Parents call for halt to Wi-Fi installations in schools, citing health concerns

Resolution to be debated at weekend meeting

BY JANET STEFFENHAGEN, VANCOUVER SUN APRIL 27, 2011 COMMENTS (40)
Directors of a group that speaks for B.C. parents on education issues want to halt the installation of wireless networks in schools, saying the potential health hazard from low-level electromagnetic radiation is too great a risk for children.

They have prepared a resolution that’s expected to spark intense debate this weekend at a meeting of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) The motion says it’s time for schools to err on the side of caution, especially since there are alternatives to Wi-Fi that are superior in other ways and don’t pose the same potential risks.

“It’s a very hot topic,” confederation president Ann Whiteaker said Tuesday, adding she expects delegates to the annual general meeting will be divided on the issue and may amend the resolution to direct it toward elementary and middle schools only but not secondary schools. “It could go any way,” she said of the debate.

The resolution, which follows two years of study by a BCCPAC safety committee, calls on boards of education to stop installing Wi-Fi in schools where other networking technology is feasible. It reflects growing angst among some parents in B.C. and other parts of the country about the spread of wireless networks in schools.

That concern was not alleviated by a statement last year from Health Canada declaring that radio-frequency energy from Wi-Fi is extremely low and not a health risk.

Read more here.

This begs the question again, why is the Victoria School District’s or it’s Wi-Fi Committee recently signalling (as the article states) that it, “expects no policy changes as a result” when the Wi-Fi Committee hasn’t met to make it’s recommendations yet? They don’t meet until next week. Could it be true that this was simply a process meant to appease those with concerns, concerned members of the community have had their opportunity to air their concerns, District employees, administrators and trustees on the committee have done their job and listened, so is the District now done with this and continuing on with the wireless agenda?

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One Response to Parents call for halt to Wi-Fi installations in schools, citing health concerns

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    Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference, April 18, 2011, part 1

    On April 18, 2011 the WRSC held a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto. This is part 1 of that conference introducing the event. The speaker is David McRobert, a member of the Advisory Board and legal advisor to the WRSC.
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    Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference, April 18, 2011, part 2
    On April 18, 2011 the WRSC held a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto. This is part 2 of that conference, featuring a statement on informed consent by Kathy Mcdemid, a mother of children in the Peterborough school board and an occupational therapist.

    Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference, April 18, 2011, part 3
    On April 18, 2011 the Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference held a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto. This is part 3 of that conference, featuring a statement on wireless radiation health risks by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University.

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    On April 18, 2011 the Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference held a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto. This is part 4 of that conference

    Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference, April 18, 2011, part 4

    Wireless Radiation Safety Council Press Conference, April 18, 2011, part 5
    Concluding comments by David McRobert on the need to stop constitutional buck-passing and questions from the press.

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