Frustrated Chatham-Kent residents stage blockade at wind turbine site

CBC News
Chatham-Kent residents frustrated with wind turbine construction they blame for tainting their drinking water staged another blockade Tuesday morning and have temporarily shut down the North Kent Wind project.

It is the second blockade in as many weeks by the group calling itself Water Wells First. It is protesting what it believes is provincial inaction on pile driving residents claim is pushing bits of sediment into their drinking water.

“The people here in the community just feel like they’re sitting like guinea pigs, waiting to be plucked out and experimented on,” said spokesperson Kevin Jakubec during the blockade held on Aug. 17.  “The tensions are boiling over here.”

“The people here in the community just feel like they’re sitting like guinea pigs, waiting to be plucked out and experimented on,” said spokesperson Kevin Jakubec during the blockade held on Aug. 17.
“The tensions are boiling over here.”

Following that blockade, Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope wrote to minister of environment Chris Ballard, asking for an “immediate intervention” in the water quality issues due to “conflicting reports” on water quality that created “fear and concern among residents.”

“The ministry cannot remain silent on this very important issue,” the mayor added. “This is an extremely urgent matter which demands immediate, decisive action from your ministry and government.” Read article

52 thoughts on “Frustrated Chatham-Kent residents stage blockade at wind turbine site

  1. It’s sad that some people have decided it doesn’t matter what happens that “wind” is the answer, so what if it harms the environment, kills bats/birds and now it appears can cause problems with wells. The few construction jobs it makes isn’t worth it, but they (wind industry) seems to have pulled the wool over many polititians eyes.

    This new development – causes me to think that areas who are having wind turbines constructed — should have their wells tested prior to the construction to help make their case.

    • You are correct. However, in addition, Industrial wind turbines are so bad in so many ways you haven’t mentioned, I do not know where to begin. They are a FRAUD, imposed upon the people of Ontario by the McGuinty and Wynn Liberal governments to enrich colleagues and party trough guzzlers. Check the public records. Why a fraud? First, because they are not “green.” Installing one single wind turbine entails cutting down many needed tress, building roads where none as needed before to Service said turbines, pouring tons of concrete to erect them, killing millions of birds, bats, and other animals, destroying habitat, injuring the health of thousands of rural people unlucky enough to live near them, fattening the pockets of multinational companies with rich 20 year contracts paying guaranteed profits many times over the cost of electricity generated by other method. Hundreds of thousands of heavy equipment trucks, cemetery mixers, boring machines are required to desecrate and pollute the countryside in order to erect these guargantuan monstrosities. They work only when the wind blows, and even then, if the grid is not in need of that electricity, it is dumped in the U.S. for a fraction of its cost to the taxpayers of Ontario. .

    • Should have wells tested to establish a baseline, prior to construction, for water quality by a certified private lab. Vibration testing should be done as well.

      Renewable energy such as wind and solar are part of the United Nations global agenda.

      U.N. publications reveal this agenda.

  2. But it’s to counter-act global warming oops scratch thait climate change!
    Cause the climate isn’t always changing. Are we sure it’s not coridnated plan to deindustrilize the west and fund a one world totatarian government? What a strange conspiracy theory I’m sure it’s all UN kindness for the earth. Seriously, Jesus loves you and so do I. Peace.

  3. From the reports so far, it sounds like the wind spokespeople and the government are treating residents. whose safety, security and pleasure in their beloved homes are being threatened, the same in Chatham Kent as they have in Huron County and many other counties where residents reported a change in their health once the turbines were turned on due to noise, low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation.
    This is absolutely unethical!
    This government has demonstrated that it has lost its capacity to recognize our common humanity.
    Forced relocation is unacceptable!

  4. An investigation into health impacts of wind turbines was initiated in March 2016. (Ontario’s HPPA, Health Protection and Promotion Act). Since then we have had one delay after another, and still no remedy for those living under turbines.

    As of Aug 14, 2017, Erica Clark informed me they have heard back University of Waterloo ethics and have submitted another ethics application to address concerns raised. Meanwhile I have been told that all communications of the ethics board, including the names an positions of the applicants, is confidential.

    I am asking for transparency, and for immediate action on this urgent health issue.

    For further details, including correspondence and my own research on Infra sound and wind turbines, please see my web page below.

    Sincerely,
    Richard Mann
    Associate Professor, Computer Science
    University of Waterloo
    http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr

    Encl: Correspondence with Erica Clark. Published with permission.
    —————–

    From: Erica Clark
    Date: August 14, 2017 at 3:52:44 PM EDT

    You can publish/circulate the following summary:

    Status of the Huron County Health Unit wind turbine study

    The wind turbine study is currently undergoing ethics review. Due to the sensitive nature of the information we intend to collect, ethics clearance is important to ensure the recruitment and data collection methods are ethical. We partnered with researchers from the University of Waterloo to do the study and submitted an application to the University of Waterloo Human Research and Ethics Committee. The application was submitted on March 2, 2017 and reviewed at the March 23, 2017 meeting. On April 5, 2017 we received a letter from the University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Committee listing revisions and additional information required to receive ethics clearance. We sent a response back to the University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Committee on May 18, 2017 detailing the changes we had made. The University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Committee met in June and sent us a second letter on June 27, 2017 outlining additional revisions and requests for clarification. We sent a second response back to the University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Committee on August 9, 2017. We are now waiting for a response.

    We understand that it is a long process to get ethics clearance but it is a critical step to ensure that the recruitment and data collection methods are ethical.

    Thanks
    Erica
    ____________________________________
    Erica Clark, PhD
    Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
    Huron County Health Unit
    77722B London Rd., RR #5
    Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
    519.482.3416 ext. 2022
    Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
    http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
    eclark@huroncounty.ca

    • What is the name of “the Medical Officer of Health” responsible for this HPPA investigation in Huron County?

      Also, please be aware that other Medical Officers of Health at Health Units in Ontario initiated HPPA investigations into wind turbine complaints several years earlier than Huron County did. You might ask, what were the results of those investigations, and struggle to find comprehensible answers to that question.

      • When the last public meeting was held in December of 2016 to seek public approval for the first ‘study’ proposal, the Interim Medical Officer of Health was Doctor Maarten Bokhout.

      • Does anyone know what the oath is that medical doctors in Ontario take regarding harm?
        How can it be acceptable to allow this length of time to pass, after a public declaration of ‘criteria for assessment’ to investigate? If the concern is ethics, then how is it ethical to delay like this?
        Why does the HCHU refuse to list the well known symptoms of harm from noise, low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation on their website. These are all listed on the Waubra Foundation website.
        There are still people in HC who are experiencing these symptoms and have not made the connection to the turbines that are so densely sited around their homes. Whose job is it to help these people realize what is happening to them?

      • Ethics?

        The Health Protection and Promotion Act is a LAW in Ontario, Canada that requires the local “Medical Officer of Health” to “investigate” “complaints” “to determine whether a health hazard exists or does not exist.”

        The Health Protection and Promotion Act also states that “every Board of Health shall superintend and ensure the carrying out” of the Act.

        Ms. Erica Clark, Ph.D., is NOT a Medical Officer of Health.

        Ms. Erica Clark is NOT licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

        Ms. Erica Clark is NOT a medical doctor whatsoever.

        Ms. Erica Clark’s actions by her employment and/or other contracts can (do) expose herself and Huron County to liabilities.

        Mr. George Dixon, Ph.D., is a Vice-President at the University of Waterloo purporting to be in charge of the University’s ethics reviews.

        Mr. Dixon’s action can (do) expose the University to liabilities.

        Mr. George Dixon was confronted with the ethics issues of harm caused by wind turbines in Ontario more than five (5) years ago, and in some opinions Mr. Dixon chose at that time to intentionally shirk his responsibilities and cover-up the issues.

        Now you are being asked to believe that the Health Protection and Promotion Act Investigation is being held up by Ms. Clark and Mr. Dixon.

        “And the pea got moved under the shells again,” it would appear.

      • Correction:

        Should be:

        “… their actions ***AND INACTIONS*** expose themselves and the County to liabilities.”

        Sorry about that.

        # Accountability – it’s good for you.

      • From: Maarten Bokhout
        Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:42:18 -0400
        Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        To: Richard Mann

        Dear Dr. Mann,
        Yes, doctor, I have received your email message. I have spoken
        to Dr. Clark about the situation, and am familiar with it. Dr. Clark
        has my permission to deal with your concerns directly.

        Maarten Bokhout, MD, etc. Acting MOH, Huron County Health Unit

        On 4/27/17, Richard Mann wrote:
        > Dear Erica,
        > CC: Dr. Bokhout (mcbokhout@gmail.com)
        > CC: Jean-Guy Albert
        >
        > Can you please explain why you are not sharing letter/response you
        > received from Waterloo ethics?
        >
        > Also, are you aware of the latest research out of Germany? This is
        > groundbreaking work, both in the stimulus used and brain activity reported.
        >
        > Finally, can I ask that Dr. Bokhout (mcbokhout@gmail.com) please confirm
        > receipt of this email message. I am not comfortable using a
        > private/Gmail account for official correspondence.
        >
        > Thanks,
        > Richard
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > On 04/25/2017 04:37 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
        >> Hi Richard,
        >>
        >> We are not sharing the letter we received from the ethics committee. Once
        >> we have addressed all of the concerns raised by the committee we will be
        >> sending a letter back to the committee. If they are satisfied with our
        >> response the project will be approved at that time. If there is something
        >> more they want us to address we will receive another letter listing the
        >> concerns they wish us to address. We do not need to resubmit the project
        >> for review. This is the first project I have submitted to the University
        >> of Waterloo ethics committee so I can’t comment on how quickly the
        >> research office responds to letters after the project has been reviewed.
        >> My experience with other university ethics committees is that the response
        >> time can be one to five business days.
        >>
        >> Thanks
        >> Erica
        >>
        >> ____________________________________
        >> Erica Clark, PhD
        >> Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
        >> Huron County Health Unit
        >> 77722B London Rd., RR #5
        >> Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
        >> 519.482.3416 ext. 2022
        >> Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
        >> http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
        >> eclark@huroncounty.ca
        >>
        >> We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed
        >> decisions about infant nutrition.
        >>
        >> This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the
        >> intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged
        >> information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is
        >> prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the
        >> sender and destroy the original message and all copies.
        >>
        >> —–Original Message—–
        >> From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        >> Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:49 PM
        >> To: Erica Clark
        >> Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        >>
        >> Dear Erica,
        >> Am I allowed to see the comments of the Ethics committee?
        >>
        >> Also, do you intend to resubmit to the Ethics committee?
        >> If so, when do you expect to submit and when do you expect a reply?
        >>
        >> Thanks,
        >> Richard
        >>
        >>
        >> On 04/10/2017 02:21 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
        >>> Hi Richard,
        >>>
        >>> We are currently working on addressing some concerns identified by the
        >>> ethics committee. I will let you know when we have received ethics
        >>> approval.
        >>>
        >>> Thanks
        >>> Erica
        >>>
        >>> ____________________________________
        >>> Erica Clark, PhD
        >>> Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
        >>> Huron County Health Unit
        >>> 77722B London Rd., RR #5
        >>> Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
        >>> 519.482.3416 ext. 2022
        >>> Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
        >>> http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
        >>> eclark@huroncounty.ca
        >>>
        >>> We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed
        >>> decisions about infant nutrition.
        >>>
        >>> This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the
        >>> intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged
        >>> information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is
        >>> prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the
        >>> sender and destroy the original message and all copies.
        >>>
        >>>
        >>> —–Original Message—–
        >>> From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        >>> Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 2:15 PM
        >>> To: Erica Clark
        >>> Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        >>>
        >>> Dear Erica,
        >>> Can you please update me on the status of your investigation?
        >>> In particular, have you received ethics approval from University of
        >>> Waterloo?
        >>>
        >>> Thanks,
        >>> Richard
        >>>
        >>>
        >>> On 02/27/2017 03:44 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
        >>>> Hi Richard,
        >>>>
        >>>> All the study materials have been submitted to U Waterloo ethics so we
        >>>> are waiting for a response at the end of March. I will send you a copy
        >>>> of the surveys when they have been approved at the end of March. I’m
        >>>> not distributing the drafts at this time to avoid having similar
        >>>> versions of the surveys circulating when we start recruitment and data
        >>>> collection.
        >>>>
        >>>> Thanks
        >>>> Erica
        >>>>
        >>>> ____________________________________
        >>>> Erica Clark, PhD
        >>>> Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
        >>>> Huron County Health Unit
        >>>> 77722B London Rd., RR #5
        >>>> Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
        >>>> 519.482.3416 ext. 2022
        >>>> Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
        >>>> http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
        >>>> eclark@huroncounty.ca
        >>>>
        >>>> We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make
        >>>> informed decisions about infant nutrition.
        >>>>
        >>>> This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of
        >>>> the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged
        >>>> information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is
        >>>> prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the
        >>>> sender and destroy the original message and all copies.
        >>>>
        >>>>
        >>>> —–Original Message—–
        >>>> From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        >>>> Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 2:44 PM
        >>>> To: Erica Clark
        >>>> Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        >>>>
        >>>> Dear Erica,
        >>>> Can you please let me know the status of your investigation?
        >>>> In particular, do you have a survey/document yet?
        >>>> Can I get a copy?
        >>>> Finally has it been submitted to Waterloo ethics yet?
        >>>>
        >>>> Thanks,
        >>>> Richard
        >>>>
        >>>> On 02/08/2017 12:01 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
        >>>>> Hello,
        >>>>>
        >>>>> We are hoping to begin recruitment sometime in April, however, that
        >>>>> timeline is dependent when we receive ethics approval.
        >>>>>
        >>>>> Thanks
        >>>>> Erica
        >>>>>
        >>>>> ____________________________________
        >>>>> Erica Clark, PhD
        >>>>> Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
        >>>>> Huron County Health Unit
        >>>>> 77722B London Rd., RR #5
        >>>>> Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
        >>>>> 519.482.3416 ext. 2022
        >>>>> Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
        >>>>> http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
        >>>>> eclark@huroncounty.ca
        >>>>>
        >>>>> We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make
        >>>>> informed decisions about infant nutrition.
        >>>>>
        >>>>> This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of
        >>>>> the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged
        >>>>> information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution
        >>>>> is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact
        >>>>> the sender and destroy the original message and all copies.
        >>>>>
        >>>>> —–Original Message—–
        >>>>> From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        >>>>> Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:46 AM
        >>>>> To: Erica Clark
        >>>>> Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        >>>>>
        >>>>> Dear Erica,
        >>>>> If you submit by March 2, 2017, do you have a time line forward?
        >>>>>
        >>>>> In particular, do you have a projected date when you can proceed with
        >>>>> contact with the public?
        >>>>>
        >>>>> Thanks,
        >>>>> Richard
        >>>>>
        >>>>>
        >>>>> On 02/06/2017 02:51 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
        >>>>>> Hello,
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> Yes, we are submitting to the University of Waterloo and March 2, 2017
        >>>>>> is the deadline for the March REB meeting for reviewing research with
        >>>>>> human participants. All deadlines are listed on the University of
        >>>>>> Waterloo Office of Research website.
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> Thanks
        >>>>>> Erica
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> ____________________________________
        >>>>>> Erica Clark, PhD
        >>>>>> Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
        >>>>>> Huron County Health Unit
        >>>>>> 77722B London Rd., RR #5
        >>>>>> Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
        >>>>>> 519.482.3416 ext. 2022
        >>>>>> Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
        >>>>>> http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
        >>>>>> eclark@huroncounty.ca
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make
        >>>>>> informed decisions about infant nutrition.
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of
        >>>>>> the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged
        >>>>>> information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution
        >>>>>> is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact
        >>>>>> the sender and destroy the original message and all copies.
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> —–Original Message—–
        >>>>>> From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        >>>>>> Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 2:05 PM
        >>>>>> To: Erica Clark
        >>>>>> Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> Dear Erica,
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> Are you submitting to University of Waterloo for ethics approval?
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> Also, can you say what dictates the March 2, 2017 deadline?
        >>>>>> Is there a reason for this date?
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> Thanks,
        >>>>>> Richard
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>>
        >>>>>> On 02/06/2017 01:35 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
        >>>>>>> Hi Richard,
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> We are just finalizing our ethics application for the March 2, 2017
        >>>>>>> submission deadline.
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> Thanks
        >>>>>>> Erica
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> ____________________________________
        >>>>>>> Erica Clark, PhD
        >>>>>>> Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
        >>>>>>> Huron County Health Unit
        >>>>>>> 77722B London Rd., RR #5
        >>>>>>> Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
        >>>>>>> 519.482.3416 ext. 2022
        >>>>>>> Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
        >>>>>>> http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
        >>>>>>> eclark@huroncounty.ca
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make
        >>>>>>> informed decisions about infant nutrition.
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of
        >>>>>>> the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged
        >>>>>>> information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution
        >>>>>>> is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact
        >>>>>>> the sender and destroy the original message and all copies.
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> —–Original Message—–
        >>>>>>> From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        >>>>>>> Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 1:03 PM
        >>>>>>> To: Erica Clark
        >>>>>>> Subject: Re: Huron County Health Investigation
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> Dear Erica Clark,
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> Can you please update me on the status of health investigation in
        >>>>>>> Huron?
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>> Thanks,
        >>>>>>> Richard
        >>>>>>>
        >>>>>>>
        >>
        >
        >

    • In fact Professor George Dixon has retired, as of a few months ago and now Vice President Charmaine Dean is in his position.

      • Thanks for this update.

        Dixon should have retired or been fired years ago. Maybe then Victims of wind turbines in Huron County, Haldimand County and elsewhere wouldn’t still be suffering– or, would not have existed in the first place.

    • Today…

      From: Erica Clark
      To: Richard Mann
      CC: HU MOH , Jean-Guy Albert
      Subject: RE: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Dr. Mann,

      I have not received a reply yet from the University of Waterloo ethics comm=
      ittee. Yes, I will let you know when I receive a response.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2017 3:40 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert
      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,

      It has been one month since your last ethics application was submitted.

      Have you received a reply yet?
      If so, can you tell me when you received it.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 09/01/2017 09:46 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      Our response to the University of Waterloo ethics committee, sent Aug 9, 20=
      17, is being reviewed by the committee. I do not know what date we will re=
      ceive a response from the committee.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:23 AM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,

      Can you please tell me the status of the ethics application?
      I understand the application was submitted on Aug 9th.

      Can you please tell me,
      – when the Ethics board met (or will meet) to hear the case
      – when you expect to hear a reply.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 08/01/2017 08:36 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      We received a reply from the University of Waterloo ethics committee on Jun=
      e 27, 2017. We will be sending a response when we have finished addressing=
      the concerns. We will publish a list of the concerns discussed during eth=
      ics review after the process has been completed.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Monday, July 31, 2017 4:18 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,
      Can you please update me on the status of the investigation?

      In particular,
      – When did you receive the reply from Waterloo ethics
      – What concerns were raised
      – If/ When you expect to re-submit the application.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 07/04/2017 04:23 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      We did not receive a letter of approval. As stated in my reply below, we r=
      eceived a letter outlining issues the ethics committee would like us to add=
      ress and we will now work on a response to that letter.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 4:10 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica Clark:
      CC: HU MOH, Jean-Guy Albert,

      Re: email of of Jun 26, 2017.

      Thanks for getting back to me.

      Would you please tell me is that letter an approval or are there more steps=
      required before the investigation will begin?

      Also, if you get out of Email contact again, would you please give me the c=
      ontact information for someone who can answer my further questions.

      As you no doubt aware, this is a matter of utmost urgency, as there are peo=
      ple living under turbines and their associated sound emissions right now. =
      They are urgently awaiting a response on this issue.

      Sincerely,

      Richard Mann, Associate Professor
      Computer Science
      Faculty of Mathematics
      University of Waterloo

      On 07/04/2017 11:19 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      We received a reply from the ethics committee last week outlining issues th=
      ey would like us to address. We will begin working on a response to that l=
      etter.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 3:41 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,
      Have you heard back from Waterloo ethics yet?

      Is there a specific date by which they are expected to reply?

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 06/13/2017 08:46 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      No, we have not had a response from the University of Waterloo ethics commi=
      ttee yet. We will get a response when they have finished reviewing and res=
      ponding to our letter.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 3:07 AM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,

      Can you please tell me if you’ve heard back from Waterloo ethics yet?

      If you have not heard back, have you had any indication of when your applic=
      ation will be evaluated, and/or when the response is to be expected.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 06/06/2017 11:40 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      We responded to the University of Waterloo Human Research & Ethics Committe=
      e on May 18, 2017. We have not had a response to that letter yet.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 11:26 AM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,

      Can you please tell me whether you have heard from Waterloo ethics yet?
      Also, can you please tell me the date you submitted?

      I’m sorry to keep asking you, but the University has not provided me with t=
      his information.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 05/30/2017 09:05 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      We have sent a reply to the University of Waterloo ethics committee and are=
      waiting for a reply.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Monday, May 29, 2017 6:19 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: RE: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,
      (sorry for the previous blank message.
      something happened to my Email, trying to fix it … )

      I am writing to ask the status of the application to Waterloo Ethics.

      Have you (re)submitted yet? If not, do you have a target date to submit.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      ________________________________
      From: Richard Mann
      Sent: Monday, May 29, 2017 6:15 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH; Jean-Guy Albert
      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process
      Dear Erica,

      On 05/23/2017 09:26 AM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      We did not seek a legal opinion on interpretation of sections 11 and 13 of =
      the Health Protection and Promotion Act, therefore, we are not providing th=
      e names of the individuals we spoke to. The extent of their involvement wa=
      s to direct us to the Ontario Superior Court ruling on the matter. If you =
      disagree with the information I have provided, you can seek a legal opinion=
      from a lawyer. I have attached the court rulings to this email in case yo=
      u missed them in the previous email. Both documents are publicly available=
      .

      Thank
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 4:01 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,
      In your message of May 12th (link enclosed below),
      you indicate that you consulted others on the HPPA regulations.

      Will you please tell me the name(s) of those consulted.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      Encl:
      Your letter of May 12, 2017 (now made public on my web site).
      https://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/%7Emannr/Erica%20Clark%20May12.txt
      On 05/11/2017 04:26 PM, Erica Clark wrote:
      Dear Dr. Mann,

      I am still working on our response to the University of Waterloo ethics com=
      mittee.

      I will let you know when we have received ethics approval.

      Thanks
      Erica

      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
      Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:18 PM
      To: Erica Clark
      Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert=

      Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

      Dear Erica,

      Can you please update me on the status of your investigation.

      In a previous email you said that you were responding to suggestions from W=
      aterloo Ethics.

      Have you revised/ resubmitted to Waterloo Ethics yet?

      If so, can you please tell me date you submitted and when a response is exp=
      ected.

      Thanks,
      Richard

      On 05/02/2017 10:46 AM, Erica Clark wrote:

      Hello Richard,

      As outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement the role of a research ethi=
      cs committee is to review the ethical acceptability of research involving h=
      uman participants and to provide guidance and recommendations to the invest=
      igators to ensure the research study adheres to the Policy Statement. The C=
      ommittee’s concerns are to be focused on the ethical treatment of participa=
      nts while participating in the study. It is not the Committee’s mandate to =
      speculate about the potential study outcomes or to make a determination if =
      wind turbines are harmful or beneficial. Once the study has received ethics=
      clearance we will continue to share information with the community includi=
      ng any changes that were made to the study protocols based on the Committee=
      ‘s recommendations. We recognize that the information is of great interest=
      to community members.

      Thanks
      Erica
      ____________________________________
      Erica Clark, PhD
      Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary
      Huron County Health Unit
      77722B London Rd., RR #5
      Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
      519.482.3416 ext. 2022
      Toll-free 1.877.837.6143
      http://www.huronhealthunit.ca
      eclark@huroncounty.ca

      We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed d=
      ecisions about infant nutrition.

      This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the i=
      ntended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information=
      . Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. I=
      f you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy=
      the original message and all copies.

      • Update, From September 19, 2017.

        Subject: RE: HCHU wind turbine ethics process
        From: Erica Clark
        Date: 09/19/2017 04:56 PM
        To:Richard Mann
        CC:HU MOH , Jean-Guy Albert

        Dear Dr. Mann,

        I received a letter from the University of Waterloo ethics committee today requesting some final wording changes in the study materials. I will let you know when I send a letter back to the University of Waterloo ethics committee.

        Thanks

        Erica

        ____________________________________

        Erica Clark, PhD

        Epidemiologist, APHEO Secretary

        Huron County Health Unit

        77722B London Rd., RR #5

        Clinton, ON N0M 1L0

        519.482.3416 ext. 2022

        Toll-free 1.877.837.6143

        http://www.huronhealthunit.ca

        eclark@huroncounty.ca

        We value breastfeeding and are committed to helping parents make informed decisions about infant nutrition.

        This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy the original message and all copies.

        From: Richard Mann [mailto:mannr@uwaterloo.ca]
        Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:49 PM
        To: Erica Clark
        Cc: HU MOH ; Jean-Guy Albert
        Subject: Re: HCHU wind turbine ethics process

        Dear Erica,
        Can you tell me if the ethics application you submitted on Aug 9th, 2017 has been heard by University of Waterloo yet?
        In particular, what date was (or is) the application due to be heard?

        Thanks,
        Richard

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