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Join the coalition

A new independent website “The Human face of Wind” has formed a Coalition of health care professionals to protest the Ontario government’s lack of action on the reported health effects from the noise and vibration from large-scale wind power projects.

The Coalition page may be found here:

It says doctors at the moment, but word is, they are expanding to nurses, veterinarians, and other health care professionals.

The website itself is interesting and has testimonials and real-life photos of Ontario wind power developments. Visit it here, and spread the word:

There is also a new hashtag on Twitter: #RNAOmustchange


Dr Hazel Lynn: surprising results from research

Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr Hazel Lynn and colleague Ian Arra last week released results of their review of international literature on wind turbine noise and health impacts.

In one sentence, “the null hypothesis” was disproved. In other words, it is now NOT possible to completely deny the existence of negative health impacts.

In this interview with radio host Dale Goldhawk, Dr Lynn suggests that it is worrying that Ontario continues to approve these wind power generation projects when clearly, there is indication of health problems, due to sleep deprivation and other factors.

Goldhawk: shouldn’t government’s operate on the Precautionary Principle?

Lynn: “It’s more than Precautionary now, we know there are people…we have to make adjustments for the 10-15% of people we know are affected by wind turbines.”

The longer this goes on, the more complicit the government is in deepening an environmental health problem in Ontario.

Time for other medical and health care professionals to step up and help protect the citizens of Ontario.


History made in Grey-Bruce!

Citizens affected by the wind power projects in the Grey-Bruce area appeared at a meeting of the local health unit on Friday. Several residents–including former nursing teacher and FORMER RNAO member Norma Schmidt–presented to the health unit board, detailing the effects on the health since the wind power project began operating.

Details are here in a story from the Owen Sound Sun-Times:

What’s important here is that the Medical Officer of Health, Dr Hazel Lynn, confirms the health effects and says she has no doubt that these health problems are real.

Grey-Bruce is going to begin reporting these to the Ontario Ministry of Health, as per legal requirements of local boards of health.

This is a momentous step forward.

And it is a vision of the truth: that Ontario is seeing the beginnings of a serious environmental health problem. A problem that will become a disaster if the Ontario government actually realizes its proposed plan of 10,700 MW of wind power … the health effects being reported now are from several hundred turbines. Imagine what will happen if several THOUSAND are in full force throughout the province. Many projects are located so close to people that a single project threatens to expose thousands of people to noise and infrasound.

This is wrong.

The Registered Nurses Association–“standing up for health”—ought to get on the right side of this issue. Support your nurse members who are dealing with this, and support protection of the health of the people of Ontario.


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