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Wi-Fi Action Kit
This Wi-Fi "Action Kit" offers an essential collection of informative, useful and active ways for parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers and other concerned citizens to tackle the wireless issue in homes, schools and communities.
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Create a Mechanism for Canadians to Report Adverse Reactions to Wireless Radiation
"The Standing Committee of Health (2010) report . . . obtained recommended that:
"Health Canada ensure that it has a process in place to receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices.
"In this document obtained by C4ST under the Access to Information Act, the memo from Health Canada to the Minister of Health states: "HC does not support the recommendation to establish an adverse reaction reporting process specifically for RF exposures."
"Help us encourage Health Minister Ambrose to follow the Parliamentary Committee recommendations by gathering signatures on the below petition to be presented in the House of Commons.
Wireless Radiation Reporting - House of Commons Sitting 209 (English)
Published on 22 Jun 2015
Councillor Josh Matlow Brings Back his Proposal for Wi-Fi in Toronto Parks
The result at City Council is that Council voted to NOT hear the item, i.e., that the item would have to go to Committee.
July 8th's outcome means that Council decided the item should go through a Committee process before Council debates/votes on it. And at Committee meetings, there's usually an opportunity for anyone to make an in-person 3- or 5-minute (or whatever length is decided) presentation on any agenda item--whereas, when an item is directly at the main City Council, there are NO in-person presentations allowed (only the written submissions).
If the item appears at Committee, then that's also another opportunity to make more written submissions, this time addressed/sent to the Committee. Most likely, the existing written submissions carry forward as background materials. After the Committee Meeting hears the item, debates or not, and votes on it, then they would pass the item on to Council along with the Committee's recommendation (by their vote), along with all the background materials.
Then there would be another opportunity for more written submissions to Council, and then at Council Meeting, they would debate (or not) and vote on whether or not the item proceeds or is concluded. Council doesn't have to vote the same way as the Committee vote; technically, the Committee vote is only a recommendation to Council.
Sometimes there are exceptions, but that remains to be seen.
Thanks to everyone who sent in a submission. Watch for the next submission deadline and opportunity to make in-person presentations re this item at Committee.
Previously . . .
Motion for WiFi in Toronto Parks is BACK!
Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow has renewed his proposal for WiFi coverage in Toronto parks and public places. His first attempt at this in 2013 was rightfully rejected by the Government Management Committee after they heard from the public regarding the health concerns with the proposal.
It appears this time Councillor Matlow is taking a different route: bringing his motion directly to City Council (where public speakers aren't allowed) and quietly attempting to have the motion passed. The motion was posted on the City of Toronto's website on Thursday July 2nd and will be voted on Tuesday July 7th where City Council will have the option of rejecting it, sending it to the Economic Development Committee, or passing it themselves!
Please submit your comments and concerns to the Toronto clerk by midnight, Sunday July 5th to be recorded into the public record, and presented to City Council on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, July 7th, this motion is being brought directly to Toronto City Council, who will have the option of rejecting it, sending it to the Economic Development Committee, or passing it themselves.
Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow is at it again with his renewed proposal for WiFi coverage across Toronto parks and public places. You are receiving this notice as you participated by submitting your concerns in 2013 when Councillor Matlow's proposal was rightfully rejected by the Government Management Committee. Re-cap of round 1 can be found HERE. It appears this time around Councillor Matlow is taking a different route bringing his motion directly to the Economic Development Committee, avoiding delegations and quietly attempting to have the motion passed. The motion was posted on the City of Toronto's website on Thursday July 2nd, and will be voted on Tuesday July 7th.
See Councillor Matlow's Motion for WiFi in Toronto's Parks HERE.
We are asking you to please resubmit your original submission and/or additional documents and concerns to be recorded in the public record on this renewed motion. Our only chance at this point of derailing Councillor Matlow's motion is to flood the clerks with submissions, showing the Government Management Committee there are serious public concerns regarding this proposal.
Your submission must be received by the clerk by Sunday July 5th at midnight.
Thank you for your attention and commitment to blocking this ongoing proposal.
Links, FAQ, updates, ElectroSENSITIVITY reported symptoms
This is a generic double-sided card that can be distributed as needed.
They can be handed out as is, but there is a small white space to write shareable personal contact information (e-mail or phone number) if desired/useful.
WiFi Radiation - Dangers of WiFi - See It Measured
This excellent video provides a simple, yet profound lesson on how to turn off WiFi effectively, and what steps must be taken to assure that you will not be "wi-fried".
The radio frequency radiation being transmitted from your wireless router or modem is extremely toxic and detrimental to your health. Notice how high the measurements are on the RF meter! Most of us are living and working in this type of RF radiation exposure every single day and night. The fix, or remediation is simple. Plug your modem or router into your computer using an Ethernet connection (hardwire), and "disable" the wireless function on your modem or router. This is very important for the health and safety of all those in your home or office. If you need to use the wireless function, then turn it on for a short time, do your task or watch your movie, then disable it once again. Never leave your wireless internet on all night as it will cause sleep disturbances which lead to even worse health issues. The fix is simple! Ethernet cord and disable the wireless function.
Sean Holman - The Tyee
There's an important new book out that will likely be very useful for this and other related issues: your right to know; how to use the law to access government information; how to access what government hides; how to hold institutions accountable; how to request pertinent info from government using both informal and formal requests. This information is rightfully free because it is a public interest issue.
"In their recently published book "Your Right to Know", journalists Jim Bronskill and David McKie have done yeomans' work explaining how Canadians can use freedom of information requests to get government secrets. But, at the federal level, it's work they shouldn't have needed to do -- pointing to another problem with Canada's broken access to information laws.
"Introduced in 1980 by Pierre Trudeau's Liberals, the Access to Information Act gave Canadians a limited right to request government records. The bureaucracy's filing cabinets could now metaphorically be opened by anyone -- unless the records in them included 75 different kinds of information that would still be considered secret.
"But, even with those limits, the Trudeau administration seemed to have little interest in telling voters about their newfound rights or how to exercise them.
"Just before the act came into force, the Globe and Mail told readers the government would be "placing posters in post offices and public libraries" to advertise the new program. But "it plans nothing else in the way of public information," a deficiency noted by information commissioner Inger Hansen in her first annual report. . . .
A good example of a presentation for meetings and council hearings.
For anyone who specifically wants to challenge Safety Code 6 at a mayor and council level, or other levels of government "authority." The contents are generic, and a good example of information that can be presented to councils in under 5 minutes.
A Call for Best Practices with Wireless Radiation from Authorities Across the World (December 2014)
This document contains some really good questions and answers that might be useful at parent-teacher, or trustee meetings.
AVAAZ Community Petition - Ongoing Reminder February 2015
Dr. Lennart Hardell's recent study on glioma has been evaluated using the Hill viewpoints and is powerful enough to classify RF-EMF as a Group 1 carcinogen. "Conclusions Based on Hill's viewpoints and his discussion on how these issues should be used, the conclusion of this review is that glioma and acoustic neuroma are caused by RF-EMF emissions from wireless phones. According to the IARC Preamble (54), the classification should be group 1, i.e., "the agent is carcinogenic to humans", and urgent revision of current guidelines for exposure is needed."
"Stop downplaying the health effects and cancer risks from RF EMF radiation! Please move Radio Frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from Class 2b "Possible Human Carcinogen" to Class 1, "Carcinogenic to Humans" now! There is enough cancer, illness and death around the world due to these emissions in addition to an overwhelming body of science showing cancer amongst other very serious health effects, all from this ubiquitously propagated but deadly RF radiation to warrant this increase in classification! Stop playing with the planet's health and life!! Move this radiation to Class 1 now!
"Due to the relationship with survival the classification of IARC is strengthened and RF-EMF should be regarded as human carcinogen requiring urgent revision of current exposure guidelines." Dr. Lennart Hardell, Swedish Oncologist, MD PhD, Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden."
Bill C-648 - An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks From Radio frequency Electromagnetic Radiation
From C4ST's Frank Clegg:
February 15, 2015
As you are aware, we joined MP Terence Young in Ottawa for the introduction of Bill C-648 - "The Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act". [Bill C-648] We are very pleased with the cross-party support we have received with 15 MP's publicly committing to support the bill to date, including former NDP health critic MP Libby Davis who requested to be a seconder on the Bill. We also received coverage in ten separate media outlets on the day's following the event.
We are disappointed, but not surprised, with the reaction from the Industry. Their dismissive comments tell us they will continue to keep their safety warnings buried in their manuals. Warnings that clearly state a minimum distance that all devices should be held away from our bodies and those of our children. See CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) comments . . . . in response to Bill C-648. This lobby association represents most major telecom companies in Canada.
Momentum is building around the world in countries dealing with the unsafe use of technology. The French Parliament recently passed a law requiring all advertisements regarding cell phones must now show a device (ear buds or speaker mode) that limits exposure to radiation. The same French law banned the use of WI-FI in day care centers and nurseries for children three years of age and younger. See . . . our interpretation of the new law.
Taiwanese lawmakers just last week passed new legislation in which parents who allow children younger than two years of age to use tablets and smartphones face fines. In Belgium it is illegal to market cell phones to children younger than 7 years of age.
While the 15 supportive MPs to date is good start to Bill C-648, there are another 293 MP's across Canada that share in the responsibility to protect Canadians. We ask that you . . . send an e-mail to your MP. If your MP is on the list of supporters found in the middle of the campaign page, please thank them. If they are not, we ask you to send them an email outlining why you think they should support this important bill. We have supplied suggested points for you to consider.
C4ST will be in Ottawa next week discussing Bill C-648 with select MPs. If you receive a positive response to your email please let me know by replying to this email, and I will contact your MP to see if we can set up a meeting to discuss further. All Canadians have a right to know that there is a safe way to use and enjoy technology. Bill C-648 is a major step to help raise awareness.
Create a Mechanism for Canadians to Report Adverse Reactions to Wireless Radiation
The Standing Committee of Health (2010) report obtained recommended that:
Health Canada ensure that it has a process in place to receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices.
In this document obtained by C4ST under the Access to Information Act, the memo from Health Canada to the Minister of Health states:
"HC does not support the recommendation to establish an adverse reaction reporting process specifically for RF exposures."
Help us encourage Health Minister Ambrose to follow the Parliamentary Committee recommendations by gathering signatures on the below petition to be presented in the House of Commons.
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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