Parliamentary Secretary Dechert to Visit Windsor/Detroit Area to Help Find Solution to “Windsor Hum”

April 20, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert will travel to Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, today to identify ways forward to address the issue of the “Windsor Hum.”

“The Windsor Hum is having a negative effect on the day-to-day lives of Windsor residents,” said Baird. “We are prepared to collaborate with stakeholders and other levels of government to identify the source of the problem so that potential mitigation measures can be designed and implemented.”

Since March 2011, hundreds of complaints have been received from Canadians disturbed by rumblings in the Windsor area, the so-called Windsor Hum. A federal study suggests that the Hum may originate from the U.S. side of the Detroit River in the general area of Zug Island.

While in the Windsor/Detroit area, Parliamentary Secretary Dechert will hold meetings with Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis and with Great Lakes stakeholders including representatives of the Great Lakes Commission, the Council of Great Lakes Industries, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Regional Office of the International Joint Commission. Mr. Dechert will also meet with U.S. and Michigan political officials. The objective of the meetings is to seek advice and recommendations on possible approaches for a solution. Mr. Dechert will also tour Zug Island.

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