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Cell Towers / Antennas


Apr 18

Rogers rolls out more powerful 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 3 cities

Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto: Company paid $3.3B for spectrum in federal auction earlier this year

Vancouver: north to Pender, south to Howe; east to Beach and west to Broughton; parts of Barclay to Georgia; Denman to Lost Lagoon.

Calgary: 10th Avenue S.W. to Prince's Island Park and 11th Street S.W. to First Street S.W.

Toronto: west to Yonge east to the DVP; north to Rosedale Valley Rd. (just north of Bloor) and south to Carlton.

"The company will be rolling out the spectrum gradually on its high-speed LTE network across the country, in both urban and rural areas. . . . 

"The federal government earned $5.27 billion from the auction of 97 licences for the coveted 700-megahertz spectrum, which was previously used for over-the-air analog TV signals . . . .


Apr 14

Scientists Speak Out

C4ST - RSC Conflicted Review of Safety Code 6 Released

Two Scientists Break Silence on "Major Flaws" in Royal Society's Recent Report on Safety of Cell Phones and Towers, Smart Meters and Wi-Fi -

C4ST - CNW - April 14, 2014:

OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Two peer reviewers involved in this month's Royal Society report on wireless safety say the results cannot be trusted, because the Panel ignored evidence that wireless radiation is harmful to humans.


The scientific reviewers also said key panelists were in conflict of interest as they regularly accept funding from wireless and energy companies.


One of the reviewers, Dr. Martin Blank, holds two PhD's and has published more than 200 papers at Columbia University on the health effects of wireless radiation. The other reviewer, Dr. Anthony Miller MD, is Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.


Both say the Royal Society panel ignored scientific evidence published over the past five years. As peer reviewers, they noted some panelists were conflicted and others lacked sufficient expertise.


"The Royal Society panel has failed in its obligation to the public," said Dr. Miller. "It ignored recent evidence that wireless radiation is a probable carcinogen." 


Dr. Miller said he is most concerned about involuntary exposure, such as children exposed to Wi-Fi in schools.


Dr. Blank said the Royal Society dismissed definitive studies that prove wireless radiation causes harm to human cells, including sperm cells when men carry phones in their pockets.


"We don't need further study to lower safety limits," said Dr. Blank.  "There is already enough evidence to recommend lower limits for wireless radiation in Canada."


The Royal Society's panel has been mired in controversy. Last summer, the original Chair resigned after a conflict of interest was exposed in the media. The Royal Society promised to publish the remaining scientists' conflicts in its final report, but did not.


SOURCE Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST)


For further information: Background: www.C4ST.org/break-silence, Interviews: media@c4st.org, PH: 705-444-9662

From: "Canadians For Safe Technology" <info@c4st.org>
Monday, April 14, 2014 6:29:28 AM
Subject: RSC Peer Reviewers Break Their Silence

Apr 14

Frank Clegg (C4ST) re Health Canada and Safety Code 6

Interview on Newstalk 1290 CJBK - London Ontario, April 12, 2014

Following the publication of the RSC Review of Health Canada's Safety Code 6, Frank Clegg speaks to Andy Oudman and Pam Killeen on Newstalk 1290 and explains why he's unhappy with the "rubber stamp" that the RSC has given, and what is next . . . .


Apr 12

Nova Scotia couple suing Bell Aliant re cell tower damage

Edna & Marshall Pettipas would appreciate your help - She is fighting for us all

" . . . Edna's success could have important favourable repercussions in the public interest. It is an opportunity that should be grasped. The other side with their incomparable financial resources is likely to bring witnesses, from medical and physics perspectives, who will try to negate that harm and loss could befall Edna due to cell tower radiation. To meet this challenge, more witnesses are needed for Edna's side, in the public interest. 

"Edna's lawyer has shown bravery in taking the case on contingency, i.e. he does not get paid unless he wins. That means, however, that fundraising is necessary to enable bringing international experts to testify at the trial. These witnesses' names need to be submitted to the court in a few months time, well in advance of the trial. So there is pressure to meet a deadline.

"This is an appeal for donations to enable such witnesses to attend. All donations will be used strictly towards bringing witnesses for Edna's case. Please donate now directly to Edna's Legal Fund


Mar 27

Gonzales Community School kids, their parents, educators and neighbors picket against AT&T's planned to put a cell tower at the Burger King adjacent to their school, in Santa Fe, NM. The Santa Fe Public School's Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution opposing AT&T's plan to put the tower in such close proximity to the elementary/middle school.

The first time this AT&T tower was "interrupted", all the store owners signed their objections to send to the owner of the small mall. He was obstinate until the major lessor there, La Montanita Co-op, stated they would leave.

Then, AT&T went after a small plot of land right next to a gas station and the Gonzales Community School, only half a block away from the first site, which threatened the school even more. It threatened the whole community.

After their demonstration was blocked by the media, including Channel 7 which actually videotaped interviews that never were released, AT&T has not re-applied. It turned out that they were trying to get by on their original application, but had changed from proposing a 64 foot tower to a 100 foot tower.

The parents also put together a thick book of objections, which was well-prepared.  Ultimately, this was a parent driven resistance.

Mar 25

Cell Tower Radiation and Migratory Birds

Dept. of Interior Attacks FCC re Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

"The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce which addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife. 

"The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers: 
"the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today." 

"The Department criticized the Federal government's proposed procedures for placement and operation of communication towers, and called for "independent, third-party peer-reviewed studies" in the U.S. to examine the effects of cell tower radiation on "migratory birds and other trust species." 

"Following are excerpts from the letter, dated Feb 7, 2014:

Department of Interior Attacks FCC re Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife 

Mar 17


"On Feb 5, 2014, Industry Minister James Moore announced Changes to Industry Canada's Antenna Tower Siting Policy, CPC-2-0-03. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=813859

"On Feb. 27, 2014, Industry Canada announced a consultation process for these changes.

"This is every Canadian citizen and politician's opportunity to have their concerns and opinions considered on Industry Canada's update to cell tower and antenna citing protocols.

"The deadline is March 31, 2014

"C4ST supports Industry Minister James Moore in the proposed changes to the IC tower siting policy as a step in the right direction. We do however have concerns.

Send Industry Canada your thoughts on the updates to the cellular tower notification process. . . .

Mar 1

Live Blood Cell Analysis

Live Blood and Electrosmog - Dr. Magda Havas (first posted March, 2010)

Live blood cell analysis, in its simplest form (i.e. examining the size, shape, and clumping of cells) may reveal information about electrohypersensitivity that doctors could use in their clinics, and that scientists could use in addition to questionnaires and other types of testing.

"Live blood cells can reveal important information about your health, so I decided to test my own blood."  Magda Havas. Ph.D. Trent University, Peterborough Ontario

Feb 27

Telus hangs up on cellphone tower

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.

SAnderson@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4255

Feb 6

Ottawa closes cellphone tower loophole - 2 VIDEOS Global News

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

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