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Despite rising public complaints about adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines, thousands continue to be erected across the province.
Christopher Ollson was paid $20,000 to review docs and appear at Gunn's Hill appeal. Trained in chemical toxicology, he admitted he has taken "one course" in epidemiology and "one lecture" in acoustics, but works for multiple wind power developers in Ontario as consultant, and expert witness
“This decision will leave people like my clients, who face massive wind development projects across this province, in an impossible position. The Health Canada Study has already shown an association between the turbines and serious health effects. My clients and other families in rural Ontario will now have to suffer these adverse health effects before they can seek any relief."
“Infrasound is so energetic it can travel through buildings it can travel at least 10km,” says Giorno. Some symptoms include “dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, general feeling of unease, and also problems with sleep and sleep disturbance.” Giorno says an example of an infrasound air wave is at the movie theater when a sound like an explosion can be felt on the body.
The arrival of K2 Wind into the Township has had an ongoing impact on my productivity as a farmer. Roads blocked for construction have prevented access to fields and held my workers and me up on an ongoing basis. This plays havoc with schedules and pushes back important things like planting dates which affect crop yields. Then there is the time lost when I have had to deal with situations where K2 Wind and its contractors have disregarded private property rights by trespassing, breach of bio-security measures, use of toxic cement dust on laneways, blowing/pushing snow and sand onto private land, and disregarding/damaging our private infrastructure like drainage and lanes.
The appellants maintain the Province violated its own legislation in allowing two of the turbines to be built on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is protected by law. They also allege the project will have a significant impact on human health, the environment and quality of life in the area.
According to the motion filed this week, the main problem is that the province's Environmental Protection Act allows the government to act "without regard to public health and by denying citizens a means of relief in the face of a reasonable prospect of serious harm."
In December, in a submission to the OEB on WPD's application, municipal officials argued the board should not approve WPD's application without a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for Fairview. The municipality has also argued the company has not undertaken an appropriate consultation process with the community.
The panel of judges who heard the case found that the tribunal did not make an error in the way it dealt with the families’ claims that their charter rights to security of the person were violated. A lawyer for the families had compared the turbines to new neighbours who might drive you to distraction and out of your home because you have no legal way to deal with the situation.
The case has the potential to impose a higher standard on government in protecting citizens from the effects of resource development. Environmental law in Ontario requires members of the public to show “serious harm” to their health ...The farm families argue that the standard should be a “reasonable prospect” of serious harm.
A judicial fight over the future of wind turbines in Ontario wrapped up Thursday with the fate of the province's green energy law in the hands of judges. On one side is big money; On the other are four families in Huron and Bruce counties whose homes are close to dozens of proposed turbines.
Lawyers representing four families battling wind turbine projects in Southwestern Ontario continued their legal arguments Tuesday in a London courtroom, arguing that the government is asking rural residents to bear the psychological and physical brunt of green energy projects.
Ontario’s Green Energy Act violates the constitutional right of turbine neighbours to live in a place free from the “reasonable prospect of serious harm,” their lawyer says in a case that could have province-wide ramifications. It’s the first constitutional challenge of the turbine approval process to hit the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Mr. Falconer is one of the country’s top constitutional and human rights lawyers. ...Mr. Falconer takes a special interest in holding government to account. On Monday he’ll be taking on windmills. He wants Ontario’s Divisional Court to overturn the regulatory approvals of three projects, the St. Columban Wind and K2 Wind Energy project in Huron County, and the SP Armow Wind project near Kincardine, Ont.
Frayne said the widely publicized Health Canada study was only a preliminary analysis of the data and it hasn’t been peer reviewed. “It doesn’t provide any definitive answers on its own. I think the real question is, why did they even decide to release this at this point?” she said.
Dr. Hazel Lynn says an important segment of the population has been left out of a Health Canada study into the impact of industrial wind turbines on peoples' health. The Health Canada study, released Thursday, found no link between wind turbine noise and negative health effects in people. But Lynn, the medical officer of health for Grey-Bruce who has done a review of such studies, said some of the best survey findings are from the people who have moved away because they simply couldn't live near turbines.
No evidence was found to support a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and any of the self-reported or measured health endpoints examined. However, the study did demonstrate a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and annoyance towards several features (including noise, vibration, shadow flicker, and the aircraft warning lights on top of the turbines) associated with wind turbines.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour just issued 10 orders against CS Wind — such as requiring training, new protocols and guardrails — after a worker’s feet were pinned by a sheet of metal Tuesday. A report obtained by The Windsor Star shows that the Ministry of Labour issued more than 80 orders between September 2012 and February 2014.
The transmission poles, located alongside the County-owned rail corridor, will carry the power from 49 new turbines in Melancthon to the Hydro One transformer station on the 3rd Line of Amaranth. Construction started last spring and Ms. Wallace says she heard from friends and neighbours “that DWP was violating their site plan agreements.”
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. ...APAI argued the turbine development would significantly harm residents' health and property values on the island.