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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.

http://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/6526880-incorrect-to-use-the-word-farm-/

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.

Scandal
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.

 

READ ARTICLE:  http://cphpost.dk/news/business/dr-news-reports-danish-workers-at-siemens-have-become-chronically-ill-after-prolonged-exposure-to-dangerous-chemicals.html

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.

READ MORE:   http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=84200

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.

SIGNATURE SOUNDS

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.”

THE MISMEASURE OF NOISE

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?

 Read rest of article:  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/mapping-bostons-soundscape/

To listen to an interview (first 5 minutes of podcast): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multimedia-article/podcast-noise-health/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Chan-Twitter-General

No Means No

Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) Engagement

Have something you want to say to IESO about Ontario’s continued Large Renewable Procurement?  Deadline May 3, 2016

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You can complete the online surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CX3K5T6

or send in a written submission:

Independent Electricity System Operator
1600-120 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1

or  email:

“Should you have any questions or comments on the future engagement, please send them to engagement@ieso.ca. “

READ MORE AT:

http://www.ieso.ca/Pages/Participate/Stakeholder-Engagement/Large-Renewable-Procurement-LRP-Engagement.aspx

The Birth of A Wind Activist

by Patti Kellar,  published  London Free Press in 2012 

1. Spend a lifetime believing you were living in a society where democracy was a fundamental right of every citizen.DSCN1075

2. Buy and sell the concept that wind and solar energy sources are free, will save the planet, resolve the energy crisis, create employment and do so all with minimal disruption to the environment.

3. Ignore all evidence globally to the contrary.

4. Read about scandal after scandal; policies developed with out due diligence; politicians making back door deals and shaking hands with the most corrupt business in the world – further contributing to the growing economic crisis.

5. Try not to believe that the people you trusted to govern were creating programs and laws that quietly and effectively destroy democracy, increase energy costs, driving businesses out of the province and branding anyone who questions those changes as selfish, environmentally unfriendly and too stupid to understand the greater good.

6. Start doing your homework, listening to real people’s experiences, and realize that there are enough contradictions in information out there that at the very least, the pause button needs to be hit NOW.WL_OCT22_mawt_turbine_am___Content

7. Watch people turn into ‘receptors’ , be ignored and bullied while the people paid to govern create more rules, pay lip service to any and all concerns that are being heard in public arenas across the province and continue to develop practices and policies that rip apart families and communities and further contribute to the growing rural /urban divide.

8. Watch the pain in someone you love who realizes that the land that was cleared and settled by their forefathers is about to be irrevocably changed; realizing that all they have worked towards their entire lives will be disseminated and know that should we be unfortunate to be part of the 3 – 30 percentile of people who suffer negative health effects – there is literally no recourse other than to abandon the home we have worked towards all our lives.

9. Wonder how people you have smiled and waved at – who farmed next to you can go for years, watching you work and never mention how their decision to increase their own wealth – will change everything – all the while wondering how you can be called a selfish supporter of fossil fuels because you want to stop what is happening to your life and to the environment which you love. Feel guilt when you realize others have already experienced this loss and you were unaware.

10. Make a conscious choice to remove your head from the sand, move WAY outside of your comfort zone, put up a sign, replace it when someone steals it, start talking to people and have difficult conversations, start writing letters, start attending meetings, start carrying your sign around, stop attending businesses that support wind leases, walk in protests, drive your friends a little crazy (and yourself) and VOILA – someone calls you an activist and to your amazement – that is exactly what you have become.

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No Means No

An Elgin County community that stands to gain a wind farm it doesn’t want has told regulators they should count native endorsement of a project only if the bands have claims near the planned site.house surrounded by wind turbines

Dutton Dunwich says any future renewable-energy rules should also require municipal support before any contract can be awarded.

Still steamed by a 20-turbine project awarded to Chicago-based Invenergy this month, Dutton Dunwich wants the province to do more than just tweak rules for Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) for wind, solar and water power. The Independent Electricity Systems Operator has asked for corporate and municipal feedback for the next two LRP rounds.

Under current rules, a company needs to prove it has engaged the community if it wants to win a contract. But that doesn’t mean what Dutton Dunwich thought it meant. “They talk about community engagement. All that means is public meetings,” said Mayor Cameron McWilliams.

His council has unanimously passed a resolution saying a municipality’s no should mean no and only a municipal ‘yes’ can place a project in the running.

noIn Dutton Dunwich, in a referendum answered by 56 per cent of voting-aged residents, 84 per cent said they didn’t want turbines.

NCC Developments — a green-energy partnership among six Northern First Nations groups — has a 10% ownership interest in the Invenergy Strong Breeze project in Dutton Dunwich.

In a letter to The Free Press NCC chief executive officer Geordi Kakepetum said the proximity of native partners should have no bearing on a project’s value.

NCC’s revenue from this project will help First Nations develop remote solar microgrids and reduce dependence on diesel, it says.

Dutton Dunwich also wants to know why some projects were selected and others rejected. “As elected officials, we are supposed to be transparent . . . but it doesn’t seem to work at a provincial level,” McWilliams said.

The six northern First Nations are hundreds of kilometres northwest of Dutton Dunwich.

But there is precedent for green-energy contracts with aboriginal support far from where the power would be generated: A solar project in Ryerson Twp west of Algonquin Park is backed by Missanabie Cree First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie; a hydro-electric project on the Trenton Locks near Belleville has backing from Dokis First Nation west of North Bay; and Invenergy’s solar contract at Lake Simcoe Airport also has support from the NCC in Ontario’s northwest.

NCC says Dutton Dunwich should be proud to be part of the greening of Ontario.

And, it notes, Dutton Dunwich will see economic benefit from the $150-million development: 150 construction jobs, plus local suppliers providing many of the materials; and tax revenue in excess of $4 million during the 20 years of the contract.

McWilliams said the province limits tax assessments of turbines to about one-fiftieth of their actual value. “I’m not disputing there’s some tax revenue but it’s not significant.”

Neighbouring Malahide Township offered to be a host site to turbines but the bidder there was unsuccessful.

IESO has said bidders were chosen based on a formula that includes native involvement, pricing, nearby energy needs and proximity to electrical connections.

Turbines have been a flashpoint in Southwestern Ontario, where opponents have criticized a process that minimizes local decision-making. Others worry about possible health effects of turbines on people and migrating birds.

dvanbrenk@postmedia.com

READ ARTICLE:   http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/28/no-means-no-for-wind-farms-says-council

 

 

Remedy the Remedy

Manvers Wind Concerns is calling all Wind Warriors to support Pontypool Settler’s Landing ERT Hearing.  Theatre of the absurd now playing out.

Can we spell UNCTUOUS ?……….

Simple Definition of unctuous

—used to describe someone who speaks and behaves in a way that is meant to seem friendly and polite but that is unpleasant because it is obviously not sincere.

OK…..regarding the never ending kosmic, remedy the remedy, remove the renewal ,ERT in Pontypool……..Stu Williams and Dave Bridges just wanted to to thank everyone for showing up today

It really does help them to carry on and finish the job….just the simple task of taking a seat as a gesture of support.pontypool

APRIL 26th STARTING at 10:00 a.m., Pontypool Community Centre we have a chance to rebut the remedy the remedy stuff trotted out by the paid consultants today.

So please come out and watch your tax dollars at work with the thrilling team of das Director for the Ministry of And and And……plus the illustrious legal hacks from Capstone.

Even taking a seat is a great gesture of support.  manver protest

The rest of the tentative schedule below :

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Pontypool Community Centre.  254 John St, Pontypool, Ontario.

Paul Reid 

for MWC.     ManversWind Concern

Can’t go?   Send money.

Advisory Committee for Industrial Wind Turbine Projects

Tuesday May 10, 2016 closing date for applications.

Notice:  Notice-Township-Seeking-Members-for-New-Committees-April-2016

TOWNSHIP OF WEST LINCOLN INVITATION TO APPLY AS A MEMBER ON VARIOUS COMMITTEES

The Township of West Lincoln is seeking names of residents of West Lincoln who would be interested in being appointed to the following Committees:

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(1) Public Advisory Committee – Industrial Wind Turbine Projects

(2) Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (12 to 18 years of age)

(3) Active Transportation Advisory Committee

The term of the appointment will not exceed the term of Council (ending November 30, 2018) and will last for a period of time as deemed appropriate. Meetings will be held on an as needed basis at the call of the Committee Chair.

Interested residents may submit their application to Joanne Scime, Deputy Clerk. A copy of the application form and/or the Terms and Reference for each of the above noted Committees may be downloaded from the Township’s Web Site at www.westlincoln.ca, refer to front page under “Trending” or under “Notices”, “Public Notices”, or may be picked up from the Township Office during regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Completed application forms may be dropped off at the Township Office, mailed (address noted below), emailed (jscime@westlincoln.ca) or faxed (905-957-3219), by no later than 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Applications may also be dropped off after hours using the white box located beside the entrance doors off the parking lot.

Please be advised that applications/submissions will be dealt with in an Open Session Meeting and all information submitted will be considered and distributed as public documentation as part of our public agenda process.

Please note that successful applicants will be subject to the Township’s Purchasing Policy as it relates to Conflict of Interest and the Township’s Code of Conduct for Members of Council, Local Boards and Advisory Committees. These policies can be found on our web site as noted above.

If you have any questions,

please contact either:

Carolyn Langley, Clerk or Joanne Scime, Deputy Clerk Township of West Lincoln

P.O. Box 400 318 Canborough Street Smithville, Ontario, L0R 2A0

Application Form:  Application-Form-for-New-Committees-April-20162

LIVING IN AN INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINE PROJECT….Or Even if You Aren’t

Patti Kellar

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What you need to know if you are:

-Feeling new sensations since the turbines became operational?

-Pre-existing conditions symptoms becoming worse?

-Having trouble coping?

-Family and friends don’t understand because they aren’t feeling anything?

-When even you don’t understand what is going on with your body, how could anyone else?

-When they don’t, what happens?

Like many people living in Industrial Wind Projects, initially you may not connect the dots.  Denial is strong initially. Sensations surface, sometimes occurring days, weeks or months after exposure, some beginning subtly, some not.  The only thing you really know for sure is they did not exist prior to the turbines becoming operational.  Sensations you have never felt before.  Or pain of existing conditions worsening.   Symptoms typically come and go, the latter most often when you leave your home, resulting in delaying making Dr.’s appointments until they persist and worsen.

Eventually, people go to…

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