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More Concerns Emerge about the Health Canada Study on Wind turbines

The purpose of the attached commentary “What does it take to correct misinformation?” by Carmen Krogh is to correct misinformation being distributed by the Health Canada Minister regarding a meeting requested and held by the members of the Health Canada Wind Turbine Study Team and CanWEA.

In July 2012, Health Canada announced it would conduct a Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study. The announcement was met with relief by many. But that relief turned into concern once the study design was reviewed.

The lack of transparency throughout the comments process was dismal. Thousands of pages of submissions were sent to Health Canada from around the world with concerns about which projects would be studied and what would be the make-up of the Study Team. There were concerns about whether this study would be scientifically independent and not under the influence of the policy branch of the Ministry of Health.

During the months leading up to announcement of the Health Canada study design, independent researcher Carmen Krogh contacted the Study Team. Krogh requested a meeting to share her knowledge to assist with the study design.

Carmen Krogh is an independent volunteer and a peer reviewed and published researcher on the subject of wind turbines.

The Society for Wind Vigilance www.windvigilance.com is an international federation of physicians, acousticians and other professionals. All its members are independent volunteers and peer reviewed and published authors on the subject of wind turbines who share the science. This has been on the record since its inception in January 2010.

However, Health Canada seems to have overlooked this fact.

Attached are a number of documents which indicate that being in any way associated with The Society has now become Health Canada’s justification for contacting the Canadian Wind Energy Association, a registered lobby group whose goal is to promote the wind industry.

For example a Health Canada email to Krogh this month states:

“Please note also that Health Canada met with the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) on May 15, 2012 as a direct consequence of first being approached by you for a similar meeting, and the information conveyed in both meetings was the same.”

Here are the facts.

On December 4, 2012 a federal Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) request revealed that the Health Canada Study Team reached out to CanWEA for a meeting regarding the wind turbine health study. The document was distributed to the general public with concerns questioning why a wind lobby group was being requested to meet about the health concerns of citizens.

In what appears to have been an effort at damage control a communication was sent from the Health Study Team to at least one federal MP. In it, the Study Team claimed it had also met with Carmen Krogh and Beth Harrington of the Society for Wind Vigilance as if to add ‘balance’ to their contacting CanWEA.

In fact, Carmen Krogh contacted the Study Team as an independent researcher, not as a member of the Society for Wind Vigilance, several times wishing to share her research in effort to add to the knowledge base to assist the study design. Beth Harrington was never contacted, present at nor invited to any meeting with the Health Canada Study Team.

Similarly, the Health Canada Study Team claimed to have had a meeting with a representative of Ontario Wind Resistance which also did not happen. No one from Ontario Wind Resistance was contacted, present at or invited to any meeting with the Health Canada Study Team. Most are aware that OWR is a website.

In spite of several requests to correct the record that Health Canada has met with the Society for Wind Vigilance, this has not been done.

 

In spite of several requests to correct the record that Carmen Krogh stipulated she was meeting as an independent, this has not been done.

 

In spite of the request to correct the record that Health Canada has met with Beth Harrington, this has not been done.

 

It is unclear why the Health Canada Minister is responding to others claiming transparency when misrepresenting the facts.

The fact that Health Canada met with CanWEA to ‘balance’ a fabricated meeting with a volunteer network of independent physicians, acousticians and other professionals researching the adverse health effects of industrial wind installations appears to be  another smokescreen to confuse the public.

There are many unanswered questions.

Why is Health Canada claiming it had meetings with people who were not even approached for a meeting?

Does the Study Team arrange to meet with CanWEA every time a meeting regarding wind turbines is held with others?

 

What happens if Health Canada meets with representatives of CanWEA? Are others contacted for a meeting to discuss the same information?

 

Should Canadians have confidence in the Health Canada Wind Turbine Study Team if it can’t figure out who attended a meeting?

What will it take to get it right?

11 attachments — Download all attachments
1_Health Canada meeting with CanWEA.pdf
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2_December 12 2012_Poilievre MP.pdf
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3_December 12 to17 2012_email string_Wrightman.pdf
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4_SWV Letter to Health Canada December 13 2012 FINAL.pdf
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5_December 14 2012_advisory_Krogh.pdf
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6_Minister of Health_Health Canada December 14 2012.pdf
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7_December 14 2012_advisory_Harrington.pdf
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8_Email string requesting correction_Krogh.pdf
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9_Health Canada Pieterson January 15 2013.pdf
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10_Minister of Health Wrightman.pdf
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What does it take to correct misinformation January 28 2013 [2].pdf
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One Comment on “More Concerns Emerge about the Health Canada Study on Wind turbines”

  1. windfarmresearch January 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Reblogged this on windpowergrab.

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