1) Dr. Arazi and his Phonegate team have found that the French agency testing reconditioned phones is not reporting accurate results for iPhone 11 and Galaxy S9. This means their SARs exceeded the French allowable limit of 2 W/kg. The deception was discovered and no explanation was forthcoming.
I don’t know if phones in Canada are tested when reconditioned. I’m having enough trouble getting test result info on the few new phones that ISED has tested.
SAR tests of smartphones: the credibility of UFC-Que Choisir in question
“UFC-Que Choisir (UFC) has entrusted an independent specialized laboratory with the task of measuring the specific absorption rates (SAR) of a dozen reconditioned smartphones (iPhone 11 and Galaxy S9). The results of these measurements were published in April 2022 in an article in issue 612 of its monthly magazine entitled “Reconditioned smartphones: too powerful emissions?”. According to information sent to Phonegate Alert, the consumer association UFC would not have accurately reported the results of the SAR tests conducted by the laboratory.”
or Facebook – https://tinyurl.com/2p9fys26
2) New technological advances have made fibre transmissions even faster. There are still some technicalities to work out — but while we wait, the current speed is already far faster than wireless. Industry already realizes that 5G can’t compete, and this will make its support of fiber even greater.
Blistering data transmission record clocks over 1 petabit per second
“Researchers in Japan have clocked a new speed record for data transmission – a blistering 1.02 petabits per second (Pb/s). Better yet, the breakthrough was achieved using optical fiber cables that should be compatible with existing infrastructure….
The new breakthrough is not only faster, but it only transmits data in one mode per core, meaning it can be read by technology already in wide use. To top it all off, the four-core optical fiber cable has the same 0.125-mm diameter as a standard cable, meaning it should be compatible with existing infrastructure and manufacturing processes.”
3) Re. Qualicum Beach upcoming Council meeting. Carol has been attempting to educate the Councillors and the public about the dangers of RF in her battle against the cell tower near a school and residences. This item is on the agenda and she is asking for support to be able to arrange a presentation. Will the Council attend?
“4 d) THAT staff liaise with Carol Dowe to find a space for the public and Council to attend a presentation regarding Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).”
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Qualicum Beach, Council meeting Wed. June 08, 2022, 10:00am PST and watch livestream…it is recorded if you are unable.
Let as many people know as you can about this.
Sent to the SSI LTC, ISED and the lawyer representing the Concerned Residents of Channel Ridge yesterday
From: Oona McOuat (name given with permission)
To: Peter Luckham <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Peter Grove Islands Trust <email@example.com>; Laura Patrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Islands Trust <email@example.com>
Cc: Arden Beddoes <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Ken.Pungente@ised-isde.gc.ca <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 4, 2022, 07:30:53 p.m. PDT
Subject: ROGERS Telecommunication Tower Proposal at Channel Ridge, Salt Spring Island
Dear Trust Representatives,
I am writing in response to the May 17, 2022 letter sent to you by ISED which stated that ISED does not support your decision to rescind your concurrence with the Rogers Channel Ridge tower proposal.
A Valid Rationale to Support the Rescindment
Section 122 (4) of the Community Charter states: An act or proceeding of a council is not valid unless it is authorized or adopted by bylaw or resolution at a council meeting.
Therefore, the SS LTC was required to rescind the letter of concurrence it issued for the Rogers Channel Ridge tower. Why? Because on July 27, 2021, the date the concurrence letter was written, Salt Spring had an antenna siting policy in place, a policy that had not been followed during the siting process by the LTC or the proponent. The siting of this tower should not have followed ISED’s default process.
What policy did we have in place?
In 2001, the SS LTC adopted by resolution the public consultation and land use guidelines established by the Salt Spring Island Advisory Planning Commission for the siting of telecommunications towers. To the best of my knowledge, that resolution was not amended or repealed by the LTC by resolution on or before July 27, 2021.
As you are aware, ISED gives local governments the authority to consider the land-use compatibility of the antenna structure, the responses of the impacted residents and the proponent’s adherence to an existing antenna siting protocol. CREST complied with our 2001 antenna siting requirements in its 2019 Blain Road tower application. Why did we use ISED’s default process in this Rogers tower siting?
A Revoked Letter of Understanding Does not Cancel a Resolution by Council
Please share the timeline below with your legal team. I trust they are well versed in telecommunications and municipal law. If there are crucial details missing, I would appreciate being notified of them.
June 4 Delegation – Conflict of Interest?
Are you aware that Michael Krenz, who is presenting a delegation to the SS LTC on behalf of Rogers on June 14, worked as the Director of ISED’s Coastal British Columbia office for many years before leaving the public service in 2021 or 2022 to join Rogers? Mr. Krenz has previously given presentations on managing radio tower installations to municipal governments like Maple Ridge in 2014. In 2016, he was asked to intervene in tower siting disputes between Nanaimo residents and his now associate Samuel Sugita, Municipal Projects Manager with Rogers.
Is it possible that Mr. Krenz has former work affiliations with the ISED staff that rejected your decision to rescind the Channel Ridge tower? If so, what potential bias and conflict of interest does his involvement in this siting process present?
A regulatory timeline follows,
All the Best,
Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring – Rogers Channel Ridge Tower Regulatory Timeline
1. In October 1996, the Islands Trust Council signed a “Letter of Understanding” with then Industry Canada outlining an antenna siting procedure for all Trust communities.
2. On April 26, 2001, the Salt Spring Local Trust Committee approved by resolution a Cellular Antenna Procedural Guideline based on input provided by the Salt Spring Island Advisory Planning Commission. This policy covers public consultation and land use related requirements.
It requires the LTC to conduct a public consultation process that includes a minimum 30-day public comment period. It also directs that no cell phone antennae should be installed within 500 meters of any facility concerned with continuous human activity.
The protocol states that proponents wishing to install facilities within that distance “should demonstrate, using an independent consultant acceptable to the Islands Trust, that incident power density is less than 2 micro watts per square cm at any facility concerned with continuous human activity within 500 meters of the proposed antenna”.
The policy further states that if a project does not meet this LTC guideline, the proponent is required to conduct a public consultation process.
The only part of this procedural guideline that refers back to the “Letter of Understanding” is the timing requirements of the comments received.
3. On January 1, 2008, Industry Canada’s antenna siting procedures became effective, replacing existing Letters of Understanding, but not existing antenna siting protocols. Federal antenna siting policy as outlined in CPC-2-0-03 says that when a local government does not have its own policy in place, the requirements outlined in the CPC-2-0-03 become the default siting process. Clearly, this stipulation did not apply to Salt Spring Island in July 2021 as our 2001 guideline – which had not been amended or revoked by an LTC resolution – was in place.
4. In their 2019 Blain Road Tower application, CREST adhered to Salt Spring’s 2001 Cellular Antenna Procedural Guideline.
5. On July 27, 2021, a letter of concurrence was submitted for the Rogers Channel Ridge tower by the SS LTC.
6. On November 9, 2021, the SS LTC adopted the Trust-wide Antenna Siting Protocol. On that date, the new protocol replaced the 2001 policy.
7. On April 6, 2022 a letter was written by the SS LTC to Rogers and Cypress Land Services rescinding the above letter of concurrence.
8. On May 17, 2022, ISED wrote a letter to the LTC stating that given that the new antenna siting protocol could not be applied retroactively, they did not support the LTC’s decision to rescind their concurrence. It appears ISED was unaware that an existing siting policy had been in place throughout this siting process, a policy that should have been followed by Rogers and the SS LTC.
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Mark Twain