Krogh given Diamond Jubilee medal

Cheryl Gallant Presents Carmen Krogh With Diamond Jubilee Medal

February 11, 2014

Killaloe, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, M.P. for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, was pleased to present Carmen Krogh of Killaloe with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Carmen Krogh is a retired pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience as a health professional. Her career includes holding senior positions at a major teaching hospital, a drug information specialist, a professional association, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) at Health Canada.
She was the former Director of Publications and Editor-in-chief of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian book used by physicians, nurses, and health professionals for prescribing information on prescription medication in Canada.
Carmen Krogh is recognized in Ontario, Canada and internationally for her research, peer-reviewed articles, educational activities regarding adverse health effects and industrial wind turbines (IWTs).
Her research is grounded in the real-life experiences of people who live amongst IWTs in Ontario and other jurisdictions. Her goal is evidence-based siting of IWTs that protects human health. Her research and educational efforts are self-funded.
“Carmen has dedicated her life to improving and protecting the health and safety of Canadians, and is a very worthy recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,” stated MP Gallant.

Medical researchers say sleep loss leads to serious health problems. Are you listening, Wynne, ERT?

Doctors are raising the alarm about the serious health problems that can result from lack of sleep.
No kidding.
Our question is, why can’t the Ontario government and the Environmental Review Tribunals get this simple equation?

Turbines–>noise–>disturbed sleep= health problems

Here is the story.

Lack of sleep can lead to obesity, heart problems

Ottawa doctor says sleeping less than 6 hours a night can also lead to performance errors

By Kristy Kirkup, CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2014 5:30 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 19, 2014 8:48 AM ET

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Two Ottawa-based sleep doctors are sounding the alarm about the consequences of sleep deprivation.

Kristy Kirkup CBC Reporter
(Photo by Liz Beddall)

Watch Kristy Kirkup’s series, Sleepless in Ottawa, starting tonight on CBC TV News starting at 6.

Dr. Elliott Lee, a sleep specialist based at Ottawa’s Royal Mental Health Centre, said research indicates people who sleep fewer than six hours a day function like individuals who have have a blood alcohol level of 0.05.
“People don’t realize how impaired they are when they are sleep deprived,” he said.
Lee said this is concerning considering the increased number of people who sacrifice sleep to keep up with their lives.
In 2010, Statistics Canada found 46 per cent of Canadians cut into the time they spend sleeping in order to complete other activities.
But Lee said the consequences can be devastating.
“We know that the effects of sleep deprivation do not discriminate based on sex, intelligence, height, gender, fitness,” Lee said. “All of us are subject to the effects of sleep deprivation.”
Lee said less sleep can have drastic long-term effects on the mind and body.
“Everything from cardiovascular disease to an increase risk of car accidents, work performance errors,  more fatigue during the day, even obesity if you can believe it,” Lee said.
Lee said a lack of sleep can also contribute to performance errors and cognitive abilities.

Sleep deprivation linked to obesity

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, an obesity specialist based at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, said there is a strong link between sleep and body weight.

Dr. Elliott Lee The Royal Mental Health Centre Ottawa sleep apnea specialist
Dr. Elliott Lee, a sleep specialist, treats patients with sleep disorders at The Royal Mental Health Centre in Ottawa. (CBC)

“We know that lack of sleep causes weight gain in kids, in adults,” Chaput said.
Chaput said people who sleep less to tend to eat more and be more inactive compared to those who sleep more.
His group recently conducted a study looking at all of the factors that contributed to weight gain and found that, even factoring for food intake and exercise, lack of sleep remained the number one factor.

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Canadians count on home value to fund retirement

We have long been saying one of the uncalculated social and economic costs of the Ontario government’s rush to impose wind power generation on this province will be the wide-ranging effect of property value loss. Ontario studies show property value loss for areas near wind power developments can be in the 20-50% range (if not higher). What will be the effect of that, rolling out across the province, along with the wind “farm” approvals? If the Ontario government had ever done a cost-benefit analysis, as the Auditor General says they should have, this would have been revealed.

A study done by Sun Life shows just how much Canadians are counting on the value in their homes.

Canadians think their homes will fund their retirement

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Any retirement strategy involving accessing the equity of the home could mean selling it or at the very least getting a new mortgage on the property or a reverse mortgage.


Any retirement strategy involving accessing the equity of the home could mean selling it or at the very least getting a new mortgage on the property or a reverse mortgage.

Canadians are willing to bet the house on their retirement.
Almost a quarter of Canadians say they are planning on using their home as their primary source of income once they are out of the workforce, according to a survey from Sun Life Financial.
“It’s not something we would recommend per se, it is a bit of a surprise,” says Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investments, about the retirement strategy being considered by 24% of Canadians. “People should be counting on their retirement savings and not really looking at their home. A home is something you can have and carry forward with you.”

Any retirement strategy involving accessing the equity of the home could mean selling it or at the very least getting a new mortgage on the property or a reverse mortgage.
Mr. Adatia thinks the downturn in the stock market in 2008 may have affected people’s retirement plans and has them turning to the homes to pick up the slack.
Rising home values have helped many Canadians approaching retirement feel like they have created a pretty big nest egg. The Canadian Real Estate Association said last month the average home in the country sold for $388,553 in January, a new high and a 9.5% increase from a year earlier.
On average, Canadians expect 10% of their retirement income to come from their home. Government pension plans on average are expected to supply 30% of retirement income, 27% is to come from personal savings, 23% from employer plans, 5% from inheritance and 6% from what is called other sources.
Mr. Adatia thinks a retirement plan involving selling your home might work for people who bought a few years ago, it might not work for people buying today.
“I know my own parents bought their home 30 years ago and at an extremely dirt cheap price,” he said, adding the older people can afford to absorb a downtown in the market if it happens. “If you’re 40 and bought your home five years ago, you can’t afford that hit.”
Sun Life’s view on real estate is the market is overinflated and there might be a significant decline in prices, making renting a viable option. The company says homes are selling for on average six times personal income, compared to a historical average of four times.
“Do you want to overextend yourself at the peak of the market?” said Mr. Adatia.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos Reid between Nov. 12 to Nov. 20 and is considered accurate to within two percentage points.

Wind farm property value study “confirms the obvious”

Here in a letter to the Editor of the Western Morning News in the UK, a comment on the recent announcement that a study about to be released by a professor at the London School of Economics, shows property value loss for properties near wind power generation facilities. In other words, well, duh….

WMN Letters: Wind farm study confirms the obvious

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 03, 2014
Comments (0) A recent study by the London School of Economics (to be published during February this year), which looked at 150 wind farms across England and Wales over a period of 12 years, has clearly shown that wind generators reduce the value of homes.
The study found that homes within 1.2 miles of a large wind farm had their values reduced by about 11%. Indeed, near the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm in Romney Marsh (where homes cost near to £1 million), house values could drop by more than £100,000 – the study found that even a small wind farm that blighted views would hit house prices!
So when the policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics said the results are not really surprising, you have to wonder what planet these people are on.
Surely older generations with their ‘good old common sense’ would have wondered why a study is needed to prove the ‘blindingly obvious’.
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Kincardine supports new noise bylaw

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Municipality supports noise nuisance bylaw coalition
By Liz Dadson

Kincardine council has gone from no support to full support for the formation of a multi-municipality coalition to draft a nuisance noise bylaw to regulate industrial wind turbine developments.
Jan. 9, after a presentation by Warren Howard of North Perth, outlining the formation of such a coalition, council made no decision and no commitment to the proposal.
At the Jan. 15 meeting, council agreed to defer a motion by councillor Kenneth Craig directing staff to contact legal counsel to advise Kincardine on matters concerning a multi-municipality nuisance noise bylaw.
Wednesday night (Jan. 22), council passed two motions, offering strong support for the coalition and the proposed generic noise nuisance bylaw.
The first motion was Craig’s from the Jan. 15 meeting.
Deputy mayor Anne Eadie said she is unsure what Kincardine would have to send to legal counsel right now, other than a proposal in general terms.
Councillor Randy Roppel said that before the coalition were to proceed, it would likely come up with a firm capable of representing all municipalities in the coalition. However, he agreed that a report would have to come back to council before approving anything.
Craig said his motion went to a more fundamental matter – protecting Kincardine.
“This coalition is a ground-breaking idea,” he said. “So, I’d like some legal advice about our participation in it. I want a lawyer to tell us what our municipality should do with regard to joining this coalition.”
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said it depends on each individual’s comfort level. She noted there are already several municipal coalitions in place, regarding various issues. In fact, Kincardine is involved in a municipal coalition in bringing natural gas to the area, she said.
“I agree with Ken (Craig)’s comments,” said councillor Maureen Couture. “I’d like legal advice before we enter into this commitment.”
Council approved the motion for staff to contact legal counsel to advise the municipality on the nuisance noise bylaw coalition, with a report back to council by Feb. 19.
Faubert brought forward the second motion which states the municipality strongly supports, in principle and in practice, the forming of a coalition to investigate and draft a generic noise nuisance bylaw as outlined by Howard, Jan. 9
And further, that Kincardine support forming a coalition with other municipalities to develop a noise nuisance bylaw.
And further, that Kincardine pledges $15,000/year for two years for funding the development of such a coalition.
And further, that no money will be paid to the coalition until:
  • An acceptable threshold for membership funding is achieved
  • A Memorandum of Understanding is agreed among members which includes a written pledge for funding from each member
  • A plan is presented that includes the basic steps necessary to move the process forward, decision-making and administrative structures and methods of accountability in terms of handling funds
“I’m not asking council to join a coalition to ban any type of industry,” said Faubert. “Just acknowledge that we are empowered by the Municipal Act to have some control over noise and nuisance.”
Couture said her only concern is committing a future council to the second year of this two-year agreement. “As long as we get commitment from other municipalities, I’m fine with this, but for one year, not two.”
Roppel noted that this council has already put restrictions on future councils. “A future council could always say no at budget time to funding this,” he said.
“Two years is likely the time needed to do this work,” said councillor Candy Hewitt.
“It’s a manageable amount of money,” said Eadie. “A two-year term is best.”
Craig said he would prefer council have a discussion with legal counsel before agreeing to support the coalition.
Mayor Larry Kraemer agreed, saying it’s too much money and will scare off a lot of smaller municipalities from participating in the coalition.
The vote was called and Faubert’s motion was approved.

London School of Economics study to show wind farm neighbours property value loss

From the Daily Mail, a news story about a soon-to-be-published study from a professor with the London School of Economics.

Proof wind turbines take thousands off your home: Value of houses within 1.2 miles of large wind farms slashed by 11%, study finds

  • Study by LSE found value of homes close to wind farms slashed by 11%
  • Home that costs £250,000 would lose £27,000 in value
  • Homes as far at two-and-a-half miles away could be reduced by 3%

By Sanchez Manning
PUBLISHED: 23:59 GMT, 25 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:45 GMT, 26 January 2014

The presence of wind turbines  near homes has wiped tens of thousands of pounds off their value, according to the first major study into the impact the eyesore structures have on house prices.
The study by the London School  of Economics (LSE) – which looked at more than a million sales of properties close to wind farm sites over a 12-year period – found that values of homes within 1.2  miles of large wind farms were being slashed by about 11 per cent.
This means that if such a wind farm were near an average house  in Britain, which now costs almost £250,000, it would lose more than £27,000 in value.

Homes located within 1.2miles of wind farms can decrease in value by up to 11 per cent, a study has discovered


Homes located within 1.2miles of wind farms can decrease in value by up to 11 per cent, a study has discovered

In sought-after rural idylls where property prices are higher, the financial damage is even more substantial. In villages around one of Southern England’s largest onshore developments – Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm in Romney Marsh,  Kent, where homes can cost close to £1 million – house values could drop by more than £100,000.

The study further discovered that even a small wind farm that blighted views would hit house values.
Homes within half a mile of such visible turbines could be reduced in value by about seven per cent.
Even those in a two-and-a-half-mile radius experienced price reductions of around three per cent.

Homes within a two-and-a-half mile radius could see reductions of up to three per cent


Homes within a two-and-a-half mile radius could see reductions of up to three per cent

The report’s author, Professor Steve Gibbons, said his research was the first strong evidence that wind farms are harmful to house prices.

Green taxes are set to be frozen to reduce soaring energy bills.
Whitehall sources say the Government is preparing to put the brakes on the ‘carbon tax’ on greenhouse-gas emissions, with an announcement expected in the Budget in March.
Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly instructed aides to ‘get rid of all this green c**p’ to reduce energy bills, which currently average £1,350 a year.

Prof Gibbons, director of the LSE’s Spatial Economics Research Centre, said: ‘Property prices are going up in places where they’re not visible and down in the places where they are.’
The study, which is still in draft form but is due to be published  next month, focused on 150 wind-farm sites across England and Wales. It compared house-price changes in areas that had wind farms, were about to see one built  or had seen one rejected by the  local authority.
Last night Chris-Heaton Harris, MP for Daventry, said: ‘There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence – especially in my constituency – of house-price reductions near wind turbines. The question is, will anybody be liable for these losses in future?’
And Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE, said: ‘These results are not really surprising as it is already known that people place a value on countryside views.’
A Department for Energy and Climate Change spokesman said: ‘Developments will only get permission where impacts are acceptable.’
A spokesman for Renewables UK, which represents the wind industry, said: ‘We will be analysing the conclusions closely when the final report is issued.’

‘Quiet nights’ bylaw proposal left hanging at Kincardine

Here from Liz Dadson of the Saugeen Times, an account of the “Quiet Nights” bylaw presentation to Kincardine Council, last week.

Municipality leaves coalition twisting in the windBy Liz Dadson
Kincardine council has left a proposed municipal coalition on noise regulation, twisting in the wind.

Warren Howardmade a presentation to committee- of-the-whole Thursday night (Jan. 9), outlining the possibility of forming a coalition of municipalities, to draw up a noise bylaw to regulate the industrial wind turbine industry.

A member of North Perth council, Howard said he came to Kincardine council on behalf of the coalition committee.
“Kincardine has a noise problem, and it’s going to get more serious if the Armow Wind project is approved,” he said. “Municipal noise bylaws need to be updated to reflect changes in the rural noise environment.”
He said the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) allows audible noise of 40-51 dBA (decibels) for wind projects. However, the ambient rural night-time noise is in the range of 20-25 dBA.
Howard said a community group in the Kincardine area, HALT (Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeshore Turbines),has funded research into legal options for municipalities to regulate noise.
That group also retained and obtained legal advice from an environmental/municipal lawyer, he said. Now, he is approaching municipalities, seeking wider participation for a coalition.
Howard said the planning powers were taken away from the municipalities with the Green Energy Act. But municipalities still have responsibility for the health, safety and well-being of their citizens, control of public nuisances, and regulation of such things as noise, vibration, odour and dust.
The proposed coalition would use a noise bylaw to establish a “Quiet Nights” noise level limit for rural areas of the municipality, said Howard. This would prohibit any “clearly audible” noise in these areas during a defined night-time period.
It would also provide general exemptions for specified farming practices, festivals, etc. And would be enforced by municipal bylaw officers, in the same manner as other noise enforcement.
“This is our recommendation,” said Howard. “A ‘Quiet Nights’ noise bylaw would be easy to develop and easy to defend.”
The coalition would work together on a common noise bylaw, share generic bylaw development, and request a court review of the bylaw.
Howard said drafting the generic bylaw would cost about $30,000 to $50,000, while the court review would cost about $250,000.
“Is Kincardine interested?” asked Howard.

To read the full story, click here.

Journal of Canadian Rural Medicine: a current setbacks in Ontario, non-trivial number of people will be affected by IWT noise

Here is a new article from the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, by authors Jeffreys, Krogh and Horner, which concludes that based on the literature and on Ontario experiences to date, a “non-trivial” number of people can be expected to report adverse health effects from the audible and inaudible noise produced by industrial-scale wind power generators.
Now, what is the government going to do about it?

Lambton County votes to participate in Environmental Review Tribunal

From the Sarnia Observer, this report on yesterday’s ground-breaking vote at Lambton County Council.

Lambton County will spend $20,000 to join legal battle before Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal

By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer

In a potentially precedent-setting move, Lambton County council will financially back a legal battle before Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal in an attempt to halt wind turbine construction.
After months of debate and staff reports, county politicians narrowly voted 17-16 Wednesday in favour of spending $20,000 to become a presenter in Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) cases involving Huron County families who are challenging further wind development near their homes.
Local anti-wind activists, who packed county council chambers Wednesday, erupted with applause after the recorded vote was tallied.
“I’m still in shock,” said Elizabeth Bellavance, of We’re Against Industrial Turbines Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW). “I can’t believe we got it.”
Fellow WAIT-PW member David Bartlett said he wasn’t sure where the group’s request stood after months of debate around the council table.
“When I reflected back on the proceedings of the past council meeting, I didn’t think we had much chance,” he said.
Members of WAIT-PW had initially asked council to become involved in a civil case concerning a Goderich-based family and one wind turbine developer. However, they refined their request to ask for council’s support in front of the Environmental Review Tribunal.
That means council will now be able to state their concerns about the health impacts of wind turbines to the tribunal — the body responsible for wind turbine appeals from landowners.
It isn’t clear yet who will represent council at the proceedings.
County councillors remained divided Wednesday on whether taxpayer money should be spent on a case outside its jurisdiction.
While the county may benefit from a ruling, county solicitor David Cribbs said the specific tribunal decision wouldn’t likely halt wind development across Ontario.
“It’s more likely, I think, that a decision by the ERT would hold itself to the cases before it,” he said.
He also remained skeptical that $20,000 will cover the application process and lawyer’s fees.
“I don’t think $20,000 is going to bring us through the ERT,” Cribbs said.
Toronto lawyer Julian Falconer, who provided the estimate, currently represents three cases before the tribunal.
The county may also be out of time to apply to list its health-related concerns to the tribunal as a presenter, Cribbs said.
Proceedings have already begun in two of the three cases.
If the time to apply has elapsed, county council would instead give $20,000 to anti-wind turbine groups involved in the process.
Bellavance believes the county has a shot at still becoming involved in the cases.
Members of WAIT-PW successfully became presenters on one of the ERT cases late in the game, she said.
“The chance is there.”
But expect resistance from the Ministry of the Environment and wind companies involved in the proceedings, she said.
“They will attempt to keep the county out.”
Bellavance credited the work of supporters who sent emails and placed calls to county councillors before Wednesday’s vote.
She believes council’s decision may inspire other Ontario municipalities to become involved at tribunal hearings.
“Lambton County is showing leadership on this issue,” she said.
Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper also served a notice of motion to label Lambton County an unwilling host of wind turbines. The motion will come up for further discussion in the new year.