More than 100 Prince Edward County residents participated in a 550-metre ‘Truth about Turbines’ march to Liberal MPP Leona Dombrowsky’s office Friday morning only to find she was “elsewhere in the riding at a previous commitment that couldn’t be changed.”
John Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, brought the WCO’s province-wide ‘Truth about Turbines Tour’ to the County Friday morning for a breakfast meeting followed by the march from the Metro grocery store, to Dombrowsky’s office at the downtown Picton Armouries. The march was 550-meters (1,804 feet) as that is the setback standard established by the province for wind turbines.
WCO is a province-wide coalition of more than 60 grassroots organizations raising awareness about the impact of industrial wind power facilities on health, the environment, the economy and the quality of life. The tour will travel 6,000 kilometres over 40 days with visits to 36 communities in 16 Liberal held ridings, eight held by Progressive Conservatives and one NDP riding.
“The Liberal government has made it so these folks just get whatever they want the the citizens are removed from the process,” said Laforet. “The township and county have no say anymore so that wind developers decide what happens here. A few of the landowners and private companies get to shut down the majority. The point is, the majority will be voting on election day. The message that we want to deliver to Leona Dombrowsky today is that she will be accountable on election day.”
Also on the tour is 80-year-old Stephana Johnson, of Norfolk County, who lived beside an 18-turbine wind farm near Lake Erie for a year and a half.
“The symptoms started within about two weeks of the turbines starting,” Johnson told the crowd. “The first effect was pressure in my head… The ear, nose and throat fellow said there was nothing he could do about the pressure in my head. He thought it was very likely caused by the wind turbines but that was not his area of expertise. So I went on to two neurologists. The first said ‘well, if you have these effects when you’re in your house, but in the apartment 50kms away you don’t – you can stay there for a week and you feel fine – then why don’t you move?’
“Don’t let it happen to you,” Johnson pleaded with the crowd. “Don’t let it happen to you.”
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