Day 1 of the Ostrander Point appeal – Monday, March 4

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Can you attend Day 1 of the Ostrander Point ERT appeal on Monday, 10:30 am in Demorestville?  It would be a big help. As you know, just before Christmas, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) approved Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point industrial wind turbine project on the south shore of Prince Edward County.  This was distressing news for County residents, who have actively opposed this development for years.  Fortunately for our community, we’re not giving up.

On Monday, appeals by two County citizens’ groups will commence before an Environmental Review Tribunal — PECFN on harm to the natural environment and APPEC on harm to human health.  It’s the County’s last stand against Gilead and the MOE…and reinforcements are needed.

This is where you come in…how you can do something very important to help.  Just show up.  It’s that simple.  We’re asking you to attend the first day of the ERT hearing on Monday, and bring a friend if possible.  It’s essential that we pack the hall with County residents to demonstrate County solidarity on this issue.  We need you!

This Monday, March 4, at the Sophiasburgh Town Hall, 2771 County Road 5 in Demorestville.  Please arrive at 10:30 for the session, which will start at 11:00 am sharp.

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  1. !!!!WARNING:
    – Living by wind turbines is dangerous.
    – Do not participate in University of Waterloo research. It is unethical and not science.

    The following was received from University of Waterloo.
    Any errors in reproduction are intended.

    Covering letter:

    UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
    SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS

    Quality of Life and Renewable Energy Technologies

    Dear Resident,

    The Ontario Research Chair program in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health (ORC-RETH) at the University of Waterloo is exploring if there is a relationship between quality of life and living within close proximity of renewable energy technologies such as solar farms, wind farms, and biogas plants. This study will use different methods like surveys and physical assessments in hopes of understanding the potential quality of life impacts that may result from renewable energy technologies in Ontario communities.

    Your community has been selected by our research team as one of several communities to be included in this project. Your experience and perspective is very important to understanding the role renewable energy technologies play in quality of life across Ontario.

    The enclosed survey is the first component of our research program. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The questions are intended to provide general information about you, your health and personal well-being, your community, and renewable energy technologies. Questions about your health and demographic information are asked for study purposes only. This survey is for adults who live in this house regularly. To ensure our study selects people at random, we are asking the adult (18 years or older) in your household with the next upcoming birthday to fill out this survey. Please fill out the survey by yourself and only complete responses based on your own experiences and not the experiences of others.

    You may change your mind about participation and not return the survey. All questions are voluntary and you do not have to complete all questions to participate. All information you provide will be considered confidential. To ensure the confidentiality of individuals’ data, each participant will be identified by a participant identification code known only to the University of Waterloo researchers. Any publications or reports that result from this study will primarily report average responses of groups of participants. In the case where individual data may be presented, the individual will not be identified.Your information will be stored safely and securely at the University of Waterloo at the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Any identifying information will be retained for seven years, after which it will be destroyed by confidential shredding. While de-identified data will be retained indefinitely, after this point, no identifiers will exist linking you to the data collected during the study. All information you provide will be kept confidential, except as required under law. There are no known or anticipated risks to participation in this survey.

    If you are interested in participating in this study, you can complete the survey on your own time and return the completed survey in the enclosed, self-addressed, stamped envelope. We will then enter your name into a draw. If selected, you will receive a $150 gift card for a store of your choice. The amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report the amount received for income tax purposes.

    This study also involved a second component, which will include a more detailed health assessment in which you will be asked to undergo a health assessment in your home by a nursing student and a research assistant from the RETH group. This assessment may include any of the following parts: providing a small hair sample, keeping a sleep diary and symptom journal for a week, collecting saliva samples for three days, completing a similar survey to this one, and allowing a research assistant to measure the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of your home. If you are interested in being contacted to participate in the second component please indicate this on the contact form. Not all participants who volunteer to take part in this component will be selected. You will receive up to $75 if you are selected to participate, depending on which and how many parts of the assessment you participate in.

    If you have any questions about this study contact Tanya Christidis (Project Coordinator) at the University of Waterloo 1-519-888-4567 ext. 31342 or tchristi @uwaterloo.ca. For more information about the Ontario Research Chair program in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health please visit http: //www. orc-reth.uwaterloo.ca/.

    This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Office of Reseach Ethics at the University of Waterloo. Should you have any comments or concerns resulting from your participation in this study, please contact Dr. Maureen Nummelin, Director of the Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567, ext. 36005 or maureen.nummelin @uwaterloo.ca. Thank you in advance for your interest in this project.

    Yours sincerely,

    xxx

    University of Waterloo Renewable Energy Technologies and Health Research Group

    Phil Bigelow, PhD
    Steve McColl, PhD
    Laurie Hoffman-Goetz, PhD
    Jane Law, PhD
    Shannon Majowicz, PhD
    Siva Sivoththaman, PhD
    Mahtab Kamali, PhD
    Veronique Boscart, RN, PhD
    Leila Jalali, MD
    Susan Yates, MSc, RN
    Tanya Christidis, MSc
    James Lane, MSc Candidate
    Samriti Mishra, MSc Candidate
    Claire Paller, MSc Candidate

    • Contact Information Form – Survey Participant

      This survey is for adults who live in this house regularly. To ensure our study selects people at random, we are asking the adult (18 years or older) in your household with the next upcoming birthday to fill our this survey.

      Please provide your name, address, phone number, and email address below. This information will only be used to contact you if your home has been selected in the draw, provide you feedback on the study, and to contact you if you choose to be considered for participation in component two of the study. Include this contact information form in the return envelope, along with your completed survey.

      Name:
      Mailing Address:
      Phone Number:
      Email Address (optional):
      Signature:
      Date:

      The next portion of our research project will be a more thorough assessment of health. Participants who took part in this survey will be considered for the second assessment only if they are interested in doing so. Participants in component two will undergo a health assessment in their home by a nursing student and a research assistant from the Renewable Energy Technologies and Health group, provide a small hair sample, keep a sleep diary and symptom journal for a week, collect saliva samples for three days, complete a similar survey to this one, and allow researchers to measure the global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of their home. Preference will be given to interested participants who live closest to renewable energy technologies.

      If selected, are you interested in being contacted for participation in the second part of this study?
      _ Yes
      _ No

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        UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
        SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS

        Quality of Life and Renewable Energy Technologies Study

        It is critical that this survey captures the unique experiences of different kinds of residents in communities with renewable energy technologies. We strongly encourage you to take part in this survey, because your particular experience is important to help improve renewable energy policy in Ontario.

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        This survey is for adults who live in this house most the time. To ensure our study selects people at random, we are asking the adult (18 years or older) in your household with the next upcoming birthday to fill out this survey.

        CONTACT INFORMATION

        If you have any questiosn about the study at any time, please contact Tanya Christidis (Project Manager) at 519-888-4567 ext. 31342 or (tchristi@uwaterloo.ca)

        GLOSSARY OF TERMS

        Wind farm: A collection of wind turbines that generates electricity to be sold on the elctrcial grid. This does not include wind turbines installed to generate electricity for a single household or building.

        Solar farm: A collection of solar panels that generates electricity to be sold on the electrical grid. This does not include solar panels installed to generate electrcity for a single household or building.

        Biogas plant: A facility that converts farm wastes and/or crops into a fuel that is burned to generate energy or electricity to be sold on the electrical grid.

        RETURN INFORMATION

        Once you have completed the survey, please return it along with your contract information form to the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in the self-addressed, postage paid envelope.

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        SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS

        If you would like help completing the survey please contact the project office using the contact information on the previous page. There are six parts to complete. The survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

        This survey includes questions about you, your quality of life, and your community. You can choose not to answer any questions. Please read the instructions provided and choose the answers that appear most appropriate. If you are unsure about which response to give to a question, the first response you think of is often the best one.

        The survey will consists of questions in tables with row(s) and columns like the example question on the bottom of this page about totday’s weather. Some questions will be “fill-in-the blank” format and will ask you to report an answer without a list of options. In the example below you are being asked to show your level of agreement of disagreement with the statement “I’m enjoying today’s weather” by selecting only one of the six possible answers. If you agree, circle the number 5. If you disagree, circle the number 1. If you neither agree nor disagree, circle the number 3. If your opinion fits between these three categories, you can select 2 or 4. If you don’t know what your opinion is, you can check the box under “I don’t know” to indicate this. It is important that you answer each question as best you can. Please choose only one asnwer per statement unless otherwise specified.

        Thank you for participating in this suvey!

        EXAMPLE QUESTION

        How well does the following statement describe your feelings today?

        I’m enjoying today’s weather

        5 – Agree
        [4]
        3 – Neutral
        2
        1 – Disagree
        _ I don’t know

      • Keep in mind that if you are offended by this survey, the Supreme Court SCOC — might just back you…

        http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/03/02/rex-murphy-choosing-self-esteem-over-freedom-of-speech/

        “Welcome to Canada, land of never-speaking-ill-of-a-marginalized-group free-ish speech. You can say what you like in Canada — to yourself, in a low voice. According to our Supreme Court, free speech is secondary to the right not to feel offended.”

        The World According to Rex Murphy

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    Part 1: Renewable Energy in Ontario

    The following section asks for your level of agreement/disagreement with statements related to renewable energy technologies.

    How well do the following statements describe your view of renewable energy technologies in Ontario?
    5 – Agree
    4 –
    3 – Neutral
    2 –
    1 – Disagree
    _ I don’t know

    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.

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    How well do the following statements describe your view of renewable energy technologies in Ontario?
    5 – Agree
    4 –
    3 – Neutral
    2 –
    1 – Disagree
    _ I don’t know

    8. Solar farms should be owned by people in the community.
    9. I am interested in renewable energy as a new source of income.
    10. A community that is producing its own renewable energy should receive electricity at a discount.
    11. Wind farms are built where the best available resources are.
    12. Biogas plants are built where the best available resources are.
    13. Solar farms are built where the best available resources are.
    14. Wind farms should only be located in communities that want this type of development.
    15. Biogas platns should only be located in communities that want this type of development.
    16. Solar farms shoudl only be located in communities that want this type of development.

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    How well do the following statements describe your view of renewable energy technologies in Ontario?
    5 – Agree
    4 –
    3 – Neutral
    2 –
    1 – Disagree
    _ I don’t know

    17. Wind farms are a risk to wildlife.
    18. Biogas plants are a risk to wildlife.
    19. Solar farms are a risk to wildlife.
    20. Wind farms can cause negative health effects in nearby residents.
    21. Biogas plants can cause negative health effects in nearby residents.
    22. Solar farms can cause negative health effects in nearby residents.
    23. Wind farms are too visually dominant in a rural landscape.
    24. Biogas plants are too visually dominant in a rural landscape.
    25. Solar farms are too visually dominant in a rural landscape.
    26. Renewable energy technologies produce dirty energy (stray voltage).

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    27. 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

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

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

    30. If you would like to elaborate on any of your answers to the above questions in Part 1, please do so here:

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    31. How likely would you be to search for information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) for any reaosn?
    _ Very likely
    _ Somewhat likely
    _ Somewhat unlikely
    _ Very unlikely
    _ I don’t know

    32. 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): _____

    33. Where else did you look or go to for information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health? (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
    _ Did not look anywhere else
    _ Other (please specify) _____

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    34. Was there somewhere else that you look or go to for information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health? (check only one in this box)
    _ Books
    _ Brochures, Pamplets, etc
    _ Community association
    _ Family
    _ Friend/Neighbour/Coworker
    _ Doctor/Health care provider
    _ Internet
    _ Library
    _ Magazines
    _ Newspapers
    _ Telephone Information Number
    _ I don’t know
    _ Did not look anywhere else
    _ Other (please specify): _________

    35. The most recent time you looked for information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health was it for…
    _ Yourself
    _ For someone else
    _ For yourself and someone else
    _ I don’t know

    36. The most recent time you looked for information about renewable energies and health was it about…
    _ Wind turbines
    _ Solar
    _ Biogas
    _ Other (specify): _________
    _ Cannot recall name/ I don’t know
    _ I’ve never looked for such information

    37. Overall, how confident are you that you could get health-related advice or information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas if you needed it?
    _ Completely confident
    _ Very confident
    _ Somewhat confident
    _ A little confident
    _ Not at all confident
    _ I don’t know

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    Based on the results of your most recent search for information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
    4 Strongly agree
    3 Somewhat agree
    2 Somewhat disagree
    1 Strongly disagree
    _ I don’t know

    38. It took a lot of effort to get the information you needed.
    39. You were concerned with the quality of the information.
    40. The information you found was hard to understand.

    In general, how much would you trust information about renewable energies (such as wind turbines, solar, biogas) and health…
    4 – A lot
    3 – Some
    2 – A little
    1 – Not at all
    _ I don’t know

    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):
    ______

    *(Government health agencies include the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and local health departments)

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      Part 2: Housing and Community

      This set of questions will ask about where you live and the characteristics of our community. Please answer these questions referring to your home as the location where this survey was delivered. If this suvey was delivered to a seasonal home, answer these questions based on your experiences in this summer home only.

      1. This suvey was delievered to a seasonal home (cottage, summer home, cabin). Yes No
      2. For how many years have you lived at your current residence?
      3. If you lived in another community before your current one, what was the postal code of your last residence?
      4. What are the ages and genders of the people living in your home (including yourself)?
      Person 1 (survey respondent) Age:__ Female Male
      Person 2 (if applicable) Age:__ Female Male
      Person 3 (if applicable) Age:__ Female Male
      Person 4 (if applicable) Age:__ Female Male
      Person 5 (if applicable) Age:__ Female Male
      Person 6 (if applicable) Age:__ Female Male

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      How well do the following statements describe life in your community? Statements refer to the last four weeks unless other stated.
      5 – Agree
      4 –
      3 – Neutral
      2 –
      1 – Disagree

      5. I spend a lot of time at home if possible.
      6. When outside on a calm summer morning, I can hear only birds singing and other nature sounds.
      7. Sound from agricultural machinery is a natural part of life in my community.
      8. It is not very important what my community looks like, as long as it is functional.
      9. The natural landscape around my house is relaxing.
      10. I have renovated major parts of my dwelling since I moved in.
      11. The area where I live is suitable for economic growth.
      12. Background sounds from road traffic are almost always present outdoors near my dwelling.
      13. I feel a sense of community with people living in this area.
      14. I like to personalize my dwelling.

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      How well do the following statements describe life in your community? Statements refer ot the last four weeks unless otherwise stated.
      5 – Agree
      4 –
      3 – Neutral
      2 –
      1 – Disagree

      15. I feel that “big businesses are invading my landscape.
      16. I live in a progressive community with a sustainable future.
      17. My opinioin was considered in the social and economic development of this area.
      18. I would like the chance to be more involved with my community.
      19. I would be supportive of a community-owned renewable energy project.
      20. I would like to be part of a community owned energy project that offset my utility cost.
      21. I have many friends in the community that I socialize with.
      22. It is never really quiet in the area.
      23. I am concerned about keeping the garden/backyard tidy.

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        Part 3: Environmental Stressors

        This section asks about things in your environment that may be annoying to you. Please answer these questions referring to you home as the location where this survey was delivered.

        The following statements about some things in your communitythat 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.
        5 – Very annoyed
        4 –
        3 –
        2 –
        1 – Not annoyed/ Don’t notice
        _ N/A, not exposed

        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

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        The following statements ask 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.
        5 – Very annoyed
        4 –
        3 –
        2 –
        1 – Not annoyed/ Don’t notice
        _ N/A, not exposed

        9. Sound from road traffic
        10. Sound from railways
        11. Sound from wind turbines
        12. Visible power lines/pylons
        13. Visible factories
        14. Visible wind turbines
        15. Visible solar panels
        16. Visible busy road
        17. Other (please specify):
        __________

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        18. How would you describe the amount of time that you typically spend away from your home on WEEKDAYS? (check all that apply)
        _ Less than 2h (e.g. spend most of the day at home)
        _ 2h (e.g. running a lot of errands, volunteering)
        _ 4h (e.g. part time job)
        _ 6 – 10 h (e.g. full time job)
        _ Other (please specify): ________________

        19. How would you descirbe the amount of time that you typically spend away from your home on WEEKENDS? (check all that apply)
        _ Less than 2h (e.g. spend most of the day at home)
        _ 2h (e.g. running a lot of errands, volunteering)
        _ 4h (e.g. part time job)
        _ 6 – 10 h (e.g. full time job)
        _ Other (please specify): ________________

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        Please indicate the distance you live from the following infrastructure. You can state the distance in either miles or kilometres. Note 1 km = 0.6 mi

        _ Exactly ______ km OR ______ mi
        _ I don’t know
        _ Approximately 0 – 1 km
        _ Approximately 1 – 2 km
        _ Approximately 2 – 3 km
        _ Approximately 3 – 4 km
        _ Approximately 4 – 5 km
        _ More than 5 km

        20. The distance to the nearest solar farm to my residence is…
        21. The distance of the nearest wind farm to my residence is…
        22. The distance of the nearest biogas plant to my residence is…

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        Part 4: Sleep

        The following section asks general information about your sleep habits.

        The following questions relate to your usual sleep habits during the past month only. Your answers should indicate the most accurate reply for the majority of days and nights in the past month.

        During the past month…

        1. What time have you usually gone to bed (please also circle a.m. or p.m.) ___a.m./p.m.
        2. How long has it taken you to fall asleep each night? (Once you have decided to go to sleep) ___minutes
        3. What time have you usually woken up in the morning? (pleas ealso circle a.m. or p.m.) ___a.m./p.m.
        4. How many hours of actual sleep do you get at night? (This may be different than the number of hours you spend in bed) __hours __minutes

        5. During the past month, how would you rate your sleep quality overall?
        _ Very good
        _ Fairly Good
        _ Fairly Bad
        _ Very Bad

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        During the past month, how often have you had trouble sleeping because you…
        1 – Not in the past month
        2 – Less than once a week
        3 – 1-2 times a week
        4 – 3+ times a week

        6. Cannot get to sleep within 30 minutes?
        7. Wake up in the middle of the night or early morning?
        8. Have to get up to use the bathroom?
        9. Cannot breath comfortably?
        10. Cough or snore loudly?
        11. Feel too cold?
        12. Feel too hot?
        13. Have bad dreams?
        14. Have pain?
        15. Other (please specify):
        _______

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        During the past month…
        1 – Not in the past month
        2 – Less than once a week
        3 – 1-2 times a week
        4 – 3+ times a week

        16. How often have you taken medicine (prescribed or “over the counter”) to help you sleep?
        17. How often have you had trouble staying awake while driving, eating meals, or engaging in social activity?
        18. How much of a problem has it been for you to keep up enthusiasm to get things done?

        The following questions are about what generally interrupts your sleep.

        During the past month, how often was your sleep interrupted by…
        1 – Not in the past month
        2 – Less than once a week
        3 – 1-2 times a week
        4 – 3+ times a week
        _ I don’t know

        19. Noises from inside your home?
        20. Road traffic?
        21. Aircraft and air traffic?
        22. Wind?

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        During the past month, how often was your sleep interrupted by…
        1 – Not in the past month
        2 – Less than once a week
        3 – 1-2 times a week
        4 – 3+ times a week
        _ I don’t know

        24.Ventilation system or air conditioner?
        25. Rain and/or thunderstorms?
        26. Wind turbines?
        27. Contruction?
        28. Other (please specify):
        ______

        If you would like to elaborate on any of your answers to the above questions in Part 4, please do so here: _________.

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        Part 5: Health and Well-Being

        The following questions ask general information about your health and well-being.
        1. In general would you say your health is…
        2. In general would you say your mental health is…
        3. How would you rate your quality of life?
        – Excellent
        – Very Good
        – Good
        – Fair
        – Poor

        How often have you been troubled by the following symptoms in the last month?
        1 – Never or seldon
        2 – About once a month
        3 – About once a week
        4 – Almost daily

        4. Headache
        5. Depression
        6. Not very sociable, wanting to be alone
        7. Irritable
        8. Resigned (e.g. feel like you’ve given up)
        9. Fearful

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        How often have you been troubled by the following symptoms in the last month?
        1 – Never or seldom
        2 – Abour once a month
        3 – About once a week
        4 – Almost Daily

        10. Concentratioin problems
        11. Nausea (e.g. upset or uneasy stomach)
        12. Vertigo (e.g. feel as if the room is spinning)
        13. Mood changes
        14. Migraine Headache
        15. Undue tiredness
        16. Pain and stiffness in the back, neck or shoulders
        17. Feeling tense or stressed
        18. Unusual body sensations
        19. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears
        20. Other (please specify):
        ____

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        The following questions are about activities you might do during a typical day. Does your health now limit you in these activities? If so, how much?
        _ Yes, limited a lot
        _ Yes, limited a little
        _ No, not limited at all

        22. Moderate acticities, such as moving a table, pushing a vacuum cleaner, bowling, or playing golf?
        23. Climbing several flights of stairs

        During the past 4 weeks how much of the time have you had any of the following problems with your work or other regular daily activities as a result of your physical health?
        1 – All of the time
        2 – Most of the time
        3 – Some of the time
        4 – A little of the time
        5 – None of the time

        24. Accomplished less than you would like
        25. Were limited in the kind of work or other activities

        During the past 4 weeks how much of the time have you had any of the folowing problems with your work or other regular daily activities as a result of any emotional problems (such as feeling depressed or anxious)?
        1 – All of the time
        2 – Most of the time
        3 – Some of the time
        4 – A little of the time
        5 – None of the time

        24. Accomplished less than you would like
        25. Did work or other activities less carefully than usual

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        28. During the past 4 weeks how much did pain interfere with your normal work (including both work outside the home and housework)?
        _ Not at all
        _ A little bit
        _ Moderately
        _ Quite a bit
        _ Extremely

        These questions are about how you feel and how things have been with you during the past 4 weeks. For each question, please give the one answer that comes closest to the way you have been feeling. How much of the time during the past 4 weeks…
        1 – All of the time
        2 – Most of the time
        3 – Some of the time
        4 – A little of the time
        5 – None of the time

        29. Have you felt calm and peaceful?
        30. Did you have a lot of energy?
        31. Have you felt downhearted and depressed?

        The following questions ask about your satisfaction with various aspects of your life.
        5 – Very satisfied
        4 –
        3 – Neither satsified nor dissatisfied
        2 –
        1 – Very dissatisfied

        32. How satisfied are you with your job or main activity?
        33. How satisfied are you with your leisure activities?

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        The following questions ask about your satisfaction with various aspects of your life.
        5 – Very satisfied
        4 –
        3 – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
        2 –
        1 – Very dissatisfied

        34. How satisfied are you with your financial situation?
        35. How satisfied are you with yourself?
        36. How satisfied are you with the way your body looks?
        37. How satisfied are you with your relationships with friends?
        39. How satisfied are you with your housing?
        40. How satisfied are you with your neighbourhood?

        41. During the past 4 weeks how much of the time has your physical health or emotional problems interfered with your social activities (like visiting with friends, relatives, etc.)?
        _ All of the time
        _ Most of the time
        _ Some of the tiem
        _ A little of the time
        _ None of the time

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        Below are five statements with which you may agree or disagree. Using the boxes below, indicate your agreement with each item. Please be open and honest in your responses.

        42. In most ways my life is close to my ideal.

        43. The conditions of my life are excellent.

        44. I am satisfied with my life.

        45. So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.

        46. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

        47. If you would like to elaborate on any of your answers to the above questions in Part 5, please do so here: ____.

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        Part 6: Demographic Information

        This section asks demographic information like your education and marital status. These questions are asked for the purpose of the study only. You may choose not to respond to any question(s) you prefer not to answer.

        1. What is the highest level of education that you have received?
        _ Less than secondary
        _ High School Diploma
        _ College/University
        _ Post-Graduate or higher

        2. What is your employment status?
        _ Full-time employment
        _ Unemployed
        _ Student
        _ Part-time employment
        _ Retired
        _ Other (please specify): _____

        3. What is your occupation? If you are not currently employed, please indicate what your most recent occupation was.
        ________________

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        4. Do you own or rent your home?
        _ Own (proceed to 5)
        _ Rent (proceed to 7)
        _ Other (please specify and then proceed to 7): _______

        5. How much did you pay to purchase your property?
        $_____
        _ I don’t know

        6. What was your property valued at in your final 2011 property tax bill?
        $_____
        _ Estimated
        _ Looked it up
        _ I don’t know

        7. What is your marital status?
        _ Single
        _ Widowed
        _ Divorced
        _ Married
        _ Common-law
        _ Separated
        _ Other (please specify): ______

        8. What is your best estimate of the total income received by all household members from all sources, before taxes, in the past 12 months? Income can come from various sources such as from work, investments, pensions, or government and is the amount you would report on your income tax.
        _ Less than $20,000
        _ $20,000 – $40,000
        _ $40,000 – $80,000
        _ $80,000 – $100,000
        _ $100,000 – $120,000
        _ $120,000 and over
        _ I don’t know
        _ Prefer not to answer

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        What is your adress?
        This information will be used ONLY to measure distance to the closest renewable energy infrastructure and will NOT be used for ANY other purpose.
        Street address:
        City/Town:
        Township:
        County:
        Postal Code:
        Lot (if applicable):
        Concession (if applicable):
        Emergency Locator Number/Fire Number (if applicable):

        Please indicate todays date: (__/__/__) day month year

        You have now completed the survey.
        On behalf of the Renewable Energy Technologies and Health team, thank you very much for your time.

        Please complete the contact form and include it in the return envelope if you wish to take part in the draw.

        If you are interested in taking part in the second component of this research, more details are provided in the information letter and you can indicate whether you are interested in participating on the contact form.

  3. For those who understand the form of statistics practiced in the social sciences it would seem that they wish to do “Factor Analysis”. That’s a guess — but for now I will stand by it. Another person has confirmed that the guess could be a good one. But, we do not know and have no confirmation.

    To do so they must ask a set of standardized questions which have been used many times previously. Yes that does mean that the premise of the questions could well be out of date. Reading the survey in its entirety will reveal that they are likely trying to determine if you had pre-existing attitudes or medical conditions that are affecting your answer. Clearly one of the issues seems to be a desire to determine if you are upset that other people are making money — and you are not — and how that affects your answers.

    You can google the terms and also “Eigen Values” and related terms to “Factor Analysis” and “Factor Loading”. You will find all the terms in the Climate Audit Blog. If the Climate Audit articles are beyond you stick to the post by “faustusnotes” — i thought his explanation was quite good.

    If you look at the link here:
    http://climateaudit.org/2012/09/23/more-deception-in-the-lewandowsky-data/#comment-357255

    And click on the blue “here” link it will take you to an explanation of Factor Analysis at both the layman and practitioner level. It refers to the paper By Stephan Lewandowsky that attempted to show that people who did not believe in “Global Warming” were Conspiracy Theorists.

    If you follow the posts by Steven McIntyre of Climate Audit you will find some spirited discussion of the validity of this type of survey. In my opinion the article by the “faustusnotes” blogger showed that a skilled unbiased practitioner can with the help of skilled reviewers extract results from survey that appears to me, on the face of it, to be worse than useless. Astounding really!

    I would dearly love to discuss the survey with S&D and if the moderator wishes to arrange an exchange of email addresses I would love to hear about initial impressions of the survey. A telephone call would be most entertaining! Your opinions cannot be any more “interesting” than mine were — I assure you. I also have an original.

  4. The situation that rural Ontarians find themselves in with IWTs has nothing to do with global warming/climate change except this has been uses as an EXCUSE to install IWTs. IWTs can’t change the climate one way or another in regards to CO2 emissions. IWTs need fossil fuel backup which produces CO2 anyway so there is no CO2 reduction or almost no CO2 reduction.
    But there are people who either can’t or won’t do any searching to find out this information and there are those who don’t want to know.
    Rural Ontarians have had horse-and-buggy IWT contraptions forced upon them under the guise that this is new technology which can produce a reliable supply of electricity and save planet earth at the same time.
    The present government has MPPs that will not read the history and science of wind turbines to find out they don’t work and learn that this is the reason why they were not adopted long ago as a source of reliable of electricity becaue they aren’t
    But they do produce great sums of money for fat-cats and the asorted hangers-on who profit from this scam and this is the real reason they are being installed in Ontario.
    Many if not all of those involved in this IWT scam don’t care about the bad effects of IWTs as they don’t or won’t be living anywhere near them.
    So if anyone objects to this IWT scam they are labled as people who are climate change deniers or believe in conspiracies. Also people who are afraid of “new” technology. Or object because they don’t share in the money from this scam.

    • Barbara:

      I am not sure about the use of the word excuse. People firmly believed they had a reasons to revive medieval technology to save the future. Unfortunately the future is not what it used to be… See here for a time line of various cooling/warming scares…
      http://butnowyouknow.net/those-who-fail-to-learn-from-history/climate-change-timeline/

      I predict that in two or three decades some bright young lad or lass will come upon the rusting, rotting corroding hulks on Ostrander Point and start a movement to revive them to prevent the next ice age — or perhaps even to forestall the next alien invasion until we are ready to repel them with Death Stars and Energy Rays. These things have a way of working themselves out…

      Instead of surveys — scientists will go door-to-door with fantastical sampling mechanisms that will sample and decode your DNA and thereby answer each and every question that might ever be asked of you.

      The only thing you can be sure of is that a use for them will be found — whether it is in fantastic and new and magical technologies or for speculative science fiction in “What were they Really For…???” stories.

      Progress is a wonderful thing. Isn’t it?

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