UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Canada’s Role

From Wind Victims Ontario — April 21, 2013

Development of the child
Canada played an instrumental role in drafting and promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention outlines the responsibilities governments have to ensure a child’s right to survival, healthy development, protection and participation in all matters that affect them. The four general principles of the Convention are: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of the child. [1] Public Health Agency of Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child [2]
Article 6
2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

Development of the child
–          many studies have demonstrated that intrusive noises such as those from passing road traffic, nearby rail systems, and overhead aircraft can adversely affect children’s cardiovascular system, memory, language development, and learning acquisition [3]
–          7 out of the 10 school-age children and teens did worse in school during exposure to turbines, compared to before or after, including unexpected problems in reading, math, concentration, and test performance, noticed by both teachers and parents. Teachers sent notes home asking what was wrong with the children. [3]
–          The evidence for adequate sleep as a prerequisite for human health, particularly child health, is overwhelming. Governments have recently paid much attention to the effects of environmental noise on sleep duration and quality, and to how to reduce such noise.1 However, governments have also imposed noise from industrial wind turbines on large swathes of peaceful countryside. [4]
–          A family in southern Ontario reports: We live within 700m of two turbines, there are 6-8 within 1 km. Yesterday was report card day and my eldest son’s report card broke my heart. It started with a glowing report… but my heart broke when I read “…should continue to put his best effort forth in paying close attention to the teacher and his classmates when they speak, rather than resting his head on his desk surface.” My son complains often that he has a hard time at school because he is so tired all the time, and when I asked him how he handled it he said he tried to close his eyes on his desk from time to time, but it really hit home when it was there in black and white on the report card. [5]

[1] Public health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/bck-info-un-eng.php
[2] http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx
[3] http://ontariowindresistance.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/health-canada_risks-to-children-december-27-2012-final.pdf
[4] http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1527https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/wind-turbine-noise-editorial/
[5] https://www.illwind.org/reports/view/441

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