It's not easy to talk about the health problems you're experiencing when your government, wind companies, the media, and perhaps your neighbours claim there is no proof that turbines cause harm. Even some doctors remain unconvinced despite significant and consistent evidence from around the world.
Read the stories of families who live close to over 100 wind turbines in Kincardine and Tiverton (Bruce Township). (Names have been changed for legal and privacy reasons.)
Russell and Debbie cope with the health effects by leaving their farm...
Donna and Paul have touched door knobs and been thrown backwards onto the floor...
Shawn and Kim lost their farm and now live in a rental property in town...
Jim and Ida. His doctor prescribed sleeping pills but they soon wore off...
Jessie and Dave. They and their children have frequent headaches and are always tired...
Jack and Denise. Their cattle's milk production decreased...
Rilla and Jake. Jake spends time in his cellar to avoid nausea and vomiting...
Kirk and Anne. Kirk has ringing in his ears and chest tension. Anne is sleep-deprived...
Mary suffers from insomnia, headaches, ringing and pain in her ears...
Louise could barely carry on and had to quit her job...
John and Lisa experience coughing and choking when trying to sleep...
Marjorie and Len have tinnitus, migraines, and blood pressure problems...
Mike has headaches, tinnitus, stomach upset, and decreased ability to tolerate pain...
Christine and Joe. Christine has pulsing in her head and tingling in her head and face...
Mark and Kim can't sleep because their home vibrates...
Sharon and Ken have stopped using some rooms in their home...
Curtis and Jane experience nuisance stress from the shadow flicker and red night lights...
Susan and Gordon. Gordon has vertigo, sleep deprivation, and blurred vision...
Gerry and Liz. Liz was told not to walk her dog close to the fence line on her property...
Joyce and Dan suffer from electrical sensitivity which makes them feel sick...
"The closest turbine to our home is about 1000m (1 km) away. When turbines were first proposed in our community in 2008, the Ministry of the Environment stated that a 350m setback would be adequate to protect us from adverse health effects. Therefore, we didn't expect any problems from noise or shadow flicker.
"When the turbines began operating, we discovered that they were not 'whisper quiet'. The sound varied from a jet-over-the-house sound, to a gentle whoosh, to a deep beating sound and, on some days, no sound at all. We could not hear them in the house with the doors and windows closed. " I began to notice pressure in my ears after being outside for any extended period of time, and found myself going inside quite a bit, or wearing earplugs, for relief. "After the first winter, we began to notice headaches, which have increased in frequency. In the last 6 months, I have noticed a high-pitched ringing tone in my ears. We find the symptoms are more severe in winter than in the summer."
"This winter, we have been coping with the health impacts by leaving our farm to spend time in town or neighbouring communities. We have purchased a trailer and rented a site at a nearby campground in order to get away from the wind turbines on a regular basis during the warmer weather. However, this can only be considered a temporary solution."
"I have spoken with other residents who are experiencing similar problems, but
they are not willing to discuss them publicly. I have also spoken with people who have wind turbines on their property and are suffering ill effects, but they cannot come forward due to provisions in their lease agreements."
"The government simply cannot keep ramming these industrial installations into rural areas until they address the existing problems. The 350m setback and the new 550m setback are based on computer noise modeling. However, computer models do not trump real world observations and everywhere that large industrial wind turbines have been built, similar health problems have been reported".
(Russell and Debbie's home is 1170 m from the closest turbine, there are 4 more within 1.6 km.)
Since the turbines came on line, it takes Donna 2-3 hours to get to sleep, and the sound of the turbines "comes through my pillow". Whether the winds are calm or high, her sleep is disrupted 50 % of the time. Donna describes the noise as a "roaring freight train" going through her home. She also has a tightness in her chest and heart racing, which comes on when she is at home, and not when she is at work. She has developed high blood pressure. She is tired at work due to not sleeping well and reports that her home is no longer a place where she can relax.
Paul has sleep disruption as well, and notes that it is noisier in different parts of their home, including where they sleep. Both Donna and Paul have noted that, since the turbines started, there are electrical problems in their home. (Electrical pollution is due to transmission lines and substations). Three times they have touched metal door knobs, been thrown backward, and landed on the floor due to an electrical charge. They have witnessed bolts of electricity when turning on light switches. This never happened before the turbines.
When asked why they have not complained as yet to Enbridge and to the Ministry of the Environment, Donna replies that she knows nothing will be done, and that complaining would be emotionally difficult. She is very angered by these changes in her health, and confirms that she had none of these adverse health effects prior to the turbines.
Donna points out that, when something is mechanically wrong with the nearby turbines, repair trucks arrive immediately to stop the clanking and clunking. She wishes the wind company would show as much concern for the people living near the turbines as it is does for the quick resolution of the turbines' mechanical malfunctioning.
(Donna and Paul's home is 522 m from the closest turbine, there are 3 more within 1.0 km.; 10 more are 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 19 more are 2.0 km to 3.0 km. They live 1.2 km from a substation.)
Shawn, Kim and their two children noticed health impacts as soon as the turbines first started. Their symptoms worsened in the winter and in high winds. From the beginning, they noted a vibration in their ears when they were outside their home and in their gardens. When the turbines weren't running, the vibration ceased. Kim, who has a medical history of migraine headaches, reports that for the three years prior to the turbines, her migraines were in remission. However, when the turbines started, they began to return and increase.
The family experienced sleep disturbance through increasing nightmares and waking for the children, vibration of their walls and beds, and also visual disruption from the flashing lights at night. Shawn had difficulty getting to sleep, but once asleep, he would awaken within a short time with a sensation that the house was shaking. Kim and Shawn describe this shaking, vibrating sensation as like a hum or a low-voltage electrical wave going through their bodies at all times. When they used bathroom taps and toilets, they experienced the sense of electrical shock. Sometimes, they saw sparks when they used electrical fixtures and TV remotes.
To improve their ability to sleep, Kim and Shawn tried moving their bed and tried sleeping in other areas of the house. However, they still experienced insomnia and vibration.
Shawn and Kim tried to sell their property to escape the impact of the wind turbines on their lives. They lowered the asking price several times but the property wouldn't sell. The bank took ownership of their farm. They gave up their chickens, ducks and pet dogs and now live in a rental property in town. They are no longer able to harvest and eat their own meat, eggs and vegetables. Their children cannot run and play as they once did. Shawn and Kim's farm remains unsold.
Shawn and Kim didn't contact Enbridge or the Ministry of the Environment. "Why would we even try? Enbridge ignored everyone else who live even closer to turbines than we do, so why would they care about us"?
(Shawn and Kim's home is 1580m from the closest turbine; there are 3 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 5 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Jim is much more affected than his wife, Ida, and developed sleeping problems right away. When Jim questioned his doctor about the possible link between his sleeplessness and turbines, his doctor replied, "That's nonsense. Take these pills for sleep and anxiety".
Jim's sleeping problems were temporarily solved, but after a month or two, the pills no longer worked. Jim often sits up all night and can't sleep. He has had several dizzy spells at home and is prone to falling. He feels dizzy when driving his car and has experienced a seizure. He has headaches, heart palpitations, and blood pressure problems. Ida notes that Jim has become forgetful and disorganized.
When he goes away on vacation, he sleeps like he did before the turbines. When he returns home, his health problems resume. Jim complained to Enbridge, and sound testing was done at his home over several weeks by the same company which did the initial sound assessment for Enbridge in 2007 (Valcoustics). Both sound measurements taken in 2009 and 2010 proved that Enbridge was not in compliance with the Ministry of the Environment regulations, but nothing as yet has been done.
(Jim and Ida's home is 616m from the closest turbine; there are 8 more between 1.0 km & 2.0 km.; there are 10 more between 2.0 km & 3.0 km)
Jessie says that certain parts of their home are very noisy. She is tired all the time, and never feels rested and relaxed. Her husband, Dave, has frequent headaches which he never had before. Their teenage son and daughter are constantly tired and have headaches which go away when they leave home for periods of time.
Jessie no longer enjoys her property, including gardening. Her family's rights to health, well-being, and pleasure on their property have been taken away.
(Jessie and Dave's home is 610m from the closest turbine; there are 4 more within 1km.)
Jack, Denise, and their son, Sam, noticed health impacts on their dairy farm one month after the turbines started in Fall 2008. Each of them developed headaches and ear aches. Their doctor said wind turbines couldn't be the problem. They have been living with noise in their home which disturbs their sleep. When Jack goes away on farming business, he feels better. On his return home, when he gets within the wind project boundaries, he begins to feel unwell again.
After the turbines began, their dairy cattle's milk production began to decrease. The cows were reluctant to drink from their troughs and became agitated and started kicking more in the milking parlour. The cats disappeared from the parlour too. The farm's dairy production and income decreased 20%.
Since involving the resources of an expert in electrical pollution, and the installation of mitigating devices, the cattle are no longer hesitant to drink from their troughs, the cats are back, and milk production is up to normal. These devices of course do not mitigate noise and sound problems related to the turbines. These farmers report that with the loud sound of the turbines on the land, they can no longer hear the sounds of nature which used to give time-tested cues as to when to plant crops. The farmland has become industrialized. It has been changed, and important ecological cues erased.
Denise reports that she felt her body began to "vibrate" with the onset of the turbines. She has developed ringing in the ears, loss of concentration, and heart palpitations. Two to three times a night she has to get out of bed due to sleep disruption, and she is restless during the day. Some mornings she wakes up having had a good sleep and notices that the turbines were not running. Switching to grounded telephones in the house has assisted with electrical pollution, and Denise reports that her heart palpitations have decreased. However, she still has tinnitus, a sense of vibration in her body, lack of sleep, and poor concentration.
Sam, who assists with the family farm began to get "sharp, spiking headaches" when the project started, and also suffers from tinnitus, nausea, and exhaustion. When he goes to town, the symptoms of nausea and tinnitus go away.
(Jack and Denise's home is 560m from the closest turbine; there are 10 more within 2.0 km.)
Within one month of the turbines spinning, Rilla and Jake noticed a change in their health. The noise inside and outside of their home increased. Jake has headaches, especially when the turbine noise is loud indoors. Jake has nausea and vomiting on a regular basis. He now spends more time in the cellar, rather than the main floor, because his headaches ease up when he goes underground.
Rilla has had headaches since the start of the project, which go away when she leaves for work. She has also developed nausea and lowered appetite and is "up half the night tossing, turning, and walking around due to noise".
Jake recalls a mechanical failure of one turbine near his property. There was a very loud explosion, and smoke began to pour out of the engine. Several parts fell off the engine, but the blades remained attached. Jake reports that, out of nowhere, the cranes and trucks arrived instantly to repair the turbine, replace parts, and get it running again. To his knowledge, the incident was never reported to the public.
(Rilla and Jake's home is 495m from the closest turbine; 3 more are within 1.0 km.; 10 more are 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 17 more are 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Kirk and Anne have lived in their home for nearly 20 years. Within a day of the start of the turbines, Kirk noticed the noise in his home. He increases the television volume to mask the turbine's "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh" sound. Kirk has developed ringing in his ears, chest tension, nausea and vomiting. When he's outside in certain areas of his property, he gets an unusual vibration across his chest.
Anne used to be a vibrant, healthy person who had no trouble sleeping. Now, she is continually sleep-deprived and has "hassles" at work due to her fatigue and stress. She has developed tinnitus, nausea and vomiting.
Neither Anne nor Kirk had these medical symptoms prior to the turbine installation. When they are each away from home, the symptoms of chest tension and nausea diminish. These symptoms return when they return to their home.
Anne's distressing physical symptoms have created an untenable existence for her. She must keep her job. Driving to work has become fraught with danger due to her excessive fatigue. She knows something must change.
Kirk and Anne have not yet complained to the wind company or the government. "Our complaint would go nowhere with Enbridge... Enbridge is out for profit". Kirk distrusts the MOE because it established the wind project regulations. "What good will it do?"
(Kirk and Anne's home is 714m from the closest turbine: there are 4 more within 1.0 km, 4 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 9 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
"The continuous rumbling sound of the turbines disturbs my days and particularly my nights". Mary suffers from insomnia, headaches and ringing and pain in her ears. She likens the noise in her home to the "continuous sound of a generator" which was not there prior to the erection of the turbines.
When the MOE came to her home and discovered the turbines were 1- 1.5 km from her home she was told the turbines "were too far away from her and there was
nothing they could do".
Mary has requested that the Ministry of the Environment come to do noise testing.
To date, no one has come.
(Mary's home is 2280 m from the closest turbine; there are 4 more within 3.5 km.)
Louise began to notice her sleep deprivation some months after the turbines started. She developed headaches, unusual sensations in her ears, pressure in her head, restlessness at night, unexplained nausea, motion–sensitivity, and an overall feeling that "something was not right" with her health. Louise, previously a highly-organized and effective person, noticed a change in her cognitive functioning. Over time, she could no longer prioritize her day or multi-task. She could barely carry on and had to quit her job.
Near the turbines, Louise became nauseated. Intermittently, she became dizzy and began to develop tinnitus--a high-pitched tone in her ears. She lost weight due to vomiting from migraines and nausea. Her headaches became constant and she began receiving treatment at headache and pain clinics. When Louise retreated away to her cottage, she could eat, sleep, and the pressure was relieved from her ears.
Dr Nina Pierpont (physician, scientist, and author) examined Louise and diagnosed her with Wind Turbine Syndrome. Louise's specialists and GP told her she must leave her home.
Louise has lost her career and cannot work. She has lost her home; she can't live there. Her health, well-being and livelihood have been harmed immeasurably.
Louise advised Enbridge that she had filed health complaint reports with the Ministry of the Environment and asked the Enbridge Operations Manager what he was going to do about it. "Absolutely nothing," he replied. "We've been given a license by the government and we're going to continue".
(Louise's home is 453m from the closest turbine; there are 5 more within 1.0 km.; 7 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 9 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
John and Lisa have lived on their rural property for decades and raised their children here. They first noticed pain in their ears and began to toss and turn at night, creating significant sleep disturbance. Lisa, who spends more time at home, began to feel a vibration in her body, day and night. Both Lisa and John experienced coughing and choking while trying to sleep. This symptom abated when their electricity breakers were switched off at night. During months when their windows are open, John and Lisa have noise in their home, which is louder or quieter depending on environmental conditions, but is constant. Outside their home, when the turbines are facing certain directions, the noise is similar to sitting at an airport. Lisa and John no longer enjoy their property.
They have also experienced electrical pollution (uncontrolled electricity). When they touch their vehicle in the driveway, there is static electricity. When they use their flat screen television or wi-fi router, Lisa feels physically disturbed and agitated. Lisa can sleep at night only if these appliances are unplugged. Dark curtains are required for the flicker in their bedroom, and windows are only opened selectively.
When John and Lisa go away, the first symptoms to improve are sleep disruption and vibration. The pain in Lisa's ear takes one week to dissipate upon going on vacation. Lisa's fatigue since the turbines came online affects her ability to feel rested, work, and attend to the household's needs.
John and Lisa contacted Enbridge, the Ministry of the Environment, and Hydro One. Enbridge met with them in their home. To date, no changes or solutions have been offered by Enbridge, the MOE, or Hydro One.
(John and Lisa's home is 658m from the closest turbine; there are 3 more within 1.0 km.; 2 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 5 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Marjorie and Len experienced immediate impact from the nearby turbines. First they noticed noise in and outside their home, as well as flicker. Next, they experienced a physical sensation of vibration in their bodies, and in certain rooms, including their bed and bedroom. This intermittent though frequent vibration causes sleep loss.
Since the turbines began to spin, Marjorie and Len have developed tinnitus, migraines, and blood pressure problems. These physical symptoms have increased the stress in their lives which they must now cope with daily. Len's most disturbing impact is tinnitus and irritability. When he gets away for a week at a time, his tinnitus gets better in 3 days. Turbine noise and flicker dramatically impact his ability to do projects in his workshop on the property.
Marjorie and her daughter, Sarah, get migraines and headaches. Marjorie, who works in the school system, has 4 to 5 migraines per week during her time off in the summer, and one per week during the school year.
Wind direction, speed, and atmospheric conditions all play a role. Overcast conditions and the summer season seem to be the worst. The noise in their home sounds like aircraft are flying overhead or like living next to a 400 series highway. When the turbine engines change direction, the mechanical clunking and banging is loud. There is also a tonal whine which can be heard inside the home. Their electrical and digital equipment are often disrupted. They use heavy drapes to block flicker, turn the radio up loud to drown out sound, sit on only one side of the house outdoors, and use air conditioning in the summer rather than open their windows. They work constantly to limit their exposure to the impact of noise, flicker and vibration.
Marjorie, Len, and Sarah feel a lack of safety, unease, and wellbeing. They wish they could escape or "take flight from" their home. Their aggravation, loss of enjoyment of their property, and continuing health problems have greatly reduced their quality of life. Lack of community awareness about the true impact of turbines on people's lives has created a further social impact for this family.
Marjorie and Len have repeatedly complained to both the Ministry of the Environment and Enbridge. To date, there has been no mitigating action taken.
(Marjorie and Len's home is 537m from the closest turbine; there are 3 more within 1.0 km.; 8 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 9 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Mike is single and owns a small property. At night, he hears, "thump, thump, thump" when he's trying to sleep. Due to this noise disturbance, he gets only 5 hours of sleep each night. He has developed headaches and tinnitus, stomach upset, decreased ability to tolerate chronic back pain, and a general state of unrest. Due to noise, he can't open his windows in the summer months.
Since Mike is retired, he travels to other parts of the province to get away from the turbines. His symptoms improve or disappear when he leaves his home for several days.
Mike has tried to list his property for sale but removed the listing due to the poor response and low offers on his home.
(Mike's home is 907m from the closest turbine; there are 4 more between 1.0 km & 2.0 km.; 10 more between 2.0 km & 3.0 km)
Christine and Joe have 3 children under the age of 7 and live on a hobby farm. They have noticed changes in their health for 4 years. Christine, Joe, and their son, Luke, are noticeably affected. Luke is always tired, irritable, and regularly complains, "my head hurts, my tummy hurts". Joe is sleep-deprived and has resorted to sleep medication.
For Christine, her home is a nightmare, a health hazard, and she always feels sick. Her symptoms, which did not exist before, include headaches, dizziness, pressure in the ears, nausea, chest pain, a pulsing in her head (which is timed to the turning of the turbine blades), sleep disruption, and tingling in her head and face. Christine reports a loss of libido, increased confusion, forgetfulness, and irritability. She has a feeling of mental instability as she is unable to escape these debilitating symptoms, despite her efforts to address the problems. Christine has tried heavy curtains, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, sleeping with fans to create white noise, and has undergone medical testing, with no helpful results. Christine has lost touch with the healthy person she used to be. When she travels abroad or leaves her home to visit family, her condition improves dramatically. After one hour at work, she reports her headaches go away.
Christine and Joe also report that when a relative came to visit for a week in their home, the relative
had to be taken to hospital due to signs of a stroke. This visiting relative was not diagnosed with a stroke but vertigo, which did not remit for 2-3 months. As well, this individual developed blurred vision in one eye for an extended period. Christine has experienced stroke-like symptoms, including the sagging of one eye. On one occasion,
she went to work even though she was not feeling well. Christine began to feel dizzy and a co-worker observed that one of her eyes was sagging. She experienced numbness and tingling. She immediately went to her local emergency ward. She was told by medical staff that her blood had congealed to such a degree that without urgent treatment she would have had a stroke. An ER physician suggested it may have been due to a virus, but Christine and Joe very much doubt this to be the case. Christine and Joe would like to be relocated as they cannot afford to leave their home. To date they have not reported their health disturbances to Enbridge nor the MOE.
(Christine and Joe's home is 571m from the closest turbine; there are 6 more within 1.0 km.; 7 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 12 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Mark and Kim loved their quiet country property, complete with the night-time sounds of crickets, distant coyotes, and the chirping of many birds. The turbines have destroyed the life they enjoyed in their two-storey home.
Loud indoor and outdoor noise "vibrates" their home and they are unable to sleep. Kim has developed headaches, dizziness and light-headedness, and has had two MRI's to investigate these symptoms. The noise and flicker have resulted in sleep deprivation and disturbing health symptoms which did not exist before.
(Mark and Kim's home is 500 m from the closest turbine; there are 3 more within 1.0 km.; 8 more are 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 9 more are 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Sharon and Ken live over 3 km from the closest turbine. Both of them experience vibration in their home and disturbance from red light emissions at night. Sharon states that they've stopped using some rooms in their home due to the visual distraction of the red flickering lights coming in their many windows.
For years, Sharon and Ken have visited the grave of a loved one at a local cemetery in the wind project. Since the turbines came online, their visits are now disrupted by audible noise, as though there is a fluttering bird in flight right beside their ears. If Sharon stays at the cemetery longer than 10 minutes, she gets a headache that lasts the whole day.
Sharon and Ken have not reported their negative health effects to Enbridge nor the Ministry of the Environment.
(Sharon and Ken's home is 3504m from the closest turbine; there are 4 more between 3.0 km & 4.0 km)
Curtis and Jane are retirees who experience extreme nuisance stress from the flicker, red light emissions at night, and electrical interference with electronics in their home. Curtis and Jane feel a high degree of annoyance with the audible noise ("whumph, whumph, whump") outside their home. Curtis had a serious car accident in the first six months due to a high level of distraction and lack of focus while driving in the wind project.
Curtis notes that the lack of support, understanding, acknowledgement and solutions--from all levels and government and from medical professionals—upsets him on a socio-political level. As a result of these impacts, Curtis and Jane feel a lack of enjoyment of their property, visual and auditory disruption (from flicker and noise), as well as frustration, irritation, aggression and powerlessness.
When Curtis and Jane spend their winters away, their feelings of frustration and nuisance disappear and their sense of well-being rises exponentially. Curtis has reported his disturbances to both the Ministry of the Environment and Enbridge. The MOE official who came to his home told Curtis that the MOE doesn't have the equipment required to test his home, that it was a waste of time to attempt to do so, and that Curtis should complain to his MPP.
(Curtis and Jane's home is 1013m from the closest turbine; there are 4 more between 1.0 km & 2.0 km.; 2 more between 2.0 km & 3.0 km)
Susan and Gordon have a country farmhouse and another residence in town. To date, Susan's experience has been largely nuisance disturbance. For Gordon, their town home has become a refuge from the flashing red lights and disturbing symptoms of vertigo, sleep deprivation, poor quality sleep and some instances of blurred vision.
Prior to startup of the turbines, Gordon had experienced a small number of serious bouts of vertigo, all of which were triggered by strenuous work activity. After turbine start-up, with no physical activity to point to as a trigger, Gordon has been afflicted with recurring bouts which, while milder than before, kept him bedridden for one or two days.
When on vacation, Gordon's sleep patterns return to normal. Similarly, after deciding to sleep only at the house in town, Gordon's sleep patterns quickly returned to normal.
For Susan and Gordon, the inability to experience health, rest, and enjoyment of their recently and extensively renovated farmhouse in the country, has caused disruption, commuting, expense, and stress on their relationship.
(Susan and Gordon's country home is 1848m from the closest turbine; there are 8 more between 1.0 km & 2.0 km.)
Gerry and Liz have lived and farmed on their rural property for over 30 years. The industrialization of their rural neighbourhood has been devastating for them. Outside their home, the "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh" from the turbines interferes with their restful enjoyment of their gardens, and inhibits their use of their property and ability to socialize outdoors.
In winter, they notice a roaring sound outside of their home. Inside, shadow flicker and the turbines' reflections in the windows are daily disruptions for them. As well, the red flashing lights have caused them to require blinds, when the privacy of a country home never required this before.
Liz likes to walk with her dog on the farm. However, ice throw from neighbouring turbines became a concern. When Liz contacted Enbridge, she was advised not to walk on her property closer than 200 m from her fence line.
As a long term member of this rural community, Liz is disturbed by the injustice of the planning, management, and oversight of this installation. She is frustrated by the lack of action and solutions on behalf of Enbridge and the Ministry of the Environment.
(Gerry and Liz's home is 1109m from the closest turbine; there are 9 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 13 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)
Joyce and Dan are cash crop farmers on a large agricultural property. In 2009, when the turbines' transmission lines were tied in to the existing power lines, they each began to notice disturbances in their health. Both Joyce and Dan began to feel unwell and restless while at home, and then developed ringing in their ears and sleep deprivation. Near water and electrical lines in the home, symptoms of burning, vibrating, and uneasiness increase. They laid extra mats on the floors in these areas and wore thick-soled shoes indoors.
Joyce and Dan had arranged for electrical pollution testing from a local consultant both before and after the transmission lines were tied in. The after test results showed a significant increase. Electrical filters and a "Ronk Blocker" were installed on their property to address the uncontrolled electricity. They shut the power off in their home and regularly slept in their camper trailer. Even when Joyce and Dan go away for several months or weeks at a time, they notice they have a chronic sensitivity to electrical charge. CFL light bulbs and fluorescent in-store lighting make them feel very agitated and uneasy. In their trailer, only one thing at a time can be plugged in, otherwise they
are overloaded with electrical charge and feel sick.
The turbine transmission lines have made Joyce and Dan very sensitive to electrical pollution, and the problem appears to worsen over time. Despite the costly devices and self-help strategies (including winter vacations), after three and a half years of worsening health challenges, Joyce and Dave sold the property they had farmed for 48 years. They have moved into town to protect their health.
Joyce and Dan asked for help from Enbridge and Hydro One but received no mitigation or assistance.
(Joyce and Dan's home is 488m from the closest turbine; there are 5 more within 1.0 km.; 12 more 1.0 km to 2.0 km.; 13 more 2.0 km to 3.0 km)