Beginning in 2012 the Peel District School Board (PDSB) approved a $7 million investment in technology that included a plan to install WiFi in all Peel schools, elementary to secondary by the end of the 2012/2013 school year. The plan also included a roll out campaign directed at students to BYOD — “Bring Your Own Device” to school in order to save costs on having to purchase devices for each student. Since then parents, students, teachers unions, and concerned organizations have called upon the PDSB to engage in dialogue and work towards safe use of wireless devices. Instead parents and concerned teachers have been ridiculed and told to take the issue up with Health Canada and Peel Health.
"I did not consent to this level of risk," said the high school student in Mississauga. "The School Board has been informed that our WiFi system puts us at risk of infertility and breast cancer but it's choosing not to protect us," she said.
The student is part of a group of female high school students lobbying for safety standards to be tightened since microwave radiation from WiFi and cell phones is now considered a Class 2B Carcinogen on the World Health Organization's Cancer watch list, and they are exposed to it daily at school.
"PM TRUDEAU WE REQUEST YOU PRIORITIZE THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE HESA REPORT. IT IS URGENT FOR THE HEALTH OF EVERY STUDENT IN CANADA, AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF CANADIANS."
In May 2014 The Peel District School Board commissioned GS2 Environmental Consulting Inc to conduct Electromagnetic Radiation testing in 25 Peel schools to measure the emissions from WiFi and other wireless devices within the schools. The electrical engineer that GS2 commissioned to conduct this testing was Dr Natalia Nikolova who C4ST believes has clear conflicts with the wireless industry as seen below in her bio working with companies heavily invested in the proliferation of wireless technologies such as Research in Motion (Blackberry), Com.Dev International, Faustus Scientific, and Quantic EMC.
Peel Region: WHO has not concluded that Wi-Fi is a carcinogen.
C4ST: The Peel District School Board statement is misleading to teachers and students in its schools. Wi-Fi is 100% part of the WHO cancer warning list. In May, 2011 the World Health Organization classified radiofrequency radiation as “Class 2B possibly carcinogenic”. This was confirmed by the Chair of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Dr. Jonathon Samet, who made the recommendation.
Peel Region: Health Canada’s position is that no precautionary measures are needed.
C4ST: In October, 2011, Health Canada issued a cell phone use warning for children under 18 years of age. Health Canada “encourages parents to reduce children's RF (radiofrequency radiation) exposure from cell phones since children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents”. Peel District School Board’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is contrary to Health Canada’s suggestions for reduced exposure to cell phones and wireless devices in order to protect children from potential harm.
Peel Region: Research has not been able to provide support for a causal relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and self-reported symptoms, or electromagnetic hypersensitivity.”
C4ST: In a letter to Mr. Tony Pontes, Director of Education, Peel District School Board, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine warned that “To install this widespread wireless internet access system in Peel District schools risks a widespread public health hazard that the medical system is not yet prepared to address. Statistics show that you can expect to see an immediate reaction in 3% and delayed effects in 30%, including teachers.”
Is Wi-Fi included in the IARC/WHO’s 2B classification of RF-EMF?
Yes. In May of 2011, the IARC (International Association for Research on Cancer) declared radio frequency radiation as a possible cause of cancer. Click here for official document. Since then Federal, provincial, and municipal health authorities in Canada have made the FALSE claim that the IARC declaration of RF as a possible human carcinogen refers ONLY to mobile phones. This is not and has never been the case. Wi-Fi and all EMF emitting devices are included in this grouping.
Why the confusion?
IARC does not classify devices, they classify exposures. The 2B designation therefore applies to all RF-EMF exposures, regardless of the source. It isn’t the physical source that is being evaluated; it’s the type of emission that exits from any source, that is being evaluated.
Confirmation from IARC
In this video clip (click here) Dr. Jonathan M Samet, MD, University of Southern California, Chairman of the Working Group, states at the 3.12 minute mark “the designation of class 2B RF-EMFs is unspecified as to source, class 2B has broad applicability to sources that emit RMFs".
Confirmation from Dr Robert A Baan PhD, Responsible Officer, Monograph 102 on RF-EMF, The IARC Monographs, IARC, Lyon, FRANCE
“many other devices emit the same type of RF radiation, e.g.,base-station antennas, radio/tv antennas, WiFi stations, smart meters, etc. Therefore, all these fall under the same broad evaluation of “Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.” Click here to read.