Health risks of industrial wind turbines debated

The managing director of the company behind two Oxford County wind farm proposals suggested the speakers at a recent “Wind Energy Information Night” overstated the alleged health risks of industrial wind turbines.

Bart Geleynse of Prowind Canada Inc. said the speakers at the Hickson Central Public School meeting were claiming a causal relationship between wind turbines and health risks without any compelling evidence.

“I’ve seen nothing that leads me to believe that except anecdotal and quite emotive statements by people making a name for themselves,” Geleynse said.

But the speakers at the June 25th meeting didn’t share Geleynse’s skepticism. Both David Colling, an electrical pollution consultant, and retired pharmacist Carmen Krogh were adamant about the link between wind turbines and a number of adverse symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, headaches and tinnitus.

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Queen’s University study to determine health effects of turbines

By now, the residents of Wolfe Island, Ont., are getting used to the whirr and thump of wind turbines overhead. By next year, they’ll get a glimpse of whether those whirrs and thumps could be damaging their health.

Researchers at nearby Queen’s University have embarked on the first study to probe whether wind turbines built over communities can cause adverse health effects. The study measures residents’ health and well-being before the turbines arrived on the island, again when the turbines were built but not yet operational and again after they’d been operating for a few months.

People living close to turbines in other regions have reported nausea, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and tinnitus – an incessant ringing in a person’s ears.

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Lear files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Southfield-based auto supplier Lear Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, after it said it had received backing from a majority of its bank lenders and bondholders.

Lear and its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in New York, becoming the latest in a string of troubled auto suppliers to seek court-overseen restructuring. On July 1, Lear said it planned to take the step after missing a key $7.2 million debt payment.

Lear’s 26-page petition lists $1.27 billion in assets and $4.5 billion in debts. Its largest owner is Vanguard Windsor Funds with a nearly 8 percent stake. Lear’s largest creditors are its lenders who are owed about $1.3 billion. It also owes an unspecified amount in pension obligations and $5.1 million to Johnson Controls Inc.
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CAW says Ford Canada wants to reach new labor deal

TORONTO (AP) – Ford has asked the Canadian Auto Workers to match recent concessions reached in labor deals with General Motors Canada and Chrysler Canada so the company can remain competitive, the union said Tuesday.
CAW negotiator Mike Vince said although the union’s current contract with Ford doesn’t expire until 2011, Ford management outlined why the automaker needs a new contract to remain competitive in its Canadian and U.S operations during a meeting last night.
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