STOP Rogers Communications Cell Tower- 3700 Prince of Wales, Nepean (Ottawa), Canada!
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Rogers Communications is seeking to erect a 40 meter cell tower in the middle of our established and growing residential neighbourhood.
We the undersigned residents in the affected areas seek to STOP the cell tower being built at the proposed site, and urge the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Hon. Navdeep Bains, to reject this application!
We call on Ottawa City Councillor for the Gloucester-South Nepean Ward, Mr. Michael Qaqish to vote in "non-concurrence" on the proposed application when the federal government asks for his position!
We the undersigned understand the need for cellular connectivity, however, placing a +130 foot tower beside our homes is unacceptable for the following reasons:
- Rogers Communications' representative stated during a public consultation that other sites than the Capital Memorial Garden Cemetery (owned by Arbor Memorial Services) were NOT examined, contrary to the legal requirement to do so, and despite the existence of other more sparsely-populated fields and potential sites in the area.
- Residents fear property devaluation, harm to the neighbourhood's aesthetic appeal, harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation (ERM) on the area's many young children and schools, and harm to federally-protected migratory species (i.e., geese) that frequent the area for which an Environmental Assessment is claimed to be unnecessary.
- Rogers Communications strategically timed its public consultation during a time when most residents are on vacation. This suggests that Rogers is not dealing with affected residents in good faith or in a transparent fashion.
- Current federal regulations concerning the risk of ERM on human health are outdated and antiquated. We do not want to live in fear for our long-term health, or the health of our children. Exposure to cell tower radiation can trigger or significantly accelerate progression of numerous diseases and conditions (including cancers, neurological diseases and electrosensitivity). Children, pregnant women, elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems are at even greater risk. Health Canada states that more research on the health effects of EMR is needed. However, available research warrants taking action now. ‘Safety Code 6’, the standard used by Health Canada and Industry Canada to determine acceptable levels of cellular tower emissions, is both inadequate and antiquated. We call on the federal government to update those regulations as soon as possible.
Putting a cell tower in this location is not an acceptable risk for our children and our neighbourhood. Please show your support. Thank you!
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