Taking Action on the 'Windsor Hum'

January 21, 2013 - On behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today visited Windsor, Ontario, to announce the launch of a study to identify the cause of the so-called “Windsor Hum”—the recurring vibration and noise that have been disturbing people in the area for almost two years.

“Our government takes this issue seriously and is following up on our commitment to find a solution that works for the people of Windsor. Promise made, promise kept,” said Parliamentary Secretary Dechert.

Acting on a recommendation from the International Joint Commission, the Government of Canada is funding a study to try to identify the source of the Hum. The study, to be conducted jointly by scientists at the University of Windsor and Western University, will be a key step in developing a possible solution.

“Our government will continue to work with the people of Windsor and others to hopefully pinpoint the source of the Windsor Hum,” said Dechert. “We want to protect citizens’ quality of life. To get a solution, we first need to find the source. This study is a step in the right direction.”

“I would also like to thank Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, for his tireless efforts to get this matter resolved,” added Dechert.

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
Follow us on Twitter: @DFAIT_MAECI