Updating our site!

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We have been working on updating our website, to reflect the latest and to make finding information a little easier for you. This will be ongoing!

Check out these new tabs:

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FAQs – Our  most Frequently Asked Questions have been updated with new questions and answers. If we haven’t answered your question yet, please contact us!

Government’s role – Outlines how all 3 levels of government play a role in this issue.

Your role – Yes, you have a very important part in this. We all lead busy lives, so take a moment to see what you can do and choose the level of involvement that suits you.

Our documents – We will try to post all our published documents here.

Timeline – We have links to the major events in the Bell-Drago proposal and more.

Look up! – We have photos of cell towers and antennae throughout the community. You might be surprised where these are located and sometimes “hidden” … Let us know if you have a photo to share.

Thanks for reading, and keep in touch.

Come see us this weekend!

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We’ll be joining the BVRA (Bronte Village Residents Association) at the Sobey’s Mall in Bronte between 11am and 1pm this Saturday April 12. Stop by and say hi, and learn the latest about what’s going on in our community.

Hope to see you there! Should be a lovely day in Bronte.

 

Our comments to Industry Canada re. new Tower Siting Procedures

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We have submitted our commentary to Spectrum Operations (Industry Canada) regarding the consultative process for cell tower regulations. We sincerely hope this is one step closer to much needed legislative change regarding cell towers in Canada. We advocate a connected community, but in a structured manner that promotes public health and safety.

We would like to thank many of you who participated in the process by signing our submission to Industry Canada and demonstrating community support of this initiative!

The key features of our feedback are:

1. Setback of 200m from residential and sensitive land use areas. This is currently part of the Town of Oakville Interim Protocol and FCM/CWTA Joint Protocol but needs to be enacted as a crucial step in this entire process as these protocols are not binding documents by law.

2. Site and zoning authority of the LUA (Land-use authority or municipality) as part of the pre-approval process. Thereafter, site plans and inspection and post-installation inspection.

3. Notification to LUA’s and communities for all proposed communications towers regardless of the height, including modifications.

4. Public access to this information – we appreciate that the Town of Oakville has updated this information and is committed to keeping the information updated where possible. Currently the public does not have access to Industry Canada’s list of existing and proposed communications towers.

5. An open and inclusive process regarding objections by either LUA or community. A “Letter of Comment” may be submitted to Spectrum Operations, but no feedback, investigations or formal review process is in place.

We have strived to give meaningful feedback while keeping it relevant, reasonable and in the best interests of the community.

If you have any comments or questions regarding our commentary, the current status of legislation regarding cell towers or information about cell towers in your area, please do not hesitate to email us, contact us on Facebooktwitter, the blog or just leave a comment below! We value your feedback.

Did you know Oakville is #4 in the top 10 places in Canada to raise children? And we have the same number of cell towers per 10,000 people as that of Toronto!

Keeping our community safely connected,
Concerned Residents of Oakville
“We stopped the Bell-Drago Tower”

Click here to read our letter to Industry Canada.

Spring Newsletter: Update!

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A copy of our latest newsletter is now available online. Click here to view!

Look up! – “Stealth Tower” on 3rd Line

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Driving up 3rd line, just south of Dundas Street, you’ll notice a large flagpole. Encased within the pole are radio communication (cell) antennae. According to this site, it houses Rogers’ frequencies at 850 MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz. This “flagpole” is near homes and directly on the property of the West Oak Village Long Term Care Centre at 2370 3rd Line.

Consider: Who is profiting from the placement of this tower on their property? Is it a responsible location? (it does not satisfy the Town of Oakville guidelines requiring a set back of 200 metres from residences) Why “hide” the structure within a flagpole? Is it strictly for aesthetic reasons, or because it may draw attention to health and safety concerns for those living nearby?

To see more photos of towers in our neighbourhood, click here.

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“Look up!”

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Take a peek at the newest section of our blog: Look Up! We’ll be sharing photos of some of the cell tower structures in our community which we feel are irresponsibly placed (too close to homes, schools and sensitive areas) or which are covertly hidden within seemingly benevolent structures like clock towers and flag poles. We’ll be adding more in the days to come, so stay tuned!

Click this photo to see more…

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We heard back from Industry Minister James Moore

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Residents of Bronte and those following this blog may recall the heartfelt letter written by Linda Leatherdale in November 2013. The letter was sent to Industry Minister James Moore, with copies sent to Oakville MP Terence Young, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, and Bell Canada President & CEO George Cope. You can read the letter in its entirety here: Local mother’s urgent plea for help.

The following response was received on Tuesday February 18, 2014.

Dear Ms. Leatherdale:

Thank you for your email of November 26, 2013, regarding the proposed Bell Mobility antenna tower installation at 3135 Lakeshore Road West in Oakville, Ontario. I appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns with me.

First, allow me to say that I regret the difficulties that you and your family have encountered with respect to your daughter’s health.

It is important that local governments play a central role in identifying potential locations for new antenna towers in their communities by working with the wireless industry. Municipalities must ensure that local residents are at the centre of the process that will help determine the location of a new tower in their community. It is incumbent on the wireless industry to ensure local concerns are taken into account. On February 5, 2014, I announced improvements to our antenna tower consultation process that will give communities a better say in the placement of new cell towers.

With respect to the proposed Bell Mobility tower at 3135 Lakeshore Road West, I understand that Bell has decided not to pursue the proposed installation of this tower at this location.

I would encourage you to visit our revised website for more facts about the process for new cell phone towers.

Please accept my best wishes.

Sincerely,

The Honourable James Moore, P.C., M.P.

c.c.: Mr. Terence Young, M.P.

(Reproduced with permission, Linda Leatherdale)

On February 5 2014, we reported the announced changes to Canada’s Antenna Siting Policy. It seems that the loophole which allowed telecommunication companies to erect towers under 15 metres in height without public consultation has been closed. This is great news, as citizens across Canada have been dealing with towers (measuring a convenient 14.9 metres) popping up in their neighbourhoods.

We have asked our local councillors what these changes mean for residents, and we have been told that the information coming from Industry Canada is under review by Town staff.

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We look forward to an update, and we will share it here when we have more information about how this affects you.

In the meantime, let us know your thoughts. You can keep up on the latest news here on the blog, twitter and Facebook.