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