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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2014
"According to RF Safe, Hawaii could be first state to require by law that consumers are made aware of potentially dangerous cell phone radiation emissions from wireless devices with cell phone radiation warning labels."
"To raise awareness of cell phone radiation, D-Sen. Josh Green of Kona, Ka'u introduced Senate Bill SB 2571, a measure calling for cell phones sold in Hawaii to come with a prominent health warning -- similar to what smokers see on the sides of cigarette packages to warn them of danger.
"Sen. Green not only wants people to think about that electromagnetic radiation but also to change their cell phone habits because of it.
"Green, who chairs the Health Committee, said he introduced the bill because he thinks consumers need to be directed to radiation warnings already listed within the device.
"The original version of Senate Bill SB 2571 would have required the label to read, "This device emits electromagnetic radiation, exposure to which may cause brain cancer. Users, especially children and pregnant women, should keep this device away from the head and body."
"Green said he took the language from the warning within his iPhone. He said he is open to the size of the label being reduced. In it's current form, Senate Bill SB 2571 would require cellphones sold in Hawaii to contain a warning label covering nearly a third of the back of the device. . . .
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Full article posted on parentsforasafeschool.blogspot.ca
Washington State Department of Health & Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are hiding information
Dear Citizens For Safe Technology,
A report about Wi-Fi safety in schools was produced by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) & Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Through a public records request, the DOH/OSPI has been caught hiding the documented risks of wireless radiation, blatantly ignoring studies, and diluting the draft report - discrediting their assertion that wireless is safe. See documentation here:
The DOH/OSPI needs to be told that their conclusion "Wi-Fi is unlikely to pose a health risk":
I am asking if you could please forward this to all of your Washington State contacts, then submit your public comment to WA State in support of Wi-Fi free schools, before the March 3 deadline. The below link will lead you to the state's draft report and directions on how to submit comments. Please consider copying me (Karen@MeansForChange.org) so I can be sure your comments get into the final report.
In addition to Washington State, the outcome of this report has the potential to influence the policy of other states and countries as well. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Means For Change
military weapons technology
26+ years later and here we are, still questioning whether or not this very technology even exists! Just IMAGINE how far more advanced things are today . . .
MARKETPLACE: How to make a lot of children sick and make a lot of money from it!
"We saw some schools that were aglow with technology, that were filled with computers," says Margolis, author of Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing. "We identified that these schools were technology rich but curriculum poor." . . .
"Basically you took your book and put it in a digital format," Menijvar, a former computer teacher, says. "How does that change learning for the students?" . . .
Safety Code 6 needs to be updated now
Frank Clegg, former President of MicroSoft Canada, is taking a leadership role trying to encourage Health Canada to update its antiquated guideline for radio frequency and microwave radiation.
Below is an article he wrote for The Hills times. Well worth reading. He is one of the founding members of www.c4st.org
Canada lagging behind China and Russia: Safety Code 6 needs to be updated now
By FRANK CLEGG
Published: Monday, 02/10/2014 12:00 am EST
Many parents assume that if a wireless gadget is in the marketplace, it is safe for children. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. During the holiday season, I can only imagine how many children received a cell phone or tablet and how few families read the fine print; safety is not guaranteed and worse, Canada's Safety Code 6 is an antiquated regulation that lags behind Russia and China. We must do better.
Industry Canada Minister James Moore's recent announcement regarding improved notification of cell tower requests for towers less than 15 metres is a very important first step in improving the process to avoid the placement of cell towers where families can be harmed. This demonstrates that our government is listening.
Health Canada's Minister Ambrose now has a tremendous opportunity to join countries such as Belgium, France and Israel and put Canada back on the map for protecting its citizens' health.
Health Canada's Safety Code 6 governs the safety of cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, smart meters and all other devices that now permeate every Canadian home. It impacts all of us, every day, and should protect us. But Safety Code 6 has not been significantly updated since the 1970s, long before Wi-Fi was invented or cell phones were sold.
Smart phone manufacturers Apple, Motorola, and Cisco all publish warnings in their manuals saying their phones, pads and Wi-Fi devices emit radiation shown to cause cancer in lab animals and to avoid over-exposure by holding it away from your body, or to keep a safe distance from "the lower abdomen of a teenage girl." Despite those stern warnings, the same companies are able to put such potentially harmful devices on store shelves in Canada. They are exercising a loophole in Health Canada's archaic safety standards for microwave devices that hasn't been updated in decades, since the first microwave, then the only emitting device in a Canadian home.
Belgium and France have new laws that don't allow manufacturers to market wireless devices to children because they are the most vulnerable. In Canada, we still force children in schools to be exposed to unmeasured levels of microwave radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that direct, long-term contact with wireless radiation is biologically harmful and can potentially have damaging health effects. In August 2011, shortly after the WHO classified radiofrequency radiation (the basis for all wireless devices) as possibly carcinogenic, Health Canada posted a warning that "encourages parents to reduce children's radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure from cell phones since children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents". There hasn't been any major progress since then. Canadians are left to read the foreign press to learn about the universal dangers of wireless radiation, if they want to protect their families.
Fortunately the sea is beginning to change across Canada with local governments rejecting Health Canada's antiquated approach to this 21st century health crisis. What we've witnessed in the last six months is much like the national movement that began in Quebec in the early 1990s. Municipalities had rejected the federal government's promise that all regulated pesticides are safe, and began banning the use of weed spray in urban environments due to high cancer rates.
Municipalities once again are finding their strength in municipal law and proactively ensuring citizens are better protected.
On Dec. 16, 2013, the City of West Vancouver Council voted against a Rogers' application to install three new cell towers along Upper Levels highway. On the same day, the City of Guelph Council passed a motion asking Industry Canada to place a moratorium on the approval of any new radio communication facilities until such time as the review of Safety Code 6 has been finalized. On Dec. 18, 2013, the City of Toronto Council required new Rogers cell towers to comply with Toronto's Prudent Avoidance Policy which sets radiation levels 100 times safer than Health Canada's Safety Code 6. Toronto also updated its protocol for cell towers less than 15 metres tall stating that "City Council encourage Health Canada to actively review health evidence, including the most recent scientific research and studies, related to human exposure to radiofrequencies and to revise Safety Code 6 to meet international best practices, in consultation with the public and appropriate experts." The towns of Thorold and Oakville, Ont. have already passed similar motions.
What Canada needs is a national approach that acknowledges what independent scientists have conclusively shown: There is no guarantee that children can be exposed to any amount of wireless radiation for any amount of time without a biological impact.
Many of the scientists sounding the alarm bell are the same individuals who warned us about acid rain, second-hand smoke, DDT, asbestos and other widespread public health disasters. As harmful as these banned agents are, none of them were more widespread in our homes than wireless radiation is now. Canada should enter the 21st century of health care--the age of prevention--and prevent another disaster by updating Safety Code 6.
Frank Clegg has played a leadership role in the country's technology sector and in the broader Canadian community for many years. Mr. Clegg, former Microsoft Canada president, is now the volunteer CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), a national, not-for-profit, volunteer-based coalition of parents, citizens and experts.
The Hill Times
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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Vitality Magazine: The Link Between Wireless Radiation and a Host of Serious Illnesses - See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/invisible-threat/#sthash.zgPB1Mtc.dpuf
The longtime president of Microsoft Canada is now our country's leading advocate for wireless radiation safety. Vitality invited high tech leader Frank Clegg, now CEO of the new non-profit organization, Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), to update our readers on what Canada is (or is not) doing to protect your health, and what you can do in this election year to protect yourself and your children. Here is a report on his research and conclusions . . . .
OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/
"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."
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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