March 4, 2013
Doctors blow the whistle on wind turbines
An impressive number of health practitioners, researchers, and acousticians around the world are voicing their concern about the effects of wind turbines on people’s health (1). The list was just published by the Waubra Foundation, the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW), and the North American Platform Against Windpower (NA-PAW), the latter two representing more than 600 associations of windfarm victims from 27 countries. These health professionals should be honored, assert the three NGOs: It takes courage to uphold the rights of victims against the powerful coalition of vested interests that supports the wind industry.
In Australia, where the controversy is reaching new heights, a wind industry executive has been singling out Dr Sarah Laurie in a bid to make the public forget the many other health professionals who alert the public to the dangerous effects of wind turbines: “[T]he largest public relations issue for the industry at the moment is the theory of an ex-doctor that infrasound or low frequency noise from wind turbines is likely to make anyone within 10 km of a wind turbine sick” (2).
The blog Stop These Things, which rose to fame denouncing the wind industry, replied:
So, the largest public relations issue for the wind industry is Sarah Laurie?
One woman against the deep pockets of the pro-wind lobby.
One woman speaking with local communities.
One woman gathering data about the other side of your story, the one not covered in your press releases, presentations, websites, newsletters, advertisements, promoted by your highly paid PR consultants, and not covered by the Clean Energy Council with its army of lobbyists and government access.
The Ottawa Citizen recently reported on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) meetings in Ottawa August 18-23 and in particular the fact that 62 municipalities had declared themselves “unwilling hosts” to industrial wind turbines.
Those 62 communities (now 65) were simply taking Premier Wynne at her word based on her government’s Throne Speech:
“Your government intends to work with municipalities on other issues, too. …They must have a voice in their future and a say in their integrated, regional development. So that local populations are involved from the beginning if there is going to be a gas plant or a casino or a wind plant or a quarry in their hometown. Because our economy can benefit from these things, but only if we have willing hosts.” Continue Reading
Charter of Rights & Freedoms
An appeal surrounding the province’s decision to grant Dufferin Wind Power Inc. approval to build a 99 MW wind farm in Melancthon has evolved into a case of fundamental human rights.
There is no might, could, or maybe about it, lawyers for the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) argued before Ontario’s Environmental Tribunal (ERT) in Shelburne on Tuesday (Aug. 20).
Those claiming the province’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) processes are unlawful and violate the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms must prove it beyond any doubt.
“The benefit of the doubt must go to the (province),” argued MOE lawyer Fredericka Rotter. “The onus on the appellants is very high.”
The 19-day hearing will focus on the wind project’s impact on human and environmental health, along with a constitutional test of the REA process
Legal test of Ontario’s green energy process begins in Shelburne.
THUNDER BAY – Editorial – The old growth Maple Forest on the Nor’Wester Mountains is facing a challenge. The Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment is the proposed site for a wind farm. Right now ‘tree trimming’ is underway. It appears more like pre-construction efforts as seven kilometres of trails up to three metres wide in places are being put in place.
Old Growth Maple – Image courtesy of NetNewsLedger & James Murray
Thunder Bay Maple Forest Experience It
Until you visit the site, and see the scope of the project, and realize that the base of each turbine is about one city block in space, and will require a clear cutting of those trees, if the Ontario Government approved the project, it is hard to fully understand what we are at risk of losing. – See more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/08/24/thunder-bay-old-growth-maple-forest-endangered/#sthash.qQCvzd7B.dpuf
Several attempts have been made by citizens to obtain information pertaining to the planned Horizon Wind, however every attempt has been met with total silence. The only one willing to mention anything is our Mayor and even his answer is as follows: ” I would love to respond but I have been told that if I comment publicly or privately for that matter I will get sued and the city will not cover my legal fees. What is a gagged Mayor to do?”
Perhaps this may have something to do with it. Anthony Zwig is the President of Swift River Energy and this company is currently suing the Mayor of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, ON as well as a number of other individuals.
Here’s the article that appeared on the MooseFM.com website:
The Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office has confirmed they’ve received a claim from Swift River Energy Limited (SREL) seeking $3 million dollars in damages and an apology from the Township of Muskoka Lakes, its Mayor Alice Murphy, Councilor Brad Burgess and other unnamed individuals.
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Those who support the Big Thunder Wind Park often say, what’s the big deal, they aren’t that big and you won’t even see them (according to Horizon we won’t)
Well to help give you a better visual of what they will look like in comparison to other large land marks within the city (large buildings), I’ve come up with the following diagram which I would say is accurate within 5ft or about 1.5m for you metric folks.
I think it speaks for itself doesn’t it?
Horizon towers vs. Thunder Bay Landmarks