Canada’s capital city of Ottawa saw a Conservative group named, the North Gower Wind Action Group, march on Queen’s Park to deliver a staggering 408 signature petition to stop the building of 10 wind turbines in the Ottawa community.
The protestors opposition to the bubilding of the wind turbines was based on the belief that they would cause possible negative health effects on locals claiming that the noise and vibrations from the wind turbines were associated with various health problems, including headaches and increased inattentiveness.
“I understand people may not like the looks of them. I understand that,” Environment Minister John Gerretsen said at the Queen’s Park protest. “If you live next to the 400 series of highways in Ontario, you will be subjected to a lot more noise than you ever will be from wind turbines.”
The Ontario government is looking to wind power to compensate for old coal-fired plants which are set to be decommissioned by 2014.
They intend to speed up the increased use of wind power through new laws that allow generators to essentially bypass municipal control.