Update! With great help from many people in the community, this tower installation has been cancelled! But the work continues as we remain vigilant and push for stronger legislation to protect residents in communities like ours. Keep up to date on our blog, twitter and Facebook. All levels of government and individuals have a role in this…
We are a concerned group of residents living in Bronte, Ontario Canada. In July 2013, a radiocommunications monopole (cell tower) was proposed by Bell Mobility at 3135 Lakeshore Road West, the site of Drago’s Autobody Shop. This was at the heart of what is very much a residential neighbourhood.
“Concerned Residents of Oakville” grew out of the community response from the Bell-Drago’s situation. We are firmly opposed to such towers being built in residential communities like ours, where children and families are living. We are not alone in this, as our local government representatives agree that a setback of these structures from sensitive land use areas (such as residential) is warranted. We are also concerned because the current safety standards (Health Canada’s Safety Code 6) are outdated and were recently under conflicted review. Safety Code 6 does not take into account the effects of electromagnetic radiation on children and pregnant women. Furthermore, in 2011 the World Health Organization deemed this type of radiation as a class 2B carcinogen, and Health Canada responded to these statements.
Health Canada is in agreement with both the World Health Organization and IARC that additional research in this area is warranted. (source)
We are not trying to scare residents, but rather inform them that there is still a lot that is unknown. If we have learned anything from historical lessons, it’s that the precautionary principle should apply.
The precautionary principle denotes a duty to prevent harm, when it is within our power to do so, even when all the evidence is not in. (source)
Meanwhile, the installation of such towers continues in communities like ours right across Canada. Until we know more about the health effects, the erection of these towers in sensitive areas such as near homes and schools needs to stop.