The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution9 October 2013
Dr Marie-Therese Gibson who served for 19 years as principal of the Tangara School for Girls at Cherrybrook resigned in July due to health problems she blames on Wi-Fi installed three years ago.
The school agreed to switch off the Wi-Fi in the administrative wing, but Dr Gibson said she suffered debilitating headaches when she visited other parts of the school.
"I gave the best part of my life to that school but I had to resign because I couldn't exist in that environment,'' she said yesterday.
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I spoke with Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow this morning and realised that he did not know that:
- Radiofrequency/EMF (a.k.a. microwave radiation) has been rated a 2B possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization's International Agency For Research on Cancer
- Toronto Public Health has a prudent avoidance standard 100X lower than Safety Code 6 because of their concerns about Radiofrequency/EMF levels within Toronto [we have the highest levels in Canada]
- SC6 is the federal standard that has set limits for radiofrequency/EMF
- SC6 review process is not reliable and not transparent [www.c4st.org <http://www.c4st.org> ]
Likely that radiofrequency/EMF will be increased to 2A probable carcinogen
Attached research "Case-control study of the association between malignant brain tumours diagnosed between 2007-2009 and mobile and cordless phone use" (authors: Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg, Fredri k Söder qvist and Kjel Hansso n Mild [dated Sept 23, 2013]. This is a very high quality study and will be considered seriously by health bodies worldwide. Hardell's earlier research on cancer/mobile phones is cited in the WHO monograph as key to their decision to add radiofrequency/EMF to their list of possible carcinogens. This study creates an even stronger association and is likely [along with several other studies recently released] to move radiofrequency/EMF up to the "2A probable carcinogen" category.
As a big City with already high levels of radiofrequency/EMF, we are not in a position to increase the radiation levels further. Especially when so many studies on children have not been completed. We know from other carcinogens, that if studies on adults show strong relationships for cancer in adults, the picture for children will be far worse as their cells are dividing much faster and therefore errors have bigger and more profound implications during the development of children's brains and bodies.
All radiofrequency/microwave-emitting devices are implicated. In most scenarios, tablets do not emit less radiation than mobile phones.
Dr. McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, is on record asking for smoking to be banned in public parks. It is in the public's best interest that another carcinogen is not allowed in Toronto public parks.
This is wrong on so many levels - health, social interaction, concentration of children who are much more susceptible than adults etc.
A handy way to look up your Councillor and her/his contact information is at this City of Toronto website: http://app.toronto.ca/im/council/councillors.jsp
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