Susan’s letters to the media

Susan is a resident in the riding of WV-SC-S2SC and has concerns that she expressed to the local media. She’s supplied me with her letter and I reproduce them here just to offer a sense of the concerns people have for which we need common consensuc, public discussion, and possible solutions if we indeed deem certain issues worth acting upon. It does not hurt to ask questions and such practices must be encouraged to maintain a democracy and healthy society for all to flourish. I offer the entiretly of her information (and take no responsibility for the links provided… sorry), but wish to allow her expression of concern for the sake of debate. Brennan Wauters.

Are smart meters smart?

 

I’ve just learned my son has a smart meter on his house. The excuse is that his driveway’s too long for the meter reader to go up once every other month. According to a Jan, 2011 California study by Sage Environmental Consultants, this device produces the amount of microwave radiation that a major cellphone tower would if located 200-600 ft away from his home. The study warns of possible short term effects: headaches, sleep disruption, tremors, cognitive impairment, tinnitus, increased cancer risk, and heart arrhythmia.

 

 

The Bioinitiative Report of 2007 includes about 2000 international studies on electromagnetic radiation and brain tumours, leukemia and other illnesses. But Health Canada declares there’s “no scientific reason to consider the use of wireless communications devices, such as cellphones, BlackBerrys, wireless laptop computers and their supporting infrastructure dangerous.” Apparently this nonchalance is based on Canada’s Safety Code 6. One of the report’s contributers testified to the Standing Committee on Health that this code is, “completely out of date and obsolete” in the face of prolonged low-intensity exposures to microwave radiation from cellphones, cell towers and masts, Wi-Fi, and smart meters.

 

 

In Dec, 2006, ‘Common Ground’ maintained, “The industry’s need to cover up the hazards of wireless technology has been fuelled not only by fear of lost profits, but also by fear of bankruptcy. Insurance companies gradually withdrew all coverage for claims relating to health problems from cellphones following the first studies showing they were dangerous.” And microwave radiation is dangerous to our co-inhabitants too. Another expert testified to the Standing Committee that it disrupts bird migration and “probably causes colony collapse disorder in bees.” How long can we bury our heads in the sand ignoring the obvious – that just like any other species on Earth we’re not immune from extinction?

For more information, see:

http://www.magdahavas.com Dr. Havas YouTube site: The Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Meters: http://www.youtube.com/user/magdahavas#p/f/22/FLeCTaSG2-U
CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2010/02/09/smart-grid-electricity.html
There is an e-mail list that sends out great info when it comes out (very few e-mails):http://www.electricalpollution.com/. Contact the Webmaster at webmaster@electricalpollution.com and Join the electrical pollution email list by typing “join email list” in the subject heading when you email.

Health Canada about to weaken drug regulations?

In his analysis of Health Canada’s ongoing deliberations re “modernizing” Canada’s drug regulations, professor Joel Lexchin raises the following points:

Since 1994, Health Canada has been charging pharmaceutical companies user fees to have their drugs reviewed. These provide a “substantial fraction” of the money needed to run it. This type of funding has caused concern in the UK in that it could shift the focus from maintaining public health as the foremost goal to offering more user-friendly procedures (eg faster drug approval) in order to receive more funding.

Although Health Canada has lessened its secrecy re data from drug trials, it still doesn’t report everything that’s needed to make independent assessments of new drugs. Unlike the US, which mandates both public registration of clinical trials and the posting of their results, Health Canada has been dragging its feet on this issue and still doesn’t provide any indication of when it will be done.

It has also rejected developing standards for the timeline between receiving adverse event reports and analyzing and posting them on its website.

References:     

Who’s Calling the Tune: Harmonization of Drug Regulation in Canada by Joel Lexchin (professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and an associate professor in the Dept of Family and Community Medicine at the U of Toronto)

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/who%E2%80%99s-calling-tune

Regulatory Modernization Reshaping Canada’s Health and Safety Systems for Food, Health and Consumer Products

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/sr-sr/pubs/hpr-rpms/bull/2010-reg-mod/index-eng.php#a8