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November 27, 2010

Do the health studies:Ontario MP

Ontario Conservative MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Larry Miller has written a letter to the Editor of the Owen Sound Sun Times, that is worth reading. It gives a good idea of how the rural communities who have already been populated by industrial wind turbines are feeling, having been targeted as a resource plantation by the Ontario government.

Here is his letter:

Listen to the people and do health studies on turbines

Letters to the Editor

Posted 4 hours ago
   

Editor:

Just a couple short weeks ago, as I stood at a Remembrance Day ceremony, I watched as a surprisingly large number of elderly veterans marched to the front of the cenotaph. I thought to myself -what is going through their minds today? Do they still think it was worth it? Many of them went through a hell we will never truly know or understand, just so we can enjoy the rights and freedoms we have today.

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One of those rights is the ability to own our own land. Those of us who are fortunate enough to own land take great pride in our property, but with the ownership of that land also comes responsibility. As a landowner myself, I am a strong proponent of property rights. However, when I do something on my property that affects the enjoyment of another property owner, that is unacceptable. It makes all the hardships that our veterans went through many years ago, all for naught.

Here in Ontario, (and of course that includes Grey and Bruce counties) the Green Energy Act brought in by Premier Dalton McGuinty has taken away all decision-making by local authorities and in effect a lot of the rights of property owners. You can hardly pick up a local paper anymore without the front page being covered with an article about opposition to wind farms. Nobody can argue that producing green or renewable energy is not a good thing for the environment. However, the public pushback on wind-farm proposals cannot be ignored.

While wind farms do not come under federal jurisdiction, I am more and more frequently being asked about windfarms and to take a stand on them. Bill Murdoch has called for a moratorium on wind farms until the proper studies have been done on the health effects windmills have on those living close to the turbines. I fully support our MPP’s call for this. McGuinty cannot ignore the fact that what Mark Davis started in Arran- Elderslie has now spread across the province to where we now have 67 municipalities who have endorsed the call for a moratorium on wind farms. I’m sure there will be more.

We all know that at least 75% of the power produced by wind farms in rural Ontario will be used in the GTA and other large cities to the south of us. If McGuinty is so hell-bent on providing Toronto with wind-generated power, I urge him to build a couple hundred wind turbines on the waterfront in plain view of those million-dollar condos that look out onto Lake Ontario. He could save hundreds of millions of dollars in transmission line costs, but more importantly, he would definitely hear the squeals of indignation from our urban cousins over the placement of turbines in “their” backyard. Maybe then he would listen to the people of rural Ontario.

In closing, I am going to use part of the slogan of the Ontario Landowners Association to send a message to Dalton McGuinty and his use of the Green Energy Act.

Back off government, take a deep breath and listen to the people. Do the health studies on wind turbines called for by MPP Bill Murdoch

Larry Miller, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Chair of Agriculture & Agri-Food Chair of Rural Caucus

January 2, 2010

And then there are some farmers who do (speak out, that is)

Farmer Dave Colling, ex of the Ripley area, made a presentation recently to the Drayton, Ontario area and said that, due to stray electricity, noise and other factors, if you’re a farmer who is leasing land for wind turbines, “In the long run, you’re going to wish you never had them built on your land.” The stray electricity is akin to “living in a microwave” he says.

And now over to Colette McLean of the Harrow area, who despite her objections to the proposed wind turbine installation under construction near her (she herself was offered leases for turbines on her land, but turned down the ‘opportunity’), now has to live with the turbines. “It’s my health, my family’s health and the viability of our farm and the value of our farm,” she recently told the CBC. “Everything my husband, my son and I have worked for, is going to be gone.”

And then there is Wisconsin farmer Scott Smrynka who has actually measured the stray voltage in his dairy barn, and notes the reduction in milk production, problems with calving, and the fact that his cows and calves are dying from mysterious causes, and show abnormal hearts and kidneys at autopsy.

Put the wind turbines where the wind is, not where the people and the animals are.

To get in touch with the North Gower Wind Action Group directly, email them at chubbsworth@yahoo.com

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