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Health Survey Abstract, Results, and Responses  

Author:  | Health, Ontario


  • 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 approach.
  • 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 protocol 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.

If you have not yet received a survey and live nearby an existing windfarm please contact us and we will ensure you are provided with one.

Dr. R. McMurtry’s Deputation to GEA Standing Committee (click here)

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