1. Asking Toronto Hydro to implement Prudent Avoidance policy for emissions [100X lower than federal safety guidelines - SC6]
Canada's largest city continues to provide opportunities to develop new protocols and positions regarding RF output and health concerns of cellular towers and antenna. These positions then allow us to use Toronto as an example for other cities and municipalities to follow suit and pressure Health Canada to properly revise Safety Code 6.
On December 16th and 17th, 2013 Toronto City Council will be voting on a major motion affecting the City of Torontoâ€™s protocol for cell towers under 15 meters in height, which are currently exempt from public consultation by federal guidelines set by Industry Canada. The motion is item 29.8 Review of the City Protocol for Telecommunication Under 15 Meters in Height. The concern is that before we know it there will be hundreds of new cellular antenna across Toronto posted to hydro poles in front of your homes and businesses erected without notice or proper planning re health effects and liability.
Please click HERE to learn more and send an email to council expressing your concern about these new cell towers coming to Toronto neighborhoods.
Full council will be voting this coming Monday December 16th and 17th. It is essential that concerned Toronto residents and Canadians make their concerns and support for the 'asks' known to council. One thing we have learned is that council DOES listen. They want to know what Torontoians and Canadians have to say.
At the heart of this motion is that Ontario Energy Board has forced Toronto Hydro to allow antennae to be located on lamp posts and light standards throughout the City of Toronto at an extremely discounted rate of $22.35/yr. The OEB decision is extremely unfavorable to Toronto Hydro and Toronto residents. We believe the best course of action is for Toronto Hydro to appeal the OEB ruling. Since Toronto Hydro is a private company, it is not required to meet Toronto's Prudent Avoidance stadard for radiation emissions.
We are asking Council to work with Toronto Hydro to improve the situation for Torontonians by:
2. Asking Toronto Hydro to implement a full consultation policy on all antenna to be located on hydro poles or light standards
3. Asking Toronto Hydro to ensure that each antenna is physically tested annually to make sure that the emissions do not exceed the Prudent Avoidance policy.
We also wish to urge Council to lobby the federal government to change their federal overriding notification protocol to include <15m cell towers.
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Thank you for your continued support!
CEO - C4ST