The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P.
Minister of the Environment
Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0H3
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health, Health Canada
Ms Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario
Ms Cheryl Gallant, MP
Mr. John Yakabuski, MPP
March 23, 2013
Dear Minister Kent,
Re: Open Letter – Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum, April 3-4, 2013 Toronto, Ontario
According to the Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum agenda you are identified as the key note speaker.
The purpose of this letter is to inform about the harm that can occur when industrial wind turbines are sited in close proximity to residents and to request your consideration of this matter during your presentation at the Forum.
As background, I have held senior executive positions at a teaching hospital, a professional organization and Health Canada (PMRA). I am a former Director of Publications and Editor in Chief of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the book used by physicians, nurses, and health professionals for prescribing information in Canada.
I am the author or co-author of five peer reviewed and published references on the topic of health effects from industrial wind turbines with more pending. In addition, I presented three papers at InterNoise 2012 New York City (co-author of a fourth) and was given the opportunity to present current findings to the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, October 18, 2011.
I volunteer my time and expenses, self support research and other activities such as education regarding the science related to wind turbine health effects. Some of my activities include meeting with physicians, health and other authorities, locally, provincially, and federally.
On behalf of Canadian families, I have made a number of submissions to the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health about the health and social-economic issues reported.
Attached for information are examples of several submissions made to the Minister: the risks to one of the most vulnerable, our children; and a submission from Nova Scotia made on behalf of an affected family.
To conclude there are expectations that federal and provincial systems are in place to protect health. In the case of industrial wind energy facilities, those seeking resolution or remedy are directed from one bureaucracy to another. Many have lost confidence in the assurance that the “government is committed to protecting health of Canadians with respect to renewable energy sources”.
I trust these issues will be taken into consideration during your presentation.
If you wish further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Carmen Krogh, BScPharm
Killaloe, ON, K0J 2A0
Cell 613 312 9663