Musings —04.15.2011 10:07 AM—
We at the Daisy Group represent a group of small-town Ontario families. When we heard their story, we offered to do so pro bono.
I don’t normally put client stuff on my web site, but I’m making an exception in this case, because it’s an extraordinary case. I’ve just returned from a press conference at Queen’s Park, where these families told the story of what the multinational TransAlta is doing to them. And how TransAlta has effectively destroyed their lives. It was a very emotional experience for them.
Watch the video, and the read the press release below. These people deserve help – from their community, from fellow citizens, from governments, from you – in pushing TransAlta into finally giving them some justice. If you have ideas about how to help us do that, or if you wish to lend support, comments are open.
No one deserves to be forced to live like this.
SICK FROM ELECTRICAL POLLUTION, AMARANTH TOWNSHIP FAMILIES
WANT SUFFERING TO END
Two families call on TransAlta to do the right thing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2011 (Toronto) – TransAlta is making some Ontario families sick with continuous noise and electrical pollution being produced by one of their electrical transformer substations located irresponsibly close to their homes.
The Whitworth and Kidd families, living on the 10th Line in Amaranth Township near Orangeville, Ontario are asking TransAlta to do what is right.
“Before the substation was built next to our homes, we were all healthy,” said Theresa Kidd, “but as soon as it went online, we became very sick. We can no longer continue to live under these conditions and we want TransAlta to relocate our families and livestock to a safe environment and compensation.”
When a single transformer went live at the substation in 2006, the two families began experiencing health problems, such as extreme insomnia, ringing in the ears and internal vibrations. Once the second transformer went live in December 2008, their lives became a living nightmare. The families where suddenly struck with additional health issues, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, extreme internal vibrations, and severe headaches.
Originally built by Canadian Hydro Developers in 2006, the substation was purchased by TransAlta in 2009. It was during that year that the Ministry of Environment established regulations stating that transformer substations had to be at least 500 metres from a dwelling if the substation had an acoustical barrier. The substation is 390 metres from the Kidd’s home and 490 metres from the Whitworth’s. By living so close to the substation, both families have been constantly disturbed by the noise and made extremely ill by the electrical pollution coursing through their properties, homes and bodies.
“We are reasonable people, but our situation is no longer liveable,” said Ted Whitworth. “Our families are sick, our farming business has been negatively affected and I fear that I or someone in my family might develop a serious illness like cancer, at any time. We feel like we are living in a microwave. TransAlta must do something to help us.”
Due to sickness, Ted was forced to retire five years earlier than anticipated, causing his family financial difficulties. Both families say that they cannot continue to live under such dangerous and unhealthy conditions. To date, TransAlta has refused to deal with the situation. Both families have spoken out today, because they can no longer continue to live on their properties with a substation in such close proximity. They are asking TransAlta do the right thing and relocate and compensate them, so they can get on with their lives.
For more information, contact:
Daisy Consulting Group
416 642 3100