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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    Josh, 14 Dec 2016 @ 2:21pm

    wireless

    I know is an old thread but I have information to add. I have had sensitivities to wireless for many years. Have spent the last 5 years researching and experimenting on myself to find out what aspect of the signal is causing my health problems. The main thing I found out is that I get sick instantly from wireless in Canada but not in the U.S.A.. From that information I learned it is not the power of the signals/radiation causing the health issues. So safety code 6 is not useful in this case. I believe it has to do with the pulse repetition frequency of the signals. I have come to that conclusion because I do get eyestrain from computer monitors where the pulse width modulation causes the screen to flicker. The symptoms from using a device on wifi and cellular in Canada produces a similar affect. I believe in America the pulsing rate of the signals for wireless is probably at a faster rate or higher frequency. There is no debate on whether the wifi in Canada is harmful to some people. That is a fact.

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