Canadian Schools Ban WiFi Based On Bad Science

from the and-what-are-they-teaching-our-kids dept

A decade ago, we first wrote about some freaked out, clueless parents suing a school district for wanting to install a WiFi network. The parents believed -- based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever -- that WiFi networks emitted "harmful" electro-magnetic radiation. Since then, we've heard of many such stories of people fearing the health impacts of WiFi, despite a near total lack of evidence of any harm at all. Studies have found that an entire year sitting next to a WiFi access point gives you the equivalent radiation of 20 minutes on a mobile phone. And yet, every few years, we hear about parents or politicians freaking out about the issue and trying to get WiFi banned in schools.

Amazingly, they've succeeded in some places, including 12 elementary and middle schools up in Canada, which are now being called out by a group called "Bad Science Watch" for making decisions based on absolutely and totally bogus science. You can read the full report here, in which they call out "anti-WiFi activists" who are "spreading misinformation." It seems they ought to call out schools as well. You would think that places of learning would investigate the actual science.
These claims are not substantiated by the scientific literature and have little acceptance from medical professionals and the scientific community. This activism therefore amounts to nothing more than fear-mongering by misguided special interest groups who are attempting to have these networks removed.

Nevertheless, the media has been all too willing to fan the flames of controversy and has contributed to a growing false uncertainty over the safety of WiFi. As a result many school boards, libraries, and town councils across Canada have been called on by concerned citizens to limit or remove WiFi networks.

Filed Under: canada, health, scared, wifi


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  1. identicon
    ijpelaar, 27 Aug 2013 @ 5:44am

    wifi transponder Ruckus wireless.

    Hi

    I am from holland, I have a nabure who has a wifi antenna on his roof who do deliver 12000 milliwatts max, and sinds this antenna recides there I have trouble with health, I am kwown to be electro sensitive, I have moved here because of gsm radiaton, I was sick 5 years back and here a clean place did make me healthy again, unfortanely my nabure has now again a magnetron on his roof, I believe however that the unnatural signals in the microwave transmitter are the major cause of the problems, digital signals looks to much on body language like brain signals interfere with it.

    We need to stop with this terrible dangereus experiment.

    Aned never buy a ruckus wireless, she do make dangereus strong signals, the nabure has a child of 2 years olds, it is complete freaken out sometimes, so she don,t want go in the house, she yells terrible and go lay down on the street, this kid sleeps 4 meters from that antenna, I sleep also 4 moters from it, but now in the livingroom because I did go also get to sick because of lack of sleep and pulsing in the head.

    regards

    kees

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