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The news arrived on Monday that the appeal of the assessment on a Wolfe Island property owned by Ed and Gail Kenney had failed, and MPAC–Ontario’s assessment agency–declared there to be no effect on property value from the proximity of industrial wind turbines.

The Kenneys have several turbines within a kilometer of their waterfront property and 36 within several kilometers. They sought to have the assessment of their property reduced, which would mean a reduction in taxes.

Te reaction of a normal, sensible person would be that to claim NO effect on value is preposterous.

But there was a lot at stake here. Here are the facts of the case:

-the Kenneys represented themselves; on the other side, MPAC had a slew of expensive lawyers and the wind power developer hired similar talent for the township

-the Kenneys tried to call witnesses to attest to the environmental noise, i.e., a negative factor in the property value, but these witnesses such as Dr John Harrison, were disallowed

-if the Kenneys’ case had succeeded, it would have opened the floodgates to a torrent of assessment appeals, as hundreds of properties throughout war-torn Ontario are now seeing diminuition of property value. Therefore, it could NOT succeed.

The Kenneys say they are regrouping and considering their next steps, but at the Town Hall hosted by MPP Todd Smith in Picton recently, Mrs Kenney appealed to everyone to file an assessment appeal. At the least, such a flood of appeals would clog the system, but at best, someone, somewhere will succeed.

The truth is on our side.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

 

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Medical publisher SAGE announced yesterday, July 20, that it had published a special edition of the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society on the health effects of industrial wind turbine projects, called “Windfarms, communities and ecosystems, Part I.”

Here is the abstract from Carl V. Phillips’ paper, on the fact that evidence exists, but policy-makers are not interpreting it, and others such as wind development proponents and environmental non-government organizations (supported by our tax dollars), are denying it.

Properly Interpreting the Epidemiologic Evidence About the Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines on Nearby Residents

  1. Carl V. Phillips

    1. Populi Health Institute, Wayne, PA, USA, cvphilo@gmail.com

Abstract

There is overwhelming evidence that wind turbines cause serious health problems in nearby residents, usually stress-disorder-type diseases, at a nontrivial rate. The bulk of the evidence takes the form of thousands of adverse event reports. There is also a small amount of systematically gathered data. The adverse event reports provide compelling evidence of the seriousness of the problems and of causation in this case because of their volume, the ease of observing exposure and outcome incidence, and case-crossover data. Proponents of turbines have sought to deny these problems by making a collection of contradictory claims including that the evidence does not “count,” the outcomes are not “real” diseases, the outcomes are the victims’ own fault, and that acoustical models cannot explain why there are health problems so the problems must not exist. These claims appeared to have swayed many nonexpert observers, though they are easily debunked. Moreover, though the failure of models to explain the observed problems does not deny the problems, it does mean that we do not know what, other than kilometers of distance, could sufficiently mitigate the effects. There has been no policy analysis that justifies imposing these effects on local residents. The attempts to deny the evidence cannot be seen as honest scientific disagreement and represent either gross incompetence or intentional bias.

Other authors are: Dr. John Harrison, Dr. Robert McMurtry, Carmen Krogh, Willem Vanderberg, Bob Thorne, Arline Bronzaft and Martin Shain. You can view the abstracts online here: http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4.toc

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Everyone should see this video interview with Dr Robert McMurtry (whose testimony the Government of Ontario did not want you to hear in the Ian Hanna challenge to the Green Energy Act).

Well worth it, and for the views of Prince Edward County which is about to “host” dozens of wind turbines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkdYuGooVIM&feature=player_embedded

After watching please consider contributing to the Ian Hanna legal fund. Download the donation from from http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

Email the North Gower Wind Action Group at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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In our mailbox today, words from a North Gower family:

Dear North Gower Wind Action Group,
…We had the pleasure to attend your excellent information meeting at the Alfred Taylor Centre on April 13. We applaud your guest speakers for their thoughtful, well-reasoned presentations.
We were initially encouraged by the fact that our home appeared to be further from the proposed wind turbines than the minimum distance recommended by Dr John Harrison, but were concerned for all of our neighbours who might not be so fortunate. However, now that you have informed us that the proposal is undergoing frequent revision, we have reason to be concerned for ourselves as well.
We would like to make a donation to your organization in the amount of $250 in appreciation for the hard work that you have done and are continuing to do on our behalf. We really can’t thank you enough.
Thank YOU for your support!

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Perhaps the greatest compliment this wind action group has heard yet came last evening when a community member got up and said that too often, views on wind turbines can be very polarized, but that the panel discussion at the April 13th meeting was the most reasoned and informative he had heard yet.

And that was the tone of the evening. Reason. Information. Shared experiences. Truth.

To sum up:

Dr John Harrison, who has addressed international conferences on noise issues, said that there is a serious disconnect between Ontario’s regulations for wind turbine noise and what engineers and health experts know. He concluded that all things considered, i.e., low wind potential, the number of homes and families that could be exposed to the noise etc., he cannot understand the rationale for a wind turbine development in North Gower. “Why they keep putting these things on top of people in Ontario is beyond me,” he said.

Carmen Krogh documented health effects throughout the province being experienced by people living with wind turbines; she dealt with industry denial, likening their response to that of the tobacco industry which denied any ill effects from tobacco use for decades, despite medical research.

Lawyer Eric Gillespie spoke on the Ian Hanna case, the challenge to the legitimacy of the Green Energy Act in Ontario…legislation that has removed the powers of municipalities to plan and to protect their citizens.

Brampton Realtor Chris Luxemburger discussed results of his now six-year-old study of 600 properties in the Shelburne-Melancthon area which revealed the negative effects of industrial wind turbines on property value; he will soon release results of a new study, which involves 18,000 properties.

And last, retired teacher Stephana Johnston travelled for hours from her Long Point Ontario home to share experiences of living with industrial wind turbines. “The effects Dr Harrison explained to you are for ONE turbine,” she said. “When you have 18 of them around your house as I do, the effect multiplies. … I can tell you, no one in the wind industry is living with 18 turbines around their house.”

And now a correction: the CBC interviewed Prowind’s Bart Geleynse prior to the meeting and he said that the complaints of people like Stephana Johnston are “psychosomatic” and a “reaction to something new,”  “largely based on emotion.” The Prowind sales rep then claimed that the “majority” of the medical community says there are no health effects from wind turbines. This is not at all true: the biased review commissioned by the wind development lobby says that, but other studies clearly identify ill effects from the constant noise and vibration from wind turbines.

Finally, Mr. Geleynse said that Prowind has got approval for its environmental assessment and will have the turbines operating by 2013.  THIS IS NOT TRUE. In fact, according to our legal advisor,Prowind does not have environmental approval for the turbines proposed for North Gower-Richmond, and no decisions have been made by the Ministry of the Environment in Ontario. Further, Prowind has NOT been granted a Feed In Tariff contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and in fact this project is on a waiting list for transmission capacity. Mr Geleynse’s remarks were aimed at persuading citizens to believe this is a “done deal” and nothing further can be done about it.

Mr Geleynse also told the CBC that he had asked to speak at the meeting and was “turned down”. Not really: it was explained to him that we had a full panel of speakers on the issues (it was not a debate) and he was welcome to attend (but didn’t).

We would also like to correct the impression left by the story in The Ottawa Citizen that Councillor Glenn Brooks did not attend; he was in the audience though not at his reserved seat.

Two hundred plus people attended and more than 100 news signatures on the petition calling for health studies.

Onwards!

To get in touch with the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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The information meeting on industrial wind turbines and the potential for effects on health, safety, the environment and property values is one week today!!

And, very special news: Eric Gillespie, the lawyer heading up the Ian Hanna challenge, is coming, too. An already star-studded speaker line-up just got some more glitter.

As you probably know, Ian Hanna is asking for a judicial review of the Green Energy Act on the grounds it does not meet the requirements of law in Ontario. In specific, there is significant scientific uncertainty about industrial wind turbines and their effects on human health to warrant striking down certain sections of the Act. More information on the Ian Hanna case can be read at http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com  and clicking on the Ian Hanna challenge on the bar to the right.

This event is a unique opportunity to hear all these informed expert speakers at one time, and to ask questions important to you.  Residents from the Spencerville area (where Prowind has proposed the 10MW Brinston project) are joining us, and we hope people from Beckwith Twp where another industrial wind turbine project is proposed will join us, too.

Meeting date and time: April 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Alfred Taylor Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower

For more information, watch this blog or email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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It’s ON: after months of planning and organization, our public information meeting is ON for April 13th, 6:30 p.m., at the Alfred Taylor Centre in North Gower. This is your opportunity to hear from people in the know about industrial wind turbines and their effects.
Featured speakers:
Dr Robert McMurtry, professor emeritus of medicine, University of Western Ontario, speaking on health effects that result from noise and vibration produced by industrial wind turbines. He is a former Assistant Deputy Minister of Health.
Dr John Harrison, professor of physics, Queens University, speaking on noise and vibration. Dr Harrison has published many papers on the noise produced by industrial wind turbines and has presented at the International Wind Turbine conference.
Stephana Johnston, an Essex County resident who is living in the midst of 18 industrial wind turbines, telling her story
Colette McLean, Harrow area farmer on farm owner issues
Chris Luxemberger, Realtor and president of the Brampton Real Estate Board, on the effects on property values, based on his study of properties near wind turbines in the Shelburne-Amaranth-Melancthon area
and pharmacist Carmen Krogh, who will share the results of her research and experiences with wind turbines.
 
Please join your community in this unique and fantastic opportunity to learn about wind turbines!!!! Tell your neighbours!!!
Donations welcome to help us with the cost of this event (hall rental, promotion, etc). Please email for pickup or mail to PO Box 485 North Gower K0A 2T0
 
In other news, the municipal election occurs this fall: it’s time to make your views known. Ecology Ottawa has the idea that the Green Energy Act is a great idea and we should be asking candidates how they will support renewable clean energy in Ottawa. That’s true, but industrial wind turbines are NOT the answer!!! Go to their website at http://www.ecologyottawa.ca/election/
 and take their survey on environmental views. This is your chance to say that 626-foot structures that will affect human health, wildlife and the water table are NOT the way to go.
 
 

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