Wireless Radiation Safety Council demands Federal Leaders and candidates promise New Laws and Action on Wi Fi in Schools
Parents, Teachers and Groups across Canada urge accountability and transparency
TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - Parents, grandparents and concerned voters across Canada represented by the Wireless Radiation Safety Council (WRSC) are demanding all federal party leaders and riding candidates state their position on protecting children from escalating levels of microwave radiation generated by wireless internet (Wi Fi) equipment in the school environment and by cell towers.
An Ontario mother from Peterborough, Kathy McDermid, will outline the main concerns of her local group. McDermid says that the Peterborough school board is committing grave ethical transgressions in implementing its plan to install Wi Fi, in its schools.
"The leaders are only talking about getting elected. Our children need protection from the unregulated installation of these devices. It's scientifically accepted that children are vulnerable to this radiation," said Dr. Magda Havas, an internationally-recognized expert on the health effects of Wi Fi and microwave radiation and a professor at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
Headaches, nausea, and heart palpitations are reported in schools where Wi Fi equipment is installed. Similar symptoms occur when cell towers are erected in densely populated neighbourhoods. Currently residents and parents of school children have no say in how much radiation their children receive.
Wireless Radiation Safety Council
April 18, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Conservative Party Leader
Liberal Party Leader
Bloc Quebecois Leader
NDP Party Leader Liberal Candidate
Green Party of Canada Leader
Dear Prime Minister, Mr. Ignatieff, Mr. Duceppe, Mr. Layton and Ms. May,
RE: Federal Party Survey on Wireless Technology in Schools and Other Key Issues
The Wireless Radiation Safety Council serves as an advocacy hub to represent the concerns of affiliate groups and member organizations at a national level. We are made up of more than 25 groups in every region of Canada. (A full list of member groups is attached to this letter.)
We are writing to clarify the position of your parties on wireless technology in schools and other key issues (Wi Fi). Concerns about the staggering expansion of Wi Fi technologies in schools are exploding across Canada and reaching a fever pitch in dozens of communities.
For example, in the past few weeks
new evidence has become available on the correlations between Wi Fi
technologies (such as Wi Fi equipment, cordless phones, and cell
phones) and increased health risks including cancer and heart
problems. Top medical and health experts are advocating that a
precautionary approach be adopted on an urgent basis. For further
information see the websites listed below and the following YouTube
Bill Fraser, a father in Edmonton, Alberta, was forced to apply to the
Alberta Court of Queen's Bench for an injunction to halt the
installation of Wi Fi equipment in the school attended by his
children. Dozens of groups are studying legal action which promises to
be a windfall for lawyers and experts but will not necessarily advance
the interests of Canadians, the wireless technology industry, nor
protect health and safety.
teachers, daycare workers, administrators, and custodial workers in
public and private schools across Canada are extremely concerned about
Wi Fi installations, especially those men and women who hope to have
children or expand their families and are worried their fertility may
be affected. However, they are afraid to speak out and participate in
our local member groups because they are being threatened by school
board management and senior administrators if they speak out.
Peterborough City Council decided to refuse to approve a proposed cell
tower on the basis of health concerns forcefully expressed by its
citizens. The Peterborough Council subsequently has earned public
accolades for its responsive representation of residents on this
smart meters are being installed in communities across Canada without
any environmental or health impact studies. Indeed, these installation
processes have been endorsed and uncritically supported by large
regulatory organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of the
Environment and environmental auditors such as the Environmental
Commissioner of Ontario,
school boards across Canada say they defer to Health Canada guidelines
and local Health Units on standards. However, as the attached letter
from Dr. Magda Havas demonstrates, these guidelines clearly are not
protective of human health and safety and definitely not protective of
the health of children (who are extremely vulnerable to Wi Fi),
electro-sensitive people, the elderly, and other immuno-comprised
the Town of Saanich in BC approved an official IT plan that states: (pg.
10) 1) there will be no Wi Fi installations in elementary schools, and
2) managed Wi Fi environments may be installed in adult workplaces
including staff rooms and offices as necessary in middle and secondary
- on Tuesday, April 12th, parents and grandparents outside a school in Peterborough were threatened by the Principal of the school for distributing literature about the risks of Wi Fi technology in schools. The local school board also has indicated to one of our member groups that they will not be allowed to present at the next meeting of the board on April 28th, 2011.
In this period of scarce public resources, we are shocked and appalled that our senior levels of government are silently endorsing or perhaps even encouraging school boards and municipalities to fight parents and residents who wish to protect the health and safety of their families. We also are incredulous that institutions funded by taxpayers, such as school boards, are threatening to call the police on "alleged trespassers", and attempting to stifle democratic debate about the legitimate and heartfelt views of parents and grandparents. This decidedly undemocratic method of dealing with parents and their concerns for their children is simply unacceptable.
The growing frustration of parents and concerned citizens is palpable, and this is not a productive use of anyone's time or resources. We need to devote our scarce resources to improving our education system and working cooperatively with Canada's public and private schools leaders in providing a healthy and safe environment for excellent education of our children.
Leadership from the federal parties is needed to achieve this goal. Leadership also is needed from Health Canada, Industry Canada, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Environment Canada, the Federal Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development, and other federal regulatory agencies. Instead we are witnessing the development of Industry Canada policies that seem intended to promote the idea that every child in Canada between the ages of 3 and 18 years old is destined to grow up carrying a laptop and cell phone around all day and even sleep with their "new wireless toys."
Voters are looking for political leaders in whom they can place trust. The current regulatory situation on Wi Fi technology is an amorphous mess (outlined in the attached report prepared by the Standing Committee on Health in December 2010).
Further to the report, we are asking you the following:
What is your position on the report of the Standing Committee on Health
in December 2010? Do you and your party support the application of the
precautionary principle in making decisions about wireless
If elected, will you push for more stringent federal and provincial
standards for all wireless technologies? What specific measures will
you push for and according to what timeline?
Will you support working with the provinces to enact mirror legislation
such as the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA) and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System to address
current gaps and overlaps in the current Wi Fi regulatory regime? If
so, how soon will you ensure that a legislative regime is put in place,
keeping in mind that Canada signed the International Treaty on TDGA in 1974 but the provinces and the federal government didn't enact
federal-provincial mirror legislation until 1984 and only after the
Mississauga train derailment disaster in 1979.
What specific actions will you support to ensure that local and district
school boards meaningfully resolve the concerns of local parents,
grandparents, citizens, and residents and that citizens, residents, and
landed immigrants are allowed to present their critical views on Wi Fi
to school boards?
Do you think that Industry Canada and Health Canada are exercising their
approval authorities for new cell towers and wireless technologies in
an appropriate manner? Do you support enhanced public participation
and appeal mechanisms for these approvals similar to those available
under Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993?
Do you support whistleblower protection for teachers and other staff who
work in schools?
- Will you support a properly funded public inquiry to examine all the major issues related to Wi Fi technologies in Canada?
We would like to be able to share your responses with the Canadian media on Monday, April 25th. Thus we would appreciate a timely response to this letter.
Please note that a similar survey will also be administered to candidates in most local ridings across Canada.
If you have questions, please contact the following WRSC representatives:
Una St. Clair, Vancouver, firstname.lastname@example.org; (604) 532-1863
Sharon Noble, Victoria, email@example.com; (250) 478-7892
Francois Therrien, Montreal, firstname.lastname@example.org; (450) 471-8371
David McRobert, Legal Advisor to the WRSC, at the following numbers: W. 416 487 4677; C. 647 234 4677; email@example.com
All of these representatives will make themselves available to your staff by Skype on request.
Thanks for your consideration.
Members groups of the Wireless Radiation Safety Council
Letter by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Letter by Dr. Magda Havas
RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION:
An examination of the potential health impacts. Report of the Standing Committee on
Health, DECEMBER 2010 - 40th PARLIAMENT, 3rd SESSION
Note: no media calls to Western Canada or BC locations on Monday, April 18 or Tuesday prior to 10 am EST.
Sharon Noble, Chair, Citizens Against UnSafe Emissions, Victoria, BC, Chair of the City of Colwood's EMR Task Force. (250) 478-7892, skype id sharonnoble2
Una St.Clair, Executive Director, Citizens for Safe Technology, BC, (604) 532-1863
David McRobert, Legal Advisor, Wireless Radiation Safety Council, (647) 234-4677, firstname.lastname@example.org