Tuesday, 28 May 2013

WiFi Promoters Bullying Online

Presentation to the SD61 Board
May 21, 2013

Bullying may be overt with resulting physical and psychological harm that stays with the individual for their entire life. Or it may be subtle, such as making mocking or disrespectful comments, eye rolling, smirking or negating/laughing at an individual's personal life experience. Whatever form bullying takes, it often results in those involved becoming less respectful and empathetic.
THESE are TWO QUALITIES ESSENTIAL to any mature and sensitive dialogue.
The current SD61 Discrimination Policy 4303 states, “As students learn by example, all members of the school community should model respectful conduct regardless of perceived differences and should refuse to tolerate any form of discrimination.”
AND “Discrimination includes any behaviour that is known, or reasonably should be known, to be offensive. The Board does not and shall not tolerate any conduct of discrimination toward any individual or group.
Unfortunately the WiFi in School issue has become an area where disrespectful and bullying behavior continues to take place.
I will distribute to the Board a list of some examples of the social media language being posted or retweeted by some Pro-Wifi advocates to describe people concerned about Wifi in schools.
There are far too many to mention in the short time I am allowed, and I will not point fingers as to who said what. But I will share a small sampling of comments related to the issue of WiFi concerns for your reference.
Only a few samples are:

·       “Maybe we should have wifi activism days. Wear tinfoil to show support” (VI)
·       “He presented himself as an oddity… BCEducation is bowing to THIS lowest common denominator? Shame” (VI)
·       “Thank heavens ignorance and superstition is not acquired via osmosis.” (VI r/t)
·       “Now we have inequity in BCED because of parent extremists hijacking School District” (VI)
·       “They have SD hostage. Apparently some radical parent group threatening to sue” (VI)
·       “Bizzaro”
·       “Annoying”
·       “Trolls”
·       “Nutbars”
·       “This could be a Pseudo-science drinking game”
·       “Ridiculous. They may as well confine their children to bomb shelters their whole lives”
·       “Well if it was for the weird couple at my PAC meeting tonight Asking me to turn my phone to airplane mode” (VI)
·       “A nutter at the PAC asked me to turn my cell to airplane mode” (VI)
·       “They’re uneducated because wifi distracted them from learning. Haha. Or lack of WiFi” Followed by “No, their tinfoil hats protect them from the “danger”
·       “WiFi and internet make a mass of knowledge available. If they used it, they’d find that wifi doesn’t pose risks”
·       “Would they be anti-printing press?”
·       “Tinfoil Hats Mandatory”
·       “I wonder if people who object to integrating technology into learning have ever tried it? (VI) Response: I remember using a pencil once. But it broke” I’ve been afraid of them ever since”

·       HASHTAG: WTF
·       HASHTAG: zerocredibility
·       To SD63: “Disappointing you don’t yet have wifi in your elementary schools to implement”
followed by HASHTAG: Fail

·       “We won’t have a sci-fi future if the Luddites win” (DL)
·       “Surreal moral hysteria” (DL)
·       “I helped my 7 year old son build an AM radio this afternoon … which is, of course, the gateway drug to experimenting with wifi” (DL)
·       “Alas, scientists who reviewed “evidence” found it less compelling. In related news: they’re from France” (DL)
·       “Anyway, I’ve got to run, turn on Wifi, & teach” (DL)
·       “Anonymous Twitter Sockpuppets” (DL)
·       “Madzers, all of them”
·       “Religious revival meeting”
·       In reference to the recent Ops Meeting expert presenter Katharina Gustavs… “Circular reasoning of moral panic” (DL)

·       In response to Trustee Deborah Nohr’s Times Colonist Letter (VI r/t) :
·       “Tin Foil Alert” followed by
·       “Has she USED a laptop or iPad?” followed by
·       HASHTAG: rollingmyeyes and
·       HASHTAG: whonottovoteforinSD61 (VI)
·       “I need to encourage a Board with sense to open here” (V)
·       HASHTAG: Fail
·       On the bullying issue: 
“We should focus on responsible citizenship. It shocks me how horrible some people can be.” (VI)
·       “A bully is a bully, cyber or not”

·       “Your informed consent remark makes me chuckle”
·       “Fasten your, uh, tinfoil helmet” Followed by a Guardian editorial with a photo of a man wearing a ridiculous expression and a tin foil hat.

·       In reference to people with EHS: “More likely to be Mental Illness” (VI)  https://twitter.com/Kathy_Rice/status/313698225372680192

·       After someone posted
“Ridicule is counterproductive… Education Principles and Strategies more effective” was this response:
·       “I met some of the activists. (they are) Ridicule worthy (V)


There are potentially days worth of discussions around conflicting scientific research, precautionary principle, pedagogical implications and conflicts of interest.

The very TONE used in the discussion of this topic makes those suffering with EHS feel disrespected, along with their families that support them. As you heard, even trustees are not immune.

As this Board has heard before, my son is medically diagnosed as extremely electro hyper-sensitive.
This is a terribly isolating condition on it’s own. Youth have enough to worry about without the added social awkwardness of needing to ask peers to shut off their cell phones or disable their wifi because it makes them ill.
At one point before we figured this all out, my son was suffering so much with the symptoms that he was suicidal.
Now try and imagine yourself in his place, or any other student or adult with EHS.
Reports are occurring regularly of EHS sufferers around the world committing suicide.
When word got out at my son’s high school that he was sensitive to RF radiation, a few kids started taunting him, not only with hurtful words and ridiculing actions, but also by the very thing that he is sensitive to. They would wave their phones at him and ask if he could feel it, if it hurt him, while laughing all the while.
To me, this is an example of triple bullying – not only are they displaying disrespectful, offensive and aggressive behaviour, they are inferring that they obviously do not believe him and then, as a final insult, actually attempting to hurt him with what he is sensitive to.
To know that other adults, parents or educators are participating in discrimination and dismissal of those with a sensitivity is absolutely abhorrent. They may not be conscious that their remarks or eye-rolling is dismissive and disrespectful. Even school board officials using the term “a small vocal group” is dismissive, especially when the entire school community has not been provided an environment in which they are fully informed.
There is much about EHS that still can’t be explained.
I will share a personal example and ask how the “Nocebo Effect” can explain the following outcomes.
While reducing RF exposure in our home and removing WiFi for our son’s benefit, my constant, serious heart palpitations practically ceased. I had been seeing a Cardiologist for years  and was on heart medication. It became very clear that if I am around Wifi routers for a length of time, I get heart palpitations. I received a medical diagnosis of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).
My office at my workplace is quite a distance from the closest wifi access point, so I am able to function without it affecting my heart.
In 2011, I suddenly started having severe palpitations when in my office. This was witnessed by all of my coworkers.
On the 3rd consecutive day of this, and after my IT department ruled out transmitter changes, I set out with the aid of an RF meter to track down the source. I was led to a Nursing Lab right above my office. I inquired of a Nursing Instructor if there had been any recent additions of any wireless devices in the Nursing area. She was very excited to show me some newly acquired  and TOP SECRET equipment. It was “Metiman”, the wifi-enabled Nursing Dummy that would emit his vital stats and symptoms to the nursing students wirelessly.
Nobody was yet aware of the TOP SECRET and exciting new acquisition because a donation announcement event was upcoming.
I informed the instructor that I was made aware of the new wireless equipment because my heart palpitations indicated the location. The dummy was moved to a different lab, and my heart palpitations stopped. Luckily in this case my HR department did not need to get involved to accommodate my EHS as per the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which they have made a standing  agreement to do.

This week, international media has reported on the findings of a high school biology experiment in Denmark, devised by Grade 9 students who suspected the Wifi in their classrooms was causing concentration difficulties. They exposed half of their Cress seeds to wifi radiation. The wifi-exposed seeds did not grow, or were mutated or dead. The unexposed seeds were healthy and thriving.
As Olle Johansson, Karolinska Institute scientist points out, the “Nocebo Effect” obviously does not come into play when considering scientifically proven biological effects from RF on cress seeds, bacteria, molecules, cells, sperm, organs, mice, rats, etc. Consciously, they don’t care.

To insinuate that EHS is psychological in nature is misleading, offensive, dismissive and discriminatory. I request  that everyone involved have some civilized consideration when it comes to this topic. These are real people, and they deserve empathy and respect.

Karen Weiss
Victoria, BC

The Greater Victoria School District 61
A responsive and safe school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Discrimination is not part of such an environment. As students learn by example, all members of the school community should model respectful conduct regardless of perceived differences and should refuse to tolerate any form of discrimination. This policy is meant to be congruent with the Canadian Human Rights Act, The British Columbia Human Rights Code, Greater Victoria School District Students’ Charter of Rights and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
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Discrimination includes harassment, any negative or adverse conduct, comment, gesture or contact, and systemic barriers based on the above grounds. This conduct is harmful and can create a working or learning environment that is intimidating, humiliating, or uncomfortable. It includes any behaviour that is known, or reasonably should be known, to be offensive.
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2. The Board is also committed to creating and maintaining an environment which promotes respect for human rights, ensures equality of opportunity, and supports diversity. Modification to this document is not permitted without prior written consent from the Greater Victoria School District.
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3. The Board does not and shall not tolerate any conduct of discrimination toward any individual or group.
4. This policy applies to all members of the school community including students, employees, trustees, parents, guardians, and volunteers.
• Policy 4302 Multiculturalism
• Policy 5131.0 Personal Safety & Security in the Greater Victoria
School District
• School Act Section 6 (1) (2) Duties of Students
• School Act Section 85 (2) Power & Capacity of the Board
• Greater Victoria School District Student Charter of Rights
• Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
Greater Victoria School District
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POLICY 5131.0
The Board of Trustees recognizes that increasing violence in our community is a problem and acknowledges the Board's responsibility to contribute to the personal safety and security of the students and adults working in its schools.
It is expected that all individuals--adults and students--will treat each other with respect and courtesy and conduct themselves in a manner that will promote safety and security for all. Adult behaviour is governed by the School Act, District Policies and Regulations, and contractual agreements. Student behaviour is governed by the School Act and District Policies and Regulations.
It is the policy of the Greater Victoria School District to foster and maintain a safe working environment for all students, staff and parents through the implementation of effective measures to deal with violence in schools. These measures include the development of school-based student codes of conduct, the establishment of preventive procedures, the provision of appropriate early intervention procedures, and the administration of the School Act and School Board Policies with respect to student conduct as well as the application of any
Federal or Provincial legislation pertaining to the safety and security in our schools.
School Act, Section 6(1)(2) Duties of Students
School Act, Section 94 (1)(4)(8) Provision of Educational Program
School Act, Section 95 (3) Conduct
School Act, Section 103 (2) (c)(i)(ii)(iii) Power and Capacity of Board
School Act, Section 103 (2)(d) Power and Capacity of Board Modification to this document is not permitted without prior written consent from the Greater Victoria School District.
Policy 5131.0 Page 2 of 2
Regulation 4(1)(b)(c)(f) Duties of Teachers
Regulation 5(7)(g) Power and Duties of Administrative
Greater Victoria School District
Adopted: November 22, 1993

Updates May 27, 2013

Student science experiment finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router – 

Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you. 

iPad 3G Dismantled: There Are Five Antennas - You heard that right, folks: Apple looks to be using the entire LCD frame as an antenna!

There are actually FIVE antennas in this iPad: Two antennas handle the cell reception — one is in the RF window on top, the other attaches to the LCD frame. A single GPS antenna is also housed in the RF window on top. Just like the iPad Wi-Fi, there are two antennas that handle Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connectivity, one in the Apple logo and another to the left of the dock connector.

The iPad's  WiFi antenna alone blasts every 4 seconds, 900 times an hour, 5,400 times per school day if turned on, even if a kid doesn't require internet. That blast was over 300 times higher than the iPhone-on-a-call when we tested at the convention booths. (65-75 µW/cm2 Vs 0.2 µW/cm2).

Swedish review strengthens grounds for concluding that radiation from cellular and cordless phones is a probable human carcinogen
(....Studies carried out in Sweden indicate that those who begin using either cordless or mobile phones regularly before age 20 have greater than a fourfold increased risk of ipsilateral glioma....brain cancer is the proverbial “tip of the iceberg”; the rest of the body is also showing effects other than cancers.)
Dr. Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute of Sweden warns about the potential irreversible damage being done to DNA of our children by exposure to RF radiation from cell phones and transmitters, Wi-Fi Internet, smart meters, etc. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Letter to Victoria School Board about Bad Science Watch Serious Conflicts of Interest.

Dear Trustees,                                                                       May 21, 2013
With regard to the Wi-Fi debate, I would like to give you some information about BadScienceWatch and its Wi-Fi committee since the School District is referring to their report and is planning to include the link to this in the official information package for parents under Mr. Lalonde's suggestion. 
All the following information was obtained from BadScienceWatch.ca website and/or from Google:

  • The chair of the Wi-Fi committee, Gem Newman, BSc is the lead developer at Invenia Technical Computing. Invenia's customers are utility companies who are rolling out radiating wireless smart meters.
  • Committee member Adrian Powell, BSc is a software contractor.
  • The other two members of the committee are Catrina Duffy, BSc and Ryan Gray, BSc.
  • The “Science Advisor” is Jason Locklin, PhD student at Waterloo University, Ontario. 
In addition to that, the Board of Directors of BadScienceWatch includes:
  • The Chair is Michael Kruse, paramedic and theatrical lighting designer
  • Executive Director of Bad Science Watch, Jamie Williams, is a software developer for Layer 7 Technologies which supplies software for smartphones, tablets, wireless smart meters.*
  • Paul Ingraham is a health science journalist and ex massage therapist.
  • There are 2 MD’s in the Board of Directors, both in the field of psychiatry.
  • Finally, there is an administrator and financial manager.
It is clear from this list that the members of this Wi-Fi committee are totally unqualified to review and judge the research work of so many internationally renowned scientists and international organizations who are releasing serious warnings about this technology.  No one in this committee has any credential regarding the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and human biology.
It is also clear that the members of this committee and of the Board of Directors are mostly computer software personnel serving the wireless industry and therefore there are serious conflicts of interest.

In view of all the above, I would request that you remove the link to badsciencewatch as a source of information for parents as it is obviously unreliable, biased and subject to serious conflicts of interest.

Thank you.
Prof. N.R. Spogliarich 
Associate Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry (retired)
*[Editor's note: and Cisco WiFi routers].

Friday, 10 May 2013

Parents Information posted on Victoria School District's Website on Wi-Fi Installation and health risks to children in our Schools

Parents Information on Wi-Fi Installation in our Schools. 


BioInitiative Report - The Bio Initiative has reviewed over 4000 studies (2007 & 2012) and summarizes for the public their findings

WHO - World Health Organization

IARC- International Agency for Research on Cancer- WHO – World Health Organization




AAEM – American Academy of Environmental Medicine

International Doctors´ Appeal 2012


Harvard Neurologist Warns: WiFi Radiation Damages Children's Brain Function


Safe Schools - Medical and Scientific Experts Call for Safe Technologies in Schools

Journal of Integrative Neuroscience – Working memory of the Brain


NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, investigated the influence of electromagnetic fields on brain activity


Parliamentary Assembly of Europe- Potential dangers of EMF

Human Rights Commission - Margaret E. Sears (M.Eng., Ph.D.)

European Environmental Agency - Radiation risk from everyday devices assessed


The Independent - EU watchdog calls for urgent action on Wi-Fi radiation


Dr. Christine Aschermann / Dr. Barbara Dohmen Wi-Fi Adversely Affects Our Health

ICIRP – International Commission on Non-Iodizing Radiation Protection

The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP)

Prof. Girish Kumar IIT Bombay

Olle Johansson, Assoc. Professor Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Dr. David O. Carpenter - Growing Concern of the Wi-Fi Radiation Impact on Children


Biological Effects of Wi-Fi & Cellphone Radiation

US National Library of Medicine

Electromagnetic hypersensitive Finns: Symptoms, perceived sources and treatments, a questionnaire study.

Journal of Heredity - Effects of 2.45 GHz microwaves on meiotic chromosomes of male CBA/CAY mice


Effects of microwave at 2.45 GHz radiations on reproductive system of male rats


International Journal of Current Research - Effects of exposure to 2.45 GHZ microwave radiation on male rat reproductive system

Avendano Wi-Fi Decreases sperm motility & increase DNA fragments

Fertility and Sterility - Laptop expositions affect motility and induce DNA fragmentation in human spermatozoa in vitro by a non-thermal effect: a preliminary report.

Fertility and Sterility- Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation

Electromagnetic Health Org

Workers Compensation Act-Occupational Health and Safety Regulation


News Releases and Letters

France: The precautionary principle applied to Wi Fi in French schools enshrined in law

Electro hypersensitivity (EHS) Recognized by BC Teachers' Union.  The BC Teachers' Federation has adopted this Wi-Fi resolution to protect teachers' health - March 18, 2013

BC Teachers Federation - Wi-Fi technology in schools: Is it time to reconsider? 


Merritt teachers demand protection from wi-fi radiation


Ontario Catholic Teachers - OECTA Provincial Health and Safety Committee

BCCPAC - The British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (2012)


BCCPAC Resolution Passed: On/Off Switches for Wi-Fi Routers and Protocol for the Use of Wireless Devices in Schools - includes Rationale with Links

 iPad User Manual's Safety Warning and Disclaimer. Have You Read It?

Girl, 4, treated for iPad addiction


Group of parents upset Peel schools may install Wi-Fi


Want to be a dad?  Get that laptop off your laps

Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Cell Phone Right to Know Act

Letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics to U.S. Congress

Dr. David O. Carpenter, M.D Worries About the Biological Effects of Wireless Technology in Schools

Magda Havas, BSc., Ph.D., Open Letter to Parents, Teachers, School Boards.
Regarding Wi-Fi Networks in Schools

Dr. Martin Blank letter sent to the Greater Victoria School Board
Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S.- letter to the schools about the dangers of WiFi in Schools

UK Scientific Conference: ‘Children with Cancer’ (Apr 24, 2012)

Brain cancer is leading cause of cancer death in young people


Wordpress - Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski

Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman - Israel

Letter to Dr. Perry Kendall from Director for the UK EM Radiation Research Trust

Letter to Dr. Perry Kendall sent by S. Foster MSW, Advisor, Radiation Research Trust (U.S.)

Physician group adds weight to warnings of Wi-Fi in schools


Woman’s College Hospital - The effects of invisible waves


World News - A city in Normandy removes Wi-Fi from schools

Why BYOD Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen For Schools


WHY OUR WORLD IS ELECTROPOLLUTED - How Industry Suppresses – and Government Denies – the Overwhelming Evidence of Harm


news.scotsman.com - 'Wi-fi in schools may give children cancer'


pressdemocrat.com - Wireless disruption


Mail Online- Suspend wi-fi in schools, says union chief following reports it causes ill-health

Rainbow Consulting - Low-EMF Office


Los Angles Times - Who really benefits from putting high-tech gadgets in classrooms?

New York Times - Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction


New York Times - Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime


Mobil Technology - Teens Addicted to Cell Phones: A Growing Epidemic


New York Times - A Parent’s Struggle With a Child’s iPad Addiction


New York Times - Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain


New York Times - The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In


New York Times - Attached to Technology and Paying a Price


New York Times - An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness


New York Times - More Americans Sense a Downside to an Always Plugged-In Existence


Cellphone radiation impacts fetal train development: Yale researchers

CBC News- Cellphone use may be linked to cancer: scientists


CST – Citizens for Safe Technology

Safe in School

Medical Advisory: Wi-Fi and Children's Health


Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt – EMR Electromagnetic Radiation

Dr. Magda Havas PhD - Wi-Fi health hazard for students



Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Olle Johansson, Assoc. Prof.,

Olle Johansson, PhD Announcing Seletun Scientific Statement

Scientist Who Did Cell Phone Research For Motorola Speaks Of Interference

16:9 with Carol Jarvis 14 min

Wi Fi Technology Explained in a Simple Manner

Resonance – Beings of Frequency

Wi-Fi health hazard for students


WHO – World Health Organization

Electromagnetic Fields and Leakage of the Blood Brain Barrier: Dr. Leif Salford

WIFI In Schools - The Facts

Emergency Room Physican with EHS

Safe School

Electromagnetic Health Org –Audio Archives

Microwave Radiation Warnings in Cellphone Manuals

Australia's top Neurosurgeon, Dr. Charlie Teo - "Explosion" in brain tumours and the truth (Parts 1 and 2)
Wake-up Call Australia

Disconnect is a documentary that exposes the truth behind the negative health effects of cell phones.

Cell Phones: Just Like Cigarettes?

iPad WiFi Radiation Captured on Videos

Rebuttal on Industry Based Propaganda

CTV - Disguised Infomercial as Investigative Report

WiFi Marketing Machine Disguised as Consumer Watchdog - An Investigative Report