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COMMUNITY GROUP EXPANDS FOCUS TO REPRESENT ALL OF OTTAWA
OTTAWA, JULY 26, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The group representing citizens of the North Gower and Richmond areas of Ottawa facing a huge industrial wind power project has changed its name and its focus to represent all of Ottawa. The North Gower Wind Action Group has changed its name to Ottawa Wind Concerns.
“The number of gigantic wind power generation projects proposed for Eastern Ontario is multiplying,” says Ottawa Wind Concerns chair Jane Wilson. “Everyone in our community needs to be aware of what these industrial projects really do: electricity rates will rise, property values will drop, and a proportion of people forced to live next to these power generation facilities may become ill from the environmental noise and infrasound.”
On July 10, Health Canada announced it is launching a two-year study into the health effects caused by the noise and vibration from industrial wind turbines, due to increasing reports of ill health. Last week, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre and MPP Lisa MacLeod demanded the province halt the proposed project in Ottawa and wait for results of the health study.
“We already know there are health problems,” said Wilson about the study. “Let’s get the science in place to determine how far away from people these huge noisy machines should be—this should have been done before Ontario started paying subsidies for wind power plants, not after.”
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