Citizens for Safe Technology
Empowering the public to protect children
and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
Cell Towers / Antennas
We've come to depend on cell phones and expect them to do more and more for us. Cell phone companies need cell towers to deliver their growing number of services.
Industry Canada regulates cell companies in terms of their use of radio frequency spectrum and the siting of cell towers. It has established a standard called "Safety Code 6," which cell operators are required to meet. However, Safety Code 6 has among the least stringent standards in the world, and it does not address the critical issue of long term exposure to low level intensity microwave radiation emitted by cell towers.
In terms of the siting of cell towers, Industry Canada does not rule out approving cell towers anywhere and everywhere. This means that the cell industry as regulator does not rule out locating cell towers near where families live, and where children play and go to school.
It also means that Industry Canada depends entirely on an inadequate standard of safety to protect children and families.
The telecommunications industry is delighted. Unchecked by outdated safety codes, they continue to roll out new applications and designs. Governments rely on the revenue generated, and consistently ignore a troubling fact: The low-level, non-ionizing, microwave radiation generated by cell and portable phones and the transmitters they rely on, is biologically harmful, and fundamentally incompatible, at a cellular level, with humans, domestic animals, wildlife and the natural environment.
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Lambton Shores Resists Bell Plans
Port Franks, Ontario
"Back in February of this year, I got a call from a friend who was concerned about a Bell Canada transmission tower proposed for Port Franks. The thought of such an ugly thing "ungracing" the riverfront beauty of this tourist hamlet was upsetting to me . . .
"I intend to continue to throw my support to our Council, and all groups such as Southcott Pines, Grand Bend and Kettle and Stony Point residents in resisting this rampant expansion of a technology whose safety is in question.
"I feel so strongly that Port Franks must be designated a Transmission Antennae Free Zone. In Port Franks, we are the central portion of continuous woodland stretching from Kettle Point to Grand Bend, with a seasonally reduced human population from September to the end of June. Many endangered species are able to continue to exist in Ontario because of this. No studies at all have been done to find out how these electromagnetic frequencies affect our natural world. This spring, our Lambton Shores Council introduced a municipal protocol to protect us from these so-called "towers", and also, is sending off missives to all other Municipalities in Canada, warning them. Council is planning to set up a website soon, so that anyone can find out credible sources of information from an approved source. They have just sent off a comprehensive package of information to Industry Canada which provides evidences of why we should not have a cell phone transmission tower in Port Franks . . .
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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