On behalf of H.A.R.M. (Health Affected Resident Meetings) and Central Bruce Grey Wind Concerns (note: this is not a Health Canada submission)
    The following case studies related to two wind projects both of which are in the Municipality of Kincardine.
    A list of 20 or more families who are suffering the health effects of living in a wind project. 
    In the fall of 2010, due to the communication of health complaints from the community to us, Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns began to facilitate Health Affected Resident Meetings (HARM), offering information and resources to those in the Enbridge Underwood and Cruikshank’s and Projects. Catharine Crawford and Patti Hutton co-facilitate this group. The goal is to help people feel less isolated and to understand their right to complain.

Resident Family #1                                        “This winter, we have been coping with the health
             Closest Turbine: 1170 m                                   impacts by leaving our farm to spend time in town or Other Turbines: 4 more within 1.6 km.          neighbouring communities. We have purchased a                                                                                          trailer and rented a site at a nearby campground in order to get away from the turbines on a regular basis during the warmer weather.  However, this can be considered a temporary solution.”
    “I have spoken with other residents who are experiencing similar problems, but they are not willing to discuss them publicly. I have also spoken with people who have wind turbines on their property and are suffering ill effects, but they cannot come forward due to provisions in their lease agreements."


Resident Family # 2                                        She reports that since the turbines came on line it takes
Closest Turbine: 522 m                                    her 2-3 hours to get to sleep, and the sound of the  Turbines: 3 more within 1.0 km.;                   turbines “comes through her pillow”. Whether the      10 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.;                              winds are calm or high, her sleep is disrupted 50 %         19 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km                                 the time. Donna describes the noise as a “roaring                                                                                        freight train” going through her home. She also has a tightness in her chest and heart racing, which comes on when she is at home, and not when she is at work. She has developed high blood pressure. She is tired at work due to not sleeping well and reports that her home is no longer a place where she can relax. Her spouse has sleep disruption as well, and notes that it is noisier in different parts of their home, including where they sleep. Both Donna and her husband have noted since the turbines started that there are electrical problems in their home (electrical pollution due to the transmission lines and substations required for the project).  Three times they have touched metal door knobs and been thrown backward and landed on the floor due to an electrical charge. They have witnessed bolts of electricity when turning on light switches. This never happened before.

Resident Family # 3                                       
Kim and Mark report that the noise level in their  Turbines: 3 more within 1.0 km.;                     two-story home is very high and that                                 8 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.;                                  sleeping is a problem. They also report that their            9 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km                                    home “vibrates”.  Kim has developed headaches,                                                                                         dizziness and light-headedness, and is going for her second MRI related to these symptoms. Their quiet country property, complete with night-time sounds of crickets, distant coyotes, and the chirping of many birds is now completely changed by indoor and outdoor noise, sleep deprivation, flicker, and disturbing health symptoms which did not exist before.  

Twenty Families in total
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