This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Health Rona Ambrose Minister_Ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca
Dr David Michaud, Health Canada email@example.com
Premier Kathleen Wynne firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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.