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All health concerns were dismissed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), relying on Health Canada.
The 2022 consultation on the 26, 28 and 38 GHz Bands arises from the 2019 Decision on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G following a 2017 Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum.
The 2017 public consultation responses included 246 letters from Canadian citizens and from non-industry organizations representing close to 100,000 Canadians, who opposed the release of the mmWave spectrum. The vast majority cited health concerns.
ISED decided to go ahead with the release of this spectrum. Its reasons for ignoring health concerns were laid out in Section 10 of its decision and can be summed up as follows:
Nine NGOs opposed the release of the mmWave spectrum for health reasons:
|• Canadians for Safe Technology|
• Prevent Cancer Now
• Rassemblement Électro Sensibilité Québec
• Electromagnetic Pollution Illnesses Canada Foundation
• Environmental Health Association Manitoba
(Estimated total — based
on Appeal signatories)
|Fédération des employées et employés de services publics||60,000|
|Learning Disabilities Association Canada||10,000|
|Breast Cancer Action Manitoba||?|
|Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space||International Organization|
237 individuals wrote NOT IN FAVOUR of the release of the spectrum, most citing health concerns.
The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA) advised caution regarding possible frequency interference.
See reply comments: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11350.html
IN FAVOUR: Industry:
5G Americas, Bell Mobility (Bell), British Columbia Broadband Association (BCBA), BSO Coalition (BSO), Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd (CBNL), Ciel Satellite LP and Affiliates (Ciel), Cogeco Communications Inc. (Cogeco), Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), Ericsson Canada (Ericsson), Facebook Inc. (Facebook), Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), Huawei Technologies Canada (Huawei), IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee (IEEE), Intel Corporation (Intel), Intelsat Corporation (Intelsat), Microsoft, MobilExchange Spectrum Inc. (MobilExchange), Nokia, Québecor Média (Québecor), Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC), Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers), Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.(Samsung), Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel), Shaw Communications Inc. (Shaw), Siklu Communication (Siklu), Starry Inc. (Starry), Telesat Canada (Telesat), TELUS Communications Company (TELUS), TeraGo Networks (TeraGo), ViaSat Inc. (ViaSat), Wi-Fi Alliance, Xplornet Communications Inc. (Xplornet).
ISED’S NEXT STEPS
ISED decided to go ahead with the release of this spectrum.
Its reasons for ignoring these health concerns were laid out in Section 10 of its “decision” https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11510.html
In summary, ISED stated that it has adopted Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, that these exposure guidelines are “based on the most current scientific literature on radio-frequency exposure” and that ISED ensures industry compliance. Experts independent of industry influence disagree.
June 18, 2022: In preparation for the auction of the mmWave spectrum, ISED launched the Consultation on a Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 26, 28 and 38 GHz Bands
seeking comments on the policy and licensing considerations including auction format and processes. Closing date for comments: September 6, 2022