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OPEN LETTER to ALL School Boards, School Board Trustees, Superintendents of Schools, Ministers/Directors of Education, Teachers, Parents, School Custodians and Students February 25, 2013
"I am a professor in a Canadian University where I do research on the biological effects of radio frequency radiation. To those of you who are in positions of authority, I implore you to NOT make the same mistake that we are currently making in many schools across Canada, namely installing wireless internet in our schools and thus exposing students and their teachers to microwave radiation all day and every school day.
"The safest way to connect to the Internet in the classroom is through either Ethernet cable or through fiber optics. The worst way to connect to the Internet, from a health perspective, is through Wi-Fi routers. However, if Wi-Fi routers are deployed in the classroom it is essential that the routers be turned off when not in use and/or turned down to minimize exposure of students and staff. Ideally it would be useful to have a Wi-Fi free zone (commonly referred to as a "white zone") for those who are unable to tolerate this radiation.
"The scientific evidence clearly shows that microwave radiation at levels well below international (ICNIRP) guidelines and federal guidelines in many countries (including Canada, U.S. and the U.K.) and at levels now commonly found in classrooms with Wi-Fi routers causes cancer in laboratory animals, causes heart palpitations in sensitive adults, causes reduced sperm motility and viability, and is associated with symptoms of electrosensitivity that include-but are not limited to-cognitive dysfunction, pain, fatigue, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, irritability), dizziness, nausea, weakness, skin problems, and tinnitus . . .
Commonly Made Statements: What's the Real Story? (July 2013)
When asked about the impacts that "Smart Meters" will have on B.C., representatives of Hydro have a standard set of responses-- a scripted "mantra" intended to justify their decision to install these meters. In form letters and interviews, advertisements and news reports, the statements are repeated and repeated again.
To explain their inaccuracies and clarify facts is a highly repetitive exercise, problematic when Hydro representatives and government officials make the same false statements over time, and when reports in the mainstream media continue to present these inaccuracies as truth.
The following collection of "Frequently Asked Questions and Statements made about Microwave/ Radiofrequency Radiation" contains information that helps to separate the fact from the fiction. Hopefully it will answer any questions regarding "Smart Meters": their safety and their health effects, their costs and impacts on B.C. and beyond.
Health issues associated with the exposure to electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation - C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto present: Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, Dr. Magda Havas, Dr. Anthony Miller, Mr Frank Clegg
Symposium held for Canadian Medical Doctors and Health Care Practitioners
Presented by C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto - September 12, 2014
Worried About Wireless?
Cellphone toxicology, exposure assessment and epidemiology -- an update on reproduction and cancer
Dr. Devra Davis Ph.D., M.P.H. Founder and President Environmental Trust Fund; former Professor, Department of Epidemiology and founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, Cancer Institute
Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure from Cellular Telephones Affects Behaviour in Adult Mice
Dr. Hugh Taylor Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine
"Electrosmog and Electrosensitivity"
Dr. Magda Havas Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University
"Radiofrequency Fields are a Probable Human Carcinogen"
Dr. Anthony Miller, M.D., F.R.C.P. Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
"Health Canada's Safety Code 6"
Mr. Frank Clegg Former President of Microsoft Canada, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology
Comment period ended Friday, November 28th, 2014 - This will go ahead IF Forest Service approves
N.B. Public input to October 10 has been significant, and so requests to have the deadline extended have been granted TWICE. The second deadline for comments was October 31. It was then reset for November 28, 2014. The comment procedure is printed below. Beneath that is our original information.
Examples of Letters
Dear Interested Party:
The Responsible Official for the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment has decided to extend the current public comment. The current comment period was to end October 31, 2014. To ensure the public has had plenty of time to provide comment, the comment period will be extended to November 28, 2014. If you have already provided comments on this project, you do not need to comment again with the same information you've already provided.
In addition to extending the comment period, the City of Port Angeles is hosting Navy and US Forest staff for a question and answer session on Thursday, November 6th from 6-8pm in Port Angeles, WA. The location for this event is the City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA.
Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project can be submitted to the project website, http://go.usa.gov/785z , and click on the "Comment on Project" link on the right side. If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at (360) 956-2375.
The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The office location is 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Those submitting electronic copies must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted until November 28, 2014.
The EA is available for review on-line at: http://go.usa.gov/785z
Letter to the Editor printed in October edition of ATA News (Alberta Teachers' Association)
"The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) has raised important questions about wireless networks and devices in schools, warning that "teachers and school communities have not been informed regarding the implementation of Wi-Fi and any inherent potential hazards." They note that "teachers are rightly concerned for their personal safety and the safety of the children in their care."
"Due to an oversight, teachers were never informed that the World Health Organization reclassified wireless frequencies as a Class 2B carcinogen in the same category as lead and DDT, which is why a Los Angeles teachers' union passed a right-to-know resolution calling for teachers to be informed when their workplace hazards have changed.
"The CTF advises a prudent approach to the use of Wi-Fi in schools given the newness of broad Wi-Fi coverage and the difficulty in controlling variables in research around its use. The Federation is calling for measures to reduce exposure, such as installing on/off switches, and appealing for resources to educate the public. The ATA has a responsibility to act now to protect teachers, students and their futures.
"Teachers can learn about how to reduce their exposure by visiting the website of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), who are pushing for needed change. "
Fearless Parent: Thinking for a Change - Louise Kuo Habakus
"Is anyone in your house dealing with health issues that just won't go away no matter what foods you eat, which supplements you take, or how many practitioners and therapies you run through?
Is your child anxious, hyperactive, erratic, ticking, angry, foggy, forgetful, sleepless, nauseous, sluggish, dizzy, itchy, congested, or in pain?
Based on the extensive evidence base and reinforced by the volume of anecdotal stories I'm hearing, it's worth trying this . . .
Headings for this article:
Environmental Health Trust and Grassroots Environmental Education
The BabySafe Wireless Project is a joint initiative of two environmental health non-profit organizations, Grassroots Environmental Education and Environmental Health Trust. For more information, please visit the websites of the participating organizations. The goals of the Project have been endorsed by many of the world's leading experts in the fields of microwave radiation, brain development, obstetrics, pediatrics and public health. To read the Joint Statement on Wireless Radiation and Pregnancy and view a list of signatories, click here. Funding for this project comes from private donations and from The Flow Fund. To make a donation to the project, please email Doug Wood at daw (at) grassrootsinfo.org. The Project does not recommend products or accept corporate donations, and has no financial interest in any aspect of wired or wireless technologies.
On behalf of the BioInitiative 2012 Working Group (September 22, 2014)
September 22, 2014
"On behalf of the BioInitative Working Group, we are writing to express our concern about the views expressed by CEOs from Google, Dell, Apple, Adobe, eBay, Facebook, the George Lucas Educational Foundation and others to the FCC supporting wireless technologies in schools.
"Your letter to the FCC dated July 7, 2014 titled Education Superhighway, states:
"Today, we are writing to you to urge swift bi-partisan action at your July 11, 2014 meeting to adopt the E-Rate modernization proposal set forth by Chairman Wheeler." "By responsibly investing $2 billion of unused funds and providing predictable ongoing support for Wi-Fi, the plan will make dramatic progress in bringing high-speed connectivity to our classrooms."
"No one denies that bringing high-speed connectivity to our classrooms is important. But it can be a wired connection and does not have to be WiFi. It does not reflect well on the ethics of your corporations to encourage the FCC to provide $2 billion dollars for new wireless classroom infrastructure and devices for school children . . .
"To promote wireless technologies in schools is to deliberately and knowingly disregard current health warnings from international science and public health experts. . .
"Today, corporations that deal with educational technology should be looking forward and helping school administrators and municipal leaders to access safe, wired solutions. Your corporations can reasonably foresee and offer alternatives to potentially hazardous exposures to wireless radiation by choosing to support wired educational technologies."
re: Public consultation on Revision of Safety Code 6
Permission given to share the author's name, Girl Power Camp in Salt Spring.
From: Oona McOuat
Sent: July 14, 2014
Subject: Submission re: Public consultation on Revision of Safety Code 6
Dear Health Canada,
We may be children, but because the guidelines you set for EMF safety and protection today may greatly affect our tomorrow, please accept our submission to the review process of your revision of Safety Code 6.
We have just spent a week studying exposure to EMF - surveying community members on their exposure levels to and experiences with EMF, and conducting an experiment on how direct WIFI exposure affects cress plants.
Most importantly, we examined how EMF exposure affects us personally - we listened to our bodies and shared with one another. We discovered that we are all listless and lacking in energy when we spend more than a few hours at a time on our digital devices. We noticed that some of us were physically and emotionally addicted to our cell phones - staying up late into the night talking and texting - and that when we slept with powered-on devices near our beds, we awoke tired, cranky, and un-refreshed. We wondered what the long-term effects of almost constant exposure to WIFI, cell phones, smart meters, microwaves, cell phone towers, and more, would be to our health and well-being. We learned there is no conclusive evidence that tells us we have nothing to worry about. We decided it was better to be safe than sorry.
We are concerned that Health Canada bases its guidelines for RF exposure on levels established by ICNIRP, an organization who, according to a 2011 parliamentary report by the Council of Europe is an: "NGO whose origin and structure are none too clear and which is furthermore suspected of having rather close links with the industries whose expansion is shaped by recommendations for maximum threshold values for the different frequencies of electromagnetic fields."
We are also noticed that on your website you claim: "Health Canada scientists have concluded (and the Royal Society of Canada has agreed) on the basis of current scientific data, that no adverse health effects will occur from exposure to RF fields at the levels permitted by Safety Code 6", and yet, only 16 of the 64 references used in the bibliography of the 2013 Safety Code Revision have been published since 2009 when the code was last revised. Some of the materials listed in the bibliography date back as far as 1982!
We ask you to look beyond the paradigm that claims that EMF has only a thermal - or heating - effect on the body, and to please recognize that our personal experiences and the attached experiment tell us that there is much more that needs to be learned before we truly know what safe levels of EMF exposure are.
With Best Regards,
Oona McOuat & the Participants of Girl Power Camp 2014
Media Release: Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario (ETFO) supports recommendation that Health Canada improve communications regarding safe use of wireless technology
Toronto, ON - "The Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario (ETFO) supports an Expert Panel recommendation that Health Canada provide the public with more information about radiofrequency energy, and the safe use of wireless technology.
"It would make sense for Health Canada to put this recommendation into the context of the classroom, and develop a resource for the safe use of wireless technology in our school communities," said ETFO President Sam Hammond.
" to a 2013 national survey by the Canadian Teachers' Federation, more than half of Canadian teachers were concerned about lack of information from school boards to teachers, students and parents about wireless technology.
"Health Canada is the federal agency responsible for safe exposure limits to the radiofrequency fields that are produced by wireless technology. These exposure limits are set out in Safety Code 6 and applied to industrial, medical and consumer technologies. Ontario school boards refer to Health Canada's Safety Code 6 as the standard for determining the safe use of wireless internet technology in schools.
"At Health Canada's request, the Expert Panel was convened by the Royal Society of Canada to review proposed revisions to Safety Code 6. In its review released last April, the Expert Panel reported that no additional precautionary measures were needed regarding the exposure limits of Safety Code 6. However the report included a number of recommendations calling for continued research. The Expert Panel Report is currently being reviewed by Health Canada.
"We will continue to monitor research, developments and decisions made by standard setters and regulators in Canada and internationally on wireless technology on behalf of our members," added Hammond."
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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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