Medical Officer of Health does not have the authority to stop noxious wind turbines

Just in case we thought the wind turbines would be ordered to be mitigated or shut down  if health problems were noticed in the Huron County Health study – nope that’s not gonna happen. Read the correspondence below and you will realize that it is all just ‘process’, with no action to ‘correct’ on the horizon. Basically more people are just being used as test subjects. That’s it. And that’s flat out unacceptable.

Thanks to Richard Mann, Associate Professor  Department of Computer Science; University of Waterloo for this.

From: Erica Clark
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 3:44 PM
Subject: Ability of MOH to write orders against wind turbines under section 13 of HPPA


One of the issues the University of Waterloo ethics committee asked us to address was the hope residents had that, at some time, the Medical Officer of Health would be able to write an order curtailing or shutting down the wind turbines. We had already stated in the recruitment materials that the study would not generate sufficient evidence to prove wind turbines cause health problems (establishing causality) but the ethics committee questioned whether we were providing enough information on the limits of the Medical Officer of Health’s authority. To address that concern, we have spoken with individuals experienced in interpreting the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) specifically, sections 11 (investigating health hazards) and 13 (writing orders). They provided us with the attached documents that outline the limits on the MOH’s authority to write orders.

The first document (Pelletier v Northwestern Health Unit) is the proceedings from an Ontario Health Services Appeal and Review Board and the second (Court File 2006-01-04) is a judicial review of the appeal hearing by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Essentially, these documents state that when the Legislature places the authority to regulate with one organization, such as municipal councils or the Ministry of the Environment, the courts do not accept that there was an intention to give the same authority to the MOH under section 13 of the HPPA. The rulings were made when the Northwestern Health Unit MOH wrote orders prohibiting exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (second hand smoke) in several bars and restaurants. At the time the orders were written, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was (and still is) deemed a health hazard.

Since the Legislature assigned the duty to regulate wind turbines to the Ministry of the Environment and not the health units, the courts will not recognize the authority of the MOH under section 13 of the HPPA to write an order curtailing or shutting down the wind turbines.

I will be putting these documents on the health unit website soon, however, I wanted you to have a chance to read them first. The documents are publicly available at



Erica Clark, PhD
Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
Huron County Health Unit
77722B London Rd., RR #5
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
519.482.3416 ext. 2022
Toll-free 1.877.837.6143

Why MOH was asked to resign: read her wind turbine report

Dr._PellizzariHere’s why Cavan Monaghan council was right ticked off with their medical officer of health.

Dr. King’s legacy: serious health consequences of individuals impacted by turbines

[Comments on Watching the CBC Documentary Film: Wind Rush (Doc Zone)]

Any reasonable, intelligent person watching this film would show concern listening to these doctors’ statements on the negative health effects of large wind turbine.  People and animals are going to pay a big price for this madness of pushing ahead and ignoring the growing body of evidence of harmful effects these machines cause.

ArleneKingPinDr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Ontario, may someday go down in history as an accomplice to big government and big corporate interests. They quote her as rational for denying any health concerns and pushing ahead with further massive wind turbine projects along Lake Huron.  Her legacy may be the serious health consequences of the individuals impacted by these turbines.

These machines are a foolish experiment and expensive investment at a time when the evidence of negative health impact is becoming irrefutable. Perhaps the mass of voters in the cities do not care about the few rural people who are and will be paying the price with their health. One would hope they would care even somewhat based upon the foolish rush to waste the taxpayers’ money. At this time other wind options or potential green energy options are available or are being researched without these potential harmful effects.

Harry Cieslar  MD, MPH (Department of Public Health, University of Michigan)

Deb Matthews’ Garden Party (with a rural Ontario flavour)


IMG_0416Yesterday afternoon we protested in London with a whole FIVE people at Health Minister/Deputy Premier Deb Matthews’ swanky garden party. I suppose if it were a meek five it would have been rather boring… was far from that though.

We chanted, educated, made the Liberals cringe for about an hour and a half on that hot afternoon. Deb stayed in the centre of the yard, surrounded by ‘her people’.

IMG_0418Her aide came out early on (before we got going vocally) and said he was glad to see were “respectful” and not like some of those people you see (ahem…) chanting and yelling on TV against turbines (I know, don’t laugh too hard – we were in dresses- he didn’t recognize us!).

I looked him in the eye and said, “You see those people on the front of the paper protesting wind turbines?”

“Yeah…?” he says, glancing up. Continue reading

Grey County wants wind turbine moratorium

By Denis Langlois, Sun Timesgrey county, Owen Sound

Grey County wants the province to slap an immediate moratorium on wind turbine developments in Ontario.

Nine of 13 councillors at Tuesday’s county council meeting supported the call for the indefinite freeze until further studies provide “conclusive” evidence related to the impact of the industrial machines on human health.

The motion, presented by Hanover Deputy-mayor Bob White, was prompted by the findings of a report by local medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn and research assistant Dr. Ian Arra that concluded turbines cause distress among people who live close by.

“What’s the sense of putting all these things up right now, these wind turbines? Let’s face it, there’s hundreds of them in Grey County and they’re going up pretty fast. Let’s take a look to see if there is an adverse condition before we put anymore up,” White said in an interview after the council meeting wrapped up.

“Somewhere down the road, you might say, God, we should have done this a long time ago. By stopping them we could have stopped people from having this sort of condition.” White said he is not suggesting wind turbines make people ill, but said Lynn’s report should warrant a more thorough examination of the link between turbines and health.

Chatsworth Mayor Bob Pringle at first moved a two-part motion to encourage the “expedient” peer review of Lynn’s study and to request a moratorium. He later split the motion, saying he would support taking a preliminary step before calling for a moratorium.

Support for the peer review motion passed unanimously. White moved the moratorium motion, which was seconded by Grey Highlands Deputy-mayor Paul McQueen, after Pringle opted not to.  Continue reading

Wind turbine protestors outside Goderich courthouse

GoderichCTV London : Protestors were outside the Huron County Court House in Goderich Friday morning as the K2 Wind farm goes on trial.  Inside, the courtroom was full with at least 100 people in attendance.  Locals want a proposed wind farm near Goderich stopped and they have filed an injunction in court to do so.

Arguments Friday morning from the province suggest Shawn and Trisha Drennans’ injunction request should be dismissed because there is an environmental tribunal panel to deal with turbine issues.

The Drennans want the project halted until a health study is completed, but the province is siding with the wind company and wants the injunction quashed.

Anti-wind turbine advocates rallying outside the hearing carried signs that read, ‘Stop the wind turbines’ and ‘Rural landowners deserve democracy.’

Arguments are expected to continue all day and a decision will likely not be made on Friday.  Read article

Turbines too much of a gamble without all the facts

l22Wind-Turbine-GameNiagara This Week
The plan to build massive wind turbines in Wainfleet and West Lincoln has not gone over well with many of the people whose lives will be impacted the most — those who will live in the shadows of these giants. Residents have done their research, attended meetings, held rallies, written letters, staged protests and done everything but go along quietly with the plan.

The turbines, with almost 50 going on land in West Lincoln and another eight planned for Wainfleet, are a long-term deal. It seems each landowner who “hosts” a turbine will be compensated financially reportedly to the tune of about $1 million paid out over the project’s lifespan of 20 years.

But the neighbouring homes may see their value reduced because of the turbines’ presence. Now, this has been widely denied by those behind the projects but this has been the case in areas where turbines are already in place. Not to mention the potential health issues raised by people already living with wind turbines near their homes. The impact on the residents’ health is by far the most contentious of all the issues surrounding turbines — and the one upon which there seems to be no agreement.

Both the wind companies and our own provincial government deny there are any direct adverse effects and studies seems to back this — including the 2010 report from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health which found there is “no scientific evidence of a direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.” Read article

Province knew about health effects from turbines

dv540014Niagara This Week
Documents released through a Freedom of Information request from an Orangeville resident reveal the government was aware of adverse health effects caused by industrial wind turbines as far back as 2006. While Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says he is not shocked to learn the government kept this information from the public in relation to the 200-megaWatt Melancthon EcoPower Centre (located in Amaranth and Melancthon Township, near Shelburne, Ont.), he says he is disappointed.

“I wasn’t surprised. Concerns have been raised across Ontario and in other jurisdictions,” says Hudak, whose own riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook is poised for the installation of several industrial wind turbines. “What it is, is disappointing. It appears as through they were trying to cover something up.”

In the released document, ministry officials report “complaints of adverse health effects by area residents are for the most part justified. “MOE Provincial Officers have attended at several of the complainant’s [sic] residences and have confirmed that despite the noise emissions apparently complying with the applicable standard … that the noise emissions are in fact causing material discomfort to the residents in and around their homes,” reads the document, written by provincial officer Gary Tomlinson. Read article

Open Letter from Lisa Thompson, MPP to Dr. Arlene King

Dr. Arlene King continues to ignore the issue

Dr. Arlene King continues to ignore the issue

Dear Dr. King:
I am writing to you today to express my growing apprehension over the revelations arising from recent Freedom of Information requests that were released. In November 2012, emails from the Ministry of the Environment, released through the FOI process, reveal that provincial field officers had confirmed adverse health effects from wind turbine noise as far back as 2009, and were working on an abatement plan to assist affected residents. The released documents indicate that, in response to a redacted email from government staff, the MOE officers agreed to stand down.

I also have concerns with another FOI document I received, in which Q&A’s were prepared in response to your report, The Potential Health Effects of Wind Turbines. In one section of these Q&A’s, the track changes indicated that you should “add the word direct as studies would show a link through annoyance.” As the Chief Medical Officer of Health, I am sure you are aware that the World Health Organization has determined that annoyance is a health effect of wind turbines. Continue reading

CTV News: Municipal officials speak out about wind turbines


Brindley Family: no resolution 6 years later

Read full submission Brindley_Health Canada Submission Nov 21 2012 and ask for a full inquiry, now.

“In March of 2006, the Kingsbridge 1 Wind Farm became operational, however; as every company of this size must do they have to build their equipment. So the turbines were built, during this time period while they were NOT connected to the power line they still turned, the closest of the 7 turbines was approximately 656m away with the main transmission line only 43 meters away from both the house and
the barn. This turning created a lot of “white noise” which was disturbing to sleep and concentration levels started to decrease. However, once they became “operational” the turning speed increased and the issues got worse. Some of the issues included headaches – constantly, lack of concentration – unable
to do basic math, lack of sleep.

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Our family dog also exhibited behavioural changes including being lethargic. Our livestock started displaying behaviour issues; they were very nervous and began showing untrustworthy attributes. These cattle were previously quiet cattle.

Meaning that after they calved you could handle them, pet them and trust our children around them. However this was just the start of what was to come. Testing was started by Hydro One to see what the issue was: as the cattle where very jumpy and also, the basic shock levels were increasing. (You know like when you drag your feet across the carpet then touch someone or reach for a door. Only thing was this was happening around the barn yard and outside the house as well.) Due to the increasing “shocks” we had to wear shoes in our house at all times. You had to be very careful when you went to shower, bathe or do dishes, as the shocks were much stronger when the turbines were working. However, the tests were
never completely accurate as the wind company kept turning off the turbines in our area when they knew testing was going on. That didn’t stop the issue however, as they still had many others pumping electricity down the lines past our farm.” Read full submission

MP Schellenberger talks wind turbines

Mitchell Advocate
[excerpt] The omnipresent wind turbine transmission line in the area is also something of a concern for Schellenberger and members of council. Schellenberger admitted he has a personal interest in any transmission line since one proposed would go right past his Grand Bend area cottage.

“I’ve been as vocal as I could be with the Minister of Health,” he said, adding that a federal health study on the matter could “slow some of this down.”

The federal government has been in favour of spending money on alternative power, and wind is one of those alternatives, but that only concerns projects previously approved. “It’s a real problem for us in rural Ontario,” he said. “If there ends up being no health problems, every part of every city should have one.”

Mayor McKenzie then asked Schellenberger if there is any wind turbines in Ottawa, jokingly adding “you [politicians] all have a lot of hot air.”

“Yes, but hot air melts those things,” Schellenberger responded in jest. Read article

Hello…Deb? Can we talk wind turbines & health?

We made a visit to Heath Minister Deb Matthews’ office on Nov 2nd after the protest on McGuinty in London. She wasn’t there, but the police were, and they (this is funny) told us we couldn’t go up the sidewalk to her door because it was ‘private property’. That went over real well with us. Anyhow, we already knew where she WAS…. ’cause we just so happened to chase her across the street behind the London Convention Centre, calling her name. When she caught sight of us (she looked frightened…of what?) she scurried across the road with her assistant, safely into the Hilton… and the cop car screeched his car in front of us, and that was that. Really, how scarey do we look? I wrote a note to tape on her door asking that she gives us a call so we can meet, but you guessed it, no call back. Should have asked her to a ribbon cutting or something, eh?

Colby: The Noise Denier

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Top Ontario official to testify about wind power health risks

By Dave Seglins, CBC News
Opponents of industrial wind turbine developments in Ontario are celebrating a court ruling that will force the province’s chief medical officer of health to testify about the known noise and health risks of wind power developments.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Sanderson issued an order Wednesday that requires Dr. Arlene King to testify in the case of Shawn and Trisha Drennan of Ashfield Township by Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario.

The couple is fighting the proposed Kingsbridge II project by Capital Power Corp. to install 150 wind turbines, one of which will be within 650 metres of their farm north of Goderich.

Based on reports of residents near other wind developments in Ontario who complain of vertigo, tinnitus, and sleep disorders stemming from the turbines, the Drennans have gone to court demanding that private gag orders on a number of landowners in neighbouring communities be lifted.

Those people complained of turbine noise and health issues, yet agreed to sell their properties back to power companies in exchange for agreeing to keep quiet.

In their fight, the Drennans want to challenge King on her 2010 review of international literature on wind turbine science, which has been used by the government of Ontario to defend its major expansion into wind power. The government claimed in a news release that King determined “there is no direct causal link between wind turbines and adverse health effects.” Read article

Dr. Arlene King – talking head for the lobbyists?

Ontario MOH’s stance on turbines a concern – Owen Sound Sun Times

In a Dec. 9 letter in support of wind farms, Dr. Arlene King implies that : 1) the European World Health Organization (WHO) night-time noise standard of less than 40 dB at the nearest residence is protective of human health, and, 2) the absence of scientific evidence causally linking wind turbine noise to adverse health effects means that there are no effects. Continue reading