By Debbi Christinck, The Eganville Leader
Wed Sep 23 2020 09:36
Killaloe – A march planned in solidarity with the fourth global day of protest against 5G has been cancelled because of Ontario directives limiting numbers of private gatherings, but the concern about the technology is in no way diminishing locally.
“The science they are using for safety guidelines is decades old,” Lynn Davis, a member of Renfrew County Residents for Safe technology said. “We need Health Canada to get up to date on the science. 5G is an assault on our children and the elderly.”
The planned walk which was to take place this Saturday, September 26, in Killaloe was one of the many which are slated to take place around the world that day and although the local group cancelled the walk, she is optimistic the protests in other parts of Canada and the world will resonate.
“This was planned in 38 countries around the world,” she said. “Some of those countries will be able to demonstrate.”
The concerns around 5G have received some local publicity, but Ms. Davis said it is important to inform the public about the concerns around this new technology and the dangers it poses. A talk last year in Eganville by Frank Clegg, the past president of Microsoft Canada and now the head of Canadians for Safe Technology, outlined many of the points she feels are most relevant to the public.
The new technology has not had testing on humans, animals, plants or the environment, she said.
“We are assuming it is safe, but there are thousands of scientific peer reviewed reports that prove wireless technology is harmful to human health,” she said.
There has been no testing on humans and other scientific peer reviewed studies show it is harmful, she added.
“There is scientific evidence wireless technology is dangerous,” she said. “5G will only be worse because it is stronger.”
As well, 5G uses millimeter waves or microwaves and anyone familiar with a microwave knows it changes the cell structure, she said.
“These frequencies are changing our cells,” she said. “We will be exposed 24/7 from small cell antennas on light posts and lampposts every 200 or 300 feet.”
All wireless technology emits radiation and this microwave technology will be more dangerous, she added.
Security and privacy are concerns, with NASA also expressing concern about 5G interfering with forecasting the weather, she said.
Ms. Davis said there is a lot of information on various websites, including one by the local group. More information can be found at RCR4ST.constantcontactsites.com or C4ST.org. Another site she recommends is EHTrust.org.
It is important for area residents to not only be informed but also to voice their concerns, she said. There is an appeal at C4ST.org (Canadians for Safe Technology) which is being passed on to the federal government. As well, the local group has passed on petitions and concerns to Renfrew−Nipissing−Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant.
Locally, there are a lot of people who have concerns about 5G in the nation and the Ottawa Valley. Support is especially high in the local area of Killaloe, Eganville, Barry’s Bay and Combermere, she said.
While there have been public statements about 5G not coming to rural areas so there is no need for local concern, she said this is not the case.
“Don’t fool yourself, it is going to rural areas,” she said. “In rural areas they want to use satellites.”
Ms. Davis said there are safe alternatives to wireless technology which can be used. In fact, there is nothing wrong with 5G itself, but rather the wireless technology used to deliver it, she explained.
“Fiber optics is the answer,” she said. “It is safer, faster and cheaper.”
The problem is the big telecommunication companies have invested so much in wireless they are pushing it through, she said.
“There is a lot of money being made around wireless,” she said.
While in North America there is still a lot of push for more and more wireless connectivity, this is not the case in other parts of the world, Ms. Davis said. A lot of countries in Europe are toning down wireless technology, especially in Europe. In many schools in Europe and Israel wireless technology is no longer allowed, she said. The effects of this technology on children with their small growing bodies and the elderly who may have underlying conditions, is especially a concern, she said.
“In North America, the industry is telling us it is safe, but to me you need to follow the money,” she said.
The concern about 5G continues to grow and with 5G now operating in 50 major cities in Canada it is something which should concern all Canadians, she said. Right now, 5G is mostly in Southern Ontario south of the Ottawa Valley and in a corridor from Quebec City to Windsor.
As more information on 5G is being made public individuals are raising concerns and the local group had hoped their walk scheduled for Killaloe this Saturday would have raised more awareness. Despite the cancellation of the walk, the message needs to be told, she said.
“We are not hearing this in the mainstream media,” she said. “It is very unfair to the general population. We are being told it is safe and it isn’t.”