sounds cozy to me.

  5. Re: British grocer Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L) plans to drop PricewaterhouseCoopers [PWC.UL] as its auditor………..

    • The purpose of having external auditors is to reassure the investing public that a company’s financial records/dealings have been fairly reported.

      Or for any company that reports to the public such as Hydro One, IESO, OPG as examples.

      NGO’s also as they want to assure donors that their financial affairs are in order.

      • law, audit committees, and questionable accounting practices.
        @ this point it’s anyone’s guess.

      • Audit committee of the board of directors oversees the internal auditing of a company.

        External auditors are supposed to be independent of the company they audit.

  6. Corporate Knights, Oct.22, 2014

    ‘Power of Canada’s Exports’

    This article mentions: “Canada’s Trotttier Energy Future’s Project.
    Atricle has other information as well.


    Canada’s Trottier Energy Futures Project: Includes Participation from David Suzuki Foundation Staff and Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

    Board includes:
    Peter Robinson, CEO Suzuki Foundation
    Lorne Trottier, Ecofiscal Commission Canada
    Oska Sigvaldason, Director Ontario Electrical System Authority
    L.John Legget, Board of Councila of Canadian Academies
    Kenneth Ogilavie, Currenty Vice-Chair. Sustainable Development Technology Canada/SDTC
    Mara Kerry, Suzuki Foundation
    Ryan Kaduwaski, Suzuki Foundation


    Ecofiscal Commission Canada members include
    Peter Robinson, CEO Suzuki Foundation
    Lorne Trottier, Co-Founder, Matrox Electronic Systerms Inc.

    Google: Ecofiscal Commission Canada

    New sound study ‘Beginning of the End for Wind Energy’ maybe not?

    Ontario power bound for the U.S.

    • Ecofiscal Commission Canada
      – a five year project
      – and they will produce 3 reports per year.

      I hope ‘fiscal’ plays a part.

    • Canadian Academy of Engineering

      Trotier Energy Futures Project


      Canadian academy of Engineering Fellows include:

      John M.Beck, Aecon Group
      Oskar T. Sigvaldason
      Lorne Trottier
      Anthony Franceschini, Stantec
      John Legget

      “Fellows work closely with other national engineering associations in Canada, and with the other Canadian Academies that comprise the Council of Canadian of Academies.”

      • Canadian International Council, June 2010
        Policy Report No.1, by Roger J. Goodman a 29 page report.

        Note the reference citations for this report. Report reads like a blueprint for what is happening in Ontario.

        Goodman is mentioned in the above Corporate Knights article.

        P.24, ‘Smart Regulation’

        “The first key to improvement is to give the regulatory process the force of law, precluding participants from resorting to the courts once a regulatory decision on a project has been made.”

        Or Google this report.

      • He also says Canada @ the Federal level
        should work with Obama.

        Election Year 2015
        If Liberals win – you know what Canada will look like.

        A Cuban cigar!

      • Go Falconer!

        Environmental Protection Law in Ontario
        WeirFoulds LLP
        Spring 2009

        The common law
        While much of the focus of environmental protection law is on
        the operation of statutes, like the EPA,
        it is important to remember
        that there are elements of the common law that deal
        with the protection of the environment.

        For example, a person may seek civil damages against a party
        where that party’s actions on its land have contaminated the
        land. In addition, a person may seek an injunction to stop
        another person from carrying on an activity that is causing
        environmental harm to him or his property. While compliance
        measures, such as the use of an environmental management
        system, are important to prevent the imposition of orders or
        penalties under statutes like the EPA, they are also important
        in both avoiding the circumstances that might give rise to a
        civil claim for damages under the common law and to providing a defense if such a claim should arise.
        Having said that, however, recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada
        suggest that compliance with regulatory requirements may not
        be a sufficient defense to a claim of nuisance.


        Reading comprehension – brush up!

        ‘[excerpt] Due to the large volume of acoustical data, including that related to infrasound, analysis will continue over subsequent months with additional results being released at the earliest opportunity throughout 2015.’
        ‘[excerpt] Data Availability and Application

        Detailed descriptions of the above results will be submitted for peer review with open access in scientific journals and should only be considered final following publication. All publications by Health Canada related to the study will be identified on the Health Canada website.

        Raw data originating from the study is available to Canadians, other jurisdictions and interested parties through a number of sources: Statistics Canada Federal Research Data Centres, the Health Canada website (noise data), open access to publications in scientific journals and conference presentations. Plain language abstracts outlining the research and identifying the scientific journals where papers can be found will further be published to the Departmental website.

        Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study included both self-reported and physically measured health effects as together they provide a more complete overall assessment of the potential impact that exposure to wind turbines may have on health and well-being.

        Study results will support decision makers by strengthening the peer-reviewed scientific evidence base that supports decisions, advice and policies regarding wind turbine development proposals, installations and operations. The data obtained will also contribute to the global knowledge of the relationship between WTN and health.’

        By the way, Australia – is a good friend to Canada!
        Go Stephen Harper!

    • Corporate Knights, Oct.22, 2014

      London Economics International LLC/LEI ,Boston, has found that clean power generated in Canada mostly from new wind and hydroelectric projects could generate $14 billion in additional annual export revenues by 2030 or sooner with sufficient development of transmission infrastructure.


      London Economics Offices Canada:
      Toronto, London Economics International LLC
      Toronto, Canada Great Village International Consultants

      Clients Canada include:
      Toronto Hydro

      Regulatory Bodies, etc:
      Association of Major Power Consumers Ontario
      Electricity Distributors Association Ontario
      Ontario Electricity Market Operator

      • ABB Energy and Automation Forum Canada 2014
        Calgary – Sept. 9-11, 2014

        Scroll down to:
        CEO Panel & Co-panel

        Toby Heaps, Corporate Knights

        Julia Frayer, Managing Director, London Economics International & read Frayer’s bio. which includes:

        Worked on:
        Champlain Hudson Power Express
        Lake Erie Power looking to build a new HVDC transmission link between Ontario and PJM.

        Nanticoke, On. to Pennsylvania HVDC link

  7. Hey Barbara,

    You mentioned – ‘evils’
    And with that in mind – you have to think – deceitfulness.
    @ least I do.


    As Minister of Environment – Laurel Broten –
    she gave the ‘green lobby’ – aka energy privateers
    exactly what they wanted:

    An environmental exemption!
    [it was a behind closed door deal]

    So with no ‘Environmental Assessment’ (EA) required
    and for that matter –
    no building permit required either
    [they make believe – they need one]
    then with the stage set –
    deceitful councils
    play along
    …..McGuinty and Broten
    were – Liberal – dream politicians!

    Liberal cronyism works best – in the dark;
    and always fails.

    p.s. and then they just – ‘move on’
    p.p.s. Good Luck – to anyone who touches them.


    Perfect in every way! Isn’t she?

    Oh yeah – wind turbines are a wonderful way
    for farmers to supplement – their retirement.
    That’s why they sign leases
    @ kitchen tables.
    No EA required! Period.

    • At least she has left Ontario!


      Landowners got involved in IWTs without ever considering the risk factors associated with IWTs.

      Instead the government and farm organizations and developers and ENGOs encouraged landowners to host IWTs and they listened to these parties and no one else.

      • This is why we must pursue justice even for the landowners by continuing to expose the raw deal they were unwittingly given when they signed the leases.
        Families have been torn apart. Neighbours are extremely uncomfortable with one another, especially in situations where one suddenly became the victim of the other’s decision to create a secure, steady income to stabilize their financial situation. Are lawsuits the answer?
        Rural communities need to heal as we go forward to expose every facet.
        The rural/urban divide in Ontario can be healed if we get urban people to realize the damage these turbines and their infrastructure are doing on a myriad of levels to real people out here.
        We are asserting, at this critical juncture of our history in Ontario, that rural residents are not second class citizens, who for some reason deserve to be the collateral damage to the ‘green’ agenda.
        Urban dwellers also need to realize that their energy bills escalating are the result of sheer waste and mismanagement of the energy portfolio. Business people/industry owners are beginning to understand this.

  8. Laurel Broten heard from the Ripley group and Barb,
    then she said:

    ‘[excerpt] Ms. Laurel C. Broten: Thank you for your presentation today. I am sorry that the wind farm has caused you these health issues and has caused grief for your families.‘

    Then they enacted the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009.

    • ‘[excerpt] “I want to thank my friend Laurel for her dedication and hard work on behalf of the people of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and all of Ontario,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement.

      “For more than nine years, Laurel has been an integral member of our team, having served in such diverse portfolios as minister of children and youth services, minister of the environment and minister of education. In these roles and in everything she did, Laurel was a tireless advocate for the women of Ontario.”

      A lawyer, Broten was […]

      In addition to Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Wynne must call byelections where three other top Liberal MPPs have quit: Ottawa South to replace former premier Dalton McGuinty; Windsor-Tecumseh, Dwight Duncan’s former riding; and London-West, which was held by Chris Bentley before he resigned.’

      • From my comment above:

        As Minister of Environment – Laurel Broten –
        she gave the ‘green lobby’ – aka energy privateers
        exactly what they wanted:

        An environmental exemption!
        [it was a behind closed door deal]

        I forgot to mention the date!
        It was June 6 – 2006


        Ontario – Wake Up!

        2015 -Federal Election Year!
        How are you voting?

        Cap and breakup

        April 25, 2011
        Cap and trade is an unconstitutional threat to the country

        Cap and trade,” a cornerstone in both federal Liberal and NDP party election platforms, is a fancy name for covering Canada’s carbon markets with a quota system.


        Go Stephen Harper!

        Canada yanks some climate change programs from budget

        Ottawa, Canada, March 29, 2012: “The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) congratulates the Government of Canada for removing from the federal Budget the misleading language of previous Budgets concerning clean air and climate change,” said Tom Harris, executive director ICSC which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “In past years, this serious science mistake, appearing repeatedly in such an important document, contributed to public confusion about the distinctly different approaches needed to address these two issues. This mistake has now been corrected and therefore a more productive debate about environmental protection will be possible moving forward.”

        “We also express our support for the elimination of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE),” stated Dr. Tim Ball, ICSC science advisor and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. “The NRTEE’s biased approach to the climate issue, looking at the impacts on Canada of warming, but ignoring the far more dangerous, and more probable, cooling, contributed to a distortion of the discussion about how best to prepare for future climate change.”

        “While we are unable to assess specific climate-related Budget details until the Estimates are released in May, it is encouraging to see essentially no references to the mistaken concept that humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions have a substantial influence on global climate,” said Harris. “This is different to past Budgets where climate change was highlighted as a major factor driving a number of federal initiatives. We encourage the government to now also change the emphasis of their Clean Air Fund and clean energy generation projects to focus solely on the important topic of air quality. Adaptation to climate change is also important, but it is unrelated to clean air so must be treated separately.”

        Now that you are engaged…..
        Again –
        We are in a Federal Election Year!
        How are you voting?

        Note: It’s not hard to figure out why Stephen Harper Conservatives
        get bashed by Liberals and the NDP.

  9. “Why Pacific Hydro commissioned the Cape Bridgewater wind farm acoustic study”
    by Andrew Richards

    Andrew Richards is executive manager of external affairs at Pacific Hydro.

    ‘[excerpt] Last week, Pacific Hydro released the report The results of an acoustic testing program – Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm. The report appears to have created a bit of controversy on Australian airwaves and social media channels. The report, which is more than 200 pages long plus appendices, appears to have caused some confusion – partly as a result of misreporting by some media – including why Pacific Hydro commissioned the report and what it actually found.

    Pacific Hydro decided to conduct this study to try to better understand the ongoing concerns being raised by a number of residents who live near our Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm in southwest Victoria. As part of our commitment to working with these residents, we allowed them to select the acoustician who would undertake the study, and they subsequently chose Steven Cooper from The Acoustic Group.

    The brief to Steven Cooper was to see whether any links could be established between certain wind conditions or sound levels at Cape Bridgewater and the concerns of the six individuals involved in the study. Beyond this, Steven Cooper determined the methodology and also had a fair amount of latitude in terms of scope of the study.

    Some have questioned why we would do such a thing. Our response to this is that we have never felt that we have anything to hide. We also had a genuine desire to work with the residents.

    Some might call this foolish; we call it the right thing to do.

    Below are a few points we feel need some clarification in the discussion about this study:

    1) The study found NO correlation for noise or vibration with respect to the operation of the wind farm and residents’ observations.

    2) What the study did find, from the limited data set, is a ‘trend’ between the existence of infrasound frequencies and the higher severity levels of sensation as recorded by the residents. This band of infrasound frequencies is below the accepted audible threshold level – basically, such frequencies are unable to be heard by the human ear.

    3) Infrasound exists in both the natural and built environment. The question is whether humans do respond to infrasound and at what levels. This requires medical study.

    4) This report is in no way a medical study; it is a technical acoustic study. The new concept of ‘sensation’ as introduced in the report was agreed between Steven Cooper and the six individuals who participated in the study.

    5) The study was never intended to be scientific study and has not been peer reviewed.

    6) Steven Cooper created his own methodology and the ‘wind turbine signature’ is a term used by The Acoustic Group to describe the blade pass frequency and the first six harmonics of a wind turbine. This is not a standard (or accepted) acoustic curve that is used within the industry.

    7) We decided to make the study publicly available, i) Because the residents had requested this and it was something we committed to at the outset of the study and ii) simply for transparency purposes.

    Some have asked why we would commission such a study if we weren’t prepared to do anything with it.

    The answer to this is that we did not know what the study would reveal at the outset. We were always prepared to address any issues that were found to be quite evident or that led to a strong conclusion. In this case, we do not believe the study has found anything strong enough to warrant further action. We will not be conducting any more studies at this stage ourselves, but we would welcome further study by others.

    It is important to note this study is simply part of a broader program that we are continuing with our local communities. We will continue to work with the Cape Bridgewater community and other local communities in which we operate.

    We continue to welcome the discussion that the report has generated, as we believe no company or industry is above reproach and we should always strive for standards that are publicly acceptable. Pursuing a better understanding of the impacts of all human activities on both our environment and our communities is one we should never relinquish. We hope others can look beyond some of the inaccurate reporting so that a mature, informed discussion can occur.’


    “Lac-Mégantic disaster by the numbers: Catalogue of a tragedy”
    CBC News | posted Jan. 28, 2015

    ‘[excerpt] Lac-Mégantic Mayor Colette Roy Laroche said Wednesday the recovery period will be extensive for residents.

    In the direct aftermath of the tragedy, resources were rushed in to meet the town’s immediate needs and its citizens were well cared for, she said.

    Estrie public health director Dr. Mélissa Généreux, public health specialist Dr. Geneviève Petit and Danielle Maltais, an expert on the health consequences of major disasters, presented their findings on Wednesday morning in Sherbrooke, Que. […]

    Généreux, Petit and Maltais commended the fact that medical and psychological resources were quickly deployed to the area after the blast.

    Still, it could take years for the mental-health issues stemming from the disaster to subside, said Maltais, a researcher and professor at the University of Chicoutimi.

    The public health officials convened in Sherbrooke said the tragedy will have lasting effects on the community for years, particularly because it was due to human negligence.’

    • Don’t know what the inquiry revealed about this tragic affair but now knowing that there is major opposition to transporting oil by rail leaves me to wonder about this situation?

    • “In the direct aftermath of the [Lac Megantic] tragedy, resources were rushed in to meet the town’s immediate needs and its citizens were well cared for”
      But not so in the case of industrial wind energy health tragedies…
      Faculty at University of Western Ontario understood this…

      Beware the rhetoric! – Adding Insult to Injury

      from the article:
      “Beyond rhetoric to understanding determinants of wind turbine support and conflict in two Ontario, Canada communities”
      Environment and Planning A 2014, volume 46, pages 730 – 745
      by Chad Walker, Jamie Baxter, Danielle Ouellette, University of Western Ontario

      ‘[excerpt] We are not suggesting that social explanations supplant physical–somatic ones that are emerging in the research. Instead, we are suggesting a compounding effect, a vicious cycle of claims and counterclaims that serve to spiral downward the mental and physical well-being of residents, particularly those who—in this context—dare to oppose turbines. Further, we want to discourage distilling the health issue into an ‘either/or’ debate—one which suggests turbines do cause health effects or they do not, with no middle ground (Barry et al, 2008; Sher, 2012). We are suggesting that the psychosocial environment of conflict, rhetoric, and denigration simply makes things worse for concerned locals (Baxter, 2006; Murphy and Smith, 2013; Pedersen et al, 2007).

      […] our case suggests casting a sympathetic lens on those claiming they are impacted by actual developments. […]

      Sustainable energy policy and development practice must involve mitigating harm during both the siting and the operational phases, by first understanding how such harms are constituted in the places in which they occur. Researchers must be mindful of how all studies may be used as tools to discredit legitimate impact claims out of hand and reinforce local asymmetries of power. Impact claims should be investigated on their own terms in the local context, with cautious reference to broad-based studies and debates. […] Much the way Hagget and Toke (2006) recommend that we should not be assessing if “impacts of windfarms are ‘true’”, we suggest a move away from answering the question, “Do wind turbines cause health impacts or asymmetrical impacts from conflict?”, to answering questions like, “Under what conditions do wind turbines cause such impacts?”, and “How can we prevent/mitigate such impacts in this specific place?”— that is, emphasize how impacts emerge and are reproduced. […]

      Yet, in a context where people are choosing to not live in their own homes because of exposure to clusters of operating turbines, attention to mitigation should be also be priotitized. For example, those who are living among turbines that grossly violate existing setback regulations deserve immediate mitigation attention from policy makers and operators alike. This will require discipline from the latter two groups in particular, as it may seem far simpler in the context of existing institutional arrangements and cultures to fall back on the rhetoric that seems to readily discredit claims of harm.’

      • Just who benefits from sustainable energy policy? Developers, money lenders and assorted investors?

        Rural Ontarians are being forced to bear the brunt of sustainable energy policy. By and large urban people are not being asked to bear the brunt except for higher energy bills. But of course the most votes are concentrated in urban areas.

      • “Who is benefiting from sustainable energy policies?”

        Ass. Prof. Jamie Baxter has expanded his research group…
        and Chad Walker has morphed a Masters degree into a Ph.D…

        They’re not interested in ending the tragedy because then their funding might dry up?

      • Of course some academics are in on this and was observed in the CanWEA Nov.2014 so called health study.

        But these are not the big money “fish”.

  11. Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne
    champions of the – poor farmer.

    If it’s one thing they all share – it’s deceitfulness.

    • Hey shocked and disgusted,

      This is more about –
      how low academics – demonstrate themselves to be
      thinking no one is watching – because after a while –
      academics work like robots –
      because their brains are fried.

      They have no original thought of their own.

      from your posting…………
      from the article:
      “Beyond rhetoric to understanding determinants of wind turbine support and conflict in two Ontario, Canada communities”
      Environment and Planning A 2014, volume 46, pages 730 – 745
      by Chad Walker, Jamie Baxter, Danielle Ouellette, University of Western Ontario

      ‘[excerpt] We are suggesting that the psychosocial environment of conflict, rhetoric, and denigration simply makes things worse for concerned locals (Baxter, 2006; Murphy and Smith, 2013; Pedersen et al, 2007).’

      Absolutely insulting – to the citizens of Ontario!

      • Grant money supports grad students. Without all the grant money there would not be so many grad students if they had to pay their own way.

        The market for advanced degrees is becoming saturated. Fewer jobs available for advanced degree holders. Engineering is even becoming affected by this situation.

        Also a way for employers to cut costs.

  12. Black & White
    “We’re here to protect you,” they alleged.

    “Eastern Ontario OPP officer charged with criminal harassment”
    37-year-old officer is currently on leave, OPP say
    CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2015 1:37 PM ET

    “An Ontario Provincial Police officer working out of a detachment in the east region has been charged with criminal harassment.

    The OPP’s professional standards bureau launched an investigation into the provincial constable in September 2014 after a complaint was filed.

    The 37-year-old officer was arrested four months later on Jan. 29. He is charged with two counts of criminal harassment and one count of unlawfully being in a dwelling.

    He is scheduled to appear in court in Renfrew on March 25.

    The man is a 13-year member of the OPP and is “presently on leave,” OPP said in a media release.

    His name is not being released in order to protect the identity of the victim.”

  13. Hey Global Citizen!

    Again from above:
    ‘[excerpt] We are suggesting that the psychosocial environment of conflict, rhetoric, and denigration simply makes things worse for concerned locals (Baxter, 2006; Murphy and Smith, 2013; Pedersen et al, 2007).’

    Redefining Ontario citizens –
    their way of life;
    until they are robbed of their dignity –
    and become ‘global citizens’;
    making manageability –
    more predictable.

    Special thanks to Dalton McGuinty, Laurel Broten, and now
    Kathleen Wynne aka Premier Social Justice the 1st

    How other Global Citizens are managed [well you’ll get it]

    ‘[excerpt] Michael Silverstein, senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, said the attractions of places like Bangladesh outweigh the risks, and most retailers believe the risks can be managed.’

    These Retailers Involved In Bangladesh Factory Disaster Have Yet To Compensate Victims


    And why does she want to be known – as Ontario’s 1st
    Premier Social Justice?
    Well you’d better find out!

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