Where are the Ontario Tories who once told turbine opponents ‘help is on the way’?

Contractors work along Concession Road 1-2 July 7th, across from the farm of letter writer Ruby Mekker’s son, digging a trench for a cable conduit on the recently resumed Nation Rise Wind project in North Stormont Township. The Mekkers complained about the excavated soil going over their property line (indicated by the stakes at right) and into their adjacent soybean field, stopping work for the day. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The Editor:

This letter was recently sent to some members of Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet.


Ontario’s Legislative Hansard of 29-Oct-2009 reads:

29-OCT-2009 Mr. Bill Murdoch: I move that, in the opinion of this House, the province of Ontario must impose a moratorium on all new wind turbine projects in Ontario until such time as Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, the Ministry of Health … and the Ministry of the Environment have stated that wind turbines do not have any adverse health effects on people who live near them. 

Lisa MacLeod from Nepean–Carleton. She spoke about the effects of wind turbines in this House the other day and she supports my resolution, along with my friend in the chair today, Jim Wilson, who doesn’t get a chance to debate it today because he is in the chair doing his job, but he has indicated to me that he would support this resolution if he had a chance.

Also, my resolution has been supported by Grey Bruce medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn.

… all the rural members and northern members here must have been contacted by some of these people, because we have them in the House today from all over Ontario. It’s not just Grey and Bruce; this is an Ontario problem, and it’s all to do with the Green Energy Act and what the regulations say. They ignored the people who said they had problems with this and went ahead and gave all the powers to one minister to go ahead and put them wherever he feels like  

… I’m hoping the government will vote for this resolution today, because it’s not a hard resolution to vote for. If you’re going to make people sick, maybe we should look at that before we continue on. It’s not a hard thing to do.   


A couple of the planned 29 turbines in North Stormont, as viewed looking northward from Concession Rd. 1-2 — several kilometres in the distance beyond the old silos in foreground. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The government of Ontario has known there are serious health issues experienced in industrial wind projects.

Minister Walker, your predecessor had such serious concern he introduced his own bill calling for a moratorium until the issues could be addressed and solved.

Ministers, to date a solution has  been found; the people continue to suffer.  The people who asked for help in 2009 continue to wait.

There are currently 16 Ontario cabinet ministers with and knowing the issues connected directly to industrial wind turbines.  How much longer will the people have to wait for the “help is on the way” that was asked for in 2009?

Ruby Mekker


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