Residents of Canadian municipalities have felt hopeless and frustrated in the past, being told by various government representatives that the control of the siting of telecommunication towers is out of the municipal domain. Until now, the message has been that Industry Canada has the final say in where a tower can be placed.
In an e-mail today from the President of the FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities), changes to Canada’s antenna siting policy were announced. This is an important development, and the e-mail can be viewed in its entirety here.
This potentially gives some more power to municipalities. As residents, we need to move forward from here and ensure our elected representatives work to update and strengthen the Town of Oakville’s interim protocol, and stay firm on the 200 metre setback which is also outlined in the FCM/CWTA joint protocol template.
Consider e-mailing or calling your local councillor today. What are their thoughts on the developments and what are they willing to do to in light of this news to ensure a more robust Town protocol? What are the implications for existing towers? What about antennae on buildings and hydro poles? There are still a lot of questions to ask and a lot of work to be done.
The industry is changing daily and we need to be willing to act to keep the focus on this issue to protect the residents of towns and cities like ours right across Canada.