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city refuses endorsement for Hammond Bay project - Nanaimo Daily News (S Anderson)
Company confirms it is cancelling $500,000 Hammond Bay project after city refuses endorsement
"Telus Communications Company has withdrawn its proposal to build a cellphone tower in Hammond Bay following a Nanaimo council vote Monday not to endorse the proposal.
"Telus had applied to Industry Canada for permission to build the 35-metre tower, which Telus says is required to improve poor wireless coverage in the area, which is notorious for dropped calls and poor cellphone reception.
"As part of its application, Telus had entered into consultations with the city and gathered feedback from residents close to the structure. The company had asked council to write a letter to the federal government supporting its application; instead, council voted 8-1 to do the opposite, citing health, environmental and visual impact concerns from residents, who have spoken out in opposition to the proposal.
"On Tuesday, Telus spokesman Shawn Hall confirmed the company was cancelling the $500,000 project: "At this time we are not proceeding with the site in Hammond Bay, unfortunately," he said.
"We came into the community and started exploring sites a few years ago in response to enormous customer demand for service, so there's a significant coverage gap there we wanted to fill. We will have to look at whether we can come back to the community in the future."
"The company was prepared to lease the 2.9-acre site, which is located at 4700 Hammond Bay Rd. Hall said "an exhaustive search" over several years had yielded no alternative sites.
"Coun. Bill McKay, the sole council member to vote against rejecting the application, voiced his frustration. He noted the area is a candidate for a new fire hall, and said poor cellular service would undermine public safety.
"I can't believe that a few citizens over in Hammond Bay are able to dictate public safety," he said.
Video: The federal government has announced new rules governing the construction of cellphone towers. But as Vassy Kapelos reports, there are concerns the rules don't go far enough.
OTTAWA - The federal government is trying to mitigate an irritant for some municipalities and resident groups by expanding the rules governing construction of new cellphone towers.
"New rules will mean that citizens will be better informed and better able to engage in the decision-making about where new antennas are going to be constructed in their communities," Industry Minister James Moore told a news conference. . . . READ ON
ALSO: Speech Transcript Speaking Points
OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/
"Today, the Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) applaud federal Industry Minister, the Honourable James Moore, for his assertive action that limits cellular companies' ability to build communications towers in communities unchecked and now requires more open consultation and engagement with citizens before new cellular towers under 15m can be built.
The announcement means that this outdated legislative loophole will be closed. The regulated exemption of communications towers under 15m arose during World War ll as a means of allowing ham radio operators to assist in war efforts. This loophole has allowed particularly egregious commercial sitings of towers, including in residential back yards and other sites close to occupied residences and buildings, as well as in sensitive areas that are designed to be prohibited under municipal land use policies.
"Minister Moore is to be credited for taking a huge step towards greater awareness and understanding of the potential health risks that come from more wireless radiation in our communities," said Frank Clegg, chief executive officer, C4ST,
"With today's announcement; we know that developments that include wireless radiation will require greater transparency and accountability to Canadians. I am encouraged that our federal government understands that health impacts resulting from wireless radiation should be treated seriously. I look forward to working together with Minister Ambrose to further improve wireless radiation safety standards through Health Canada's Safety Code 6."
"C4ST have long urged lawmakers to consider potential human health impacts of wireless radiation, advocating for increased transparency, education and awareness. C4ST welcomes today's news, believing it is a critical step in the right direction."
May 2013 update (story of Rich Farver shared on the documentary "Take Back Your Power")
Noteworthy: the cell tower outside of SDSU's Nasatir Hall is a HPWREN (High Performance Wireless Research Network). No wonder they do not want this investigated.
Has any health authority seriously investigated the cancer cluster at SDSU?
A mother talks about her 29-year-old son and others at San Diego State University (SDSU) who died of brain cancer within two years of exposure. SDSU remains silent and San Diego journalists will not report the story.
31 May 2013: This recent example from France is related to the post which follows:
"After two cases of cancer in children in the same village of 1,850 inhabitants in the north of France, members of three health agencies, including radiofrequency experts, travelled to the village to hold a public meeting on 22 May 2013 on this issue. Parents felt that the cause may be due to the presence of three mobile phone antennas near the school. One agency is ANSES, the French National Agency for Health, Environment, and Safety. Although not convinced that the mobile phone antennas may be the cause of the cancer, "we are not waiting until a third cancer declares itself," said the regional delegate of Priartem, a national association for the regulation of placement of mobile phone antennas. She is outraged by the manner in which health monitoring is practiced by agencies when confronted with cancer clusters, defined as several cases of cancer (generally of the same type) observed within a group of individuals in a more or less limited geographical area and over the course of a limited period of time."
Testimony of Virginia Farver, Fort Collins, Colorado . . .
Federal Court of Justice of Germany (BGH)--Cell phone antennas on rooftops only with consent of all shared property owners
"Apartment owners of a condominium association must not enforce the installation of cell phone antennas on their rooftop against the will of individual apartment owners.
"The Federal Court of Justice of Germany (BGH) in Karlsruhe announced this decision in its ruling on Friday. Due to the controversy over possible health effects from cell phone antennas, there is "at least the serious possibility of a reduction in the rental or sales value of the condominiums," the explanation said.
"Therefore, all apartment owners would have to support such a decision . . .
Telecommunications- Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles
Published on Dec 2, 2013 Dr Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health presents to Toronto Council that RF exposure should be classified as a 2A (probable carcinogen), not a 2B (possible carcinogen)
This is a 3-minute video of a November 2013 presentation by Dr. Anthony B. Miller in which he states his belief that wireless radiation would be classified "2A PROBABLE HUMAN CARCINOGEN" if it were evaluated today. Dr. Miller sat on the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) committee when IARC made the decision to classify radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (wireless radiation from any sources) as a "Category 2B possible human carcinogen" (May 2011).
This clip is his presentation to Toronto Councillors at the City of Toronto Government Management Committee regarding the proliferation of increased density of wireless radiation emitted by cellular network towers/antennas installed below 15-metre height in Toronto.
"Health guidelines concerning the allowable level of radio frequency (RF) radiation emitted by cellular towers in Toronto will remain in place despite a recommendation from the city's medical health officer to drop the existing safety policy.
"The recommendation by Dr. McKeown, medical officer of health for Toronto to cancel the city's Prudent Avoidance policy regarding wireless RF emissions from cell towers in the municipality, failed to garner the needed majority votes when the Toronto Board of Health voted on the matter last week, according to the Canadians 4 Safe Technology (C4ST), a not-for-profit volunteer organization focus on bringing awareness about the dangers of radiation from technology. . . .
"It took conviction for the board members to keep this visionary policy in place," Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST, said in a statement today. "When the largest city in Canada thinks that Health Canada is not doing enough to protect Canadians, that is significant." . . .
Dr. Grahame Blackwell
" . . . These are the only studies known of that specifically consider the effects of masts on people. All five of these studies show clear and significant ill-health effects.
"There are no known studies relating to health effects of masts that do not show such ill-health effects. In this respect, any statement by industry or official sources that claims (or suggests) that:
(a) There is no evidence of ill-health effects from masts; or
(b) The overwhelming evidence is that masts do not cause ill-health effects;
is completely and blatantly untrue.
Dr. Grahame Blackwell."
2011 study directly links 4,924 cancer deaths to cellular antennas radiation.
The electromagnetic radiation emitted by transmitting cell phone antennas is linked to the occurrence of some types of cancer, according to a study by Brazilian researchers.
BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR
"The electromagnetic radiation in Parksville and Qualicum Beach simply became too much for Benita Schluschen to bear.
"She and husband Marcus had done what they could to their Chartwell home to shield her electro hypersensitivity.
"They have all non-digital devices, including clocks. They not only don't have cell phones but they got rid of their cordless phone, as well.
"They have an old-fashioned non-flatscreen TV.
"Even so, we sit quite a distance away," says Benita.
"They have a computer but they shield it and only Marcus uses it, doing all their online research on EHS and then reporting his findings to Benita.
"But they couldn't control the outside radiation from cell phones, cell towers and WiFi.
"It seemed like all our neighbours had WiFi," says Marcus. And all the stores, as well.
"It's a quick shop for me in the store," says Benita.
"Grocery stores are so full of microwave radiation that it's cooking the food, says Marcus. "It is reduced in quality considerably."
"The emissions from a cell tower across from the Parksville Dairy Queen are "absolutely massive," he says. . . .
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