2023-01-10 Deadline for aircraft fix re. 5G extended

1) In a recent Consumer Electronics Show, it was hard to find devices using or promotion of 5G, very different from CESs of a few years ago. I’ve shared several articles about 5G not being the success that was expected.

I went looking for 5G at CES, and here’s what I found

“”Do you have anything that connects to 5G?” I asked. “Not really,” was the answer. Most of the firm’s gadgets use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but one was designed with the intention of using 5G at some point in the future. It was not on display. I moved on.

Also in that same hall was AT&T’s booth, which focused on the company’s Internet of things (IoT) business. There I spoke with Tad Reynes, AT&T’s global director for IoT healthcare solutions. He agreed that it’s still early days for 5G in the IoT world, and that the vast majority of AT&T’s business in the healthcare IoT space runs on the operator’s 4G networks, including the NB-IoT and LTE M networks that are specifically designed for slow-speed IoT services. But he said he expects that to change as the cost of 5G modules inevitably falls.”


2) A terrific new website by Prevent Cancer Now, Environmental Health Trust and C4ST. This is one that should be shared widely with everyone, regardless of the level of awareness, and especially with people who need to become educated, such as Councillors.

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Electromagnetic Radiation from Modern Technologies Threatens Biodiversity

““Wireless” radiation should be included U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity pollution prevention Target 7
Along with noise and light, harmful substances including pesticides, electronic waste and plastic pollution”


3) Interference caused by certain frequencies used by 5G transmitters can affect various systems, especially ground radar, on many US-based commercial airlines and cargo planes. This problem was identified a long time ago, yet planes are still flying with potentially “faulty” equipment just because 5G transmitters are being allowed to be installed too close to airports.

FAA giving airlines another year to fix altimeters that can’t handle 5G signals

About 1,000 planes have altimeters listening to signals in the wrong frequencies….

“Out of 7,993 airplanes on the US registry, the FAA said it “estimates that approximately 180 airplanes would require radio altimeter replacement and 820 airplanes would require addition of radio altimeter filters to comply with the proposed modification requirement.” The total estimated cost of compliance is $26 million….

The FAA said it “expects erroneous system warnings due to a malfunctioning radio altimeter to lead to flight crew becoming desensitized to system warnings. Such desensitization negates the safety benefits of the warning itself and can lead to a catastrophic event.”



1477 Hodges Road, Parksville, BC – https://www.pqbnews.com/e-editions/?iid=i2022122102562167284&&headline=UGFya3N2aWxsZSBRdWFsaWN1bSBCZWFjaCBOZXdzLCBEZWNlbWJlciAyMSwgMjAyMg==&&doc_id=221221111657-3faad4c78fd33a4f805d93e215e859f4

From: “Shelley Wright” <shelleyw@c4st.org>
To: “vanessa craig” <vanessa.craig@rdn.bc.ca>, “tyler brown” <tyler.brown@rdn.bc.ca>, “jessica stanley” <jessica.stanley@rdn.bc.ca>, “lauren melanson” <lauren.melanson@rdn.ca>, “bob rogers” <bob.rogers@rdn.bc.ca>, “lehann wallace” <lehann.wallace@rdn.bc.ca>, “stuart mclean” <stuart.mclean@rdn.bc.ca>, “leanne salter” <leanne.salter@rdn.bc.ca>, “leonard krog” <leonard.krog@nanaimo.ca>, “sheryl armstrong” <sheryl.armstrong@nanaimo.ca>, “ben geselbracht” <ben.geselbracht@nanaimo.ca>, “erin hemmens” <erin.hemmens@nanaimo.ca>, manly@nanaimo.ca, “janice perrino” <janice.perrino@nanaimo.ca>, “ian thorpe” <ian.thorpe@nanaimo.ca>, mayor@parksville.ca, councillorwood@parksville.ca, “mark swain” <mark.swain@lantzville.ca>, Twestbroek@qualicumbeach.com
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 8:03:29 PM
Subject: Please support cancelling the proposed 1477 Hodges Rd. cell tower, 63 meters, 206 feet high to minimize unnecessary radiation exposures while maximizing the efficiency of connections with current towers and fiber optics to the premises (FTTP) for superior, energy efficient, consistent signals.

Jan 10, 2023

Subject: Please support cancelling the proposed 1477 Hodges Rd. cell tower, 63 meters, 206 feet high to minimize unnecessary radiation exposures while maximizing the efficiency of connections with current towers and fiber optics to the premises (FTTP) for superior, energy efficient, consistent signals.

Dear RDN Directors,

My name is Shelley Wright (B.A., B.Ed.). I am a retired teacher living in Ontario. I am the Director of Canadian Educators for Safe Technology. (Please see the attached pdf version)

I am supporting a growing number of students and teachers who are now injured by wireless radiation. My husband, Brian Durkin is a Professional Engineer (PEng), my daughter an Environmental Engineer and my Son a Website App Developer. We have learned that balancing technology and health is essential.

We need your help. Concern residents have requested my help. They are concerned about the proliferation of unnecessary cell towers in their community. They would like Town Council to consider balancing the real needs of the people: providing adequate service, while minimizing radiofrequency (RF) exposure. Fiber optics to the premises will provide superior service for your community.

Additional wireless signals are convenient but pose health risks for those in the community who are vulnerable (children, seniors), or have medical conditions or who are physician diagnosed with electromagnetically sensitivity.

I am aware that there are many health-related reasons for erring on the side of caution when it comes to exposures to radiofrequency/microwave radiation such as that emitted by the proposed Telus cell tower antennas. Among these concerns include evidence that this type of radiation is a cancer initiator [1], [2] as well as a cancer promotor [3]. However, in this letter I would like to confine most of my comments to my own personal experience, namely as someone with Electrosensitivity, also known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) [4], a type of environmentally induced illness [5]. 

Symptoms can include headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, disorientation, dizziness, vertigo, sleep disturbances (insomnia), nausea, excessive fatigue, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), irregular heartbeat/pressure in the chest, skin rashes and thyroid problems [6]. In the absence of wireless signals these symptoms disappear often within a few hours, but sometimes not for days and for those severely impacted, for weeks. The signal strength, distance from the wireless source and duration of the wireless exposure, have an impact on the severity and longevity of symptoms.

I was diagnosed with EHS at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto [7]. Crippled by the pervasive use of wireless devices, I have become a strong advocate for accessibility in educational and health/medical facilities. I’ve spoken to more than 800 teachers over the last eight years at meetings of the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and successfully worked to have motions passed to support teachers and students who become sick around wireless signals from cell towers and hubs. I’ve also been a guest speaker at Women’s College Hospital at two medical EMF (electromagnetic fields) Symposiums which provided medical continuing education (CME) credits for physicians.

My husband and I presented our concerns about a proposed cell tower to be located in our park and beach area where families go to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Our Town Council listened to our concerns and moved the cell tower to the Water Treatment plant, 3 km away from the most densely populated area of our neighbourhood where there were daycares, schools, and our fire hall.

Our town understood that this move would support the health and wellness of vulnerable (children) and sensitive residents, provide safer technology for all residents, and provide choices for residents who wish to live farther away from a cell tower (concerned about property value, etc.). This cell tower location still provided reliable cell phone coverage.

Minimizing the number of cell towers in your community and providing fiber optics to the premises will provide superior signals required for the residents and would achieve a number of health, wellness and accessibility goals for your community:

Reduce potential injury, create accessibility and reduce costly trial and error (remember asbestos?).

Support the Precautionary Principle. There are more than 6,000 studies that indicate pervasive, less than 24/7 exposures to electromagnetic signals in the radiofrequency/microwave range can cause injury (leukemia, brain tumours, infertility, heart arrhythmia/failure, debilitating migraines, vertigo, etc.). Cardiologist, Dr. Sinatra claims these signals can cause heart failure in some children.

Reduce health risks of the potential impacts of long term, cumulative exposure for students and staff.

Likely avoid cluster cancers (500 meters may be even too close to children who are more vulnerable).

By just doubling the distance from the daycare, the signal strength will be reduced by 4 times! This is known as the “square of the distance”.

Protect children and pregnant staff (unborn children) who are more sensitive to wireless signals because these cumulative 24/7 signals penetrate more deeply in their rapidly growing brains. According toDevra Davis Ph.D., signals can have a significant impact on the development of thinking and memory cells in the fetal brain (causing “Environmental Autism”, ADHD, etc.). Brain studies reveal that radiofrequency exposures can spike glucose levels in the brain leading to ADHD, addictive behaviour, or other hormone disruptions which amplify mental health issues [8]. (Dr. Davis was one of the main scientists responsible for having lead removed from gasoline.)

The American Academy of Pediatrics [9] , the largest US medical association of pediatricians and pediatric specialists state, “Children are disproportionately affected by environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. The differences in bone density and the amount of fluid in a child’s brain compared to an adult’s brain could allow children to absorb greater quantities of RF (radiofrequency) energy deeper into their brains than adults.”

Support Health Canada guidelines for young children; According to Health Canada “Children are more sensitive to environmental agents” (Health Canada, May 2019).

Support the ALARA Principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable); providing students and staff with the signals needed to operate devices efficiently, while minimizing signal strength. (Following the BioInitiative Report [10] limits whenever possible.)

Support children and staff who are more sensitive to cell tower signals (Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity – EHS) and or those who can experience amplified injury; residents living with Lyme disease, Autism, MS, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and other neurodegenerative diseases, or others who experienced over-exposure to chemical/electrical signals and cannot tolerate additional signals which trigger debilitating symptoms.

Support children who are healing from cancer (there is evidence that radiofrequency radiation can act as a cancer promotor even if it is not the initiator).

Reducing the number of cell towers in your area, providing adequate, but minimal wireless signals, while providing superior signals from fiber optics to the premises will balance the needs for superior signals, while supporting the health of residents in your community.

Wireless signals are costly for municipalities, requiring an estimated 10 times more energy than wired signals (fiber is mainly glass and plastic), and the future payback using fiber optics is greater for municipalities because wired systems are much cheaper to maintain and less costly to run.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to share with me your plans to support this initiative. I hope the students, parents and this school community can count on your support.


Shelley Wright, B.A., B.Ed.


[1] Miller et al. 2018. Cancer epidemiology update, following the 2011 IARC evaluation of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (Monograph 102), https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30196934/

[2] Environmental Health Trust https://ehtrust.org/world-health-organization-scientists-recommend-wireless-be-upgraded-for-cancer-causing-effects/

[3] Lerchl et. Al (2015). Tumor promotion by exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields below exposure limits for humans. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25749340/

[4] Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) is an environmental disability recognized by Ontarians For Disabilities Act and our Canadian Human Rights Commission. EHS (Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity) is also recognized under the International Code of Diseases (ICD – 10).

[5] Belpomme and Irigaray (2020). Electrohypersensitivity as a Newly Identified and Characterized Neurologic Pathological Disorder: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent It. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32168876/

[6] https://phiremedical.org/

[7] Bray (2020). PRELIMINARY Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Diagnosis and Management of Electromagnetic Field Hypersensitivity (EHS) https://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Preliminary-Clinical-Guidelines-for-EHS.pdf

[8] https://ehtrust.org/?s=adhd

[9] https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/AAP-Recommendations-Fact-Sheet-3.pdf

[10] https://bioinitiative.org/conclusions/


Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters/Citizens for Safer Tech

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”    Mark Twain

Sent from my wired laptop with no wireless components. Practice Safe Tech.



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