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Turbine report missing impact section

Dr. Hazel Lynn, the Grey Bruce medical officer of health, was part of the group that reviewed drafts of the report issued in May by Dr. Arlene King. "The whole section that a couple of us really wanted in there on community health and community disruption went. It's not in there," Lynn said. "I think it's a fair comment that there is other material that could have been in the report and wasn't," said Dr. Ray Copes
5 Jun 2010


In a strongly worded document released today, The Society for Wind Vigilance states that the CMOH Report: The Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines “appears to be a government-convened attempt to justify unsound practices of wind turbine development while denying the adverse health effects reported by Ontario families”.
3 Jun 2010

Lake turbine plan hits rough seas; Sailors, waterfront residents oppose wind generators

The lake's sailing community is just one of the factions lining up to oppose plans from SouthPoint Wind to put turbines in the lakes in Canadian waters. Opponents have expressed concerns over the wind farms' impact on everything from property values to recreational boating to wildlife. ..."A U.S. citizen who doesn't like the way the wind farm looks across the lake can't just go into Canadian court and sue to try and stop it," said Nick Schroeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
1 Jun 2010

Lawsuit planned over Amherstburg turbines

The first local lawsuit over wind turbines is shaping up in Amherstburg if the town issues a building permit -- as expected -- for the $25-million GenGrowth South Side project. Mick MacCorquodale said Friday he's retained a Windsor lawyer to file objections to the issuance of the building permit by the municipality. MacCorquodale's home is near the five turbines proposed.
29 May 2010

Wind turbine opponents beg to differ

A report released last week by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, says there is no scientific evidence directly linking wind turbines to health problems. ...But critics say King's report simply rehashes old studies and doesn't give weight to complaints from more than 100 people across Ontario who've blamed wind turbines on everything from dizzy spells and nausea to hearing loss and heart attacks.
26 May 2010

Residents reject wind turbine finding

An official declaration from Ontario's chief medical officer of health that living next to wind turbines is not dangerous to your health has been rejected by at least a couple of residents in the southwest corner of Norfolk. "If you don't look for something, you're not going to find it," Stephana Johnston said, referring to Dr. Arlene King's report released Thursday.
25 May 2010

Turbine report questioned

A Ministry of Health and Long-term Care report that says wind turbines are safe isn‘t authoritative enough for Nor‘wester Mountains protection committee members. ..."There‘s never been a health study done to determine safe distances between turbines and people. I don‘t know how you can determine the safety of people without doing a study using people."
25 May 2010

Wind tower opponents voice frustrations with lack of local details

Residents attending a meeting called by Ward 16 Coun. Dave Marsh didn't mince words when expressing their frustration and concerns over wind turbine projects proposed for the Bethany and Pontypool areas. ...a number of people left the Manvers Community Centre when representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastucture spoke, while others interrupted the presentation to express their anger and frustration with the process.
21 May 2010

Bylaw to control turbines in effect

Arran-Elderslie has passed a bylaw to control wind turbine development based on health concerns and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Council unanimously approved final reading to the bylaw Monday, although there was disagreement about using taxpayers' money to defend it if it should be challenged. ...The bylaw calls for "the protection of life, liberty and security of person" under Section 7 of the Charter, claiming wind turbines cause serious health effects.
11 May 2010

Municipalities retain say in green power projects

Municipalities have been stripped of their authority to decide where green energy projects go, but they have influence on how these projects unfold. That was the consensus this week as Norfolk council pondered the most recent green energy proposal in the local area -- a 9,000-acre wind farm straddling the Norfolk-Haldimand boundary east of Port Dover.
6 May 2010

Wind Turbines: Some deeper questions

David Orton and Helga Hoffmann-Orton of Pictou County, provide a thoughtful commentary on the recently released book, Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment written by Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD, K-Selected Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009, 292 pages, paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0-9841827-0-1.
1 May 2010

Arran-Elderslie tries to block wind turbine development

Arran-Elderslie has given first and second readings to a draft bylaw to amend the municipal code in order to invoke a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block wind turbine development within the municipality. ..."We owe it to our people to maintain their health and well-being," Davis said calling the wind turbine landscape in nearby Bruce Township "disgraceful and disgusting."
30 Apr 2010

Wind turbine opponents claim health concerns ignored

As the provincial government moves ahead with its ambitious plan to ramp up wind farm construction, a few hundred residents living in the shadows of turbines turned up at Queen's Park Wednesday claiming the Liberals' Green Energy Act is endangering their health and democratic rights. Bruce County resident Norma Schmidt held a sign listing the health problems she's experienced since turbines were installed 450 metres from her home.
28 Apr 2010

Protesters ask for wind turbine moratorium

Premier Dalton McGuinty is dismissing requests from protesters to delay the introduction of more industrial wind turbines to generate electricity. About 100 people from dozens of small communities gathered on the front lawn of the provincial legislature on Wednesday, asking the province to impose a moratorium on new wind turbines. They want it to last until possible impacts on human health have been studied.
28 Apr 2010

Project to cost $1.5B

The ex-Kingstonians planning to erect 60 to 90 wind turbines west of Wolfe Island in the waters of Lake Ontario have pegged the price of the project at $1.5 billion. ...If approvals from various provincial and federal departments go according to schedule, the company will order the turbines two years from now and install the foundations a year later.
28 Apr 2010

Charter of Rights may be weapon against turbines

Arran-Elderslie may invoke the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its latest attempt to block unwanted wind turbine development. At a special meeting of council Thursday, Coun. Mark Davis circulated a draft bylaw calling for protection of life, liberty and security of the person under section 7 of the charter, claiming wind turbines cause serious health effects and are a blight on the rural landscape.
24 Apr 2010

Noise tops turbine angst

A public consultation in the Montgomery neighbourhood Wednesday became open season for residents to air concerns about a proposed wind turbine at the Saskatoon landfill. ..."The main concerns I've heard that are typical for any wind power development are sound from the wind turbine, shadow flicker, and we heard some concerns about vibration," said Kevin Hudson, the city's alternative energy engineer. Additionally, people are worried about the esthetics.
22 Apr 2010
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