911MyBronte Firestation Cell Tower Position Statement
Background: We strongly regret that while we should be addressing failed public policy that already exposes people to unacceptable and uncontrolled levels of RF radiation, we are in the process of increasing our exposures further in Bronte and throughout Oakville. This is rapidly evolving technology, and yet here in Canada and in Oakville we have the opportunity to draw on the learning’s from parts of the world that are in fact ahead of us in many ways in this industry. The just released announcement from Industry Canada, outlining the Proposed Revisions to the Frameworks for Mandatory Roaming and Tower and Site Sharing, is directing telecom’s to share roaming agreements as well as co-location. This can reinforce what Oakville and indeed, Canada, chooses to implement. The free-standing monopole tower that the industry legal spokespeople tout may not generally be the way to go as those towers do not support co-location and may not support roaming – do we really want a proliferation of unregulated towers under 15m going up for each separate carrier? Individual companies seeking superior coverage in the interests of a competitive leg up will result in increased radiation for Oakville residents – 24/7. We believe that municipalities should not wait around for a pronouncement by the Canadian government but take immediate action at the local level. Position 911 MyBronte Fire Station are in agreement that: 1. BRONTE FS#1 Commercial Use We strongly oppose the new additional commercial use of the Fire Station #1 Tower for multiple Radio Frequency Antenna, and call on the Town of Oakville to reverse the December 19, 2011 motion of approval before these antenna are activated, and for Bell to remove the additional antenna.
- We strongly recommend adhering to the International Association of Firefighters 2005 Resolution opposing the use of fire stations as tower base stations: http://www.iaff.org/hs/Facts/CellTowerFinal.asp
“The International Association of Fire Fighters’ position on locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire department facilities, as adopted by its membership in August 2004(1), is that the IAFF opposes the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members. Specifically, there is concern for the effects of radio frequency radiation on the central nervous system (CNS) and the immune system, as well as other metabolic effects observed in preliminary studies.”
- Furthermore, we urge the Town of Oakville to safeguard the health of the children in the daycare, the nearby school, and all residents in the immediate area by immediately removing the additional antenna. We understand that this is in line with pro-active legislation that is being implemented in many parts of the world. (please see attached EU EMF.pdf)
2. SETBACKS: We urge the Town of Oakville to reject the Town staff recommendation that Council does not maintain the existing interim Protocol calling for a 200-metre setback adopted last fall between cell towers and all sensitive land uses (including dwelling units) in their Final Radiocommunications Facilities Protocol. Town staff instead recommend Council lower standards to a 20-metre setback, and this only from schools, daycares, and historical sites. On March 19th, Council deferred consideration of this recommendation until a Planning and Development Council meeting is scheduled to reconsider this issue. We are in support of a 200 metre setback. 3. SAFETY CODE 6 : We call on Health Canada to adopt more stringent public policy that will stop exposing the people of Canada to unacceptable and uncontrolled levels of radiation, and to adopt a new health standard reference that is inclusive of the biological effect in addition to the thermal effect of Safety Code 6. (please see attached EU EMF.pdf) 4. INDUSTRY CANADA: We call on Industry Canada to regulate proponents of antenna systems to adhere to the Precautionary Principle.
- All proposed antenna systems should comply with a minimum 200 meter setback for sensitive areas OR the maximum power density for the closest residential dwelling of 1000microwatts per meter squared (for any location that is sighted under a 200m setback).
- Telecom Industry proponents are now said to be required to determine the Town’s ‘local requirements’ with regard to where the antenna are placed, to undertake pubic notification, and to address public concerns in good faith. As well, they are required to co-locate where feasible so as to prevent six or more competing proponents from locating towers and overlapping proliferation of RF emissions, in every neighbourhood, where one would do. It is time to put teeth and action in this policy. We demand proactive and public disclosure of all sites, increased safety compliance, and appropriate notification for citizens.
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