Incorrect to use the word “farm”

Grimsby Lincoln News

I looked at my free copy of the Grimsby Lincoln News this week and could not help wondering why your publication needs twelve five-inch by ten-inch advertisements related to what is called “Niagara Region Wind Farm”.

8c0c0554-b1cf-4cac-a1f6-9ab51c25619eSurely a simple description with a smaller picture for each of the 12 areas would be enough to remind your readers of the ecological disaster that is being unequivocally forced on the citizens of the Niagara Region.

If you think about it, just the sly use of the name “farm” is an oxymoron. When I think of a farm, what comes to mind is ducks and geese and chickens and hens and cows and pigs and plows and fields abundant with edible plants that have been planted or seeded and are being grown and harvested to feed and support the survival of the human race.1297813168809_ORIGINAL

So where does the relationship between a farm and a 300-ft monstrosity in a field that causes visual and noise pollution and uses wind [when available] that cannot be seen by the naked eye, cannot be stored or planted and cannot be harvested.

Wind Farm. I don’t think so!

unnamed (4)Now, what we have here is field that used to be an active farm and is now defunct. What is left of the farm is now no more than the foundation of a mini power generator that causes death to flying birds along with all the other negative possible resultant health problems from the generation off low frequency sounds and infrasound for anyone living close by.Of course, one mini generator is not enough, so we get hundreds being erected all over the Niagara Region. Make you wonder why the politicians did not simply build a nuclear power station beside the existing Nanticoke Generating Station where there is an abundance of cooling water available from Lake Erie. It would only take one Nuclear Power station to replace every mini generator in Ontario. Not sure if Samsung are in the nuclear power business. Seems like they are in everything else.

But I digress, how about the Grimsby/Lincoln/Niagara News asking your advertiser for the wind Turbines to drop the word “farm”.

Perhaps our own Tim Hudak will step up to the plate and become our own Don Quixote and fight, if not to stop the windmill installations, then at least fight to drop the use of the word “farm”.

Peter Kelly, Grimsby

Letter Published May 4, 2016 via  Niagara This Week.

Danish Workers at Siemens Chronically Ill

siemensMay  2nd, 2016 8:50 am| by Shifa Rahaman

DR reports that up to 64 workers at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark have developed chronic illnesses after prolonged exposure to dangerous chemicals over the last decade.

As part of its 21 Søndag series, DR yesterday revealed it has access to reports from the National Board of Industrial Injuries in Denmark dealing with 64 compensation cases brought by employees against the company.

According to DR, the National Board of Industrial Injuries has reached the decision that the illnesses developed by the employees in question, including asthma and eczema, are a direct result of exposure to the toxic chemicals epoxy and isocyanates.  The chemicals are known allergens, and they are on the EU’s list of carcinogenic substances.

According to the Danish Working Environment Act, workers can seek compensation if they have been exposed to such chemicals for prolonged periods of time.

64 too many
According to experts, 64 is a high number – even for a company as large as Siemens.

[The numbers are] shockingly high and very serious. When someone becomes sick as a result of these substances, they remain sick for life,” Hans Jørgen Limborg, a workplace researcher and manager at TeamArbejdsliv, told DR.

Rasmus Windfeld, a public relations officer at Siemens Wind Power, stated that Siemens was committed to improving working conditions and called the current situation “totally unacceptable”.

Sixty-four people injured working for us is 64 too many. We’re committed to working at it, and the number will soon be down to zero,” he told DR.

According to DR, Siemens has confirmed it illegally used isocyanates during the manufacturing process for wind turbines from 2003 to 2011.



Wind Turbine Investigation Begins

page_Wind_Turbines_109Health Unit investigation based on perceived health effects of wind turbines.

(Huron County, Ontario) – May 2, 2016

The first phase of a Huron County Health Unit investigation on the perceived adverse health effects of wind turbines is about to get under way.

Leading the investigation is Health Unit epidemiologist Doctor Erica Clark.

She tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that the first phase launching this month will be dedicated to information gathering.

Doctor Clark says she will interview each participant personally, before any turbine-related information is received.

The questions asked will include the number of turbines located near where the participant lives, and what kind of structures are on their property.

Doctor Clark notes that each person taking part will then be given a personal code to use when answering questions in the on-line portion of the survey.

For those without Internet access, the survey is available in hard copy form.

She points out that further action in the second phase of the survey will depend on analysis of phase one questionnaires.

Phase two will involve actual measurements of things like ambient noise coming from the turbines.

Doctor Clarke says the Health Unit will share survey information with the provincial and federal governments.

She stresses that the Health Unit initiative is not related to the Health Canada survey of health issues connected to wind turbines that was done in 2013 and 2014.

Acoustical measure analysis is still being examined, and findings of the federal study have not been released yet.


How Does Noise Affect Us?

The following article is about a researcher who is mapping an American city’s soundscape. Community noise audible and non audible impacts our health and wellbeing both in urban environments and quiet rural settings.

Listen: There’s noise we can hear and noise we can feel. Both can affect our health

Mapping Boston’s soundscape

Erica Walker, SD ’17, biked around Boston to take the measure of a city’s noise and its effects on residents.Feature

Hot coffee dripping. Steamed milk hissing. Muzak droning. Keyboards clacking. Patrons murmuring: Erica Walker’s soft voice was almost drowned out by the ambient noise in a Starbucks. It was an ironic touch, considering that Walker has spent the past five years intently tuned in to Boston’s cacophonous urban soundscape.

The 36-year-old researcher, who will receive her doctorate in environmental health next year from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has pedaled nearly every inch of the city on a purple commuter bike—hauling a bulky sound monitor, a boom microphone, and a camera in her backpack—all in the service of plotting sound levels in 400 separate locations and collecting residents’ subjective responses to the aural onslaught.

Most people have approached her with curiosity and, on learning her mission, gratitude. A few, alarmed by the paraphernalia of her sonic surveillance, have reported her to the police.

It’s all in a day’s research for Walker, a former artist who was compelled to undertake the study after suffering her own noise nightmare. The children living in the apartment above hers “ran across the floor literally 24 hours a day, and it drove me crazy,” says the Mississippi native. Plagued with headaches and sleeplessness, she sent out an impromptu Craigslist survey asking about annoying footstep sounds and was flooded with responses. She began to suspect her auditory torment was not isolated.


Walker has discovered that each Boston neighborhood carries a unique acoustic signature. The dominant note of Dorchester, for example, is transportation. “You have planes, you have trains, you have automobiles,” Walker says. But Dorchester’s rich cultural diversity also lends evocative countermelodiesChart

to the main theme. “Something I hadn’t planned on is people standing outside and yelling across the street to each other, or sitting on their porches talking really loud—that human element,” Walker laughs. She wonders: “If people are part of that cultural landscape, is it ‘noise’ or just ‘sound’?”

By contrast, East Boston, which abuts Logan International Airport, is perpetually assaulted by the din of low-flying jets. In a community survey that Walker created, one resident called the commotion “a regular horror.” Another lamented, “Everybody is walking around looking wrung out, some are getting nasty, kids are crying more, kids with behavioral issues are out of control. People don’t know what to do.”


Most formal surveys of sound gauge what are known as “A- weighted decibel levels,” or dB(A)—sounds that are perceptible by the human ear. Boston’s noise ordinance defines “unreasonable or excessive noise” as that in excess of 50 dB(A) between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., or in excess of 70 dB(A) at other hours. To put this in context, normal human speech at about 3 feet apart takes place at between 55 and 65 dB(A).

Walker found that the city’s ordinance thresholds are rou- tinely flouted. Boston’s two loudest enclaves—East Boston, with the roar of jet engines, and Savin Hill, awash in jangling nightclub noise from across Marina Bay—average 80 dB(A). Passing ambulances clock in at 105 decibels. Construction site jackhammers reach 112. Even those neighborly conversations between porches can hit 85 decibels.

And these numbers don’t tell the whole story. Walker
is also measuring a type of low-frequency noise called “infrasound.” Although vibrations at this level are not picked up by the ear, our bodies still register them. “Infrasound is totally inaudible; we don’t hear it, we just feel it, such as when a bus passes by or a plane takes off,” Walker says.

In nature, low-frequency vibrations take the form of thunder, earthquakes, volcanoes, or nearby herds of wild animals. Such vibrations signal approaching danger—a clue to the toll they may take on mental and physical health in modern urban environments. “Maybe our body is processing these vibrations and we don’t know it,” Walker suggests. Making matters worse, infrasound is not only highly prevalent in cities but also persistent, hard to mitigate, and it travels long distances.

What Walker wants to know is: Are these low-frequency noises, which are rife in urban environments but not included in standard A-weighted decibel measurements, exacting a hidden public health toll?

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To listen to an interview (first 5 minutes of podcast):

No Means No

Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) Engagement

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