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Grassroots Environmental Education, Virtual Strategy Magazine, Mar 24, 2015
Teachers are Urged to Avoid Prolonged Contact and Turn Off Wireless Functions When Possible
An environmental health non-profit organization has issued a set of science-based guidelines for school teachers and administrators who are using wireless technologies in school classrooms. Based on peer-reviewed studies that link wireless radiation with neurological symptoms, the Guidelines urge teachers to limit exposures in classrooms to wireless radiation from routers, tablets and laptops. The Guidelines were delivered to a meeting of the Health and Safety Conference of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on March 14th.
"There's a rush to make every classroom in America a wireless classroom, on the presumption that wireless radiation is completely safe," says Patricia Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, which created the Guidelines based on input from researchers, medical professionals and radiation experts. "But the weight of scientific evidence pointing to potential health impacts, not only for students, but for teachers, especially pregnant teachers, should compel us to take a precautionary approach. It's just common sense."
Recent studies at Yale University and other institutions around the world have demonstrated significant biological effects from exposure to wireless radiation. In one recent study, pregnant mice exposed to radiation from a cell phone had offspring that exhibited symptoms similar to ADHD in children. Many other studies have also reported behavioral abnormalities resulting from exposure to wireless radiation.
"A growing body of science is indicating links between exposure to wireless radiation and health impacts including neurological deficits and neurobehavioral disorders," says Joel Moskowitz, Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley. "These guidelines will help reduce microwave radiation exposure among students and teachers. I recommend every teacher in the nation pay attention to them."
"We have enough evidence to justify taking action and we are not willing to wait until our members, their children and the students suffer health consequences from not doing anything," says Paul Pecorale, Vice President of NYSUT. "The history of occupational disease shows the devastating consequences of doing just that. We think that following these simple, common-sense Guidelines makes sense for schools districts, their staff and students."
The Guidelines can be accessed at http://grassrootsinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Safer-Guidelines.pdf
A list of independent, peer-reviewed science studies supporting this concern is located at http://grassrootsinfo.org/emerging-science-on-wireless-radiation/
Grassroots Environmental Education is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in New York with a mission to inform the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and the seeks to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities. More information is available on the organization's web site, www.GrassrootsInfo.org.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/guidelines-for-safer-use-of-wireless-technology-in-classrooms-published-300054729.html.
For more information about Wi-Fi in Schools see:
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
News Releases: http://pressroom.prlog.org/jmm716/
Emerging Science on Wireless Radiation
Lloyds of London - The Goddard Report
Interview with Sharon Noble - March 18, 2015
Lloyds of London Insurance is now excluding electromagnetic radiation injuries from their policies. School officials who have been made aware of the health risks from electro-magnetic radiation could be personally liable for exposing children and staff to microwave radiation in our schools. Please note that in a court of law, one cannot use any Regulatory body such as Health Canada as an excuse for ignoring warnings.
Take Back Your Power in Queen's Park, Toronto Ontario - Noon, May 13, 2015
Dr. Malcom Paterson
World-Renowned Researcher to Present on Wireless/EMF
"Living in the Electromagnetic Age" will take place at the Seniors' Fifth Avenue Activity Centre on Saturday, March 21st from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is a suggested $5 "ticket" at the door. Students and teens, among those most at-risk from EMR, will be admitted free of charge.
Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) is thrilled to present oncology researcher and DNA scientist Dr. Malcolm Paterson who will speak on the (statistically-supported) health-related risks of EMF from cell tower antennae, Smart Meters, cell phones, and other components of the wireless grid.
Malcolm Paterson spent his entire forty-year career in cancer research. He is a graduate of Royal Military College (B.Sc.), Queen's University [M.Sc. (Biology)], and the University of Tennessee [Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences)]. His venerable positions at hospitals and medical research centres are too many to enumerate here. However, at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton from 1985 to 1996 he served as inaugural Director of the Molecular Oncology Program with several cross-appointments to the University of Alberta as Professor of Biochemistry, Oncology, Pediatrics and Genetics. At CCI, his research explored the genetic susceptibilities to breast cancer. His collaboration with Dennis Slamon at UCLA contributed to the development of Herceptin as an immune therapy for breast cancer. Among his many honours for research is the Research Award (Radiation Research Society).
Dr. Paterson has authored 168 scientific articles and spoken at 120 meetings for scientists. He has also delivered over 200 lectures at medical centres and universities in eighteen countries.
Doctor Ross Andersen, DC, ND, and Environmental Consultant (EMR and R/F) will also speak, and demonstrate how to best protect yourself and your family from radiation effects from wireless emissions.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about EMF and its effects.
BC Hydro cut off electricity to a South Langley school - Langley Advance news report
Letters: Smart meter draws negative reactions from all over B.C.
Response from all over B.C. to our story about a smart meter installation at a local Montessori school was so voluminous that we present here a representative sample.
NEWS STORY: "Roots & Wings Montessori School has lost its fight against having a smart meter installed after BC Hydro cut off power Friday.
"The South Langley school with about 45 children day in, day out has been against the wireless smart meters from the start. BC Hydro cut off power Friday and went into the school Saturday to install a smart meter.
"We view this move on the part of BC Hydro as a bullying tactic, as we cannot be without power for the children," said principal Kristen Cassie.
"When smart meters were introduced, the school chose to keep the old analog meter.
"They tried here and I said 'no'," Cassie explained about when smart meters were introduced in B.C. "Parents drive long distances to bring their kids to this school."
"Friday afternoon, after back and forth with BC Hydro for a couple of years, the electricy was shut off.
"She called BC Hydro and was told someone could come out right away and replace it. She said no.
"Cassie said she was also told institutional users don't have a right to refuse smart meters. . . .
Registration Notice, instructions and background information (updated)
FOR FortisBC Customers
As yet there is no Class Action Lawsuit in motion in the FortisBC Electric service area.
In the meantime, we encourage FortisBC customers to register their refusal of a smart meter with FortisBC using the following "No-Fee Opt-Out Registration Notice" form.
Smart Meter NO-FEE OPT OUT Registration Notice FortisBC
FortisBC No Trespassing Sign
FortisBC confirmation of application
September 18, 2013: FortisBC Inc Radio-Off AMI Meter Option Application to BCUC
C4ST - An article by Andre Fauteux of Montreal
"Initially, Montrealer Pierre Lepage was glad to receive the letter Hydro-Québec mailed him in 2011. It announced the upcoming replacement of the six electric meters located in his basement appartment's kitchen, by wireless "smart" meters that communicate with radiofrequency microwaves (RF/MWs). "I told myself, thanks to remote metering, I won't have to fill out meter-reading cards anymore. But I was ignorant", Lepage said in a 2012 interview after writing Quebec's Energy Board to complain that those meters harmed his family's health. About two weeks after they were installed, Lepage, his wife, father and teenage son all developed flue-like symptoms : dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. "We thought we caught a virus, but the symptoms lasted for weeks. Later, I developed heart palpitations and high blood pressure for the first time in my life", the 36-year-old man said. He later covered the meters' glass globes with four layers of aluminum foil to reduce their RF/MW emissions, as recommended by Villeray Refuse, the first citizen's group to oppose mandatory installation of smart meters. "Three days later we felt much better", Lepage wrote in his letter to the Energy Board.
"Health authorities say smart meters are safe because their average RF/MW emissions are thousands of times weaker than those from cellphones. But experts in electromagnetic fields (EMFs) health effects say research is needed because it seems that smart meters' 24/7, intermittent and unpredictable pulses may be disrupting the synchronized electrical impulses in body cells. Evidence submitted in 2013 to the British Parliament stated smart meters "have triggered thousands of complaints of ill health and disabling symptoms worldwide", according to the first study on smart meter health complaints published this week in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Its author, Dr Frederica Lamech, found that the main symptoms reported by some people exposed meters are the same as those related to other wireless devices for more than 60 years. . . .
Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act - Conservative MP Terence Young / C4ST - February 1, 2015 - Ottawa Press Conference (CTV Winnipeg News Video)
Conservative MP Terence Young calls for more effective warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi, portable phones, baby monitors, and all wireless devices sold in Canada, in order to protect Canadians and empower them with the information they need to understand potential serious risks to their health from long-term continuous use of these devices, and the greater risk to children. This is the first time a government representative has brought a Bill past a first reading re health warnings and labelling for wireless devices in Canada. He has multi-party support for this Private Members Bill.
A new article in The Tyee. Near the end of the article, it includes one Industry response, which seems to be Industry's old-fashioned style of response that insults the intelligence of the public with regard to corporate positioning and strategies. The article ends: "He [MP Young] said there may not be any evidence now, but he is confident that one day it will be shown that cell phones do cause cancer."
For more details about the Press Conference, Bill C-648, and featured reference materials please click C4ST HERE.
February 2, 2015 - Canadian Occupational Safety announcement HERE.
School officials could be personally liable for exposing our children to microwave radiation in our schools.Parents for Safe Schools
Follow through re. Lloyd's insurance waiver: Parents and teachers have a right to know that the Wi-Fi being installed in schools throughout the province (even those with wired internet access) emits microwave radiation that has the potential to do great harm.
"School Districts, School Boards and School Medical Health Officers should know that Lloyd's of London has now excluded any liability coverage for injuries, "Directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise." (Exclusion 32) This would include the microwave radiation emitting from the Commercial Wi-Fi Transmitters and Wireless Devices in our schools. Lloyd's of London is one of the largest insurers in the world and often leads the way in protection, taking on risks that no one else will. See the recent A&E renewal policy, which, as of Feb. 7, 2015, excludes any coverage associated with exposure to non-ionizing radiation. http://parentsforasafeschool.blogspot.ca/2015/02/wording-for-insurance-policy.html
"In response to a request for clarification, this response was received on Feb. 18, 2015 from CFC Underwriting LTD, London, UK agent for Lloyd's: "The Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionizing radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage."
"Will the individual people who approved the installation of a known 2b carcinogen in our schools be held personally liable for negligence? School Officials have refused to acknowledge the 1,000's of peer-reviewed, non-industry funded studies by scientists and medical experts that have been presented to them.
"Directors Insurance applies to people who are performing their duties "in good faith." But are they still protected when they have been Willfully Blind to the pleas from scientists and medical experts who have warned them over and over again of the health risks to our children? Will the fact that School Officials refuse to inform parents, teachers and students about the warnings in Safety Manuals and Disclaimers that come with wireless devices also make them liable? (Exclusion 27) Are these people guilty of not doing their job by providing our children an education in a safe school environment?
"In good faith" In contract law, the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing is a general presumption that the parties to a contract will deal with each other honestly, fairly, and in good faith, so as to not destroy the right of the other party or parties to receive the benefits of the contract.
"Willful blindness" (sometimes called ignorance of law, willful ignorance or contrived ignorance or Nelsonian knowledge) is a term used in law to describe a situation in which an individual seeks to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting him or herself in a position where he or she will be unaware of facts that would render him or her liable. This information begs the question, why would an insurance company exclude injuries from electromagnetic radiation if it were safe for children and the unborn?
Below is a another recent Endorsement Change sent out by the Maxum Indemnity Company:
Environmental Health Trust
France Passes New National Law!
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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