This submission being made on behalf of Jack and Anna Hovius, their daughter and family, from Ontario supplements those previously made which have expressed concerns regarding risks to children and families associated with wind energy facilities.  

This submission reports the impact of a family member under the age of majority at risk from exposure to industrial wind turbines. The experiences described should be taken seriously.   

The family requests assistance from Health Canada to take action to protect a family member and other families at risk:

“In all cases, noise should be reduced to the lowest level achievable in a particular situation. Where there is a reasonable possibility that public health will be damaged, action should be taken to protect public health without awaiting full scientific proof.” [Reference: World Health Organization. (1999). Guidelines for community noise. Geneva; OMS, 1999, p 94. Ilus, Berglund, B., Lindvall, T., and Schwela, D. H]

Respectfully submitted on behalf of Jack and Anna Hovius, their daughter and family, from Ontario.


 
 
Injury Negligent treatment Maltreatment
Canada played an instrumental role in drafting and promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention outlines the responsibilities governments have to ensure a child’s right to survival, healthy development, protection and participation in all matters that affect them. The four general principles of the Convention are: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of the child. [1] Public Health Agency of Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child [2]
Article 19
1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment

Injury Negligent treatment Maltreatment

-          Autistic children cannot live near wind turbine projects.[3] Recently a survey by Davis and Steigler (2010) of over 17,000 children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) shows that over 40% were “hypersensitive to sounds” and that “noise sensitivity is a particular problem” for children with ASD.[4]

-          Stansfeld and Matheson (2003) note, “It is likely that children represent a group which is particularly vulnerable to the non-auditory health effects of noise … In view of the fact that children are still developing both physically and cognitively, there is a possible risk that exposure to an environmental stressor such as noise may have irreversible negative consequences for this group.”[5]

-         The Invisible Children Meet Big Wind, NA-PAW. Twelve-year-old Jordynn Stom, whose already delicate health is being threatened by a wind farm project. She has Systemic Lupus and Photo-Sensitive Epilepsy. Despite her medical condition, she attends school and is a straight A student. A wind farm may soon cause havoc with her life, as her disabilities will make her especially vulnerable to the turbines’ infrasound and shadow flicker.[6]


[1] Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/bck-info-un-eng.php
[2] Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx
[3] https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/04/02/autistic-children-cannot-live-near-wind-turbine-projects/
[4] http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2010/100427/Behavioral-Hearing-Assessment-Children-Autism.htm
[5] http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/243.full.pdf
[6] http://www.na-paw.org/pr-120128.php
 
 

Development of the child
Canada played an instrumental role in drafting and promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention outlines the responsibilities governments have to ensure a child’s right to survival, healthy development, protection and participation in all matters that affect them. The four general principles of the Convention are: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of the child. [1] Public Health Agency of Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child [2]

Article 6
2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

Development of the child
-          many studies have demonstrated that intrusive noises such as those from passing road traffic, nearby rail systems, and overhead aircraft can adversely affect children’s cardiovascular system, memory, language development, and learning acquisition [3]
-          7 out of the 10 school-age children and teens did worse in school during exposure to turbines, compared to before or after, including unexpected problems in reading, math, concentration, and test performance, noticed by both teachers and parents. Teachers sent notes home asking what was wrong with the children. [3]
-          The evidence for adequate sleep as a prerequisite for human health, particularly child health, is overwhelming. Governments have recently paid much attention to the effects of environmental noise on sleep duration and quality, and to how to reduce such noise.1 However, governments have also imposed noise from industrial wind turbines on large swathes of peaceful countryside. [4]
-          A family in southern Ontario reports: We live within 700m of two turbines, there are 6-8 within 1 km. Yesterday was report card day and my eldest son's report card broke my heart. It started with a glowing report… but my heart broke when I read "...should continue to put his best effort forth in paying close attention to the teacher and his classmates when they speak, rather than resting his head on his desk surface." My son complains often that he has a hard time at school because he is so tired all the time, and when I asked him how he handled it he said he tried to close his eyes on his desk from time to time, but it really hit home when it was there in black and white on the report card. [5]

 [1] Public health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/bck-info-un-eng.php
[2] http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx
[3] http://ontariowindresistance.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/health-canada_risks-to-children-december-27-2012-final.pdf
[4] http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1527https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/wind-turbine-noise-editorial/
[5] https://www.illwind.org/reports/view/441
 
 
Nuremberg Code Item#1:
The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.

Dear Dr. Bigelow,
        I understand that you are heading experimental research on Ontario residents who will be exposed to industrial wind turbines at their homes.
        You should already be aware that Health Canada (2010) and other references acknowledge noise induced annoyance to be a health effect.
        Based on statements reportedly made by you it appears that your experiment intends to study Ontario residents “before” and “after” they are exposed to industrial wind turbines at their homes. These Ontario residents will likely include humans who do not consent to being exposed to wind turbine at their homes.
        You reportedly stated that your research is “… a unique opportunity to look at the community before and after,”. The “unique opportunity” you plan to use for your “before” and “after” experiment is a man made living laboratory where the existing living environment will be intentionally altered with the introduction of wind turbine exposures such as noise pollution and shadow flicker.
        Before conducting research on the health effects of a potentially harmful exposure human participates must be fully advised of all risks to human health.
        Please confirm if you intend to provide participants in your research with full disclosure of all health risks from human exposure to wind turbines. Please confirm if you intend to provide full disclosure that you “…do agree that wind turbines will cause a non-trivial percentage of individuals living in areas around wind facilities to be highly annoyed.”
        Please confirm if you have disclosed to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and/or the Government of Ontario and/or the Premier of Ontario and/or the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, and/or the Ontario Minister of Health, and/or wind energy developers and/or the Canadian Wind Energy Association that you “…do agree that wind turbines will cause a non-trivial percentage of individuals living in areas around wind facilities to be highly annoyed.”

Brett Horner, Killaloe ON
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Part 1 of 6    Competence, Safety, Health  Canada played an instrumental role in drafting and promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention outlines the responsibilities governments have to ensure a child’s right to survival, healthy development, protection and participation in all matters that affect them. The four general principles of the Convention are: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of the child. [1] Public Health Agency of Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child [2]
Article 3 

3. States Parties shall ensure that the institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health,

Competence, Safety, Health 
-     The Ontario Ministry of Health will not accept health complaints related to industrial wind turbines. [3]
-     The Ontario Ministry of Environment has repeatedly failed to adequately regulate, monitor and enforce emissions from
industrial wind turbines. [4] [5] [6] [7] 
-     Health Canada has failed to respond and resolve to a very large number and well documented health complaints related 
to industrial wind turbines [8]
-     A 2011 Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decision found that the test for serious harm to human health from 
wind turbines can include both direct and indirect pathways. On July 23, 2012 Ontario Chief Medical Officer or Health, Dr. Arlene King continued to stand by her conclusions about no direct health effects [9]

Wind Victims Ontario has provided only a small sample of references. And has no intention of providing complete documentation. Overwhelming evidence is available.
[1] Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/bck-info-un-eng.php
[2] Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx
[3] Personal correspondences from David Libby
[4] http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/setbacks/
[5] http://windvictimsontario.com/analysis-of-low-frequency-and-infrasound-at-the-shirley-wind-farm.html
[6] http://windvictimsontario.com/industrial-wind-turbines-shatter-environmental-guidelines.html
[7] http://windvictimsontario.com/provincial-ministry-response-to-noise-complaints.html
[8] http://windvictimsontario.com/victims-of-wind-demand-a-public-inquiry---health-canada-submissions.html
[9] http://windvictimsontario.com/action-alerts.html
 
 
I would like to speak to you tonight about the proposed health study. It is not a study that would be done to truly assess the harm caused by wind turbines – instead it is being done to discredit the victims and to find any possible excuse on which to blame their symptoms. There is no credible way to conduct a study of this sort without having the consent of all individuals involved. You must consent to living near 3 MW wind turbines that are almost 600 feet tall and to answering very personal questions, for the benefit of the wind industry.

The Nuremberg Code was written to protect people from the types of experiments these individuals wish to subject us to. I have brought a copy of the Nuremberg Code, should you wish to see it, to demonstrate how unethical and immoral such a study would be if conducted within our community which is adamantly opposed to wind turbines in our midst.


Nuremberg Code Item#1:
The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
    In order to give consent to this experiment, we would have to be willing to live amongst these huge 3 MW wind turbines and we have made it abundantly clear that we are not willing. It is only the host farmers that have agreed to the wind turbines, because they were offered enormous sums of money. They signed in haste, and will repent at their leisure. And because a gag clause is part of the contract, they have given up their right to complaint or to object. We have not! There are many farmers in this community that turned down huge sums of money because they had the foresight to do the research before signing the contract. They realized that the negatives far outweighed the positives.

Shellie Correia, West Lincoln
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There is a young man in my community, who was vibrant and active, dynamic in his job. Now he misses work because he cannot bring himself to get out of bed in the morning after a restless night to make the long commute required to get to his place of employment.

A young father who suffers from vertigo which now has become more pronounced since the turbines began to operate, worries about the health of his children. His doctor has recommended that he be fit with a pacemaker. He is only 35 years old.

Young children have begun to have chronic nose bleeds; adults now have high blood pressure. Some complain that they can no longer think or function properly. They lack energy and are depressed most of the time, preferring not to return home at the end of the work day to face another sleepless torturous night. continue reading
 
 
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Dear Marie Spence, Congratulations on the success of the Mary Webb Cultural and Community Centre. Performances attended by our members with family and friends have been most enjoyable.
    However, it has come to our attention that Enbridge will be sponsoring the upcoming performance on April 12th of the Brass Quintet from the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and we are writing to express our enormous disappointment.
    Enbridge is the operator of the local Talbot Wind project. This project has been negatively impacting local residents for the past 27 months. The negative impacts are compounding to such a degree that some residents feel they may be forced to leave their homes to protect their health. Many homes are reporting negative impacts.
    Below is a sampling of what is being reported (each number represents a different home/business within the wind project area, often more than one person per home is being negatively impacted, and people of all ages are also represented).
1: disturbed sleep
2: disturbed sleep, nausea, headaches
3: this was supposed to be a lot for a retirement home... but not now
4: resident wears earplugs to bed and can still hear turbines, headaches
5: can hear turbines inside home
6: can hear turbines inside business
7: wind company has hired acoustics firm to monitor noise here
8: wind company has hired acoustics firm to monitor noise here. Residents feel they have been deceived regarding the noise impacts of the project. Use a fan in bedroom to mask noise.
9: sleep disturbance, excessive noise, night time noise has gone from 25 dbA to often over 40 dbA, new jaw joint and ear pain and popping, ringing in ears, abnormal pet behaviour, vertigo, high blood pressure
10: TV, phone interference, disturbing noise, swirling winds, installed air conditioner
11: hear turbines all the time, increased headaches (these people sold the home and moved recently)
12: “like living in an airport” now, excessive noise and shadow flicker
13: headaches and nausea depending on wind direction
14: hear turbines in home, installed blinds, built a waterfall to drown out the noise 15: disturbed sleep, excessive noise
16: excessive noise, installed central air because it was too noisy with windows open, sleep disruption, wind company hired acoustics firm to monitor noise
17: sleep disruption
18: excessive noise, can hear turbines in the house with the TV on
19: voltage surge resulted in property damage
20: voltage surge resulted in property damage
21: disrupted sleep, heart palpitations, high blood pressure and blood sugar levels, tinnitus
22: disrupted sleep (moved bed to basement), teeth grinding

    Enbridge has most certainly not been a good corporate citizen in our community. Likewise, Enbridge has not demonstrated suitable concern for the suffering citizens in the wind project it runs in another Ontario community where people have been suffering for an even greater amount of time.

    We would also like to point out to you how the wind industry is a very divisive and disturbing addition to any community. All over the province, and worldwide, protests and demonstrations to raise awareness of the negative impacts of the industry are taking place. We will be informing our membership of the sponsor of your upcoming event.

    We sincerely hope that the Mary Webb Centre will consider the health and happiness of our community over corporate money obtained at the expense of pain and suffering of local residents.

    We would like to send a copy of our correspondence to the Mary Webb Centre board members. Could you please provide us with a means to reach them? Should the Mary Webb Centre like to provide our membership with a reply regarding their stance on industrial wind, we would be able to circulate it.

Thank you. Sincerely, The Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group c/o Monica Elmes