CBC Ombudsman February 18, 2014.
The complainant, Michael Barnard, a blogger and advocate for wind energy, thought a documentary aired on Doc Zone about the problems some people were experiencing living near wind farms was anti-wind and biased. He questioned the choice of researchers interviewed and he thought the documentary makers ignored relevant information that proves wind farms do not cause health problems. The focus was on potential harm from wind farms but it also examined successful wind energy projects where the surrounding population was not reporting the same ill-effects. A documentary that builds on a thesis and focuses on one aspect of a controversy is an acceptable approach.
In December of last year, the CBC program Doc Zone aired a documentary entitled Wind Rush. It was a second airing for the piece, which had been originally shown in January of 2013. The documentary focuses on health concerns of…
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