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ONTARIO SCHOOLS - C4ST
"TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ -
"A survey published today shows that a hundred candidates running for school Trustee in next week's election say school Boards must reassess the safety of Wi-Fi.
"The survey, published by Canadians For Safe Technology has revealed that the safety of Wi-Fi in schools is strongly on the radar of parents and teachers across Ontario.
"Wireless technology is being adopted in our schools faster than our understanding of its possible side effects," said Howard Kaplan, Toronto District School Board Trustee for York Centre.
"There are enough teachers unions asking for caution that it's clear we must slow down and examine the safety of so many wireless devices in our schools," he said.
"Kaplan is part of the Toronto Board's Learning Technology Workforce, and is also Chair of the Health and Mental Well Being Committee for Toronto schools.
"I sit at the intersection of technology and health and there are enough warnings that we can't ignore them any more," he said. . . .
" . . . Among the suggestions from candidates is that teachers be allowed to turn off a Wi-Fi router when not in use, and that students be told about the fine-print health warnings that come with most wireless devices installed in their schools.
Op-ed from Kevin Kunze. His recent documentary, 'Mobilize,' explores the possible long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and the influence companies can have on public health.
" . . . The cell phone industry has already threatened to sue the City of Berkeley if they pass this ordinance. The legislation to be considered by Berkeley simply requires that retailers inform their customers about information that is already provided in their user manuals.
"Esteemed Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Larry Lessig has expressed his opinion that this draft ordinance does not violate industry's legal rights. Professor Lessig feels strongly that citizens have the right to be informed of this important safety information, and he has agreed to defend it pro bono all the way to the Supreme Court if industry files a lawsuit. . .
"It's been nearly 20 years since our national government first implemented radiation standards for cell phones. Instead of waiting for federal legislation, it's time for our local government to protect our health and that of our children. Please write to your council member and join us on October 28 to support this important ordinance. Thank you very much for your time and support.
"Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don't publish anonymous pieces. Please email submissions to us. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion."
Olle Johansson at the Open Mind Conference 2014, Copenhagen.
"Health effects of electromagnetic fields" Olle Johansson is associate professor at the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
"He is a leading authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He has also been a professor in basic and clinical neuroscience at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
"He has published more than 650 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience, dermatoscience and health effects of electromagnetic fields.
"His studies have been widely recognised in the media, including newspapers, radio and TV, as well as on the Internet, both nationally and internationally. He has on-going international scientific collaborations with e.g. Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Serbia, Germany, the UK and the USA.
"Olle Johansson's presentation covers the historic background of electricity and electromagnetic fields, how suspicions arose early on concerning fields and signals producing negative health effects and how this led to today's global public discussion about the subject. It will also touch upon the functional impairment electro hypersensitivity.
"The lecture will go into depth about the scientific research results regarding the health effects of electromagnetic fields and the urgent need for independent research projects that need to be initiated to ensure our public health.
"These projects should be entirely independent of all types of commercial interests as public health cannot have a price-tag. This is the responsibility of the democratically elected body of every country.
"The body of evidence on EMF requires a new approach to protection of public health; the growth and development of the fetus, and of children; and argues for strong preventative actions. These conclusions are built upon prior scientific and public health reports documenting the following:
1) Low-intensity (non-thermal) bioeffects and adverse health effects are demonstrated at levels significantly below existing exposure standards.
2) ICNIRP and IEEE/FCC public safety limits are inadequate and obsolete with respect to prolonged, low-intensity exposures.
3) New, biologically-based public exposure standards are urgently needed to protect public health world-wide.
4) It is not in the public interest to wait.
by PAUL KENDALL, Daily Mail
"A Vodafone spokesman said that if any compensation claims were filed directly against the company itself, they would be 'vigorously' opposed...."
Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy Blog - Guest Post by Deborah Kopald
" The use of Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies has created problems. "An Open Letter to Phillips Exeter Academy about Wi-Fi", which I wrote to my alma mater, details the public health problem Wi-Fi has created and some legal ramifications of its use.
"Some people who lived too close to TV broadcast and radar towers developed symptoms of Microwave Sickness, a condition observed in military and industrial occupational settings during the Cold War. The next wave of microwave-emitting infrastructure, cell towers, lived up to the billing of their military and industry-owned cousins with subsequent studies (none were commissioned in the United States) showing elevated numbers of people within 1,500 feet experiencing symptoms of Microwave Sickness. . .
" . . . The current proposal by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) to turn 7,500 payphones in New York City and 2,500 additional locations into high-powered wireless hotspots would cause the city to engage in systemic violations of its own code. The New York City Human Rights Law offers reasonable accommodation to persons with many medical conditions including pregnant women (as of January, 2014). The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued recommendations in 2012 stating that people with most medical conditions would benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation exposure, and epidemiologist Devra Davis stated that pregnant women should avoid proximity to wireless routers at a press conference in New York City in June, 2014. Today, pregnant women and people with many medical conditions can assert reasonable accommodation by getting routers turned off indoors; once the hotspots, which are much higher powered than a router, are rolled out, the sidewalks will become inaccessible to some; others will not be able to follow doctors' orders if they must go to the city of New York and simply walk on a street."
[Deborah Kopald (BA, Harvard; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management) is an environmental health and public policy consultant and author who has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives and has served as a guest expert at various media outlets. In 2013, she organized and moderated The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health in New York City. The conference proceedings were published in Reviews on Environmental Health.]
C4ST Press Release
Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation
Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including brain cancer and infertility. This thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to pass cell phone safety legislation. Through interviews with expert researchers, major mobile associates, and prominent politicians, Mobilize presents a balanced and insightful observation about this unspoken health issue.
Director/ Screenwriter: Kevin Kunze
There are 6 billion cell phones worldwide, but what do we really know about the long-term health effects from this technology? Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation including cancer and infertility. This thought- provoking film examines the most recent scientific research, the challenges politicians face trying to pass precautionary legislation, and the pervasive influence cell phone companies have in our society.
Filmed over three years, Mobilize features interviews with experts from the following organizations and universities: Apple Inc., the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Cancer Institute, the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, Yale University, Harvard University, USC, UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Virgin Mobile.
Broadcast September 5, 2012 - Center For Safer Wireless
Published on Sep 5, 2012
In this, the second of upcoming posts from the Center for Wireless Safety's "Wireless Safety Summit," held October 5, 2011 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Devra Davis exposes industry efforts to suppress evidence of harm to human health from exposure to wireless radiation.
2014 Interview on Boil the Frog Radio
Published on June 19, 2014
Special guest - Kevin Mottus, 2014 Congressional Candidate from California District 33 joins the show to share an important part of his platform - and that is to minimize radio frequency radiation exposure from all wireless devices and infrastructure to protect the health of our children.
Text taken directly from the Kevin Mottus website:
Ten reasons not to use technology for learning in grade school
Refuse to Use is a world-wide Movement by responsible and futuristic thinking parents and teachers to ban all school-based technology for children under 12 years of age, and bring back tried and true methods of teaching. The 0-12 years are formative for brain and body development, and are a fragile time when deprivation and damage can be permanent.
Four critical factors for enhancing child development, behaviour, and learning are movement, touch, connection, and nature. Technology stops children from engagement in these critical factors. Technology is sedentary, isolating, overstimulating, and results in child neglect, causing delays in child development, problematic and difficult to manage behaviours, as well as limited attention and learning ability. Teachers teach, not technology.
Join the Refuse to Use Movement by reading "Ten reasons to NOT use technology in schools for children under the age of 12 years", and signing the petition to show your support. . . .
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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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