Patricia White leads a group along Alexander Street protesting additional cellular infrastructure in the community. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Protesters push public notification on harms of cell tower radiation

Shuswap residents gather for 5G Day of Action in downtown Salmon Arm

Their voices were loud, their signal clear: the risks associated with cell towers cannot be ignored any longer.

“It’s time to listen to science and stop listening to the telecom industry which is pushing… to put these dangerous technologies around us for the sake of profit,” said Patricia White, a co-ordinator behind Salmon Arm’s 5G Day of Action, one of similar rallies held on Wednesday, May 15 across Canada and the U.S.

The intent of the rallies was to raise awareness of the radiation associated with cellular technologies, and to call on governments to suspend deployment of a more powerful 5G (fifth generation) cellular network in residential neighbourhoods until exposure can be proven safe.

White and others at the rally at Ross Street Plaza stressed scientific studies already show exposure to existing levels of radio frequency radiation from cell towers to be problem, and they don’t want to see the addition of cellular antenna in the downtown as planned by Rogers Wireless.

Read more: No objections to proposed cellular antennae

Read more: Letter: Residents to rally over cell tower concerns

Read more: Letter: Examining the untested waters of 5G wireless technology

“We certainly don’t need it, they’re trying to tell us that we need it for our convenience but we don’t need it,” said White. “What we have right now is ample and its already harming us. The last thing we need is more of this cellular technology.”

Speeches at the plaza stage were followed by a march through town, with Dr. Ross Anderson stopping to measure the level of electromagnetic radiation at the corner of Alexander Street and Hudson Avenue.

“We’re in the vicinity of 200 (microwatts) – 200 is 20 times the safe level that science has established,” said Anderson.

White read from a petition to the City of Salmon Arm and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, to halt the deployment of all wireless devices planned for the area, adding that until the safety of the technology has been proven by non-industry funded scientists, ” continuing with the plan to bring more of these devices into our communities is not acceptable.”


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Minnesota standout latest signing for Okanagan BCHL squad

Liam Malmquist of Minnesota coming to Vees for 2019/2020 season

Early-morning fire destroys Okanagan packing house

Cause of fire that destroyed an Oliver packing house remains under investigation.

Trail played role during fur trade era

Fur Brigade Trail in Okanagan has long history

Summerland’s Antlers Surf is bringing more than just local boards to the beaches

The Summerland-based company is moving into the Skaha Marina this summer

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Thunderstorm possible for South Okanagan

The rest of the region will enjoy a sunny day.

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

KFD, COSAR rescue injured Okanagan hiker

Rescue happened after 1 p.m. on Lost Lake Trail in Kelowna after woman injured her leg

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Neighbours help save Okanagan garage fire from spreading

Neighbours knock down fire enough before BX-Swan Lake firefighters arrive to fully extinguish

UBC researchers want to hear from rural residents on health care

Once completed, the project will inform health care planning and policy decisions

Kamloops RCMP investigate violent home invasion

Police believe the incident was targeted

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Most Read