Is the University of Waterloo’s “health study” a political and wind Industry SHAM?

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

This didn’t take long to get under way did it? Only 3 YEARS!

As you will note from the last post on this page there was a “Health Study” being undertaken by Queen’s University back in 2009 and is still ongoing. BUT, after many hundreds of complaints and studies being done on the adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines on animals and humans, our Dear Leaders have finally seen their University of Waterloo, Dr. Sivoththaman, produce a “survey” that not only appears to be nothing more than an answer seeking a conclusion that has already been “parrotted” by Wind Proponents!

When students at a University who have to mortgage their lives to be “enlightened and educated” by Professionals who are more politically aligned than morally aligned to their positions are basically being ROBBED and INDOCTRINATED by very unscrupulous individuals who should never be able to associate with young minds eager for TRUTHS!

Of course, all Universities are not riddled with these types of individuals and Canada’s institutions of post-secondary education are to be admired for their overall production of great thinkers and successful graduates who do make a difference in the world on a positive note.

BUT, when political motives enter into the equation within a program such as the “study” below, everyone loses and everyone FAILS!!!

Is this a health study, or a sick joke???

Posted on 03/06/2013by 

ThumbsDownUNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO- Quality of Life and Renewable Energy Technologies Study
Read Survey

– Contact Form
– Information Letter
– Survey

Some examples from this survey:
How well do the following statements describe your view of renewable energy technologies in Ontario?
1. Ontarians have an obligation to reduce energy consumption.
2. Ontarians have an obligation to generate cleaner electricity.
3. Building wind farms to produce energy is acceptable if they are situated far away from homes.
4. Building biogas plants to produce energy is acceptable if they are situated far away from homes.
5. Building solar farms to produce energy is acceptable if they are situated far away from homes.
6. Wind farms should be owned by people in the community.
7. Biogas plants should be owned by people in the community.

In your opinion, what is an appropriate setback (minimum distance from the closest home) for wind farms in Ontario?
_____ metres OR _____ miles _ I don’t know _ I don’t care

The most recent time you looked for information about energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health, where did you go to first? (check only one in this box)
_ Books
_ Internet
_ Brochures, Pamphlets, etc
_ Library
_ Community association
_ Magazines
_ Family
_ Newspapers
_ Friend/Neighbour/Coworker
_ Telephone Information Number
_ Doctor/Health care provider
_ I don’t know
_ I’ve never looked for such information
_ Other (please specify): _____

In general, how much would you trust information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health...
41. From a doctor or another health care professional?
42. From government health agencies?*
43. From a family member or friend or neighbor? (sic)
44. From newspapers or magazines?
45. From the television?
46. From the internet?
47. From community organizations?
48. Other (please specify):

The following statements about some things in your community that you may notice when you are indoors. Please indicate whether you have noticed these and whether they annoy you only when you are indoors in your home. Pick N/A if you don’t live near or have any chance to have contact with the exposure.
1. Odour from industries.
2. Odour from manure.
3. Flies and/or gnats.
4. Flicker from wind turbines
5. Vibrations from a railway
6. Vibrations from wind turbines
7. Sound from agricultural machinery
8. Sound from airplanes
Read Full Survey

 

Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health and two Chairs in Green Chemistry and Engineering awarded in COU competition
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 13:58 Newswire News

TORONTO, ON — The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) late yesterday announced the outcome of the competition for three research chairs in environmental science, funded by the Government of Ontario.

The Ontario Research Chairs Selection Panel has advised COU President Bonnie M. Patterson that the Ontario Research Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health has been awarded to the University of Waterloo and its candidate, Dr. Siva Sivoththaman. The two Ontario Research Chairs in Green Chemistry and Engineering have been awarded to Queen’s University and its candidate, Dr. Michael Cunningham, and to Trent University and its candidate, Dr. Suresh Narine.

David Strangway, Chair of the Selection Panel, noted, “We reviewed 13 proposals for these competitions and were very impressed by the quality of the work underway at Ontario’s universities. It was difficult to make a decision among the excellent proposals, but we believe that these three universities and outstanding researchers will truly enhance Ontario’s capacity in renewable energy technologies and health and green chemistry and engineering.”

“I would like to thank the Council of Ontario Universities for its work in completing this process,” said Environment Minister John Gerretsen. “Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Narine will play an important role in developing the green chemistry sector of the economy and will contribute to Ontario becoming a world leader in this field. I am also happy to hear that Dr. Sivoththaman will be assuming his responsibilities shortly and will be actively monitoring and providing the latest in scientific research and data about any possible health impacts of renewable energy. I welcome the three Chairs and look forward to a positive working relationship in the coming months,” Minister Gerretsen added.

Dr. Sivoththaman will bring focus to multi-disciplinary activities in renewable energy technologies and health, ensuring that health and safety are top priorities in the induction of new technologies. His research program will develop new technical approaches and will provide guidelines in setting standards to ensure health and safety in the manufacturing, use, and end-of-life phases of renewable energy technologies. He is a member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering.

Dr. Cunningham’s research interests are in polymer science, with a focus on replacing environmentally harmful processes that employ organic solvents with more environmentally benign water-based processes that do not use solvents. His research will exploit newly discovered materials that can “switch” their properties and the latest chemistry techniques to control polymer product properties, using manufacturing methods that minimize environmental impact. He is a member of the Chemical Engineering Department at Queen’s.

Dr. Narine is a pioneering scientist in the use of natural oils to develop new high-value, high-performance and toxic free/neutral chemicals, materials and polymers. He is a member of both the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Trent University, the Director of Trent’s Biomaterials Research Program, and a leading researcher in the university’s Centre of Knowledge in the Environment.

President Patterson noted, “I am pleased that COU was asked to administer the competition. The government is to be commended for providing funding in support of work that is critical to our future and to the well-being of Ontario citizens. Ontario universities have much to offer in providing cutting-edge research and the training of future scientists – the number and quality of the submissions is evidence of that. I want to thank the Selection Panel for their work on this competition and I extend my congratulations and best wishes to the successful universities and to the three exemplary individuals who have been selected.”

Funding for this program is being provided by the Ministry of the Environment: $1.25 million in total funding over a five-year term for each of the Chairs in Green Chemistry and Engineering, and $1.5 million in total funding over a five-year term for the Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and Heal

 

Study to determine health effects of turbines

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Researchers at Queen’s University probe whether wind turbines built over communities can cause adverse health effects

Sarah Boesveld
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail Last updated on Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009 10:14AM EDT

By now, the residents of Wolfe Island, Ont., are getting used to the whirr and thump of wind turbines overhead. By next year, they’ll get a glimpse of whether those whirrs and thumps could be damaging their health.

Researchers at nearby Queen’s University have embarked on the first study to probe whether wind turbines built over communities can cause adverse health effects. The study measures residents’ health and well-being before the turbines arrived on the island, again when the turbines were built but not yet operational and again after they’d been operating for a few months.

People living close to turbines in other regions have reported nausea, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and tinnitus – an incessant ringing in a person’s ears.

However, there has yet to be any substantive research linking those ailments to the presence of windmills, says lead study author Neal Michelutti, a research scientist in the Queen’s University biology department.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time that people have acquired a snapshot of community health prior to wind turbines,” he says. “It gives us [a sense of] community health that we can use in a before-and-after comparison.”

The issue of health has become a lightning rod in the debate dividing communities where wind farms have been built, Wolfe Island being no exception.

While the Ontario government recently legislated a 550 metre setback for wind turbines, the 86 machines on Wolfe Island that officially hissed to life on June 26, are only 400 metres from people’s homes.

Last July, Dr. Michelutti and his Queen’s colleagues mailed out 1,000 SF36 surveys, a standard, multipurpose health questionnaire, to every registered address on Wolfe Island. Between 150 and 200 people returned the anonymous surveys.

On the survey, residents gave a snapshot of their general health, describing any illnesses or health problems both physical and emotional and sharing their level of physical activity and mental concentration. The researchers sent a second questionnaire asking about symptoms commonly reported by people living near wind turbines and for the residents’ attitudes toward the wind project.

The same survey was completed this spring and another will be mailed in late August after the turbines have chopped the air for two months. When the third round of surveys comes back, Dr. Michelutti and his colleagues will analyze the data to find out whether community health has suffered, he says.

They plan to follow up on an annual or biannual basis for a number of years to see whether the health impacts, if any, continue to persist or crop up later. It’s tricky to attribute ill health effects to turbines, without knowing a person’s health beforehand, Dr. Michelutti says, which is why a before-and-after comparison is so crucial.

“A lot of these symptoms are pretty commonly reported symptoms – anxiety, sleeplessness, these sort of things,” he says. “It’s difficult without having that baseline data to attribute them to a specific cause and effect like the windmills.”

Questions in the second survey which ask whether a respondent is for or against the wind farm may help them find out if symptoms are psychosomatic, he says.

Previous research, much of which has not been peer reviewed, links wind turbines with a variety of physical and emotional problems. Researchers in Portugal claimed the turbines contributed to “vibroacoustic disease,” a full body reaction to low frequency noise that affects the auditory and vestibular system, which controls a person’s ability to balance. A pediatrician in the United States coined the term “wind turbine syndrome” to describe the symptoms people experience from living near wind turbines, such as sleep disturbance, headache, vertigo, ear pressure, tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and concentration and memory problems.

Wind-farm construction has polarized communities across the country. Those in favour of wind energy say the environmental and economic benefits are plenty. Those against the farms have argued that they are annoying, disruptive and that they are harming the health of residents.

Dr. Michelutti says he and his colleagues are neutral on the issue and have not accepted funding from any anti-wind turbine groups or wind-energy development companies.

“What’s important to note is no one on this study is against windmills,” he says. “I think most people think windmills are great, but the question is does it make sense to build them on top of communities? Really what we’re hoping our study can contribute is information on proper setbacks for the turbines.”

Conducting unbiased research on the health effects of living near wind turbines is key, says Robert McMurtry, a professor emeritus at University of Western Ontario and former assistant deputy minister of population and public health at Health Canada. Such a hot button issue deserves proper tracking in order to advise on setback rates for future wind farms, he says.

“Repeating it in year two and three will really add important information to the understanding,” he says. “And then if you start doing correlations between setbacks and health problems, that will be very important too.”

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