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Angry residents opposed to wind turbines confronted Premier Dalton McGuinty Thursday, saying health concerns are being ignored in the province’s push for green energy.

Angry residents opposed to wind turbines confronted Premier Dalton McGuinty Thursday, saying health concerns are being ignored in the province’s push for green energy.

McGuinty, who was set to tour a recreation centre in Lindsay came in a back door after about 10 sign-waving protesters parked themselves outside the front entrance.

The group bristled when it realized McGuinty was already inside the complex.

“I think he’s missing parts of his anatomy,” said one man.

After greeting construction workers inside the building, the premier was confronted by the protesters, who accused him of foisting wind turbines on rural residents who believe the enormous structures are making people sick.

They demanded McGuinty stop the proposed installation of about 30 wind turbines in nearby Pontypool, which they say are slated to be built close to schools and homes.

“Have you heard about the children who are getting nosebleeds from these (turbines)?” asked Pontypool resident Mary Cowling.

“Just one child — one child — is one too many to suffer the effects of a wind turbine. One little child. And if it was your child, and your grandchild, you would feel the same way as we do and you would fight like we are.”

Provincial regulations on wind turbines are among the toughest in the world, McGuinty argued.

 
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