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Federal Candidates Answer Questions about 5G

We are happy to post the answers provided by the federal election candidates in Kingston & the Islands who answered our survey. It is a very busy time for candidates and we acknowledge that there are many important issues to discuss this election, so we are grateful to those who took time on the issue of 5G – an important topic for our community and of growing concern to Canadians. Read the full questionnaire here.

The questions asked were:

  1. How will your government ensure citizens are informed of negative health consequences and privacy implications of wireless technologies and ensure that 5G does not get implemented before it is proven safe for health or privacy?
  2. If elected, would your government ensure that a review of Safety Code 6 is done in an open and transparent way and all the science on health effects from RF-EMFs is considered? What safeguards should be put in place so the review is open and transparent and not influenced by industry?
  3. What will you do to ensure that the Canadian government applies the precautionary principle as required by international law, and ensures appropriate independent science is conducted to determine the safety of 5G?

Here are the responses, listed alphabetically by last name:

  • Mark Gerretsen – Liberal Party – NO REPLY
  • Barrington Walker – New Democrat Party – NO REPLY
  • Ruslan Yakoviychuk – Conservative Party – NO REPLY

Andy Brooke – Peoples Party

Question #1 Response (Andy Brooke):

We are faced with a new situation.  5G is an emerging technology, and at this juncture, in my view,  it hasn’t been really defined yet.  We cannot afford to have community dialogue absent. To proceed blindly (or worse, with willful ignorance) cannot be allowed to take place. 

Firstly, as Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, I will commit to holding public forums (i.e. community town halls), as soon as practicable, in order to begin to assess the level of public awareness and gauge community sentiment.  This is the starting point and first steps.

Constituents are already asking legitimate questions and raising valid concerns. There are a growing number who are expressing worries that should 5G technology be proven hazardous, the health of their families could be at serious risk, and broader implications of privacy rights and property values may come under jeopardy.    

If I may, I would like to share some of my personal involvement with this issue.  I first attended an introductory and informative presentation at Mulbery Waldorf School, hosted by Kingstonians For Safe Technology.  I have attended two (2) screenings of the documentary, “Generation Zapped”, at the Kingston Frontenac Library and also at the Isabel Turner Branch. I was present for a lecture at Queen’s University organized by a number of faculties with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The “STOP 5G” Rally followed by an Expert Panel Discussion at City Hall proved eye-opening.  I have personally heard presentations by Dr. Anthony Miller, a world renowned epidemiologist and former consultant to United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and Dr. Martin Pall, a distinguished researcher in the area of EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields) and health among other subject matter experts.

One expert from Kingston added another dimension:  “There is a serious lack of transparency [with the technological process, human rights and ethics.]”

People are beginning to ask, ‘How do we ask the right questions?’ They do not see this as some “invisible inconvenience”, but as something potentially more serious and deserving closer public scrutiny. This underscores the importance of beginning the needed community dialogue. Some communities are trying to stop 5G rollout (i.e. San Francisco Bay area; Brussels, Belgium).  Admittedly, this issue is complex – but, that is not an excuse for inaction or lack of attention.

The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) does not have an official position on the health and privacy implications of wireless technologies, as a PPC Member of Parliament, I am fully empowered to address local issues (in this instance, with broader national implications) without the encumbrances or entrenched baggage associated with the older established parties.

Question #2 Response (Andy Brooke):

Health Canada is the federal agency responsible for setting limits on the human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy.  This is done through, ‘Safety Code 6’ (SC6).  This issue falls within the federal jurisdiction.

In the preface to Safety Code 6 (2009): “In a field where technology is advancing rapidly and where unexpected and unique problems may occur, this code cannot cover all possible situations.”

Public concern is not abating over possible health impacts of RF exposure.

Both Dr. Anthony Miller and Dr. Martin Pall at the September lecture held at Queen’s University, presented compelling evidence from recent epidemiological studies outlining the pathophysiological effects associated with non-thermal microwaves and other frequency EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields).  For example, recent studies have established that Pulsed EMFs are biologically more active than the non-pulsed continuous wave EMF of the same average intensity.  

Their respective presentations pointed out a number of deemed inadequacies related to the thresholds and the safety margins in Canada’s Safety Code 6 (i.e. outdated SAR/ Specific Absorption Rates). They referred to 197 bodies of evidence showing serious health-related effects caused by EMF intensities well below current safety guidelines.  And as a result, SC6 comes into question.

In conclusion, they expressed their individually-held opinions that 5G rollout should not proceed and further, that a moratorium should be put in place. 

They underscored that they are not against progress and technology, they just want to see it done safely. Fiber optic is far preferable, as it doesn’t involve exposure to EMFs.

Before closing, how do we go about insuring that academic entrepreneurship and engagement with industry does not influence any review.  Perhaps by convening an Expert Panel similar to that constituted with The Royal Society of Canada (2014) to serve not only as its own autonomous mechanism for review, but also as a comparison to check for peer effects and the impact on scientific behaviour of industry collaboration.

A People’s Party government is committed to protecting not only the health and safety of Canadians from environmental risks, such as exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields, but also to the broader potential implications of safeguarding non-health related individual rights (i.e. data surveillance and digital privacy, property rights).

Question #3 Response (Andy Brooke):

Wikipedia defines the precautionary principle (or precautionary approach): “as generally defines actions on issues considered to be uncertain, for instance applied in assessing risk management. The principle is used by policy makers to justify discretionary decisions in situations where there is the possibility of harm from making a certain decision (e.g. taking a particular course of action) when extensive scientific knowledge on the matter is lacking. The principle implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm, when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk. These protections can be relaxed only if further scientific findings emerge that provide sound evidence that no harm will result.”

The “Cut ‘n Paste” definition is provided for the convenience of the reader.

There are also ethical considerations – like those related the ‘Nuremberg Code’, which states:  “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.” 

It dovetails with the ‘precautionary principle’ in that the 5G rollout is being viewed as fraught with significant questions and serious uncertainties.  People view the rollout as akin to a massive medical experiment, without adequate controls or accepted ethical safeguards.

In other words, people are asking, and simultaneously asserting: “If this were an experiment, we would have consent.”  The broader implication of individual rights arises. The natural follow up question is understandable: “What gives the telecommunications industry the right to [you as the reader fill-in-the-blank] …?”

It is this intersectionality of precaution and consent that becomes particularly relevant and troublesome for this issue of the emerging technology of 5G.

In an Expert Panel Report by The Royal Society of Canada (April 2014): “the Panel has identified a number of gaps in our current knowledge about the impact of exposure to RF energy on human health, as well as the effectiveness of the proposed guidelines.”  It continues: “To address these gaps, as well as concerns raised by the public, the Panel offers the following non-binding recommendations to Health Canada.” [emphasis added] Ten (10) recommendations followed.  What is the current status of the ten recommendations that followed?  For me, as Member of Parliament, this is my starting point in relation to Ottawa, and as a complement to local efforts. (i.e. Town Hall meetings, working with the Mayor and City Councillors, etc.)

In closing, the said Report clearly called for: “Health Canada should aggressively pursue scientific research aimed at clarifying the RF-cancer issue, which would allow the government to develop protective measures if the risk was substantiated.” [emphasis added] We cannot afford to live indefinitely or blindly with the word “if” hanging over our heads, either as a community or a nation.

Candice Christmas – Green Party

Question #1 Response (Candice Christmas):

The conclusion according to The House of Commons, Standing Committee on Health #58 (HESA Report, 2015) is “that the potential risks of exposure to RF fields are a serious public health issue that needs to be brought to the attention of Canadians so that they have the knowledge to use wireless devices responsibly and are able to make decisions about the use of wireless devices in a manner that protects their health and the health of their families.”

As the Green Party Candidate for Kingston & The Islands, I see KFLA Public Health and the City of Kingston as the two key players that need to be engaged to halt the installation of 5G antennas until the public has been made aware of the dangers. Based on the Precautionary Principle, we cannot wait for research to catch up. Given current evidence, and the limitations of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 in relation to this new technology, we need to pause and ask ‘should we?’.

I’ve already had a meeting with a Board Member of KFLA Public health and plan to discuss the matter with City Staff and Councilors as to what he process of approval of these installations has been, and whether there was any meaningful public consultation. There certainly hasn’t been an official awareness campaign, other than the very hard work of citizens supporting Kingstonians for Safe Technology. Party Leader Elizabeth May will call for a Parliamentary Commission to assess the long term effects of 5G technology on humans, avian life, and the insects (bees and other pollinators) we absolutely need to shelter from the worse impulses of human greed. We are also concerned about national security with technology giants like Huawei, a Chinese-based company, able to gain quicker access to our data before being found out to be spying.

Question #2 Response (Candice Christmas):

There are avenues to address the dangers of 5G technology already in place, however they need to be exercised. The Canadian Telecommunications Act states in its objectives (section 1, provision 7(i)):

“It is hereby affirmed that telecommunications performs an essential role in the maintenance of Canada’s identity and sovereignty and that the Canadian telecommunications policy has as its objectives: (i) to contribute to the protection of the privacy of persons.”

The ninth (and last) objective is looking out for people. Thus it is an onus of government to protect its citizens from harm from misunderstood technology, we have these rules in place for a reason, irresponsible management is a large factor in understanding how we got to this state. 

Question #3 Response (Candice Christmas):

The evidence on the harmful effects of 5G networks to human health is growing. Research strongly indicates that there is a negative impact on pollinator insects, and by extension food production and insect biodiversity, that over time, will impact larger animal life and human food security. 

100 crops provide 90% of the worlds food supply. 71 of those 100 crops are produced through pollination. We urgently need to recognize the harms we are introducing to the biosphere, including the impact that new technology and existing technology have on the environment. The sharp decline in the bee population, particularly in urban areas, coincides with the proliferation of cellular technology.  

There is research now that indicates that colony collapse disorder is linked to RF radiation. That is a significant threat to life and society.

Coupled with climate change these two factors constitute a national threat. Human conflict has often started over food scarcity. From an economic perspective, In Ontario around 3,000 registered beekeepers operate about 100,000 honey bee colonies. Ontario’s managed honey bees and bumble bees generate about $897 million of the roughly $6.7 billion in sales for agricultural crops grown in the province each year. This is equivalent to about 13 % of the province’s total annual crop value. 

Based on the Precautionary Principle, it would be prudent to halt any and all 5G roll out throughout the country in order to definitively study the impact the technology has on the essentials for life, from the developmental health of children and youth and their exposure to 5G radiation, to the very drastic effect it may be having on our pollinators. The stakes are too high to watch and wait.

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Questionnaire for Federal Election Candidates

The following has been emailed to the Candidates in the Federal Election seeking the seat in Kingston and the Islands:

Thank you for your courage to put your names forward for the Federal Election.  The democratic process depends on the willingness of people to take the risk of running.

The Kingstonians for Safe Technology (K4ST.ca) is a grassroots group of informed citizens based in Kingston raising awareness about wireless technologies and their risks with respect to health, safety, privacy and climate change. We have given many presentations to community groups and organizations. This past summer we hosted two talks at both the Isabel Turner and the Central Library outlining the concerns surrounding 5G combined with screenings of the award-winning documentary film Generation Zapped. Attendees numbered in excess of venue capacity at the Isabel Turner Library and in nearly full capacity at the Central Branch downtown. On September 21, we held a rally outside Kingston City Hall where about 100 people gathered to express their concerns. At an Expert Panel Discussion just after the rally, two world renowned scientists, a medical expert, and a Queen’s University expert on digital privacy all told the attendees they are correct to be concerned for health and privacy reasons. The risks are indeed real.

Our community is concerned and deserves answers. We have already gathered over 1000 signatures on electronic and hard-copy petitions. We believe urgent precautionary action is needed before this wireless technology is implemented. Citizens have the right to know about the potential risks associated with 5G and their input and informed consent must be sought.

The implementation of 5G is a federal initiative which over-rides the local authority to make decisions in the best interest of the community. Municipalities are being told they cannot refuse the installation of the 4G/5G infrastructure, namely small cell antennas. In the U.S., this has caused the U.S. Conference of Mayors to threaten to sue the Federal Communications Commission.

We believe this is an issue that challenges our democratic rights and freedoms. Therefore, we are contacting you as a candidate for the federal election.

Attached we have provided a “Fact Sheet” about wireless technologies and 5G to give you background on this issue.

In order to make an informed decision on Election Day, we think that citizens deserve to know your position on this issue. We are asking you to please provide written responses to the questions on the next page. The questions and your verbatim answers will be posted on our website and will also be shared with our subscribers (currently about 170 citizens on our email list).  

Please respond by Thursday, October 17.

Issue: No informed consent of citizens for the 5G rollout

Background: In 1954, the tobacco industry founded the precursor to what is known today as the Council for Tobacco Research. This organization financed hundreds of so-called independent researchers, who published several thousand peer-reviewed studies the goal of which, as we now know, was to create controversy and doubt about a causal link between smoking and a wide array of grave illnesses. “Doubt is our product”, a leaked internal memo stated.

These techniques are still extensively used today by telecommunications companies. The parallels with the tobacco industry are striking and tactics have improved with relentless lobbying.

5G is being rolled out in Canada despite thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing related technologies are harmful to humans and ecosystems; industry admits no pre-market safety testing has been conducted. Regarding privacy concerns, no independent study has been done to ensure protection; in fact privacy experts are warning that safeguards are not in place as 5G is being rolled out.

Question #1

How will your government ensure citizens are informed of negative health consequences and privacy implications of wireless technologies and ensure that 5G does not get implemented before it is proven safe for health or privacy?

Issue: Health Canada and Safety Code 6 fail to protect Canadians

Background: Many people erroneously think that Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 is protective for all health effects. Safety Code 6 was developed for acute, thermal effects and only findings that relate to tissue heating are considered. It is for reasons similar to this that hundreds of scientists worldwide have appealed to the WHO to develop truly protective safety standards so that other jurisdictions can follow. (EMF Scientist Appeal, 2015)

The House of Commons, Standing Committee on Health #58 (2015) made 15 recommendations which Prime Minister Trudeau promised to adopt, if elected. He did not follow through. Several of the 15 recommendations referred to Health Canada because it was shown in the course of the hearings that Health Canada does not consider any of the vast amounts scientific research that show there are biological or non-thermal health effects resulting from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) in our environment. (HESA Report, 2015)

Question #2

If elected, would your government ensure that a review of Safety Code 6 is done in an open and transparent way and all the science on health effects from RF-EMFs is considered? What safeguards should be put in place so the review is open and transparent and not influenced by industry?

Question #3

What will you do to ensure that the Canadian government applies the precautionary principle as required by international law, and ensures appropriate independent science is conducted to determine the safety of 5G?

With Appreciation,

Kingstonians for Safe Technolgy

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The Climate Emergency and the 5G Crisis

In the face of the climate crisis and unknown health and privacy consequences, we simply cannot afford to make the wrong choices with respect to our communications networks. Truly smart cities are wired cities.

As wireless communications technologies become more efficient, they also become more pervasive. The energy consumption of “wireless cloud-based-computing” – data transmitted wirelessly – is immense and growing rapidly with the increased use of expanding wireless networks. The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) estimated that energy consumption of the “wireless cloud” from 2012 to 2015 increased by 460%, the equivalent of putting 4.9 million new cars on the road.1 The wireless access networks (WiFi and mobile wireless broadband) were responsible for approximately 90% of this energy consumption compared to data centres which were only responsible for 9%.

The implementation of the next generation of wireless mobile communication technology (5G) will bring about energy consumption of the cloud that is tens to hundreds times more than existing wireless technology consumes today. As more and more devices are wirelessly connected to the “internet of things”, any systematic efficiencies achieved are cancelled by the increasing volume of traffic. A “tsunami of data” is predicted to use up to 20% of the world’s electricity and emit up to 5.5% of the world’s carbon emissions by 2025.2,3

At a time when most governments around the world agree that we should transition off fossil fuels it’s important to be aware that the global communications business plan will result in massively increased energy use.

The energy required to manufacture new devices and gadgets is far more than the devices themselves use in their lifespan.4 The planned obsolescence of new 5G technologies will waste precious resources and create unfathomable waste as everything from baby diapers to toothbrushes become wirelessly enabled. This could further impede efforts to address the climate crisis. We need to consciously design and choose technologies which reduce the e-waste problem, are more future-proof and upgradeable.

There are solutions available. Wired fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks are far more efficient than wireless networks. They are also more future proof and resilient in the face of extreme weather. Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada, agrees. In the introduction of “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”, Clegg says that there are “indisputable technical, economic, and sustainability reasons why wired technologies portend the best and highest future.” 5

So what should our policy makers do? Here are some suggestions:

  • Municipalities should invest in building or expanding fiber-optic networks and offer affordable, super-fast, secure internet access to every home and business.
  • Broadband networks should be community-owned—relying on public investment and control rather than private investment and control in order to prevent the conflicts of interest in the provision of basic needs.
  • Do not invest in risky, energy-guzzling 5G wireless networks. The benefits of 5G can be provided through fiber-optic connections combined with the current mobile infrastructure.
  • Minimize use of wireless in access networks; use wired connections as much as possible.
  • Educate the public about digital energy footprints and wireless technology risks and incentivize reductions and sustainable choices.

The FTTP solution also provides consumer choice. There are a growing number of people who have immediate, debilitating health effects from the wireless radiation already in our environment. If 5G is allowed to proliferate by adding millions of new ‘small cell antennas’ throughout our communities, there are people with electrohypersensitivity (EHS) who will become environmental refugees. In fact severe EHS sufferers are already refugees, fleeing to communities such as Green Bank, West Virginia, a radio quiet zone, as documented in this short film.  EHS is now recognized in the International Classification of Diseases and is recognized as a disability under Canadian Human Rights. While generations 1G-4G are already a serious problem for some, 5G will add to the electrosmog and make it much worse. We cannot proceed knowing people will be excluded from society.

There is also growing awareness of the large body of scientific evidence that wireless radiation has many other health effects such as insomnia, infertility, and cancer.6 A recent $25-million US Government-funded study by the National Toxicology Program found “clear evidence” of cancer from cell phone radiation.7 Results were released in 2018. It may be the first time in history that the government is ignoring its own science in favour of the industry mantra that there is no harm from wireless radiation, making a mockery of the government’s own testing standards.

Swiss Re, one of the world’s leading insurers, lists “the spread of 5G networks” as one of the top 5 emerging risks in its SONAR 2019 report citing possible negative health effects and privacy and security risks. This should signal to policy makers and politicians that the liability for 5G networks is huge.8

Let’s insist that our politicians and policy makers go in the right direction. Right now, we are being oversold on promises by corporations which stand to profit enormously from our data and our addiction to technology. In the face of the climate crisis and unknown health and privacy consequences, we simply cannot afford to make the wrong choices with respect to our communications networks. Truly smart cities are wired cities.


Andrea Loken is a climate change activist, union leader and spokesperson for Kingstonians for Safe Technology (website: K4ST.ca, Twitter: @Kingston4ST, Facebook: Kingstonians for Safe Technology)

Please check out the 5G Crisis Summit which has talks from 42 experts including Dr. Timothy Schoechle on “Communities Using Fiber Optics Instead of 5G”.

Citations:

1.           Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications. THE POWER OF WIRELESS CLOUD: An Analysis of the Impact on Energy Consumption of the Growing Popularity of Accessing Cloud Services via Wireless Devices. 2015. https://ceet.unimelb.edu.au/publications/ceet-white-paper-wireless-cloud.pdf

2.           Andrae, Anders S.G. Total Consumer Power Consumption Forecast. Huawei Technologies, 2017. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320225452_Total_Consumer_Power_Consumption_Forecast

3.           Climate Home News. “’Tsunami of Data’ Could Consume One Fifth of Global Electricity by 2025.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 11 Dec. 2017, www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/tsunami-of-data-could-consume-fifth-global-electricity-by-2025?CMP=share_btn_fb.

4.           DeDecker, Kris. “The Monster Footprint of Digital Technology.” LOW-TECH MAGAZINE, 2009, www.lowtechmagazine.com/2009/06/embodied-energy-of-digital-technology.html.

5.           Schoechle, Timothy. Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks, National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy. 2018. http://electromagnetichealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ReInventing-Wires-1-25-18.pdf

6.           “Scientific Research on Wireless Health Effects.” Environmental Health Trust, https://ehtrust.org/science/research-on-wireless-health-effects/

7.           “NIH National Toxicology Program Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study.” Environmental Health Trust, https://ehtrust.org/cell-phone-radiofrequency-radiation-study/

8.           Swiss Re: SONAR – New emerging risk insights. May 2019. https://www.swissre.com/institute/research/sonar/sonar2019.html

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Media Release: Kingston draws world-renowned scientists and experts to discuss 5G concerns

On Saturday, September 21, a rally and expert panel discussion are planned for Kingston citizens at City Hall.

Kingston – Wednesday, September 18, 2019 –  Community members will gather for a rally at 11 am outside Kingston City Hall to “stop 5G” which will be followed by an expert panel discussion in the Memorial Room of City Hall from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.

The action comes as federal and municipal governments allow telecoms to roll out 5G – fifth generation mobile networks – in communities across Canada despite the complete absence of pre-market safety testing and despite the warnings of scientists and experts about risks to health and privacy.

Dr. Anthony Miller, a world-renowned epidemiologist, former advisor to the World Health Organization, and Professor emeritus of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto says that radiofrequency radiation – the stuff of 5G – meets all the criteria to be classified a Class 1 Carcinogen.

Mark Gildenhaar, spokesperson for the Kingstonians for Safe Technology (K4ST), a grassroots group of concerned citizens, says this has to be taken seriously.

“The evidence in recent years, including the $25 -million US Government-funded National Toxicology Program study that found ‘clear evidence’ of cancer, has got to change the debate. How can governments ignore this?“

K4ST has organized an expert panel discussion and rally on the issue of 5G which will bring experts, such as Dr. Anthony Miller, together to identify concerns with implementing this technology. The panel will also include Dr. Martin Pall, distinguished researcher in the field of EMFs and health, Dr. Riina Bray, Director of the Environmental Health Clinic of the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and Dr. Thomas Cooke, Postdoctoral Researcher of digital privacy at the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University.

“This is an incredible panel which will shed light on why we should be concerned,” said Andrea Loken of K4ST. “We would be wise to take a precautionary approach to the roll-out of this technology because the scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates harmful biological effects.” She says we also should be concerned about the environmental impact of an infrastructure which will consume massive amounts of energy when we are supposed to be in a ‘climate emergency’. “From a climate change perspective alone, we should not do 5G as it is planned. We have far superior ways to plan the infrastructure of the future, namely, wired fibre-to-the-premises. It is far more energy efficient, faster, safer, and more cyber-secure. As citizens, we should have a say when our health, privacy and climate is at stake.”

For more information on the topic of 5G, please go to the website: http://K4ST.ca

                                                           

Local Media Contact:

Mark Gildenhaar                                                                                             

Phone: 613-389-6696                                                                     

mgildenhaar@gmail.com

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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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