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Health Canada sought private meeting with CanWEA before announcing health study 

Credit:  December 4, 2012, Ontario Wind Resistance ~~

Federal Access to Information documents reveal that on May 3, 2012 members of Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study contacted the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) to solicit a meeting and discuss the yet to be announced Health Canada led study investigating the health impacts of wind turbines.

Health Canada’s initiative to seek a meeting with CanWEA occurred over two months before the Canadian public were advised on July 10, 2012 of Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study.

Why would members of the Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study seek a meeting with CanWEA?

  • CanWEA is a trade association representing the wind energy industry.
  • CanWEA is lobbyist organization which advocates to remove barriers to wind energy development across Canada.
  • CanWEA is a federally registered lobby organization.

Members of Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study initiated discussions about their yet to be announced study with an industry trade association and registered lobbyist.

Has Health Canada sought similar meetings with Canadians who are reporting negative health impacts from exposure to wind turbines?

Has Health Canada sought similar meetings with Canadians who have abandoned their homes due to exposure to wind turbines?

Has Health Canada sought similar meetings with Canadians who have reached financial agreements with wind energy developers?

What has Health Canada discussed in private with CanWEA?

Who is Health Canada trying to protect: the health of Canadians or the health of the wind industry?

Please send message to your MP and MPP’s and council. Important; Cc local media.
Industrial wind turbines should be shut down until a public inquiry/investigation is completed!

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada

For your MP, MPP and local media addresses, see: http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/mpp-contact-information/

[Transcribed from documents released under the Access to Information Act, by courtesy of Ontario Wind Resistance]

From: Tara Bower [mailto:tara.bower@hc-sc.oc.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012, 10:07 AM
To: *****
Cc: David Michaud
Subject: Meeting with HC

Hello *****

I hope all is well with you.

Dr. David Michaud and I would like to meet with you/CanwEA to discuss a forthcoming HC-led study investigating health impacts and exposure to wind turbine noise as well as other HC efforts in this area. We’re proposing next Friday May 11th at your Ottawa office. If this date works for you, can you please confirm a 1 hour timeslot between 9 and 2, as well as provide the location of your office ?


Tara Bower, M.SC.
Director/Directrice – Office of Science Policy, Liaison and Coordination/Bureau des politques scientifiques, de la liaison et de la coordination
Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate (ERHSD)/Direction des sciences de la santé environnementale et de radioprotection (DSSER)
HECSB/DGSESC – Health Canada/Santé Canada
269 Laurier Ave., West, 8th Floor, AL. 49080
Ottawa ON, K1A 0K9
Tel: (613) 957-6371

From: *****@canwea.ca
To: “tara.bower@hc-sc.gc.ca”
Cc: “David.Michaud@hc.sc.gc.ca” , “*****” <*****@canwea.ca>, “*****” <*****@canwea.ca>
Date: 2012-05-03 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: Meeting with HC

Hi Tara –

Thanks for reaching out to us.

Unfortunately the 11th won’t work for us, as both myself and the other CanWEA staff cc’d on this note are out of town on that day. How does the 15th work for you and David as an alternative date?

Kind Regards,

From: Tara Bower [mailto:tara.bower@hc-sc.oc.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 10:31 AM
To: ******
Cc: ******; ‘David.Michaud@hc-sc-gc.ca’ ; *****
Subject: Re: Meeting with HC

The morning of the 15th works for us. Please confirm a time and location. I’ve indicated an hour but if more time is needed we can accommodate this as well.

Thanks *****


Tara Bower, M.Sc. [etc.]
Director/Directrice-Office of Science Policy, Liaison and Coordination

Source:  December 4, 2012, Ontario Wind Resistance

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