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Mar 24
2016

An excellent opinion piece written by someone who is very new to the debate about the safety of microwave radiation.

 "I have been vaguely aware of and vaguely concerned about the growing controversy regarding the safety of radio frequency (RF) microwave technology that supports the current wireless industry. I happened to discover a newly released TED talk on the subject, and the supporting research offered, during the same time period that Verizon is attempting to build a cell tower in the heart of a densely populated residential neighborhood -- Lake Forest Estates. The talk, the research, and the efforts of a small but passionate group of Pagosa residents to oppose this tower in particular, and towers in residential neighborhoods more generally, have gotten me off the fence, and off the couch. . . .

"This proposed Lake Forest tower is only the beginning of Verizon's 4G service rollout in our area. Proliferating microwave wireless technology requires more and more towers to carry more and more bandwidth, for voice and data services. I suspect this wireless proliferation will continue throughout the land until there is finally public awareness and outcry sufficient to change government policy to adopt better and safer technologies. In the meantime, I think opposing the placement of cell towers in residential neighborhoods, even if they look like poor imitations of pine trees, is a worthwhile cause. . . .

"I appreciate fast and dependable internet service as much as the next guy and would love to have access to a fiber optics system. I think, however, that the government-protected rollout of wireless broadband across the country will eventually prove to be the wrong road taken toward 21st Century communications."




Jan 27
2016

Cell Tower Microwave Radiation Presentation by Magda Havas

Bronte Firehall Cell Tower Community Meeting - March 15, 2012

In March 2012, Professor Magda Havas of Trent University gave a one-hour presentation to the citizens of Oakville Ontario Canada that demonstrated the amount of microwave emissions that are emitted by cell phone antennas. The audience in attendance were mostly members of the local community of Bronte that were concerned about 6 additional cell phone antennas that were placed on a tower beside their local fire station.  



In this video you will be introduced to several cell antenna studies that show that the microwave radiation emitted by these towers is harmful to human health. You will hear testimony of one person that lived right below a cluster of cell antennas that had been placed on her roof. Using radio frequency meters, Dr. Havas also demonstrated how wireless household appliances such as portable phones, Wi-Fi base stations and DECT baby monitors broadcast constant microwave radiation that are similar in intensity a few hundred meters away from a large cell phone tower.    

The program was produced by James Spalding for Burlington/Oakville TVCogeco and this segment is an excerpt from the original 2 hour program.




Sep 13
2015

Identify a Mesh Network

Collection of Information from EMR Health Alliance of BC (EMR ABC)

BC Hydro says that 2000 smart meters can be served by a single collector antenna.
There will be approximately 1,800 collectors installed across B.C. 

"READ ON" (lower right corner) includes:

  • Identify a Mesh Network 
  • SPECS - Cisco 1000 Series / Itron Routers 
  • Collector locations in British Columbia (PDF) 
  • Itron releases collector design from March 2012 
  • Itron and Cisco Launch Next-Generation Smart Grid Platform 
  • Not Convinced it is an Issue? 
  • Collector Locations in British Columbia
Collector meters are a special type of smart meter that can serve to collect the radiofrequency/microwave radiation signals from many surrounding buildings and send them back to the utility. Collector meters are intended to collect and re-transmit radiofrequency information for somewhere between 500-5000 homes or buildings. They have three operating antennas compared to two antennas in regular smart meters. Their radiofrequency microwave emissions are higher and they send wireless signal much more frequently. Collector meters can be place on a home or other building like smart meters, and there is presently no way to know which a homeowner or property owner might receive.




Jun 18
2015

A 2009 presentation in Summerland B.C. re cell tower. Needless to say, Mayor Perrino was not reelected. The exchange does show the reason why many citizens have their work cut out for them when approaching municipal councils and government officials.




May 14
2015

Cell phone headaches, cell tower blues

View from Trent - Magda Havas

"Imagine a world identical to our own with one exception everyone is deaf. There is no radio and television remains at the level of the silent movie. Telephone communication is visual but beyond that the world is very much like our own.

"What would such a world be like?

 "It would probably be very noisy, since there would be no need for noise control and no regulations to limit noise. Car engines would still roar, perhaps louder than they do now, tires would squeal, birds would sing, and thunder would rumble across the sky but we would not be able to hear any of this.

"Now, imagine that some people in this world can hear. They don't realize they are any different except in a few subtle ways. They can predict the coming of storms. They claim to "hear" thunder at a distance. They have difficulty sleeping. In the middle of the night they hear roaring engines, squealing tires, horns blaring and other things that are silent to the rest of us. Because of their poor sleep, they are tired during the day. They become anxious and worried. The noise frightens them but only they can hear it so they begin to question their sanity. . . .

"Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has not yet been accepted by our medical professionals. Just like chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical hypersensitivity, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) it will take some time and many complaining patients before that changes. In the meantime, those suffering need to reduce their exposure to radio frequency radiation not a simple thing to do in our highly technical society . . .

 "Our government can play a vital role. . .




Apr 2
2015

Federal Cell Tower Roll Out

Liz Barris - Los Angeles

Please take 15 minutes to watch this excellent video re. cell towers. Cell towers are being put up everywhere across BC to support the smart meter program. These are dangerous and we should be fighting these just as hard (or even harder) as we're fighting the smart meters. We need to follow the money in Ottawa and in Victoria, just as the money is followed here.

The US is trying to roll out a federal cell tower system all over the country. The government and wireless industry are lying about the radiation emissions which can cause cancer, birth defects, neurological illnesses, etc. We MUST stop this wireless onslaught!




Mar 22
2015

Firefighters in LA organize and are opposing cell towers.

Radio Ad states:

"This is fire captain Lew Currier. Los Angeles County is installing cell towers on 86 fire stations near you. The radiation generated by these seven story eye sores can cause debilitating health effects. Studies suggest nearby families could get sick too, yet the board of supervisors is erecting these toxic towers without public hearings or required studies. This time, be there for us, your firefighters. Call the Board of Supervisors at 213-974-1411. Tell them to stop the cell towers, NOW. This message is brought to you by Los Angeles County firefighters Local 1014.

For those who "tweet", consider supporting the firefighters efforts.  This is happening NOW. You can help the firefighters by retweeting their messages. Their video, and tweets are powerful. It is rare for fire fighters to take such a strong political stand.

Please support their efforts! https://twitter.com/notoxictowers
Firefighters's Union Against Cell Tower Installation
Help Los Angeles Firefighters stop cell towers. (EMF SAFETY NETWORK)
Firefighters' Ad
Petition 




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 21
2015

Blood tests sent to NBN Co to thwart tower plans

Australia - Testing liability for health trends (NBN National Broadband Network)

"Two northern NSW resident action groups campaigning against NBN towers have sent blood sample results to NBN Co and its contractors in a bid to scare them off their rollout plans.

"The groups - the Friends of Condong Ridge, which opposes a tower at Clothiers Creek, and the OREAD Project in Kyogle shire - say they have taken a leaf from the book of anti-cell tower campaigners in Wales.

"Under the strategy, residents take a blood test before a cell tower is erected and send the results with a legal liability letter to the telco, its contractors and the land owner hosting the tower.

"The letter states that further pathology tests will be undertaken once the tower is in place, and threatens litigation if any trend is uncovered between the 'before' and 'after' tests. . . .

"Blood tests represent a dramatic escalation in the avenues of opposition at the disposal of residents groups, who have typically used grassroots political action and pressure on councils to stop or shift the location of tower projects. "Despite appearances, Bloom said his group was not against the rollout of fast internet.

"We're pro fast internet but we don't believe fixed wireless is a good technology," he said.

"Bloom noted that when the fixed wireless contracts were awarded in 2011, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) was not a rollout option as per the previous Labor Government's majority fibre-to-the-premise approach.

"However, Clothiers Creek has existing copper connections, and Bloom said he wanted to test their feasibility to carry internet services that could be much faster than fixed wireless. . . . 


Wikipedia entry:  "The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a national wholesale-only, open-access data network and is under development in Australia. It is based on the premise that fixed line and wireless broadband connections are sold to retail service providers (RSP), who then sell Internet access and other services to consumers.

The NBN was subject to political and industry debate for a number of years, before construction actually commenced. The 2013 Federal Election and subsequent change of government from Labor to the Liberal/National Coalition prompted a strategic review to be commissioned to determine the ideal infrastructure mix to deliver fast broadband across the country as quickly as possible. The review commenced in October 2013 and is due to report to government in December 2013. . . 




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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