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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 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

GOVERNMENTS - PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!

A very important letter from Jerry Flynn

In case readers didn't already know this, here are some facts that every school board - No, every community on earth - should know about cell towers (and wireless technology in general). . . .

Readers might be surprised to learn that the biggest single donors to the WHO are: 1) Bill and Melinda Gates, and 2) the USA! Knowing this should help people view skeptically if not cynically any pronouncements from the WHO. Related items are below:

Russia - has a 2,000 METER 'no-man's land' around cell towers, within which no one is allowed to live or work! . . . France - a) banned Wi-Fi in kindergartens in 2015! In middle schools, Wi-Fi must be turned off when not in use. . . .

United Kingdom - Chief Medical Officers strongly recommend that children younger than 16 should NOT use cell phones! . . .

Taiwan - It is illegal for children under two (2) to use wireless technology! Parents can be fined! Parents have to ensure children under 18 use electronic products for a "reasonable length of time."

European Parliament - In 2008 urged tighter safety standards for cell phones and all wireless technology (DECT phones, Wi-Fi routers, etc.)

Russia - It's Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCIRP) issued a Press Release in 2008, entitled: "Children and Mobile Phones: The Health of Following Generations is at Risk!" It said children under 18 should not use cell phones!

India - Ministry of Telecommunications said children under 16 should not use cell phones!

Israel - Ministry of Health. Recommends youth to limit use of cell phones; don't use them in enclosed spaces; use wired ear pieces.

Finland - Government urges children to limit use of cell phones as long-term effects are not yet known.

ICEMS - International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (one of the most respected group of international esteemed scientists from various countries) Says industry is wrong in saying there is no evidence that all wireless is dangerous. Urges people of all ages, but especially children, to limit use of cell phones and other wireless technologies.

United Kingdom - Education Professionals Union (Voice) (formerly the Professional Association of Teachers) - Calls for moratorium on new Wi-Fi installations in schools and withdrawal of existing Wi-Fi networks.

Association of Teachers and Lecturers - in 2009 called for a suspension of existing Wi-Fi networks as they were concerned by scientific reports linking wi-fi with impaired concentration, loss of short-term memory, chromosome damage and increased incidence of cancer!

Scotland - over 50% of councils in Scotland are now operating precautionary policies to prevent masts from being sited near schools, hospitals and residential areas.

Germany - a) Germany's Health Protection Agency urged removal of cordless phones; use cabled communications instead of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. b) Frankfurt City and Bavarian Parliament - recommend against Wi-Fi in schools; c)
The Teachers' Union for Education and Knowledge told its members to resist roll-out of Wi-Fi on safety grounds.

Salzburg, Austria - Public Health Department warned that Wi-Fi should not be installed in schools or nurseries.

Austria - Austrian Medical Association is lobbying against deployment of Wi-Fi in schools.

Belgium - Banned children's cell phones. Cell phones must now bear label showing relative radiation emitted. . . .




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 20
2015

France Passes New National Law!

  • WIFI Banned in Nursery Schools. 
  • National Radiofrequency Agency Established. 
  • Cell Phones Labeled with SAR Values and Ways to Lower Radiation. 
  • WiFi Routers Turned Off in Elementary Schools Except When Needed. 
  • Cell Phone Ads Must Recommend Phones be Held Away From the Head. 
  • Location of Wireless Routers Must be Posted. 
  • Government Report To Be Prepared on Electro-hypersensitivity. 

 "This new law represents a significant step forward. Further laws and decrees may reinforce the current law, in particular with a stronger protection in schools." Annie Sasco, MD D.Sc, Dr. Annie Sasco, served the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, for 22 years, including posts as Chief of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention and Acting Chief of the Cancer Control Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO), She earned her MA,MS, and DSc from Harvard University and is currently Professor of Epidemiology University of Bordeaux.




Feb 18
2015

State Coalition Formed After Radiation Measured at a Maryland Elementary School

Parents raise concerns that WIFI networks could pose a health risk to students and staff because of "unsafe" radiation emissions.

" . . . The new group is calling on local school districts and the Maryland Department of Education to turn off the wireless routers and install safe wired routers and ethernet connected computer systems in schools.They note that parents are often surprised to learn that industrial strength routers used in schools are far more powerful than home routers because they are accommodating up to 30 devices in a room. The level of radiation is further elevated from each device emitting radiation in use in the room.

"Maryland school districts have previously responded to parents concerns by stating that radiation levels are "within FCC limits". However, this group counters that FCC radiation regulations are 18 years old, under current reassessment and "do not protect children". The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) a district with over 500,000 students has set safety thresholds at radiation levels 10,000 times lower than FCC standards because of research showing cellular damage at levels lower than the FCC regulations. The radiation levels measured by MCPS at Bells Mill Elementary school were much higher than limits LAUSD set.

 "Parents who have been addressing this issue in their local schools for the last few years have now connected across the state of Maryland and are taking various actions. For example, parents recently requested Wifi radiation readings in neighboring Prince George's County but was denied by CEO Dr. Maxwell due to "fiscal constraints". . .

"Parents met with Governor Martin O'Malley on the issue in October and the State Superintendent of Education Lillian Lowery Chief of Staff over the summer. In a letter to a parent dated April 23, 2014, Maryland Secretary of Health Joshua Sharfstein M.D. stated that The Department's Environmental Health Bureau reviewed recent scientific reviews and "It is fair to say there are legitimate long term health implications of microwave radiation."




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 15
2015

Hackers can get into most 'connected cars': study

CTV News / Steele on Your Side (2015)

According to the European think tank IDATE, over 420 million connected vehicles will be produced by 2018.

(Washington-AFP)

"Virtually all "connected cars" on the road are vulnerable to hackers who could steal data or gain control of the vehicle, a report from a U.S. senator said Monday. The report prepared by the staff of Senator Ed Markey said the wireless connectivity and Internet access available on the vehicles opens up security gaps that could be exploited for malicious purposes.

"The study found these security weaknesses in "nearly 100 percent of cars on the market" and noted that most automobile manufacturers were unaware of or unable to report on past hacking incidents.

"The senator's staff, which collected data from 16 major auto manufacturers, cited earlier studies on some vehicles which showed how hackers can get into the controls of some popular vehicles, causing them to suddenly accelerate, turn, de-activate brakes, activate the horn, control headlights, and modify the speedometer and gas gauge readings.

"The report also noted that many of these connected cars collect data on driving that could be kept in violation of privacy.

"It said that the "alarmingly inconsistent and incomplete state of industry security and privacy practices" raises questions about the need for new U.S. rules from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or other federal agencies.

"Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions," Markey said in a statement.

"Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected."

"The report said the manufacturers appeared to take little or no action following disclosures from researchers in 2013 and 2014 about these vulnerabilities. . . .

Opportunity to COMMENT HERE




Feb 15
2015

Don't hurt your customers

Investing in better technology to introduce alternate and less harmful forms of towers will help both clients and businesses

"In the exact words of Lord Holme and Richard Watts, the definition of CSR (corporate social responsibility) is: "Commitments by businesses to behave ethically and to contribute to sustainable economic development by working with all relevant stakeholders to improve their lives in ways that are good for business, the sustainable development agenda, and society at large."  

"This knowledge was emphasised at the very recent seminar "Korean Development Experience: Lessons for Bangladesh" organised by CPD and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea on how MNCs as well as local corporations in Bangladesh may be able to flourish in their CSR activities by following the way South Korean companies conduct theirs.  

"During the seminar, I realised what an ironic situation we were living in. While pondering upon the question of which companies carry out the largest CSR activities in our country, I figured out that those who do probably care the least about the social aspect of CSR.  

"Cell phone service providers care the least about the society - a fact that is vivid in our daily lives as huge structures on rooftops of residential houses ie "mobile towers" are scattered all around us.  

"Having such towers in residential areas is a matter of concern as the electromagnetic radiation emanating from the towers not only affects humans and animals but it also upsets the ecological balance.  

"We are more or less going on with our day to day lives, ignoring the long term effects of this health hazard around us as our health is not showing any visible signs yet. By the time it does (touch wood, God forbid!), it may be too late. . . .




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