1) As we know, telecoms like Telus are busy building the infrastructure for 5G, putting fibre optic cables on poles throughout our neighbourhoods prior to installing the microcells loaded with transmitters. We need to be as knowledgeable about what is going on as possible. The 5G Canada Council is comprised of members of the CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) and promotes the growth of wireless industry in Canada. There is a whole lot in their website — below is a sample from the “5G Primer”.
5G Canada Council
Deployment of 5G infrastructure
“5G networks will assist citizens in their daily lives, deliver significant economic benefits, and help municipalities provide better government services. Yet many of the existing rules, regulations, and fees governing the deployment of wireless infrastructure were established to address the siting of 200-foot tall cell towers.
5G will require a greater density of small cells using much smaller equipment. This will require more precise cell positioning and a larger number of siting approvals. To ensure that the benefits of 5G are fully realized, policymakers at all levels of government must modernize the deployment process to ensure:
(i) Fair and reasonable access to government-owned land and buildings, including utility poles and streetlights;
(ii) The streamlining of administrative processes, including shorter timelines, appropriate exemptions, and the use of objective standards; and
(iii) Reasonable and non-discriminatory fees for the use of government infrastructure.”
2) The CWTA’s website is very interesting, too.
5G is The Foundation For Realizing The Full Potential of IoT
“Most people think of 5G as just an update to existing wireless networks, but it is really a whole new telecommunications system. While 4G networks focus primarily on data transmission (i.e., throughput), 5G is designed not only to provide faster speeds, it is also designed to provide more widespread coverage, handle more connected devices and traffic types, and provide the specific combinations of speed, bandwidth, and quality of service that particular services or systems require. In this way, 5G networks will become smart networks that respond to the needs of the end user, and connect infrastructure, vehicles, sensors, buildings, machinery, and people in ways not previously possible….
5G and IoT will enable businesses and organizations to gain real-time insights from the data that is streamed from connected sensors and devices. These insights will not only improve decision-making and operations, but they can also improve the safety and standard of living of individuals.”
3) Environmental Health Trust’s Jackson Hole Virtual Film Festival presents
UNBREATHABLE: The Fight for Healthy Air
Streaming May 15-25, 2022
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JOIN Q & A WITH FILM DIRECTOR MAGGIE BURNETTE STOGNER
As always, we recommend you watch with a wired ethernet connection. Registration required. Use this streaming link:
Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is a timely, powerful look at fifty years of the Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. Over the past fifty years, there has been major progress in significantly reducing air pollution across the nation thanks to the Clean Air Act. However, asthma continues to be the number one health issue for children and nearly half of all Americans across the country today are still impacted by unhealthy levels of air pollution. This 30-minute film shares stories of communities that are fighting for healthier air and the challenges we face to ensure healthy air for all.
Directed and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Maggie Burnette Stogner and produced by Elizabeth Joy Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Unbreathable was made with support from the American Lung Association, American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking, AU’s Center for Environmental Policy, and the Hanley Foundation. Tax-deductible fiscal sponsor: American University. Learn more at:
Maggie Burnette Stogner is a professor of Film and Media Arts and the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University. She has over 30 years of filmmaking experience including nine years at National Geographic and senior producer of the award-winning Explorer and Ultimate Explorer. In 2005, she launched Blue Bear Films and had has continued to direct, producer and write internationally broadcast documentaries.
THEODORA SCARATO, MSW, is Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a scientific think tank that publishes research and educates policymakers on environmental health issues. Scarato directs EHT educational programs, publishes research, and coordinates scientific conferences and programs in the US and internationally alongside EHT’s Senior Science Advisors. Learn more at: ehtrust.org
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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