Canada House of Commons Microwave Report Now Available
Dec 21 2010 update. In April, International EMF experts were invited to Ottawa to present information about the health effects of radio frequency radiation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA). Those invited to participate were Olle Johansson (Sweden), Andrew Goldsworthy (UK), Claude Monnet (next-up.org), Francois Therrien (Laval University, Quebec), Daniel Krewski (University of Ottawa, Canada), Magda Havas (Trent University, Canada) as well as reps from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, Health Canada, and Industry Canada.
The details of the report are now available and these are their recommendations.
1. The Government of Canada consider providing funding to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in support of long-term studies examining the potential health impacts of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.
2. Health Canada request that the Council of Canadian Academies or
another appropriate independent institution conduct an assessment of the Canadian and international scientific literature regarding the potential health impacts of short and long-term exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, which would include an examination of electromagnetic sensitivity and a comparison of public policies in other countries governing exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation; and report on its findings.
3. Health Canada and Industry Canada develop a comprehensive risk awareness program for exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, which would include Health Canada making public in an accessible and transparent way all the studies and analyses undertaken by the Department on the impact of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on human health, as well as the provision of information promoting the safe use of wireless technologies.
4. Health Canada and Industry Canada offer to provide information,
including awareness sessions on exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation.
5. Health Canada ensure that it has a process in place to receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices.
You can view the report here in PDF.
Although these are only suggestions that have been presented to Health Canada, the media has begun their campaign to insure that they are carried out in a timely matter. Global’s 16X9 TV show is one example of how the media is attempting to shape the future of our wireless world and healthcare system.
(81MB MP3, 1 hr 36 min)
Click here to download the audio of the HESA day 2 proceedings
(76MB MP3, 1 hr 30 min)
Click here to download the audio of the combined day 1 & 2 proceedings
(157MB MP3, 3 hr 7 min)
Some interesting quotes from the participants.
Former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord, who now heads up the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, said the industry is “fully compliant” with Health Canada’s regulations, and the science that supports the industry is independent.
“We know there is scientific, peer-reviewed studies done around the world and they all come to the same conclusion. The standards that are set ensure the devices are safe. There’s no credible study that has come to the conclusion that there is a risk to human health.”
Beth Pieterson, director general of Health Canada’s environmental and radiation health sciences directorate, said her department was constantly evaluating research and, if necessary, revising Safety Code 6.
Magda Havas said that there are more than 6,000 publications dealing with harmful effects of radiowave radiation. She also pointed out that the most recent version of Canada’s Safety Code 6 had removed the reference stating that “some persons are more sensitive to the effects of electromagnetic fields ( EMF) than others.” She wanted to know why that paragraph was removed.