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A ray of hope regarding wind farms  

Credit:  Toronto Star, www.thestar.com 7 January 2011 ~~

Re: Legal challenge could stall wind projects, Business, Jan. 6

I was pleased to read your coverage about the upcoming court case between Ian Hanna and the provincial government regarding the setback requirements of wind turbines from homes.

Hanna is a shining ray of hope to those of us in rural Ontario who are being threatened by the invasion of these giant industrial beasts into our quiet communities; his courage and determination are admired by many.

The comment given by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA)that the success of Hanna’s action would “potentially have a significant negative impact on the workers and communities currently benefitting and poised to benefit from wind energy development in the province” demonstrates that they have clearly missed the mark. The health and well-being of those in our communities must take priority over the financial considerations of these wind energy companies and those with their hands in the “green energy pot.”

Too many Ontario families have already been made ill and forced to flee from their homes as a result of hastily developed wind energy projects with inadequate setbacks.

Before establishing wind farms province-wide, the province must accept accountability for the communities that are already suffering; a long-term investigation must be conducted into the symptoms that are being reported by those living in the shadow of industrial wind before moving forward with any more wind farms; we must determine with certainty what setback distance is necessary to protect human health. Anything less is unacceptable.

Heather Rutherford, Orono

Source:  Toronto Star, www.thestar.com 7 January 2011

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