Bell Mobilty wishes to offer better cell phone service to the residents of North Hatley. The company has intentions to install a cell phone tower in the village. It is not yet certain where the tower will be placed but options include Bell’s Sherbrooke Street lot and the new water treatment facility. I have observed towers in other communities on school rooftops, high buildings, parkland and fire stations.
In my brief phone conversation with him, Mr. Décary (Village of North Hatley General Manager) mentioned the fact that Bell is a growing but friendly company. They approached the village with their intentions despite current federal law giving telecommunications companies the right to place their infrastructures without notification. He mentioned how unsightly it would be to have a large tower on the Sherbrooke Street lot. He assured me that the tower would use the latest technology and be as small as possible.
I am led to understand that in the minds of the town administrators there are two issues regarding the placement of a cell tower in North Hatley. One is the benefit of improved cell phone reception for all citizens of the village; the other is putting the tower in a place that would make the most aesthetic sense to avoid devaluing adjacent properties. Unstated but implicit is a third issue regarding monetary income if the tower went up on property belonging to the town of North Hatley.
I am writing this because there is a fourth point to consider: the health risks of radiation. These towers are not as benign as industry and government would have us believe. The levels of radiation considered safe by Health Canada are many times higher than those shown to be risky by international groups of doctors and scientists who have been studying the effects of artificial radiation on human biological processes. I’m not referring to a few questionable studies. I’m talking about hundreds of top rate studies.
Electromagnetic radiation includes RFR, short for radiofrequency radiation. RFR technologies include cell phone towers, mobile phones, digital cordless (DECT) phones, WIFI, Radio and TV, Tetra (systems used by emergency infrastructures), radar, and microwave ovens.
It is interesting to note that some governments are acting on the research findings and have passed legislation to reduce the use of RFR technologies. Sweden’s health care system offers coverage for people suffering from ailments caused by RFR.
I encourage all citizens to inform themselves. Here are some pertinent links.
Bioinitiative is an international group of scientists and doctors.
A recent video where international researchers speak out.
Canada’s foremost spokesperson is Magda Havas who works from Trent university in Ontario.
Vous pouvez trouver des articles sur le sujet sur le site web de La Maison Du 21iem Siècle.
Sites with regularily updated info:
A list showing WIFI bans in Canada and abroad.
The French Government bans WIFI in preschools
One woman’s story and community victory over a cell tower.
To know locations of cell phone towers:
Bell tower surprises Ontario property owner. http://www.frontenacnews.ca/north-frontenac-news/item/228-opposition-surfaces-to-ompah-cell-phone-towerup next door.
For those who like the feel of a book:
The Electronic silent spring by Kate Singer
The Powerwatch Handbook by Alistair Philips
Karen Ida Liedl, North Hatley
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