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A Greater Victoria school district committee is holding hearings into the current and controversial question of whether Wi-Fi in schools poses a health hazard.
The committee was struck late last year after trustee Peg Orcherton suggested the board of education needs more information in order to respond to concerned parents. Initially, she proposed halting the installation of wireless routers in schools until the review is complete, but that motion was defeated, says a story in the Saanich News.
The committee, which is expected to make recommendations to the board of education, has held two meetings, with a third scheduled for Feb. 28. Find details, committee members, agendas and minutes here.
On Monday, a group called Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) Victoria issued a news release criticizing the committee for not allowing David Carpenter, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Albany in New York, to speak via Skype. The CST questions why a school district committed to 21st century learning would refuse to receive evidence via modern technology.
“Due to the serious nature of this review of wireless internet in our schools, it should be expected every reasonable action will be taken by the Wi-Fi Committee to accommodate all qualified experts who have requested to present evidence on potential effects and recommendations that provide prudent direction for school officials to take until the long term health outcomes for children are better understood,” the group said.