Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WEEP News first half

W.E.E.P. News

The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

11 March 2013


Victoria B.C.- School District 61 Ignoring Children's Safety

by Walt McGinnis - Canada Citizens News Network - March 08, 2013

School Board Violates Conflict of Interest Guidelines in Wi Fi Hearings

By appointing a  WiFi industry insider to chair their Wi Fi hearings the process was a sham. Staff and trustees arranged to bury evidence that WiFi  radiation  is dangerous. They  collaborated to ram through their corporate backed agenda to force students and staff to be exposed to a  Class 2 carcinogen. Those involved in the scam and the cover-up must be fired  and forced to resign.

In 2010, parents and teachers living in Victoria British Columbia raised concerns about the planned installation of wireless internet technology in their schools. In response the Board of Education created a WiFi Committee and scheduled hearings with submissions from the public. In late 2010, George Ambeault, long-time secretary/ treasurer of SD 61 was named as the chairman of the WiFi hearings committee by the school board.

Read More  http://canadacitizensnewsnetwork.com/


Naperville - City Surpresses Evidence and Expert Testimony

Isn't this a conflict of interest? By preventing NSMA from intervening on behalf of 1,000's of Naperville residents, they are preventing cross-examination of Mark Curran and perhaps other utility associates, as well as their paid contractor West Monroe Partners.  Further, the ability to bring in evidence and expert witnesses that counter the City's highly marketed position. What is the City afraid of? Could it be the truth?
Slay the Deficit - and Canadian Citizens, at what cost?

At the same time, this auction could represent a significant financial windfall for the federal government, which is desperately trying to slay the deficit. Some analysts have suggested Ottawa could make roughly $6-billion from the 700 MHz auction – although those proceeds would likely be spread over a decade.

The 700 MHz frequency is highly prized by carriers because of its ability to travel long distances and penetrate buildings (and more people).

The Minister shows no concern for the adverse health effects that are likely to occur.
Israeli scientists find possible link between cellphone use, thyroid cancer

Findings are 'first evidence of changes in thyroid cells in response to electromagnetic radiation' says researcher, 'but drawing sweeping conclusions ... is still far off.'


Israeli scientists have reported preliminary findings of a possible link between the radiation from cellphones and thyroid cancer. There has been a steep rise in rates of thyroid cancer in recent years in Western countries.

The Israeli research, conducted at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva and at Tel Aviv University, identified evidence for the first time of the possible connection between the rise in thyroid cancer cases to the increased exposure to radiation emitted by cellphones.

In one experiment, human thyroid cells collected from healthy patients were subjected to radiation with a device, designed for the study, that simulates the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones. The irradiated thyroid cells proliferated at a much higher, statistically significant rate than non-irradiated cells in the control group

A second experiment, using different methods and materials, gave similar results.

The research was conducted in the Felsenstein Medical Research Center, part of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and the Rabin Medical Center. Prof. Raphael Feinmesser, head of Beilinson's Ear, Nose and Throat Department was the lead researcher.

The findings will be presented for the first time this weekend at the annual conference of the Israeli Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, in Eilat.

"The findings are the first evidence of changes in thyroid cells in response to electromagnetic radiation," said Feinmesser. "But drawing sweeping conclusions as to a connection between cellphone radiation and thyroid cancer is still far off."

The scientific community is divided as to the connection between cellular radiation and cancer. One opinion is that because cellular radiation is non-ionizing and incapable of causing changes in cellular DNA, it cannot cause cancer. But in recent years evidence has mounted from epidemiological studies indicating a relationship between increased exposure to cellular radiation and cancerous growths, especially in the brain and the salivary glands.

"The thyroid gland is located in the neck, but the area is located the same distance from the ear as the regions of the brain where [cancerous] growths have been diagnosed as being related to the use of the [cellular] devices. This is a region that is not far from the center of the device's radiation," said Feinmesser.

The incidence of thyroid cancer has been on the rise in Israel for more than a decade, which matches the rise in the use of cellphones.

Thyroid cancer is three times more common in women than men. It is the fourth most common form of cancer among Jewish women in Israel, at 16.6 cases per 100,000 people. The three most common forms of cancer for women are cancer of the breast, colon and cervix.

Among Israeli Arab women the rate of thyroid cancer is 11.6 cases per 100,000, and it is the third most common cancer.

From 1990 to 2007 there was a 67-percent rise in thyroid cancer rates among Jewish women, and a 250 percent increase among Arab women, Health Ministry figures show. For men, the rise from 2000 is more moderate, but still shows a 41 percent increase in thyroid cancer rates for Jewish men.

"One of the explanations is that the rise is related to better technical methods of early detection of these growths, which have been developed in recent years. But other research shows that even after neutralizing this influence a rise in these growths still remains," said Feinmesser.

Just this week it was reported that mobile operator Partner Communications (Orange ) reached a settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using the company's cellphones. The customer, who is in his 50s, sued Partner in May, claiming that intensive use of the device resulted in an aggressive lymphoma near his left ear. Partner agreed to pay NIS 400,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

Electromagnetic Fields and Human Health
January 20, 2013 the International EMF Alliance gave a presentation in the European Commission for the "Workshop on Risk Communication - Electromagnetic Fields and Human Health" the European Commission invited the International EMF Alliance for the Stakeholder Dialogue Group on EMF.

The conclusions:
1. Regarding the protection of the general public from potential effects of EMF, the EU Treaties give the primary responsibility to the Member States and do not confer the Commission competence to legislate. The Council Recommendation on EMF exposure limits (1999/519/EC) was adopted to propose a common protective framework to guide the action of Member States in the hope to bring coherence among the various national approaches. Following the subsidiarity principle (apart from workers' protection), the role of the EU institutions is limited to provision of independent scientific advice (SCENIHR's work) and to coordination and harmonization of the Member States policies as well as promotion of the best practices.

2. Regarding the risk communication approaches presented at the Workshop, it is apparent that there is a need for interaction between different jurisdictions. This should increase the clarity and the effectiveness of the message for the general public. Therefore, the participants of the Workshop expressed their interest in continuing the Dialogue in its current configuration (stakeholders and member states representatives) on the same, risk-communication theme.

For all presentations follow this link. - http://iemfa.org/index.php/actueel-mainmenu-6
International EMF Alliance
Alex Swinkels, Netherlands