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Analyses of input to the federal government shows surprising common ground—Industry doesn’t want to use this high frequency spectrum.
Hundreds of citizens joined a coalition of Canadian experts, and health and environmental organizations calling for a moratorium on 5G spectrum auctions. Indeed, hundreds of studies since Canada’s last science review show human and environmental harms from “wireless” radiofrequency radiation. There is, however, no research on additional higher frequencies used for 5G.
Did you know Canada completely lacks environmental protection against radiofrequency radiation? There is no evidence this untested tech is safe in the long run. Pausing sales that increase “wireless” radiation with higher frequency spectrum is the prudent choice.
Prevent Cancer Now, on behalf of experts and other organizations submitted a Joint Statement to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) opposing release of more spectrum in the 26, 28 and 38 GHz Bands.
A healthy future depends on healthy soil, for healthy food and resilient agriculture. Prevent Cancer Now urges Canada to reduce pesticide use in alignment with international goals. Glyphosate is a good place to start. It is by far the most-used pesticide in Canada, and it is under court-ordered scientific review in Canada and the US.
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Advocates for social justice and equity, environmental protection, and public health call on Parliament to expedite passage of Bill C-226, Canada’s first environmental racism law. The House of Commons committee approved the bill without amendment, so the bill is now in line for a final vote in the House of Commons and must then be passed in the Senate.
PCN and C4ST examined submissions to the ISED 26, 28 and 38 GHz consultations, and found a surprising agreement between the telecommunications companies and the citizens’ groups, that the auction should not proceed as planned.
If CEPA was indeed protecting public health, we would expect declining diseases from environmental exposures. Canadian examples point to the opposite. Endocrine-related obesity and metabolic syndrome, disorders of early development and sexual differentiation, and cancers in hormone-sensitive tissues have not been prevented. Endocrine disruption does not follow classic dose-response, so these substances must be regulated based on their innate hazard. With many thousands of EDCs, classes of similar chemicals require group actions.
A regulatory conclusion that an environmental exposure poses an “acceptable risk” is initially based on little data. Ethically, regulators should follow up to detect harms at the earliest possible opportunity. Relying on epidemiology can result in harms to generations.
A Parliamentary Petition to ban glyphosate and to reduce pesticide use in Canada is worthy of support. Substantial pesticides reduction and alternative strategies are essential to avoid regrettable substitutes, and importantly to support biodiversity, healthy environments, food and people. Indeed, a stated goal of the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) is to reduce pesticides by two thirds. Organic, regenerative agriculture needs more support.
Social justice, health and environmental organizations are calling on MPs to pass Canada’s first environmental racism law. (Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice, including PCN)
Bill S-5 needs to launch important improvements to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. (PCN in the National Observer)
Canada’s chemicals laws are two decades old. Parliament needs to modernize them properly. (PCN in the Hill Times.)
Toronto Star editorial on the agricultural insecticide chlorpyrifos (CPF).