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Canada:Wi-Fi opponents planning public meeting for May 30

Posted by seumasach on May 19, 2011

Peterborough Examiner

19th May, 2011

After the local public school board told them their concerns would no longer be heard for six months, parents concerned about wireless Internet in schools are taking their message to the public.

A group of outspoken parents, the Kawartha Safe Technology Initiative, will hold a public meeting at the end of the month and plan to operate a booth on Burrows St. (one street east of Monaghan, off Charlotte) during the Gilmour Street Garage Sale on May 28.

The public meeting will be held May 30 at Westdale United Church, 1509 Sherbrooke St., at 7 p.m.

Last month, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board told concerned parents won’t hear any more delegations about Wi-Fi for six months because trustees feel they’ve heard enough about the technology, which Health Canada has deemed safe.

This happened at a meeting where several concerned parents gathered, carrying signs, and attempted to address trustees.

The board plans to install wireless Internet routers, which beam radio frequency (RF) signals from computer to computer, in all its schools.

Critics say not enough is known about the long-term effect of RF radiation on children who will be exposed to it for several hours a day.

Members of the Kawartha Safe Technology Initiative say parents were only minimally consulted as the board moved to plan the installation of these devices.

This information will be presented at the garage sale booth and at the meeting.

The group maintains a website at www.kawarthasafetechnology.org

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