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Below is the letter sent to the Sooke school board by Citizens for Safe Technology regarding the issues surrounding WiFi in schools.

Sooke School Board, District #62

3143 Jacklin Road

Victoria, BC


Oct 25, 2010


Dear members of the Board,


Re: Children’s Exposure to Microwave Radiation from Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in Schools.

The purpose of this letter is to alert school officials who are responsible for making health and safety decisions within our schools to the overwhelming scientific evidence available that supports precautionary measures with regards to children's exposure to high frequency microwave radiation (MWR) emitted from wireless communications that include roof top transmitters, cell phones and Wi-Fi. Many scientists have expressed great concern that children especially are at risk for serious health consequences with continuous exposure to MWR due to unique characteristics such as: thinner skulls (deeper penetration), more water in brain (conductor), smaller size, absorb ten times more radiation in bone marrow than an adult, and immune and neurological systems are not fully developed until early twenties. Most would agree internet accessibility in schools is an essential tool for students in the 21st Century, however, this does not require exposing children and staff to MWR for many hours every day when safer hard wired alternatives exist. Recently there has been much attention in the media on this highly debated health issue, and concerns are growing amongst parents that exposure to industrial strength Wi-Fi will increase the risk for many serious health effects to their children. With thousands of published and 'peer reviewed' studies and over a dozen International Proclamations from scientists around the world stating MWR is harmful; this is not simply a few parents over reacting. As concerned parents and members of Citizens for Safe Technology Society, we respectfully request to present information to the Board regarding the safety of Wi-Fi in our schools from many credible sources that include scientists, doctors, health and environmental agencies, government including the European Parliament. It is imperative school officials have all the facts to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the health and safety of our children.  Other countries are now removing Wi-Fi from schools; it is our duty to find out why. 


Recent Canadian News Stories on Wi- Fi in Schools


St. Vincent Euphrasia a public elementary school in Meaford Ontario has voted "overwhelmingly" to cut off Wi-Fi due to health concerns



Ontario parents on the Simcoe County Safe School Committee speak out against Wi-Fi in schools



Parents at Lucerne School in New Denver, B.C., are joining the fight also, choosing to keep hardwired computer systems there. 



 Global Television's 16:9 examines the issue of Health Risks and Wifi in Schools - Oct, 2010



 CBC The National: Parents protest school Wi-Fi due to health problems- Sept, 2010 




The World Health Organization and Health Canada along with many other countries have identified a growing portion of the population whom experience unpleasant symptoms in the presence of electromagnetic radiation, including all wireless devices that emit microwave radiation. This condition is referred to as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS/EMS). Symptoms include: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, fast heart rate, anxiety, sleep disturbances, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and other health problems. The Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Americans with Disabilities Act and our Canadian Government now recognize EHS as an Environmental Sensitivity. Schools using wireless technologies need to think of how they will accommodate pupils or staff exhibiting electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Schools have the obligation to provide 'safe' environments for students and currently accommodate those with other sensitivities (i.e. scents, peanuts, chemicals, etc) so they can function unimpaired. 


Canadian Human Rights Commission: Environmental Sensitivities 



Freiburger Appeal, signed by over 6000 German medical doctors http://www.starweave.com/freiburger/


 Wi-Fi like cellular phones emits low level, high frequency radio waves in the microwave portion of the electro-magnetic spectrum. Currently safety standards in Canada regulate against thermal (heating) effects only, and do not include protection against biological effects that scientists around the world through research have proven occur at levels far below current safety standards with no outward heating effect. Many other countries such as France, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Italy, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and China have exposure standards hundreds to thousands of times more strict. You may not be aware; there has been no premarket testing of this pulsed, low intensity cellular/wireless technology which was introduced in 1997, and specifically no testing on the biological effects of Wi-Fi on growing, vulnerable children. It is no secret that the rapid deployment of wireless technologies has outstripped the scientific ability to quantify risk. As parents, we should not have to prove this new technology is dangerous through the ill health (present and future) of our children. Instead the onus should be on the wireless industry to prove it is safe, before it comes to market and be mandated to monitor effects on health like our country does with pharmaceuticals. Wi-Fi put in schools makes our children involuntary participants in a human science experiment without any controls nor any parental consent.   


 We are very aware of the action being taken in Europe to protect children by enacting the precautionary principle in this regard http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5680652

 and further applaud the Los Angeles Board of Education for unanimously passing a resolution in May 2009 limiting cellular antennae on school properties for health reasons and further resolving to hardwire computer installations for reasons of health and security. This School District has approximately 600 schools in its mandate. Parliaments, local governments, schools, libraries, and others taking preventative action have reviewed the full 'BioInitiative Report', we encourage you to do the same. In this analysis report of 2000 'peer reviewed' studies on the biological effects from electromagnetic radiation it specifically found:


—Double strand DNA breaks and oxidative stress


—Stress proteins in cell creating cellular distress


—RF induced gene expression changes


—Sleep, cognitive function and performance changes


—Blood brain barrier alterations


—Micronuclei and chromosomal aberrations


—Adverse neuro behavioural effects


Full Report  @: http://www.apdr.info/electrocontaminacion/Documentos/Investigacion/BioInitiative-A-Rationale-for-a-Biologicallybased-Exposure-Standard-for-Electromagnetic-Radiation-BLACKMAN-et-al-Org-2007.pdf


Currently there is very little research associated with wireless routers (Wi-Fi), and the heath effects to children from daily exposure is still unclear. However, long term cell phones studies have shown an increased risk of several types of tumours, including tumours of the brain, the eye, the nerve leading to the ear, and the salivary gland. These tumours appear on the same side of the head used to listen to the cell phone and appear after 10 years of moderate to heavy cell phone use (0.5 hr average daily).


Surgical Neurology 72(3), 205-214, 2009. Cell phones and brain tumours: a review including long-term epidemiologic data.



“The results indicate that using a cell phone for > or = 10 years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumour on the same side of the head as that preferred for cell phone use. The data achieve statistical significance for glioma and acoustic neuroma.” 


International Journal of Oncology 35(1), 5-17, 2009. Mobile phones, cordless phones and the risk for brain tumours  http://www.spandidos-publications.com/ijo/35/1/5


 "Mobile phone use for greater than 10 years was associated with a 5 fold (500%) increased risk acoustic neuroma on the same side of the head as phone use, for subjects with first use at age < 20

(for all ages it was a 3 fold increase).


Please consider the following statement made by Dr. David Carpenter, Professor and Director, Environmental Health Sciences, Institute for Health and the Environment, School of Public Health, University of Albany http://electromagnetichealth.org/quotes-from-experts/


"...Unfortunately, all of our exposure standards are based on the false assumption that there are no hazardous effects at intensities that do not cause tissue heating. Based on the existing science, many public health experts believe it is possible we will face an epidemic of cancers in the future resulting from uncontrolled use of cell phones and increased population exposure to Wi-Fi and other wireless devices.  Thus it is important that all of us, and especially children, restrict our use of cell phones, limit exposure to background levels of Wi-Fi, and that government and industry discover ways in which to allow use of wireless devices without such elevated risk of serious disease. We need to educate decision-makers that ‘business as usual’ is unacceptable. The importance of this public health issue can not be underestimated.”


 A petition started advocating for hard wiring of schools and restriction of cellular antennae on school properties currently has hundreds of signatures, and those numbers are increasing steadily. Our group represents many parents who wish to see schools opt for the complete safety of hard wired connections, as is happening in a growing number of schools, libraries and universities in Europe. It is encouraging to see different Parliaments (European, French, German, Liechtenstein to name a few) take action to protect their citizens. It is also notable that Toronto Department of Public Health issued a warning regarding young people’s use of cellular technology. I am attaching a small sampling of information for your review. On behalf of many concerned parents, I, along with a small group of parents, request a personal meeting with you to discuss the tremendous challenges facing parents who have informed themselves on this emerging public health issue. There is growing despair among these parents who believe very strongly that the future health of their children is at risk from the involuntary exposure they must sustain each day to gain an education. We believe that Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 is inadequate and obsolete – it only addresses thermal exposure, is not biologically based, and does not address pulsed/modulated ICRW at 2.45 GHz frequency.

At this time in history, when many credible and highly placed world wide scientists and medical doctors are calling for caution and protection of children from exposure to wireless technologies, the educated and knowledgeable course of action would appear to be one of investigation, open discussion and opting for the safest possible actions. When analyzing a risk/benefit scenario, it would appear to informed parents that the common sense approach would be to choose hard wiring of school computers given the ongoing biology vs. physics scientific debate. The only reason hard wiring is not being installed in schools is for the reasons of cost and convenience. Is this the best we can do for our children?

We sincerely request that you hear the deep disquiet surrounding this issue, and meet with a group of concerned parents for open discussion of this issue. We believe there is a profound urgency to protect our children from the biological effects of low intensity non-thermal non ionizing microwave radiation, and that the emerging science demonstrating harm needs to be taken into careful and immediate consideration by those charged with the protection of our youth.  Let the children be the first among us to receive protection; let us insist like other countries the use of safer hard wired connection instead of Wi-Fi.


We respectfully await your response.



Tammy Jeske


Citizens for Safe Technology Society





Recent News Stories of Interest


Children from Simcoe Schools talk about ill health effects felt



MP Carol Hughes of HESA: Wi-Fi Concerns Should Lead to Updated Regulations  



CBC The National, Sept 21, 2010: Cell Phones and Insurance Companies; What Aren’t they telling us?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYvIHU0niDg


CBC The National, Sept 26, 2010: Cellphone safety- What aren't they telling us?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4bp7Zi_8pk


Global TV, April 2010: Meeting  in Ottawa re Wireless Health Effects    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doNSVTUYyXI&feature=related


BBC Panorama: Wi-Fi a Warning signal    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1754102982255927281#   (great investigational TV Report in the UK)






German Government advises against wi-fi:







France National Library and several other Paris libraries are wi-fi-free



Public libraries in Paris shut down wi-fi in response to health worries



France: Paris City Council launched a study on wi-fi June 2008 (in french)



Herouville St Claire Normandy removes Wi-Fi from schools



Mobile phones to be banned in French primary schools to limit health risks


French experts recommend reducing exposure to mobile phones and other portable wireless devices



United Kingdom (UK)


UK: The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) with 160,000 members have called for a government investigation into the biological and thermal effects of "wi-fi" networks.



England: Health Protection Agency launches study on health effects of wi-fi Oct 2007:



Health fears lead schools to dismantle wireless networks in UK



England: Teachers union call to suspend WiFi in schools:



Glastonbury residents "Why Wi-Fi" Campaign



Wi-fi code for Welch Schools



Wi-Fi in Schools UK http://wifiinschools.org.uk/index.html




Helsinki Appeal 2005






Ireland: Jan 2008 the City of Dublin Ireland did not install wi-fi due to an EU law:





Austria medical association pressing for a ban on wi-fi in schools


Chief Health Officer Salzburg, Austria: Advisory against the use of Wi-Fi in schools  http://www.dirtyelectricity.ca/images/Salzburg%20bans%20wi-fi%20and%20DECT.pdf


Austrian Health Director Dr. Gerd Oberfeld advising against wi-fi



Austrian Insurance Company Presents Research Report on Health Risks from Microwave Radiation








Santa Fe Librarians letter supporting wi-fi free Public libraries:



USA: Sebastopol CA. City Council chooses the precautionary principle and terminates contract for

free city wide Wi-Fi:



Sebastopol Area wi-fi petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/mufifree/petition.html


USA: Progressive Librarians Guild urges the precautionary principle for wi-fi in libraries June 2008



Dr. George Carlo wi-fi video



USA: Dr. Mercola wireless warning:



Dr. Jeff Fawcett: WiFi Blues: http://ezinearticles.com/?The-WiFi-Blues&id=169261


Los Angeles Board of Education Wireless Telecommunication Installations http://www.emrpolicy.org/news/headlines/26may09_lausd_resolution.pdf




Canadian University invokes ‘Precautionary Principle’ and decides on safer fibre optic cable over Wi-Fi http://policies.lakeheadu.ca/policy.php?pid=178

MP Carol Hughes from the Standing Committee on Health states Wi-Fi in schools is and experiment on our children


Canada, Lakehead University wifi-free policy



Dr. Magda Havas open letter to schools and teachers on Wi-Fi health risks:



(Canada) Dr. Magda Havas Report opposing Wi-Fi in San Francisco:



Certified letter to Dr. MacDiarmid, Minister of Education






Spain: Ecologists in Action statement on WiFi:






Sweden Prof. Olle Johansson scientisit wi-fi letter:




Research Studies



American Journal of Epidemiology 167(4), 457-467, 2008. Cellular phone use and risk of benign and malignant tumours



Journal of Clinical Oncology 27(33), 5565-5572, 2009. Mobile phone use and risk of tumors: a meta analysis.



Case-control study of the association between the use of cellular and cordless telephones and malignant brain tumors diagnosed during 2000-2003.



Use of wireless telephones and self-reported health symptoms: a population-based study among Swedish adolescents aged 15-19 years



Increased blood-brain barrier permeability in mammalian brain 7 days after exposure to mobile phone radiation



Blood-brain barrier disruption by continuous-wave radio frequency radiation



Genetic damage in mobile phone users: some preliminary findings



Mobile phone affects cerebral blood flow in humans.



Cardiovascular risk under electromagnetic exposure.



Exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields and behavioural problems in Bavarian children and adolescents



Mobile phone effects on children's event-related oscillatory EEG during an auditory memory task.



 Neurobehavioral effects among inhabitants around mobile phone base stations.



Association between number of cell phone contracts and brain tumor incidence in nineteen U.S. States.



Mobile phones, cordless phones and the risk for brain tumours



 Is the brain influenced by a phone call? An EEG study of resting wakefulness



Radiofrequency-induced carcinogenesis: cellular calcium homeostasis changes as a triggering factor.



Cognitive impairment in rats after long-term exposure to mobile phone radiation



Effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on cognitive processes - a pilot study on pulsed field interference with cognitive regeneration



Effects of mobile phone radiofrequency on the structure and function of the normal human hemoglobin



 Motor and psychological functions of school children living in the area of the Skrunda Radio Location Station in Latvia


Microwave exposure affecting reproductive system in male rats



Mobile phone radiation induces reactive oxygen species production and DNA damage in human spermatozoa in vitro



Epidemiological evidence for an association between use of wireless phones and tumor diseases



Risks for central nervous system diseases among mobile phone subscribers: a Danish retrospective cohort study



Molecular mechanism for cancer- and blood-brain barrier-related effects: Non-thermal activation of the stress pathway by mobile phone radiation in human endothelial cells



 Chronic non-thermal exposure of modulated microwave radiation alters thyroid hormones and behavior of male rats



Mutagenic response of 2.45 GHz radiation exposure on rat brain



Single strand DNA breaks in rat brain cells exposed to microwave radiation




The effects of microwave emitted by cellular phones on ovarian follicles in rats



 Effects of mobile phone radiation on serum testosterone in Wistar albino rats



Effects of the 1900 MHz electromagnetic field emitted from cellular phone on nocturnal melatonin secretion



Association of mobile phone radiation with fatigue, headache, dizziness, tension and sleep disturbance in Saudi population



Non-thermal heat-shock response to microwaves.



Increase of brain ammonia after microwave irradiation and its mechanism



Microwave irradiation and lipid metabolism in mice



Microwave radiation can alter protein conformation without bulk heating.



RF radiation-induced changes in the prenatal development of mice



Lethal and teratogenic effects of long-term low-intensity radio frequency radiation at 428 MHz on developing chick embryo



Mobile Phone Use and the Risk for Malignant Brain Tumors: A Case-Control Study on Deceased Cases and Controls





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