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Feb 27
2015

Slingshots at Goliath

Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits: From Chapter 9 of An Electronic Silent Spring by Katie Singer

Here's a partial list of actions taken by international government agencies and professional organizations in response to concerns about the health and environmental effects of exposure to radio frequency radiation . . .




Feb 26
2015

Best Practices with Wireless Radiation for Schools -a Review of Global Advisories

A Call for Best Practices with Wireless Radiation from Authorities Across the World (December 2014)

This document contains some really good questions and answers that might be useful at parent-teacher, or trustee meetings.

  • Children's Unique Vulnerabilities to Wireless Radiation 
  • Health Risks: An Overview of Risk  
World Health Organization Classification
Dr. Martha Herbert's Letter on Wireless in Schools
Dr. David Carpenter's Letter on Wireless in Schools 
  • Wireless Microwave Radiation in Schools 
Sources in Schools  
The Fine Print Manufacturer Warnings 
Federal Regulations and Technology Use in Schools 
  • Inadequacy of Current Exposure Guidelines to Protect Children 
  • Considerations for Schools
  • Best Practices in Schools 
  • International Precautionary Actions
  Governments  
Examples of Local Schools Pulling Out Wireless
Parent Teacher Organizations
  • Safety is Not Assured: The Call to Action 
US President's Cancer Panel, the EPA, the CDC
The Environment and Human Health Inc. Report 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
Associations Calling for Precautions
Medical Doctors Raise Concern 
  • Commonly Asked Questions and Answers 
  • Bibliography 
  • Research Selections for Health Effects




Feb 22
2015

Lloyd's of London excludes coverage for RF/EMR claims

Letter to Government from Sharon Noble - Director of Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC (includes A&E Policy Document)

Premier Clark, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Reimer,

RE: Lloyd's of London excludes coverage for claims caused by exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

"Based on inaccurate information provided by ITRON, Health Canada and Dr. Perry Kendall, you have been telling people that there is no health risk due to prolonged exposure to radiation from smart meters on homes and wifi in school -- this despite your having received 100s of studies by independent researchers and many letters from scientists and doctors to the contrary.

"I am now forwarding information that should concern you even if the potential health problems these devices cause British Columbians doesn't. Even though I know that the province and BC Hydro self insure their insurance coverage, I suspect you have a stop loss agreement with protection for catastrophic claims. If this stop loss agreement doesn't already contain this waiver, soon it no doubt will exclude any claims associated with exposure to radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones, smart meters or wifi. Premier Clark, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Reimer,

"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. Attached is a recent renewal policy which, as of Feb. 7, 2015, excludes any coverage associated with exposure to non-ionizing radiation. In response to 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-ionising radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage."

 "This means that the Province (that is we, the taxpayer) will be held liable for claims from teachers and parents of children suffering biological effects from wifi in schools, from homeowners exposed to RF from mandated smart meters on homes, and from employees forced to use cell phones or exposed to wifi at work. Lawsuits in other countries have resulted in huge payments already, and it is only a matter of time before similar lawsuits are filed and won in Canada.

"Potentially those who allow such devices, after having been fully informed about the dangers, could be held liable for negligence, and directors' insurance may not provide financial protection. Directors' insurance applies when people are performing their duties "in good faith". It is hard to argue they are acting "in good faith" after having been warned by true scientific experts and by a well-respected insurer.

"Consider yourself notified once again that you could be held legally responsible for the decisions you have made."

Yours truly,
Sharon Noble
Victoria, BC.

See page seven (7) #32 below for exclusion statement re electromagnetic fields:




Feb 21
2015

Canadian MPs Seek Warning Labels on Cellphones, Wi-Fi Devices

Should smartphones have a warning label on them? Some Canadian MPs say yes.

"A growing number of Canadian parliamentarians are lending their name in support of a Private Member's Bill requiring warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi routers and even baby monitors sold across Canada.

 "Conservative MP Terence Young has introduced a bill calling for safety warnings on all such radiation-emitting wireless devices. Young has represented a federal riding in Oakville, ON since 2008.

 "Known officially as Private Member's Bill C-648, An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation (Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act), the Bill was seconded by NDP Health Critic, Libby Davies.

"Young, and other supporters of his initiative, want to change the way Canadians think about wireless devices by putting cautionary information about their use and potential health hazards front and centre.

"Or on the back. Or on the box. Or some other location to be determined - the issue is complex, controversial and complicated by the small size and limited real estate on many wireless devices, much less the still hotly debated science and research surrounding electromagnetic radiation, EMR, emitted by devices from cellphones to baby monitors to smart meters and more. . . .

 SEE ALSO: Warning labels for cell phones and WiFi Bill C648 to protect Canadians from radiation




Feb 21
2015

Canadians for Safe Technology on Federal Action re Cell Towers

OTTAWA, originally posted Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/


N.B.
The original CNW heading of this release - "Canadians for Safe Technology Praise Federal Action on Cell Towers" - is misleading.  
C4ST supports changes to federal action on cell towers, but this federal action is still seriously lacking, as it continues to be unprotective of the public. 

"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."




Feb 21
2015

Blood tests sent to NBN Co to thwart tower plans

Australia - Testing liability for health trends (NBN National Broadband Network)

"Two northern NSW resident action groups campaigning against NBN towers have sent blood sample results to NBN Co and its contractors in a bid to scare them off their rollout plans.

"The groups - the Friends of Condong Ridge, which opposes a tower at Clothiers Creek, and the OREAD Project in Kyogle shire - say they have taken a leaf from the book of anti-cell tower campaigners in Wales.

"Under the strategy, residents take a blood test before a cell tower is erected and send the results with a legal liability letter to the telco, its contractors and the land owner hosting the tower.

"The letter states that further pathology tests will be undertaken once the tower is in place, and threatens litigation if any trend is uncovered between the 'before' and 'after' tests. . . .

"Blood tests represent a dramatic escalation in the avenues of opposition at the disposal of residents groups, who have typically used grassroots political action and pressure on councils to stop or shift the location of tower projects. "Despite appearances, Bloom said his group was not against the rollout of fast internet.

"We're pro fast internet but we don't believe fixed wireless is a good technology," he said.

"Bloom noted that when the fixed wireless contracts were awarded in 2011, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) was not a rollout option as per the previous Labor Government's majority fibre-to-the-premise approach.

"However, Clothiers Creek has existing copper connections, and Bloom said he wanted to test their feasibility to carry internet services that could be much faster than fixed wireless. . . . 


Wikipedia entry:  "The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a national wholesale-only, open-access data network and is under development in Australia. It is based on the premise that fixed line and wireless broadband connections are sold to retail service providers (RSP), who then sell Internet access and other services to consumers.

The NBN was subject to political and industry debate for a number of years, before construction actually commenced. The 2013 Federal Election and subsequent change of government from Labor to the Liberal/National Coalition prompted a strategic review to be commissioned to determine the ideal infrastructure mix to deliver fast broadband across the country as quickly as possible. The review commenced in October 2013 and is due to report to government in December 2013. . . 




Feb 18
2015

Letter of Notice re Betrayal of Public Trust

to Richard Adams of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) from Eileen O'Connor, Director of Radiation Research Trust

Please read and share the following amazing letter by Eileen O'Connor of the UK's Radiation Research Trust.  In it, she confronts Richard Adams for failing to disclose his conflicts of interest with utility companies that are pushing smart meters throughout Europe. Mr. Adams influenced members of the European Economic and Social Committee to consider that Electro-hypersensivity (EHS) is psychosomatic, and not a physical reaction to the RF/EMR. The estimates are that 22,000,000 to 37,000,000 people in Europe alone suffer EHS, but this could be low, and definitely will be increasing, just as it is in Canada.

Note that both The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, and Citizens for Safe Technology are signatories.

SEE ALSO: FINAL RESOLUTION EESC

Excerpts:

". . . The Radiation Research Trust reminds Mr Adams of his duty to respect the relevant convention rights applicable before the dissemination of smart meters and draws his attention to Section 6 (1) of the Human Rights Act of public authorities 1998 which states clearly "it is unlawful for a Public Authority to act in a way which is incompatible with Convention Right." Article 6 "the right to a fair and impartial hearing" and article 8 "the right to respect for private and family life, home and possessions." The rights of people suffering with electrohypersensitivity are currently violated. It is time to apply the Convention established in the European Court of Human Rights. Any person who feels his or her rights have been violated under the Convention by a state party can take a case to the Court and call for support for the right to life, prohibition of torture and prohibition of discrimination, this is a basic requirement in policy making. The European Convention on Human Rights (formally the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) is an international treaty to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Europe which in democratic societies are usually afforded legal protection from the state. . . .

"Many people are now looking for justice following the milestone legal cases being won related to EMFs. As examples: in 2011, the Spanish Labour Court in Madrid declared hypersensitivity, caused in part by EMF exposure, can cause permanent disability. In 2012, the Italian Supreme Court ruled the Insurance Body for Work (INAIL) must compensate a worker who developed a tumour due to long-term, heavy use of mobile phones on the job. In 2013, the Australian government was ordered to pay claims for damaging the health of an employee with EMF sensitivity. Such rulings set a precedent for future conditions related to hypersensitivity to these microwaves.

"A new perspective is required by the telecommunications industry in order to better protect the general public, the environment and their own shareholders. The same holds true for governments. Potential risks are already being acknowledged in industry. . . .

"The clock has started ticking on liability and the time has arrived to deal with this issue as a matter of urgency . . . 

"As of 18th February, 2015 European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) member Mr. Richard Adams absolutely, irrefutably has received the latest science from doctors and scientists from around the world on this issue. 

"Future claims for damages to health as a result of the counter-opinion on electrohypersensitivity being accepted by the EESC could be founded on this letter . . . 




Feb 17
2015

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION re BC Hydro Meter Related Fires

Bc Hydro's response to request for records - June 2014 (includes list of 26 incidents)

" . . . Please note that although the incidents listed in the attached table do record electrical incidents which occurred during, or relatively soon after, the installation of a smart meter, none of the incidents included in the table have been 'attributed' to the presence of a smart meter, or to the installation of a smart meter as distinct fro any other type of meter. . . .

" . . . BC Hydro does not track the occurrence of power surges in relation to the presence, or absence, of smart meters and so has no records to provide in that regard. . . .




Feb 15
2015

Bill C-648 - REQUEST your MP Support Bill C-648

Bill C-648 - An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks From Radio frequency Electromagnetic Radiation

From C4ST's Frank Clegg:

February 15, 2015

Good afternoon,  

As you are aware, we joined MP Terence Young in Ottawa for the introduction of Bill C-648 - "The Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act". [Bill C-648] We are very pleased with the cross-party support we have received with 15 MP's publicly committing to support the bill to date, including former NDP health critic MP Libby Davis who requested to be a seconder on the Bill. We also received coverage in ten separate media outlets on the day's following the event.

We are disappointed, but not surprised, with the reaction from the Industry. Their dismissive comments tell us they will continue to keep their safety warnings buried in their manuals. Warnings that clearly state a minimum distance that all devices should be held away from our bodies and those of our children. See CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) comments . . . .  in response to Bill C-648. This lobby association represents most major telecom companies in Canada.

Momentum is building around the world in countries dealing with the unsafe use of technology. The French Parliament recently passed a law requiring all advertisements regarding cell phones must now show a device (ear buds or speaker mode) that limits exposure to radiation. The same French law banned the use of WI-FI in day care centers and nurseries for children three years of age and younger. See . . . our interpretation of the new law.

Taiwanese lawmakers just last week passed new legislation in which parents who allow children younger than two years of age to use tablets and smartphones face fines. In Belgium it is illegal to market cell phones to children younger than 7 years of age.

While the 15 supportive MPs to date is good start to Bill C-648, there are another 293 MP's across Canada that share in the responsibility to protect Canadians. We ask that you . . .  send an e-mail to your MP. If your MP is on the list of supporters found in the middle of the campaign page, please thank them. If they are not, we ask you to send them an email outlining why you think they should support this important bill. We have supplied suggested points for you to consider.  

C4ST will be in Ottawa next week discussing Bill C-648 with select MPs. If you receive a positive response to your email please let me know by replying to this email, and I will contact your MP to see if we can set up a meeting to discuss further. All Canadians have a right to know that there is a safe way to use and enjoy technology. Bill C-648 is a major step to help raise awareness.

Sincerely,

Frank Clegg




Feb 14
2015

Utility commissioner's "smart" meter corruption, negligence, jail-time? (California)

Utility commissioner's private emails reveal conspiracy - Take Back Your Power

Evidence has now been made public of illegal actions and collusion between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and utility PG&E, as criminal investigations continue.  

FAT CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG: Evidence has now been made public of illegal actions and collusion between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and utility PG&E, as criminal investigations continue.



As part of a federal and state investigation into what appears to be systemic corruption involving former senior executives at PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission, 65,000 emails have been publicly released, revealing collusion and conspiracy.

Former commission president Michael Peevey and former PG&E Vice President Brian Cherry are wishing investigators would have been kept in the dark. The pair privately discussed problems with so-called "smart" meters, violating their own rules of procedure while admitting to health harm and overbilling problems - which several thousand Californians had been warning about since 2010. Details continue to surface, as press and researchers continue to delve into the mountain of collusion.

It is perhaps justly ironic that we now see, made public, the private email correspondence of those who have teamed up to deploy technology which, according to a 2012 US Congressional Research report, facilitates unprecedented in-home surveillance. Here are some highlights from their correspondence: 

SEE ALSO: Kauilapele's Blog




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