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Nov 1
2014


Sep 26
2014

"The next scheduled hearing by Health Canada is in 2019. If you go back to their previous findings in 2014, 2009, etc they still base their evidence on pre Wi-Fi and pre cell phone findings. No one is funding any research.

"Health Canada is cherry picking the studies they include for the Safety Code 6 decisions. They include ONLY studies that support their own conclusions. This is NOT how science is conducted. Obviously, Dr. McNamee and his fellow scientists at Health Canada are unfamiliar with the work of Dr. Karl Popper on falsification.

"February 20, 2013. I just returned from a hearing in Montreal in front of the Superior Court of Quebec where Health Canada scientist, James McNamee, admitted that the Safety Code 6 guideline for microwave radiation (which includes radiation from most of the devices we are concerned about like mobile phones, cell phone antennas, Wi-Fi, wireless toys and baby monitors, smart meters etc.) is based ONLY on preventing a heating effect!

"Let me state that again. Health Canada admits that Safety Code 6 for frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz are based ONLY on heating. Why is this so important?  

"For years Health Canada has stated that Safety Code 6 takes into consideration and protects the public from both thermal and non-thermal effects. They made this statement to groups concerned about Wi-Fi in schools and to those concerned about smart meters and cell towers coming into their neighborhoods. While they are technically correct in their statement, they mislead the public by what they failed to mention. What Health Canada failed to mention is that the "non-thermal" effects are considered ONLY for frequencies between 3 and 100 kHz. For frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz ONLY thermal effects are considered and cell towers fall within this "thermal range."  

"That is not the only thing that was novel and refreshing at this hearing.  

"This is the first time a provincial court (Superior Court of Quebec) has challenged the right of municipal governments to address health concerns expressed by citizens regarding federally regulated radio frequency radiation. . . .




Jul 31
2014

"A revised estimate of the cost of reversing a SaskPower smart meter program is now pegged at $47 million, according to the provincial Crown corporation. The power utility has been ordered to swap out 105,000 units already installed.

"The revised estimate includes costs associated with the initial installation of the units and the cost of stock on hand for units that were going to be installed. The estimate also accounts for the labour of removing installed smart meters and the cost of purchasing a non-smart meter product. SaskPower did not save old ones as it was rolling out the program.

"The recall of smart meters was ordered Wednesday by the provincial government after a number of unexplained fires associated with the installation of the devices were noted. There were eight incidents as of Monday. Most of the fires involved the new meter although SaskPower noted Thursday that one of the fires took place at a connection point from the meter to the power service.

"The smart meter program began in October, 2013. . . .




Jul 30
2014

[Note: This includes-but is not limited to-radiofrequency radiation-emitting devices, such as cell phones and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters and baby monitors.]

We are scientists engaged in the study of electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiofrequency radiation (RFR) health and safety. We have serious concerns regarding Health Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline. . . .

Also: Declaration: DOCTORS Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation




Jul 30
2014

"REGINA - SaskPower has announced that they are removing all the smart meters that were installed in the province.

"The minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said the utility company will be taking out all 105,000 smart meters around Saskatchewan.

"I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that's why we've directed SaskPower accordingly," said Minister Boyd. . . .




Jul 16
2014

Declaration: Doctors call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

updated letter signed by renowned scientists and physicians urging Health Canada to stop denying that evidence exists that shows harm.

Also Declaration: SCIENTISTS call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline is fundamentally flawed.

Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is based on an obsolete account and analysis of RFR research and has disregarded or minimized certain recent studies, such as cancer, DNA damage, protein synthesis, stress response, and detrimental biological and health effects in humans that occur at RFR intensities below the existing Code 6 Guideline. . . .


Our urgent call for public health protection.

The public's health and the health of the environment are threatened by ever-evolving RF emitting technologies, without due consideration for what the potential cumulative impacts on biological systems are likely to be in the future.  

We urgently call upon Health Canada . . .

i) to intervene in what we view as an emerging public health crisis;

ii) to establish guidelines based on the best available scientific data including studies on cancer and DNA damage, stress response, cognitive and neurological disorders, impaired reproduction, developmental effects, learning and behavioural problems among children and youth, and the broad range of symptoms classified as EHS; and

iii) To advise Canadians to limit their exposure and especially the exposure of children. . . .




Jul 14
2014

Scientists and Physicians Call On Health Canada To Protect the Public . . .

From Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure - Magda Havas editorial

After reading the editorial at the link, click through at "Physicians" and at "Research Scientists" to land on the click-throughs where you can read the actual declarations and see the names of the MDs (Canadian) and Scientists (Canadian and others) who submitted them.

The declarations are not too lengthy and they are easy to read.




Jul 12
2014

Prof. of Medicine PAUL HEROUX's PhD Safety Code 6 Testimony

Video submission to Health Canada, explaining RF mechanisms and standards



Paul Heroux, director of the Occupation Health program at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine recently submitted this video to Health Canada which is reviewing its Safety Code 6 guideline on radiofrequency exposure.

Click on the link below to read an article from Microwave News, a well-respected journal on EMR and EMF research, about new research showing extremely low magnetic fields can have health effects.  

NB:  Of real interest are comments about the people at McGill University who call themselves "skeptics", funded by multi-millionaire Lorne Trottier who spends millions trying to discredit any scientist who shows that RF radiation from wireless devices is dangerous. Any evidence of harm would endanger Trottier's investments.  He has bought scientists at McGill - a discredit to this university. 

McGill University Professor Proposes Radical New Outlook




Jul 1
2014

OECTA - A position regarding Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation (2012)

includes Wi-Fi in the Workplace: Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) Provincial Health and Safety Committee

A position regarding the use of Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation, including WiFi, in the Workplace Researched and presented by the OECTA Provincial Health and Safety Committee January 2012

There are growing health and safety concerns regarding the widespread use of technology, such as cellular phones and wireless computer networking (Wi-Fi), which produce non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. It is estimated that at least 3 per cent of the population has an environmental sensitivity to the radiation that is emitted by these devices and, as a result, experience serious immediate physical/biological effects when exposed.

As has been the case with other known societal health and safety issues, such as exposure to cigarette smoke or asbestos, the health effects of unprecedented long term exposure to this radiation may not be known for some time. Widespread use of, or exposure to, wireless communication devices and WiFi technology in Ontario schools, can be positioned as a potential workplace hazard.

This paper examines what is currently known about the impact of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, reviews the implications it can have for Ontario schools, including OECTA members, and makes recommendations to the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association on the issue.

Table of Contents 

  • Introduction
  • What is Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation?
  • Health Canada's Position
  • The World Health Organization and Other Jurisdictions
  • Exposure Increases with Use
  • Effects From Exposure
  • Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
  • Environmental Sensitivity is a Disability
  • Role of the Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Hazard Control and Prudent Avoidance
  • Summary
  • Recommendations
  • Appendix - Occupational Health and Safety Act





Jun 1
2014

Wi-Fi in Schools FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (updated September, 2012)

  • 1. What are the official warnings? 
  • 2. What are other countries doing? 
  • 3. What does a Precautionary Approach look like? 
  • 4. Is Wi-Fi safer than cell phone use? 
  • 5. Wi-Fi has been around for a few years - why haven't we seen a problem? 
  • 6. What do insurance companies say? 
  • 7. Should there be an Informed Consent procedure? 
  • 8. Do we need Wi-Fi to prepare children for the 21st century? 
  • 9. What can we do?

Print some up and keep them with you as you go about your day - Drop them off in health stores, schools, medical offices - everywhere you can. They are handy and easy to give to people on a regular basis.

 




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