Ontario’s top public health doc demeans citizens living with wind turbine noise
September 30, 2021
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health was asked a question by media yesterday about disinformation on COVID vaccines to which he responded there will be a “vocal minority” in opposition whether it’s WIFI, 5G or wind turbines or vaccines.
He added that in a democracy, such opposition is appropriate.
But Dr. Moore, in lumping “wind turbines” with concerns about WiFi and 5G, appeared to be marginalizing such concerns and worse, demonstrating a confirmation bias—that’s a serious thing in a medical professional, and especially Ontario’s top public health official.
As an official with the Ontario government and a former Medical Officer of Health for Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington, he knows full well there have been thousands of complaints made in Ontario about wind turbine noise and health impacts. He must also be aware that the health ministry is currently carrying out a formal investigation of the polluted water wells in Chatham-Kent, thought to be associated with wind turbine construction an operation.
In fact, while Dr. Moore was Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A, his department conducted a brief review of the situation regarding wind turbine noise in 2011. It concluded:
The overall evidence-base can be further strengthened through the conduct of multiple studies that use both objective and subjective health outcome measures, measure sound directly, measure exposures and outcomes pre and post wind turbine installation, and consider vulnerable populations, such as children.
It is worth noting that none of these recommended studies have ever been done in Ontario, even ten years after that statement from KFL&A. The Chief Medical Officer of Health’s narrow (and now outdated) 2010 statement recommended noise measurement and studies of vulnerable populations—also not done, and that statement has never been updated, though the ministry pledged to do so.
The fact remains that the people who can afford to do the research don’t want it, and those who want it, can’t afford it.
Dr. Moore’s offhand statement about a small vocal minority is very worrying: of course the population concerned about wind turbines is small—it is a subset of a subset, a group within an already small population of rural residents in Ontario.
It is past time Ontario kept its promises to people forced to live inside and near wind power facilities: do the research, update the documents and processes, and enforce the regulations.
Ontario’s CMOH is asked whether the province should be more aggressive in combating vaccine misinformation: He says there will be a “vocal minority” in opposition whether it’s WIFI, 5G or wind turbines or vaccines. “In a democracy that is enabled and appropriate.” #onpoli