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Expert Panel Discussion: 5G and Wireless Technologies

Kingston City Hall – Rally 11 am, Confederation Park – Expert Panel 12:30 pm, Memorial Room

On Saturday, September 21 a community rally will take place in Confederation Park outside City Hall followed by an expert panel discussion in the Memorial Room of City Hall featuring these distinguished experts:

  • Dr. Anthony Miller – world renowned epidemiologist, and former consultant to the World Health Organization
  • Dr. Martin Pall, distinguished researcher in the field of EMFs and health and the recipient of numerous international awards for his work
  • Dr. Riina Bray, Director of the Environmental Health Clinic of the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto
  • Dr. Thomas N. Cooke, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Researcher at the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University.

We are honoured and humbled that experts of this caliber are coming to Kingston to share their expertise on this topic.  All are welcome to join us for what we believe is vital information for Kingstonians. The rally will be from 11 am – noon and the expert panel discussion from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

Our local politicians and candidates for the federal election have been invited to the events on September 21.

This past summer, Kingstonians for Safe Technology (K4ST.ca) hosted two talks outlining the concerns surrounding 5G – fifth generation mobile networks – combined with screenings of the award-winning documentary Generation Zapped. Attendees numbered in excess of venue capacity at the Isabel Turner Library and in nearly full capacity at the Central Branch downtown. Clearly, our community is concerned. We have already gathered over 1000 signatures on electronic and hard-copy petitions. At least 140 lawn signs have be deployed to individual lawns in the Kingston area.

Kingston and other communities in Canada are poised to implement 5G or 4G/LTE/5G small cell antennas – the infrastructure being built for “smart cities” and the “internet of things”.

We believe urgent precautionary action is needed before this wireless technology is put into place. Citizens have the right to know about the potential risks associated with 5G and their input and informed consent must be sought. We believe this is a local, provincial, federal and global issue that challenges our democracy.

There are numerous jurisdictions, including municipalities, which are pushing back on the plan the telecoms have for us – a corporate plan that seems to put profit before people. We look forward to working on solutions with elected representatives who are going to defend our community with respect to safety, privacy, and the environment, including climate change – issues that intersect with 5G.

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Response to City of Kingston’s 5G webpage

We are pleased that the City of Kingston is acknowledging the concerns of citizens about 5G by creating a webpage entitled “5G Networks and Kingston”. In this post, we provide our insights and comments on the City’s “Local FAQ” section. We have reprinted the FAQs and answers they posted. Our responses appear in the grey boxes.

1. Does the City or Utilities Kingston have any 5G contracts?

Neither the City, nor Utilities Kingston has any service contracts for 5G service.

K4ST: 5G service is not here yet, but the when it arrives the infrastructure – which will include “small cell antennas” – will not appear magically out of thin air. That is why the carriers are working now to install the infrastructure globally so that when they decide to flip the switch in any given jurisdiction, they will have the necessary equipment in place.

2. I see small antennas on some Streetlight and Hydro poles around Kingston, what are those?

Telecom service providers are deploying “small-cell” antennas. These are used to augment or fill in gaps in the existing 4G cellular network. These are an alternative to building large cellular towers.

K4ST: Small cell antennas are adding to the 4G network, not replacing it. Bell is installing them in Kingston in areas which already have excellent coverage by large cell towers. The large cell towers are not going anywhere. The new 4G/5G system will require a massive enhancement of 4G because it will still use 4G extensively.

The map below shows the small cell antennas in the Woodhaven area in Cataraqui Woods, Kingston. The cluster of blue markers represent Bell small cell antennas. The white and red (behind the white) are Freedom and Rogers towers. The tower on the bottom left of the page is the large Bell tower at the quarry on Collins Bay Road. It has 66 transceivers on it, showing that Woodhaven does not need fill-in or enhanced 4G coverage. (This map can be found here and searching for Kingston.)

Other small cell installations can be found downtown on Princess St, Brock St, King St E, and Clarence St and around Queen’s University on Albert St, University Av, Frontenac St, Earl St, and Union St.

3. Are any small cell antennas in Kingston providing 5G service?

So far as the City and Utilities Kingston know, none of the small cell antennas installed in Kingston are capable of providing 5G service.

K4ST: Industry workers refer to the small cell antennas as “5G ready”. This explainer by the IEEE shows that small cell antennas are a fundamental part of the 5G network. It also explains why 5G needs the small cells. Small cells are not needed for current 4G networks. When 5G networks are complete, they will include 4G frequencies PLUS new frequencies that are not currently being used for 4G.

If the small cells are not currently equipped with the proper antennas for the full 5G spectrum of frequencies, it is possible they will quickly be obsolete and need to be upgraded or replaced with equipment that does broadcast other frequencies. If this is true, it is an example of massive waste and planned obsolescence.

4. Could existing cell antennas on City or Kingston Hydro property that a telecom carrier has leased space on, be replaced with 5G-capable ones by the telecom carrier?

Existing antenna infrastructure could be replaced with upgraded equipment under existing lease arrangements. Such changes may have to be reviewed by Utilities Kingston, on behalf of the City or Kingston Hydro, if new equipment were to change the weight load on poles. Utilities Kingston is not aware of any 5G-capable small cell antennas operating in Kingston.

K4ST: This raises several questions. Is Utilities Kingston only allowed/able to review changes if the weight load on the poles changes? Is it otherwise obligated to allow equipment to be replaced or upgraded? Is the City of Kingston allowed to deny the lease of its infrastructure for 5G equipment?

5. Can the City or Kingston Hydro cancel existing leases for radio communication infrastructure?

Permits that allow antenna owners to attach to Kingston Hydro or City poles contain a clause which would allow Kingston Hydro or the City to remove any 5G-capable small cell antennas attached to their properties.  However, antenna-owners could attach to attach to their own privately-owned poles. 

K4ST: This seems like good news. If the City of Kingston/Utilities Kingston can offer even better broadband through their own Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network, we can be true climate leaders. A community-owned FTTH network would represent massive energy savings compared to a wireless network and would keep profits in our community. A FTTH network would be faster, more reliable, more resilient in the face of climate change/disasters, more cyber-secure, and better for our health and well-being. Please see the following websites/resources for information, including economic arguments for why FTTH is the way to go.

Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” (PDF), National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy, Washington, DC, 2018

What Fibre to the Home can do for your community” (PDF), Fibre to the Home Council Europe, 2013

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Broadband, (webpage) US

Connected Communities: For Local Governments, (webpage) Canada

Community Broadband, (website) Canada

Why we need a speed limit for the internet” Low Tech Magazine, by Kris DeDecker, 2015

What Is 5G: Energy Consumption, (webpage) US

More Questions for the City of Kingston/Utilities Kingston

  1. With absolutely no pre-market consumer safety testing done on 5G technology, the assumption that there are not adverse effects to health or harm to the environment is inappropriate. Is the City of Kingston indemnified from the risk of liability from the fallout of potential negative effects of 5G? Does the City or Utilities Kingston or its partner, Bell, carry any insurance to protect against future claims (i.e. injury, ill health, or decline in property value)?
  2. The City of Kingston has approved an agreement to engage in a public-private partnership with Bell to employ Bell’s “Smart City” platform including the application of the “Internet of Things”. These are hallmarks of the proposed 5G infrastructure. Does this agreement exist in the form of a contract between the City of Kingston or Utilities Kingston and Bell?
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Write a Letter! Express Your Concern About 5G Coming to Kingston

Read or scroll to the bottom for contact information for local politicians and Public Health officials.

5G, the 5th Generation Wireless System, is coming to a lamppost/utility pole near you via “small cell antennas”. This will add another layer of wireless radiation to our already compromised environment. Eventually, 5G will utilize considerably higher frequency millimeter waves. Scientists and doctors throughout the world have warned of the serious health risks of wireless radiation such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infertility, memory problems, sleep-disorders and birth defects. Our children, pregnant women, the elderly and the immune compromised are most at risk. 

There is no scientific evidence to support any claim of safety for 5G. Citizens have the right to know if this technology is safe before it is installed where we live. Take a moment to watch this 5 minute video of US Senator Blumenthal raising concerns about 5G wireless technology health risks at a recent Senate hearing.

In Kingston right now, small cell antennas are being installed on lampposts and utility poles without our approval and with no warning, whatsoever. Where are they being installed?

  • Downtown (Princess St, Brock St, King St E, Clarence St)
  • Queen’s University campus/residential area (Albert St, University Av, Frontenac St, Earl St, Union St)
  • Cataraqui Woods area—new Woodhaven subdivision.

Small cell antennas can be found on a cell phone tower map here. They are distinguished by their close proximity and by their height – from about 3-10 meters off the ground. They are operating on 4G frequencies, but are part of the 5G infrastructure. For more information about small cells, visit this website which is attempting to track the roll-out of 5G in Canada. You can also visit the Kingstonians for Safe Technology website: K4ST.ca.

The photo above is of a recently installed small cell at Kingston Street and Clarence Street.

If there is a health concern with wireless technologies, one would hope that citizens could look to Public Health and government officials for help on this issue. Unfortunately, the Public Health agencies at all jurisdiction levels are extremely unlikely to admit there is a problem despite thousands of studies pointing to harm. This is because of LIABILITY. If they crack, they open themselves up to massive liability for which no one is insured. Electromagnetic field insurance policy exclusions are the industry standard due to the high risk that they pose. EMFs are classified as a “pollutant” alongside smoke, certain chemicals and asbestos. Source

In Kingston and surrounding area, the KFL&A Public Health have now received more than 30 letters from informed and concerned citizens. Public Health has responded with a form letter meant to reassure citizens that there is no reason for concern. Thankfully, the public is waking up and citizens are not buying it. People are organizing and mobilizing all over the world to stop 5G until it is proven safe. For resources and information please see:

5gappeal.eu

5Gspaceappeal.org

5Gcrisis.com

EHTrust.org

WhatIs5G.info

There are solutions. Fiber optic networks are now being installed as the backbone of the 5G infrastructure. A much safer, more energy efficient, faster, reliable and cyber-secure alternative to wireless networks is wired networks.  Instead of terminating the fibre-optic cable at the street and broadcasting to our homes, we must insist that the fibre-optic cable be brought to our home where we can have individual choice about how to distribute it inside our homes. Read “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks,” by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy. Also, visit Connected-Communities.ca for action kits and solutions for governments. Kingston seems uniquely poised for a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure with Utilities Kingston owning 1000 km of fibre-optic network in the City of Kingston.

The staff at the City of Kingston are responding to citizens’ concerns saying that the City has no say in the installation of small cell antennas because it is a federal initiative and telecoms do not have to ask for permission to install their infrastructure. Yet, the City of Kingston is engaging in contracts with service providers, such as Bell. By the very definition of a legal contract, this requires both parties to negotiate terms of the contract with full disclosure of the details. A contract in which one party has no say is not a legal binding contract. We need to ask why we weren’t consulted and what is the agreement so far with Bell? Bell must have the City’s approval for use of its property (utility poles and lampposts). What does that agreement entail? Globally, telecoms are trying to transfer liability to governments, including municipalities. We need to know: who holds the liability for future claims of harm to health and property value?

Please help us raise our voices and stand up against untested technologies being installed in front of our homes and workplaces without any local say. Write to local, provincial, and federal elected officials.

We urge you to write letters to ALL your elected representatives, the KFL&A Public Health. For Kingston and the Islands, they are listed below.

For a downloadable file listing all the local politicians, including all the City Councillors, please click on the button for PDF or Word version.

You can also just cut and paste this list of emails which will include everyone mentioned and Lanie Hurdle, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kingston:

lhurdle@cityofkingston.ca; mayor&council@cityofkingston.ca; kieran.moore@kflaph.ca; edward.gardner@kflaph.ca; IArthur-CO@ndp.on.ca; RHillier-CO@ola.org; mark.gerretsen@parl.gc.ca; scott.reid@parl.gc.ca

Canadian/Federal representative for Kingston and the Islands: MP Mark GerretsenWebsite here

Canadian/Federal representative for Lanark, Frontenac, Kingston: MP Scott ReidWebsite here

Ontario/Provincial representative for Kingston and the Islands : MPP Ian Arthur Website here

Ontario/Provincial representative for Lanark, Frontenac, Kingston: MPP Randy HillierWebsite here

City of Kingston: Mayor Brian Paterson and all the Councillors are found here

Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A)Public Health: Website here

Medical Officer of Health: Kieran Moore

Director, Infectious Disease Prevention & Environmental Health Division: Edward Gardner

KFL&A Board Members found here

MORE! We have a Federal election coming up in October. Let the candidates know you are concerned! For Kingston and the Islands, they are:

New Democrats (NDP) – Barrington Walker

Greens (GPC) – Candice Christmas

Conservatives (CPC) – Ruslan Yakoviychuk

People’s Party (PPC) – Andy Brooke

Liberals (LPC) – Mark Gerretsen

Thank you for taking action! Together we can make a difference!

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Aug 13 – Generation Zapped screening

The first screening was so successful, we’re doing it again!

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Where: Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch (130 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario)

About the film: GENERATION ZAPPED is an eye-opening documentary which reveals that wireless technology can pose serious health risks, from infertility to cancer. Through interviews with experts in science and public health, along with people suffering from high sensitivity to wireless radiation, the film suggests ways to reduce your exposures and protect your family.

Join us to watch the film followed by a brief presentation/discussion on “What is 5G (fifth generation mobile network)?”

Official website for Generation Zapped: https://generationzapped.com/

Facebook event:  Coming soon!

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Generation Zapped Film: Free Screening

When: July 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Where: Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Isabel Turner Branch 935 Gardiners Road, Kingston, Ontario K7M 9A9

About the film: GENERATION ZAPPED is an eye-opening documentary which reveals that wireless technology can pose serious health risks, from infertility to cancer. Through interviews with experts in science and public health, along with people suffering from high sensitivity to wireless radiation, the film suggests ways to reduce your exposures and protect your family.

Join us to watch the film followed by a brief presentation/discussion on “What is 5G (fifth generation mobile network)?”

Official website for Generation Zapped: https://generationzapped.com/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/702536076872538

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We’ve Launched a Petition! Stop 5G in Kingston.

Please sign and share our petition to stop 5G and “small cell antenna” installations in Kingston.

We have both a digital petition and a paper petition. If you would like a copy of the paper petition to sign and share, you can download it below.

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Official E-Petition to the Canadian House of Commons to Stop 5G

Please sign this e-petition (E-2141) to the Canadian House of Commons “to enact a moratorium, or temporary halt, on implementation of 5G communication technology across Canada until an independent House of Commons-mandated team of qualified researchers has proven that the dangers of 5G technology to human, animal and environmental health are in fact minimal and have no serious consequences.”

Link to the petition:

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The Push Back against 5G in Canada

There is a Federal Election coming up. This is an important time to raise issues with candidates. The 5G roll-out is one that will affect all of Canada, from our citizens to our ecosystems.

Here is an encouraging article by Paul H. LeMay about the push back against 5G in Vancouver published in Common Ground which is a 100% Canadian owned independent publication. “It is Western Canada’s biggest and best-loved monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth.”

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5G… Coming to a lamp post near you

Article EHS 5G Kingston Sep19-18 illustration_LI (3)As the telecom industry rushes to roll out 5G for smart cities and the “internet of things”, experts are sounding the alarm. 5G infrastructure will require a massive density of cell towers called “small-cell towers”. These will be mounted on lamp posts or utility poles every few houses apart with the goal of covering all neighbourhoods.1

In order to expand the infrastructure for 5G, industry is demanding policy makers loosen current health guidelines for electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Canada’s are already some of the least protective standards in the world. And while one might think there are rigorous safety tests for new technologies, there have been zero pre-market safety tests on 5G technology.

There is cause for concern. Over 180 scientists and doctors are appealing to the EU for a moratorium on 5G until “potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry”.2

One of the most recent studies on cell phone radiation – the most expensive to date – has changed the conversation around cell safety. In the $25M National Toxicology Program study, scientists were not expecting to find evidence of harm. What they found instead was “clear evidence” of carcinogenicity, verified by a rigorous peer review panel.3

The Bioinitiative Report 2012 summarizes 1000’s of studies showing biological harm from EMR and urges new precautionary measures be taken by policy makers.3 At least 244 experts have appealed to the UN and WHO for more protective standards for EMR and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of harm.5

We are electromagnetic beings; the electromagnetic soup in which we are living results in exposures to human-made radiation a quintillion times (1018 X) greater than we experienced just 10 years ago.6

The development of the internet of things and 5G will massively increase this again. Our bodies did not evolve in this kind of environment. These exposures can cause oxidative stress and production of free radicals, hormone disruption, DNA damage and excess calcium flooding our cells – some of the known harmful effects.7 People in our community have already become ill suffering from a condition called electrohypersensitivity (EHS). People with EHS can experience rashes, headaches, sleep disturbances, nausea, tinnitus, heart arrhythmias, anxiety, behaviour problems, and many other symptoms.8

Kingstonians are not helpless as we wait for policy to catch up with science. There are communities which are mobilizing to halt the 5G rollout. Through an “urgency ordinance” the City Council of Mill Valley (near San Francisco) voted unanimously this month to effectively block deployments of 5G wireless towers in the City’s residential areas after receiving letters of concern from 1% of the population.9 Additionally, the US Conference of Mayors has announced they will sue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if they eliminate local control over 5G small cell tower and infrastructure installation.10

Safer alternatives are being proposed by “Connected Communities” (connected-communities.ca) that include delivering high speed fibre-optic internet to communities and provide more secure, community-owned services. Let’s get in the driver’s seat, slow down, and proceed only with safe technology.

Will the City of Kingston, who announced their “smart-city” pilot project with zero public consultation, choose to consult residents and engage in a meaningful discourse about 5G? Our health might depend on it.

Andrea Loken is a community activist writing for Kingstonians for Safe Technology (K4ST), a local advocacy group for safe technology.

Note: Our gratitude to Vicki Schmolka for publishing this article in the “Vicki New Times” delivered to doors in the municipality of Kingston for the election.

References:

1      Shortly after this article was written the writer of the the original article, John Dvorak at PC Magazine was fired. Here is a link to an interview about his firing that he did with documentary film maker, Josh del Sol. There is a link to the original article on the page.  https://takebackyourpower.net/is-5g-the-asbestos-of-the-21st-century/

2       www.5gappeal.eu

3       www.saferemr.com/2018/01/national-toxicology-program-peer-public

4       www.bioinitiative.org

5       www.emfscientist.org

6       generationzapped.com

7       Pall, Martin. “Wi-Fi Is an Important Threat to Human Health.” NeuroImage, Academic Press, 21 Mar. 2018, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300355?via%3Dihub.

8       http://www.electrosensitivity.co/symptoms.html

9       https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/10/bay-area-city-blocks-5g-deployments-over-cancer-concerns/?guccounter=1

10     https://www.usmayors.org/2018/09/10/statement-by-u-s-conference-of-mayors-ceo-executive-director-tom-cochran-on-fccs-order-proposing-to-usurp-local-property-rights/

Other Resources:

Environmental Health Trust (www.ehtrust.org)

Canadians for Safe Technology (www.c4st.org)

Cellular Task Force (www.cellphonetaskforce.org)

Physicians for Safe Technology (www.mdsafetech.org)

Scientists For Wired Tech (scientists4wiredtech.com)

Wireless Information Network (www.win19.org)

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EMF Health Summit – Online and FREE Sept 18-24

Sign up here: https://emfhealthsummit.com/go-2/

Are you concerned about the ocean of EMFs we’re drowning in (cell phones, Wifi, smart meters, Bluetooth, and even common household appliances)? Scientists are already sounding the alarm about the health dangers posed to you and your family…and 5G is just around the corner!

Cancers, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s, heart problems, asthma, depression, headaches, memory loss, and chronic inflammation along with other health conditions are all associated with common, low-level EMF exposure.

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International Appeal: Scientists call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure

As of August 30, 2018, 244 EMF scientists from 41 nations have signed the Appeal.

https://www.emfscientist.org/index.php/emf-scientist-appeal

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Speak Up for the Kids

We have started this blog to engage with the Kingston and surrounding community about developments regarding the safe use of technology involving electromagnetic radiation (EMR or EMFs).

Today, we have many amazing technologies that bring convenience, connectivity and entertainment to levels we couldn’t imagine 10 years ago. With these technology come downsides, including potential harm to human health.

We will follow developments federally, provincially, with the City of Kingston, and school boards in the area, including private schools. We will provide links to evidence-based resources and a contact page to connect with others in our community with similar concerns.

We hope to raise awareness, open dialogue, and empower each other to take action for the future of our health – especially the kids.

Thank you for visiting our page!

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