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Victims of Wind Demand Public Inquiry

Victims of Wind Demand a Public Inquiry

After four years of pleading for help and relief from the harmful exposure to wind turbine emissions, rural frustration is about to boil over.

Ontario’s Ministry of Environment (MOE), responsible for the wind turbine file under the Green Energy Act, has now shunted accountability for answering the complaints from the public.

In a letter dated September10, 2012, the MOE Director for Approvals for renewable energy projects Doris Dumais states, “I would suggest that health related matters be addressed to the Local Medical Officer of Health”.

This appears to be a seismic shift in policy from the hundreds of communications received from MOE as far back as 2009 stating that it alone is in charge of the wind turbine /noise. Although requests have been made to the health ministry, people have been referred back to the MOE.

A letter from one Ontario Public Health unit states, “Our public health unit does not have the recourse, resources or expertise to monitor the health effects of turbines and seek the type of remedy you are looking for. To circumvent or intervene with the processes already in place…would be highly problematic for effectively serving the public in accordance with our public health protocols and directives.”

The punting of concerns from people across rural Ontario to new management is great cause for concern. A case in point is the story of the impacts on Ted Whitworth and his family and their prized cattle and goats.

The Whitworth’s have been living with environmental noise and electrical pollution since the start-up of the wind project in 2006. The electrical pollution/stray voltage has been destroying them. This Melancthon project is funded by the federal ecoENERGY© Fund and subsidies from the Ontario government.

After six and a half years we are physically emotionally and financially drained. I fear we are going to lose the little bit we have left. MOE has all our information except our doctor’s letter which they will not take and still will not do anything for us,” said Whitworth.
In fact the Whitworth’s have filed complaints and have had on-going meetings and phone calls with the MOE for six years.We cannot sleep, we are sick, our animals are sick, our children cannot live in our house, friends come and have to leave, our doctor says we should not be living in our house etc. but the Ministry still says everything is good…the MOE is not responsible for the problems the station has created but yet cannot tell us who is responsible. Please tell me how I can care for my family both from a physical and financial standpoint.”
MOE said it wanted medical information. When a doctor’s letter was provided MOE didn’t want it any more.
But MOE accepted a letter from their veterinarian. They also came up with some initiatives including arrangement for temporary accommodation for the family which never happened.
 Following unsuccessful attempts to manage Whitworth’s issues, MOE wrote Health Canada on September 12, 2012:
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (the ministry) has received numerous noise complaints as a result of the operation of wind turbines and step-up transformers (transformer station) in Grand Valley, ON,…”
“…they are influenced by something that they are referring to as electromagnetic frequency or dirty electricity, causing them to experience health concerns.)…”
“The Ministry of Environment does not have the expertise in the area of electromagnetic frequency.I understand that in addition to [Identities removed]; Mr. Ted and Mrs. Cheryl Whitworth of Grand Valley, ON have also submitted a request to you to include in your study and I would ask that you consider their request to be involved to be included within the parameters of your study.”
Independent researcher Carmen Krogh submitted Whitworth’s circumstances to Health Canada requesting relief from their situation. In response Health Canada states:
In your letter dated September 20th you request financial assistance for relocation on behalf of a family reporting degradation of health. Mitigation measures and issues that relate overall to the installation and siting (i.e. setbacks) of wind turbines in Canada fall within the purview of the provincial and territorial governments.”
Krogh notes that while these submissions were submitted in confidence, the Whitworth’s have given permission to release them to the public.
While this shifting of responsibility goes on and on people are suffering and nothing is done.
Ted and Cheryl Whitworth are merely two of the hundreds of Ontario citizens abandoned by their premier and their government whose job it is to protect them.
federal public inquiry into the adverse impacts of industrial wind installations is necessary and urgent. Canadian citizens must be allowed to speak publicly on the record about their situations without the constraints imposed by confidentiality agreements, legal interpretations or media bias. A federal inquiry would encompass all concerns related to implementation of wind energy projects.
This call for inquiry is consistent with Health Canada’s “Achieving Health for All: A Framework for Health Promotion.”
“The framework portrays health as a part of everyday living, an essential dimension of the quality of our lives.” “Quality of life” in this context implies the opportunity to make choices and to gain satisfaction from living. Health is thus envisaged as a resource which gives people the ability to manage and even to change their surroundings. This view of health recognizes freedom of choice and emphasizes the role of individuals and communities in defining what health means to them.”
Victims of Wind call for a federal inquiry consistent with the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion at the first International Conference on Health Promotion meeting in Ottawa November 1986 – a charter for action to achieve Health for all by the year 2000 and beyond.
“…to acknowledge people as the main health resource; to support and enable them to keep themselves, their families and friends healthy through financial and other means, and to accept the community as the essential voice in matters of its health, living conditions and well-being…”
Call, write or meet with your Member of Parliament and ask him/her to support the urgent appeal an inquiry.

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