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Nov 23
2014

Columbia Shuswap Regional District asked to set up cell policy

Una St. Clair addresses the Columbia Shuswap Regional District regarding the dangers of electromagnetic exposure

" . . . This is very telling and very frightening, I think this should concern all of us. And here's the meat of the issue - some insurance companies have studied the matter and have refused to cover anyone in the telecom industry because the liability issue is expected to be higher than tobacco and asbestos."

"St. Clair suggested directors designate the entire regional district a sensitive area and, among other requests, asked for CSRD to request removal and re-positioning of cell towers which have been sited within 500 metres of area where people, live, work and go to school."

POWERPOINT - Communication Antennae Policy to Respect Values for Community Sensitive Siting Protocols 




Nov 23
2014

45 slides for presentation to community organizations, businesses, councils, and citizens. 

". . . Best Siting Practises to Provide a Safe Environment for All


Designate the CSRD as a Sensitive Community Area in its entirety, including Crown Lands, and apply a set of rules for all proponents to follow which requires democratically organized public meeting consultations and limitation of power density exposure for all antennae proposals and installations, regardless of height or size, including but not limited to stealth application, any and all modifications, free standing, building mounted, utility pole mounted, range extenders, collector units and micro and mini cells.

Require notification by regular mail letters, mail drop notices, posted notices, newspaper notices for all of the above within 500 meter radius regardless of height or industry. Crown Land applications to be posted in local newspapers and posted notices in the general area. Automatic notification of all new antennae to local special interest groups.

Federal change Feb 2014 allows for public consultation regardless of height, including cell antennae under 15 meters.

Endorse a Prudent Avoidance Policy for Cell Tower and Antennae Siting

Maintain a distance of 500 meters from living and working areas for new cell towers and antennae. mmmmmIdentify and exclude areas and structures which house or host the most at risk in community, being children, pregnant mothers, elderly and immune compromised:

1. Childcare facilities, schools and colleges
2. Hospitals
3. Recreation Centres
4. Elderly care homes
5. Recreational parks and playcentres




Nov 21
2014

Parent resigns over Wi-Fi in New Zealand

Julia Hunter resigns from her school's Board of Trustees

Balclutha parent Julia Hunter believes Wi-Fi should be banned in New Zealand classrooms. She has resigned from her school's Board of Trustees. The Ministry of Education says there are no health implications for pupils. . . .




Nov 20
2014

Family Takes Refuge from Wi-Fi

Boutet - Salmon Arm Observer


" . . . "The right to have a clean environment is being taken away from us and we can't really realize it."  

Boutet took her convictions to a recent all-candidates meeting on microwave radiation, where she was asked to speak of her experiences.  

Her family moved away from the Lower Mainland to escape all the pollution from cell phone towers and Wi-Fi that spills nearly everywhere because of the density there. Her husband had to stay, though, in order to make a living.

After several moves, Boutet's family is living in the Shuswap. She was pleasantly surprised to find people here who take the issue seriously and whose homes are accessible and welcoming.  

"This is a better place for us as we have people who understand."




Nov 17
2014

An Electronic Silent Spring

Book by Katie Singer

An Electronic Silent Spring - Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits

"Society has received profound benefits from electronics. We have developed and marketed electronic technologies [that emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR)] without recognition or regulation of its effects on human health or wildlife. Katie Singer's book, An Electronic Silent Spring, and this website are dedicated to encouraging recognition that EMR can harm people and wildlife; to protective solutions for the public health and our ecosystem.

"While they operate, mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, iPads, cellular antennas, Wi-Fi, compact fluorescent lights, transformers and "smart" utility meters emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) at frequencies and amplitudes that are not found in nature. An Electronic Silent Spring describes how wildlife and peoples' health are affected.

  1. The book reports on peer-reviewed studies that show that EMR-exposed tadpoles die, aspen tree seedlings wither, bee colonies collapse, birds crash into antennas and white stork mates fight.
  2. Signals emitted by metal detectors, "smart" utility meters, hybrid cars and other common electronics can shut off a medical implant. While the FDA regulates microwave ovens (whose signals can interfere with cardiac pacemakers), no agency regulates cell phones, which operate closer to the body, with more power and at the same frequency as a microwave oven. Geophysicist, electrical engineer and implant patient Dr. Gary Olhoeft explains the issues. 
  3. Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard pediatric neurologist, and Cindy Sage, MA, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, and others explain why exposing children to Wi-Fi may lead to autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns pregnant women and children not to use cell phones. 
  4. Federal regulations protect the engineering needs of electronic devices and telecom companies. Federal law prohibits local officials from refusing installation of a cell tower based on health or environmental concerns. The book explains federal policies, which do not recognize that EMR can harm health. 
  5. Underwriters Lloyds of London and A.M. Best advise companies not to insure against damages to health caused by wireless devices. This book presents the peer-reviewed studies underlying analysts' concerns. 
"Katie Singer's An Electronic Silent Spring also offers an extensive solutions section for policy makers, telecom and utility companies, schools, civic groups and individuals who want to reduce EMR emissions and exposure.




Nov 16
2014

"A new study out of Sweden indicates that talking on cellphones and even cordless phones can be related to a certain form of brain cancer.

"The study, published in the journal Pathophysiology in October, analyzed the results of 1,498 cases of people with malignant brain tumours and 3,530 controls to determine whether phone use had any effect on their cancer.

"In their findings, it appeared that the longer a person used a cell or cordless phone, the more likely they were to get become gliomas, a type of tumour found in the brain or spinal cord that is malignant in 80 per cent of cases, according to WebMD. . . 




Nov 12
2014

Symposium on Health Issues

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 



Panel Discussion



Symposium Overview




Nov 12
2014

PETITION

PETITION BACKGROUND

This resolution is intended to address the concerns of citizens regarding the escalating growth of wireless radiation in British Columbia. We invite the signatures of medical health professionals and researchers who wish to join with us in bringing attention to the hazards of electromagnetic radiation. 

Hello Fellow Citizens:

As citizens of British Columbia, we have created a British Columbia Resolution on the Proliferation of Electromagnetic Radiation and we are requesting your support. The resolution is at the address below. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-british-columbia-1

The purpose of the resolution is to force our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to take action to implement the precautionary principle...rather than continuing on his current course of willful blindness and denial. It will ultimately be delivered to the British Columbia Provincial Health Office.

We are seeking the signatures of medical and other health professionals as well as all concerned citizens. Beneath the signature panel there is space to add comments... your comments are especially useful to us and welcomed.

We request your consideration towards signing our resolution. If you know of others that may be interested in supporting this initiative, we would appreciate you forwarding this email to them.

Thank you for your time, and good luck in fighting this fight that we must win...at any cost.

Ron Gordon Maple Ridge BC

"When injustice becomes institutionalized, resistance becomes a duty."

THE HAZARD: 

Whereas the population of the Province of British Columbia is not currently protected by effective and authoritative guidelines or regulations governing exposure to involuntary or incidental, non-thermal, electromagnetic radiation in their homes and public places, the British Columbia, Canada, organization - Citizens for Safe Technology - in collaboration with the undersigned, hereby passes the following Resolution. 

THE RESOLUTION:

  1. Guidelines and regulations to protect the population of British Columbia from the effects of all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation must be immediately instituted. 
  2. The guidelines and regulations mentioned in Article 1 must be based on the findings of independent, non industry-affiliated studies which include, but are not limited to, research into the effects of low-level, non-thermal pulsed radiation; (1) 
  3. The Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia must publicly acknowledge and immediately invoke the Precautionary Principle (2) with regards to the protection of the population of the Province of British Columbia against the known and/or potential harmful acute and chronic effects of exposure to all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation; and 
  4. Direct and immediate action must be taken to halt the proliferation of, and subsequently reduce, the non-consensual exposure of children and pregnant mothers to electromagnetic radiation in all areas of society, most notably through the removal of wireless internet connections in schools, libraries, and other public places.
THE EVIDENCE . . . 




Nov 2
2014

"Nokia's former chief technology officer (CTO), Matti Niemelä spent 10 years developing technology used in your beloved Smartphone devices before he fell ill as a result of exceptionally high levels of accumulative exposure to cell phone radiation. Now he's warning consumers about the health hazards attributed to microwave radiation absorption - it's to late for him, but it might not be too late for you or your loved-ones!

"Matti was a young healthy man when he was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man quickly advanced to become Nokia's Chief Technology Officer, and was involved in developing the world's first cell phones, memory sticks and WLAN [Wi-Fi] connections. The first symptoms appeared within a year of his employment at Nokia. His executive level job required that he traveled around the world with a communicator [early model smart-phone] in hand - "exposure to radiation was very strong from morning to night, and even at night", says Matti.

"The symptoms of cell phone radiation breaking down Matti's blood-brain-barrier got worse year by year. The more intense the phone radiation exposure, the more his speech slurred. Finnish news sources quote Matti's symptoms like coordination difficulties being directly affected by cell phone usage. . .




Nov 1
2014

Time Sensitive ALERT and UPDATE: Olympic National Forest designated as Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range for US Navy

SECOND EXTENSION: comment period ends Friday, November 28th, 2014 - This will go ahead IF Forest Service approves

Please, send your comments, short, long, get them in so you can be involved later.

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 has now been reset for November 28, 2014.  The current comment procedure is printed below.  Beneath that is our original information with new deadline inserted. 

Examples of Letters


Dear Interested Party:


T
he 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

 
Original Background:

Beginning next year (2015) the U.S. Navy plans EMF weapons exercises (powerful RF devices) in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State, along the shores of northern Olympic Peninsula.  Callum County faces Victoria and B.C. The frequencies are high, 4-8 GHz, and travel great distances. British Columbia will very likely be exposed to high levels of radiation that the military will be testing.

The US Forest Service issued a draft approval finding no significant impact. 
The U.S. Navy is saying there is no evidence of harm to animals or humans. 

We all know this is not true.  Significantly, the Forest District Manager Dean Millett cancelled his decision (Environmental Assessment) on September 26 and re-opened the Public Comment period. That Public Comment period ends October [31].

All the documents are here Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment (EA)- Electrowarfare

To have standing to make an objection later during the objection period, you must submit a comment now. The objection period will take place after the public comment period closes and District Manager Millett re-issues a decision.

Project name is apparently Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment (EA) That must be in the subject line if sending comments by email.

Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project must submit their comments to the project lead:

Greg Wahl
1835 Black Lake Blvd SW,
Olympia, WA 98512.


If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at gtwahl@fs.fed.us [only for questions] or (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.

Those submitting electronic copies [of comments] 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), and can do so to the following e-mail address: comments-pacificnorthwest-olympic-pacific@fs.fed.us

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. E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above, in other formats than those listed, or containing viruses, will be rejected.

For more information and documents on this project, including the Draft Decision Notice (under "Decision"), the Final EA, and EA Public Notice Extension, Sept.26 (under "Supporting"): http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare Information on the extended comment period are under "Supporting". Here are two informative articles on this from the Peninsula Daily News. Post comments on the most recent one below:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140928/NEWS/309289934/no-people-large-animals-to-be-harmed-in-electronic-warfare-training

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140927/NEWS/309279992/for-war-games-next-year-navy-wants-to-post-trucks-with

Excerpts from the first link:

The Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range project would entail the first use of electromagnetic radiation for the Navy training that pilots now simulate by internal aircraft controls.

Dean Millett, district ranger for the Pacific District of the Olympic National Forest, had issued a draft notice of a decision earlier this month in which he had agreed with the Navy's finding of no significant impact, clearing the way for a Forest Service special permit.

He canceled the decision Thursday and reopened public comment because of "renewed interest . . . from members of the public who were unaware of the proposal," notice of which was not published in North Olympic Peninsula newspapers.

Comment is being accepted through Oct. [31] on the environmental assessment, which is at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

The purpose is to train to deny the enemy "all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation (i.e. electromagnetic energy) for use in such applications as communication systems, navigation systems and defense related systems and components," according to the environmental assessment.

Extended exposure to electromagnetic radiation could cause a health hazard, the Navy said in the environmental assessment, available at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

The emitters would operate on a radio frequency band from 4 to 8 gigahertz (GHz).

Navy officials did not know the impact of the emissions on small animals, saying "There are no conclusive direct hazards to human tissue as a result of electromagnetic radiation.

"Links to DNA fragmentation, leukemia, and cancer due to intermittent exposure to extremely high levels of electromagnetic radiation are speculative; study data are inconsistent and insufficient at this time," according to the assessment.

Crew members staffing the trucks would be protected by being under the tower, which is pointing the electromagnetic radiation upward, Sodano said.

The draft decision has been made by one person, Dean Millett, District Ranger for the Park. He decided to let the Navy proceed with their Alternative 2 is because "it meets the purpose and need of the project most effectively". This park ranger is deciding what is best for the Navy instead of what is best for the park.

Please comment and distribute this information widely. According to the press report, if the Forest Service says "No", the Navy can't use the Forest.

Questions? Contact Greg Wahl, Forest Environmental Coordinator

Email: gtwahl@fs.fed.us
Telephone: 360-956-2375.

If you are tweeting a message about the US Navy EMF testing as follows, due to the length you may have to do so in a series of 3 tweets.  Please post, tweet and retweet this to reach as many people as possible in the short time we have.  And please, write, call, visit your MP's and MLA's to demand that they get involved to find out where our governments have been while this has been going on in the U.S.




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