11:30am | Captain Adin Switzer, Aerospace Control Liaison Officer
11:45am | Carmen Krogh, independent Canadian Researcher
12:15pm | Laurie Campbell, CEO Credit Canada Debt Solutions , GFB Credit expert
GUEST – Captain Adin Switzer, Aerospace Control Liaison Officer at the Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton since July 2011.
TOPIC – The Department of National Defense / wind turbines & radar / air safety
INFO – The Department of National Defence (DND) is supportive of the development of wind farms and other sources of renewable energy that do not adversely impact military readiness or training of Canadian Forces (CF).
-Flight safety is of great importance. Wind turbines in the vicinity of CF bases and installations have the potential to pose a flight safety risk or otherwise impede CF flight operations and training.
-DND will work with partners including Transport Canada, NAVCAN, the National Research Council, wind project proponents and others to achieve mutually satisfactory wind farm project solutions, wherever feasible and as required.
Regarding air safety risks posed by Wind Turbines:
Depending on siting and configuration, the set-up and operation of wind turbines in the vicinity of CF bases and installations have the potential to pose a flight safety risk or otherwise impede CF flight operations and training.
Large-scale wind turbines can obstruct the air traffic control radar signal, which limits an Air Traffic Controller’s visibility of the air space and hence degrades the ability to execute safe flying operations. Wind turbines, depending on their location and proximity, may also affect radar operations by way of shadowing, mirror-type reflections, clutter or signal scattering on radar images.
Training on specialized missions such as parachute drops, air cadet glider training and helicopter night vision goggle flights are also limited in areas with wind farm installations.
DND and the CF will not comment on ongoing discussions or consultations with organizations proposing to build wind turbines, respecting the privacy of those organizations and in the interest of maintaining the integrity of the consultation process.
BIO – As a part of his current duties, Capt Switzer is the initial point of contact for wind turbine developers for the Royal Canadian Air Force. This includes the coordination of the technical and operational assessments of submitted wind turbine projects against Dept of National Defence interests.
Capt Switzer joined the Canadian Forces in July 1988 as an Air Traffic Control Assistant; became a licensed Precision Approach Controller in 1992.
He was commissioned from the ranks in 1998 as an Aerospace Controller with Instrument Flight Rules and Visual Flight Rules qualifications.
Has served at a variety of operational units across the Air Force from 4 Wing Cold Lake Atla, 14 Wing Greenwood NS, 5 Wing Goose Bay NF, and 15 Wing Moose Jaw Sk. Posted to current position at ATESS 8 Wing Trenton in July 2011.
Capt Switzer has taken part in deployments both in Canada and abroad including Operation Assistance Red River Manitoba in 1997, Operation Box Top in Thule Greenland 2004, Operation Calumet Sinai Egypt 1997 and Operation Foundation Al Udeid Qatar 2010.
GUEST – Carmen Krogh, independent Canadian Researcher, retired pharmacist , formerly worked in senior levels at Health Canada and a founding member of Society for Wind Vigilance
TOPIC – Carmen Krogh is presenting 3 papers at the INCE InterNoise 2012 conference in New York this week.
INFO – InterNoise conference 2012 New York City nearly 1600 papers being presented from around the world
Carmen Krogh is presented 3 papers at the international INCE noise conferences in New York City
Her three papers center on the issue of health impacts of noise from industrial wind turbines on humans including subjects on wind turbine noise perception its pathways and effects, another on how annoyance can represent a serious degradation of health. The last one is on how wind turbines harm humans.
Carmen appeared right before David Michaud of Health Canada. He is the principal investigator on the proposed health Canada study into wind turbines and health effects. The Health Canada paper centres on the proposed health study of Canadians and wind turbines.Krogh has serious concerns about the quality of the proposal by Health Canada and would be happy to discuss.
Krogh has been meeting with many international experts who are also presenting ground-breaking research including Dr. Alec Salt.
Krogh is recognized as one of Canada’s leading researchers into the reported health effects from wind turbines installations. She author and co-author of six peer reviewed articles and conducted with colleagues the WINDVoiCe survey of over 130 people reporting symptoms as a result of the operation of wind facilities
GUEST – Laurie Campbell, CEO Credit Canada Debt Solutions , GFB Credit expert
TOPIC – Fundamentals of budgeting.
INFO – Three specific factors that need to be considered when creating a budget; 1- Know how much money is coming in, 2- track expenses, 3- make changes when you have or need to
1. The word budget may create a mental roadblock – call it a different name such as a “spending plan” because we all spend
A budget will help you make sure that you’re important expenses are covered. This will allow you to spend any extra money without the guilt.
2. Spend less than you’re bringing in
Having a budget will allow you to understand how much money you have to spend in each area of your life. This will ensure that you do not spend more than your income which makes it even harder to get out of debt.
3. Plan for short and long term goals
For example, saving for a down payment to buy a house is a short-term goal that can be a foundation for a long-term goal: owning your own home.
4. Be proactive not reactive with your money
Check your budget frequently. Be flexible with your budget. Pay attention to how your actual expenses match your budgeted expenses in the different categories. Make adjustments as necessary to make the budget more accurate, depending on what is happening in your life and work.
For example: keep in mind that gas prices are rising, thus budget for a higher amount for gas rather than the lower price.
5. Budgeting won’t just get you out of a rut – it can also help you get rich (ok not rich but have some savings )
Every cent and dollar counts.