Crusading Medical Officer of Health dismissed in Huron County
Dr Janice Owen was about to investigate the health impacts from wind turbine noise, under the responsibilities she has with the Health Protection Act. Now the mayor says, “we have parted ways”
Dr Janice Owens: taking health protection seriously
London Free Press, April 15, 2016
Huron County and its acting Medical Officer of Health have “parted ways,” the latest in a string of abrupt departures of senior officials from the county’s health unit.
Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel, chair of the Huron County Board of Health, confirmed Friday that Dr. Janice Owen was no longer in the position.
Owen was appointed a year ago.
In 2013, then Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nancy Cameron was dismissed by the board.
In 2008, the county fired the executive director of the health unit for ‘philosophical differences.’
Hessel declined to discuss reasons for Owen’s departure.
“We just parted ways, that’s all I can say,” Hessel said.
“Huron County Board of Health and Dr. Owen have now parted ways, but everything is going to continue moving forward as usual,” he said.
Owen could not be immediately reached for comment.
One of the health unit’s initiatives since her appointment has been a study of the possible health effects of wind farms in Huron County, which has some of the largest turbine installations in the province.
Hessel said Owen’s departure was unrelated to the wind farm issue and that work would be carried on by health unit staff.
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