Health survey (Ontario, Canada)
Posted July 21st, 2009 in -Home
Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of grass-root, citizen organizations, has been doing the job of Health Canada. (Mr. Prime Minister, are you reading this?) WCO has been conducting a self-reporting survey, asking people living near industrial wind turbines how (or if) their health has been impacted.
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The following is taken from the WCO website.
- This is a community-based survey; members of the community were encouraged to respond to a contact flyer. It’s a self-reporting survey, which is a valid [research protocol].
- This survey reproduces the work of U.K. physician, Dr. Amanda Harry (2007).
- There were no restrictions placed on distribution or access to the survey. As a result, hard copy and electronic copies were sent on request. Standard protocal was used to protect confidentiality and data integrity.
- Victims are self-reporting. This follows the principle of Health Canada’s Canada Vigilance.
- Distribution started the end of March, 2009 and within 6 weeks, 76 responses were received with 53 reporting adverse health effects.
- A cover page was sent with the surveys giving instructions and identifying exclusions:
- If more than 1 adult in the home is affected please have each adult fill out a separate questionnaire.
- This questionnaire may be filled out by a person 18 years of age or older who is fluent in English.
- This questionnaire will NOT be used by anyone with any cognitive impairment.
- Some requested surveys online and there were no restrictions regarding distribution.
- Surveys were returned to designated address.
- There are 585 operating turbines across Ontario. The wind turbine complexes implicated include:
- Melancthon Phase 1 and 2, Canadian Hydro Wind Developers, Shelburne,
- Kingsbridge 1 Wind Power, Goderich,
- Kruger Energy, Port Alma,
- Ripley Wind Power, Ripley,
- Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm, Kincardine,
- Erie Shores Wind Farm, Port Burwell.
- The reports of symptoms are consistent with the work of Dr. Amanda Harry, U.K., Dr. Nina Pierpont, U.S.A. and Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, U.S.A.
- Reports of health problems are still coming in. The survey will be ongoing and results will be updated periodically.