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Airport working to cut noise as complaints mount

CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2014

New runway created flight paths over communities not used to air traffic noise

The new runway at Calgary's airport is causing many near- by residents to complain about noise. The Calgary Airport Authority says it's working on a plan to cut down on noise in the face of mounting protests in some parts of the city. Noise complaints have spiked since a new north­-south runway opened in June, introducing flight paths over some communities that didn’t use to see much traffic. Members from more than 20 community associations were at the airport on Oct. 30 at night to hear how the Calgary Airport Authority might address their concerns.

According to Rundle resident Richard MacAlpine, the noise has become deafening. "I'll give you an example. I was standing on my deck with a belt­ sander and the plane went overhead and I honestly had to stop and look at my

sander and go, 'Is this broken? It's not working.’ And then as the plane left, I could hear it again." The problem seems to be that planes now fly directly over his house. That could be solved if they took off at a different angle, he said.

Airport spokeswoman Jody Moseley said the airport is working on that. "Well, we are limited by regulation, but there are a few things that we're looking at as different po­tential options," she said. "One of them is how can we get them up higher before they leave. And the other one is can we get them to turn a little bit less." MacAlpine said he is willing to wait for a solution to be found, as long as the air­port is committed to following through. "I would have liked to see some firm timelines. They should have been doing some of these things from the beginning," he said.

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Wind turbines like 'nightmare neighbours'

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press (excerpts)

LONDON, Ont. ­ Wind turbines are like new neighbours who might drive you to distraction and out of your home because you have no legal way to deal with the situation, a packed Ontario court heard. In submissions to Division­al Court, a lawyer for four families fighting large­scale wind ­energy projects compared the turbines to a neigh­bour who is constantly noisy and in your face. "This neighbour never once ruptured your eardrums but that neighbour slowly drives you crazy," Julian Falconer told the court.

The families are trying to get the court to declare provincial legislation related to the approvals of large­ scale wind farms unconstitutional. In essence, they argue, the legis­lation makes it impossible to scuttle a project on the basis of potential health impacts. "The balance has been lost," Falconer told the three ­judge panel. The Drennans, who live near Goderich, Ont., are among the families involved in the first challenge to the Green Energy Act to reach the appellate court level.

They will have 12 turbines of the proposed 140­turbine K2 Wind project put up within two kilometres of their long­held farmstead. "They will be surrounded," Falconer said, "This represents a significant incursion in their lives." Falconer, who sought to introduce a new Health Canada study as fresh evidence, said the science on the health impacts of wind turbines is unsettled.

A summary of the study released Nov. 6 turned up no direct link between wind­ turbine noise and health effects, such as head­aches, high blood pressure

However, the study did uncover a link between the turbine noise and "high annoyance." "The findings support a potential link between long­term high annoyance and health," the summary states. "We did find that people who were highly annoyed were more likely to report other health effects." Falconer told the court that people have consistently reported being driven from their homes by turbines. At the same time, he said, provincial legislation makes it impossible to argue the turbines might harm

Earlier in the day, a lawyer for a coalition of 14 community groups said the right of citizens to fight turbines on the basis of health impacts is illusory. In his submission, Ri­chard Macklin noted the province's Environmental Review Tribunal has heard 20 health ­based challenges to wind farm projects. "They have all been unsuccessful," Macklin said, "We see that as a cumulative charter violation." In addition, Lambton county sought to intervene in the chal­lenge on the grounds the provincial legislation has usurp­ed the right of municipalities to pro­actively regulate a­gainst potential harm to residents. The judges said they will decide at a later point whether to allow the interven­tions and admit the fresh evidence.

Hamburglar steals solace

Richmond Review

Dear Editor,
So if you think hiking four hours into a provincial park is getting away from it all, think again. We got to our campsite just in time to find a private helicopter delivering McDonald’s burgers and fries to a scout group Aug. 28 at Garibaldi Lake, British Columbia. Apparently, one of the kids just had a birthday, and a rather well ­off father. So much for peace and quiet. - Carolyn H.

RtoQ member Gary S., who submitted this tasty tale, pondered if they got the Happy Meal or a Combo.

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