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e-404 (Cell phone towers)

Initiated by Kristin Morrison from Caledon, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Cell towers emit radiofrequency / microwave radiation which has been classified by the World Health Organization as a class 2b possible human carcinogen;
  • Unlike other possible carcinogens in this category such as chloroform, the emissions from cell towers radiate humans continuously;
  • Studies in Brazil, Israel and Germany show cancer rate increases up to over 40 times higher within 400 meters of a cell tower than beyond 1000 metres;
  • It has been proven by the scientific community that children are more vulnerable to the effects of exposure to radiofrequency/microwave radiation due to their thin skulls and developing brains. No laws currently prevent the installation of cell towers near schools;
  • A Nanos poll indicated that 60% of Canadians are concerned or somewhat concerned about possible health effects related to electromagnetic frequencies. Cell phones and cell towers were the top two sources of electromagnetic frequencies that Canadians were concerned about; and
  • Industry Canada does not monitor emissions once cell towers / antennas are approved, i.e, no one measures the amount of radiation emitted when additional antennas are added.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
1. Enact the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Possible) when it comes to radiofrequency/ microwave radiation exposure allowances;
2. Ensure that cellular antennas /towers are kept away from schools and other sensitive areas; and
3. Enforce continuous monitoring during and after the installation of cellular antennas /towers for minimum achievable radiofrequency / microwave radiation levels.
Government response tabled on December 9, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-96-01)
Open for signature
June 17, 2016, at 9:10 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 15, 2016, at 9:10 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
David Tilson (Dufferin—Caledon)
October 26, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00824)
Government response tabled
December 9, 2016
Photo - David Tilson
Conservative Caucus