A Request from a Public Health Unit

I won’t stop until the industrial wind turbines stop for good. 

The harm that is trespassing property lines, homes and adversely impacting families and farms is very difficult to reconcile.

I am here to ask for yet another submission into your Public Health Unit and into the Niagara Region Public Health Unit.  Please, keep reading.

In my communications with Mr. John Burnett from the Niagara Public Health Unit on September 24, 2018, it appears we have a window of opportunity that was not present with the Liberal government.  I cannot guarantee an outcome, I won’t even speculate, but I will say if we do nothing, then nothing is what we can expect.  We must hit this corruption from all available corners and this is an opportunity that has presented itself.

Mr. John Burnett has granted permission for me to share the info contained in the emails and to further share the request for any Ontario residents who believe they are adversely impacted by Industrial Wind Turbines and their associated infrastructure, to supply a medical document to their public health units.

Email Communications:

On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 4:27 PM Burnett, John <john.burnett@niagararegion.ca> wrote:
Hello Sandy

Would you, and anyone else who may be suffering health effects potentially related to the wind turbines, be able to provide a medical report to this office? It would help our investigation.

Thank you
John Burnett CPHI (C)
Team Leader, Environmental Health
Niagara Region Public Health
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, ON
(905) 688-8248 X 7216

From: Sandy M
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2018 4:52 PM
To: Burnett, John <john.burnett@niagararegion.ca>
Subject: Re: Notice of Non-Consent. Notice of Adverse Health Impacts. Notice of Noise. **RETURN REFERENCE NUMBER**

John,

Can I share your comments with impacted residents? Or how would you like me to go about inquiring if others would like to submit if they feel they are impacted?

Sandy

Burnett, John <john.burnett@niagararegion.ca>
Tue, Sep 25, 1:45 PM
to me

Feel free to do so Sandy. It is important that we can get as broad an understanding of the full impact as we can.

Duty to inspect

10 (1) Every medical officer of health shall inspect or cause the inspection of the health unit served by him or her for the purpose of preventing, eliminating and decreasing the effects of health hazards in the health unit. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 10 (1).

NRPH Potential Health Impact

https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/inspection/wind-turbines.aspx

You can find your Public Health Location here:   http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

So, what is all of this?

A small committee of concerned and impacted residents have engaged with the local PH Unit in the Niagara Region to discuss electromagnetic and acoustic radiation, and power quality issues.  Although there has been great resistance previously, in recent communications, Mr. Burnett and his office have accepted our concerns.

“The concerns you have raised have been reviewed by this office. We are reaching out to our partnering agencies in an effort to assure compliance to established standards. We will keep you updated on any developments. As this is a province wide issue, we will be attempting to address local concerns as we are able to, and forward broader provincial concerns on to agencies at that level of governance.”

Personal email correspondence, John Burnett, September 20, 2018

I would like to reiterate in the email above, a ‘medical report’ was requested by the Niagara Region Public Health Unit.  I do understand many residents are reluctant to supply one, therefore I will suggest a few different ways to approach this.

If I may advocate for the following:

  • If you have already submitted a medical note to your public health office, please email Mr. Burnett that you have done so previously.
  • If you have not supplied the PHO office, if you could do your best to obtain a note from your health practitioner and submit to your PHO and cc. John Burnett in your communications.
  • If you are not willing to supply a medical note if you could please submit an impact statement to your PHO and cc. John Burnett.
  • If an option for you and your family, please provide a medical document and an impact statement to your PHO office and cc. John Burnett.

Please include in your impact statement:

  1. Your project that is causing or has caused the adverse impact(s).
  2. Your full name and contact information
  3. List all the symptoms and adverse impacts experienced by you and your family members (include pets/livestock if you are willing) that you relate to the power quality and/or acoustic and electromagnetic radiation you are/have been exposed too.

Contact Info:
John Burnett CPHI (C)
Team Leader, Environmental Health
Niagara Region Public Health
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, ON
(905) 688-8248 X 7216
john.burnett@niagararegion.ca

Your submission for an impact statement can be short or long. You can give details, you can point form.  The impacts are listed regardless of the entry length.

Unfortunately the predictable weak response seems to always boil down to – there isn’t enough complaints/medical notes being reported.  We know this is crap…FOIs prove the opposite.  But here we are again: Regardless of past experiences, I will encourage you to file and notify accordingly.

It isn’t uncommon to hear expressions of exhaustion and hopelessness with the bureaucratic process, the belief systems once held by citizens is shattered and the deception from our government agencies has not protected us from harm.

We all get it.

We all have and continue to experience it.

Lets get these PHO’s on their toes and in action mode.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of citizens negatively impacted by the Industrial Wind Turbines and their associated infrastructure in Ontario.  A collaborative effort in medical report filings, may serve us well.The Min Does Not provide Medical Guidance Chris Ballard FOI 001

The Ministry does not purport to provide medical guidance.

… Nor should they provide any medical guidance, as they clearly are not qualified.   Our health impacts belong in the agency that is responsible for health.

Complaint re health hazard related to occupational or environmental health

 11 (1) Where a complaint is made to a board of health or a medical officer of health that a health hazard related to occupational or environmental health exists in the health unit served by the board of health or the medical officer of health, the medical officer of health shall notify the ministry of the Government of Ontario that has primary responsibility in the matter and, in consultation with the ministry, the medical officer of health shall investigate the complaint to determine whether the health hazard exists or does not exist. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 11 (1).

 Provision of information to M.O.H.

 (2) The Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Labour or a municipality shall provide to a medical officer of health such information in respect of any matter related to occupational or environmental health as is requested by the medical officer of health, is in the possession of the ministry or municipality and the ministry or municipality is not prohibited by law from disclosing. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 12 (2); 2006, c. 19, Sched. L, s. 11 (3).

I have submitted a medical document.

  Medical Note 001

This is a copy of the medical document I have provided to the Public Health Unit.  Other medical records vary in content and length.

With each notice of noise and adverse health impacts filed into the MECP and PH Units, I include an impact statement.  My last report consisted of:

Heart Palpitations, Ear Pressure, Ears are plugged, Sore muscles, Blaring high pitched tinnitus, Headache, Vertigo, Sinus pressure, Pressure in throat and chest. Difficulty concentrating, Delayed response, Disturbed sleep.

If you are not providing a medical report, please strongly consider an impact statement into the PH Unit (cc. J. Burnett) to present your adverse impacts.

I will continue to advocate for a cease to operate.  I will continue to advocate for a full health hazard investigation of Industrial Wind Turbines and the associated Infrastructure.

Please share far and wide. 

!STOP THE HARM!

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Open Letter to The Honorable Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford: A Response to WPD’s Open Letter

The White Pines Industrial Wind Project being constructed in Prince Edward County, by WPD, is a HOT topic in the province of Ontario.

Please visit this webpage to read the latest on the efforts in protection for Prince Edward County and all residents from the undeniable harm, that would forever reshape their lives.  https://appec.wordpress.com/

Most recently it was made public that IESO had issued a NTP (notice to proceed) to WPD during the election campaign period.  This NTP issuance by IESO is in contraction to government policy. 

WPD pulled out all the stops and furiously began construction.  As professionals, which WPD has publicly declared their company is, WPD undoubtedly recognized the risks, to include financial loss, at forging ahead with construction.

Was it a matter of a faulty decision in risk management with the hopes of a constructed, operational industrial wind project which would prevent the new elected government from halting or cancelling the operation?  Bad call WPD. 

The impudence it requires to issue an open letter addressed to the Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, clearly anticipating to reign in soaring levels of empathy; Only to exceed the customary level of greed required to build a renewable project knowing the imminent fate.  WPD is not blacked out from the news.  Certainly the collapse of their greed mountain in Ontario is truly inconvenient for them, however, their avoidance of a negative financial cost could of been ensured with a cautionary approach: Until a new provincial government was elected.

The Ontario PC’s have released a statement that they intend to halt the WPD project and intend to pass legislation to prevent a lawsuit against Ontario and to prevent financial collection from WPD.

Stopping White Pines project one of PC’s “top three priorities”   During a media briefing today Bay of Quinte MPP and Government House Leader Todd Smith told reporters the PCs intend to put an immediate halt to the wpd White Pines wind project in Prince Edward County.

http://www.quintenews.com/2018/07/stopping-white-pines-project-one-of-pcs-top-three-priorities/181411/

Open letter addressed to the Honorable Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford:Open Letter TO Ford from WPD

Below is a timely, well expressed response from a concerned citizen in Ontario, to the Honorable Premier of Ontario Doug Ford, in response to the open letter issued by Dr. Hartmut Brosamle of WPD.

To the Honorable Premier of Ontario Doug Ford

                Re: Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford from Dr Hartmut Brosamie – CEO wpd AG

One of the ways to work harder, smarter and more efficiently to make life better for the people of Ontario is to repeal the Green Energy Act 2009.

Failure to address the economic costs of the Green Energy Act 2009 has resulted in unsustainable increases in the cost of electricity, ‘energy poverty’ for some of our most vulnerable citizens and the ‘un’Fair Hydro Plan downloads billions of dollars of debt onto future generations.

The Ontario electricity system is riddled with duplication and waste. The people who wrote the contracts, financed the projects and drove the costs onto ratepayers to benefit other bureaucrats are complicit in creating the unfair electricity rates that currently exist in Ontario.

Dr Harmut Brosamie, CEO of wpd AG is a German developer, owner, and operator of the White Pines Industrial Wind Turbine project. The co-investor of this project is the public utility of the city of Munich. This is an example of everything that is wrong with the FIT procurement process. The private for profit multinational corporation is financed by a foreign bank so the financial rewards are conveniently off-shore.

The energy produced by Industrial wind turbines is intermittent, non-dispatchable, unpredictable and requires natural gas back-up.  IWT’s are placed in rural communities so the rural people pay for increased electricity plus the destruction of the quiet enjoyment of the environment in which they live, work and play.

The regulations cover volume of sound emitted and not the character, the frequency, and the impulsive, cyclical nature of the acoustic emissions. The regulations are inadequate and fail to include infrasound, low frequencies, high frequencies, amplitude modulation, stray voltage, electro-magnetic frequency pollution, vibration, trespass of shadow flicker, the destruction of prime agriculture lands and disturbances to water wells, impact on livestock and wildlife harm/harassment/ kill/displacement. In addition, there are the inadequacies of the MOECC itself in its failure to respond to the thousands of resident complaints from ostensibly compliant projects.

These are not emotional criticisms of the IWT projects as implied in Dr Brosamie’s letter. IWT’s were forced on unwilling rural communities. These are the degraded conditions in which rural Ontarians now live.

Please pursue a different energy policy and cancel the White Pines project.

With kind regards,

A concerned citizen

 

Dear Ms. Horwath, NDP Leader

Dear Ms. Horwath,

I listened intently to your interview this evening before the 6 pm news on CBC radio.

You commented that the cancellation of the White Pines Wind Energy Generating Facility was akin to the Gas Plant Scandal of the Liberals.

This is indeed NOT the case.  The present government cancelled this project on the basis of economic and environmental concerns.  The economic impetus was that Ontario does not need more renewable energy production facilities – especially since those are paid out at significantly above market rates and are of an intermittent and unreliable nature and out of sync with demand.  Do you think it is fair to Ontarians to pay elevated rates for inferior quality production?

Moreover, this project was to be constructed in the path of an international bird flyway and sited upon alvar ground in which the endangered Blanding’s Turtles live.  In fact, just this week the project proponent, wpd, has been charged under the Environmental Protection Act.

“Making its first court appearance in relation to the matter, wpd was answering three charges of failing to maintain a silt fence, a violation of the project’s Renewable Energy Approval.  These charges fall under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act Section 186.3 which deals with failure to comply with the terms and conditions of an environmental compliance approval, certificate of property use or renewable energy approval or of a licence or permit”  http://www.pictongazette.ca/2018/07/09/white-pines-charged-under-environmental-protection-act/

The present government acted in the public interest.  In contrast, the Liberals cancelled the eastern GTA gas plants as a Seat Saver Plan.  This served their own interests, NOT the public.

Therefore your analogy is without merit.

Furthermore, you accused the present administration of listening to the voice of lobbyists and insiders rather than the public.  This is entirely NOT the case either.  The public has been decrying the imposition of these industrial energy generating facilities in their rural neighbourhoods for almost a decade now, since you and the minority Liberals passed the Green Energy Act in 2009.  In fact, the public was planning a protest the very day that the announcement of the White Pines cancellation was made.

It therefore seems to me that the NDP are the ones listening to the lobbyists (particularly the wind industry), whereas the Ford government is listening to the people, whom it duly represents.

Please therefore, do not succumb to the kind of propaganda and misinformation that Ms Wynne and her MPPs promulgated.  It does you a disservice.

Thank you.

(Name removed)

Niagara Region Resident

Seven Steps to Repeal Ontario’s Green Energy Act

Mother’s Against Wind Turbines Inc. (MAWTI), is calling for an immediate moratorium on the operations of current wind energy facilities in the province and the cessation of approvals of future projects. We have prepared the following brief which has been delivered to the Premier Doug Ford, as well as mailed to all MPP’s with a portfolio and a mailed copy was also sent to each MPP that is an assistant to a minister with a portfolio.

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When Dalton McGuinty was elected in Oct 2003 the provincial debt was $138.8 billion dollars. Before he handed us over to Kathleen Wynne in 2013 the provincial debt was $252.8 billion dollars so McGuinty added $114 billion dollars to the provincial debt in his ten-year tenure. By the time Wynne was removed from office this year with a resounding defeat the provincial debt had grown to $315 to $332 billion dollars. So, Wynne added $62 to $79 billion dollars to our provincial debt in her five-year tenure. The liberals added $172 to $193 billion dollars to our provincial debt. A downloading of debt onto the next generation that is unprecedented in Canadian history.

As bad as that financial mismanagement is, it does not tell the whole story because you also must add in the total revenue that was spent in the fifteen years that the Liberals were in power. Using the historical budget documents that are available on the Ontario Ministry of Finance website in the 2003-4 budget total revenue was $68.4 billion dollars and total expenses were $73.9 billion dollars so McGuinty ran a $5.5 billion-dollar deficit in his first year in office. Over the next fifteen years revenue doubled to $142 billion dollars in 2017-18, but revenue was never enough to cover the expenses and the provincial debt just kept piling up.

The total revenue that was spent from 2003 to 2018 is $1,558.37 billion dollars or $1.558 trillion dollars! Plus, you need to add in the provincial debt accumulated over this time, so the Liberal government of Ontario spent $1.751 trillion dollars while in office. These are mighty big numbers but somehow, I do not feel richer for it as our infrastructure crumbles, and we get hallway health care.

A concerned citizen

Catherine Mitchell – Welland