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PROTECT US FROM HUGE TURBINES
The provincial government, led by Premier Dalton McGuinty, is about to change the landscape of Ontario forever, by setting and announcing new regulations for wind tubine installations. History shows that Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Ministers of Energy, Mr. Smitherman and the Environment, Mr. Gerretsen have completely ignored and entirely abandoned constituents from far and wide in this province who have been, and continue to be, harmed by these industrial machines being placed too close to their homes.
So far, what they have been allowing, has failed to protect people. Rural residents have been used as guinea pigs. There are problems all over the world and this government knows about them. In Europe there are 363 organizations from 19 European countries demanding their governments change what is happening to them. (epaw.org ) This continues throughout the world in our neighbouring USA, Australia, Japan, … In Ontario alone there are 35 citizens groups from 24 counties and districts that have joined together as members of Wind Concerns Ontario, windconcernsontario.org .
The wind industry, who are well supported by this government, have hired doctors to present their case that there are no health problems associated with wind turbines. Not one of them has done an epidemiological study and not one of their professionals has called any of the victims to speak with them. Not one. This government has been asked repeatedly to conduct a formal health study before any more turbines are erected.
Earlier this year, the government called for public input from people of this province regarding siting and other issues involved with the planning of wind energy.
There will have been hundreds (nobody knows for sure) of submissions on the very controversial issues surrounding wind turbines situated so close to homes. Many high calibre people from varied professional fields and current residents living in wind farms have made submissions that Ontarians have the right to see before the new regulations are set. Ontarians need to have a say in what is about to happen. These new regulations can affect the health of 100’s if not 1,000’s of people, farmers livestock, wildlife, all property values in Ontario and will bring misery and pain to too many people. What kind of government, knowing what they know now, would continue down this path of denial? There was a setback number of 550 metres bandied about in the media earlier this year. This setback will not make a dent. In fact existing turbines situated farther back than 550 meters have been measured operating over allowable noise levels.
It now appears they are going to be setting the new regulations without the public having full access to the submissions made on this subject.
There is also reason to believe the wind developers know a lot more than the citizens of this province about what is about to happen to this province, and that in itself is cause for great concern.
As a citizen and taxpayer, you have a right to see what the public submissions hold before new regulations take hold of this province. These are extremely sensitive issues and must not be allowed to be processed without due diligence.
Premier McGuinty, we demand you allow full access to all, not just part, of the submissions made to the Ministry this year regarding the Green Energy Act EBR# 101-6516. We demand that you grant sufficient viewing time, easy access for all residents in the entire province, and that you accept comments in response from people that have had a chance to become informed. Only then should you be able to continue setting the new regulations.