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 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].

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