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|5G and IoT: a Trojan horse|
|Canada||Created: 5 Apr 2018|
The wireless industry dreams of deploying its new 5G (fifth generation) infrastructure in your neighbourhood soon, as it has begun doing in California. Boxes the size of a PC could be placed every 150 meters or so on utility poles, sometimes with small-refrigerator-sized boxes on the ground. 5G technology uses pulsed, millimeter-sized microwaves that are easily blocked by obstacles such as leaves, hence the need to install millions of cell signal boosters near homes.
The telecoms say this is the most efficient way to ease the digital congestion caused by audio-video streaming, whose global traffic, according to American giant Cisco, will be eleven times higher in 2018 than in 2014. Data would move through fibre optic cables, but rather than bringing these cables to your home, the last leg of the data’s journey would generally be wireless… As markets work, personal mobile phone subscriptions are more profitable than the higher speed fibre optic connections linked to desktops through your own router.
The 5G network would also support the huge increase in wireless communications to be created by the Internet of Things (IoT). Since most people already own a cell phone, industry wants to expand its market by embedding a cellular microchip into most manufactured goods. Therefore, items purchased in the future would generate data to be collected by companies and, ultimately, by governments. 5G-IoT is promoted by the promise of “smart” cities, leading to a more comfortable, convenient and efficient life. But besides a relentless expansion of sales, 5G-IoT will strengthen mobile phones as a platform for publicity and population control. Further, 5G-IoT deployment carries significant health risks.
An inconvenient truth denied by industry
On September 13, 180 scientists and physicians from 35 countries signed a call to action (see “Scientists warn of potential serious health effects of 5G”) demanding a moratorium on 5G deployment until its radiation levels are proven safe, particularly for children and pregnant women. Indeed, all these inter-connected objects would significantly increase radiation from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in our environment.
And yet, aware of the enormous potential of this market, engineers managed to have these radiations characterized as harmless, through 50 years of sustained efforts, by infiltrating and monopolizing standardization committees. Don’t worry, they say, if the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, classified low- and high-frequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, in 2001 and in 2011 respectively. Don’t worry either that a study funded by the US National Toxicology Program confirmed the causal link between brain cancer and cell phone use. Ignore, they say, thousands of scientific publications documenting since the 1960s1 the harmful effects of chronic, low level exposure to microwave radiation, including more recent studies included in the 2007 and 2012 Bioinitiative Reports. Forget also that these radiations have been linked to diabetes, lower human fertility, cardiac disturbances, several neurological diseases and genetic changes.
And forget about people suffering from electrohypersensitivity, forced to relocate to isolated regions because they suffer from “microwave illness”, a term coined by the Soviet military in the 1950s. Electromagnetic intolerance is an occupational disease whose “symptoms disappear in non-electrical environments”, concluded The Nordic Council of Ministers in 2000. EMF health risks were even highlighted in the March 2016 issue of IEEE Power Electronics, the magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Constantly denied by the wireless industry, these facts constitute an inconvenient truth, as Al Gore would say.
Regulators prohibit any public health debate
The telecommunication industry’s hold on federal governments is such that deployment of 5G-IoT networks is imposed, and violates the rights of other jurisdictions as well as individuals. Any debate about health risks caused by EMFs is forbidden during public hearings on cell tower sitings. You will be inevitably exposed to their radiation and even more so by goods fitted with transmitting chips. It is to prevent such abuse that California Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed Bill 649, which would have prevented the State’s cities and counties from deciding on 5G antenna siting.
In 1942, renowned biochemist and futurist Isaac Asimov coined the Three Laws of Robotics, at a time when the influence of robotization was barely beginning… The first one was: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” As we enter the 5G-IoT revolution, should we not consider similar guidelines? Technology should not injure human beings, especially when alternatives such as optical fibre are available. Living organisms have tolerance to natural electrophysiological activity, but not to any of the artificial EMFs created since the 19th century. Nature cannot protect itself from pulsed and modulated microwave radiation with carriers oscillating billions of times per second.
Individual freedom requires that any IoT transmitter be activated by its owner, and that the default position should be not to transmit any information or radiation. This will safeguard privacy, and peoples’ right to protection from unwanted microwave exposure.
In 1984, George Orwell‘s novel, society becomes a supposedly benevolent state offering comfort, practicability and efficiency. But everyone is spied upon and monitored by a sophisticated communications system that constantly reminds people that Big Brother is watching. This book illustrates the abuse of power and the erosion of civil liberties caused by mass surveillance. Without limits, technology may supersede humanity, and that process is already underway…
As Marshall McLuhan put it, “the medium is the message”; unlimited deployment of new technology often creates disastrous and unpredictable consequences, and 5G-IoT networks and products are very likely to do so. In 2018, the Orwellian prophecy comes true, 34 years later than predicted in the book 1984, published in 1948. Any type of automation reduces human autonomy and the powerful often abuse their privileges. The US Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal the rules that regulated Net neutrality, allowing companies to reduce the transmission speed of some data compared to others, illustrates this point. In the book 1984, the government monopolized information while now, with 5G-IoT, corporations wedge themselves in information control. Failing a revolution, it is often difficult to recover any rights and freedoms abandoned in the past.
The cell phone has proven useful as a communication tool, but there is no need to expand it beyond its capacity to transmit short voice and text messages. The industry would like us to download 3D movies on the move, so justifying a 5G network. But this is going in the wrong direction. To prevent a public health crisis, the density of microwave signals must, on the contrary, be reduced by 10,000 times if not more.
Optical fibre is safer, healthier and faster
5G intends to turn smartphones into mobile entertainment and visual stimulation centres purely for commercial reasons. 5G has no real strategic value. You can’t use a smart phone to design a commercial airplane. A more useful investment would be to connect the optical fibre network directly to users. Everyone could enjoy a communication speed ultimately 10,000 times faster than wireless, less vulnerable to hacking and harmless to the health of humans and other species.
In 1776, Adam Smith, the first theorist of capitalism, warned us in The Wealth of Nations not to trust merchants when it comes to making regulations. He saw them as the cause of many future tragedies, because of their narrow-mindedness when it came to profit. Our governments should be wise enough and willing to establish serious guidelines for the upcoming data revolution.
By Paul Héroux, Ph.D., Professor of Electromagnetic Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Review of 878 Russian studies performed between 1960 and 1997:
For more details :
Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks
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|Source: La Maison, Paul Héroux, 11 Feb 2018|
|How smartphones are heating up the planet|
|Canada||Created: 28 Mar 2018|
When we think about climate change, the main sources of carbon emissions that come to mind for most of us are heavy industries like petroleum, mining and transportation.
Rarely do we point the finger at computer technologies.
In fact, many experts view the cyber-world of information and computer technologies (ICT) as our potential saviour, replacing many of our physical activities with a lower-carbon virtual alternative.
Dec 2009, Denmark: Mobile-phone technology is a Carbon-emissions Whopper!
That is not what our study, recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, suggests.
Having conducted a meticulous and fairly exhaustive inventory of the contribution of ICT —including devices like PCs, laptops, monitors, smartphones and tablets — and infrastructure like data centres and communication networks, we found that the relative contribution of ICT to the total global footprint is expected to grow from about one per cent in 2007 to 3.5 per cent by 2020 and reaching 14 per cent by 2040.
That’s more than half the relative contribution of the entire transportation sector worldwide.
Another disconcerting finding is that all this extraordinary growth is mostly incremental, essentially shattering the hope that ICT will help reduce the global carbon footprint by substituting physical activities with their virtual counterparts.
The impact of smartphones
Perhaps the most surprising result of our study was the disproportionate contribution of smartphones relative to the overall ICT footprint.
We found that the relative emissions share of smartphones is expected to grow from four per cent in 2010 to 11 per cent by 2020, dwarfing the individual contributions of PCs, laptops and computer displays.
In absolute values, emissions caused by smartphones will jump from 17 to 125 megatons of CO2 equivalent per year (Mt-CO2e/yr) in that time span, or a 730 per cent growth.
The lion’s share of this footprint (85 to 95 per cent) will be caused not by the use of the device, but rather by its production. That includes, in addition to the manufacturing energy, the energy for material mining for gold and the so-called rare-earth elements like yttrium, lanthanium and several others that today are almost exclusively available only from China.
Another guilty participant in this excessive carbon footprint are the phone plans that encourage users to get a new smartphone every two years. That accelerates the rate at which older models become obsolete and leads to an extraordinary and unnecessary amount of waste.
These findings pertain to the device side.
Every text, download, email uses server energy
On the infrastructure side, we predict the combined footprint of data centres and communications networks will grow from 215 megatons of C02 equivalent a year (Mt-CO2e/yr) in 2007 to 764 MtCO2-e/yr by 2020, with data centres accounting for about two thirds of the total contribution.
For comparison purposes, the entire carbon footprint of Canada was about 730 MtCO2-e in 2016 and is expected to decrease by 2020.
The growth in smartphones and data centres aren’t unrelated.
Indeed, it’s the dizzying growth in mobile communications that’s largely driving the pace for data centres. For every text message, video download, photo exchange, email or chat, there’s a 24/7 power-hungry server in some data centre that’s making it happen.
It’s the energy consumption that we don’t see.
Software companies spur growth
Finally, and perhaps the most ironic aspect of all this, is that it’s software that is driving the overall growth in ICT as a whole, devices and infrastructure included.
Software companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo boast some of the largest data centres in the world. The rise in dominance of the mobile operating systems, namely Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, along with the millions of mobile applications that are built on top of those platforms, has spawned the mobile communication age.
The incredible —as well as unsustainable— growth in the emission footprint of all this hardware is there for only one purpose: To support and serve the software universe.
In other words, while it’s the hardware that does all the dirty work, it’s the software that’s calling all the shots.
The way out?
At the societal level, we must demand that all data centres run exclusively on renewable energy.
At the individual level: Hold on to your smartphone for as long as you can, and when you do upgrade, make sure you recycle your old one. Sadly, only one per cent of smartphones are being recycled today.
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|Source: The Conversation, Lotfi Belkhir, 25 Mar 2018|
|Waterloo man blames Wi-Fi for sickness (2012)|
|Canada||Created: 14 Oct 2017|
WATERLOO — When Howard Kalnitsky started experiencing heart problems 15 years ago at age 34, he wasn’t sure what to think.
After years of medication, he now says he’s affected by electromagnetic hypersensitivity — a nervous system reaction to wireless radiation from cellphones, internet and other technologies.
“My wife said that I had turned into this old, frail man overnight,” Kalnitsky said.
But the question of whether electromagnetic fields actually make people sick is a matter of debate.
Health Canada says there is no scientific evidence proving symptoms of apparent electromagnetic hypersensitivity are actually caused by electromagnetic fields.
“If you have a look at the body of evidence, there is no indication that technology such as Wi-Fi and cellphones represent a health concern,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, associate medical officer of health with Region of Waterloo Public Health.
“We do know that it is a field of ongoing study and that’s a good thing. We do know that Health Canada continues to monitor the science.”
Magda Havas disagrees. She is associate professor of environmental and resource studies at Trent University in Peterborough and has researched electromagnetic hypersensitivity for two decades.
Symptoms include everything from headaches, trouble concentrating and difficulty with short term memory to heart problems, mood disorders and anxiety.
“This issue is not going to go away,” Havas said. “It’s going to get a lot worse.”
Children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are more likely to develop symptoms, Havas said.
Kalnitsky says he self-diagnosed after speaking with an expert. He unplugged his wireless internet, mobile and cordless phones for a few days. The difference was drastic.
“The next day after I had disconnected, I felt different, I felt energy,” he said. “I’ve been perfectly healthy with no arhythmia for more than a year.”
Kalnitsky’s doctor, Dr. Kathleen Debrosian, declined comment to The Record to confirm his diagnosis.
The Women’s College Hospital Environmental Health Clinic in Toronto is one of the few places to provide electromagnetic hypersensitivity diagnoses.
Dr. Riina Bray is medical director of the clinic and sees about 50 patients per year she says are affected.
“Maybe one per cent of the population (is affected),” she said. “We really don’t know.”
The legislation covering the level of radiation broadcasting and telecommunications devices can emit here is Safety Code 6. Industry Canada governs the legislation, which is based on Health Canada recommendations. It says 1000 microwatts per centimetre squared can be emitted constantly to be safe.
Havas said countries like Russia have much lower thresholds.
Bray said skeptics and government need to do their homework.
“It’s a real thing,” she said. “It’s not a psychological problem.”
Judi Francioso of Cambridge said her family suffered headaches, heart palpitations and other symptoms after a smart meter was installed at the home in June 2010.
She wants people to take the problem seriously.
“We sufferers sound pretty stupid talking about this when no one else can feel this,” she said.
After being diagnosed at Bray’s clinic, Francioso fought for months to have her smart meter replaced with one connected to a land line. Symptoms have improved little since the meter was replaced earlier this year.
Kalnitsky says he will meet with city officials and talk about where cellphone towers are placed. But he may be out of luck.
The ultimate administration over where towers go is left to the federal government.
“I certainly empathize with the symptoms that (Kalnitsky) is reporting,” said Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo. “These policies are based on science and, according to Health Canada, there is nothing — no evidence of radiofrequency signals causing adverse health effects.”
He said if that were to change, so too would policy.
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|Source: Toronto Metro, Metroland News Service staff, 29 Oct 2012|
|InPower Episode #1: A Mass Action of Liability|
|Canada||Created: 10 Sep 2017|
The InPower Docu-Series illustrates a powerful new method to restore social justice and accountability. Episode #1 focuses on solving the ‘smart’ meter problem: how we can prevent and reverse the installation of this dangerous technology, through holding corporate executives and government actors financially accountable — for the first time ever. And in so doing, we can restore safety in our homes, and bring balance to our world.
First, watch episode #1: https://youtu.be/NtIYFCjUTSo
and then go to: https://inpowermovement.com/
to sign up for notification of episode #2.
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|Source: InPower Movement, 26 Aug 2017|
|Liability Game-Changer: Hawaiian Electric switches to an "opt in" proposal!|
|Canada||Created: 22 Aug 2017|
Friday night I received positive news from safe meter advocate Debra Greene PhD which was so compelling that it has become the first InPowered Podcast installment.
Here's the gist of what she told me:
- In Early 2017, several dozen Notices of Liability (and Non-Consent) were sent to the Hawaiian Electric utility heads, who were planning on blanket-installing 'smart' meters.
- Now, Hawaiian Electric has announced their COMPLETE SHIFT to an "opt in" plan -- in which the utility must receive explicit consent from the homeowner in order to install a 'smart' meter!
- Not only that, but the utility strangely denied that they ever even had a plan for blanket installation, despite it being openly stated for years.
This significant development is the first incident we know of where a state's major utility has changed policy to "opt in".
Go here for my 20-minute conversation (via YouTube video) with Debra:
The evidence is clear: execs and officials (who are involved in causing harm) fear being held accountable in a commercial liability action.
As far as I can tell, we are on to something big. More news coming soon...
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|Source: InPower Movement, Josh del Sol, 22 Aug 2017|
|Solution To The 'Smart' Meter Problem: THE INPOWER LIABILITY ACTION PROCESS|
|Canada||Created: 15 Aug 2017|
THE INPOWER LIABILITY ACTION PROCESS
Q: What is the Liability Action (or Notice of Liability (NOL)) process?
"By protecting our individual rights, we are protecting all life."
A: The NOL process is a mass action of people protecting their rights and enforcing liability for harm caused by "smart" meters. It is a powerful lawful remedy for individuals and groups to place liability regarding the various harms caused the smart meter agenda, onto those responsible or complicit with it. It is a comprehensive multi-round process, based upon sending a series of Notices -- pre-written templates customized for each participant -- which establish a framework for contractually-enforceable individual liability.
Over the past several years as "smart" meters have been rolled out throughout North America, we've seen other traditional legal approaches, complaints and appeals fail to achieve success thus far, as there appears to be an enormous level of systemic corruption and collusion involved, and those causing the harm are simply ignoring complaints. In contrast, the NOL process enables participants to access and reclaim their full unalienable rights, and uses the corporate system's own rules against them to enforce corporate and individual liability.
In essence, utilities are changing the terms of their service contracts with each customer, without the disclosure of facts. They are also using "implied consent" to assume a customer agrees -- even if the customer says they do not but uses an "incorrect" method of communication.
What the NOL does is recognize that a utility's desire to install a "smart" meter is a contractual offer, for which, in a written Notice, we conditionally accept if they can disprove our affidavit (a document we verify as true), point-by-point, in an affidavit of their own. If they cannot do so, our affidavit and terms stand, and each Respondent* is individually subject to the terms of our conditional acceptance. These terms include a fee schedule of a dollar amount of your choosing (as you have the power to create terms), per day that they would be in violation of your terms. These amounts are fully enforceable, and subsequent document templates and plans for enforcement are in place. Respondents are unable to disprove the statements made in the NOL or the facts used in the affidavit, because our facts are true and verifiable, whereas the propaganda they use is not.
The NOL process implements Contract Law, Common Law, Commercial Law (Uniform Commercial Code) and Law Merchant. It is multi-faceted, and operates in multiple jurisdictions. The NOL is based upon a higher level of understanding of how this system has been created & operates.
* - Respondents are utility execs and gov't officials who are promoting (or not yet openly opposing) the "smart" meter agenda.
Note about "smart" meter harm: For admissions from industry that utilities use "smart" meters to capture and monetize unlawful in-home surveillance data from YOUR home, see: www.bit.ly/smartspying1 and www.bit.ly/smartspying2. "Smart" meters also cause risks to your health, fires, hacking, and overbilling. These are all likewise now proven. (See the documentary Take Back Your Power.)
Q: What are the results so far?
While the process will soon be openly available, there have been 3 "seed" groups in North America using this process to address the 'smart' meter issue. More than 250 individuals have participated at this early stage. The early results, though still somewhat speculative, appear to indicate a correlation between the liability being enforced and several Respondents resigning or not seeking reelection. However, many within industry or government will not admit to the NOL being a factor.
As an example, Corix Utilities CEO Brett Hodson received more than 100 Notices of Liability ("round 1") and or Notices of Fault ("round 2") from participants in BC. Five days later, his unplanned resignation was internally announced, and covered in Business In Vancouver.
Eight Seattle City Councilmembers received Notice of Default ("round 3") from 20 participants in Seattle, contractually being bound to $2.6M per month of liability. In the weeks that followed, 3 of these 8 announced they were quitting politics. Two of these, according to insiders, were entirely unexpected. And one quit before her term was up. Later, the utility CEO also resigned.
In Michigan, 4 of the 8 Respondents who were at the MPSC no longer appeared to be at the company within several months of being on the receiving end of the liability action. A city attorney also resigned 1 month after receiving the process, stating that the utility DTE has a budget of $20M per year to 'lobby' state legislators. And, the MI Attorney General began calling for a free opt-out, after being on the receiving end of the process. (At first, he attempted to refuse the documents; so Claimants arranged to have him served in person.) Are all of these results merely a staggeringly improbable "coincidence"? It is doubtful. One thing we know is that these indications are consistent with results of an individual application of the NOL process previous to "smart" meters, in which more than a dozen public officials stepped down from regional to federal levels.
In other cases, safe analog meters have been protected and not replaced with "smart" meters. The goal is that, by numbers of people engaging in this powerful process, the "smart" meter agenda will be discontinued. We are seeing confidence-boosting signs this will happen in conjunction with insider admissions that "smart" meters are both unlawful and harmful on multiple levels.
Note: when a Respondent leaves office, the liability remains attached to both their office and them as an individual.
Note: anyone can do the NOL process, no matter if they have an analog meter, a "smart" meter, or anything in between.
DOCUMENT TEMPLATES, VIDEOS, GUIDES: http://www.InPowerMovement.com
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|Source: InPower Movement, Josh del Sol, 14 Aug 2017|
|Frank Clegg was the president of Microsoft Canada. Now he's leading a charge to change Canada's technology rules. (2013)|
|Canada||Created: 11 Jul 2017|
Frank Clegg wasn’t always an activist - Quite the contrary.
He spent 14 years at Microsoft Canada before retiring as president in 2005. Before that tech giant, Clegg put in a dozen years at IBM.
But in the years since, Clegg has been a driving force behind a number of not-so-corporate causes. There was Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA), the grassroots group that waged war on plans to build an Oakville power plant.
There was the proposed quarry in Melancthon that would have dug up hundreds of hectares of rich farmland to get at the limestone underneath.
Since claiming victory in both those battles, Clegg has found what would seem an unlikely new cause, given his career in the tech industry: electromagnetic radiation (EMR), the radiation emitted from technological devices.
Canadians for Safe Technology, or C4ST, is a grassroots advocacy group that wants an overhaul of federal policy on the radiation emitted from what’s now ubiquitous technology: cellphones, wi-fi, baby monitors, cell towers.
Its members have campaigned against wireless routers in schools, cell towers in residential areas and called for reviews of federal rules governing EMR, citing World Health Organization research that found the radiation to be possibly carcinogenic.
Clegg was approached by concerned residents in early 2012, he said, after some cell towers were put up on an Oakville street.
Intrigued, he began scouring research done on the topic and taking readings of radiation near the towers.
“It was just off the charts,” said Clegg. “I thought, ‘There’s something here, it’s just not right.’”
The cause had found a champion.
As the number of cell towers has exploded across the country, so has opposition to them. Municipalities have no say in where the federally regulated towers go, which has frustrated local politicians and residents. And research, including the World Health Organization’s, has, controversially, cast doubt on the long-term safety of radiofrequency emissions.
Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 lays out standards for radiofrequency emissions. Earlier this year, the federal health agency asked the Royal Society of Canada for an independent expert assessment of the policy. That process has become marred in controversy after red flags were raised about a possible conflict of interest involving the University of Ottawa professor tipped to chair the panel.
Chair Dr. Daniel Krewski resigned in July. C4ST continues to raise concerns about other members of the panel.
Clegg was born and raised in tiny Bradford, Ont., on a farm that raised cattle and later, hogs. He went to the University of Waterloo and from there, to IBM. At no stage was he an activist.
“I’d never done anything, I’d never been involved in any advocacy,” said Clegg. “It was a gradual process.”
It started some time around 2003, when Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie, who built the child exploitation section of the Toronto police, wrote an angry email to Bill Gates about the difficulty police — trained to work the streets, not the Internet — faced tracking down online predators.
Gates ordered Microsoft Canada, of which Clegg was president, to do something about it.
The result was CETS, the Child Exploitation Tracking System, now used around the world.
“We ended up building a system to help police catch pedophiles on the Internet, so that was just an amazing, amazing opportunity to learn and contribute,” said Clegg. “It was as rewarding as any award I ever got at Microsoft.”
Clegg also got involved with CNIB, formerly the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, helping to create a digital library for people who are visually impaired. The tech executive crisscrossed the country with the organization’s then-president who was visually impaired and running an organization with more people than Microsoft.
“It just gave me a whole different perspective on, you know, as a company you can have more of an impact with people and, quite frankly in the press, by doing amazing things.”
By 2004, it was time for a break. Clegg took a sabbatical from Microsoft to travel with his wife and two daughters.
“During that time, you get a chance to think and reflect on your life,” said Clegg. By the time he got back, he knew he didn’t want to return to his former role. He tried to retire.
“I’m doing a terrible job,” said Clegg.
He’s still in the business world, working on a software startup and sitting on several company boards.
And then, of course, the community causes. To those who shake their heads at the former tech exec leading the charge for tighter rules on electromagnetic radiation, Clegg said it’s about balance.
“I’ve seen the amazing things technology can do, this incredible impact it can have on people’s lives . . . I’m all for that. I just think we need to be smart about how we deploy it,” said Clegg.
That starts with updating Canada’s standards, he said.
“We need to rewrite this whole system,” said Clegg. “I’m optimistic. We started this whole power plant battle and people said, ‘Nobody’s ever knocked out a power plant in North America. We said, ‘Well, it just needs to be done.’ I have the same optimism that if we get to the right people in government, they’ll pay attention and change it.”
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|Source: The Star, Jessica McDiarmid, 02 Sep 2013|
|Conservative MP calls for greater warning labels on cell phones (2015)|
|Canada||Created: 25 Jun 2017|
Conservative MP Terence Young says he has multi-party support for his Private Member’s Bill to place safety warnings on Cell phones and Wifi routers sold in Canada.
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|Source: GlobalNews, 19 Jan 2015|
|Major Canadian Study Finds Cell Phone Use Significantly Increases Risk for Brain Cancer|
|Canada||Created: 1 Jun 2017|
A new report published this week in American Journal of Epidemiology confirms that Canadians who have used cellphones for 558 hours or more have more than a doubled risk of brain cancer. These important findings strengthen the association between cell phone use and glioma, which is an aggressive brain cancer.
The original 13-nation Interphone study for the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization reported a 40% increase in brain cancer for those using phones for 1640 lifetime hours. This new study found that Canadians had more than a doubled glioma risk when they were analyzed apart from the 12 other countries.
"This study adds more evidence linking cell phone use with brain cancer. We believe the criteria has been met for radio frequency radiation to be classified as a probable human carcinogen. Governments need to take immediate action to inform the public and enact protective policies," stated Dr. Anthony Miller, a senior advisor to the World Health Organization and scientific advisor to the Environmental Health Trust. Miller recently presented a 2017 review of the current peer reviewed science linking phone radiation to cancer at an international conference on Wireless and Health at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies organized in cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Environmental Health Trust.
"Governments have allowed this technology to pervade our lives saying it did not have proof it could harm us. This latest analysis of Canadian Interphone study data that found a statistically significant doubling of risk for glioma among cell phone users with only 558 lifetime hours of use," stated Dr. Devra Davis, President and Founder of Environmental Health Trust. Davis points out, "It doesn't take long for most teenagers to surge past that amount cell phone use."
Davis cautions about the rollout of 5G, "Not only does 5G plan to utilize cell phone frequencies, it also aims to incorporate millimeter waves that are frequencies already used at higher power as military weapons. Acknowledging the scientific evidence we have, how can this 5G rollout continue?"
Momoli F, Siemiatycki J, McBride ML, Parent ME, Richardson L, Bedard D, Platt R, Vrijheid M, Cardis E, Krewski D. Probabilistic multiple-bias modelling applied to the Canadian data from the INTERPHONE study of mobile phone use and risk of glioma, meningioma, acoustic neuroma, and parotid gland tumors. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 May 23. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx157. [Epub ahead of print]
About Environmental Health Trust
Environmental Health Trust (EHT) educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Currently EHT is raising health concerns about cell phones and wireless in schools and recommends practical steps to reduce exposures. The Environmental Health Trust maintains a regularly updated database of worldwide precautionary policies on cell phone radiation and health. The foundation's website is the go-to place for clear, science-based information to prevent disease.
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Epidemiology of Cell Phones and Other Wireless Transmitting Devices – An Update
Lecture by Dr. Anthony Miller
PDF of Dr. Anthony Miller January 25, 2017 IIAS Presentation
Expert Forum on Wireless and Health, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Videos of Lectures and Presentation Slides
Environmental Health Trust database of worldwide policies on cell phone radiation and health.
Commentary by Researcher Elisabeth Cardis on cell phone radiation research
GROWING EVIDENCE FOR THE LINK BETWEEN MOBILE PHONES AND CANCER, Barcelona Institute for Global Health
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|Source: Environmental Health Trust, Devra Davis, 31 May 2017|
|Airline pilot has nowhere to escape from wireless radiation (2012)|
|Canada||Created: 19 May 2017|
Professional pilot Melissa Chalmers has moved twice in 10 months to escape wireless radiation and worries she’s running out of places to hide.
The commercial pilot of 20 years is on sick leave. She suffers from sensitivity to electromagnetic waves — the invisible waves given off by almost everything electric, in particular, those emitted by communication towers that are popping up across Canada.
Chalmers, who lives near Grand Bend on Lake Huron, may be moving again because of a new a cell tower not far from her forested home.
“They have put a tower up down the road. I’m just waiting for it to be turned on and then I will probably have to leave the home,” she said.
Chalmers first noticed, about two-and-a-half years ago when she lived in London, that the nausea she felt when she was in her apartment subsided when she left.
Cellphones, cellphone towers, wireless internet routers, cordless phones and power lines have all been recognized as possible contributors to electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EMS), which is caused by significant exposure from radio waves.
EMS symptoms include poor sleep, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory impairment and skin rashes.
Dr. Riina Bray, medical director, Environmental Health Clinic, Toronto’s Women College Hospital, is a leading physician on EMS and its symptoms.
“I’m just basically seeing more and more folks with electro hypersensitivity . . . there is a small fraction of the population who are hypersensitive and the WHO (World Health Organization) supports that phenomenon as being real,” she told the Star.
“With the continuous onslaught of this stuff in our society it is very hard for these folks . . . to get better faster.”
“If I have to move again,” Chalmers told the Star, “it will be three times since Christmas, so I am getting pretty tired of moving and I really don’t know where I am going to go at this point.”
Critics say if Industry Canada, which has total control over telecommunications, has its way there will be no place for people such as Chalmers to live.
Industry Canada did not respond to a Star request for an interview.
Bray said the public should not have to prove harm. “It should be done by industry and government,” she says.
Municipalities that have tried to control the number and location of cells towers say Industry Canada has told them it would block any attempt to usurp its powers.
The municipality of Lambton Shore near Lake Huron found out where it stood when it mused about creating a community, Port Franks, free of wireless radiation as did Oakville when it introduced its own protocol calling for a 200-metre setback.
“I went to that meeting in Oakville where it was discussed and it became very clear from Industry Canada and Health Canada that they were not going to change, they were not listening. They were there to dictate,” said Frank Klegg, a retired Microsoft Canada president, who is now head of Citizens For Safe Technology (C4ST).
Klegg said C4ST wants to work with the federal government to establish so-called white zones across the country where people who are sensitive to wireless radiation can seek refuge.
Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said the federal government doesn’t even consult the municipality on 95 per cent of the applications to erect cell towers and for the remaining 5 per cent he suggested the consultation is little more than lip service.
“What shocks me is the federal government pretending that we have a say,” Burton said.
“Our protocol is designed to get us out of the line of fire . . . we have turned away seven or eight now (but) then the proponent then goes to Industry Canada (which) gives them the go-ahead,” he said.
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|Source: Toronto Star, Richard J. Brennan, 17 Oct 2012|
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