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Toronto – Protocol for Towers and Antenna Under 15 Meters in Height

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UPDATE

There were 3 agenda items before Toronto City Council Dec. 16-18

  • PG29.8 Review of City Protocol for Telecommunications Towers Under 15 Metres in Height - Supplementary Report;
  • PW27.10 Telecommunications - Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles (on City's public right-of-way)
  • GM26.8 Telecommunication Towers and Antennae Agreements between Rogers Communication Inc. and the City of Toronto;

C4ST feels there were important precedents set by these items being passed by Council including another municipality in Canada formally asking Health Canada to revise Safety Code 6.

We especially thank councilor Jaye Robinson for her efforts and councilors Michelle Berardinetti and Adam Vaughan for their motions.

GM26.8 Telecommunication Towers and Antennae Agreements between Rogers Communication Inc. and the City of Toronto


City Council passed this agenda item.

C4ST supported the Terms and Conditions that we understand City staff has included in the Rogers agreement, especially:

  1. Agreement to meet the City of Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance Policy for radiation emissions (at 100 times safer than Health Canada’s Safety Code 6) in which Toronto leads North America;
  2. Indemnity: "Licensee to release and indemnify the City from claims arising from the license" which include health effects
  3. All antenna will be tested annually to ensure they meet Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance Policy
  4. Councilors will be notified of new tower requests and the new towers will adhere to PG29.8 Antenna Siting Protocol

We feel this is a very important precedent in North America and one other cities can copy.

PG29.8 Review of City Protocol for Telecommunications Towers Under 15 Metres in Height


City Council passed the above agenda item including the following additional motions:

  1. Call on Industry Canada to require public consultation and consultation with the city for telecommunications towers under 15 metres in height;
  2. Call on Health Canada to revise Safety Code 6 to meet international best practices in consultation with the public and appropriate experts; and,
  3. Call on Toronto Hydro to adopt the city's best practices, including its Telecommunications Tower Protocol, for any antenna mounted on Toronto Hydro poles.
  4. City Council direct that a sign be posted on any telecommunications tower that would inform the public that the Federal Government has granted permission for the tower and that concerns should be directed to the local Member of Parliament and/or the appropriate federal authority, and to include the name and telephone number of the owning company.

PW27.10 Telecommunications - Authority to Permit the Installation of Stand-Alone Antenna Poles on City's public right-of-way


City Council passed this agenda item.

C4ST did not support this item since this would be a new area of cell tower and antennae intrusion.
However, these new towers will be subject to the same terms as above:

  1. Agreement to meet the City of Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance Policy for radiation emissions (at 100 times safer than Health Canada’s Safety Code 6) in which Toronto leads North America;
  2. Indemnity: "Licensee to release and indemnify the City from claims arising from the license" which include health effects
  3. All antenna will be tested annually to ensure they meet Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance Policy
  4. Councilors will be notified of new tower requests and the new towers will adhere to PG29.8 Antenna Siting Protocol



On Monday December 16th, 2013 Toronto City Council will be voting on a major motion affecting the City of Toronto’s protocol for towers under 15 Meters in height which are currently exempt from public consultation by federal guidelines. The motion is Item 29.8 Review of City Protocol for Telecommunications Towers Under 15 Metres in Height (CLICK HERE).

Item 29.8 Review of City Protocol for Telecommunications Towers Under 15 Metres in Height


Currently under federal guidelines by Industry Canada, any cellular tower under 15M in height is exempt from public notice or consultation. Earlier this year, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (lobby group representing Bell, Rogers and Telus) did release a protocol for municipalities to follow re towers under 15M in height. The issue is this protocol is voluntary, does not include all the telecom companies, and has nothing to do with the health concerns regarding these towers. (See the FCM protocol HERE)

This motion is requesting council adopt amendments to their existing policy on towers under 15M to now include the following:
  1. City Council amend the City of Toronto Telecommunications Tower Protocol by:
    1. Amending the first sentence in Section 3(a) titled, "Preliminary Consultation" to read:

      "A preliminary consultation meeting between the proponent and the district Planning Consultant and/or City Planning Staff and Toronto Building Division staff is required for all telecommunication tower and telecommunication antenna proposals not exempted from consultation by Industry Canada, (but including all towers less than 15m. in height), before a Telecommunication Tower Review Application and/or Building Permit application is submitted."

    2. Amending Section 9 titled, "Exemptions to Telecommunication Tower Application Review", to read:

      "Telecommunications antennas and towers, which are exempted from the requirement to consult with the City under the provision of Industry Canada's CPC-2-0-03 ("Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems", June 2007, effective January 1, 2008) will be exempt from a Telecommunications Review Application. However, notwithstanding the above, telecommunications towers less than 15 m. in height will be required to submit a Telecommunications Tower Review Application."

  2. City Council direct that a sign be posted on any telecommunications tower under 15 metres in height that would inform the public that the Federal Government has granted permission for the tower and that concerns should be directed to the local Member of Parliament and/or the appropriate federal authority.
  3. City Council instruct the City Clerk to inform the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association of the changes to the City of Toronto's Telecommunications Tower Protocol and to request them to inform their members of the changes to the Protocol.

THE ASK OF TORONTO CITY COUNCIL

Suggest that City of Toronto ask Industry Canada to change its notification protocol for ALL towers under 15m regardless of location.

Toronto is in effect putting it’s own policy in place for any proponent wanting to install a tower under 15M on City of Toronto property. This does not apply to land use aside from City of Toronto property as the federal guidelines will still allow them to be exempt. We therefore suggest that Council write to Industry Canada and Industry Minister James Moore, and ask that ALL towers/antenna less than 15m in height no longer be exempted from CPC-2-0-03 [“Radio-communication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems”]

Additional Considerations


Under 15m Antenna mounted on Toronto Hydro Poles

Antenna mounted on hydro poles will be the predominant <15m towers in Toronto

We believe that cell towers on hydro poles are likely to predominate throughout Toronto. The revenue to Toronto Hydro is determined by Ontario Energy Board to cover only direct costs to Toronto Hydro. This has been determined to be $22.35/year per antenna. This is a deeply discounted rate compared to the commercial rates that apply to cell antennas across Toronto that private land owners usually receive.

The OEB decision is extremely unfavourable to Toronto Hydro and Toronto residents. We believe the best course of action is for Toronto Hydro to appeal the OEB ruling. Since Toronto Hydro is a private company, it is not required to meet Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance standard for radiation emissions. Nor is it required to follow Toronto’s Cell Tower Antenna Placement Protocol [item 29.8].

Federal safety code [SC6] is out of date and is not protecting Canadians (CLICK HERE).  Toronto adopted a Prudent Avoidance policy for cell towers in 2002 which recommends RF emissions 100 times lower than SC6. The need for Prudent Avoidance was reconfirmed on Nov 4th, 2013 by the Toronto Public Health (CLICK HERE). Concerns about the health effects from this radiation has been growing since WHO IARC recommended a 2B carcinogen rating for this radiation in 2011.  Dr. Anthony Miller, one of Canada’s foremost cancer epidemiologists suggested that if IARC were to review wireless radiation today a 2A rating would be applied [the most carcinogenic rating provided by IARC]. See Dr Miller’s deputation to Toronto Council (CLICK HERE).

It is in the public’s best interests, for antenna located on hydro poles meet Toronto best practice.

THE ASK OF TORONTO CITY COUNCIL

Suggest that City ask Hydro Board that any antenna mounted on hydro poles or light fixtures meet the following requirements:
  1. Antenna meet Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance Health Standard for radiation emitted [some 100 times less than Federal Safety Code 6 standard]
  2. Antenna are physically tested annually to make sure they meet Prudent Avoidance.
  3. Antenna follow the full protocol outlined in 29.8 and councillors/residents are notified ahead of installation.
  4. Toronto Hydro is fully indemnified against all harms from the antenna [including harm to health].
Note: Cell companies are “self” insured because they are unable to buy third-party insurance for health harm caused by wireless radiation. It is important that City is explicitly not responsible for health harms as this is an important possible risk factor.

SEND YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE ABOVE ASKS OF TORONTO CITY COUNCIL TO THE RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.


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Government Officials Contact Information

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Rob Ford
Toronto
Email: Mayor_Ford@toronto.ca
Telephone: 416-397-FORD (3673)

City Clerk
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Paul Ainslie
Ward 43 Scarborough East
Email: councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

Ana Bailão
Ward 18 Davenport
Email: councillor_bailao@toronto.ca

Shelley Carroll
Ward 33 Don Valley East
Email: councillor_carroll@toronto.ca

Josh Colle
Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence
Email: councillor_colle@toronto.ca

Vincent Crisanti
Ward 1 Etobicoke North
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Glenn De Baeremaeker
Ward 38 Scarborough Centre
Email: councillor_deBaeremaeker@toronto.ca

Frank Di Giorgio
Ward 12 York South-Weston
Email: councillor_digiorgio@toronto.ca

John Filion
Ward 23 Willowdale
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Doug Ford
Ward 2 Etobicoke North
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Mark Grimes
Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Email: councillor_grimes@toronto.ca

Mike Layton
Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina
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Giorgio Mammoliti
Ward 7 York West
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Pam McConnell
Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Email: councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca

Joe Mihevc
Ward 21 St. Paul's
Email: councillor_mihevc@toronto.ca

Denzil Minnan-Wong
Ward 34 Don Valley East
Email: councillor_minnan-wong@toronto.ca

Frances Nunziata
Ward 11 York South-Weston
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John Parker
Ward 26 Don Valley West
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Anthony Perruzza
Ward 8 York West
Email: councillor_Perruzza@toronto.ca

Gord Perks
Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park
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David Shiner
Ward 24 Willowdale
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Michael Thompson
Ward 37 Scarborough Centre
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Kristyn Wong-Tam
Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale
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Maria Augimeri
Ward 9 York Centre
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Michelle Berardinetti
Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest
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Raymond Cho
Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River
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Gary Crawford
Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest
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Janet Davis
Ward 31 Beaches-East York
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Mike Del Grande
Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt
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Sarah Doucette
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Paula Fletcher
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Mary Fragedakis
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Norm Kelly
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Chin Lee
Ward 41 Scarborough-Rouge River
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Gloria Lindsay Luby
Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre
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Josh Matlow
Ward 22 St. Paul's
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Mary-Margaret McMahon
Ward 32 Beaches-East York
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Peter Milczyn
Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore
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Ron Moeser
Ward 44 Scarborough East
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Cesar Palacio
Ward 17 Davenport
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James Pasternak
Ward 10 York Centre
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Jaye Robinson
Ward 25 Don Valley West
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Karen Stintz
Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence
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Toronto Won’t Have Free Wi-Fi In Its Parks or Public Spaces

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Toronto councillors pulled the plug on the idea of extending free Wi-Fi service to city parks and other publicly accessible places at the Nov. 21 meeting of the city’s Government Management committee. The committee voted to defer indefinitely the motion brought forward by St. Paul’s Councillor Josh Matlow after hearing from residents worried about the possible health impacts of Wi-Fi operating in public spaces.
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C4ST Applauds Toronto Board of Health’s Decision to Retain Lower Ceiling for Cell Tower Wireless Radiation

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Toronto, November 12, 2013 – Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) supports the Toronto Board of Health on voting to keep the ceiling for wireless radiation from cell towers at levels 100 times below “Safety Code 6” Health Canada guidelines. The City will continue with the Prudent Avoidance Policy and will not remove this precautionary health stance from the policy books.
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Toronto Public Health Prudent Avoidance (Original)

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toronto-public-healthMonday November 4th, 2013 there will be a City council meeting where Toronto Public Health will vote on the recommendation from the Medical Officer of Health to remove Toronto Public Health’s prudent avoidance policy for wireless/RF radiation arising from cell tower emissions. Let the Board of Health know that you want the Prudent Avoidance Policy to remain in place because you do not want the fate of all Torontonians to rely on Health Canada’s antiquated Safety Code 6.

What is Safety Code 6?

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.

What is prudent avoidance?

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 Public Health Prudent Avoidance

Toronto Board of Health is voting on the irresponsible 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 lower emissions than the federal standard, Safety Code 6 (SC6) in line with China and Russia, and even tighter restrictions on emissions in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Luxemburg. Removing Toronto’s prudent avoidance would not be a good thing.

Monday November 4th, 2013
Toronto Board of Health is hearing from the public on the Medical Officer of Health's recommendations. They need to hear from Torontonians to keep PA!


Please come out and support:
Toronto City Hall
West Wing
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2
Meeting Room 1, 2nd Floor between 2pm-4pm on Monday 4th November.

You can also contact the Toronto Public Health Complaints Officer
Call: 416-338-7600
Email: tphfeedback@toronto.ca
Fax: 416-338-8061, Attention Toronto Public Health Complaints Officer
Mail: Toronto Public Health Complaints Officer, 277 Victoria St, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W2

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Wants to Hide Behind Safety Code 6. He is...

  1. 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;
  2. The Board of Health encourage Industry Canada to:
    • Conduct regular monitoring for radiofrequencies arising from telecommunications structures in Toronto, and to make this information publicly available and accessible.
    • Ensure that information regarding the locations and estimated emissions of all cellular phone antennas is publicly available and accessible.
  3. The Board of Health encourage Health Canada to continue to review health evidence pertaining to human exposure to RFs and to revise Safety Code 6 whenever appropriate to protect human health.

Summary

This report responds to a motion by the Board of Health (BOH) to review the City of Toronto's Prudent Avoidance (PA) policy related to radiofrequencies (RFs) emitted from cell phone towers and to provide an update on evidence regarding public health impacts from exposure to cell tower RFs. Under the policy, adopted by City Council in 2008 as recommended by the BOH, Toronto Public Health (TPH) reviews the predicted RF values provided by companies applying to install new cell phone base stations (cell towers) in Toronto and requests that providers keep RF emission levels 100 times below Safety Code 6, Health Canada's public exposure guideline. Compliance with the PA policy is voluntary as the authority to regulate cell phone towers (including siting and the development of appropriate RF exposure levels) rests with the federal government.

Since 2008, 33 applications for towers have been assessed by TPH and compliance with the PA policy has been high. With few exceptions, RF emissions estimates typically have met the PA policy level and all have been well below Safety Code 6. The application of the policy is however restricted to a relatively small subset of cell towers in the City that are subject to municipal consultation and enforceability is constrained by a lack of municipal jurisdiction.

From its review of recent health evidence, TPH notes that the majority scientific opinion indicates that the health risk to the public from cell towers and other telecommunications sources of RFs is low.

Toronto Public Health responds regularly to resident concerns and councillor inquiries about cell phone towers and antennas. Response strategies have involved site visits, requesting information on emissions from the provider and/or Industry Canada and most recently, taking field measurements of RFs from specific antennas. The information reviewed by TPH has indicated that the RF levels from these antenna systems have consistently been well below Safety Code 6 and have met the PA policy level. Based on a review of evidence and TPH's experience implementing the policy, continued application of the PA policy in the form of a stricter exposure guideline is no longer necessary as it does not confer a health benefit to the residents of Toronto. The Medical Officer of Health therefore recommends that the Board support discontinuation of the PA policy. Toronto Public Health will continue to monitor the health evidence related to RFs from cell towers and will continue to respond to and address public concerns as they arise.

Click HERE to read the Full Recommendation to Toronto Council to Remove PA

Click HERE to read the Toronto Public Health Full Report

TPH claims these points as justification for removing PA:

  1. TPH claims: Radiation levels in Toronto have not increased since 2002/3. TPH sites only one reference, which is a non-public letter between Toronto’s Medical Health Officer, David McKeown, and a Director within Industry Canada. If a proper survey had been conducted [eg. 2002 survey] it would be made public and available. Therefore, it is clear that TPH is making this assertion against global trends and without any real science.
  2. TPH claims: There is no scientific basis to be prudent. The risk from cell towers is low. The science is mounting. Also it is common sense: if we continue to irradiate Torontonians with increasing levels of microwave radiation, how can they remain healthy? TPH’s review methodology is flawed as it only considers older studies [by considering only reviews of primary science rather than the primary science itself]. Some of the most important science has been published in the last 12 months. These studies are ignored by TPH.
  3. TPH claims: Electro-hypersensitivity [EHS] unlikely to exist given current scientific evidence. Odd that TPH takes this approach when the science of EHS has been so flawed and both Ontario Disability Act and Canadian Human Rights Commission recognize this disability. Perhaps it would have helped TPH to consult with leaders in the field [Scientists Dr. Olle Johannson in Sweden and Dr. Belpomme] and environmental doctors across Canada who are treating this disability daily with long waiting lists.
  4. TPH claims: Toronto has no real jurisdiction over Cell towers. While Toronto has little legal jurisdiction, it has worked to contain the RF emitted from cell towers over last 10 years. We would like TPH to continue this work in protection of Torontonians.

As a concerned Torontonian, it is of critical importance that you write an email (on the right hand side of this page) and/or call your Councillor COPYING all Councillors across Toronto to explain why you are concerned about this, and to make it clear that you do not support removal of Toronto’s Prudent Avoidance Policy, and that you want your Councillor to also not support removal.

Government Officials Contact Information

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Loren Vanderlinden
Manager, Healthy Public Policy
Email: lvander@toronto.ca

Monica Campbell
Director, Healthy Public Policy
Email: mcampbe2@toronto.ca

Reg Ayre
Manager, Healthy Environments
Email: rayre@toronto.ca

Melanie Azeff
Public Health Inspector
Email: mazeff@toronto.ca

Dr. David McKeown
The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto
Email: dmckeown@toronto.ca

Toronto Public Health Complaints Officer
Email: tphfeedback@toronto.ca

 

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Councillor Joe Mihevc (Chair)
Email: councillor_mihevc@toronto.ca

Councillor Raymond Cho
Email: councillor_cho@toronto.ca

Councillor Sarah Doucette (Vice Chair)
Email: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

Councillor John Filion
Email: councillor_filion@toronto.ca

Councillor Gord Perks
Email: @toronto.ca

Councillor Wong-Tam
Email: councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca

Trustee Pamela Gough
Email: @toronto.ca

Abdul Fattah
Email: @toronto.ca

David Laws
Email: @toronto.ca

Suman Roy
Email: @toronto.ca

Jennifer Sarjeant
Email: @toronto.ca

Rumina Velshi
Email: @toronto.ca

Clerk
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Toronto Public Health Prudent Avoidance Upheld by Board of Health

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toronto-public-health-3UPDATE: 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.

What is Safety Code 6?

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.

What is Prudent Avoidance?

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 Public Health Prudent Avoidance

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. 

Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown claimed these points as justification for removing PA:

  1. TPH claims: Radiation levels in Toronto have not increased since 2002/3. TPH sites only one reference, which is a non-public letter between Toronto’s Medical Health Officer, David McKeown, and a Director within Industry Canada. If a proper survey had been conducted [eg. 2002 survey] it would be made public and available. Therefore, it is clear that TPH is making this assertion against global trends and without any real science.
  2. TPH claims: There is no scientific basis to be prudent. The risk from cell towers is low. The science is mounting. Also it is common sense: if we continue to irradiate Torontonians with increasing levels of microwave radiation, how can they remain healthy? TPH’s review methodology is flawed as it only considers older studies [by considering only reviews of primary science rather than the primary science itself]. Some of the most important science has been published in the last 12 months. These studies are ignored by TPH.
  3. TPH claims: Electro-hypersensitivity [EHS] unlikely to exist given current scientific evidence. Odd that TPH takes this approach when the science of EHS has been so flawed and both Ontario Disability Act and Canadian Human Rights Commission recognize this disability. Perhaps it would have helped TPH to consult with leaders in the field [Scientists Dr. Olle Johannson in Sweden and Dr. Belpomme] and environmental doctors across Canada who are treating this disability daily with long waiting lists.
  4. TPH claims: Toronto has no real jurisdiction over Cell towers. While Toronto has little legal jurisdiction, it has worked to contain the RF emitted from cell towers over last 10 years. We would like TPH to continue this work in protection of Torontonians.

Toronto Board of Health Passed These Recommendations

The Board of Health encouraged Industry Canada to:

  1. Conduct regular monitoring for radiofrequencies arising from telecommunications structures in Toronto, and to make this information publicly available and accessible
  2. Ensure that information regarding the locations and estimated emissions of all cellular phone antennas is publicly available and accessible

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.

Toronto Board of Health Rejected the Removal of PA Recommendation

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


Recent News & Updates

  • UPDATE: Nov 14, 2013 - Toronto’s Board of Health says the federal government should tell the public where cellphone antennas and telecommunication structures are in the city and what levels of radio frequencies they emit. Please see HERE for more details.
  • UPDATE: Nov 12, 2013 - Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) supports the Toronto Board of Health on voting to keep the ceiling for wireless radiation from cell towers at levels 100 times below “Safety Code 6” Health Canada guidelines. The City will continue with the Prudent Avoidance Policy and will not remove this precautionary health stance from the policy books. Please see HERE for more details.



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.

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Letter to Ginette Petitpas Taylor

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Click to download the pdf version The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, M.P. Minister of Health Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney’s Pasture Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 Via email: Minister_Ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca Ginette.PetitpasTaylor@parl.gc.ca September 21, 2017   Dear Minister Petitpas Taylor, On behalf of the volunteers of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), I would like to extend our congratulations on […]
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