Letter to Trudeau-Give Voice to Families Harmed by Wind Turbines

Barb Ashbee and her family were forced out of their home due to adverse health effects from wind turbines

December 14, 2016

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing you to let you know that on September 22nd we received a response from Minister Jane Philpott to our open letter dated June 15. The response is attached. 

Prime Minister, your appointed Health Minister discarded our concern to give voice to the families being impacted by wind turbines. 

She suggested we would hear from departmental officials regarding the Radiation Emitting Devices Act and the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, which we have received. It is not helpful.

Let me be clear. The families that are being impacted right now as I write this have been waiting years to have voice with our government. Some have passed on from this earth without resolution or acknowledgement of the harm that has been imposed on them without consent.  Your renewable energy policy continues to aggressively promote wind energy while completely ignoring those who are being directly harmed by it.

Many of us have communicated with your governmental departments on the aforementioned health study and the RED Act. If things were settled with those two exercises I can guarantee, we would not be writing to you in plea for an appointment. In fact, the RED Act has been violated and the health study is widely known to be flawed, undoubtedly in effort to support continued implementation. We’re not buying it Prime Minister and we have had enough.

Please, try to understand the frustration at being harmed, literally having to lose our health and our homes by wind turbines that are operating around us. 

Where is the compassion of the Canadian Government for our families? Why are rural people so callously discriminated against as if we do not count when it comes to protection from industrial facilities?

Your Minister “commended” me on advocating for rural communities. How insulting it is to be artificially commended at the same time that our concerns are blown off.  I am not an advocate any more than the 250 people who signed on to the open letter and to the thousands others who have been lodging formal complaints, attending government and community meetings, researching and writing letters to authorities for over 10 years demonstrating the harm to them. Is this a responsible answer when there are suffering families who have lost all hope waiting to hear something meaningful from our government? What of those advocates who are ill right now and who have lost all faith in you and your ministers? Any optimism at your promise to care about all Canadians has been shattered.

I lost my home Prime Minister. My husband and our pets suffered the health impacts from the wind turbine operations to the point we could no longer live there. That was our home. Not coming from entitlement – our families, our homes and our communities are very important to us. Yet these wind turbine projects have had rural families under attack for at least a decade. I recently heard a comment about how undignified protesters can become when government officials present themselves in their communities. Where is the dignity in imposing repeated, unending harm without consent that is never addressed by any official of any level of government? How would you feel and what would you do if your young children were feeling the way these children in rural Ontario feel every day and night?

Do you know how it feels to have extended family members and friends look at you as an oddity because our government continues to tell them there are no problems with noise and infrasound from wind turbines and it is just our bad attitude about them that is causing all of our grief? How degrading.  Do you know how it feels to sit in your driveway at 11 o’clock at night having just finished loading the last bits of your belongings in your car because you had to leave the home you loved, and not for any reasonable life event but because you were bullied and harmed by the very ones who were supposed to protect you? The anger and the pain brought upon families by this government’s irresponsibility is hard to reconcile.

Has this government not recently learned a strong lesson from years of neglect in our Indigenous communities? Yet here you are doing exactly the same thing to rural families. Denying and allowing continued harm is not an answer to this problem any more than it was for our native Canadians. 

Prime Minister, you can rest assured there are a lot of families right now who are suffering from the indignities brought on by these wind turbine projects. My heart is with those families who have lost everything. They have lost the ability to control their health, some have lost their homes or have abandoned them, they’ve lost their livestock and pets, and their children because some parents won’t allow their children to live in their house anymore and have relocated them.

Your Health Minister’s answer is unacceptable. 

You need to act on this Prime Minister and it must be dealt with just as you deal with discrimination and harm to others. We have our own refugees who cannot live in their own homes in this country all due to a bad policy. 

We are all asking once again for a meeting. I hope that your Minister (or you yourself) will reconsider the decision to download these serious concerns onto your departmental officials.

We are asking for collaboration, not defense and deferral, on this serious issue. 

In this spirit I have attached a copy of your mandate to your Health Minister. 

Yours truly,

Barbara Ashbee

676425 Centre Road 

Mulmur, Ontario

L9V 0C8

Excerpts from your mandate:

“Canadians need to have faith in their government’s honesty and willingness to listen. I expect that our work will be informed by performance measurement, evidence, and feedback from Canadians.”

“Canadians expect us, in our work, to reflect the values we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, hard work, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. We will be a government that governs for all Canadians, and I expect you, in your work, to bring Canadians together.”

“When Canadians are in good physical and mental health, they are able to work better, be more productive, and contribute more fully to our economy while living healthier, happier lives.”

” We have committed to an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards, and applies the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds. I expect you to embody these values in your work and observe the highest ethical standards in everything you do. When dealing with our Cabinet colleagues, Parliament, stakeholders, or the public, it is important that your behaviour and decisions meet Canadians’ well-founded expectations of our government. I want Canadians to look on their own government with pride and trust.”

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