UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Canada’s RolePart 6 of 6 The Right to Rest and LeisureCanada 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 31

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure,

The Right to Rest and Leisure 


-    For years people have been suffering the detrimental effects from wind turbines that are operating too close to homes and schools. “Living with turbines for almost 5 years, we have become used to the lack of sleep and all of the side affects that go along with it. We live within 700m of two turbines, there are 6-8 within 1 km, and at least 12 within 2 kim's. Yesterday was report card day and my eldest son's report card broke my heart. It started with a glowing report "...is a very responsible student in every area within the school. He walks in the hallways in the manner that is expected, demonstrating to others what aresponsible student looks like. He works hard to ensure..." 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.”[3]

-      6.3 Sleep disruption [excerpts are not intended to be exhaustive] Sleep deprivation associated with the operation of industrial wind facilities has been documented in peer reviewed and / or other sources. 34 , 35 , 36 , 37 , 38 , 39 Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to extreme fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and inability to concentrate and learn, depression, anxiety, increased risk of cardiovascular problems, and emotional responses such as fear, anguish and humiliation. 40 , 41 [4]

-     Sleep Disturbance and Wind Turbines “Sleep is an essential part of healthy life and is recognized as a fundamental right under the European Convention on Human Rights (European Court of Human Rights, 2003).”[1] “Some people with wind turbines located close to their homes have reported a variety of clinical symptoms that in rare cases are severe enough to force them to move away. These symptoms include sleep disturbance…” [2]

The American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association sponsored literature review entitled “Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects” acknowledges wind turbine noise, including low frequency noise, may cause annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance and as a result people may experience adverse physiological and psychological symptoms. [3]

Wind turbine induced sleep disturbance is consistently reported by those experiencing adverse health effects from exposure to wind turbines. [4][5][6][7]  

“The recent analyses of the WINDFARMPerception and earlier Swedish studies by Pedersen and her colleagues gives, for the first time, robust evidence that wind turbines cause sleep disturbance and impair health and that this occurs at set-back distances previously regarded as adequate…Unfortunately all government and industry sponsored research in this area has used reported awakenings from sleep as an index of the effects of turbine noise and dismisses the subjective symptoms. Because most of the sleep disturbance is not recalled, this approach seriously underestimates the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep.” [8] [5]

[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] Ill Wind reporting website. https://www.illwind.org/reports/view/441
[4] Submission Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Studyhttp://windvictimsontario.com/preliminary-submission---health-canada-noise-and-health-study.html 
[5] The Society for Wind Vigilance http://www.windvigilance.com/about-adverse-health-effects/sleep-disturbance-and-wind-turbines
 


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