QUEEN’S PARK – Four private members’ motions to put a halt on wind energy development across the province were tabled in the Ontario Legislature by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson recently.
The move re-introduces motions that were wiped off the slate of business when the Ontario Legislature was prorogued in October after the resignation of then-premier Dalton McGuinty.
The motions call upon the government to suspend all industrial wind turbine development in the province of Ontario until the federal health study is complete and the results are published, an economic viability study, an environmental impact study, and social health study has been completed.
“So much has happened since I tabled my motions last fall,” said Thompson. “We have found out through [Freedom of Information] documents from the Ministry of Environment that this Liberal government has known for years that there are significant health impacts from industrial wind turbines, but turned a blind eye and told the environmental officers who discovered these impacts to stand down,” she said, in a press release issued last week.
She said the documents showed that the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, was directed to use the term “direct” when referring to the health effects of wind turbines, because there are “indirect” links. In May 2010, King delivered a review http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/wind_turbine/wind_turbine.pdf of existing scientific evidence on the health impacts of wind turbines and concluded there was no direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.
“The evidence is on the side of a moratorium,” Thompson said. “ Let’s pause, take a sober second look at the Green Energy Act, and see how we can do better for the people of rural Ontario—because they deserve it.”