On Monday January 19th 2015 Oakville Member of Parliament Terence Young announced multi-party support for his Private member’s Bill requiring manufacturers of wireless devices to place health warnings labels on their packaging.
Terence Young is known for championing a new Law enacted in 2014 requiring pharmaceutical companies to better label serious side effects from their pills. The law, known as Vanessa’s Law, was passed after Young’s teenage daughter Vanessa died of a heart attack from a medication she was taking. On the heels of that improvement in safety warnings on pharmaceuticals, Young has now shifted his focus to warning labels on cell phones and other wireless devices because they are determined to be a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization (2011 Class 2b) the same category as lead and DDT.
“This is not a partisan Bill, it is one that affects every party,” said Young. “Members across Canada are hearing from our constituents that they don’t want our amazing twenty first century communications to cause a twenty first century health crisis. It’s time to label the packages with the same warnings the manufacturers already put in fine print.”
MP Terence Young Reading Bill C-648 into the House of Commons – January 19th, 2015
Comments in the House of Commons Re Bill C-648 – February 23rd, 2015
The warning label must be clearly atlixed to any radio apparatus for use by the general public or to the outside packaging of any such radio at any point of sale
in a retail outlet in Canada; or
on a website engaging in commerce in Canada.
The warning label must include:
a reference to the classification, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization as possibly carcinogenic to humans;
reference to the various potential health risks from exposure to the radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from a radio apparatus;
an identifiable symbol for non-ionizing 5 radiation hazard;
an indication of the radio apparatus’ origin, including the name and address of its manufacturer or distributor; and
any additional information prescribed by 10 regulations that relates to potential health risks from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.
Offences and Punishment
Every person who contrives any provision of this Act or the regulations made under this Act is guilty of an offence and is liable
on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $50,000 per day; or
on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding $100,000 per day or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months per day of the offence, or to both.
If a person other than an individual commits an offense under this Act, any of the person’s officers, directors, agents or mandataries who directed, authorized, assented to acquiesced in or participated in the commission of the offense is a party to and guilty of the offence and is liable on conviction to the punishment provided for by this Act, whether or not the person is prosecuted for the offence.
No person may be convicted of an offense under this Act in relation to the sale of a radio apparatus if the apparatus in relation to which the offense was committed was received by, or was in transit to, the person from a supplier before the coming into force of this Act.
If an offence under this Act is committed or continued on more than one day, it constitutes a separate offence for each day on which it is committed or continued.