Saturday, May 14, 2011

Council of Europe calls for dramatic reduction in EMF exposure etc

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14 May 2011


Council of Europe calls for dramatic reduction in EMF exposure

A new Council of Europe Committee Resolution calls for a dramatic reduction in human exposure to EMFs and microwave radiation from mobile phones and other wireless devices. This Resolution makes a strong call for properly applying the precautionary principle / approach to EMFs - both from electric power and from wireless communications technologies, something that all governments have so far completely failed to do. The Council of Europe represents all 47 Member Countries ensuring respect for its fundamental values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

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Neil's story  Neil Whitfield, father of six: 

"In 1996 I was promoted to Sales Manager at work and issued with a mobile phone. My job required me to use it heavily and after a few months of getting the phone I had to visit my GP as I was suffering from severe headaches. The doctor advised me that they were probably caused by driving long distances for work and to take painkillers.
The headaches persisted, accompanied by fatigue and memory loss. When my hearing started to deteriorate in my left ear, I went for tests.

When the specialist put the negatives of the scan onto the light box, a tumour on my brain showed up behind my left ear – the side that I used the phone on. The specialist asked if I'd ever used a mobile phone and when I said yes, he replied that mobiles might be "the smoking of the 21st century".

I was given five years to live without surgery so underwent an invasive nine-hour operation. I wouldn't use my phone after that and was made redundant.  I am completely deaf in my left ear, which affects my balance, and still get headaches and facial twitches. I find it difficult to be in large groups or noisy environments which leaves me feeling isolated.
I have since found out that the phone companies know that there's evidence that mobile phones might cause brain tumours. I'm angry that they don't warn the public. As my phone was a Nokia, I've contacted them but they won't answer my questions."

MobileWise - has been set up to warn children and parents of health risks associated with mobile phone use.

Health Concerns about Smart Meters & Wireless Technologies in Canada 

Dear Prime Minister Harper and B.C. Premier Clark,

Well, you have finally done it.  At the age of 56, my optimistic belief in a
democratic country and province has been shattered forever.  I am no longer
proud to be a Canadian.  I am ashamed.

By forcing wireless technologies on every single Canadian, especially Wi-fi
within all schools and installation of smart meters on every house and
business, the federal and provincial governments made these decisions with
big business to use every baby, child, and adult in our country as test
guinea pigs.  The public was not consulted.  Scientific studies used and
quoted by the governments are supported and biased in favour of the
businesses manufacturing these technologies.  Any reports by scientists
outside of these big businesses, which have been warning of serious impacts
to human health for years now, are being ignored and hidden.

Parents fighting for the right to protect their children from being
unwilling test subjects are ignored, ridiculed, and shut out of voting
against wireless installations in their children's schools by school boards.

Electricity customers are trying to fight against the installation of smart
meters on their homes, in their neighbourhoods, and in their communities.
But the federal government has failed to update Canadian health standards
for protection of its citizens, under the Canadian Parliamentary Standing
Committee on Health, by allowing Canada to continue to be renowned
world-wide for its weak and outdated standards.  And the provincial
government of British Columbia changed the law so that BC Hydro is no longer
accountable to the B.C. Utilities Commission in order to speed up
implementation of smart meter technology.  British Columbians were not
consulted and had no input into these plans.

At present, individuals are trying to deal with schools and utility
companies on their own.  They are demanding other options.  Some school
boards/utility providers refuse this outright while others say they will get
back to the parent/customer and that they 'may' offer options.

If you were a customer of any kind of business and were told that something
was the latest fashion, you have to buy it, and that's all that is
available.  And, by the way, the manufacturer says that it's a perfectly
safe product.  What would you do?  Would you just say, 'Oh, OK.'?

The citizens of Canada are customers of utility companies.  If we are not
happy with a product or the way a business is being run or the way we are
being treated as the customer, we don't have to accept this behaviour from
anyone or any company.  The solution is simple.  Thanks but no thanks.  Your
service and product are no longer wanted or required.

The situation for Canada's children in the school system is more grave.
They cannot refuse 'service' and are totally vulnerable to their
environment.  It is the parents who must speak up for them and take action
to protect them.  That is their job.

I believe that governments and businesses have forgotten that all Canadians
are their customers.  If the citizens of Canada and British Columbia get
angry enough about having their human rights taken away from them (to do
their own research into and make their own personal decisions about what
they believe is healthy for themselves and their family), the governments
and businesses will be in trouble.  Parents can decide to take action and
withdraw their children out of all schools that are exposing their children
for 6 hours/day, 5 days/week, for 13+ years.   Utility customers can stop
receiving and paying for electricity and completely remove themselves from
all ramifications of wireless smart meter technology (i.e. fires,
explosions, constant electromagnetic field exposure, enormous debts to
replace analog meters, promised future rate increases, control of use from
utility HQ, and high probability of law suit debts against utility companies
which will be paid for by the customer).  It's easy, they can just go
off-the-grid.  Unfortunately, because most utility services are provided by
monopolies, customers cannot shop for the best deal.

Canadians have been laid back too long.  Government spending and
decision-making is totally out of control.  Big business is telling its
customers that they have to buy a certain product and there is no price
control on that product.  You have to pay what they say.

It's time for Canadians to do what we have done in the past: stand up for
ourselves, be strong, help one another, and use our own intelligence to make
our own decisions.  The individual has a lot of power if we join together
and just say 'No' and 'Stop'.  The baby boomer population is enormous.  We
have the experience to stand up for what we believe in.  It's time to do so

Are you going to do your jobs and protect the citizens of your country and
province?  Or do we have to stand up and say 'No', we will not participate
in this craziness.

You both have the power to stop the smart meter program and curtail rampant
wireless technologies.  You both have the power to upgrade our Canadian
health standards and bring them up-to-date and in-line with the realities of
technology in 2011.  Wireless technologies are bombarding the population and
it is only because the EMR and EMFs are invisible that people aren't
screaming bloody murder about it.  What will happen when 50% or more
Canadians become ill with radiation sickness?  The 'estimate' for
electrohypersensitivity (EHS) in the general population is at least 35% mild
and 3-5% extreme right now.  Where will these people live when smart meters
are everywhere?  What happens if 50% or more of the population develop
extreme EHS?  Will we have to stop using electricity?

Please, do the honourable thing.  Protect the citizens of Canada and British
Columbia.  Stop wireless smart meters and proliferation of wireless


Linda R. Floyd, 230 Cedar Lane, Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 1R3

Wind energy no panacea

Doug Fyfe's letter to the editor, Wind Energy the Way of the Future, on April 23, contained many misconceptions. Perhaps Mr. Fyfe should do some research on his statements.

As a community member, I am opposing a wind project, proposed to be built within one kilometre of the village of St. Columban, where over 300 people will live within 1,200 metres of a turbine. Mr. Fyfe refers to the economic potential of turbines for a rural community. The Municipality of Prince Edward County commissioned an Economic Development Report in 2009 on a 100-200 turbine project (Google "Sept. 2009 Economic Development Report Prince Edward County"). The report states the project income will be $1 million- $2 million based on taxes and $8,000 per turbine to the lease owner. However, the losses to tourism, culture and heritage and property values tallied losses of $2.5 million to $40 million. The report states "1% to 10% change ..., with the figure likely closer to 10%, or possibly greater". Does that seem like good economic county progress?

Mr. Fyfe speaks of job creation. Dr. Gabriel Alvarez, professor of economics of King Juan Carlos University in Spain, found that with jobs created through "green energy," Spain lost 2.2 jobs due to high costs and "the cost could be greater if the amount of lost industry that moves out due to increased energy bills is taken into account" (Google Dr. Gabriel Alvarez King Juan Carlos University, Effect on Employment). Another study, Worth the Candle by Verso Economics, a United Kingdom government research company, states that "policy to promote the renewable electricity sector in both Scotland and the U.K. is economically damaging. Government should not see this as an economic opportunity...." Verso Economics concurs with the Spanish job loss.
The healthy jobs "just like in Europe" that Mr. Fyfe refers to, has changed. The Netherlands has withdrawn from its Economic Union (EU) targeted agreement to produce 20% of its energy from energy renewables as wind, due to excess cost. Denmark's state-owned energy company has stopped all on-land construction of wind turbines due to noise complaints.
Mr. Fyfe mentions that doctors and nurses support green energy. He must remember that in the 1950s, some doctors recommended Camel cigarettes. Times do change and discoveries do happen. Thus, over 50 municipalities have asked for a moratorium on wind turbines until health studies are completed. Furthermore, at the World Turbine Noise Conference of April 14, 2011, presenters "admit that wind turbines cause sleep disturbances and stress related illness" ( Michael Nissenbaum, a Maine, U.S.A. doctor, whose specialty includes the effects of sound on human tissue, says 10% of people in his research, living in close proximity to wind turbines become ill.
As well, the manufacturing U.S. Midwest causes 96% of Ontario's air pollution. Coal-burning plants contribute 4%. To my knowledge, in countries that have installed turbines, no country has eliminated one coal-fired electrical plant. A reliable backup source of electricity is needed for unreliable and inconsistent wind-produced energy.
Find out more truth about wind turbines at Fyfe needs facts for his statements, not coffee shop talk. But, more importantly, we, the taxpayer should ask: "How can our household afford to pay 15 cents a kilowatt for electricity, the amount our government is paying wind companies?" And we need to ask, "Why does this government continue this flawed and expensive Green Energy Act?

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