Mysterious Windsor Hum gets Ottawa review

A federally funded report on the mysterious Windsor Hum has been submitted to both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Natural Resources.

Report on baffling noise now in hands of Natural Resources and Foreign Affairs ministries

Previous federal research indicated the Windsor Hum originates near Zug Island, in Michigan. (CBC News)

A federally funded report on the mysterious Windsor Hum has been submitted to both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Canada.

For years, residents in west Windsor and the neighbouring town of LaSalle have been complaining of a mysterious rumble or hum that is often described as an idling truck or locomotive.

Both ministries are reviewing the results of the $60,000 report, said the University of Windsor’s Colin Novak, one of the authors of the report.

Novak said the report was submitted in January and that the final review has not yet been conducted.

A spokesperson for Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse, who has been keeping tabs on the issue, said the two ministries have additional questions and are seeking clarifications on some points.

Masse’s spokesperson said officials are trying to arrange a meeting between the ministries and researchers, including Novak and the University of Western Ontario's Peter Brown.

Masse wasn’t available for comment Wednesday but a spokesperson said the federal government needs to make the report public.

In 2012, a different federal study suggested the hum may originate from the U.S. side of the Detroit River, in the general area of Zug Island, an area of concentrated steel production and manufacturing in River Rouge, Mich.

Zug Island is directly across from the western edge of Windsor.

The mayor of River Rouge said at that time that his city doesn't have the funds to investigate further.


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