The Ontario Government must take action now to stop the operation wind turbine projects that have been placed too close to people’s homes.

A new peer reviewed article in The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, a publication of the Canadian Medical Association, warns rural doctors may see more people reporting serious adverse health effects near wind turbines.(1)

From the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine Annoyance from IWT - Industrial Wind Turbine noise starts at dBA sound pressure levels in the low 30s and rises sharply at 35 dBA. Research suggests that IWT noise limits should be set at 32 dBA outside residences. A 2010 memorandum of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment recommended that IWT “... setback distances should be calculated using a sound level limit of 30 to 32 dBA at the receptor ....” Ontario guidelines for IWT noise currently permit up to 51 dBA.(1) Furthermore, Ministry of Environment noise testing as well as independent noise testing has found Industrial Wind Turbine noise exceeding these inadequate regulations on a routine basis.(2)

Health Affects of ‘Annoyance’ and Noise
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines noise as “unwanted sound.” Noise of a moderate level acts via an indirect pathway and can have health outcomes similar to those caused by high noise exposures on the direct pathway. The main health risks of noise, identified by WHO, include the following: pain and hearing fatigue, hearing impairment, tinnitus, annoyance, interferences with social behaviour, interference with speech communication, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, hormonal responses, and reduced performance at work and school.(1)

The United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) has noted that sleep deprivation used for prolonged periods constitutes a breach of the CAT, and is primarily used to break down the will of the detainee. Sleep deprivation can cause impaired memory and cognitive functioning, decreased short term memory, speech impairment, hallucinations, psychosis, lowered immunity, headaches, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety and depression. (3)

(1)   http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/staticContent/HTML/N0/l2/cjrm/vol-19/issue-1/pdf/pg21.pdf
(2)   http://windvictimsontario.com/industrial-wind-turbines-shatter-environmental-guidelines.html
(3)   http://thejusticecampaign.org/?page_id=273#T2


Thank you to all that have continued to work very hard up to this point. 

The government and wind industry rely on public complacency to continue their scam. If you haven't done anything to help now is your chance. The resolution of this issue is dependent upon a large number of people taking action. You must make a choice to get involved. If you don't, nothing will ever change. Your participation today can help end this nightmare for scores of families that have been impacted.

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by Roy Jeffrey MD, Carmen Krogh and Brett Horner has been published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine Can J Rural Med 2014;19(1). This peer reviewed journal is a publication of the Canadian Medical Association.

The conclusion states:

“Based on current knowledge, we expect that, at typical setback distances and sound pressure levels of IWTs in Ontario, a nontrivial percentage of exposed people will be ad – versely affected. “Trade-offs” of health for perceived benefit in alternate forms of energy can be prevented if setback distances and noise limits are developed using established noise management techniques. In addition to providing care for affected patients, rural physicians have a responsibility to advance understanding and to help inform IWT regulations that will protect the physical, mental and social well-being of patients.”

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This additional disclosure is intended to inform MPAC of impacts IWTs can have when sited in proximity to humans.

It is my opinion, MPAC’s study of industrial wind turbines should be subjected to a rigorous independent audit before it is relied upon.

This opinion is supported by data and references which I compiled over the last five years.

I previously provided disclosure to MPAC that the 2011 Ontario Real Estate Association Form 220 requires a residential Seller Property Information Statement disclosure of environmental issues including “toxic waste”, “soil contamination”, “land fills” and “wind turbines” planned for the immediate area.

On January 11, 2014 I was provided information from an Ontario owner of property that is located in proximity to proposed industrial wind turbines.

This Ontario property owner informed me that in late 2013 MPAC stated to him: “Based on our analysis and the study that was undertaken, MPAC has determined that no adjustments are required to the assessed values of properties located in proximity to wind turbines.”

This MPAC statement would not appear to be supported by your email disclosure of August 19, 2013.

In your August 19, 2013 email you disclosed to me that in regards to wind turbines “MPAC is undertaking only one study”. Furthermore your email disclosure states “As I mentioned in my last email, MPAC's study of industrial wind turbines (IWT) is not examining the health effects of IWT or, determining if the presence of IWT affects the sale prices of surrounding properties.”

Please provide to me in writing, full disclosure of any and all MPAC studies (including data, methodology, algorithms) that MPAC may be relying upon to determine that no adjustments are required to the assessed values of properties located in proximity to wind turbines. In addition please provide to me a listing of any legislation, guidelines and policies which govern the conduct and activities of MPAC.

I look forward to a response from MPAC to these new requests for disclosure.

I continue to look forward to hearing from you regarding the outstanding queries from my previous correspondence. Based on your December 6 2013 disclosure 6 provided to me I should expect to hear from you shortly.

If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours truly,
Brett Horner BA CMA
Killaloe, ON
Canada
brett.s.horner@gmail.com
613-754-2736

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MOE district supervisor testifies at Armow Wind hearing
Saugeen Times
January 12,2014
Heather Pollard, district supervisor of the Owen Sound office of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), gave testimony at the Environmental Review Tribunal Thursday afternoon in Kincardine.

Asha James, counsel for the appellants, Ken and Sharon Kroeplin, asked Pollard if any complaints came from post-turbine residents suffering from health effects at the Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm.

"Yes," said Pollard.

"Do you know the number?" asked James.

"350 complaints," said Pollard.

...asked Pollard if complaints had been received from each project.

...several dozen complaints about the CAW turbine.

MOE has heard 139 complaints about the CAW turbine in Port Elgin (in 12 days!)

Bayshore Broadcasting
December 22, 2013

Port Elgin)-Complaints over a single wind turbine in Port Elgin continue to pile up.

Since December 10th, the Ministry of the Environment has received 139 complaints related to the industrial turbine at the Unifor Family Education Centre, formerly the CAW Centre.

The information was brought forward at this week's Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole meeting as an update to a meeting held August 26th, when there were a series of deputations made by residents who live near the turbine.



 
 
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MOE received 139 complaints in 12 days about the CAW turbine in Port Elgin
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MOE received 139 complaints in 12 days about the CAW turbine in Port Elgin
Complaints over a single wind turbine in Port Elgin continue to pile up.

Since December 10th, the Ministry of the Environment has received 139 complaints related to the industrial turbine at the Unifor Family Education Centre, formerly the CAW Centre.

The information was brought forward at this week's Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole meeting as an update to a meeting held August 26th, when there were a series of deputations made by residents who live near the turbine.

Mayor Mike Smith tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they've met twice with Unifor officials to talk about the turbine and the health effects it's creating and some progress has been made in addressing the concerns.
Smith urges everyone who feels they're affected by the turbine to file a complaint so the issue is documented.
He says some people are suffering serious effects from the turbine.
According Smith, in their talks with Unifor, a new computer program has been put in place to control the instance of shadow flicker on nearby homes.
Although he concedes by no means have all the concerns been addressed.

The mayor tells us residents in the area have a right to live a normal life, without dealing with the health effects of an operating industrial turbine.    
With respect to structure's noise, assessments continue to be made but the MOE says to date, noise monitoring shows noise has not exceeded the applicable sound level limits for stationary sources in Class 2 urban areas.

 
 
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This email from a family physician to an Ontario resident is reprinted with permission by the author. How can any reasonable intelligent person no pay attention to these Doctors statements. Someone is going to pay a big price for this madness of pushing ahead and ignoring a growing body of evidence on the harm these machines do. Dr. A King MOH of Ontario will someday go down in history as an accomplice to big government and big corporate interests. Her legacy will be the serious health consequences of  the individuals impacted by these turbines.
These machines are a foolish 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 will pay the price with their health. One would hope they would care at leased based upon the foolish rush to waste the taxpayer money at a time when other wind options are now or potential green energy options are available without these harmful effects.

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