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Pierre Poilievre, M.P.

Nepean-Carleton

News Release

July 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Poilievre, MacLeod call for a moratorium on North Gower industrial wind turbines

Calling for Premier McGuinty to put project on hold until Health Canada Study completed

 

North Gower, ON – In a residential area that sits next to an open farmer’s field, Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, and Jane Wilson, President of Wind Concerns Ontario joined together to call for a moratorium on the wind farm project proposed for the village of North Gower. This call follows an announcement from the Federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, that Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will be conducting a research study to determine the relationship between noise pollution from industrial wind turbines (IWTs) and the possible health implications for those living nearby.

 

“This research study will provide us with the information we need to keep our fellow citizens safe from harm,” said Poilievre. “Due to increasing reports of health problems, a lack of consensus on this issue, and the need for properly designed clinical research, I am calling for a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project in North Gower until conclusive evidence from Health Canada can definitively show that there are no adverse health risks associated with living in close proximity to industrial wind turbines.” Poilievre added that he has written an open letter to Premier McGuinty outlining his concerns and hopes that the Premier will act upon his request.

“By forcing industrial wind turbine developments on rural communities, the McGuinty Liberals have stripped away local decision making, driven up hydro costs, lowered private property values, and ignored possible health and environmental impacts,” added MacLeod. “I’m continuing my calls for a moratorium to be placed on further wind developments and I am pleased the federal government has announced a study to determine health effects”

 

Jane Wilson, resident of North Gower and President of Wind Concerns Ontario, said, “It is unacceptable for the Ontario government to continue to approve projects when government staff refuse to acknowledge the problem, are not able to measure the noise, and cannot ensure compliance with their own regulations, which are clearly inadequate.”

 

The Marlborough Wind Farm, initiated in 2008 by Prowind Canada, proposes 10 IWTs in close proximity to the village of North Gower. With a population of over 2,000 people, the majority of the village is within three kilometers from one or more IWT. What is even more concerning is that, according to a map outlining the proposed industrial wind turbine locations, there are more than 30 families living within 800 meters. There is currently no start date for construction of these IWTs; Prowind is currently waiting for approval from the Ontario government before proceeding with the project.

The Health Canada study is slated to be complete in 2014.

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“Poilievre, MacLeod, Wilson & residents of North Gower unite to call for a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project proposed for the village.”

For further information, please contact:

Austin Jean
Office Manager

Pierre Poilievre, M.P. Nepean-Carleton
T: 613.990.4301 | F: 613.990.4333 | E: poilip1@parl.gc.ca

North Gower-Richmond residents join Lisa MacLeod and Pierre Poilievre for announcement

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Health Canada announced a study into the possible links between the noise and infrasound (the wind industry has denied that there are any links, and that infrasound even exists) and health effects, saying there is a “knowledge gap” and a lack of scientific evidence to drive policy.

And, in other news, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre announced an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, asking for a moratorium on the North Gower-Richmond wind power project, due to concerns about health and property values.

This is a good forward step, and encouraging that the federal government has recognized the existence of the complaints from people already living with turbines, recognized the role of both environmental noise and infrasound, and recognized that there is a lack of solid clinical research. (The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario report was simply a literature review, and it too, said there was a need for more research, particularly related to the issue of noise.)

Comments are invited over the next 60 days at

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2012/wind_turbine-eoliennes/index-eng.php

The study design will be key: WHERE will the studies be conducted (the turbines in Alberta are not the same as what has been shoehorned into Ontario) and WHEN (some periods of the year are windier and therefore less noisy than others. Other questions exist too, but we are not epidemiologists.
Nepean-Carleton residents may wish to send a comment to Mr Poilievre as he offers support to local residents, concerned about the potential effects on our community.

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Just a note of correction to the Ottawa Citizen story about the April 13th meeting in North Gower, Councillor Glenn Brooks was at the meeting, just not in his reserved seat. MPP Lisa MacLeod was represented by her Consituency Assistant Alicia Noonan; MP Pierre Poilievre did not attend.

Mayoralty hopeful Mike Maguire was at the meeting, as was Scott Moffatt, running for Councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn. Another candidate, Bruce Chrustie had planned to come but his father passed away suddenly and he couldn’t attend. (Our sincere condolences.)

Osgoode councillor Doug Thompson was away on city business and unable to attend; mayoralty candidate Jim Watson had two engagements that evening and couldn’t attend, and neither could Alex Cullen, Georges Bedard or Jan Harder. They have asked for a summary of the meeting.

All city councillors were invited but only those listed above responded to our invitation.

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In the Globe and Mail today, there is an article about how Canadians feel apathetic about their government. In North Gower, the apathy seems connected to the faith that government WILL do something. Response to the issue of the wind turbines is either “They’ll never let that go through,” or, “If the government approves, it must be OK.”

Here are the facts about government involvement in industrial wind turbines:

-the City of Ottawa COULD join the dozens of other municipalities that have woken up to the fact that the Green Energy Act has removed their ability to plan their communities and protect their citizens, and are now asking for turbine developments to stop until health studies are done. But it won’t. City Council has already voted down a motion on that, saying it’s up to the province. It is, but that doesn’t mean you give up. What you can do: ask your councillor to re-submit the motion, and let the other councillors know how you feel.

-the City’s Medical Officer of Health was asked to look into the health effects of industrial wind turbines and report back to Council in January 2010. His report: he said he is going to follow the Province’s lead.

-the Province said it would appoint a Research Chair to look into health effects from “renewable energy technology”. The person the Council of Ontario Universities recommended is a professor of electrical engineering at Waterloo; he has zero experience in health research. What you can do: demand the Ontario government do independent, real health research (i.e., they actually have to examine and talk to people). Write the premier and let your MPP LisaMacLeod know your thoughts. PC leader Tim Hudak should be aware, too.

-the Province has allowed $1.5 million for five years for the research project. That might sound like a lot of money, but in research terms, it isn’t. It is very likely that nothing substantive will result. (One Ontario doctors has said, however, that a simple sleep study would cost only about $100,000.)

-the Province wants these wind developments to go through very badly; they see them as the great hope for Ontario jobs, and they say it is also our hope for clean, green, renewable energy. It isn’t: wind energy is expensive and unreliable, and the jobs it creates are in the initial stage of manufacturing and installation. Very few jobs result. According to the study of Denmark done by CEPOS there was NO net job creation from almost 20 years of wind development.

-Ontario and Quebec, at a minimum, have a dream of selling power to the U.S. That’s funny, because the U.S. wind developments have the same dream–selling power to Canada. What you can do: keep reading about the business and investment aspects of wind development. And check out your own investments to see whether you are investing in wind development yourself. You might be surprised.

-the federal government has no national standards for development of wind turbines, no health standards, no national strategy. When asked about it, they say it’s a provincial jurisdiction. And the province has taken care of that through the Green Energy Act: no one has any say in anything. What you can do: ask your MP to ask the government to develop national standards and an energy strategy.

If you are concerned about the effect of industrial wind turbines in North Gower-south Richmond because of constant noise and vibration, plus the potential effects on the environment, it’s up to you to let all levels of government know how you feel. Because right now, they’re not doing anything to help the people of Ontario who are living with industrial wind turbines.

Be sure to visit http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com for daily news.

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