Part 5 of 6 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Canada’s Role

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 29

1. States Parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to:
(a) The development of the child's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential;

Fullest potential

-          Research linking loud sounds to hearing loss in youngsters is now widespread, resulting in the issuance of warnings to protect children’s hearing. However, studies attesting to the adverse effects of intrusive sounds and noise on children’s overall mental and physical health and well-being have not received similar attention. This, despite the fact that 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]

-          Furthermore, based on our knowledge of the harmful effects of noise on children’s health and the growing body of evidence to suggest the potential harmful effects of industrial wind turbine noise, it is strongly urged that further studies be conducted on the impacts of industrial wind turbines on their health, as well as the health of their parents, before forging ahead in sighting industrial wind turbines.[3]

-          The report concludes that exposure to ambient noise was found to be linked to small decrements in children’s mental health and poorer classroom behaviour. This link was stronger in children with early biological risk. [4]

-            “During exposure, young Justin, a healthy 2½-year-old, pulled on his ears and got cranky at the same times that adults in the family noticed more headache and tinnitus. His language development was good before, during, and after exposure, but his mother noticed during exposure that the child began to confuse T with K sounds and W with L sounds, which he had not done before. This sound confusion was ongoing six weeks after exposure ended, when I interviewed the parents.”


[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]http://windvictimsontario.com/uploads/3/1/4/3/3143767/bronzaft_children_and_noise_wind_turbines.pdf
[4] http://www.documents.hps.scot.nhs.uk/ewr/pdf2002/0229.pdf
     http://oem.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/59/6/380
[5] Wind Turbine Syndrome & the Brain Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD

 


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