No cell tower Bill
MP doesn't even
introduce a bill
On May 19, 2011 Oakville's then-MP Terence Young promised a private member's bill to give local control over cell towers (see below). We're still waiting. We've never even seen a rough draft.
Edit AnnouncementUpdate 3: Health Canada Completes Safety Code 6 Review
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On April 2, 2014 the government's promised review of Safety Code 6 was published by the Royal Society. Read it here.
EXCERPT:" ...there is no scientific basis for the occurrence of acute, chronic and/or cumulative adverse health risks from RF field exposure at levels below the limits outlined in Safety Code 6. The hypothesis of other proposed adverse health effects occurring at levels below the exposure limits outlined in Safety Code 6 suffer from a lack of evidence of causality, biological plausibility and reproducibility and do not provide a credible foundation for making science-based recommendations for limiting human exposures to low-intensity RF fields."
Edit AnnouncementUpdate 2: Council asks for halt on new towers
- Monday, August 12, 2013
Oakville Town Council tonight unanimously called on the federal government and the telecom industry to halt new transmission facilities while the Ministry of Health reviews Safety Code 6.
Edit AnnouncementUpdate 1: Federal politicians have all the cell tower power
- Friday, August 9, 2013
In response to public concerns, Oakville Town Council first passed a cell tower protocol by-law in 2011 (and updated it in 2012) opposing new cell towers within 200 meters of homes even though the federal government told the residents and Council they would ignore it, and ignoring it is just what the federal government has done since and is still doing now.
The Prime Minister and his Cabinet, especially the Minister of Industry, and the Members of Parliament, such as Oakville MP Terence Young, are the only ones who can change the rules for cell tower placement. Under Canada's Constitution, the federal government has exclusive authority over cell tower placements.
We got our hopes up for local control on May 19, 2011, when Oakville MP Terence Young told the media he will get municipalities more control over cell towers with a "regulation or private members bill".
(You can click this quote to read more from the news story from the day: "Young wants municipalities to have greater control over where cell towers are placed through regulation or by private members bill when he returns to Parliament. “I believe people should feel safe in their neighbourhood. This is a national issue and isn’t going to go away and is going to get bigger,” he added.")
Council and I continue to hope MP Young will introduce his regulation or his bill as he promised back on May 19, 2011.
Until things change, the Ontario Municipal Act (click to read) dictates what Mayors and Councils oversee. Other things are looked after by the federal and/or the provincial government.
Bottom Line: if the Prime Minister and his Cabinet of Ministers never hear from citizens who are concerned about cell towers, nothing will ever change. (Oakville Council - see above - already told them!)
So what is it about this federal government that keeps people from feeling they can take their federal issues to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet and MPs?
map of non-concurrence areas
Here is a map of Oakville showing cell tower non-concurrence zones (pink area) from our 200 meter setback. Only areas that are white or white under blue cross hatching are areas where Oakville will consider cell tower concurrence.
(You can click on the map image to view the map in larger format).
Our 'cell tower protocol' covers all installations, even those the federal government exempts from public notice.