Citizens for Safe Technology
Empowering the public to protect children
and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
We've come to depend on cell phones and expect them to do more and more for us. Cell phone companies need cell towers to deliver their growing number of services.
Industry Canada regulates cell companies in terms of their use of radio frequency spectrum and the siting of cell towers. It has established a standard called "Safety Code 6," which cell operators are required to meet. However, Safety Code 6 has among the least stringent standards in the world, and it does not address the critical issue of long term exposure to low level intensity microwave radiation emitted by cell towers.
In terms of the siting of cell towers, Industry Canada does not rule out approving cell towers anywhere and everywhere. This means that the cell industry's regulator does not rule out locating cell towers near where families live, and where children play and go to school.
It also means that Industry Canada depends entirely on an inadequate standard of safety to protect children and families.
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One Toronto woman shares her account of living with an extreme sensitivity to everyday technology
"Veronica Ciandre never imagined how drastically technology would change her life.
"For more than a decade, the film and television hairstylist had lived comfortably with her teenage daughter on the top floor of 2 Regal Rd., an apartment building near Dufferin and St. Clair. Then, in the fall of 2009, the landlord installed a dozen antennas on the roof as a way to get residents better cellular service.
"At first, Ciandre didn't think anything of it. . . .
Blake Levitt and Henry Lai 2010 (first posted December, 2011)
"The siting of cellular phone base stations and other cellular infrastructure such as roof-mounted antenna arrays, especially in residential neighborhoods, is a contentious subject in land-use regulation. Local resistance from nearby residents and landowners is often based on fears of adverse health effects despite reassurances from telecommunications service providers that international exposure standards will be followed. Both anecdotal reports and some epidemiology studies have found headaches, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, decreased libido, increased rates of suicide, concentration problems, dizziness, memory changes, increased risk of cancer, tremors, and other neurophysiological effects in populations near base stations.
"The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures. While specific epidemiological research in this area is sparse and contradictory, and such exposures are difficult to quantify given the increasing background levels of RFR from myriad personal consumer products, some research does exist to warrant caution in infrastructure siting.
"Further epidemiology research that takes total ambient RFR exposures into consideration is warranted. Symptoms reported today may be classic microwave sickness, first described in 1978. Non-ionizing electromagnetic fields are among the fastest growing forms of environmental pollution. Some extrapolations can be made from research other than epidemiology regarding biological effects from exposures at levels far below current exposure guidelines."
Department of Telecommunication (DoT) in India - dna exclusive
"The department of telecommunication or DoT has finally woken up to the fact that there may be a correlation between cancer and exposure to radiation from cell phone towers.
". . . Chetan Shah says his family lives in fear after having seen so many neighbours succumb to cancer. "We are not going to wait for one of us to get cancer and have decided to take legal action," he said.
"In September 2012, the government lowered radiation emission limits for mobile phone towers to 450 milliwatts/sq m from 4,500. But even this is way above international norms."
More EMF refugees: Wendy Hoy interview with Laureen Maurisio
March 22, 2013, Port Franks becomes irradiated.
The Bell Canada cell transmission monopole has been activated in the centre of Point Franks, Ontario, Canada, with disastrous results for the health of some residents. Laureen Maurisio needed to leave her home due to RF-EMR sickness from excessive readings inside. Lacey, her little dog, can't be with Laureen at the place that she has found safe shelter away from the cell tower radiations. So what will our rare endangered species do to survive? . . .
Produced by Wendy Hoy with music by Bill Savage and Nick Young for Lakeshore Coalition and the people of Port Franks.
"Last Friday at the busy Alameda and St. Francis intersection, drivers waved and emphatically honked their horns to support the dozens of Gonzales School community members holding picket signs in front of the Burger King. Their issue was a health concern but--perhaps surprisingly--not about the food. The owners of the fast food outlet's site have made a deal with ATT to place a 4-G antenna tower there. And from there, a kid with a baseball and a good arm could break a classroom window. That's how close the proposed tower site is from the place where thousands of northwest Santa Fe kids will spend a large part of their early lives.
"There is broad scientific consensus that electromagnetic radiation (EMR) of the kind these antennas emit causes serious health problems. There are even U.S. government health regulations regarding exposure. But as we have seen regarding the health effects of tobacco, for example, or the human causes of climate disruption, powerful economic interests actively muddy the waters of science to the benefit of corporate shareholders and to the detriment of public health. In the case of EMR, scientists agree that such radiation causes problems. The only disagreement is about whether low levels are safe. As has been the case with all other forms of environmental contamination, more focused research is finding negative effects from levels several orders of magnitude below those currently regulated as safe. And in a classic example of an agency held captive by the industry it regulates, the FCC claims legal power to overrule any local government's opposition to EMR sources if the decision is based on health concerns. Look for an upcoming article on the scientific, economic, legal and political issues involved in this looming environmental crisis of the information age. The Gonzales School protest is as local as politics gets, but its implications are truly global. Long live the Gonzales School families! . . .
Global News: Global Edmonton Municipalities now must be notified every time a cell tower or antenna goes up
"More smartphones and tablet traffic on wireless networks means an increase in antennas and cellphone towers, and now municipalities will be consulted on where this digital infrastructure will go.
"Under a national protocol released today, wireless carriers will be required to notify and consult with municipalities about every antenna system, including towers, that go up as they expand their networks.
"Bernard Lord of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association says the guidelines allow municipalities to give feedback on suggested locations in residential, industrial and agricultural areas . . .
"Municipalities will also get a say on the look of the wireless antenna systems, says Lord, noting that in the past, some have been incorporated into lamp poles, for instance, to blend in with existing infrastructure.
"Lord said the protocol, which was developed by the Ottawa-based association and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will promote consultation but does not give municipalities the ability to veto the location of a cellphone tower or a rooftop antenna. Telecommunications falls under federal jurisdiction.
"He said electromagnetic radiation from wireless antenna systems meet federal standards applied by Industry Canada and citizens' health concerns are unfounded . . .
South China Morning Post: Cancer risk fears - Campus dwellers assured radiation exposure 'extremely low', but not all are convinced
"The University of Science and Technology has taken steps to ease fears among academics and students about a potential cancer risk from a proliferation of mobile phone antennae on campus building rooftops.
"A memo was sent out to all staff and students after the Sunday Morning Post reported last weekend that mobile phone companies had paid the university to erect an estimated 87 antennae on the rooftops of residential and student blocks.
"Teachers living on campus said workmen had been seen in the days after the story appeared, removing some antennae from blocks where there was a particularly high concentration of masts . . .
or run for the off-grid hills
To date, 59 Municipal Councils, after being approached by their constituents, have officially asked the Liberal government for a moratorium or opt-out from the Wireless Smart Meter Program.
Local councils need to take steps to defend the health, safety and human rights of their constituents. If they haven't already done so, they need to represent the people in their ridings, and people need to speak up for their rights.
According to Bill 23-2008 of the British Columbia Public Health Act, section 83 (1), Section 83 (1), a municipality must take action when it learns of something that could be harmful to its residents. It must notify the Minister of Health or take immediate action.
We can't say it strongly enough: Approach local councils NOW, and demand safe neighbourhoods!
If you don't, the change we need won't happen.
The cell transmitters-on-poles phenomenon is known as DAS (Distributed Antennae System)
"Here is a letter to Scarsdale10583 submitted by Deborah Kopald, a nationally recognized public health advocate, who will be discussing DAS (and how to stop it) as well as other wireless transmitters and devices on Wednesday, February 29th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Wainwright House in Rye.
"In 1993, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recommended that cell towers be placed away from schools and hospitals. A few years later, 40 scientists at the Harvard and BU Public Schools of Health called cell towers a public health emergency. Those following these developments would have been hard-pressed to wonder whether the CPUC recommendations shouldn't also apply to residential zones and areas that people frequented and worked at. There was reason for concern--the literature on people living near radar, tv and radio towers showed negative health consequences to those in close proximity; cell towers represented the first time that the population at large would be exposed ubiquitously and continuously to microwave radiation.
"In the intervening years, many forward-thinking municipalities structured ordinances that stipulated that cell towers be kept away from homes and schools and placed in industrial areas before residential zones in the name of protecting property values (since the Telecom Act of 1996 prevents regulation on the basis of radiation emissions and health effects). Literature conducted on health effects of cell towers has indeed borne out what was feared; those in proximity show elevated rates of negative health- from sleep problems, to cardiovascular dysfunction to cancer. The movie Full Signal chronicles the health problems of those living close to transmitters around the world . . .
"The rollout of DAS is an unprecedented power grab by utilities; since the pulsed microwave radiation coming out of transmitters is odorless, colorless and tasteless, most people are not aware there is a serious issue afoot. Many of those that do realize the magnitude of the issue make a feeble protest effort when it is too late and the contracts are practically signed. Meanwhile, the EU and the Council of Europe have called effectively for transmitter-free zones in and around schools, hospitals and old-age homes . . .
'Cell phone' walk reaches Ottawa
Wendy Hoy reached Ottawa this week after a long walk from home and took her concerns about the danger of cell phone tower emissions to Parliament Hill. Hoy met and spoke with many people in communities along the way to Ottawa and said most were also concerned about the issue. "They're very concerned about the close proximity of cell towers to their residences, schools and playgrounds," she added http://www.theobserver.ca/2012/11/22/cell-phone-walk-reaches-ottawa
Clegg takes radiation issue to Ottawa
... to make Canadian MPs aware of the danger of electromagnetic radiation. ... of the possible health impacts associated with the electromagnetic radiation ...
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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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