Waubra Foundation
Monday 25th November, 2013
US Justice Muse has just ruled that two 1.65 VESTAS Wind Turbines in Falmouth (Massachusetts) cause “irreparable physical and psychological harm” to the health of neighbours. He has ordered that the turbines are immediately turned off between 7pm and 7am every night, pending the hearing of a case for noise nuisance.

These two turbines are the same power generating capacity as wind turbines at a number of wind developments in Australia where local residents have reported the same range of symptoms, most commonly repetitive sleep disturbance, known for centuries to result in serious long term damage to mental and physical health.

In a letter to the Falmouth Town Health Board in September, US Psychiatrist Dr William Hallstein called for the Board to “stop the abuse” and detailed how sleep deprivation can worsen many pre existing health conditions, can cause serious harm to healthy people if prolonged, and is used as a method of torture.

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From the Waubra Foundation

The studies identified a direct causal link between wind turbine infrasound and low frequency noise and neighbours’ health problems including sleep disturbance, collectively described as “annoyance”. The research was presented at the American Wind Energy Association conference in California in 1987. 

The wind industry, specifically wind turbine manufacturers and wind developers, therefore knew about the direct causal relationship between these specific sound frequencies and health damaging“annoyance” symptoms, which included repetitive sleep disturbance.

Not only does this body of research clearly identify infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN) as the direct causal agent, at levels well BELOW the threshold of audible perception, but it also nominates evidence based maximum tolerable noise limits in the ILFN frequency range the
researchers considered necessary to protect health, based on their field data.

The subsequent failure by the wind industry and government noise pollution authorities to ensure these health protective guidelines were incorporated into wind turbine noise pollution regulations,and then properly monitored and enforced, has directly resulted in the serious harm to the health of thousands of rural residents around the world. The harm is now predictably increasing, as the size of the wind turbines increases.

This is a global disgrace.

This has happened because wind turbine product manufacturers have failed to present the truth about the existence and cause of adverse health impacts known to them for nearly thirty years from Dr Kelley’s research. Wind industry excuses that the research “did not apply to modern upwind turbines” have been dismissed by Dr Kelley, a view supported by the growing number of concerned senior acousticians such as Dr Paul Schomer, current Director of Acoustic Standards in theUSA.

Furthermore the acoustic field research findings of a growing number of independent acousticians working in Australia, and North America are entirely consistent with Kelley’s work. 

Who Needs to Consider Their Part in This Extraordinary Failure ?

Acoustic engineers working with the wind industry have failed to abide by their professional codes of conduct to place the protection of the health of the community above commercial interests.

Acoustic engineers who advised or wrote the government wind turbine noise pollution guidelines subsequent to the Kelley research, ensured that the very sound frequencies below 200 Hz known in 1985 to cause adverse health effects and symptoms known as “annoyance” were not included, and were never measured.

Government bureaucracies including departments of health, planning and noise pollution have consistently failed to protect the health of residents, and failed to investigate and act when serious health problems including exhaustion, and home abandonment were reported by residents and their health practitioners. The first medical practitioner to report health problems to the authorities in Australia was Dr David Iser, in 2004.

1. The Kelley evidence-based health protective criteria for wind turbine noise in the infrasound and low frequency noise range must be immediately implemented, monitored and actively enforced, with priority attention to those residents who are reporting serious harm to health and sleep.

2. Those guidelines will require ongoing field research as they may prove insufficient to protect health, especially as wind turbine size increases, and the numbers of turbines per development increase the cumulative impact and the extent of the project footprint.

3. Acoustic models and acoustic standards MUST be regularly updated to reflect the latest developments in knowledge about infrasound and low frequency noise attenuation, and new dose response information relating to adverse health impacts resulting from chronic exposure.

4. Multidisciplinary acoustic and physiological research must be urgently conducted in order to determine the acoustic and perception thresholds at which sleep disturbance is occurring, with particular reference to residents “sensitized” to the sound energy with chronic exposure.

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    In 2009, the Ontario government, seeking to appear green, expropriated our property rights and democratic freedoms with its Green Energy Act (GEA).
But not all governments had the good fortune of hearing firsthand from people already adversely impacted elsewhere by wind turbines near their homes, as was the case for Ontario.

     And yet the Ontario government proceeded.

     Toronto human rights lawyer Julian Falconer argues that the GEA and the government’s approval of wind projects “implicates their right to security of the person” as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights, in view of potential health impacts.
     But human costs are massive, including the loss of fundamental rights and freedoms, loss of our right to a good night’s sleep and good health, lost market value of homes, and loss of the right to enjoy non-industrialized rural landscapes.
     So citizens are taking this high-priced battle to the courts where they hope our beloved Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can protect us and our democracy.


New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

By Michael A. Nissenbaum, MD

How did we get here?
     Preconstruction noise modeling is a key part of the planning and submission process. Acoustic engineering firms are typically consulted, and they take the known maximal noise emissions from a particular IWT model to be used, add a safety factor (in theory) of a few decibels, and take account of such factors as topography, ground cover, and ambient nighttime noise levels. These various factors are plugged into software programs; maps of sound contours are developed that show expected noise levels at certain reception sites (typically homes).

     If any of the variables plugged into the programs are incorrect or based upon a faulty understanding of human physiology, the outcome may end up being unsatisfactory to the point of being disastrous for the affected residents. Incomplete or erroneous understanding of human physiology frequently informs the variables non-medical people use to arrive at conclusions as to whether people will have their health adversely affected by IWT installation. Let us review a few of these.
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A message from Digby, Nova Scotia.
From: Debi VanTassel
Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013
Subject: Ocean Breeze Emu Farm-closing

Dear Friends,
     It is with great sorrow that I write this e-mail.

     Due to the abuse we are experiencing from the Industrial Wind Turbines our emus have suffered greatly. First with the installation of the test towers and the high pitch sounds emitting from them, we lost 26 of our 38 emus with no eggs laid. During the time the turbines were erected and the test towers were still in place; we lost 5 more emus. Leaving us 8 emus. The Agriculture in Truro reported to us that these birds had died of fear.

     Over the past two years we have struggled to keep these 35 emus alive, but we could not keep their weight up…the agitation from the turbines caused them to run and run night and day wearing them down to practically nothing. The young ones suffered the most from the effects of the infrasound emitting from the turbines.

     We noticed that the birds were getting thinner and thinner. We contacted the feed company and they added more vitamins and fibre to the feed hoping that this would help, but unfortunately it did not. 

     In the last two weeks we lost 5 our the younger emus. We have SEVEN of the 27 emus and SIX of the mature emus remaining; totalling 13 in all. We cannot prove that it is due to the effect of the turbines, but one thing we do know is that for the 18+ years before the turbines we NEVER had any problems with our birds, no unexplained deaths, no agitation they would lay down in the evening content.

People would come literally from all over the world to visit our emus. Some from Sweden, Austria, Holland, London, all over United States and Canada, senior buses and tour buses have come to visit our Emu Farm and have been delighted in the antic and uniqueness of our emus. One of our emus “Ernie” was taken to Halifax to the Children’s Museum and appeared on the Breakfast TV show.



Action Alert


Action Alert November 2013

The Ontario Government must take action now to stop the operation wind turbine projects that have been placed too close to people’s homes.

There have been endless complaints of serious health problems for those living close to wind turbine projects. A recent release of an ongoing health study from the University of Waterloo again confirms 
this. The Ontario Government has not taken any action to resolve these issues.

The poster entitled ‘Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms of Inner Ear Problems’ was displayed by University of Waterloo researchers Claire Paller, Phil Bigelow, Shannon Majowicz, Jane Law, and Tanya Christidis at a recent symposium in Toronto. The research indicates statistically significant impacts for sleep, vertigo and tinnitus. The Results and Discussion of the poster can be found in this link. The full poster can be accessed by clicking this link. This is in addition to the dozens of peer-reviewed papers that have been published over the years linking human health problems to the operation of industrial wind turbines. Link to additional peer-reviewed papers.

Thank you to all that have continued to work very hard up to this point. 

The government and wind industry relies on large numbers of people's complacency to continue their scam. If you haven't done anything to help now is your chance. The resolution of this issue is dependent upon a large number of people's action. You have to make the choice to get involved. If you don't, nothing will ever change.

Take Action

Send the message:
“The Ontario Government must take action now to stop the operation wind turbine projects that have been placed too close to people’s homes and are causing injury through adverse sleep quality and other impairments to human health.” 

Please add a short message of your own to this.
Sign your name and address.

(If you use email, you can request an acknowledgement of receipt of your email.)

Please send to the following contacts below and include your MPP and MP

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Ontario Provincial MPP locator:

Canada Federal MP locator:

For looking up Government of Ontario employees by name or office use this link:

Provincial Authorities – Contact info

Premier Kathleen Wynne
Mailing address:
Kathleen Wynne, Premier
 Legislative Building Queen's Park
 Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Phone 416-325-1941

Deborah Matthews  - Deputy Premier  and Minister of Health  
Mailing address:
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
Tel  416-327-4300
Fax  416-327-3679
James J. Bradley – Minister of Environment
Ministry  mailing address:
Ministry of the Environment
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5
Tel - 416-314-6790 
Fax - 416-314-6748 

Bob Chiarelli – Minister of Energy
Ministry  mailing address:
Ministry of Energy
4th Floor, Hearst Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1
Tel - 416-327-6758 
Fax - 416-327-6754 

Mailing address:
Doris Dumais
4th Flr
135 St Clair Ave W
Toronto ON M4V1P5
Phone: 416-327-9466 

Agatha Garcia Wright – Director Environmental Approvals Access
Mailing address:
Agatha Garcia-Wright
2 St Clair Ave W
Toronto ON M4V1L5
Phone: 416-314-7288 
Gord Miller - Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Mailing address:
1075 Bay Street, Suite 605
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2B1
Tel: 416-325-3377/1-800-701-6454
Fax: 416-325-3370

King, Dr. Arlene - Chief Medical Officer of Health
Mailing address:
Hepburn Block
11th Flr
80 Grosvenor St
Toronto ON M7A1R3
 Phone - 416-212-3831

André Marin – Ombudsman’s Office
Mailing address:
Bell Trinity Sq
10th Flr
483 Bay St S Tower
Toronto ON M5G2C9
 Phone: 416-586-3300

John Gerretsen – Attorney General Ontario
Mailing address:
McMurtry-Scott Bldg
11th Flr
720 Bay St
Toronto ON M7A2S9
Phone: 416-326-2220  

Andrea Horwath – Leader of the NDP
Queen's Park 
Room 113, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel - 416-325-7116 
Fax - 416-325-2770 

Jonah Schein – NDP Environment Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park 
Room 212, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel - 416-325-0014 
Fax - 416-325-0022 

France Gélinas – NDP Health Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park 
Room 186, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel - 416-325-9203 
Fax - 416-325-9185

Peter Tabuns – NDP Energy Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park 
Room 165, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel - 416-325-3250
Fax - 416-325-3252
Tim Hudak – Leader – Progressive Conservative Party
Mailing address:
Queen's Park
Room 381, Main Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel - 416-325-8454
Fax - 416-325-0998 

Christine Elliott – PC Health Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park 
Room 436, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel - 416-325-1331 
Fax - 416-325-1423

Lisa MacLeod – PC Energy Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park
Room 451, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel - 416-325-6351 
Fax - 416-325-6364 

Michael Harris – PC Environment Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park
Room 344, Main Legislative Building
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel - 416-325-3130
Fax - 416-325-3214

Lisa M. Thompson – PC Green Energy Act Critic
Mailing address:
Queen's Park 
Room 430, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel - 416-325-3467
Fax - 416-325-3490
Federal Authorities – contact info

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Mailing address:
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street Ottawa,
ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900
See more at: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm#sthash.3WIbnPmb.dpuf
Leave message at this page: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm

Rona Ambrose – Minister of Health
Mailing address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-996-9778
Fax: 613-996-0785

Joe Oliver – Minister of Natural Resources
Mailing address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6 
Telephone: 613-992-6361
Fax: 613-992-9791

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq  - Minister of Environment
Mailing address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6 
Telephone: 613-992-2848
Fax: 613-996-9764

Peter Gordon MacKay -  Minister of Justice and  Attorney General of Canada
Mailing address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
 Telephone: 613-992-6022
Fax: 613-992-2337

Health Canada – General Inquiries
 Address Locator 0900C2
 Ottawa, Ontario
 K1A 0K9
Telephone: 613-957-2991
Toll free: 1-866-225-0709
Fax: 613-941-5366
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ILL Wind Reporting looks to uncover and document the many instances of negative effects from wind developments in rural communities. ILL Wind Reporting is available for all to use. If you are having problems please take a couple of minutes to document your situation.

Wind Lease landowner suffering from vertigo
19:53 Oct 26 2013 Harrow, Essex, ON N0R, Canada
Landowner under contract with wind developer is suffering from vertigo. Explanation given is this was caused by an infection in a blood vessel in his inner ear.

Additional Data

Wind Company Name: IPC/GDF Suez Canada
Project Name: AIM Harrow Wind Farm
Distance to Nearest Turbine (in Metres): 700

Vertigo in Harrow
19:47 Oct 26 2013 Harrow, Essex, ON N0R, Canada
Man in mid 60's suffering from vertigo. Under medication to alleviate symptoms.

Additional Data

Wind Company Name: IPC/GDF SuezProject 
Name: AIM Harrow Wind Project
Distance to Nearest Turbine (in Metres): 600

CAW turbine causing problems in Port Elgin Ontario
10:33 Sep 6 2013 Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores, ON, Canada
Video of victim impact statements in Port Elgin, Ontario. Intense vibration requires resident to leave her home to find respite. 

Additional Data
Wind Company Name: CAW Port Elgin wind turbine
Distance to Nearest Turbine (in Metres): 2000 metres

Loss of propety values in Port Elgin
07:45 Aug 26 2013 Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores, ON, Canada
I am writing asking for your support in requesting the CAW to remove the wind turbine which is currently on their property. As a Developer in the area, I have had sales in the southwest end of Port Elgin fall through because of noise and health concerns created as a result of the wind turbine running. I have been advised by real estate agents that people won’t even look at properties at that end of town. The value of the land and homes in this area has greatly depreciated due to the wind turbine and is making it challenging to recoup the costs of developing land in this area. This will also impact the Town in the amount of taxes and development fees it will be able to collect. Homeowners who purchased homes from me in this area and prior to the wind turbine are advising me that they are now suffering from dizziness, vertigo, extreme headaches and vision problems. People are also suffering from high blood pressure, black spots in their vision, nosebleeds and loss of concentration, among other issues. Their health had been fine prior to the wind turbine starting up and this is not what they signed up for when they bought their homes. We have been constructing homes in Port Elgin for many years and this has been the first time our company is opposing something such as this wind turbine 

Additional Data
Project Name: CAW Port Elgin

Constant hum
13:44 Aug 12 2013 Cedar Springs, ON N0P, Canada
As a long term resident of cedar springs I have observed a constant hum and swosh sound of blades. I truly don't enjoy my yard anymore.

Abnormal Dog Behaviour
22:00 Aug 6 2013 Ridgetown, Chatham-Kent, ON N0P, Canada

wind moderate from the south/southeast. Can hear pulsing jet engine noise from the turbines to the south. The dog (year and a half old) for the first time ever will not go into the room where he has spent every night previously. The room where he sleeps is on the south side of the house. I tried several times to get him to go in the room, and he just put his head down and slunk away each time.

Additional Data
Wind Company Name: Enbridge
Project Name: Talbot Wind
Distance to Nearest Turbine (in Metres): 1500

CAW Port Elgin Turbine
11:21 Jul 26 2013 206 Stickel Street, Saugeen Shores, ON N0H 2C1, Canada
ATTN. Co Governess of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Sari your positions at both the CAW and the CCOHS puts you in a unique spot to help people suffering since the start up of the CAW industrial wind turbine. We have many impacted citizens whose stories are soon to be publically shared. Here is but one; Ann Kelly, living at 206 Stickle St. approximately 500 metres from the CAW turbine, is a senior who has kept an accurate daily journal of her symptoms since first being affected upon her arrival back from her winter stay. Since May 9th she has experienced escalating episodes of physical discomfort, pain and is being robbed of a basic enjoyment of her own backyard in her new townhome. She exhibits classic low frequency noise exposure symptoms. Her doctor in an effort to eliminate all other causes had undergo a brain scan. It came back clear. She is a suffering woman and she and her husband have filed multiple CAW complaints recently and all she gets back is a complaint file number registration. No calls, no visit. Nothing. And you wonder why people just give up and suffer in silence? You take their despair and equate it to lack of complaints. Where is the CAW concern that Ken Lewenza so proudly spoke of in November 2011 saying to our community leaders that the neighbours health was his number one concern and upon evidence of health impacts he would do everything in his power to resolve them including shutting down the turbine. No calls, no visits. Nothing. Now upon that evidence surfacing in the form of citizen complaints and multiple local doctor confirmations, we are calling on Ken Lewenza to keep his promise, a promise that was confirmed by CAW email to the community leaders he met with and on public radio by a Ken Bondy, CAW’s environmental official, to Dale Goldhawk. The CAW turbine is unequivocally harming people. We have measured the infra and low frequency pressure changes in our homes. If it’s in our homes, it’s in your workplace at the FEC. You know LFN is a documented workplace health hazard. Do the right thing, stop the harm. If not for residents then for your own members. Your silence is deafening. Don’t take my word as evidence as I am a protestor and as you are aware the CAW has a policy not to negotiate with protestors. I’m passing that policy on to all CAW unionized companies so they are aware and that they too can embrace this policy. Call her and hear her story for yourself. Her phone number is on all her complaints forms. 

Additional Data
Project Name: CAW Port Elgin

Courtesy: WindAction
Claire Paller, Phil Bigelow, Shannon Majowicz, Jane Law, and Tanya Christidis - October 24, 2013

The attached poster entitled ‘Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms of Inner Ear Problems’ was displayed by researchers Claire Paller, Phil Bigelow, Shannon Majowicz, Jane Law, and Tanya Christidis at a recent symposium in Toronto. The research indicates statistically significant results for sleep, vertigo and tinnitus. The Results and Discussion of the poster are excerpted below. The full poster can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. In addition to the poster, this page includes a link to the letter sent to residents in Ontario who were asked to participate in the study.


The data obtained for use in this study were collected between February 1st and May 31st, 2013. In total there were 412 surveys returned; 16 of these survey respondents did not provide their home address. Therefore, 396 surveys were included in the analysis.

The relationship between ln(distance) (as a continuous variable) and mean Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was found to be statistically significant (P=0.0096) when controlling for age, gender and county. This relationship shows that as the distance increases (move further away from a wind turbine), PSQI decreases (i.e. sleep improves) in a logarithmic relationship. Multivariate analysis involved assessing distance
to the nearest wind turbine as both distance and ln(distance). In all cases, ln(distance) resulted in improved model fit. The relationship between vertigo and ln(distance) was statistically significant (P<0.001) when controlling for age, gender, and county. The relationship between tinnitus and ln(distance) approached statistical significance (P=0.0755). Both vertigo and tinnitus were worse among participants living closer to wind turbines.

Spearman‟s rank correlation coefficients (rs) between PSQI, vertigo and tinnitus are shown below. All relationships were found to be positive and statistically significant. The strongest correlation was seen between the variables „tinnitus‟ and „vertigo‟ (rs=0.2).

In conclusion, relationships were found between ln(distance) and PSQI, ln(distance) and self-reported vertigo and ln(distance) and self-reported tinnitus. Study findings suggest that future research should focus on the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep disturbance and symptoms of inner ear problems.

Counties and projects in the study include:

        * Bruce (Enbridge project);
        * Chatham-Kent (Raleigh);
        * Dufferin (Melancthon);
        * Elgin ( Erie Shores );
        * Essex (Comber):
        * Frontenac ( Wolfe Island );
        * Huron (Kingsbridge); and
        * Norfolk (Frogmore/Cultus/ClearCreek).

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