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Wi-Fi / Wireless Devices


Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) includes any device that transmits and receives information wirelessly. This includes cell phones, portable phones, iPhones, Bluetooth, baby monitors, iPads and tablets, Wii games and countless other innovations that produce RF and EMF radiation. 

Wi-Fi (Schools Children and Families) INTRODUCTION to TOPIC



Aug 27
2015

"Wireless Is Not Sustainable"

Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board

August 24, 2015

CONTACT: Patricia Burke patricia999burke@gmail.com

Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board, "Wireless Is Not Sustainable"

The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities forum in N. Kingston featured testimony from individuals experiencing discrimination as the result of health conditions related to wireless radio frequency exposures. The unprecedented hearing was scheduled in a Wi-Fi free setting in an attempt to provide accommodation for electromagnetic hypersensitive residents. Testifiers explained that they are being denied access to every aspect of society, including education, employment, health care, religion, transportation, and safe housing. Citizens reported that requests for assistance have fallen on deaf ears in RI..

In 2002, the federal Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board stated, "multiple chemical sensitivities and electromagnetic sensitivities may be considered disabilities under the ADA if they so severely impair the neurological, respiratory or other functions of an individual that it substantially limits one or more of the individual's major life activities." Cell phones and antennas, cordless phones, wireless computers, unshielded transformers and wiring, security scanners, and other devices can make a building inaccessible. Wireless utility meters pose and additional threat to the electro-sensitive population.

Utility expert Sam Parrish testified, "Wireless networking is not a sustainable technology for many reasons including cyber security and adverse health effects. "Wi-Fi" has already begun to be rolled-back and removed from installations in schools and public facilities globally. Conventional wired networks are exceedingly more secure and appropriate for the majority of municipal government and public infrastructure."

Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org summarized international concern regarding the inadequacy of US exposure guidelines. Retired law professor Judy Jackson quoted Dr. Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, stating, "Inaccessibility and discrimination are prohibited by law. Thus, it is not alright to deliberately make EHS persons' symptoms worse." Representatives from Citizens for Safe Technology and Worcester Opts Out also addressed the panel, reporting harm and discrimination, including being characterized as tin foil hats. Patricia Burke of Worcester Opts Out told the panel, "The name-calling and ridicule will continue until we as a society decide to act." 

Cecelia Doucette shared "Best Practices" developed by the Ashland MA school system in response to concern about Wi-Fi exposures, and submitted a report on the FCC by Norm Elster published by the Harvard Center for Ethics. "The FCC has ignored the growing evidence that wireless technologies pose serious health risks."

Peggy Patton of HaltMAsmartmeters.org presented testimony submitted to the FCC in 2013 by the City of Boston, "The 1999-2000 judicial challenge to the FCC's 1996 rules never reached the issue of "electrosensitivity" as a cognizable disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. After more than a decade, that investigation remains unopened. The dockets here have been updated with massive additional evidence of the crippling effects of RF radiation on an admitted minority - but a suffering minority - of U.S. citizens."

A teacher, several parents, and RI residents who practice prudent avoidance to protect their health joined experts in calling on the RI Disabilities Board to examine emerging evidence of harm and to take action.

Sweden recognizes EHS as a functional impairment and provides essential services, and court cases in France and Italy have recognized damage from wireless exposure. A federal ADA lawsuit has been filed against the Fay School, a private school in Southborough, MA for failure to accommodate an EHS student.




Aug 23
2015

Letters to Fay School Trustees re Wi-Fi in Schools (Massachusetts)

Dr. David O. Carpenter, Martin Blank Ph.D., Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, Professor Olle Johansson

The Fay Board of Trustees received these four letters from scientific experts in electromagnetic fields. They have been submitted to "Wi-Fi in School ADA Federal Complaint Against School After Child Fell Sick From Wireless Installation."  

Breaking: 8/12/2015
Federal complaint seeks injunctive relief for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and damages for breach of contract and negligence.  PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION




Aug 22
2015

Attached is a short paper prepared by Ronald M. Powell Ph.D., a scientist in the US who distributed it to the 24 superintendents of public schools in Maryland outlining the dangers of wireless devices in schools. A second, similar version was distributed to the 24 directors of public libraries in the state.

Dr. Powell has given permission to use and forward the paper as needed.   

This message includes:

  • Annotated List of References 
  • Annotated List of Videos




Aug 22
2015

Why is Xfinity WiFi Harming People?

Protect Your Family from EMF Pollution - EMF Analysis

"Thus far in 2015, I have been contacted by multiple people who have reported being injured by the new Xfinity WiFi routers. One woman wrote that it felt like she was "being microwaved." Others have reported headaches, insomnia, brain fog, burning sensations on their skin and heart arrhythmia.

"In this article I explain likely reasons why people are experiencing symptoms in response to Xfinity and also provide some solutions to this problem. . . .




Aug 14
2015

12 year-old EHS child in Massachusetts suing his school

Preliminary Injunction for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and damages for breach of contract and negligence

In Massachusetts, a 12-year-old minor and parents suing School and Board of Trustees. The minor suffers due to electrosensitivity. School nurse reports similar symptoms in other children in the same classrooms.

Case 4:15-CV-40116 Document 1     Filed 08/12/15




Aug 2
2015

190 Scientists from around the world are sounding the alarm as they appeal to the U.N. and the World Health Organization to take action to safeguard people and animals from the negative health effects from wireless technology.




Aug 1
2015

Fruit Flies and Electrical Fields

University of Southhampton - Electric fields affect wing movement, leading to agitation and changes in brain chemistry

"A new piece of research led by the University of Southampton has found that the behaviour of fruit flies, which are commonly used in laboratory experiments, is altered by electric fields. The research indicates that the wings of the insects are disturbed by static electric fields, leading to changes in avoidance behaviour and the neurochemical balance of their brains.

""Fruit flies are often used as model organisms to understand fundamental problems in biology," say Professor Philip Newland, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southampton and lead author of the study. "75 per cent of the genes that cause disease in humans are shared by fruit flies, so by studying them we can learn a lot about basic mechanisms. . . .




Jul 25
2015

Federal Petition - C4ST

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.

PETITION

Wireless Radiation Reporting - House of Commons Sitting 209 (English)
Published on 22 Jun 2015

First reading of the petition in the House of Commons by MP Alex Atamanenko:










Jul 23
2015

Wireless Risks to Children - Expert Forum

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety - Scientific and policy developments regarding the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and other wireless devices.

Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies--Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations? Should Parents, Teachers & Schools Restrict Technology Overuse Among Children?

Camilla Rees, Electromagnetic Health Blog, July 19, 2015 An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks to Children was held at the Commonwealth Club of California on June 22, 2015.

"The focus was on the special risks to children and other vulnerable populations from cell phone and wireless exposures. It featured a special segment portraying actual dosimetry measurements of WiFi exposures in a school. .

"Panelists addressed the questions:

  • Should safety guidelines be strengthened to protect adults, children and vulnerable populations? 
  • Should parents, teachers and schools restrict technology overuse among children? 
"The program was co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust in association with Citizens for Health, the California Brain Tumor Association and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, with the support of four of the Commonwealth Club's Member-Led Forums: Health & Medicine, Environment & Natural Resources, Science & Technology and Business & Leadership. .

"Beyond the biological and health effects, the impacts on children and discussion of the adequacy of the IARC Group 2B 'Possible Carcinogen' classification, there was a special focus on the role that overuse of wireless technologies may be playing in attention, functional and relational difficulties and in exacerbating childhood psychiatric conditions.

"Panelist Dr. Victoria Dunckley is the author of a book on this subject published recently by New World Library, "Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time."  

"Links to the video of each presentation appear below in addition to a link to a podcast of the entire forum. . . . 




Jul 8
2015

TORONTO Wi-Fi MOTION - UPDATE July 8, 2015

Councillor Josh Matlow Brings Back his Proposal for Wi-Fi in Toronto Parks

UPDATE:

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.


FROM C4ST:

Good morning,

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.

C4ST




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