Stop the Bell Drago Tower
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 Facebook, twitter, 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”
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.
So many people helped behind the scenes to make this happen and we want to thank everyone who wrote letters, spread the emails, signed the petitions, talked to others and did not turn a blind eye. This is what makes Bronte a great community — people who care and who are willing to take action! Thank you all.
While we thank our supporters, we remain committed to ensuring Bell and other Telecommunications companies adhere to the protocol between the CWTA and FCM to refrain from siting cell towers within 200m of sensitive land use or residential areas. As a community we should remain informed and vigilant to allow progress within the telecommunications industry but not to the detriment of community members’ health and safety.
We thank C4ST (Canadians for Safe Technology) for their support and resources throughout this process. We also thank BVRA (Bronte Village Residents Association) for helping disseminate information to the community. We thank all levels of Government for hearing our concerns and ideas and lending their support on this very important issue. Especial thanks to our local councillors led by Ralph Robinson to bring all parties to the table to work toward a solution.
Finally, we also would like to thank Mike Dimitrovski, property owner at Drago’s Auto Body, for listening to the concerns of the community and being open toward a progressive solution.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all those in Bronte and beyond who have supported us this year. We know our message can be hard to hear at times, probably even harder at this time of year. We live in a great place full of amazing people who look out for each other and care enough to listen. We think this is worth preserving! Everything we are doing is to help keep our communities, those who live in it, and those closest to us safe.
With thankful hearts, we wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season and hope you can take some time to enjoy everything that is good in life.
See you in the New Year!
Update! We are thankful to have the support of our Town Councillor, Ralph Robinson, who has signed the petition.
If you have signed the petition, THANK YOU! Please share it with those you know and urge them to sign as well. We need more signatures. We are on twitter and Facebook, tweet the petition, share it with your friends.
If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please take a moment and add your name. It is so important that we don’t stay silent on this issue.