Let me get this straight. The federal government claims it is in such dire fiscal straights that it has to devastate its own scientific capacity related to real threats to human health and the environment eliminating, for example, more than 500 position related to air quality and climate change, and nearly 280 positions related to toxic substances, and closing major research facilities like the Experimental Lakes Area and key research networks. Yet somehow it has managed to find the resources to conduct a study on the health impacts of wind turbines, a subject on which there is already an extensive literature and on which Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has concluded there is no basis for significant health concerns. There seems to be far more politics than science to the federal government’s choices in this case.
Mark S. Winfield, Ph.D. Associate Professor