Candidates Who Care About Canadians’ Health

In 2015, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA) published a report entitled Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians. The report received all-party support and was tabled by the Conservative (2015) and Liberal (2016) majority governments. None of the recommendations have been fully implemented.

We are asking Candidates for Election to the 44th Canadian Parliament to agree to support the implementation of the HESA Report recommendations if elected.

“The potential risks of exposure to RF (radiofrequency) fields are a serious public health issue that needs to be brought to the attention of Canadians.”

~ HESA Report

Summary of HESA Recommendations

Recommendation 4

That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.


Recommendation 9

That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.


Recommendation 12

That the Government of Canada and manufacturers consider policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.

Recommendation 2

That Statistics Canada consider including questions related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the Canadian Community Health Survey.


Recommendation 4

That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.


Recommendation 5

That the Government of Canada continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.


Recommendation 7

That the Government of Canada establish a system for Canadians to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields.

Recommendation 1

That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.


Recommendation 6

That Health Canada ensure the openness and transparency of its processes for the review of Safety Code 6, so that all Canadians have an opportunity to be informed about the evidence considered or excluded in such reviews, that outside experts are provided full information when doing independent reviews, and that the scientific rationale for any change is clearly communicated


Recommendation 8

That an independent scientific body recognized by Health Canada examine whether measures taken and guidelines provided in other countries, such as France and Israel, to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment, to radiofrequencies should be adopted in Canada.


Recommendation 10

That Health Canada conduct a comprehensive review of all existing literature relating to radiofrequency fields and carcinogenicity based on international best practices

Recommendation 1

That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.


Recommendation 3

That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity testing, diagnosis and treatment, and its possible impacts on health in the workplace.


Recommendation 11

That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into the link between radiofrequency fields and potential health effects such as cancer, genetic damage, infertility, impairment to development and behaviour, harmful effects to eyes and on the brain, cardiovascular, biological and biochemical effects.

Candidates Who Care About Canadians’ Health

The list of candidates who have agreed to push for the implementation* of the HESA recommendations if elected, is posted below.

Canadians concerned about wireless radiation will be encouraged to consult this list before voting.

(Our network includes all signatories of the Suspend 5G Appeal plus members of over 30 Canadian organizations.)

Candidates Who Care

By Province

By Party

  • Animal Protection Party of Canada
  • Bloc Québecois
  • Christian Heritage Party of Canada
  • Conservative
  • Free Party
  • Green Party
  • Independent
  • Liberal
  • Libertarian Party of Canada
  • NDP
  • People's Party of Canada
  • Veterans Coalition Party of Canada

Alberta

Bow RiverGetahun Shawile (Liberal)
Calgary ConfederationEdward Gao (People’s Party of Canada)
Calgary HeritageBailey Bedard (People’s Party of Canada)
Calgary ShepardRaj Jessel (NDP)
Calgary ShepardRon Vaillant (People’s Party of Canada)
Calgary Signal HillNick Debrey (People’s Party of Canada)
Calgary SkyviewHarry Dhillon (People’s Party of Canada)
Edmonton ManningMartin Halvorson (People’s Party of Canada)
Edmonton WestAdam Brown (Liberal)
Edmonton—WetaskiwinHugo Charles (NDP)
Edmonton—WetaskiwinTravis Calliou (Veterans Coalition party of Canada)
LethbridgeKimmie Hovan (People’s Party of Canada)
Medicine Hat—Cardston—WarnerBrodie Heidinger (People’s Party of Canada)
Red Deer—LacombeJoan Barnes (Independent)
Red Deer—LacombeMegan Lim (People’s Party of Canada)
Red Deer—Mountain ViewOlumide Adewumi (Liberal)
YellowheadGordon Francey (Veterans Coalition Party of Canada)




British Columbia

Burnaby SouthMaureen Curran (Green Party)
Courtenay—AlberniSusanne Lawson (Green Party)
DeltaHong Yan Pan (Independent)
Kamloops—Thompson—CaribooCorally Delwo (People’s Party of Canada)
Kelowna—Lake CountryImre Szeman (Green Party)
Kootenay—ColumbiaRana Nelson (Green Party)
Mission—Matsqui—Fraser CanyonNicole Bellay (Green Party)
Nanaimo—LadysmithPaul Manly (Green Party)
Nanaimo—LadysmithMichelle Corfield (Liberal)
North Island—Powell RiverJessica Wegg (Green Party)
North Okanagan—ShuswapRon Johnston (NDP)
North VancouverArchie Kaario (Green Party)
Richmond CentreJames Hinton (People’s Party of Canada)
Saanich—Gulf IslandsElizabeth May (Green Party)
Surrey CentreFelix Kongyuy (Green Party)
Vancouver GranvilleImtiaz Popat (Green Party)




Manitoba

Brandon-SourisWhitney Hodgins (NDP)
Churchill—Keewatinook AskiRalph McLean (Green Party)
Portage—LisgarAndrew Carrier (Liberal)
Saint Boniface—Saint VitalLaurent Poliquin (Green Party)
Selkirk—Interlake—EastmanIan Kathwaroon (People’s Party of Canada)




New Brunswick

Tobique–MactaquacDaniel Joseph Waggoner (People’s Party of Canada)




Newfoundland and Labrador

Long Range MountainsDarrell Shelley (People’s Party of Canada)
St. John’s EastDana Metcalfe (People’s Party of Canada)




Nova Scotia

Kings—HantsSteven Ford (People’s Party of Canada)
Sackville—Preston—ChezzetcookEarl Gosse (People’s Party of Canada)




Ontario

Algoma—Manitoulin—KapuskasingJohn Sagman (Conservative)
Barrie—InnisfilJohn Brassard (Conservative)
Barrie—InnisfilLisa-Marie Wilson (Liberal)
Barrie—InnisfilAleesha Gostkowski (NDP)
Barrie—InnisfilCorrado Brancato (People’s Party of Canada)
Beaches—East YorkRadu Rautescu (People’s Party of Canada)
Brampton NorthRuby Sahota (Liberal)
CarletonNira Dookeran (Green Party)
Chatham-Kent—LeamingtonMark Vercouteren (Green Party)
DavenportAlejandra Bravo (NDP)
Don Valley NorthJay Sobel (People’s Party of Canada)
GuelphKaren Levenson (Animal Protection Party of Canada)
GuelphLloyd Longfield (Liberal)
Haldimand—NorfolkCharles Lugosi (Christian Heritage Party of Canada)
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—BrockGene Balfour (Libertarian Party of Canada)
Humber River—Black CreekUnblind Tibbin (Green Party)
Huron—BruceJustin L. Smith (Independent)
Kitchener South—HespelerTyler Calver (Conservative)
Lanark—Frontenac—KingstonFlorian Bors (People’s Party of Canada)
Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau LakesLorraine Rekmans (Green Party)
Markham—ThornhillMimi Lee (Green Party)
MiltonChris Kowalchuk (Green Party)
MiltonShibli Haddad (People’s Party of Canada)
Mississauga CentreElie Diab (People’s Party of Canada)
Mississauga—Erin MillsEwan Desilva (Green Party)
Mississauga—MaltonMark Davidson (Green Party)
Nickel BeltAndréane Chénier (NDP)
OakvilleJerome Adamo (NDP)
Oakville North—BurlingtonPam Damoff (Liberal)
Oakville North—BurlingtonLenaee Dupuis (NDP)
Oakville North—BurlingtonGilbert Jubinville (People’s Party of Canada)
Ottawa—VanierCrystelle Bourgignon (Free Party)
Parkdale—High ParkDiem Marchand-Lafortune (Green Party)
Parkdale—High ParkWilfried Richard Alexander Danzinger (People’s Party of Canada)
Perth—WellingtonKevin Kruchkywich (NDP)
Scarborough CentreMalcom Ponnayan (Conservative)
Scarborough—Rouge ParkZia Choudhary (Conservative)
Scarborough SouthwestAmanda Cain (Green Party)
St. CatharinesCatharine Rhodes (Green Party)
Thunder Bay—Superior NorthAmanda Moddejonge (Green Party)
University—RosedaleTim Grant (Green Party)
Vaughan—WoodbridgeHassan Khan (Green Party)
WillowdaleAnna Gorka (Green Party)
York South—WestonNicki Ward (Green Party)




Québec

Beauport—LimoilouDalila Elhak (Green Party)
Berthier—MaskinongéGeneviève Sénécal (People’s Party of Canada)
Brome—MissisquoiMarilou Alarie (Bloc Québécois)
Brome—MissisquoiMichelle Corcos (Green Party)
Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-CharlesJacques Palardy-Dion (Green Party)
Hull—AylmerJosée Lafleur (Free Party)
La Pointe-de-l’ÎleAgnès Falquet (Free Party)
Laurentides—LabelleMichel Le Comte (Green Party)
Laurentides—LabelleÉric-Abel Baland (NDP)
Laval—Les ÎlesRowan Woodmass (NDP)
Mégantic—L’ÉrableRéal Pépin (Free Party)
Mount RoyalClement Badra (Green Party)
Mount RoyalAnthony Housefather (Liberal)
Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—VerchèresCarole Boisvert (Free Party)
PontiacGeneviève Labonté-Chartrand (Free Party)
PontiacShaughn McArthur (Green Party)
Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les BasquesFrance Gagnon (Conservative)
Saint-LaurentGregory Yablunovsky (People’s Party of Canada)
Saint-Léonard—Saint-MichelAlicia Di Tullio (NDP)
Salaberry—SuroîtJoan Gottman (NDP)
TerrebonneDavid Hamelin-Schuilenburg (Green Party)




Saskatchewan

Saskatoon—GrasswoodGillian Walker (Green Party)
Saskatoon—GrasswoodMark Friesen (People’s Party of Canada)

UPDATED POSITION PAPERS WILL BE POSTED AS THEY ARE RECEIVED

NOTE TO ELECTORAL CANDIDATES
In compliance with section 550 of the Canada Elections Act, your pre election commitment to this issue will end on polling day and places no obligation on you to follow a particular course of action either now or in the future. Nothing in this Candidates Who Care commitment is intended to limit, nor will it limit, your freedom of action in Parliament and Canadians For Safe Technology will not rely on it to attempt to achieve such a result.

HESA 2015 Recap

Official Minutes

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Witnesses Appearing Before Committee

Health Canada

  • Andrew Adams, Director General, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
  • James McNamee, Chief, Health Effects and Assessments Division, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch

Industry Canada

  • Peter Hill, Director General, Spectrum Management Operations Branch
  • Dan Duguay, Director General, Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

Royal Society of Canada Panel Members

  • Paul Demers, Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario – Chair RSC Panel
  • Frank Prato, Imaging Program Leader, Lawson Health Research Institute

Canadian Experts

  • Meg Sears, Adjunct Investigator, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Martin Blank, Special Lecturer, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

Speakers Handouts to The HESA Committee

Health Canada

Official Minutes

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Witnesses Appearing Before Committee

  • Frank Clegg , Chief Executive Officer C4ST
  • Dr Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Dr Magda Havas, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University
  • Dr Dariusz Leszczynski, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki
  • Rob Tarzwell, Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Speakers Presentations To The HESA Committee

Official Minutes

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Witnesses Appearing Before Committee

  • Carmen Krogh, Independent Health Researcher
  • Beth Harrington, Independent Health Researcher
  • Dr Riina Bray, Medical Director Environmental Health Clinic, Women’s College Hospital
  • Dr Anne-Marie Nicol, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr Devra Davis, President and Founder Environmental Health Trust
  • Dr Martha Herbert, Assistant Professor Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Bernard Lord, President and CEO Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Speakers Presentations To The HESA Committee

Feb 24th, 2015 Motion brought forward to HESA committee by Liberal Health Critic Dr Hedy Fry amended and carried.

March 13th, 2015 Health Canada releases severely flawed 2015 version of Safety Code 6 despite HESA investigations about to commence.

March 24th, 2015 Day 1 of HESA hearings investigating Safety Code 6 took place (see below for details)

March 26th, 2015 “It was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motions adopted Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the Committee hear witnesses concerning Safety Code 6 on Tuesday, April 21, and consider a draft report of its study of scopes of practice on Thursday, April 23, 2015.”

April 23rd, 2015 Day 2 of HESA hearings investigating Safety Code 6 took place.

April 28th, 2015 Day 3 of HESA hearings investigating Safety Code 6 took place.

April 30th, 2015 It was agreed, That the Standing Committee on Health direct Health Canada to provide detailed information in the form of a full scientific monograph on the reasons for acceptance or rejection of 140 studies on EMR submitted by Canadians for Safe Technologies with regards to Safety Code 6.

June 9th, 2015 The HESA Committee agreed on and finalized the draft report of its final recommendations.

June 17th, 2015 Chair of the HESA Committee MP Ben Lobb read and tabled the recommendations into the House of Commons.

June 16th, 2016 Chair of the HESA Committee Chair, Liberal MP Bill Casey read and re-tabled the recommendations into the House of Commons. (Due to the 2015 election call)

This list is from page 25 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA) 2015 report Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians [https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/412/HESA/Reports/RP8041315/hesarp13/hesarp13-e.pdf]

LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendation 1:
That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.

Recommendation 2:
That Statistics Canada consider including questions related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Recommendation 3:
That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity testing, diagnosis and treatment, and its possible impacts on health in the workplace.

Recommendation 4:
That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.

Recommendation 5:
That the Government of Canada continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Recommendation 6:
That Health Canada ensure the openness and transparency of its processes for the review of Safety Code 6, so that all Canadians have an opportunity to be informed about the evidence considered or excluded in such reviews, that outside experts are provided full information when doing independent reviews, and that the scientific rationale for any change is clearly communicated.

Recommendation 7:
That the Government of Canada establish a system for Canadians to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields.

Recommendation 8:
That an independent scientific body recognized by Health Canada examine whether measures taken and guidelines provided in other countries, such as France and Israel, to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment, to radiofrequencies should be adopted in Canada.

Recommendation 9:
That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.

Recommendation 10:
That Health Canada conduct a comprehensive review of all existing literature relating to radiofrequency fields and carcinogenicity based on international best practices.

Recommendation 11:
That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into the link between radiofrequency fields and potential health effects such as cancer, genetic damage, infertility, impairment to development and behaviour, harmful effects to eyes and on the brain, cardiovascular, biological and biochemical effects.

Recommendation 12:
That the Government of Canada and manufacturers consider policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.