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Warning from Safe School

Dr. Arlene King
Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health
Sept 4, 2010

  Further to my letter of August 28, via Nina Arron, when I explained why your public statement that WiFi in schools "does not pose a public health risk" is a false statement, I am deeply concerned that you have not corrected this statement in public.
  On September 7th tens of thousands of children in Ontario will enter schools with blanket WiFi systems emitting microwave radiation that is proven to cause biological changes. These proven biological changes are accepted by the Royal Society of Canada, Health Canada, and the general consensus of the scientific establishment in both Canada and the United States.
  These biological changes caused by microwave frequencies used in WiFi devices, specifically the increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier which is linked to Alzheimer`s, Multiple Sclerosis and the development of psychiatric disorders later in life, are not proven to be benign.

   The application of a blanket microwave transmission system inside a school could certainly pose a potential public health risk. As referenced in my last letter, children are understood to be among the most vulnerable to microwave exposure due to their undeveloped bodies absorbing more of the radiation, and it is children who are being irradiated with microwaves in our schools. In fact the entirety of the population in Simcoe County ages 4-18 are being exposed for 6 hours daily. This is an unprecedented exposure with unknown and unmonitored results on the most vulnerable population in your jurisdiction. There is no foundation on which to declare that there is no public health risk. 
   It is accurate to say that WiFi systems operate below the threshold of heating human skin and internal organs, on which Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is based. However it is false to suggest there is zero health risk.
  Parents, students and teachers should be fully informed by you that biological changes are proven to take place from microwave exposure well below the threshold of Health Canada's guidelines, and that the potential health risks of these biological changes are unknown but have been associated with Cancer, psychiatric disorders, and other illnesses.

 The people of Ontario trust in the public declarations of their Chief Medical Officer of Health. Therefore it is incumbent on you to correct this misleading public statement that may guide parents into a false sense that there is no potential harm to their children when they return to schools with microwave transmitters after Labour Day.
  One example of a statistical alarm is that in Simcoe County public schools the incidence of adolescent cardiac arrest is now more than 40 times higher than the expected national average (O/E= 40+). The rate of this sudden cardiac failure, which has struck children as young as 13 years old while at school, has been observed and reported in the local media but not investigated by public health officials.
  The Simcoe County School Board has now installed defibrillators in 100% of its schools, but has not investigated the potential reason for the profoundly elevated instance of heart failure among students. As you know heart rate is documented to be elevated by exposure to microwaves at levels below the limits set in Health Canada`s Safety Code 6.
  As you also know from reading the Royal Society report of 1999 that was forwarded to you on Aug 28th, some of these proven biological changes occur within a few hours of exposure at levels well below those outlined in Health Canada`s Safety Code 6 guidelines on which you based your original public declaration regarding the safety of school WiFi systems.
   It is possible that if this misleading statement is not corrected prior to September 7th, then children whose biology is altered by microwave exposure inside the school may unwittingly begin to experience health effects, the type of which we have been reporting in Simcoe County for 6 months, without any authority investigating on behalf of the children.
Rodney Palmer
Safe School Committee

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