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Mysterious 'Hum' Only Canadians Can Hear Is Debated.

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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 04:16 PM
So what are you Canadians up to?

The cities of Windsor, Ontario, and Rogue River, Mich., are separated geographically by only a river, but when it comes to one highly annoying noise they are worlds apart.

That noise, described as a low-pitched rumble, has rankled citizens of Windsor since last year, prompting hundreds of complaint calls, leading one resident to create a Facebook page and spurring a senior aide to Canada’s foreign minister to visit the city to investigate.

Testing conducted by the Canadian government determined the sound, known by locals as the “Windsor hum,” came from the area of Zug Island, a 600-acre, steel industrial site on the U.S. side of the Detroit River, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The only problem? The residents of the Detroit suburb have no idea what their Canadian friends are talking about, or hearing.

The mayor of River Rogue, under whose jurisdiction Zug Island lies, told Canadian questioners last year that his city’s budget does not allow for testing to track down the noise, according to the CBC. Further, the city’s residents say they can’t even hear the noise that Windsor residents say shakes their windows, rattles their shelves and may even be making them sick.

“The only place I am hearing noise from is Canada–from politicians complaining,” the mayor, Michael Bowdler, told the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the American response.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality did look into the issue last year – examining whether noise could be caused by new machinery used at Zug – but found nothing, according to the Journal.

And pleas made by the Canadians to both the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have fallen short, with each saying it is a state, not a federal issue.

Meanwhile, Canadian officials are plugging on to try to quiet the noise.

Bob Dechert, the parliamentary secretary to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, visited Windsor and Detroit late last month and met with both American and Canadian officials to address the issue, according to the CBC.

Still, the mysterious hum continues.

“The government of Canada takes this issue seriously,” Dechert said in a statement. “It is important that we find a solution that works for the people of Windsor.” the U.S. State Dept. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are refusing to get involved. Suspicious.? Maybe, but they're probably tied up trying to solved the booms in and around the states. Even though it's being blamed on earthquakes, I believe it's much deeper than that.

This is becoming more and more common around the world, whether it's a hum or booms. Can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.....FUN times!

So any ideas what this might be??

edit on 1-5-2012 by chrismicha77 because: Add link to source

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 04:28 PM
It's ther Amercians across the border who can't sing so hum instead.

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 04:30 PM
pop a ricola

and yodel!

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 05:08 PM
Maybe it's a conversion thing?

Like, when the sound gets converted from metric to standard it diminishes significantly? Or is sound measured in temperature? Then from C to F.

Seriously: that's an interesting jurisdiction issue over an international border. You're neighbors are making too much noise, but they live in another country, and claim they cant hear the noise...

what to do?

Preemptive action by the Canadians?

Google map Zug Island. That's a big facility, and it faces the water and the Canadian side. Stands to reason the sound would travel that way.
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