-from Janie and Wayne Jolley
Sooke landowners are being tempted by a mobile firm to place a Cell Tower antenna on their property and get paid handsomely each year. They are reassured that by Health Canada guidelines they are safe if you are more than 150 metres from them. However there is research that says you need to be 500 metres from towers to avoid RF (radio frequency) radiation with its related illnesses.
Many neighbourhoods in Sooke are dealing with applications for cell towers. However you only get notified of meetings or opportunity for input from the District of Sooke if you are within 150 metres of the proposed antenna.
We recently visited a friend from years ago and she was looking much older and very frail. We found out she is suffering from EHS (electro-hyper-sensitivity) or Rapid Aging Syndrome due to RF( radio frequency )radiation. We had never heard of it! We then get a letter in the mail re a cell tower application within 150 metres of our property. When we did some investigating we found out that RF radiation is a class 2B carcinogen according to the World Health Organization.
We must listen to the research in this field and stand up for our health and that of our children and grandchildren. The Mayor of Colwood is finally listening to Triangle Mountain residents who have health issues from all of the antennae up on their mountain. If the health issues do not alarm you, you need to know that the value of properties in some areas has decreased due to nearby antennas.
Even if you are waiting for Health Canada to change their guidelines why would you put your family and your neighbours at risk of RF radiation illnesses ?
We have been invited to write concerns to the Sooke District and/or go to the Committee of the Whole meeting on June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sooke Council Chambers. As a community we have to work together to update Sooke’s Communication Antenna Policy 11.4 (2002). Hope to see you there….
Janie and Wayne Jolley
Otter Point Road, Sooke