Concerns about the impacts of industrial wind turbine projects on health, the environment and communities will be front and centre this week, during a public meeting at the Orangeville fairgrounds.
“We need the population to understand there are big problems with industrial wind projects,” Barb Ashbee, event organizer, said of the Thursday (July 28) meeting, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m.
“The majority of people who are not touched by them don’t understand what is happening.”
Similar meetings have been held throughout the province during the last two years.
“It’s not an organized series, but there has certainly been a lot of them all over,” Ashbee said. “It’s really the only way we can educate people as to what’s happening in industrial wind installations.”
Three speakers will address the issue during the meeting including Carmen Krogh, a retired pharmacist who worked for Health Canada and has researched the effects turbines have on people living nearby.
“She is shocked this is allowed to happen and that there is no recourse for people,” Ashbee said.
Dr. Scott Petrie will speak about the impact of turbines on waterfowl migration and wetlands, and is followed by John Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario.
“He is pretty much up-to-date on all the issues to do with wind,” Ashbee said.
Ashbee organized the event after noticing ill effects from turbines near her former Amaranth home. She said the event is organized entirely by volunteers and has no connection to other groups.
“The government is completely denying there are issues,” Ashbee said while explaining the need for the meeting. “When people are asking for help, they are getting form letters back from the government saying the same old thing.”
She is concerned the provincial government continues to approve wind turbine projects despite opposition from the public.
“There are going to be more families at risk,” Ashbee said.
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