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Dear Deputy Minister, Don Wright,
I would like to show my support for Parents for Schools request for a ban of cell phones in our schools.
It’s clear that the constant use of cell phones is interfering with our children’s ability to interact and develop healthy relationships in the real world. This addiction is robbing our children of the opportunity to build life skills that include critical thinking, communication, cooperation, and the ability to focus in the classroom.
Besides the negative impact this addiction has on learning, we are aware of the SCIENTIFIC FACT that microwave radiation exposure causes biological effects confirming the growing evidence of neurological effects and developmental delays in our children.
And now recent studies have proven that 90% of cell phones on the market today exceed the Safety Code 6 guidelines for radiation exposure (SAR at 1.6 W/kg at 5mm) when the phones are tested as they are used in real life. Children attending school are pressing these cell phones against their heads and abdomens and storing them in their pockets when we know these devices are emitting up to 11 times over the current guidelines.
All these facts combined have only confirmed our concerns about the permanent health risks from the use of cellphones and personal devices in our schools.
We are asking for the BC government to follow Ontario’s lead and ban cellphones and personal devices in our schools.
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|Subject:||Cellphones exceed the Safety Code 6 guidelines for radiation exposure!|
|Date:||Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:41:48 -0800|
|From:||Janis Hoffmann <email@example.com>|
Dear Deputy Minister, Don Wright,
We want to know why Health Canada, which administers, under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the sale, lease and importation of radiation emitting devices has neglected to do its due diligence by allowing cell phones to be brought onto the market without any practical/realistic-use safety testing?
We want to know why the manufacturers of cell phones are allowed to self report and only have to submit a sample of a one new phone to comply with exposure standards that has been set by the industry?
We want to know why thousands of children attending school are still pressing these cell phones against their heads and abdomens and storing them in their pockets when we know these devices are emitting up to 11 times over the current guidelines?
We want to know why BC Minister of Education, Rob Fleming has refused to follow Ontario’s lead and ban cellphones and personal devices in our schools, when his child is attending the only school in Victoria with a cell phone ban? http://parentsforasafeschool.blogspot.com/2019/10/we-want-to-know-why-bc-is-not-banning.html
The Chicago Tribune recently did an independent investigation into the cell phone scandal (Phonegate) and confirmed the findings that iphone 7 and other smart phones exceeded the Safety Code 6 guidelines for radiation exposure (SAR at 1.6 W/kg at 5mm). Apple and Samsung are knowingly selling products that exceed allowable radiation limits and have failed to warn its consumers regarding radiation risks and the need to keep the phone at a safe distance away from the body.
“The Chicago investigation confirms what the French National Agency has warned about for some time now that 90% of all the major cellphones tested (more than 450) emitted significantly higher levels of radiation exceeding the safety compliance standards, up to 5 times the current guidelines when phones are tested as they are used in real life. The current guidelines for the manufacturers is based on the 1990’s when people wore their standard flip phone on their hip in a holster about 1 “ away from your body.
In a recent study by Professor Om Gandhi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, he examined data from 450 cell phones and also confirmed that the phone can exceed the guidelines and emitted up to 11 times over the US FCC limit when used under realistic conditions.
France has asked the European Commission to strengthen the regulations and guidelines for new mobile phones placed on the market. As recommended by ANSES, the Government has requested that the certification tests be carried out in regards to the contact with the device, and not at 5 mm as is currently the case, so that they are more representative of the real exposure of users. France also asked for an information campaign to encourage changes in ways of use, especially among children.
Portland, Oregon passed Bill 283 directing Oregon Health Authority to review peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies of health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools. The Department of Education will develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that Oregon Health Authority report identifies as harmful. "This 2019 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist..." https://www.emfsa.co.za/news/oregon-senate-bill-283-orders-review-of-independent-peer-reviewed-literature-on-health-effects-from-microwave-radiation/
The Italian court ordered the government (Ministries of the Environment and Education) to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones. https://microwavenews.com/short-takes-archive/italian-decision-precaution
Why has the BC government willfully dismissed a 10 year study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) that concluded “Clear Evidence of Carcinogenic Activity” and the association of cancer in the heart and brain and cell phone radiation? https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/trpanel/2018/march/peerreview20180328_508.pdf
Why has the BC government willfully dismissed the Ramazzini Institute who also completed the world's largest animal study on cell tower radiation and confirmed the findings of the National Toxicology Program link to Cancer, even at levels below those allowed by SC 6? This information accompanied with the over 29,000 peer reviewed studies by scientists and medical experts is more than enough evidence for the precautionary principal to be applied. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300367?via%3Dihub
Health is a provincial jurisdiction. Parents, teachers and students want to know why the BC government and the Provincial Health Officer, has refused to “act in good faith,” by fulfilling their moral and legal obligation, to protect our children, by taking measures to mitigate the risk of harm from unregulated cell phone radiation exposure while under their care in our schools?
Parents for Safe Schools