Date: Fri 29 Jun 2001 12:56:36 -0300
From: "Michael P. Milburn"
I thought the list would be interested in yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada on pesticides. Pesticides like the microwaves from cell phone systems are potentially hazardous. As with microwaves there are uncertainties about the extent of the risk uncertainties that industry has used to reduce regulatory action at the federal level. Of course there are too many cases of federal politicians being influenced more by industry than the citizens that elect them. A Canadian town Hudson just outside of Montreal banned pesticides some 10 years ago. The industry challenged the law in court arguing that local communities can't enact laws more stringent than federal regulations. Sound familiar! The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Yesterday the court ruled that communities have the right to protect their citizens even against presumed hazards irrespective of federal regulations. And it specifically upheld the precautionary principle. That's a positive trend in favor of democracy and public health and rare on this continent. Certainly relevant to the city of Toronto's attempt to limit rf/microwave exposure.
Mike Mike Milburn PhD
Author of Electromagnetic FIElds and Your Health
See court ruling: http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/Hudson-Quebec-Bans-Pesticides.htm#sup
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