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Newsletter | September 2015
Please read and share this handy compilation of recent technology news related to children's health and wellbeing. Also, read online at http://www.nacst.org/2015-nacst-newsletters.html (where you can also access NACST's prior newsletters, and you can also email subscribe there, all at no cost). The main website is very informative, easy to navigate, and is updated often www.nacst.org.
This report takes an in
depth look at the history of the Schools and Libraries Program (also known as E-rate)
and the National Education Technology Funding Corporation (NETFC).
If you long to understand why no one is listening to your concerns about Wi-Fi in schools, this report will help shed light on the reasons why. Please read the Introduction and Key Highlights. Save the rest for later if you cannot read all 211 pages now! We sincerely hope this report will help our collective cause. Stay tuned, as there will be more installments to follow.
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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)
OTTAWA, originally posted Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/
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."
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. . . .
Waking Times, January 14, 2015
These cell towers are being placed on school property -- next to even preschool playgrounds and sometimes directly on the rooftops of the schools themselves -- all over America.
Why? . . .
" . . . The first test of a new Langley Township cell tower policy that requires a poll of people near a proposed project did not go well for the phone companies, with the rejection of the first two towers presented under the new rules.
"Telus wanted to fill in coverage gaps and reduce dropped calls by building two new towers, one 45 metres tall at 4997 256 St. and the other 50 metres tall at 20470 88 Ave.
"They were the first cell towers to be considered since the Township adopted a new process in September, 2013, following several drawn-out public hearings on cell tower placement in Langley.
"It is believed the Township is the first Metro Vancouver community to order referenda on cell towers. . . .
"The new municipal "telecommunication tower policy" requires an 80 per cent "yes" vote from people living near any proposed new cell phone antenna installation. . . .
"While the Township doesn't actually have legal authority to prevent construction of cell towers, Marlatt said Industry Canada, the federal authority that does have the power, will likely defer to the Township. . . .
POWERPOINT for community cell tower awareness
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
3. Recreation Centres
4. Elderly care homes
5. Recreational parks and playcentres
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
50,000-watt AM radio transmitter proposed for the Tsawwassen Peninsula
Steve Wolff is heading up a fight re. a cell tower on the border between Pt. Roberts, Washington and Delta, B.C. They have two lawyers working on this and there will be a hearing in October, 2014.
US Department of Interior Attacks FCC's Exposure Standards - Take Back Your Power
"Birds have "nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death"
"The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce that addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife.
"The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a Federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers: . . .
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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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