Ottawa area Councillor urges study of wind farms for health risks


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Ontario officials aren’t receptive to a councillor’s call for the province to halt new wind farms for 18 months until a study can assess whether the green-energy installations pose health risks.

Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Glenn Brooks was going to ask council to direct the city’s chief medical officer of health to do the study, but the officer says it would be too expensive and time-consuming for his office. So, instead, Brooks says he plans to ask council at next week’s meeting of the rural-affairs committee to call on the province to act.

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The “Buy American” provisions of the federal stimulus act could backfire on U.S. companies


Washington state business leaders are stepping up their warnings that the “Buy American” provisions of the federal stimulus act could backfire on U.S. companies, particularly now that a group of Canadian municipalities is threatening retaliation.

“It will have a tremendous impact on our state,” said Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s biggest business group. “Many of our products include Canadian and American parts — you can’t just buy a piece of equipment purely made in the U.S. or purely made in Canada.”
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