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All politics is local wind turbines

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Health Canada has announced a study of the potential health impacts of wind turbines.

This study is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low frequency noise generated by wind turbines,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. “As always, our Government is putting the health and safety of Canadians first and this study will do just that by painting a more complete picture of the potential health impacts of wind turbine noise.”

Conservative MPs Larry Miller and Ben Lobb are pleased.

Meanwhile, in a heavily footnoted letter, Pierre Poilievre has written to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty—pdf here—to request a delay for a proposed wind farm in his riding.

As your Ontario Government continues to promote the expansion of wind power generation across the province, I am concerned that some scientists and physicians are warning about the adverse health risks affecting those who live in close proximity to IWTs. Until the completion of this Health Canada study, I am calling on a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project proposed for the village of North Gower, located in the City of Ottawa. 

The issue of wind turbines has been hotly contested in some parts of Ontario, linked even to the defeat of several Liberal MPPs in the last election.