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EMF Studies

23 September 2017

Canada: C4ST Submission to the Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Public Consultation on 5G

C4ST Submission to the Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) public consultation on 5G
c4st.org, 15 September 2017

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Ottawa, ON
September 15, 2017

To: ic.spectrumauctions-encheresduspectre.ic@canada.ca

RE: Canada Gazette, Part I, June, 2017, “Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G”, notice

reference number (SLPB- 001-17).

Dear Sir or Madame:

This submission is regarding the Canada Gazette, Part I, June, 2017, “Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G”, notice reference number (SLPB- 001-17). Specifically question 7-2.

Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) is aware that Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has adopted Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 guidelines as its standard for safe exposure of people to wireless radiation of the frequency bands under the proposed licensing. From past experiences, we know that Health Canada has been slow to act on other public health issues e.g. cigarette smoking, thalidomide and asbestos.

21 September 2017

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer
saferemr.com, 12 September 2017 - updated 20 September 2017

Scientists from the National Toxicology Program presented their data on the genotoxicity of cell phone radiation in rats and mice at the annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society held in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 9-13, 2017.

Male and female rats and mice were exposed to 2G cell phone radiation, either CDMA or GSM, for 18 hours per day in 10 minute intervals. The rats were exposed to cell phone radiation at 1.5, 3, or 6 W/kg specific absorption rate (SAR) for 19 weeks from gestation day 5. The mice were exposed to radiation at 2.5, 5, or 10 W/kg SAR for 13 weeks from postnatal day 5.

DNA damage was assessed in three brain regions, in liver cells and in blood leukocytes using the comet assay. Chromosomal damage was assessed in peripheral blood erythrocytes using the micronucleus assay. 

DNA damage was significantly increased:

19 September 2017

Council of Europe: Draft Guidelines to Promote, Protect and Fulfil Children's Rights in the Digital Environment Make No Mention of Children's Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation

It would be very helpful if someone could clarify this for us.  

The Council of Europe has issued a draft document, comments due by 4 September 2017: "Guidelines to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights in the digital environment", applying to all children under the age of 18 in the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe. It seems to cover subjects such as child sexual abuse, bullying, protection of personal data, etc. and to promote digital education. After a quick perusal of the document, we see no mention of the mental and physical risks of exposing children to the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by digital technology. The right to health and well-being is a fundamental human right that seems to be neglected in this document, in the context of EMR exposure.

18 September 2017

California: 5G Opponents Launch Statewide Media Campaign


"Trying to eliminate local control over the placement of powerful wireless antennas shows that the industry is fully aware of the public health problems associated with wireless radiation," said Reinette Senum, a City Council member and former Mayor of Nevada City. "If there was nothing to worry about, why would they be so opposed to any local control?"

5G opponents launch statewide media campaign
by Christian Hargrave, Assignment Editorappdevelopermagazine.com, 17 September 2017

A coalition of California environmental, health and community groups, "California Alliance for Safer Technology," announces the launch of a radio and social media campaign to raise awareness of pending legislation eliminating local control over placement of wireless antennas in communities throughout California. The campaign, in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, is based on mounting evidence that exposure to wireless radiation is associated with an increased risk of cancer and neurological and reproductive problems.

"This is a basic issue of involuntary exposure and the right of citizens to protect their own health and safety," says Ellen Marks, founder of the California Brain Tumor Association. "We're not against technology, but 5G has not been proven safe. People should have a right to decide if they want a powerful radiation-spewing antenna in front of their home or not."

Church Spires Point to Heaven but Deliver Hell

Church Spires Point to Heaven but Deliver Hell
by Jack O'Dwyerodwyerpr.com
18 September 2017

Church steeples, because of their height and key in-city locations, are bringing churches $25K, $50K and more yearly from telecom companies for cellphone arrays.

“Next time you pass a church, look up and take a closer look at its steeple,” says DCG Real Estate, which helps churches to market themselves to telecoms. “There’s a reasonably good chance it’s a cell tower.”

Not only are church steeples desirable locations for the telecoms, but the churches, mosques and temples appear eager to buttress their incomes in a way that involves little effort and no cost.

City of Austin Sues Texas Over Massive New Telecom Bill

Telecom node (KXAN photo)
City of Austin sues Texas over massive new telecom bill
by Phil Prazankxan.com, 24 August 2017

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The City of Austin sued the State of Texas in Federal Court over its massive new telecommunications law, SB 1004, which takes effect Sept. 1. This year, lawmakers decided to take away much of city’s power to regulate the installation of cell service and wireless internet, and the City of Austin wants to go to court.

In order to bring faster and better quality internet to cell phones — including preparing for the capability to 5G internet — state lawmakers made it easier for major telecommunications companies to put up small cell towers on public right of way. The new law would allow telecom companies to use streetlights, street signs and utility poles with less oversight from cities in Texas.

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
by Franklin Foer (Author), published September 2017, Amazon review

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence.

Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection—a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success.

17 September 2017

EasyJet to Filter Cabin Air Over Links to 'Aerotoxic Syndrome'

EasyJet is the first airline in the world to plan to flight test the new Pall Aerospace total cabin air filtration system. The system will be presented this week, at the 2017 Aircraft Cabin Air Conference.

The Aircraft Cabin Air Conference, September 19 and 20th at Imperial College London, will see over 30 leading speakers from around the world discuss their research, findings and thoughts on the on-going contaminated air issue in aircraft.

Tickets, press and media accreditation can be obtained here:
https://www.aircraftcabinair.com

Source:  Global Cabin Air Quality Executive Press Release

EasyJet's move to fit cabin filters has been welcomed by
industry experts.
EasyJet to filter cabin air over links to ‘aerotoxic syndrome’
by Andrew Gilligan, The Times, 
17 September 2017

EasyJet is to fit filters to stop toxic fumes entering its passenger cabins and cockpits in a move seen as the industry’s first acknowledgment of “aerotoxic syndrome”.

The condition, long denied by airlines, is feared to be responsible for several deaths of pilots and crew and hundreds of incidents where pilots have fallen ill, sometimes at the controls. Frequent flyers and young children could also be affected, it is claimed.

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains


The New York Times–bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease... "Consumer tech has conditioned us to seek out distraction, using a number of clever neuroscientific techniques that coerce us into complicity. If we want to reclaim our lives, we need to stop Silicon Valley from convincing us that we want the things companies tell us we do," writes the author.

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

by Robert H. Lustig (Author), Amazon, published 2017

"Explores how industry has manipulated our most deep-seated survival instincts."—David Perlmutter, MD, Author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain and Brain Maker

The New York Times–bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease.

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover.

Want to Stop Letting Silicon Valley Control Our Lives? Refuse to Buy the New iPhones

Want to stop letting Silicon Valley control our lives? Refuse to buy the new iPhones
by Robert H. LustigAuthor, "The Hacking of the American Mind", qz.com,12 September 2017

We need to stop Silicon Valley from convincing us that we want the things
companies tell us we do.  (Reuters/China Daily)
Today marks the debut of Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X—the latter a $1,000 piece of equipment rumored to deliver a stunning augmented reality experience. As a technological feat, the phone’s augmented-reality capabilities may well be extraordinary. But they also signify a troubling assumption that powers much of today’s consumer technology: that daily human life is so painful, so boring, that we are all desperate for any possible means of escape.

As I explain in my new book, The Hacking of the American Mind, many of us may not hate reality as much as tech companies want us to think we do. Rather, consumer tech has conditioned us to seek out distraction, using a number of clever neuroscientific techniques that coerce us into complicity. If we want to reclaim our lives, we need to stop Silicon Valley from convincing us that we want the things companies tell us we do.