Day of protest in Canada

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Ontario’s  Liberals  get  an  “F”  

WIND OPPONENTS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE TURBINE MORATORIUM, RESIGNATION OF DR ARLENE KING, MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH, AND PUBLIC INQUIRY: MASSIVE  “Pants  on  Fire”  PROTEST AT ALLAN GARDENS/MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, JAN 26 2013

In  what  will  surely  be  the  largest  and  most  vocal  public  display  of  public  outrage  in  Ontario’s   history, anti-wind groups will gather at Allan Gardens at 11:00 a.m. and then join with others to protest the removal of democracy at the Liberal leadership convention at Maple Leaf Gardens.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Internationally renowned and decorated Toronto Police Officer, Federal Candidate, Chuck Konkel, Barbara Ashbee,  Principal  of  “Vow  To  Help,”  Sherri  Lange  of  North   American Platform Against Wind Power (NA-PAW), Lorrie Gillis, Chair of Ontario Regional Group Against Wind Turbines, Mark Davis, Co-Chair of Multi-Municipal Turbine Working Group, and special appearance by HUXA, the Bald Eagle (thanks to the Watermann family of Norfolk County.

As a baby, Huxa was rescued by the Cree following a forest fire, and via a Manitoba Sanctuary ended up a part of the Watermann family. Huxa’s  presence  at  this protest reminds us of the sacrilege being done  to  Ontario’s  rare  and  endangered  species  with  wind  turbines. Ontario has more endangered bird species than any other province in Canada.)

The removal of an eagle’s nest near Fishersville last week prompted outrage around the world. The Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario (MNR) gave permission late Friday, December 31, with the proviso that NextEra complete the removal of the nest by Sunday, overriding the chief monitor of the bald eagle nesting program in southern Ontario who told the MNR that the nest should be left alone and the turbines relocated elsewhere, and leaving no opportunity for objection from anyone else.

This fast track of a removal of a bird nest for a breed that only has 57 nesting pairs known in Ontario  is  unprecedented  and  sinister.  “We  no  longer  use  our  respected  laws  and  knowledge  to   protect  Eagles  in  Ontario,”  said Lange of NA-PAW.  “Our  Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) now expedites for the convenience of the developer and even apparently serendipitously upgrades the status  of  an  historically  endangered  species,  to  at  risk  and  now  to  merely  “of  concern.”

The  upgrade  appears to many as suspicious. Additionally, the wording of a posting of a comment period regarding the permits for developers contains language that is clearly in favor of paving the road for development, not for protection of species.

The fuse is very short now; people cannot continue to be forced from homes, have livelihoods, homesteads, and legacies squashed as a willfully blind government continues to jam more turbines, transmission lines and substations into rural residential communities, areas of tourism, pristine wildlife habitat and migratory bird paths.

We have no sense that government is working for the best interest of the people. Despite a vacuum in government leadership due to the proroguing of parliament, turbine installations continue to be approved against the will of people across Ontario saying NO to more turbines.  “It’s  as  if  the  Liberals  are  conducting  their  own  agenda  from  behind  a  wall,”  said  Lange.   “And  the  significant  damage  continues  without  any  sign  of  slowdown  or  shame.”

“The people of Ontario have had enough of being second to industry in this province. We have, in good faith, delivered all the evidence of harm from wind turbines in an effort to educate and protect our families and  our  neighbours  from  our  own  government’s  bad  policies,” says Lorrie Gillis, Chair of the Ontario Regional Group Against Wind Turbines, and one of the chief organizers of this  protest.

“It  is  well  established  world-wide that turbines are causing serious adverse health effects. The symptoms are the same: sleeplessness, nausea, dizziness, inability to concentrate, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, tinnitus, to name a few. The common denominator for the symptoms is the same; the start-up of Industrial Wind Turbines in the area. For years, people have followed every avenue offered to tell this Liberal government about harm to their health from turbines, home and community only to be ignored, dismissed and belittled. The new government can choose to put people before policy. They can choose to listen to those who are suffering in homes toxic from turbine emissions rather than to the foreign corporations who continue to deny there is a problem with their product. Bottom line is you can be sure we will do what we have to in order to protect our health and home.”

Gillis and Lange and thousands of others are calling for the immediate resignation of Dr Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.

Documents have been released under a FOI (Freedom of Information) showing that the MOE (Ministry of the Environment) has known about the health complaints for years. But the  permitting  for  more  turbines  has  continued.  “We  are  not   sure  what  term  to  give  this  negligence,”  says  Lange.  “Would  you  call  it  blind,  willful,  or  criminal?”

Groups across Ontario are demanding that: Wind turbines that are offending must be removed, democracy must be returned, and an immediate moratorium must be placed on new projects, permitted and planned. Despite obvious and substantiated evidence that the Ministry knew of serious  health  complaints  back  to  2006,  they  continued  to  permit.

“Even  worse,”  says  Lange,   “international  commitments  to  wind  power  are  being  somehow  linked  to  Dr.  King’s superficial and now antique “literature  review”  and what we now know to be a health crisis “cover-up.”

The lies concerning Green promises are egregious. Wind is not green, not environmentally sensible, does NOT provide long term or even net jobs, is absolutely not economically viable, and causes

immeasurable  harm  to  wildlife  and  humans.  The  proliferation  must  immediately  cease.  “Reparation   must be made not only to families who have lost everything, but to the wildlife and landscape, that is  also  scarred.  “How  many  Eagles  and  species  of  concern,  at  risk,  endangered,  must  be  lost  before   common sense returns? How many more families must leave their  homes?”

Join the protest at Allan Gardens, which then will move to the Liberal Leadership Convention at Maple Leaf Gardens.

For more information please contact:

Sherri Lange

CEO NA-PAW North American Platform Against Wind Power 1-416-567-5115
kodaisl@rogers.com

Lorrie Gillis

Chair of Ontario Regional Group Against Wind Turbines Phone: 1-519-922-3072
lpcgillis@bmts.com

References:

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/01/17/ontarios-power-trip-mcguintys-legacy/ http://quixoteslaststand.com/2012/02/02/dr-robert-mckittrick-report-on-the-failure-of-the-gea/

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/05/16/ontarios-power-trip-the-failure-of-the-green-energy-act/ http://www.delhinewsrecord.com/2013/01/07/outrage-in-haldimand-over-bald-eagle-nest-removal http://na-paw.org/pr-121207.php

http://na-paw.org/Nissenbaum-et-al.php http://www.businessinsider.com/germanys-wind-power-chaos-2012-9 http://na-paw.org/pr-120719.php http://northgowerwindturbines.wordpress.com/tag/mike-crawley/

http://www.bsc-eoc.org/research/speciesatrisk/baea/index.jsp?targetpg=history http://www.chch.com/home/item/11117-eagles-nest-removal-ruffles-fisherville-feathers

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/windfarm-turbines-deadly-for-birds- bats/article4392511/

http://www.ontarionature.org/connect/blog/keep-wind-turbines-out-of-important-bird-areas http://www.naturecanada.ca/wind_wolfeisland.asp

https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/01/13/canadian-senate-calls-for-moratorium-on-some-turbines- due-to-bird-kills/

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a2PHwqAs7BS0

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Dr Sarah Laurie, CEO Waubra Foundation says:

    Dr Arline King is not the only medical practitioner and health bureaucrat who has some questions to answer. Some Australian health authorities and Chief Health/Medical Officers have known of serious health problems being reported by residents living near industrial wind turbines since 2004. These were first documented and investigated at Toora, by Dr David Iser, a rural General Practitioner, when he saw what was happening to the health of his longstanding patients when the wind development started operating.

    Despite this early warning in 2004, and ongoing adverse health event reports from residents, health practitioners and concerned acousticians, and despite hearing the latest expert evidence from around the world in the recent (second) Federal Senate inquiry, the serious health problems are still being consistently ignored or denied, or the victims are blamed for them, as are those professionals such as myself who are advocating for research.

    The “Nocebo effect” is invoked, alleging that it is “scaremongering” which is “causing all the symptoms” despite those symptoms being reported years before the formation of the Waubra Foundation, for example.

    Yet no “boots on the ground” research has been done to justify using this “Nocebo Nonsense” excuse by those responsible bureaucrats and responsible Ministers. As Dr MIchael Nissenbaum warned in his response to a question on notice in the second Senate Inquiry, usage of the “nocebo effect” diagnosis by a medical practitioner when there has not been such “boots on the ground research” first to exclude other diagnoses could render that practitioner liable for medical malpractice litigation.

    The evidence from both clinicians and acousticians who are in the field collecting data is mounting that infrasound and low frequency noise emissions from industrial wind turbines are issues which must be properly investigated and considered. No state government noise regulations currently do this, and no one in Australia apart from independent acousticians working with the sick residents are collecting the full spectrum acoustic data in Australia, despite both residents and the Waubra Foundation consistently requesting that this should happen since May 2012 (see https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/wind-turbine-acoustic-pollution-assessment-requirements/ )

    Specifically, the recent acoustic survey report from Wisconsin has stated:

    “The four investigating firms are of the opinion that enough evidence and hypotheses have been given herein to classify LFN and infrasound as a serious issue, possibly affecting the future of the industry. It should be addressed beyond the present practice of showing that wind turbine levels are magnitudes below the threshold of hearing at low frequencies.”

    The responsible Ministers and senior bureaucrats in charge of the portfolios of health, planning and noise pollution authorities ignore this latest development at their peril.

    The research recommended by the first Federal Senate inquiry over 18 months ago MUST be urgently initiated, and the results heeded.

    Dr Sarah Laurie
    CEO Waubra Foundation

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