Letter: Telus treating us like guinea pigs

"I am strongly opposed to Telus’ expansion of microwave-transmitters and towers in and around where I live in Ymir."

I am strongly opposed to Telus’ expansion of microwave-transmitters and towers in and around where I live in Ymir. Without any public input, Telus has set out on a course to increase our exposure to microwave radiation from the installation of several more transmitters in our community.

As a parent of a small child this concerns me greatly. In the history of mankind, we have never been exposed to this level of man-made electro-magnetic radiation before. We are all guinea pigs in the proliferation of wireless technology and the radiation required for it.

One just needs to quickly browse the peer-reviewed 1,800 scientific studies found in the 2012 bioinitiative report bioinitiative.org to know that, at the very least, there is potential harm from long-term exposure to this radiation. In addition, in May of 2011 the International Agency for the Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, classified the radiation from microwave transmitters and wireless devices as a Class 2B potential carcinogen. Anyone who follows the World Health Organization must know that this classification would have been done with a great deal  of reluctance.

So why is Telus not listening to the World Health Organization? Telus, as usual, claims that they are regulated by Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 — this is wrong. Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 was never established to deal with the non-thermal, non-ionic, radiation emitted from microwave transmitters. In fact, Health Canada has never done an independent analysis on non-thermal microwave radiation. Health Canada is on record as to lying to the public in several other cases, including the Bovine Growth Hormone,  that as concerned citizens we should never rely solely on what Health Canada deems safe.

I urge anyone else who shares my concerns to contact your local regional district director, your MLA, and you MP and demand a public hearing on Telus’ microwave-transmitter expansion in our area.

Kathryn Whitehead

Ymir

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