Dr. Magda Havas, PhD Environmental Studies Research Papers

Ground Current Bill 154, Ontario

Posted on October 10, 2009

Legislative Assembly of Ontario re: Bill 143, Oct 19 2006. page 1/11
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO
Thursday 19 October 2006
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BUSINESS
LAND RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT, 2006
GROUND CURRENT POLLUTION ACT, 2006

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GROUND CURRENT POLLUTION ACT, 2006 / LOI DE 2006 SUR LA POLLUTION CAUSÉE PAR LE COURANT TELLURIQUE

Mrs. Van Bommel moved second reading of the following bill:

Bill 143, An Act respecting ground current pollution in Ontario / Projet de loi 143, Loi concernant la pollution causée par le courant tellurique en Ontario.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bruce Crozier): Mrs. Van Bommel has moved second reading of Bill 143. Pursuant to standing order 96, you have up to 10 minutes.

Mrs. Maria Van Bommel (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex): Private members' time is set aside for MPPs to address issues that are of particular interest to themselves and to their constituents. My private member's bill is intended to advance the understanding of ground current pollution and to establish a time frame and process for remediation.

As a farmer, I've been long aware of this issue for probably well over 30 years, but it wasn't until I met a constituent whose life was completely changed and affected by ground current pollution that I started to really understand the impact that it has on all Ontarians. Should the Ontario Legislative Assembly pass this private member's bill, it is my hope that we will see a special focus on the state of our electrical infrastructure and the important role that it plays in the overall delivery of safe energy to our homes and to our businesses.

We are not the only jurisdiction to experience this type of pollution. The hazards resulting from ground currents have been recognized as a problem in both Canada and the United States and, as a matter of fact, right across the world. New York State spent $100 million in one year to clean up electrical pollution.

To understand the problem, it is important to appreciate what ground current pollution is and its impact on humans and animals. Many people refer to this phenomenon as stray voltage, transient voltage or tingle voltage. Regardless of what we call it, the impact on farms, manufacturing and humans is demonstrable.

Note: Dr. Havas helped to draft Bill 143.

Click Bill 143 for a pdf of Bill 143.