All posts by mum4kids

Board of Health Turbine Motion

Monday, April 18, 2016   by Claire McCormack
Grey Highlands Deputy Mayor keen to see turbine complaints documented

The Deputy Mayor of Grey Highlands is responsible for a motion at this week’s Grey Bruce Board of Health meeting. Grey_Bruce_Health_Unit_2_15

Stewart Halliday is keen to see Pubic Health establish a debriefing system for people who feel they’re suffering from the effects of their proximity to wind turbines.

Halliday says residents want to know their complaints are documented should there ever be some undertaking in which they would prove useful.

He’s suggesting someone at the Health Unit take on the task of documenting people’s cases.

The idea will be before the Board of Health at its April 22nd meeting.

Medical Officer of Health for Grey-Bruce, Doctor Hazel Lynn, believes there is some kind of correlation between turbines and the health of some individuals.

Doctor Lynn completed a 2013 report on the increase of reported cases of headaches, sleeplessness and nausea in areas with wind turbines.

The Huron County Health Unit is currently doing its own survey involving health complaints from residents in that area, which Huron County Medical Officer of Health Janice Owen has been careful to state is not meant to identify a cause of health issues or establish a link between them and turbines.

Meanwhile, Halliday says Grey Highlands is also separately preparing to conduct its own unique tests for infra-sound levels to establish a baseline for future studies.

READ ARTICLE:  http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=83833

Wacky World of Ontario Energy Policy.

united-church-renewable-energy

About 80 per cent of energy generated by wind turbines in Ontario gets sold ‘at a massive loss’ to the U.S., a University of Guelph professor said. (Matt Young/Associated Press)

There’s not much point in investing in heavy blankets and wool sweaters to tame your hydro bill, because in Ontario, no matter how much electricity you conserve you’ll still end up paying higher rates.

Why? Well, you have the provincial government, and its push for more green energy, to thank.

A balmy winter created a shortfall for the province’s electrical utilities, something the Ontario Energy Board will bridge with a rate hike on May 1 — a response to our collective conservation effort that’s likely to happen again, critics say.

While it may seem counterintuitive to pay more in order to use less, Brady Yauch, the executive director of the Consumer Policy Institute, says the province promised high rates to several sustainable energy providers following the Green Air Act in 2009.

Fixed costs

Those rates contribute to the electricity industry’s fixed costs — and that means those costs stay steady regardless of how much energy people are using.

“This is the wacky world of Ontario electricity policy,” Yauch told CBC’s Metro Morning. “This province has overbuilt the electricity sector significantly and it has to pass on those costs.”

For the average household bill, the latest rate hike translates into a jump of $3 a month, according to the Ontario Energy Board’s figures — or roughly 2.5 per cent for homes that use 750 kilowatt hours each month.

Utilities have some leeway if rate increases are connected to a drop in energy consumption, Yauch said, largely because they’re operating in a framework that was first set up by provincial legislation……

READ MORE @ CBC News:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/electricity-ontario-1.3538157

Huron County Medical Officer of Health Departs

Huron_County_Health_Unit_logoHuron County and its acting Medical Officer of Health have “parted ways,” the latest in a string of abrupt departures of senior officials from the county’s health unit.

Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel, chair of the Huron County Board of Health, confirmed Friday that Dr. Janice Owen was no longer in the position.

Owen was appointed a year ago.

In 2013, then Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nancy Cameron was dismissed by the board.

In 2008, the county fired the executive director of the health unit for ‘philosophical differences.’

Hessel declined to discuss reasons for Owen’s departure.

“We just parted ways, that’s all I can say,” Hessel said.

“Huron County Board of Health and Dr. Owen have now parted ways, but everything is going to continue moving forward as usual,” he said.

Owen could not be immediately reached for comment.

One of the health unit’s initiatives since her appointment has been a study of the possible health effects of wind farms in Huron County, which has some of the largest turbine installations in the province.

Hessel said Owen’s departure was unrelated to the wind farm issue and that work would be carried on by health unit staff.

Read Article: http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/15/dr-janice-owen-was-appointed-a-year-ago-and-is-the-latest-in-a-string-of-departures

Human Cost of Energy Policies

April 12, 2016   Grimsby Lincoln News – Letter to Editor

It is hard to comprehend that communities in West Niagara and other agriculture areas in Ontario were forced against their will to comply with life changing decisions made by McGuinty and Wynne, based on lies, false pretenses and a distorted Liberal ideology.

47137cd8-49b8-40fa-bcfd-620cb285d213For an unreliable energy source, which generates only an approximate 3 per cent of our total energy needs, at an incredible disproportional high cost of $20 billion for these giant wind turbines and wrecking the lives of so many families living in farming communities all over Ontario is outrageous. With an absolute disregard for our already suffering economy the Liberals made our hydro the most expensive in all of North America due to incompetency, corruption and mismanagement.

The gas plants before the scandal broke would have produced green energy with natural gas. Billions of dollars were spend on constructing the new tunnel at the Niagara Falls for green energy by using its water. Now it is sitting idle. This Liberal Government together with Hydro One and the Ontario Power Generation have been ripping off Ontarians in an unbelievable manner. Currently Ontario is producing an excess amount of electricity, which can’t be stored. Taxpayers have to pay Quebec and New York State many millions of dollars to take this surplus electricity off our hands.  All this while many Ontarians are struggling to pay the high cost of their monthly hydro bills and there are people who have to choose between warmth in the winter or food on the table.

The Wynne government has sold the majority of Hydro One, and as a result taxpayers lost control over their own hydro supply and how it is managed. The money from the sale of our utility is used by the Liberals to pay for the very large debt they created.12670294_1242134572466548_418287929341697920_n

Their policies left our economy in tatters, heavily affected by spiking hydro costs and never ending tax increases. Once elected into office, it doesn’t mean governments can discard a very large section of the population. For the extent of damage the Liberals have done to Ontario in so many ways, voters need to have recourse by impeaching this most corrupt government Ontario has ever had by making provisions our laws to make that possible. This should be a warning for all governments that voters in other areas than Toronto have rights too.

Rob Janssen, Lincoln

Published in Niagara This Week:

http://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/6481498-the-human-cost-of-energy-policies/

WAIT-PW Goes to Court

Monday, April 18th, 10:00 a.m.

Divisional Court, London, Ontario

Courthouse Address: 80 Dundas St. London, ON

Parking Address: 100 Queens Ave, London, ON Wait- PW court hearing april 18, 2016

Your attendance is encouraged and appreciated.

Legal Summary:                      In December 2014, The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (higher Court) in a ruling indicated that the Environmental Review Tribunal is required to engage in a two step analysis on appeals of wind turbine projects. While an Appellant is required to show that the project will cause harm (step 1), the Tribunal must also be satisfied that the project will NOT CAUSE harm (step 2).

Recent evidence that came out of the appeal of Gary Fohr showed that while the scientific evidence has been unable to conclusively demonstrate harm, the experts for the wind company and the government agreed that there is NO SCIENTIFIC DATA available to demonstrate that wind turbines do NOT CAUSE harm. The Fohr appeal has been joined with our appeal.  We, as well as the court, will have the benefit of the Fohr evidence at our appeal.

—————

The provincial government has recently approved more industrial wind projects into Ontario communities who were unwilling hosts.  More projects are slated for 2017.  On Monday, we have an opportunity to make a difference.

We appreciate your support, your attendance and your financial contributions. 

Your donations can be made:

  1. Online using Paypal or Credit Card www.wait-pw.ca
  2. Cheque made to WAIT-PW and mail to P.O. Box 219 Plympton-Wyoming, ON, N0N 1TO
  3. Deposit directly with Southwest Credit Union in Wyoming or Sarnia, ON

 

 

Huron County Wind Turbine Health Unit Investigation

Huron County Health Unit is undertaking a  an investigation into complaints concerning Industrial Wind Turbines. Your participation in the Huron County Health Unit investigation is critical.  This is a first of its kind in Ontario. 

Bluewater residents:. If you are experiencing health concerns and/or hearing Industrial Wind Turbines in your neighbourhood. Call the Bluewater Municipal office (.519-236-4351 or 1-877-236-4351)

Huron County residents call the Huron County Health Unit: (519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143).

Please share with your contacts in Huron County, Ontario.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Resistance Large & Growing in Ireland

Wind Aware Ireland has rejected claims made by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA)friesian-cattle-turbines1-400x225 that wind turbines don’t negatively impact on property prices.

The IWEA had claimed that research carried out in the UK last year found that wind farms have no negative impact on the prices of property within a 5km radius of wind turbines.

Wind Aware Ireland is an alliance of community groups from 20 counties, which challenges the development of “industrial wind farms” and associated grid infrastructure across Ireland.

“To justify the roll out of thousands of wind turbines and associated grid infrastructure the benefits of wind should outweigh the costs,” said a Wind Aware Ireland spokesperson.

“These costs are substantial and include the reduction of property values in proximity to wind farms.”

In 2014 Stephen Gibbons from the London School of Economics authored a report, “Gone with the wind: valuing the local impacts of wind turbines through house prices,” which estimated the effects of visible wind farm turbines on housing prices in England and Wales.

“This price reduction is around 5-6% for housing with a visible wind farm of average size (11 turbines) within 2km, falling to 3% within 4km, and to 1% or less by 14km, which is at the limit of likely visibility,” the report concluded.

Wind farms with 20 or more turbines reduce prices by 3% at distances between 8-14km, and by up to12% within 2km.”

The report found that a household in England or Wales would be willing to pay around £600 per year to avoid having a wind farm of average size visible within 2km, or would be willing to pay around £200 per year to avoid having a large wind farm visible within 8-14km.

“The implied amounts required per wind farm to compensate households for their loss of visual amenities is therefore fairly large: about £12m for a typical 11 turbine wind farm, based on the average numbers of households with turbines currently visible within 4km,” the report said.

“Contrary to IWEA’s statement, the resistance to wind turbines is large and growing,” the Wind Aware Ireland spokesperson said.

75% of wind turbine applications in 2014 are now in court, while a recent Sunday Business Post ad was signed by over 200 community groups opposing these projects.

“We believe decarbonisation must happen but that there are better ways to reduce CO2 than intermittent wind energy, which by its nature cannot replace reliable baseload electricity and to date has reduced our CO2 emissions by about 3%.”

German Report

In the report, “The Impact of Wind Farm Visibility on Property Values” Professor Reinhard Madlener, Chair of Energy Economics and Management at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, came to a comparable conclusion as the London School of Economics report.

Our results indicate that the properties that obtained an extreme-to-medium view due to the wind farm construction showed a decrease in price by about 10-17%.

“In contrast, minor and marginal changes in the property’s views do not cause any statistically measurable adverse effect on its value,” the report concluded.

According to the Wind Aware Ireland spokesperson, “Wind energy in Ireland represents the transfer of wealth from the people to the wind developers, with very little benefit to the environment because the overall reduction on CO2 emissions from wind is about 3%.

“Wind Aware Ireland calls for a moratorium on wind farm development pending planning regulation on set-back distance and proper analysis to justify their construction in the first place.”

READ: https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/resistance-to-wind-turbines-is-large-and-growing/

Information Open House

Hosted by Wainfleet Ratepayers.   “Connect the Dots …”

Living near an industrial wind turbine can change your life.  Find out what you can do and what you need to knowDSCN0882

 Wednesday, April 13 2016 – Moore Room, Wainfleet Arena

DROP-IN any time from 1:00 to 7:30 pm

The Wainfleet wind turbines have been up for about 18 months. We know of one family in our area that has had severe enough problems that they are selling their home and have moved.

NOT EVERYONE is affected. There is no known, definitive causal link to wind turbines. However, you may have noticed, for example, that you or a member of your family is experiencing some unusual sleeplessness, anxiety feelings, headaches, earaches or dizziness. You may have noticed your pets or livestock are behaving differently and you don’t know what is going on. We have a short check list to help you assess if you or any of your family are being affected.

This OPEN HOUSE is for those living within a 3 to 5 km radius of the project currently running in Wainfleet. It is a DROP-IN format so you can stay as long as you need to. It is an opportunity for us, as a community, to gain better understanding and to learn what to do.

Come and tell us your story and “Connect the Dots …”

Terry Maxner, President, Wainfleet Ratepayers Association

PO BOX 154  Wainfleet ON I0S 1V0