UPDATE: Toronto Board Of Health REJECTS the recommendation from the Medical Officer of Health Dr David McKeown to drop Prudent Avoidance. On Monday November 4th, 2013 The Toronto Board of Health heard deputations from C4ST and concerned citizens regarding this unexplainable recommendation to drop Prudent Avoidance to instead trust in Safety Code 6 and Health Canada which is in the midst of a national controversy.
The Board of Health voted 4-4 (not the majority required) to reject recommendation #1 to drop Prudent Avoidance, and passed the two recommendations seen below.
Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 is the exposure guidelines for the cumulative limit of wireless/RF radiation exposure to the human body. It governs the emissions from cell phones, cell towers and antenna, WiFi, smart meters, as well as consumer goods such as cordless phones and baby monitors. It was put in place in the 1980’s, based on tests done to a 220lb mannequin on 6 minutes of exposure, does not take into account children, or biological effects at all and is embroiled in a national conflicted controversy unfolding in Ottawa at the moment. It is one of the worst in world today leaving Torontonians and Canadians at the mercy of industry. Learn more HERE.
Prudent avoidance is a precautionary principle in risk management, stating that reasonable efforts to minimise potential risks should be taken when the actual magnitude of the risks is unknown. In this case it takes the form of wireless radiation (EMR/RF) dictated in a document called Safety Code 6.
Toronto Board of Health voted on The Medical Officer Of Health’s recommendation to remove prudent avoidance [PA] for human exposure to Microwave/EMF radiation emissions from wireless antennas. Prudent avoidance in Toronto is currently 100 times more protective than the federal standard, Safety Code 6 (SC6), is in line with China and Russia and even tighter restrictions on emissions in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Luxemburg.
The Board of Health encouraged Industry Canada to:
The Board of Health encouraged Health Canada to continue to use prudence and to actively review health evidence including most recent scientific research and studies and to allow public and expert consultation pertaining to human exposure to RFs and to revise Safety Code 6 whenever appropriate to protect human health.
City Council discontinue the prudent avoidance policy wherein the City requests that radiofrequencies from cellular phone base stations are kept 100 times below Safety Code 6 in areas where the public normally spends time;
Click HERE to read the minutes from the November 4th Toronto Board of Health Meeting
Click HERE to read the Full Recommendation to Toronto Council to Remove PA
Click HERE to read the Toronto Public Health Full Report
Thank you to all that supported our efforts to retain Prudent Avoidance. Although not enforceable on a municipal level currently, this decision by Toronto Board of Health reconfirms Toronto as a leading City in Canada re concerns around RF exposure. It sends a clear message to Health Canada and Industry Canada that the largest City in Canada wants better regulations to protect its citizens.