Credit: Wind energy: Amherst Island family's lives 'changed dramatically for the worse' by development, states letter | By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard | Friday, October 24, 2014 | www.thewhig.com
In a letter Tuesday to Glen Murray, the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Association to Protect Amherst Island explained fears of one family living on the islands.
Under Windlectric's current proposal, Brian and Eva Little's home on the Second Concession will see three 155-metre-tall wind turbines built on the north, south and west sides of their property.
The letter, complete with personal photographs, described the family as moving to their current home to "raise their family in a friendly, peaceful environment."
"Then the Ontario Government introduced the Green Energy Act and the Littles' lives changed dramatically for the worse," the letter stated. "Not only did Windlectric propose to blanket the Island with wind turbines, the company plans to make life hell, specifically for the Littles."
The personal appeal was the result of a "spontaneous and impassioned" plea Eva Little made during an Oct. 5 fundraising event.
"Her words brought tears to the eyes of many in the room," association member Debbie Barrett wrote in an email to the Whig-Standard.
Along with the turbines, the proposed development could see a transformer station built within half a kilometre of the family's house. The proposal could also see a cement plant built adjacent to the transformer station within 800 metres of Amherst Island Public School.
"To make matters worse, the family cannot move, for those same conditions will render their home unsaleable. No one will want to live there. Their equity will be lost and they will not be able to afford to move elsewhere."
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Good Morning to Grey County Council Members and Candidates,
Attached is an important media release from the North American Platform against wind. download file
Many people living in the Municipality of Grey Highlands within the Plateau Wind Farm project are being bombarded almost daily with low frequency noise and infrasound. We know of people who have left their homes and others who are trying to get out but cannot sell regardless of how much they reduce the price of their homes. The numbers of “Casualties” will continue to grow as the municipality hosts more turbines unless by-laws are enacted to protect human health.
Those of you who have been on council for the last four years are well aware of the debilitating symptoms that the victims of the Plateau Wind Farm are enduring. Our delegation to the Grey/Bruce Health Board and Dr. Lynn made our plight known and resulted in a “Systematic Review 2013: Association between Wind Turbines and Human Distress” in which they demonstrated “the presence of reasonable evidence that an association exists between wind turbines and distress in humans”. Lack of sleep adversely effects the brain and cognitive function. It can cause depression, diabetes, heart problems and physiological effects too numerous to mention here. In fact the European Convention on Human Rights says that deliberate use of sleep deprivation “amounts to a practice of inhumane and degrading treatment”.
Two Jurisdictions in North America have taken a stand to protect people from the harmful effects of Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT). Brown County, Wisconsin and Plympton Wyoming, Ontario. It is not and never has been acceptable to say that local government hands are tied. The health and well being of a community rests in the hands of it’s local government. “We want candidates to know that the actions they take as elected officials will affect the health, equity and sustainability of their community... The role of a municipal candidate in creating or championing health in their community cannot be understated”.
Dr. Hazel Lynn, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health.
"Many would be surprised to learn that the greatest contribution to the health of the nation over the past 150 years was made, not by doctors for hospitals, but by local governments.”
Dr. Jessie Parfitt, public health physician and author of The Health of a City
Three years is a long time to suffer from something that can be corrected, please don’t allow us to suffer any longer.
The favour of a response is appreciated.
Virginia Stewart Love
Casualties of Grey Highlands
Action Alert October 2014This is a notice to any official in Ontario or at the federal level charged with protecting your health that as of October 14, 2014 wind turbines are now deemed a hazard to health.We suggest you send the announcement below to:Prime Minister Harper email@example.comMinister of Health Rona Ambrose Minister_Ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca Dr David Michaud, Health Canada firstname.lastname@example.org Premier Kathleen Wynne email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Ray Copes, Chief Environmental and Occupational Health Ray.Copes@oahpp.ca Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robin Williams CMOH@ontario.ca Also send to your MP; MPP; and your local Medical Officer of Health.You could also include your local municipal officials. And your proponent! For Immediate Release
USA Wind farm declared a human health hazard.
Wisconsin's Brown County Board of Health approves motion:
Brown County, Wisconsin// On October 14, 2014 Dr. Jay Tibbetts, member of the Brown County Board of Health states that the Brown Co. Board of Health's meeting of 10-14-14 unanimously approved a motion to declare the Shirley Wind turbines to be a human health hazard.
"To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines at Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County, WI. A Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health.
This news is being welcomed globally by those who have been reporting adverse health impacts to health authorities for many years because their health and lives have been seriously impacted by turbines. Many residents from Ontario and from other parts of the country have advised all levels of government, local Boards of Health or a Medical Officer of Health about their debilitating health effects from a wind project and requested assistance.
The Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act defines a health hazard:
“health hazard” means,
(a) a condition of a premises,
(b) a substance, thing, plant or animal other than man, or
(c) a solid, liquid, gas or combination of any of them,
that has or that is likely to have an adverse effect on the health of any person; (“risque pour la santé”)
The Act also states:
Complaint re health hazard related to occupational or environmental health
11. (1) Where a complaint is made to a board of health or a medical officer of health that a health hazard related to occupational or environmental health exists in the health unit served by the board of health or the medical officer of health, the medical officer of health shall notify the ministry of the Government of Ontario that has primary responsibility in the matter and, in consultation with the ministry, the medical officer of health shall investigate the complaint to determine whether the health hazard exists or does not exist. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 11 (1).
Provision of information to M.O.H.
(2) The Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Labour or a municipality shall provide to a medical officer of health such information in respect of any matter related to occupational or environmental health as is requested by the medical officer of health, is in the possession of the ministry or municipality and the ministry or municipality is not prohibited by law from disclosing. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 12 (2); 2006, c. 19, Sched. L, s. 11 (3).
Order by M.O.H. or public health inspector re health hazard
13. (1) A medical officer of health or a public health inspector, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2), by a written order may require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action that is specified in the order in respect of a health hazard. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 13 (1).
Condition precedent to order
(2) A medical officer of health or a public health inspector may make an order under this section where he or she is of the opinion, upon reasonable and probable grounds,
(a) that a health hazard exists in the health unit served by him or her; and
b) that the requirements specified in the order are necessary in order to decrease the effect of or to eliminate the health hazard. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 13 (2).
It is urgent that the Province of Ontario start acting immediately in response to the continuing health complaints from Ontario citizens. These Ontario citizens can no longer by trivialized and excluded based on any government policy priorities as has been the case with industrial wind facilities. The Ontario Health Protection Act must be enforced to protect everyone.
Wind turbine impacts are not confined to within Wisconsin borders but their board of health acknowledges the impacts. Based on the history of complaints in Ontario, our Medical Officer of Health and Minister of Health must do that same.
Duke Energy’s Shirley Wisconsin Wind Development a “Hazard to Human Health” Declares Brown County Board of HealthOctober 14, 2014.
The Brown County Board of Health voted tonight to declare the Shirley Wind Turbine Development a Human Health Hazard.The decision was based on a report of a year-long study conducted by the Enz family with assistance from Mr Rick James to document acoustic emissions from the wind turbines including infrasound and low frequency noise, inside homes within a radius of 6 miles of the Shirley Wind turbines.
The wording of the motion was as follows:
“To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County. WI. a Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health.”The context is in reference to Brown County Code 38.01 in the Brown County Ordinances, in Chapter 38, relating to Public Health Nuisance (section (b) Human Health Hazard).
“Human Health Hazard” means a substance, activity or condition that is known to have the potential to cause acute or chronic illness or death if exposure to the substance, activity or condition is not abated.
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Welcome to the wacky world of green power, where misguided governments have sparked a massive corporate feeding frenzy (at taxpayers’ expense) to achieve little or nothing of any social benefit. — Margaret Wente, Globe & MailIt has taken decades for us all to understand the pressing urgency of protecting the Earth’s environment by finding alternatives to fossil fuels. At last, the development of a green energy industry is presenting the opportunity to heal the environment… along with the opportunity to exploit it further. For politicians, going green provides a convincing election platform. For business, it offers the chance to make hundreds of billions of dollars. Green energy is the future and those who get in there first will benefit greatly. But not only honest players are championing this new industry. And nowhere is this more evident than in the massive development of industrial wind power.
Big Wind is a surprising and compelling documentary about the unprecedented rush to develop industrial wind turbines and how this is transforming the landscape in Canada and the world. The film investigates why governments are spending billions on wind power without first conducting health and environmental studies, why corporations are grabbing up precious farmland to put up hundreds of thousands of enormous industrial wind turbines, why people living near the turbines are falling ill, losing their animals and their farms, and whether these new “green” wind turbines are actually helping our environmental aims.
The rush to go green is pitting corporations against residents, government against citizens, neighbour against neighbour. Through the process the people are being stripped of their due democratic process.
Big Wind is a story of unethical political systems, corporate greed, and ordinary citizens who have had enough and are standing up to big government and big business. They are part of a growing revolution in rural communities in Southern Ontario and around the globe– people fighting to defend their homes, their way of life and the environment against Big Wind. It is a battle that will profoundly impact the green movement, as well as the well being of citizens in Canada and citizens worldwide for years to come.
The Royal Society of MedicineRobert Y McMurtry (1,2) and Carmen ME Krogh (3)(1) Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, Canada(2) Prince Edward County, Family Health Team, Picton, Canada(3) Independent health researcher, Killaloe, CanadaCorresponding author: Robert Y McMurtry. Email: email@example.com
In an effort to address climate change, governments have pursued policies that seek to reduce greenhouse gases. Alternative energy, including wind power, has been proposed by some as the preferred approach. Few would debate the need to reduce air pollution, but the means of achieving this reduction is important not only for efficiency but also for health protection. The topic of adverse health effects in the environs of industrial wind turbines (AHE/IWT) has proven to be controversial and can present physicians with challenges regarding the management of an exposure to IWT. Rural physicians in particular must be aware of the possibility of people presenting to their practices with a variety of sometimes confusing complaints. An earlier version of the diagnostic criteria for AHE/IWT was published in August 2011. A revised case definition and a model for a study to establish a confirmed diagnosis is proposed.
web link: http://shr.sagepub.com/content/5/10/2054270414554048.full.pdf+htmlor download pdf file: download hereWikepedia says:
The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine is an open peer-reviewed medical journal. It is the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Medicine with full editorial independence. Its continuous publication history dates back to 1907, although it continues a publication legacy dating back to 1809. The present editor in chief is Kamran Abbasi, a former deputy and acting editor at BMJ. Abbasi was appointed in July 2005, following the retirement of Robin Fox who was editor for just under 10 years.
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 135, 2272 (2014); doi: 10.1121/1.4877443
Stephen E. Ambrose, Robert W. Rand, Richard R. James and Michael A. Nissenbaum
Significant proportions of IWT facility neighbors complain about turbine noise and sleep disturbances, among other adverse health complaints. We undertook an independent evaluation of several wind turbine projects located in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin to assess if common etiological factors exist. Adverse effects appear to relate to a basket of common factors that were overlooked or not included in preconstruction planning including noise predictions and assessments of likely community reactions. Correcting oversights in future projects should result in quieter IWT projects with reduced or no adverse community reactions. A unified methodology for doing so, enabling wind turbine developers, governmental agencies, municipal boards, and private citizens to assess for potential adverse noise impacts during the permitting phase is presented. Our results are consistent with prior USEPA studies, WHO assessments, and Pedersen and Waye research, among others.
Last week, September 2014, Dr. Eric Hoskins, provincial Minister of Health for Ontario left the plowing match in Ivy where he and Wynne and other cabinet ministers were heckled about wind turbines, and travelled to Markdale to announce that funding would be provided for a new hospital in Markdale.
After Dr. Hoskins made his speech and before the photo op under the sign for a new hospital, Ginny Stewart gave him a package of information and asked for his help. Ginny is one of a number of Grey Highlands residents who have suffered health issues since the start up of industrial wind turbines in our municipality. At least one of our residents has simply walked away from a home that became unfit to live in after turbine start-up. One of the documents hand-delivered to Hoskins can be downloaded summary of peer reviewed references of the illhealth effects of wind turbines